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My first 10K


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Today was my first 10K. I look at that sentence and shake my head. Me, running a 10K! Whodathunkit???! I couldn't run a block three years ago. Today was the annual Crosstown Classic, North Side vs. South Side 10K.

I was up before the sun this morning since I had a long drive into the city and wanted to make sure I didn't get lost getting to the parking garage and meeting my daughter. I am SO not a city driver!

I made it to the parking garage fine.... until the door opened as I pulled up and I was faced with the STEEPEST incline I have ever seen! Then it was hairpin turns all the way up. I parked the car and felt like I had already ran the race, my heart was pounding so hard!

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This is a very popular race here, tons of people! I was expecting streets to be closed but that was not the case. They had us on the running/bike paths around Lake Michigan which while beautiful, a little crowded. This actually worked out well for me, forced me to take it nice and slow at first. I tend to get a little excited starting out.

We couldn't have asked for nicer weather. The sun danced beautifully on the water and the sail boats rocked gently. I never knew there was a water fountain on the back of McCormick Place. I've ridden my bike back there a handful of times but noticed it for the first time today.

I was really dazzled by the scenery and had to pull myself back into the race a few times! A couple people stopped abruptly in front of me to walk. Note to new runners out there, make sure to move over to the right when you want to slow down.

I slowed down to a walk three times to take a few sips of water they handed out and then again at 4.5 miles, my thighs started to burn. I gave myself 30 seconds and got going again.

25 Miles came on my playlist and I started singing "ah ah ah ah I'm so tired, but I just can't lose my stride!" At that point, I didn't care who heard me.

I lost my mind just a little bit coming up to the finish line. I can't remember what music they had playing at the finish line but I started grooving, singing and waving my arms around, as I ran up to the finish line. Call it runner's senility?!

I was just SO unbelievably happy to cross the finish line of a 10k. Me! I crossed the finish line of a 10K race. I can keep typing it but it is still not going to sink in! My time was just under an hour and seven minutes. I was very happy with that. I have one more 10K in November so I have time improve.

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The best part was spending the day with my daughter who recently coordinated the Chicago 2013 NEDA charity walk. She is my inspiration!




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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/5/2013 7:41AM

    Great report and great accomplishment! 10K is a milestone to be proud of.

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SMITTY4RL 10/4/2013 3:51PM

    emoticon job! I can relate--my first 10K was two weeks ago and I'm still thinking about it. Congrats!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/3/2013 2:42PM

    Congrats! Awesome!

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JMCCONNELL74 9/30/2013 6:30AM

    Still on vacation - but checking in to say - Awesome job, Kelly!! You absolutely rock! And 1 hr 7 is a good time too!

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I take it the heel was OK?

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JOANNA202 9/29/2013 4:25PM

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Congratulations! That's a fantastic achievement! Revel in that feeling of disbelief - soon enough you'll believe it, and then you'll be on to the next one.

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THINFITFEMINIST 9/29/2013 3:29PM

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LEXIEMUSTANG 9/29/2013 1:23PM

    Congrats on your first 10k!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 9/29/2013 12:52PM

    10K! Say it again, Kellie did a 10K with a great time! You did it girl! Are you feeling it today? I hope so cuz that will help the reality of it to sink in! Proud of you!!!
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BIGPAWSUP 9/29/2013 12:50PM

    How awesome!!! I'm hoping to do that one next year - sorry South Sider here! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 9/29/2013 12:15PM

    What an awesome accomplishment, and what a wonderful daughter you have! Congrats to both of you!!!!

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FUNLOVEN 9/29/2013 10:00AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Well, I could probably keep going with the Emoticons I am soooooo happy for you Kellie!

For a minute I thought you were going to talk about a ride you took on your motorcycle when you described that parking ramp - LOL !

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NUOVAELLE 9/29/2013 2:37AM

    YOU RAN A 10K!!! You should be proud of yourself because all of us, your sparkfriends, are really proud of you! It sounds like a really nice experience and I bet you're already looking forward to the next.
Congratulations both to you and your daughter!
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SUGAR0814 9/28/2013 9:47PM

    emoticon emoticon Congrats!!

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TATERCAT 9/28/2013 9:32PM

    Oh my God I'm so extremely happy for you! And proud! Congratulations Kellie! Well done!

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THOMASINA57 9/28/2013 8:54PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog! Whoo Hoooooo What a major accomplishment!

Many Many moons ago when I was much younger, I remember running my first 10K and your excitement took me right back there.. thank you..for putting a big emoticon on my face!

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FITFOODIE806 9/28/2013 8:33PM

    Wooooo! Hoooooo! So awesome. Sounds like a great experience. Congrats!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 9/28/2013 8:02PM

    Ohmygosh, that is soooo very awesome! Congrats on your accomplishment!

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DELIA38961 9/28/2013 8:01PM

    congrats emoticon so glad it was a beautiful day for you and walking with your daughter was extra special emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 9/28/2013 7:54PM

    Congratulations on your first 10K!
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GRANDMAFRANNY 9/28/2013 5:50PM

    HEY,HEY,HEY. YOU GO GIRL. emoticon , emoticon , emoticon . MOM-DAUGHTER TIME THAT IS IMPORTANT. MY DAUGHTER LIVES ABOUT 10 MIN. FROM ME BUT SHE HAS HUSBAND, 3 KIDS 1 ( SPECIAL NEEDS) SO HER TIME IS "HER FAMILY". SO THAT IS WHY I HAVE SPARK FAMILY. emoticon . SPENT 4 HRS/ AT ART & CRAFT (VOLUNTEER) FAIR SO THAT PUT X-TRA STEP'S BUT I AM SO PROUD I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT. NOW !! GET INTO THAT SHOWER & CHILL OUT. GOD BLESS YOU & BLESSED REST OF WEEKEND I AM WATCHING COLLEGE emoticon . emoticon .

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NICKYCRANE 9/28/2013 5:40PM

    congratulations! I wonder if I shall ever achieve a 5k?! It was obviously a tremendous experience.

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TRIXIETEXAS 9/28/2013 5:16PM

    Wow! I'm so proud of you and your dedication. You just keep on going, girl!

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DIVADOLL73 9/28/2013 4:51PM

    emoticon on your first 10K I am only 7 days away from my first 5K emoticon emoticon on your run. Thats a BIG milestone!!!!

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