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My 2nd 5k

Saturday, October 25, 2008


This morning, I got up early to take the dog out, and it was cold and kind of gray. I ran around the yard with him and thought about the 5K I was going to run in a couple of hours and I thought, "I'm paying money to do this on a Saturday??" Then, driving to the race with my sweetie, feeling all nervous and sick to my stomach, I thought, "I'm choosing to do this on my day off??" Then, looking at all the buff folks at the starting line, I thought, "Why do I even think I belong here?" And then the gun went off and I started running and I remembered -- I LOVE TO RUN!

I stuck to my walk/run (2minute/1 minute) plan, and quickly landed in the back of the pack. Then the canine racers (people with dogs), who started 5 minutes after the rest of us, started passing me. I kept with my program. I had my eye on a woman ahead of me who was walking, and every running interval I got a little closer. Finally, I reached her at a walk break, and we started talking. Mallory was 7 months pregnant and taking it easy, but also a Boston qualified marathoner, so I had good things to learn from her. I thought I was going a little fast on my run intervals with her, but it felt OK, so I kept going.

As we got close to the school (and the finish line), she went on without me when I did my last walk break. Then I decided to run the whole last part of the race (about a half mile or more) without a walk break. Fortunately, that was where there was a slight downhill and then one lap on the rubberized track (very nice surface!). A woman I'd met at the beginning of the race, Lorna, was waiting for me (she'd finished earlier), and she ran that lap with me, which was so nice. Then my sweetie and my sister, Susan (who'd come all the way from the Boston area early in the morning, just to see me race!), were cheering for me. There was also a couple there who I'd met through my work as an adoption counselor (I'd placed a baby with them), and their adopted son (I'd been present at his birth), and they were all cheering for me. So I sprinted to the end and finished smiling with the my arms in the air.

Posted finish time: 43:03!!!

I am still on cloud nine over that time! It doesn't matter that I was at the end of the pack (well, some walkers were behind me, as well as a basset hound and some other small, yippy dog). I did better than I ever expected myself to do and I AM SO PROUD!!! My out loud goal was to make it under 50 minutes (my first 5K had been nearly 59 minutes, but that was on a trail in difficult conditions, so I expected to beat that) - but my SECRET goal was to do it under 45 minutes. My per minute time was 13:53! I don't think I've ever run faster than 15 minute miles, and usually slower than that. So for me, this was a huge victory.

I am completely energized and charged up about the possibilities ahead of me in my life. If the girl who hated gym class can turn into a woman runner, what else can happen? What other things can I change? It is so cool to me how running is really this metaphor for life in general. I thought I started so that it could help with weight loss. I didn't know I was going to become transformed!

"You are one breath away from being anything you want to be. That one breath is a choice. Choose it. Make a different choice. Tell a different story. Do you want to be different? You can be!"
(Jillian Michaels)
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  • SUNNY11
    What a great job!! Good luck with all the things you are doing! emoticon
    4566 days ago
  • REBECCAJMCNEIL
    You go girl!
    I'm so proud of you:-)
    xoxo
    4573 days ago
  • KEEPRUNNING4FUN
    Congratulations on your 2nd 5K! And congratulations on beating your goal. Good for you! Don't worry about being at the end of pack. Just remember that winning is never having to say I quit. Good job! emoticon

    JoAnne
    4574 days ago
  • SHANSTORES21
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    That is SOOO awesome!!! Whoo hoo! You Rock! Congrats on such a great accomplishment!!!
    4575 days ago
  • ILUVBEINGMOMMY
    emoticon I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! EVERY TIME YOU RACE AND BLOG ABOUT IT AND I READ IT I CRY!! I CAN'T HELP IT!! YOU INSPIRE AND TOUCH ME THAT MUCH!! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I WANNA BE JUST LIKE YOU WHEN I GROW UP ;)

    YOU TOTALLY ROCK!!!!
    LOVE YOU!!
    XOXOXO
    4575 days ago
  • BELG64
    emoticon Sharon, you rock and look at that time...holy cow...GREAT JOB...KEEP GOING...I can so see you do a triathlon!
    4575 days ago
  • CARM22584
    You are so awesome, Sharon! Ah...I am amazed by you every single day! I didn't know you were racing again today, but amazing job...we should find a place half way between us and run a 5k together! :-)

    I ran the Carmen 5K today...probably about the same time you were running...and I was thinking of you during it - I must have somehow, somewhere in my brain known you were going through the same thing! :-)
    4575 days ago
  • PUPPYWHISPERS
    You did FANTASTIC! Congratulations!! And don't you feel like you were meant to be there to talk to Mallory and hear about her experiences. That is so perfect!

    I can't wait to do my 2nd 5K, but it will depend when I'm recovered from my injury and done with PT.

    Great job! emoticon emoticon
    4576 days ago
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