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DLF > DNF > DNS > Never Got off The Couch

Saturday, April 26, 2014

I ran a 5K this morning. It's sponsored by my gym, the Tri-Cities Court Club. I signed up a while back because it's right here in town, the entry fee was only $6, and I'd been slacking in training for the run portion of my upcoming triathlon. I was hopeful signing up for an event would re-instill some urgency to my training.

And then I forgot about it.

A few weeks ago, I saw it on the calendar and my eyes got big. It certainly did create a sense of urgency.

The route was a local multi-use path. It's relatively narrow (12', tops), so getting out of the start required some near ballet-like moves. I was quickly passed by the stroller-pushers. emoticon One of them got a mechanical soon after passing me; the other stroller-pusher left them for dead.

I ran for four straight minutes at first. I usually run between 2-3 minutes, then walk for :45-1:00. But given I'd just passed someone, I didn't want to immediately drop back to walking and make them pass me. It worked out, though. Several times I ran for three or more minutes, and cut my walk to :30-:45.

I finished in 33:50, which is better than my previous 5K. The best part about the event was my self-talk. My Inner Coach kept catching me slouching: Head up! Shoulders back! Hips under your shoulders! It's amazing what a difference good posture makes in how I feel when I run. Thank you, Inner Coach!

I took third place in my age group. Maybe there were only three women in my age group. Doesn't matter: there isn't an asterisk on the ribbon, and I am keeping it. DLF beats DNF, DNF beats DNS, and DNS sure as heck beats Never Got off The Couch!

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EBRAINK 4/27/2014 5:39PM

    Pretty darn good for a slug! Way to go!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/27/2014 6:01AM

    emoticon 33 minutes is not bad for a 5K, especially one you "forgot about". Train on! And heck, I'll take any ribbon they want to hand me, and wear it proudly.

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DDOORN 4/26/2014 10:45PM

    Awesome deal! My turn is coming up next Sunday. Your time is right around what mine usually ends up being each year...and I never walk, just plug along with my jog right on through.

I figure when I see somebody walking that is hard for me to pass, I'd better pick up my pace a tad...lol!

Don

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TOWHEE 4/26/2014 9:39PM

    As a sailor we used the acronym DLBF (dead last but finished) but DLF works for me!

Congratulations on your run; any time is better than no time at all.

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ALICIA363 4/26/2014 8:16PM

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NOT_A_LANNISTER 4/26/2014 4:54PM

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HILLSLUG98239 4/26/2014 3:41PM

    DLF = Dead Last Finish. It's not really a code. I made it up. emoticon

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 4/26/2014 3:32PM

  You're going to have to help me out here. I know that DNF means "did not finish". What does DLF mean? Good job on your 5K!

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SLOWDETERMINED 4/26/2014 3:21PM

  You're doing great, keep it up.

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