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5K for Earth Day

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I have to admit I had not trained for this race at all. I kept "meaning too" but I never got up and actually TRAINED. So I went into this race with nothing but determination. Well, determination and Green Day (my music of choice for the day - American Idiot).

I was up at my normal 5 am. I had a good breakfast (Kashi GoLean with yogurt and blackberries is BEYOND YUMMY). I got dressed and we did our normal before pictures:

We got to the race early. I have to say, Humboldt park is lovely and FULL of dogs. It was fun spending about 45 minutes playing with multiple dogs in the park. Then they called for the line-up.

We had a great "warm-up" with the host/announcer. He is a personal trainer and really helped get the blood pumping. Then we had 26.2 seconds of silence for Boston. There was a lovely woman who sang the Star Spangled Banner, but tears to my eyes. Then, they blew the whistle.

The first mile was a breeze. I felt good and strong. My pace was really steady, gait felt good and open. I was dead middle of the pack. Perfect. Sun was shining and we had a nice breeze. Mile two was a carbon copy of mile one. I was rocking!

Then the lack of training HIT! And it hit hard. I started having trouble with my breath, but I kept pushing. I hit the 2.5 and I had a horrible stitch in my side. Legs were fine, torso was KILLING me. I felt like the air was leaving my lungs. Where the h-e-double hockey sticks was mile 3?

I almost dropped to a walk 3 times. I had the hardest time but I kept jogging. My turtles running through peanut butter quote kept going through my mind. Some how it worked with September?!? We started up the ONLY hill in the park and . . . what was that. The 3 mile mark? I huffed my way there and could see the finish - down hill.

I'm not certain where I found it, but I "sprinted" (as much as a running turtle can sprint) across the finish line. 31 min, 18 sec. Not a PR but that come out to a 10 min mile average. THAT I'm very happy with.

I walked it off, took pictures with some of the people I chatted with. Then hubby and I decided that China Town sounded yummy. So off to our favorite spot. We had about 45 minutes before the restaurant opened so we walked around, I ran up and down some stairs. I was playing with my runner's high.

Sitting in the restaurant, I looked at my fitbit. It wasn't on! I had not recorded one step for the race. I didn't know you could turn these things off. Still don't know how I did it. I was happy with my run but really upset over losing my step count.

Once I got home, I checked my fitbit and found out it had recorded only 200 steps on the day! I was pissy. Pissy lead to action. I was not going to let my 5K day be my worst day of the week for fitbit. I calculated my steps for the raced and the walking in China town by distance covered but that wasn't going to help my fitbit badges. emoticon

I harnessed the dogs and went back out the front door. We walked/ran a total distance of 5 miles. There girls were good but the trail was busy. I had a stupid interaction with some guy who was overly amazed that there was a snake on the trail. He really had to warn me, and the family on bikes. Good grief, call Ripley's, we are walking around a marsh and there was a real live snake. I really hope he went home and called the media! (End sarcasm) Some people should never venture into nature!

So the fitbit reads 10,525 for the day so far. I figured the I covered about 15,000 steps between the race and China town. So I'm going with a total of 25,000+ on the day. Not too shabby. Funny part is, I'm less tired today than after a day of work. Go figure!

Me and the Trainer/Host. Guy was cool!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PMRUNNER 4/30/2013 10:31AM

    Thanks for the lively race report! Sounds like fun!

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KJELLYBEAN15 4/30/2013 10:12AM

    Just like cell phones. I can't recall what we used to do without those fitbits. I know that had to be a stressor. But hey - great job on the 5K. Sorry, but I really think you did awesome. And yes, I am still the turle treading peanut butter. But I tread and haven't drown yet. Keep up the great work. Love the outfit.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 4/29/2013 9:34AM

    I love your outfit! Your comment about the guy on the trail that was telling everyone about the snake made me snort my water. Geez, really dude, get over it! I see snakes whenever I walk/run on my street. What do I do? I pick them up and put them in my garden. Geez...some guys....

I totally get being pissy about your fitbit steps. I lost mine yesterday and even though I redid my 4 mile walk to find it, I never did. I ordered a new one, and I'm wearing a cracked one now, but still--I miss the one I lost. It's terrible how addicted we get to our gadgets.

Great job, Kitty! You are emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 4/29/2013 12:31AM

    I LOVE your outfit!!!!!! I so wish I had it and would look as good in it as you do! emoticon Great job on your race!! Sorry to hear about the fitbit though. It sounds like you had an amazing day all the way around despite the setback of your steps not being counted with your fitbit.

Yeah, I'm with you about nature and people! Hello, you are in nature and you saw a snake?! OMG! That snake is going to try to kill all of you! Oy!! That's like people who encounter other wild animals when they move out away from the city. What did you expect...the animals to say, "Oh there's a human being here and we need to respect their boundaries and not go near them or their house"!

emoticon on your race and an amazing day! emoticon emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 4/28/2013 6:38PM

    I am so impressed! You did that without training? Wow! Looking good!

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MICHELLEPHANT 4/28/2013 5:12PM

    You are super awsumtastic lil girly!

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JUMPINJULIE 4/28/2013 5:07PM

    You are awesome.

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DARLY55 4/28/2013 4:57PM

    WOW! You are amazing! I aspire to be more like you!
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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/28/2013 3:25PM

    emoticon and love your tutu rock emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 4/28/2013 2:48PM

    That sounds like so much fun, and the tu tu, hilarious, so cute!!

The snake issue, also hilarious, in a much different way though!

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NILLAPEPSI 4/28/2013 2:06PM

    Ohhhh! Bad FitBit!!! emoticon your TuTu!!! That is so emoticon You did great!! emoticon

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VTRICIA 4/28/2013 1:08PM

    Oh my gosh, I would have been livid if my fitbit missed a 5 k! But then, I'm training on bike and the fitbit sometimes counts "steps", sometimes not. But running, that's what it's for!

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BODYLIKEBRIT 4/28/2013 1:08PM

    You are the most energetic person I have ever seen! Congratulations on such a fabulous race!

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Wahay, for the Earth Day 5K!

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MJREIMERS 4/28/2013 10:02AM

    emoticon on hanging in there even with the fitbit chaos! What a great day you had, overall! Now I'm motivated to take my two out for their walk!!

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JUSTME29 4/28/2013 10:02AM

    Sounds like a great day overall, even with the lack of proper training. As the weather gets nicer that will get easier, at least until the true heat of the summer hits.

I don't get people with snakes. It must be some primeval thing. They really don't bother me although I know to be cautious (just because he's not poisonous doesn't mean I want to get bitten), but I know people at work that just absolutely freak out a the mere mention of a snake.

If you figure out the fitbit thing let me know? I didn't know you could turn them off either short of not recharging them or plugging them in and turning off through the computer. Neither of which can "just happen".

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FLEURGARDEN 4/28/2013 9:54AM

    I love the tutu - sure makes it easy for people to spot you in the crowd!

And I had to laugh at the guy freaking out about a snake. People are so clueless about nature these days.

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OWL_20 4/28/2013 9:32AM

    Congratulations on a the 5K, even with poor-ish training, you did great! Although I have to side-eye the tutu--what was it like to run in one of those things? Cool pictures!

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CBGBG5 4/28/2013 9:18AM

    Looks like fun! Way to rock another race - and for making that fitbit work overtime.

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ONMYMEDS 4/28/2013 9:03AM

    Wish I had known about this one. We used to live close to Humboldt Park. You certainly had a beautiful day for a race. Great job, and terrific outfit!!


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CASEYSAUER 4/28/2013 7:31AM

    LOVE the tutu! You had an amazing day! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 4/28/2013 6:53AM

    I seriously. ADORE that outfit. Well done on your daily steps!

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KELLIEBEAN 4/28/2013 6:38AM

    Nice job! Your drive and determination is very inspiring!


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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 4/28/2013 6:12AM

    AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!! Love that you went back out and killed it again!!!

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ANATASHIKI 4/28/2013 1:43AM

    I love your tutu emoticon congrats on doing it without training emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 4/28/2013 12:47AM

    Congrats on an awesome run! I hate when my fitbit turns itself off! It sucks!!

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ASILLA 4/28/2013 12:15AM

    Amazing day WTG 31min 17 sec is great! + another 5 with the girls :) ..funny story about the guy with the snake, hee hee LOVE your tutu race outfit, how cute!! Great pics!!

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WARRIORGIRL121 4/27/2013 11:03PM

    There's my girl! emoticon job! emoticon blog! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/27/2013 10:58PM

    LOVE the tutu. Excellent! You survived. That's a good thing, right! HUGS and proud that you did it.

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PHEBESS 4/27/2013 10:39PM

    Wow, sounds like a great day - and congrats on the race - 10 min. mile is great!

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