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Running for Water

Monday, April 29, 2013

So, Saturday I ran in the Oasis 5k to help build a well for clean drinking water in Africa. It was a relatively small race (well, I don't have a lot to compare it to, just the local Susan G komen race which is enormous) but a lot of fun.

I learned several things Saturday.

1) I can run a lot more than I think I can!) I ran a LOT. i'd say almost half the race, I actually ran! not consecutively of course, but my goal time was 50 minutes, and I did it 44:21.

2) My form is really awful, but not as bad as I thought. My shins gave me no trouble. I actually had an easier time running UP the hills than I did going down.

3) I really need to find a running group. I loved the social aspect of the race. Even though I did most of it effectively by myself, the last half mile or so I walked/ran with a super nice lady, and wound up pushing myself a little more than I might otherwise have.

4) I'm in love with running. I really enjoy it, for all I'm terrible at it, and I want to be better. I think that if I'm consistent, I can be.

5) Ow. I know what muscles to train. ;) I've been remiss in my strength training, and I've got to work harder at it.

Here's my overall chip results:

Your 5K time was 44:21
Your pace was 14:16/M
You were number 130 overall
You were number 10 of 13 in your age group 30-34

I want to improve that. I want to place in my age group. I want to run the whole thing.

I really did enjoy the whole experience, and hope to repeat it. I certainly think I need to add more 5ks into my schedule!
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JADOMB 5/11/2013 12:48PM

    Once you have a baseline, then it's easier to improve. Keep it up and Keep the faith.

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SIMONEKP 5/10/2013 12:57PM

    I did my first one this year. I don't know that I love running yet but it definitely something I plan to do again.

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MERRY_XMAS 4/30/2013 5:02PM

    Way to go!
Well done!!!!

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ASHLING9 4/30/2013 10:59AM

  I ran cross country for 9 years before I hurt my back and running up hill was MUCH nicer on my back than running down!

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PAPAMIKIE 4/30/2013 3:41AM

    Consistent gradual progress is what moves you along. not trying to do too much too soon, but being consistent with your practice and allow time to work for you.

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123ELAINE456 4/30/2013 2:35AM

  Congratulations!!! Sounds like You ran a Great Race to help build a Well for Clean Drinking Water in Africa which is Awesome!!! Keep It Up. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 4/29/2013 10:31PM

    Just doing the race and finishing it is such an accomplishment! Keep training and working hard and watch your ability improve. Of course, doing a race for a good cause is helpful motivation!

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BUBBLEJ1 4/29/2013 7:24PM

    Way to go!

I found the thing with running is the only way to get better is to run more! I even said to my running buddy a few weeks ago that running was getting way easier since we started actually training!

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-CORAL- 4/29/2013 1:46PM

    Racing is addictive! Way to go!

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OBIESMOM2 4/29/2013 12:35PM

    emoticon you go, girl!

I have a 5 mile at Stone Mountain this weekend (fund raiser for FODAC; Aimee Copeland will be there). I know from experience that's a TOUGH run. Lots of long hills. It's been a few years, but I know I can do it!

I plan to run a 5k on May 18th. It's been way too long since I ran a race. Gotta get back too it. I worked really hard to get my time below 35 min. I'm sure I've lost some of that, but I know I can get it back. I still want to break 30 min some day!

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KAMINEKO 4/29/2013 12:30PM

    Congratulations! Sounds like it was great experience for you and that it really inspired you. What a great cause, too!

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RUNNING-LIFE 4/29/2013 12:30PM

    WooHoo! Great things to learn- hope you do find a running group :)

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