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4 Times a Finish Line, or Good News in Shoes

Saturday, January 18, 2014

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That's my day so far. I also did laundry, invented a new cake for me, did a favor to work, and dropped off my lotion to sell. emoticon

Son was sick at night, and wife was watching him the first half of night. My turn came around 3 AM, but son was fine and wife was snoring. Covered them with extra blankets and went back to bed. Here comes the day. My morning started with an in bed stretch then checking on my wife and son again. OK! Time to get ready for a race. Did my routine and was out the door (after goodbyes of course).

Showed up for a 10 AM race at 8:15 AM. Yikes, wrong race series, this one doesn't start at 9. Well, what's a runner to do? Yes, I went running. Ran the entire loop of 3.1 miles (5k). Stayed cool, went inside, put on my race clothes, stretched, talk to friends and others, then headed outside. Took off quick in this one. Knew I couldn't hold up the entire race, but wanted to push and see what I had. BTW- it is still cold outside with wind. Started out in 10th out of around 100. Passed a few, got passed, slowed down, finished strong enough. Final time of 23:54 (I think), with a split of 7:23 per mile (computer). emoticon emoticon emoticon

Now here is the best part. I stop, catch my breath, and start jogging back up the route. Find my friend Christine, and run the rest of her race as a pacer. She hits a best time of 30:20. emoticon

Turn back around and jog to another friend, she's having a rough time. Run her back to the finish also. Not looking all that good, I leave her with some of her partners. Funny that none of her friends came back to pick her up.

That was my exercise for the day. About 7.5 miles outside in the Michigan winter.

Now some side notes for the day. I finished first in my age group emoticon , and 9th overall. My first top ten. emoticon The cake I made was with GF yellow mix, fat free vanilla pudding, cranberries, vanilla whey powder, and toped off with some toffee peanut crumbles. Only about 2080 calories for the entire thing. emoticon I only ate around one forth of it. (calorie replacement). Everything else is just a side note for the day.

It's 4:42 PM, taking the kids bowling, and have the rest for resume (goal) work.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day, great weekend, and making plans for a spectacular week.

Loving Life and Everyone here, Konrad emoticon
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    Great result! Cake sounds good too.
    1450 days ago
    Great job! I bet your friends really appreciated you coming back for them!
    1459 days ago
    What an awesome day! So happy to hear of the running such a fantastic pace! And first in your age group = awesome.
    Did you see the recipe for the gluten free chocolate raspberry cake on the sparkrecipes site? I haven't decided if I'm going to make it or not. I might scale it down to make a smaller one just in case I don't like it...again, not sure. Let me know if you make it and how you think it turns out -

    1459 days ago
    Wow, you're a regular running machine, Konrad! Congratulations on the great finish and for having the energy to prop up so many other people. All great stuff.
    1460 days ago
  • KATHY47802
    Wonderful Post! You had a fabulous day (aside from your poor sick son - I hope he has recovered quickly and your wife is resting) What a great run you had and what a great supporter of your friends! I cannot imagine running in that cold weather -you're a trooper. Keep up the great energy and spread it to everyone around you like you did in the race.

    Thanks for sharing a positive experience

    1461 days ago
    Oh my Gracious emoticon emoticon GREAT JOB!

    & in the Michigan Cold? How did you do that? emoticon

    Be so very proud of YOU!!!


    From ' Go the Distance' Spark Team
    1462 days ago
    What a wonderful day! Love the cake recipe, I'm going to have to try to recreate it!
    1462 days ago
    That literally sounds like the BEST DAY EVER!!
    Hell, I am inspired just reading, can't imagine how great it must have felt to have lived it
    Love that you had your first top 10 finish (you are freakin' fast by the way) - I am one of those people that would be back a ways struggling - 35 minutes for a 5K is my best time- sad but true (but beats all those people on the couch!!!) Your cake sounds yummy, yummy, yummy. Hope your son is feeling better and that you have a great day tomorrow. Thanks for all of the notes and cheer ups that you have sent. I am just getting through one day at a time, which is as good as it gets right now.
    1462 days ago
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