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5k - Wounded Warrior Way


Monday, May 06, 2013

Well, the big day has come and gone. Thanks again to all who offered support and encouragement. My unofficial time for the event is 59:55. My best time yet.

I confess I wasn't really at my best coming into the event. People have been asking me for over a week, if I were excited. Truthfully, I wasn't. I was actually kind of dreading it. No good reason. It's just how I felt. Mostly, I just kind of ignored the whole thing until Sunday morning. Then, all I could think was, "What have I gotten myself into?" I don't know anything about this kind of event. I didn't know how to prepare. I was kind of panicked. Of course, it was much ado about nothing. I was ready. Everyone there was wonderful. I had a small bit of confusion with J, because he had trouble grasping the concept that, although we were walking, we were "runners".

The emotion of the event took me by surprise. I wasn't doing anything I hadn't done in the last two weeks, but there was something gratifying and satisfying about just "being there".

The weather was perfect. The sun was out brightly, the humidity was low and the temp was around 50. Alvernia University hosted the run, and they have a lovely campus. The terrain was a little rougher than I'm used to, but we were up to it. I had set a goal of finishing under an hour. The course was set up so that runners lapped the Alvernia track at both the start and end of the run. I was half joking with J that we should jog the last straight leg of the track. As we rounded the final bend, I glanced down at the race clock and saw it tick past 59:15, and was off like a grounded walrus. It wasn't pretty, but it got me where I was going, with 5 seconds to spare.

All in all, it was a great event. DW and number 2 daughter came along to cheer at the finish. As soon as my knees recover, I'll be AWESOME!
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CHANGINGHORSES 5/13/2013 8:51PM

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Sorry that I missed this, I have not been around. So HAPPY for you!

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PATTYR81 5/7/2013 4:05PM

    YAY for You!!!

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I admire your planning, execution and perseverance!!

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PMRUNNER 5/7/2013 9:27AM

    Way to go!

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LOVINGAFRICA 5/7/2013 7:58AM

    What a wonderful day! Will you do it again?
Proud of you Teamie!
Goal met!!!

Thank you for writing a wonderful blog!

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BBECKER1955 5/7/2013 7:07AM

    Way to go! Take care of those knees.
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CASEYSAUER 5/7/2013 6:50AM

    CONGRATULATIONS! That is FANTASTIC! You did what you said you would do! emoticon emoticon

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CORTNEY-LEE 5/6/2013 3:07PM

    great job!!
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BARCONIUS 5/6/2013 2:08PM

    Daughter number 3 has one picked out in August (she's the one who got me started in the first place). Don't know about it being addictive for me. Ask me later this week when my knees are better. I could only go 1.5 miles this morning.

I'm using Map My Walk to track. Don't own a single Apple product (don't get all technoligious on me. I remember your preference. B). ) It will combine well with Map My Ride for when I buy my next bicycle in a few weeks (It's actually already on lay-away).

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PLMITCH 5/6/2013 1:45PM

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Do you have another 5K in mind? Also, there are a lot of 5K training apps for iPhone / Android if you are looking for some help for your next race.

Believe me, it gets addictive! I've already logged three 5k's this year, with a 4th booked for June 8, which my DW is going to join me for (her first!).

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BIGPAWSUP 5/6/2013 11:35AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Snoopy Dance!

You did what you set out to do - I'm so happy for you. Give those knees some TLC - they earned it.

I know what you mean about the excitement at the event. There just isn't anything like it!

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