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Saturday, November 16, 2013

This morning was the Turkey Trot which was my original goal that I was working towards when I started running in June. I was surprisingly calm and relaxed about the whole ordeal considering the hype leading up to it. I haven't been consistently training my runs lately because I took a break to focus on the Fitness Blender challenge. Strength training during those challenges has actually helped my runs, so that's awesome!

Yesterday, I was so excited about today's run because it was going to be an unseasonably warm 60 degrees. Perfect running temperature! After we got up and around this morning, we noticed it was windy (30 mph, 45 mph gusts)...THEN the rain came. It was pouring while we were driving to the starting line. My hubs ran it with me and I asked him if he was all in, because it was bound to be a rough run, and he assured me that with how long we have waited for this run we had to do it regardless. So we did!

I felt like I was crazy for doing it! Then I had that moment of- holy cow, I feel like I can officially call myself a runner. Only a crazy runner would be doing this. We were running on the sidewalk/road with cars kicking up rain and muck, trumping through puddles, etc. Even though we were wet and cold (and wet shoes/socks- YUCK!) it felt great and I was so happy we did it.

When we did the Color Run at the end of September we ran the 5K in 45 min. Today we did it in 41:08- I was shocked and super happy that we shaved off 4 minutes. Even though only about 20 runners showed up, I still wasn't in last place either.

I'm so proud of myself. I'm so happy that I stuck with it and even though I wasn't where I wanted to be in my training, I still did better than my last 5K and I made myself do it- even in less than desirable circumstances. I'm going to continue to run, we are in the process of deciding on which run we are running in December. Everyone tells me that when you start running, after 6 months of training it gets a lot better. December is my 6 month mark and it already feels a lot better. My ultimate goal is to run the ENTIRE 5K- 3.1 miles. I know I'll get there and I can't wait! :)
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  • RUDITUDI2000
    Y O U ARE a runner!! No doubt! So excited for you that you have turned a corner with it. The strength training makes a huge difference.
    Great job on that 5K!!
    1635 days ago

    my goodness, you SHOULD be proud of yourself! You're doing great!

    Love, Ginger
    1641 days ago
    Way to go April!! You are a runner.

    1642 days ago
  • ASSIRAM925
    You're def. determined April! What did you mean by 5 K? Did you run sometimes and when it rained did you walk? You said that your
    "ultimate goal is to run the ENTIRE 5K- 3.1 miles".
    What was it like to 1st get started running? I'm about 200 pounds and can't ever imagine myself running, except running for my life, lol, but srsly how does one my size even do this without collapsing from being out of breath?
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    1644 days ago
  • 144AUTUMN
    Keep up the good work!!!
    1645 days ago
    Woohoo, that is awesome !!!! You are a runner, keep going Sista emoticon
    1645 days ago
    thats awesome...way to have a great attitude & just enjoy your run even in the rain & mud--yup, you're one (detemined) runner!!! emoticon emoticon
    1646 days ago
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