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Running for Water

Monday, April 29, 2013

So, Saturday I ran in the Oasis 5k to help build a well for clean drinking water in Africa. It was a relatively small race (well, I don't have a lot to compare it to, just the local Susan G komen race which is enormous) but a lot of fun.

I learned several things Saturday.

1) I can run a lot more than I think I can!) I ran a LOT. i'd say almost half the race, I actually ran! not consecutively of course, but my goal time was 50 minutes, and I did it 44:21.

2) My form is really awful, but not as bad as I thought. My shins gave me no trouble. I actually had an easier time running UP the hills than I did going down.

3) I really need to find a running group. I loved the social aspect of the race. Even though I did most of it effectively by myself, the last half mile or so I walked/ran with a super nice lady, and wound up pushing myself a little more than I might otherwise have.

4) I'm in love with running. I really enjoy it, for all I'm terrible at it, and I want to be better. I think that if I'm consistent, I can be.

5) Ow. I know what muscles to train. ;) I've been remiss in my strength training, and I've got to work harder at it.

Here's my overall chip results:

Your 5K time was 44:21
Your pace was 14:16/M
You were number 130 overall
You were number 10 of 13 in your age group 30-34

I want to improve that. I want to place in my age group. I want to run the whole thing.

I really did enjoy the whole experience, and hope to repeat it. I certainly think I need to add more 5ks into my schedule!
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    Once you have a baseline, then it's easier to improve. Keep it up and Keep the faith.
    2141 days ago
    I did my first one this year. I don't know that I love running yet but it definitely something I plan to do again.
    2142 days ago
    Way to go!
    Well done!!!!
    2152 days ago
    I ran cross country for 9 years before I hurt my back and running up hill was MUCH nicer on my back than running down!
    2152 days ago
    Consistent gradual progress is what moves you along. not trying to do too much too soon, but being consistent with your practice and allow time to work for you.
    2152 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Congratulations!!! Sounds like You ran a Great Race to help build a Well for Clean Drinking Water in Africa which is Awesome!!! Keep It Up. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!
    2152 days ago
    Just doing the race and finishing it is such an accomplishment! Keep training and working hard and watch your ability improve. Of course, doing a race for a good cause is helpful motivation!
    2152 days ago
    Way to go!

    I found the thing with running is the only way to get better is to run more! I even said to my running buddy a few weeks ago that running was getting way easier since we started actually training!
    2152 days ago
  • -CORAL-
    Racing is addictive! Way to go!
    2153 days ago
    emoticon you go, girl!

    I have a 5 mile at Stone Mountain this weekend (fund raiser for FODAC; Aimee Copeland will be there). I know from experience that's a TOUGH run. Lots of long hills. It's been a few years, but I know I can do it!

    I plan to run a 5k on May 18th. It's been way too long since I ran a race. Gotta get back too it. I worked really hard to get my time below 35 min. I'm sure I've lost some of that, but I know I can get it back. I still want to break 30 min some day!
    2153 days ago
    Congratulations! Sounds like it was great experience for you and that it really inspired you. What a great cause, too!
    2153 days ago
    WooHoo! Great things to learn- hope you do find a running group :)
    2153 days ago
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