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Hula Dash 5k-Came in Last

Friday, July 19, 2013

I came in last for the Hula Dash 5k. It's okay, because I think it'll be a good benchmark for future reference.

This isn't a before/after blog. It's a right now blog. I (exhaustedly) jogged and walked the mostly flat course in morning mugginess/humidity that is not very much like typical San Diego. In light of the extreme weather that so many people are facing, it's hardly worth mentioning, but I'm sure it slowed me down a little. More than that, my general lack of consistent exercise is what really left me behind. I was very lucky that Heather agreed to do this with me, and was sweet enough to run back toward me when she got too far ahead.

Mostly, this is a picture blog. A right now blog. The inaugural event only had about 30 attendees. The photos were done by the organizer's friend and uploaded to Facebook for free. There's nothing quite like abundant, mostly candid photos by someone who isn't concerned about only showing you the most flattering ones. ;)


I was kind of faking the joy - because it was hard running in at the end, and the cheering by everyone else for me, the last person, made me laugh, but also made me a bit embarrassed .

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    The important part is you finished. Congrats. emoticon
    1536 days ago
    I completely echo everything these wonderful people have said about just finishing it to begin with. Finishing what we start is such an important and difficult achievement - so your strength and will-power to finish is a major accomplishment! Really proud of you!
    1541 days ago
    wow, how inspiring! i "worry" about being last. but as they say, no matter how slow you go, you're lapping everybody on the couch, right? :)

    LOVE your purple & flowers! fake that joy 'til you make it-- it's infectious!
    1544 days ago
    Yes, you DID finish ahead of all those who don't get out to exercise at all.
    This one time, in high school, I was playing doubles in ping pong with a guy I had a crush on and we lost every single game. Came in dead last! I think it was my crush getting to me!
    1544 days ago
    You finished ahead of all the people who stayed home on the couch. Do not feel embarrassed! I'm attending an event on Saturday and fully expect to be "last". Most of the competitors are hard core athletes. I signed up just to start something and finish it and prove to myself that I can do it. Based on the training classes I attended, I'll be last and I'm totally OK with that.
    1546 days ago
    Honey you did it and that is what counts. Like you said it's where you are right now and you have a benchmark to aim for the next time it comes around. Keep at it you'll get faster and faster I'm sure. Great job!!!
    1548 days ago
    Be very proud of yourself for going out there and doing what you plan on doing. You finished and that's what matters. I've came in last on several 5k, but I did let that discourage me from finding others to participate in. You have come a long way and have ups and downs, like all of us, but keep going strong. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1548 days ago
  • AMBER281
    Great job finishing!!
    You may have came in last but there were lots of people who would not have even tried so you did amazing!
    1550 days ago
    Finishing is its own kind of winning. And you look gorgeous in all that purple--right now! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1550 days ago
  • DEBBIE84
    That is awesome! You ran and you finished! Congrats. I could not do that if my life depended on it. emoticon
    1550 days ago
    You are so awesome! I truly admire you! Way to go!
    1550 days ago
    As I get pooped walking through the local Walmart! I am Waayy impressed with your Hula Dash! emoticon
    1551 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/20/2013 2:50:25 PM
  • MJ7DM33
    1551 days ago
  • NEWSGIRL2177
    You finished! That's what matters. Seriously. I know what you mean. I was there and we've been down this road before. Remember when I finished second to last in the Fearless race, just barely ahead of the girl with the broken leg?! Hahaha. I laugh now, but I didn't then. You're right, it's a benchmark. Now you have a "low" of sorts and a high, your PR. And so many other awesome things in between. With many, many more to come. And I can't wait to see what's next!
    1551 days ago
    I think you did awesome emoticon
    1551 days ago
    Never be embarassed about finishing when so many people can't even get started!!!

    1552 days ago
    Well done for attending and completing it!!! I love your outfit!!!
    1552 days ago
  • KNH771
    I'd come in last of 30 too. Great for you for sticking with it! We need some more fun themed run/walks where I live. emoticon
    1552 days ago
    Wow, only 30 attendees! I'm surprised you were faking the joy in those pics, you really do look happy. Great job completing the race and looking cute while at it!
    1552 days ago
  • CECE0330
    Fun! I wanna run wearing a lei! Here's what I have learned about running: I am only competing against MYSELF. Did i have a good run? Great! Not so much? Do better next time. And most DEFINITELY the weather plays a huge part in how I do.

    My SIL was once told by a fellow runner, when she came in last: "You beat every single person who didn't get off the couch today." I LOVE that. emoticon

    1552 days ago
    You finished and you participated! emoticon
    1552 days ago
    YOU FINISHED!!! Thats all that matters, be proud of yourself!
    1552 days ago
  • EG8383
    It's amazing that you went through with this 5k even though your exercise hasn't been consistent. You didn't let that stop you from taking part in this amazing event. Yes you were last BUT you completed it with a smile on your face even if it was out of embarrassment or fake. You finished strong by running to the finish line, GREAT JOB!!!!
    1552 days ago
    It doesn't matter that you were last. It matters that you did it! I can't run five feet, much less 5k. Congratulations! emoticon
    1552 days ago
    I have run 44 5Ks. I have been last in at least 30 of 'em.

    The best way I process it in my head is - I have POWER, for I make everyone else into a winner. ;)
    1552 days ago
    Such a cute outfit! And GREAT JOB, Joce! The fact is that SOMEONE has to be last at every race, and this one was tiny. If you hadn't been last, it just would've been someone else. :) You did it with such panache! I ran a 10K at the beginning of June that I was pretty sure I had a good chance of being last in, standing around at the start - sizing everyone up, looking at how small the field was. There was this one really old man and I was like... I could maybe at least beat him. I think I was ahead of 5 people when it was all said and done. One of them was that old man! Two or 3 of them were people that I would've guessed would be in front of me! This one lady was the only one who passed me after the race got strung out, and I heard her comment to the old man after we turned around and were passing him on the way back that she guessed it was his turn to be last because she was last the year before.

    And then a little while later she passed me right before driving up a hill that left me in her dust! :) The great thing about this stuff is that we're all at our own place in our progression and the main person we're trying to beat is ourselves - to improve and and also win the battle against backsliding and giving up.

    Anyway! Again, great job, and cute pictures, and great job! :)
    1552 days ago
    Good for you! You got out there and did it!!!! emoticon
    1552 days ago
    You finished! That is the cool thing...i can't even really walk, or even run for that matter, 1 mile. You did awesome!! Good for you!!
    1552 days ago
    Well first of all emoticon on finishing! A 5k is no easy feat for a lot of people. And although it may have been a little embarrassing to come in last, it's also noteworthy that the fewer attendees the more difficult it is to place. Finally, you are at a point right now when you're noticing the things holding you back (yourself) and are hopefully taking those into serious consideration when planning how to meet your next goal. Keep pressing forward, Joc. You're doing great.
    1552 days ago
    emoticon On completing the race! Hold your head high for not giving in!
    1552 days ago
    LOVE your purple-- it is aftger all one of my favorite colors! KUDOS to you for doing it period!
    1552 days ago
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