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Race Report: YOSA 5K

Saturday, April 13, 2013

This morning, I was scheduled to run a 5K with my dad and stepmom. The 5K benefits the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, which is a big deal in my family since nearly everyone is in some way involved with music, symphonies, orchestras, etc. I signed up for this one and was looking forward to it, because I haven't been able to run much lately. Then, on Wednesday, a major cold front blew through San Antonio, and we dropped overnight from the mid-90s to the mid-40s. With that front came some sort of bug, and within hours, I was plagued with a chest/sinus/throat illness. Ugh.

Unfortunately, while I do feel much better today than I did a few days ago, I was still coughing all night, and the last thing I wanted to do was aggravate my lungs so much that I caught bronchitis again, as I seem to be very susceptible to catching bronchitis these last few years. I decided to play it safe, and walk this 5K. To make sure I did so, I dressed in jeans, a regular bra, and a tshirt - clothes that would be absolutely uncomfortable to run in, so that I wouldn't get tempted to start running once I was crossing the start line. It's a good thing I did this, because I was definitely tempted to run many times. I kept saying, "I could just run slow, I'd be okay..." but then I couldn't, not in those clothes. So I managed to walk the whole course.

I'd never run this particular area before, which took us through the streets in Alamo Heights, a small - and very wealthy - city embedded in the middle of San Antonio. It was a beautiful route where we passed many old, rich, fancy houses. It was also a very hilly route, which made it much more difficult at times for the 5K, another reason it's probably good I didn't run today! I'm too sick for big hills!

Because I wasn't running, I didn't bring my heart rate monitor or a watch or anything. I had no idea what pace I was going, but I hoped I was keeping up a 16-min mile, which is about the best I've walked in the past. A 17-min mile is closer to my normal. I really hoped to walk the 5K in 48-50 mins. When I came around the last corner and saw the clock in the distance, I thought it said 48-something, and I was pleased. Then I got closer and saw that it said 43-something.

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My official time, walking, in non-athletic clothes, with a chest cold, on hills, was 43:34. That is a 14:03/mile pace, and is only 8 minutes exactly faster than my best running 5K time (35:34). Holy donkeys. Wow.



This is me after the walk. I was flabbergasted and ecstatic. Seriously? I kept up a 14-min-mile pace? I don't think I've EVER walked that fast before. I used to RUN slower than that! I didn't even know it was possible for me to walk faster than a 16-min mile. I'm elated. This is just awesome.

Afterwards, my family went to breakfast with my dad, stepmom, and half-sister, and now we all can't wait to do our next run! We're starting to look into future 5Ks already. :D
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CHANGINGSAM 4/16/2013 10:37AM

    Congrats on your 5K! Hope you feel better soon!

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LINDAKAY228 4/15/2013 9:41AM

    Awesome job! Congratulations on such a great time when everything was against you!!

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That is crazy!!! Way to go!!!!!
And I can see the red in your hair in this pic...cute!!! :)

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CYALE76 4/14/2013 6:34AM

    emoticon I love that your dad and family are involved in running as well, makes a great way to spend a family day with them. Hope you feel better soon

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CAKEMAKERMOM 4/13/2013 6:59PM

    That's great that your body is that much stronger that you can go faster with a chest cold!

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KAMINEKO 4/13/2013 5:07PM

    Congrats! Truly impressive walk pace, sick or not!!! emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 4/13/2013 3:25PM

    You look so invigorated in a flush of victory. Good job on your time. That is a beautiful areas of S.A.
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SKINNYINMYHEAD 4/13/2013 2:58PM

    Congrats on a great 5k time - walking!! Yeah you!

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LITTLETEALOVER 4/13/2013 2:41PM

    Holy cow! That is a fast walk! My normal "activity" walking speed is more like 18-something. My casual walk is even slower. I'm impressed!

I like your plan of wearing jeans and stuff so you wouldn't be tempted to run. Good thinkning! Hope you're back to 100% soon.

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KEELIE21 4/13/2013 1:04PM

    Congrats on both your time AND knowing when to take it easy!

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ROBYNROSE26 4/13/2013 12:59PM

    Awesome Amanda!

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