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St. Patrick's Day 5K

Saturday, March 16, 2013

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I hope everyone is having a fantabulous day! This will be my first blog adding pictures. I hope I do this right.

Today was the second time I ran in our local St. Patrick's day 5K. Last year it was a beautiful sunny morning, about 72 degrees at that time of the day. It was so much fun, I vowed to get better for next year.

This is what I was hoping to look like for another 70-degree race:



I believe it was a balmy 28 degrees this morning. So this is what I ended up wearing (I am on the right):



My daughter (she's on the left) did it with me this year which was wonderful. She lives in the city and I am out in the burbs so it's always a thrill to spend time with her!



She recently landed a job as the general manager of a local fitness center. It was great to have her there to keep me moving!

I didn't think too much about the temperature since I was too worried about being late. Her train came in this morning with just enough time to park and walk a few blocks to the gear check and line up.

We made it in plenty of time to get in line and dance around to songs on my Iphone. Okay, I danced a bit and sang a bit, she shook her head and laughed a bit. It's what we do. I have only done a few races and I just LOVE the thrill of taking off with everyone!

I lost her at just over two miles. I slowed down a bit, the cold air finally got to me. I picked it back up and was thisclose to catching back up to her and I got snarled in a slow moving group.

With about two blocks to go and the finish line in site, my legs were done but I channeled spark member BIGPAWSUP and told myself "oh HELL no you are NOT slowing down now!" I pushed it, grunted and chanted 'COME ON" "COME ON" out loud until I crossed the finish line.

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My time, drum roll please...... 34:19, six seconds fast than last year!!!! WHOOOO!! I'll take it considering it was such a beautifully, comfortable day last year and today was cold, damp and a little sleet thrown in at the end for an extra good time. I had a huge smile on my face and a tear in my eye when I crossed the finish line. I am SO happy I am strong and active and that I shared today with my wonderful daughter!

Next up, a charity 5K next month. Fingers crossed for better weather and a few more seconds off my time!


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FITMOMINNJ 3/26/2013 3:20PM

    Congrats Lady:) Love the pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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WENDYANNE61 3/18/2013 4:12PM

    Yes, yes, yes! You go for it, girl! emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 3/18/2013 9:40AM

    Fantastic! Great job!!

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-AMANDA79- 3/17/2013 10:23PM

    Great time and super cute pics!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/17/2013 11:49AM

    You and your daughter are so cute! Thank you for sharing your wonderful day! And congrats on your improved time in less than the best conditions!
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DARLY55 3/17/2013 8:50AM

    Great account of a fun day, great accomplishment made even more special by having your daughter with you! WOW! I'm excited for you!
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TDEMAIO2 3/17/2013 8:29AM

    WOO HOO Your AWESOME emoticon emoticon emoticon

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May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows your dead..
An Irish Blessing

Have a wonderful day babe
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HOLLYM48 3/16/2013 10:11PM

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I just signed up for my first 5K because after reading all these blogs, it just seems like such a fun thing to do. Great job! Way to rock that St. Patty's Day 5K! emoticon

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AM_MORRIS87 3/16/2013 10:11PM

    YAAAAY! I'm so proud of you! It's also so great to see pics of you and your daughter! I'm glad you had a great time, and I wish I could have been there to run it with you lol!

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BIGPAWSUP 3/16/2013 8:41PM

    Oh I am SOOOO proud of you! How awesome! Oh HELL YEAH!!!!

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That is great! You look awesome as does your daughter! What a fun way to spend the day! No races here -huge piles of snow and ice on the ground and -9 F temps :P A good day for indoor exercising. Our winter has lasted six long months and counting, with the first heavy snowfall happening Oct 15. There are some bold, hardy runners that get out in it, but its just too bad for any races to be held.
Enjoy your St. Patrick's Day!

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LORILEEPAGE 3/16/2013 8:03PM

    Awesome!!

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 3/16/2013 7:59PM

    That's awesome!

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