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Dream Big 5K

Saturday, September 03, 2011

What a beautiful morning to get out and do a 5k! What a different race this was compared to the first one we did back in June. Today there were just over 300 people compared to 7600. Today was flat compared to brutal hills. As different as the 2 were, they were both fun and satisfying though. Kim was there with me again along with a friend, Pam, who has also been doing the C25K program.

Kim and I pre-race:

We had all decided to run our own race. I didn't want anyone to feel like they had to stay at my turtle pace, so I was not a bit surprised to see Kim take off at a good clip right from the start. It wasn't long before she blended in with the others and I lost sight of her around the different curves. Pam and I stuck together for the first 20 minutes. She's on W5D3 of the program, so she did great getting in those 20 minutes. Although I'd wondered if I'd be able to go further, I was definitely ready for a few walk breaks after I got in 30 minutes. Part of the route took us between 2 houses on a sidewalk that goes around a small lake and it was NOT marked very well. Unfortunately Pam missed the sidewalk and missed out on about 3/4 mile of the run, so we were totally split up after that. As I was almost around the lake I see Kim waiting for me!!!! All of you probably get tired of me bragging about Kim but tough cookies............she's freakin awesome and you will continue to hear about her :) I asked her why she waited (she'd been there about 4 minutes) and she told me she wanted to finish it with me. How cool is that???? I had just finished a short jogging interval so we walked for a bit and then jogged the last 7 minutes and crossed the finish line together!!! I really wish I had a picture of that!

After the 5k they also had a 1 mile run. The guy who won the 5k (15 min) also ran a 5 min mile to win that run. Immediately after he finished, he came over to his car which was close to mine and started doing some stretching. It was mostly stretching but also looked like quite a workout. For some reason (can't imagine why......lol) both Pam and I felt the urge to snap a few pictures of him.

I also wanted a picture of Pam, Kim and I all together. But there was no one around close to take it for us............except the workout dude! So, yes, we asked him to take it for us.

I am almost tempted to not even post my finishing time because I am so terribly slow, but I am still going to be proud of what improvement I've made. With any of my previous runs, I've been lucky to average 16 min mile paces. I had yet to break under a 16 min mile jog. Yes I'm SLOW!!!

Here's the break down for today:
Mile 1 - 13:42
Mile 2 - 15:26
Mile 3 - 14:17
Last .1 mile - 12:41 pace for a strong finish
Total time: 44:42

I'm going to own this time and be proud of it. My main goal from the beginning, and still is, is to be able to jog the full 3.1 for the Susan G Komen 5k which is 3 weeks from today. I think this is a totally reachable goal. I'm in this for the long haul and will not let the slow times get me down. Wow, that just struck me as so much like my slow weight loss. I'm in that for the long haul too and I refuse to let the scale get me down. It's all coming together (slowly) but I WILL win this complete race against the time and the scale!!!

Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!

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    That is awesome that you finished this 5k. Great job! Love the sneaky shots of mr.fitman-haha(15minute race-what??) Cannot wait to hear about the next race. You're doing fantastic!


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    3333 days ago
    I am so glad you "own" your race time. Please remember that you are doing something, no matter the speed, that most women this weekend never even thought about doing. Fit women rock and their time doesn't even matter.
    3336 days ago
    WOOHOO!!!!!! You SHOULD own that time and be proud of it!! WTG, all of you! Thanks for sharing the pics.
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    3337 days ago
    It sounds like you had a fun adventure and will be ready for the Race for the Cure in a few weeks! emoticon
    3337 days ago
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    Do not worry about your time(s). You did great!

    BTW, the resemblance between you and Kim is remarkable.
    3337 days ago
    It sounds like you had a great morning. I love your attitude about it all, too. You sound so determined! I'm also glad you and Pam got to have fun taking pictures of the "workout dude". emoticon

    Three weeks is still a decent chunk of time to train. I'm sure you'll be able to run the whole thing by then. emoticon
    3337 days ago
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    Be proud of your time and that you completed the race. I haven't even begun to think about signing up for a race! It terrifies me!
    3337 days ago
    FANTASTIC! What a great day's report! I'm so jazzed by your blog, and the pictures of all of you (including the eye-candy winning guy, thanks for that especially)

    I'm so proud of your accomplishments and happy for you, I'm looking more and more like a frog in a blender as I do my happy dance for you on my rocker-recliner.
    3337 days ago
  • MORETA63
    GREAT Pictures!!! ;) Congraulations on a successful race. Just like flying a plane, any landing or race you can walk away from is a good one!
    3338 days ago
    You go! I'm glad you are owning your times - I think they are fantastic. And it's great to post them so you can look back in the future.

    And what a wonderful daughter you have to wait for you to finish together! And keep on bragging! That's what moms are supposed to do!

    I'm glad that you, Kim and Pam had a great time this morning!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
    3338 days ago
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    I pretty much feel that anything 45 minutes or less for a 5K is a great accomplishment. emoticon
    3338 days ago
    emoticon Good for you!!!!
    3338 days ago
  • CHRIS138
    Great job Tami!!!! emoticon
    3338 days ago
    You did great! and I can't imagine why *I* liked the picture of the workout dude. (hehe.. given how old I am and how young he probably is.. well, I feel like a cougar.)
    3338 days ago
    WOW!!! Congratulations! It looks like you had a great time. I went the wrong way for a bit on my half marathon and it was really awful... I hope your friend didn't get too upset about it - I was super upset.

    Anyway, love the stalker photos of workout guy! That's so funny! Especially as you got him to take your picture afterwards!! Good work! Another couple of runs and he'll be asking for your phone number!

    Well done!!!! emoticon
    3338 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8753166
    keep it up
    3338 days ago
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