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My First 5K

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I finally did it! I participated in a benefit 5k on Saturday. It was a beautiful, cool morning, perfect for running. Before joining Spark People, I had not run in years, and would never have thought that I would be running in an actual race. A few months ago I did the virtual 5k on SP. The actual race was so much more rewarding. I learned how rewarding it can be to have others cheering you on and giving encouragement all along the way. Before I had gone half way, I began to experience hip pain which I have had some problems with in the past. I probably should have stopped, but I felt that I could not stop and let the rest of my team down. I didn't get to run as much as I would have liked, but I felt like such a success because I finished. A lady whom I had never met before stayed with me at the end of the race and gave me encouragement until the finish. I felt so blessed to have met such a wonderful caring person. I can't wait to get my hip problem taken care and start training for another race. Oh, by the way, I finished first in my division!!!!!! Thank you SP for helping me get started on this journey and for all the friends who are so helpful and encouraging.

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