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    APRILRUSSELL3   31,203
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My first 5K was a good experience.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Yesterday afternoon was The Muddy Trails Bash in The Woodlands, TX. I ran it in 45 minutes and 19 seconds and I ran the whole time. I didn't stop to walk at all. The course was difficult with sand traps and many hills. The dirt part was full of rocks. On the other hand, it didn't rain!
I had a good time and didn't let myself run too fast to where I'd burn out. At one water station I grabbed a paper cup of water but couldn't get much in my mouth and keep jogging so I poured it over my head. I ended up passing some people who took off quickly and then began walking but of the 'slow folks' I wasn't the fastest. My husband said not to call it a race because if it was a race, it went really bad for me! He has a warped sense of humor so I'll forgive him. As I neared the finish line, I poured on all the speed I could muster. As I crossed the finish line the announcer congratulated me by name! Okay so they do that with all the stragglers but it still felt really good to get star treatment. And I got a medal!
My husband and I had had some crawfish before the run so afterward we went to a quiet little restaurant near the area and celebrated the day. I was starving but I stayed in my range anyway and did good. All in all a successful day. My next 5K is scheduled for my vacation. I am going to Colorado to visit family the last week of June and my brother and I signed up to do a 5K together in Denver. I have plenty of time to get faster and strengthen my knees before then. I am really looking forward to it.
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LIVESTRONG2010 4/18/2014 4:32PM

    Sounds like an awesome 5K to me.

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 4/7/2014 6:53AM

    45 minutes? WOW, that is outstanding! What a GREAT job. You should be so proud of you, and you didn't walk at all?? I think that's GREAT especially for a first race. Good for you!! Hip, Hip, Hooray!!!

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CFMOSS 4/7/2014 6:34AM

    You did great! emoticon You signed up for, prepared for, started AND FINISHED the race. It's amazing how good you do feel when you cross that finish line. emoticon One of my longer range but getting shorter range goals for this year is to run a 5K - I haven't in several years - I hate getting on a treadmill to run right now and my running partner, my DD is in questionable shape. But I'll hold on to your success and accomplishment and use it to propel me forward (ugh...I'm tired thinking about it emoticon )

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SERENE-BEAN 4/6/2014 9:02PM

    I am SO impressed with you!!

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CTUPTON 4/6/2014 6:49PM

    You did it! That should give you confidence that you can do other things !

Awesome! chris

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/6/2014 4:45PM

  How exciting it that ! I don't know the stats on that, but just doing it, and on that terain is good! emoticon emoticon

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IDICEM 4/6/2014 10:36AM

  emoticon emoticon Great job, April! And what fun to schedule a race with your brother. emoticon

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TWESTEN1 4/6/2014 10:13AM

    Fabulous job April! It sounds like you had a lot of fun. I am very proud of you ...way to go!

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LESLEE33 4/6/2014 9:49AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You did an amazing job!!! What a great accomplishment!

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