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The tale of two 5k's

Monday, July 09, 2012

I just realized I have completed 2 5k's and really have yet to blog about them. The first 5k I did was the Impact a Hero 5k near where I live. I have grown fond of jogging. This is something I never thought I would be fond of. Even when I lost 50 pounds a couple years ago I did it with no running whatsoever! I haven't really ran since high school where we had to in football. Although when I ran for football I wasn't bad I wasn't the fastest but wasn't the slowest either. However distance running had NEVER been a thing of mine. I used to laugh at the kids that ran cross country and think why would I run for fun! lol!

Fast forward to 6/2/2012 and here I am about to run my first 5k with my girlfriend. I was really nervous and pumped the morning of the run. Races start early I am NOT a morning person so getting up at 6am on a Saturday is way out of my comfort zone the same as running 3.1 miles at 7:30 am!

Given that I am not a morning person and have never been a runner I have enjoyed walking and jogging outside. In this weight loss journey it is one of the things that have helped me find peace. I love being in nature and I love having that time alone with myself to push me against myself. I have walked the distance of a 5k numerous times. A year earlier it took me near an hour to complete that distance and I would be worn out and sore. This day I set a bar that I can try to beat at future 5k's :)

We started the race near the back of the pack. We started out pretty quickly I think our first mile we avg a little under a 14 min mile by my phone gps run tracker I use. We walked a little bit as we crossed the half way point then we jogged again. I had trained for this one so it wasn't as bad as I thought. All in all I think we walked less than 5 minutes for our first and second respectively 5k that was not bad at all. We finished together in 47:05 a pace of 15:11 min per mile.

Here is a pre race picture

During race

Post race

Now the second 5k... This one did not go as well as the first. I had a lot of travel trouble on the way to IL to see Korina. I had three flights to get to her and my last flight was cancelled at the last minute as they only had one pilot to fly the plane instead of the required two. I started my travel at 4pm I was supposed to arrive at midnight. Well I didn't make it there till 11 am the following day to an airport 240 miles from where I was originally supposed to be. Thursday night I wound up getting a total of 2.5 hours of sleep. I was able to get a little more Friday and Saturday maybe 10 hours total those two nights before our race. We had a cook out at Korina's uncles place Saturday before the race and were outside most of the day and it was over 100 degrees out. Saturday night the night before the race I would up getting really sick. My stomach was super upset and I felt really bad overall. But there was no way we weren't doing this race. So I made the executive decision I would do it and would just walk most of it. We were meeting our sparkbud Courtney there who was battling an injury and forced to walk as well. Korina's brother's girlfriend Jen was also going to walk it so I decided I would walk it with them. Korina was also suffering from a lack of sleep due to the hectic schedule but still wanted to jog as much as she could. She did really awesome and beat the time she had set on our first race of the year.

It was really awesome meeting Courtney and her friend Lynne and we walked together the first 2.6 miles or so. I was feeling ok and decided to push myself to jog the last half mile. Because the ladies kept such an awesome pace walking I was less than two minutes behind my previous time. I finished the race at 48:50. Even though I didn't beat my previous time I think with everything considered it was a good race.

post race

I am hooked on the races. I want to do a 10k in October and another 5k before then. Also a warrior dash in November and hopefully my first half marathon next year!
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    Your awesome! Ive just got on the 5K bandwagon and I have done 2 so far with another coming up this weekend! I did my first in July... the ColorMeRad run, they throw paint on you as run by... alot of fun, but a big mess!!! Last Saturday I did the Midnight Streak, it started at 11pm and it was awesome weather,... I finished in 43:10 walking/jogging and I felt amazing. This weekend coming up I will be doing the Glo-Run...and its fair to say...IM ADDICTED TO THIS THING! Friend me on FB(if you have one) to see the photos:) FACEBOOK.COM/NITASKKY or just search NITA SKKY
    2438 days ago
  • ALYSSA40
    Dude, you are awesome! I also have two coming up! I've got the Run For Your Life 5K obstacle course and then Mercy Ministries where I'm running again. I'm probably going to look pathetic while I go but I'm going! LOL Good for you and congratulations!

    2465 days ago
    This is such an awesome "introduction" to what it is like to participate in a 5K (for the uninitiated, of course.) There are pros and cons to every endeavor, but, this is one of those things that can really make you realize how far you've come on your journey!

    I'm so proud of you and Korina, Chris. The two of you are a great couple, and a great couple of role models!
    2474 days ago
    THIS. IS. SO. AWESOME!!!!! You must feel amazing!!! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your story and these photos. They are so inspiring. Seeing others' progress and hearing about the struggles and accomplishments helps so much. We're really not alone in this journey!

    I just mailed in my registration form for the Flutie 5K (taking place in October). I have a way to go, but I'm making progress!

    Keep up the great work!!!
    2474 days ago
    you are working really hard!
    and the results are amazing!!

    2474 days ago
    Awesome! I do not like running either but there is something about running a race that gets you so pumped- even when you know you are not going to be in "first place". It is kind of an addicting feeling! Great job!
    2474 days ago
    2474 days ago
    That feeling after you finish the race is the best! It is definitely motivating and makes you sign up for more races! emoticon
    2475 days ago
  • BRE7482
    Congratulations! emoticon
    2475 days ago
    Congrats on completing your 5K's! I did a 5K walk in June for the Walmart walk for miracles - no running for me - it was way too hot, but I did the 5K in about an hour :)
    2475 days ago
    That is my friend! good for you! you are doing sooo goood!!!!! I understand you whan you say you used to run to train for football and laugh at kids who ran just to run. I was the same way! I ran for Volleyball but never thought I'd like running just to run.

    Congratulations! and yes! you can do that 10km!
    2475 days ago
    Hey Chris, congratulations on BOTH 5k's!!! You did a fantastic job, even with little sleep and not feeling so well. You're inspring and I can't wait to hear about your upcoming races... especially the Warrior Dash... I SOOOO want to do one of those. Job well done friend!
    2475 days ago
    You are an inspiration, all your hard work and now you wind up enjoying instead of suffering. I hope to enter a race later this year. If you do, so will I.
    2475 days ago
    I am so proud of you and glad to be by your side :) LOVE YOU! :)
    2475 days ago
    You are an inspirtation. I want to work a 5k in August. I am building, soon I will be following behind you and Korina, or you may have to drag across the finish line. GREAT 5k's time. emoticon
    2475 days ago
  • no profile photo FITKAT62
    You make me want to try running!
    2475 days ago
    Running...yuk lol. Even when I wasn't so big I couldn't run much.

    Anyway, I saw your before and after pics and wanted to let you know that stories like yours keeep me on track. Your very inspiring!

    Grats on all your success and wish you the best moving forward!

    2475 days ago
    Chris, this is so awesome! You've found a hobby that you would have never thought was for you. Shrinking your body while expanding your horizons. Good for you and Korina. You guys look so happy together. Keep up the exceptional work brother!
    2475 days ago
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