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First 5k in Nearly 20 Years

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

First off, sorry for for the delay in posting this. I was waiting to get a picture of me gracefully running, with a smile on my face and wind blowing in my hair. What I ended up getting was a picture of me, looking like I was straining and two kids running past me. Thankfully, I was able to edit out the two younsters and came up with this:

So, the long awaited moment has finally come. My first 5k in nearly 20 years. The last time I ran a 5k was in high school, while I was training for my month getting ready to go to boot camp. Don't get me wrong, I did a lot of running in the Marines, just never ran a 5k since High School.

Let's back up to last year. Call of Duty was coming out and I was waiting in line at midnight to pick it up. I stayed up until 6 a.m. playing it, drinking Mountain Dew and eating Pizza and chips. Fast forward to this year. I read about the new Call of Duty and kept up with the posts on Twitter. However, I instead make sure I ate some lean protien and complex carbs before eventually going to bed. I got up nice and early and went to the race to start warming up.

The race itself was fun. There was a lot of energy in the air and everyone was pretty excited. We lined up to start and I happened to be at the starting line. They shouted "go" and I went. Within seconds, it felt like hundreds of people passed me. Oh well, I read about this and knew to run MY race, not theirs. Sure, I passed some of them again later on, but most of them ended up finishing ahead of me. No hard feelings, they are amazing runners.

My time was just a hair past 25 minutes. I actually feel GREAT about this. I've been training for a few months and this beats my best time by a good 3 minutes! Now I can keep training, keep losing weight, and hopefully see an even better time next year.

Special kudos to this 82 year old that beat me. Yes, I let an 82 year old man beat me. He came in at 21 minutes. AMAZING! I hope to be in that great of shape when I am his age. So awesome and inspiring.

For those of you that read my last blog, I gave a hint about a new workout buddy. I said it had three eyes and four ears. So, not to keep you waiting any longer, it is Kinect, for the Xbox 360. I tell my kids it is a robot. It moves its head up and down to see you, it has 3 cameras, and 4 microphones. I can go on and on about this (and probably will in later blogs), but what I'll say now is that it tracks your whole body and has you move, move, moving! It is so much fun and before you know it, you're dripping in sweat! Here's a little picture of what my new workout buddy looks like:

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  • MMS354
    25 minutes? Holy cow - that's awesome! I think even after finishing my first LE academy my 5K time was about 27-29 minutes. You rock! Woo hoo! I love the stark difference between last year and this. You have lots to be proud of buddy! I keep seeing these Kinect commercials for dancing (I think it's Kinect) and they always remind me of you and your dancing. Hee hee!

    Sorry this is so late, I was 'taking a break' recently. Keep up the amazing work and enjoy your new buddy.

    2770 days ago
    Congrats on just DOING the race, let alone the good finishing time! Kudos to that 82 year old man...it would be nice if we could be doing so well at that age!...and we CAN!

    Always nice to find new 'toys' to keep us energized and loving to move!

    Nice blog...you look fine in your pic.

    Run On!
    Deb :)
    2772 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    The fact that you are running races again after 2 decades is so commendable! I got passed by 3 14 year olds in a race over 10 years ago and quit running. Now I'm back! Let's see if we can last as long (or longer) as that 82 year old! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2773 days ago
    Fantastic! I can't believe you can run a 5K - I'm still only walking one :) Congrats!!! What a difference a year makes, right?
    2773 days ago
    Awesome work, I don't even think I could run a whole 5k I did my c25k based on time so I can run 30 minutes but not distance...

    Anyway, you did great and you look great in the picture!!

    2773 days ago
    Your first 5K in years and you did it in under 30 minutes....I hope you truly realize how awesome that is!

    I was passed by a 72 year old man speed walking at my very first 5K. It certainly causes a myriad of emotions...the final one being respect :)

    The beauty of running is that it's always your race. Keep up the awesome work my friend!

    2774 days ago
    Congrats on the 5k! Great time, btw! Don't worry about being passed, I have been passed (and probably will be for the rest of my life) by small children and old people. I am just out there to have a good time! :)

    I have a Kinect too...it's super fun! Enjoy it.
    2774 days ago
  • AMBER32585
    wow I am so impressed at your time!! I can't jog a straight 3 minutes yet hahaha....GETTING there! So great to see progress...I want to run a 5k this spring :) I so want Kinect! It is on my xmas wish list :)
    2774 days ago
    congrats! emoticon
    2774 days ago
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