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My First Outdoor 5K

Thursday, February 14, 2013

This was my Valentine's gift to myself. (Sort of, it came courtesy of Trish from the Sole Sparkers team. Thanks Trish!)

I did it! emoticon
I sucked it up and ran my Valentine's Day Virtual emoticon outdoors!
I felt sluggish and slow.
Like I was running in slow motion.
I don't know if it's normal, since everyone passing me up was on a bike! emoticon
The bike trail at the beach is being repaved in some sections, so the detour puts the walkers emoticon runners emoticon and bike riders emoticon all on the same path.
My weather app said it was 64 degrees emoticon , but it felt WAY hotter with the sun emoticon in my face.
I had slathered my face with sunblock at home so I just slathered on my lip balm with sunscreen and put on my shades emoticon

I walked a short distance as a warm up, then off I went.
My feet felt like I had cement blocks underneath.
I started doubting I could run the whole way.
I was surprised I was trying to talk myself into walking so soon!
I had to pep talk myself the whole time!
'Just make it to the next restroom area.'
'Just make it to the next palm tree.'
'Just make it to the first mile.'
And just when I was over pep talking myself and was going to stop for a walking break, a gentleman standing off to the side smiled and nodded at me.
I know it's silly, but in my head I saw him clapping and cheering me on!
This is how runners get their second wind, I thought.
I kept going.

Before I knew it, it was all over! emoticon
I snapped this picture of myself before my face got a chance to turn tomato red and before the sweat came pouring out off my head. I tried not to frown, but as you can see the sun was beaming on me.

I keep a nice shade of pink while I'm running, but as soon as I stop my face turns all shades of red. Trust me, I was a sweaty red mess right after the photo.

My time: 31:31.
No record, but it will be the baseline for any future outdoor runs.

Uh, can anyone tell me how long you have to be in the sun to get sun poisoning?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ICANDI4U 2/19/2013 12:24AM

    Awesome blog. You did great! emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 2/17/2013 9:31PM

    I think that is great time!

I walk mine- once in a while I add a little jog in but my doctor doesn't think the benefits of running vs walking are worth the toll on the body. So I give in some because I just want to run some. But know he is right with the shape of my body and my age- I want to be able to keep moving on my own as long as I am on this earth.

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KATES1970 2/16/2013 9:10AM

    Awesome! 31:31 is a great time!

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DJSQUISHIE 2/15/2013 3:06PM

    Great job and attitude Dee! I'm so proud of you for getting back out there! Also, I'm very jealous of your sunshine; I've had a total of 3 hours of sun today.

Anyway, congrats again on your 5k!


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ALIDOSHA 2/15/2013 2:10PM

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LAHUDSONCHEF 2/15/2013 11:13AM

    That's awesome! My first (and only so far) 5K time was 43:44...I walked mostly, ran a little.

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SUSIEQ911 2/15/2013 8:26AM

    That's faster than my 5k time.

You did great!


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SPARKONSKATES 2/15/2013 7:19AM

    Super job Dee !! You must feel so proud. I am so proud of you. I remember how I felt on my first one outside too. it's wonderful. Good for you. Keep that up.
I love your picture and you in pink and the shades. emoticon emoticon emoticon
I am jealous your having that nice sunny sweet weather !! Oh I want spring so bad.
It's good to get a little sun. After 15 mins you start to burn around here but if you have that sunblock on real good you should be covered well for a hour. Sweating does take some of it off or most of it on the face. I would say buy a hat or sunvisor type of thing to cover your face if you want. Baseball caps can be cute to run in with your pony tail sticking out.
I am just like you. I get beet red within 15 mins or less on my workouts , even skating. Same here but great job !!!!!!!!!

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PMRUNNER 2/15/2013 5:54AM

    Yay! Keep it up! Soon 5 k will be an easy day! Great baseline and great job keeping up the motivation!

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XXJDXX 2/15/2013 5:23AM

    I pep talk myself during runs too! It works. Great job!

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BLITZEN40 2/15/2013 12:54AM

    Congrats! Great picture too. Way to show off looking so cool, calm and collected after your first 5K! emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 2/15/2013 12:50AM

    In Australia it's about 10 mins when it's 36 deg c or over but we still go to the beach.

Great work. My photo would have been flat on my back.!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MICKEYH 2/15/2013 12:36AM

    Great job for completing your 5k. I like your picture. You looks good on pink. Which beach is it? It looks beautiful on your back. ;)

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ILOVEMALI 2/14/2013 11:15PM


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SHERYLDS 2/14/2013 10:41PM

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PENNYRILE77 2/14/2013 10:28PM

    Nice job! I'm still training for a 5k (Couch to 5k)....doing this on a treadmill....I have no idea what it's like out there:) lol

I will be brave like you someday:)

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TIMOTHYNOHE 2/14/2013 10:22PM


Taking it to the streets.

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