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My 1st official 5k to kick-start 2014!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hello friends!

I haven't blogged in a while but I had some inspiration today so here it goes. This morning I ran my 1st official 5k of 2014. It was the same race I started out 2013 with. I couldn't find anyone to run with me and DH really wanted to take the boys fishing (opening weekend) so I decided to go it solo. It was awesome! A beautiful spring day, perfect for running, not too sunny or windy.

I did not have my best time today. I finished this same race last year in 38:36 and today crossed the finish line at 38:40. I felt I was keeping a great pace and felt I pushed myself but when I came in over last year's time I was initially a bit disappointed. However the overall felling of joy in the accomplishment of running the entire distance overrode the disappointment (part of the runners high I guess).

Then the coolest thing happened. As I was stretching I was approached by a woman who told me that she was impressed with the even pace I kept throughout the race and that I inspired her to keep up. I guess she was in back of me and I was her "white rabbit" so to speak. It was really nice and she was right. I did feel (maybe for the first time) that I was in total control of my pace and I wasn't having to slow down or speed up as often as usual.

I've definitely lost some time over the winter. Even though I used the treadmill often, I felt like today I was dusting myself off and kick-starting another great running year. I progressively improved my time on each 5k last year and finished my last race of 2013 in 36:31. I realize that I now have the mental confidence to know I can finish a 5k without having to slow down to a walk at all. That was last year's goal. So now it's time to improve my speed this year!

This race took place in a local park that also has salt water beachfront. After the race I sat down on a park bench and gazed out into the ocean daydreaming. I took some time to think about some of my short, medium and long term goals. (I've been reading the Spark book lately). It was nice to have the alone time and to be able to think clearly. One thing I realized is that being around runners is such a great environment to be in. I think runners are in general positive, happy, friendly people. Maybe it's all those endorphins or maybe it's the fact that they are keeping active (or a little of both). It's definitely company I enjoy being around!

Then, as I sat there in peace another cool thing happened. This park also has horseback riding and all of a sudden a large group of horses came running down the beach. It was just beautiful and a perfect way to end my day. And it also reminded me of one of my long term goals- to get back to horseback riding and get my kids learning too! Here are some pics I managed to get with my phone.

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MALAMI518 4/16/2014 10:04AM

    I don't know how I missed this.

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I loved reading about your run and your reflection time! I can never explain to my husband why running a race is better (and worth the entry fees--he's very financially motivated) than just going out for a run. You've put the environment into words very well. (He still won't's not his personality.) Even though I prefer to run alone, I like having the positive energy and comments from the other runners.

Your pace sounds like it's really close to where you left off, so I don't think you lost anything over the winter. A few seconds here and there can be attributed to many variables. It's great that you now run the entire time, and I'm sure that you will become even faster this spring/summer. And how cool that you were someone's white rabbit! I always pick someone to try to keep up with in a race, but I've never thought to tell them about it. Next time, I may work up that nerve.

It sounds like a wonderful start to the season! Now, if only the weather would catch up with us.

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MRSP90X 4/14/2014 2:12PM

    What an AWESOME job!!!!! Even though your time wasn't your best, you are concentrating what you did improve upon and that is SO important!! Very proud you girl! What a difference a year makes!! You are so very right about being with others with the same mindset! I am hopefully changing BLC teams to an application only team to be around people with the same mind set and happy people about their fitness and life in general. It really does help being with others on a similar "path". Exercise, not just running produces all those feel good hormones that help our minds and bodies when we stretch ourselves beyond our limits! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 4/14/2014 12:41PM

    A great race for you it sounds like! Congrats on running the whole thing. I've done that once and I'm far from being able to do it again but I know if I continue to work hard it will happen.

Glad your run and your time after was so wonderful for you!

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MATTEROFHEART 4/14/2014 8:40AM

    I am so proud of you! Way to go, girl!!! You are such an inspiration! Love the pictures! What a great day!

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MOMINE 4/13/2014 11:58PM

    Stacey, You are absolutely DA BOMB DIGGETY!!!!! emoticon !!! I am so proud of you!! What an emoticon accomplishment to be someone's emoticon !! You are INDEED an inspiration. emoticon on a job VERY emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 4/13/2014 9:44PM

    Best thing about a race is the finish and the fun of being around healthy people. Glad you did it on your own.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 4/13/2014 5:32PM

    Congratulations, you did great! I don't think you lost any time at all over the winter. A few seconds isn't anything to be upset about. I lost a few MINUTES over the winter, lol! Keep it up!

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NHES220 4/13/2014 3:28PM

Well done! You paced another runner! You were an inspiration to someone else, way to go. This was an extremely brutal winter and you and I both know that treadmill running is not the same. Your times will get better now that you have had your first 5k and you can get outside more. I also know what you mean about being around runners, they are a generally happy group. I love my Tuesday night group and it is such a great confidence builder for me. And how cool was that with the horses riding by? Sounds like the perfect Spring day!

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TMRGRANNY 4/13/2014 3:16PM

    Congratulations on the first race of 2014! Great job!
You are definitely an inspiration!

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MSHEL7 4/13/2014 3:01PM

    Sounds like an excellent run to me. Time for reflection after is wonderful. Congrats on a great run.

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ROSAMARCELLE 4/13/2014 2:51PM

    Sounds like an amazing day and congratulations for running a 5K race. I did one last year but it was walking not running and I took just under 2 hours! emoticon emoticon

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