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Women Run Arkansas!


Wednesday, March 06, 2013

My local chapter of this group met tonight for our first training session. I joined the intermediate group because the criteria ostensibly was to be able to run 4 minutes at a time. The goal is to run the entire 5K at the end of ten weeks.

The intermediate group was lumped with the advanced group this year. You can imagine my shock when the leader said to run two laps around the track to WARM UP!

Good grief! I thought we were going to start with FOUR MINUTES of running!

But I did that, and then she was blathering on about something called a Miracle Mile and told us to run around the track four times!!!

Well, some of the women were talking as they jogged and said it would be OK to jog/walk and lots of women did that, but I vowed that I was going to jog the whole 4 laps. And I did. I finished in 12:09. Yay me!

Of course I was gasping and sweating profusely (in 40 degree weather) bu I did it! I am easily one of the oldest women in the group, not to mention one of the largest. I should probably drop down to a lower group but this will be a good challenge so I think I'll stick with it.

This is going to be an amazing experience. There are 6 different groups, from untimed walkers all the way to the advanced group who are running 8-9 minute miles. All ages, all sizes, all abilities. I was proud to see a couple of very large women out there walking. I know how hard it had to be for them to show up.

Our town is 14th in population in the state of Arkansas yet we have the LARGEST number of participants in the state -- over 750! In May there will be a "graduation" where all the participants from all over the state run a 5K. Women only!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 3/12/2013 12:29PM

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NANCY- 3/8/2013 10:38AM

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I love your determination.
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SLENDERELLA61 3/7/2013 2:41PM

    I love my group running and I bet you will, too. We do Miracle Miles, too. Last time I wished I'd pushed a little harder. Got put in a group that wasn't really challenging enough for me. So I think you'll be happier with the challenge. Watch your recovery times. Once I knew I'd overdone it when after an 8 mile run I had to lay down for the rest of the day! Most of the time I'm good to go after a short rest. Take care and run happy!!

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AJDOVER1 3/7/2013 12:58PM

    Sounds like an amazing experience! Thanks for bringing it here to us!

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SUGAR0814 3/7/2013 12:00PM

    I'll see you at the graduation! Tonight is my first night of training. emoticon

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FREELADY 3/6/2013 11:17PM

    Your 12 minute mile is phenomenal! Applause and cheers!

I like your attitude, that the group is going to be a challenge.

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LESLIESENIOR 3/6/2013 10:50PM

    Yikes. Great job. You are really challenging yourself and meeting the challenge already.


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MEADSBAY 3/6/2013 9:38PM

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You DID it!!!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/6/2013 9:31PM

    A great start to your 5% challenge. Isn't retirement wonderful?

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LATTELEE 3/6/2013 9:29PM

  Wow

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