Sparked MY Way to a 5K

Sunday, April 26, 2009

First and foremost I want to say thank you to my SparkPeople family for helping me to make this possibility a reality. I never thought I would be running; well actually jogging anywhere. Meeting a goal is a wonderful experience and that is just what I had today.

My day started with twenty minutes of yoga. I wanted to make sure I was energized and my limbs we properly stretched. I ate a light breakfast (a banana, an orange, one cup of milk, a glass of water, and a multi-vitamin). Next I got my gear together and my family and headed to the park.

I did a five minute warm-up and headed to the starting line. I was right there at the front of the pack. They blew the whistle and we all took off. Just a short time later my system said, "What h*ll are you doing this is NOT your pace?" I re-grouped, apologized for assaulting myself and found MY pace. I was going now; just the way I planned it. I gave myself a pep talk, "Run your race, set your pace, please don't let me come in last". Before I knew it mile one was done (13:23). People would jog by, run by, motor scooterby, stop all together, but I kept MY pace. Mile two down (29:39). Figured I had a boost in that first mile because of the runner's incident. I looked behind me on occasion just to make sure there were folks behind, yup, I wasn't going to be LAST! Mile three, so now I hear feet start to pound the pavement. People were running the last mile after walking. Well, that was rude but still I kept MY pace. I turn the corner and the finish line is in sight, I look behind, yup, I will not be LAST. I head to the finish line hearing the claps, and congratulations. I spot family and I look to the board (46:10). I finished and I wasn't LAST. I placed at 322. I was happy and feeling victorious. I wasn't concerned that I wasn't the fastest or anywhere near it. I was far from textbook form. I did have something that no one else had. I had MY story and MY pace. I knew that my journey had begun. April 26, 2009

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At the end of the race a women came over and thanked me. She said she had been behind me and couldn't catch me. She told me that I helped to set HER pace and was glad I ran today. Who knew I would be helping someone else. Now isn't that a double blessing. I am signing up for MY next 5K which will take pace on June 20, 2009.
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    That's quite true we each need to find our own pace.
    4259 days ago
    I received my SP reminder that you were running a 5K today. How did you do?
    4345 days ago
    Congratulations!!! You've just inspired me to add a little jogging to my daily routine instead of just walking. Here I was feeling a little happy today at going 2.22 miles in 45 minutes for my after work walk to the bus stop and then I read your blog and you did what? A little over 3 miles in a 5K correct?
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    4395 days ago
    You know Tanya, this is SOOO inspirational. I am toying with the idea of a 5K myself, but it seems preposterous. I will have to re-read your story. Maybe it is not so far-fetched after all.

    But enough about me. I am very impressed with what you accomplished, and you should be very, very proud of yourself.

    Your blue team sister,


    S. Nice color choice for the shirt!!!

    4397 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/29/2009 12:25:35 AM
  • WARRIOR11209
    SO you have me sitting in my office tearing up over your blog entry! I am so proud of you and there is so much power in your words and actions.We NEVER know when we have given or can give someone that extra "umph" to make it across the finish line and achieve a goal.
    Once you found your pace , there was no stopping you. You are strong , powerful, motivating and beautiful. Proud to be your friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    The smile on your face tells it all !!
    4398 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/28/2009 2:02:56 PM
    I just love it Tanya. I am so proud of you. That is amazing. You really look great in the photo. I am in awe of you...my new hero! I still have a lot of trouble "wogging" as I call it. No stamina. But just look at you go!
    4399 days ago
    I am so proud of your accomplishment. A 5K takes guts and dedication. Way to go. You look like you had a lot of fun.
    4399 days ago
    AWWW Tanya I am so happy for you!!
    You look adorable not to mention really proud in your pic!! I can't imagine the feeling you must have had and even if you would have finished last, at least you did it!! You did what so many people wouldn't even attempt!!! GOOD FOR YOU!!! Your finish place is my favorite number 322(also my son's B-day) so I thought that was kinda neat!
    Keep it up and you will be finishing 1st in no time!!!
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    4399 days ago
  • no profile photo ANGELNOOK2
    emoticon That is awesome! I know you feel GREAT! I'm so happy for you!

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    4399 days ago
    emoticon My Friend!

    That is sooooo awesome! I hope to jog some day. You are definately an inspiration to me. THANK YOU! YOU ROCK!

    hugs, Wendy
    4399 days ago
  • MSTEE3311
    Tee, reading this brought tears to my eyes. I am so proud of you! It's amazing how we never know who's watching us huh? Enjoy your victory! Health is yours!
    4399 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1584564
    Good job! I'm glad that you followed YOUR pace.
    4400 days ago
    Way to go, Tanya! Reading your blog made me smile and I am just so happy for you. You did it! GOOD FOR YOU! Congratulations!
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  • RIQUI1
    That is so great; good for you!! I am hoping to do my first next month, so you are definitely an inspiration - for that woman and for me!!
    4400 days ago
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