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Shamrock Shuffle 8k Race Report

Thursday, April 18, 2013



This is my favorite race. This race and I have a history (was once the very last person to cross the finish line, etc., etc.). To read more about that... www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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After successfully running this race the past two years, and hitting a PR last year, this year I almost didn't run it. After running my first half marathon in January, I took some time off. Too much time off. So when I started running again, 2 weeks before this race, and couldn't run 2 miles without being sore, I was concerned. Plus I was going on a business trip early the next morning, and I felt compelled to just sit this one out.

But...

I didn't. Couldn't. This was my race. So I decided I would do my best and really just enjoy the day. The weather was great, mid-50s, so I joined the other 33,000 runners to kick off the racing season.





I had such a great time! I felt healthy, and knew I was doing something good for my body, and also my confidence as a runner. I could do this. And you know what? I finished less than a minute past my PR time, which I didn't think was possible given my non-existent training for this race. It reminds me how far I've come, and how fit I am now. I am so proud of myself for running and pushing forward.

I celebrated after the race with a customary beer, and cheered those who weren't there, such as my dad, my sister and my friend Jenn - all who have ran it in the past with me.



2013 (pic on top) and previous yrs. below:

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/22/2013 7:26PM

    emoticon emoticon Good for you! Everything doesn't have to be all or nothing. I'm so glad you did the race!

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IGSBETH 4/19/2013 3:14PM

    Awesome!

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 4/19/2013 12:46PM

    We were there! It was a freaking gorgeous day!!! You look great!

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KITHKINCAID 4/18/2013 1:51PM

    I missed you! But I was inside that big shiny building in the top picture - going through my own crazy morning - and thinking about you all the way! So glad you decided to run. Next year I'm there with you for sure!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 4/18/2013 1:09PM

    I love you!!!!

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35ANGELS 4/18/2013 12:56PM

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/18/2013 12:13PM

    Yay for you in pushing through to do it and just enjoy the experience. Great job!

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LINDAKAY228 4/18/2013 12:00PM

    You look so happy! Glad that you went out and did it anyway in spite of all the reasons you weren't going to. Awesome job!

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KAREN_NY 4/18/2013 11:59AM

    Sweet!! I especially like your digging in with a nod to the "history" you have on this one.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/18/2013 11:42AM

    A great moment in time on your wellness timeline. Your confidences is shinning.

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MANLEYSANDY 4/18/2013 11:33AM

    Awesome!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/18/2013 11:21AM

    I am always inspired by your accomplishments AND your positive spirit! I am so glad you ran the race -- I love that you continue to CONQUER and PREVAIL!

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SMILINGTREE 4/18/2013 11:18AM

    Congratulations! I admire that you ran at all. Thanks for sharing. I love the picture of you at the start line. (I'm just guess that's where you are.)

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