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LOSINGLISA
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First 5K-Happy Mother's Day to Me!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Yesterday was the memorial 5K I had signed up for about a month ago. It was my first one, and I had only been running for about two weeks at that time. My 13 year old daughter, her friend, and her friend's parents also did it. When I woke up, the day was dreary: cool, rainy, generally blechy. I was excited anyway, but a little bummed at the prospect of getting soaked. I was really more concerned that my iphone might get wet and I cannot imagine running without music! My husband had made me an awesome playlist the night before, with a few surprise songs in it, and I wanted to have it with me! By the time we got over to the location, the sun started breaking through, and when the starting horn went off, it was beautiful out! I ran with the pack and eventually had my own space. We ran past houses where people stood outside clapping, and the first water station actually made me choke up a little when I saw the volunteers selflessly handing out water! I'm such a sap! I'm not that familiar with the area, so when I finally saw the back of the school and realized I was close to the finish line, I couldn't believe it! I finished in less that 30 minutes if I subtract a bit for how far away I was from the start line, and 30 minutes was my best ever time in training, so I was very happy. More than that, it was just the feeling that I had done something for myself, by myself, that I had set out to do and it was something I NEVER thought I would do in my life! I think most of this game is mental, and there is just a great feeling of overcoming the desire to give up, slow down, take it easy, etc. Thanks to all the support I've gotten from people I only know through Spark!
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  • CUTENHEALTHY
    I love hearing about your joy from this. I love that your husband made you a special playlist!
    1051 days ago
  • SIMABON31
    Great job! Especially for not having run much beforehand!
    1293 days ago
  • 25OPTIMIZE
    I'm so impressed that your husband would do that for you. And the first race I ever ran, I was high giving all the volunteers as I went by - I'm sure I added an extra km just doing that. But do I ever appreciate that there are people who will do that, you are so right to feel awe about it.

    Please put a link to your blog in the race thread. It's a great "first race" story.
    1300 days ago
  • ISLANDNESTER
    I don't know you at all,but I am so happy for you!What were your surprise songs?and how sweet was that of your husband. emoticon Congrats!!!!!!!
    1300 days ago
  • BBOWER2005
    Good job! I am working towards my first 5K. I am a few weeks out yet! This gives me hope!
    1301 days ago
  • CYND59
    Good for you! Now you can train for a 10k. LOL!
    Sounds like it turned out to be a wonderful day. That was a good time for your run. Keep up the good work!
    1301 days ago
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