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To take on and seize almost any moment
Of any day.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

One more off my bucket list. . .

 My First Race
Yesterday I ran my first 5K race (3.10686 miles). I really do love to exercise (although running is not my favorite exercise) and I am very competitive (although I am a pretty slow runner).  Despite those small drawbacks, for several years I have considered trying out a race.  So, when some members of my church decided to organize a 5K race and the entrance fee was non-perishable food items to be donated to local food banks, I decided This Was It!  I was going to prepare for and run my first (if not only) 5K race.

For the past year I have been teaching group fitness classes at the local YMCA so training went pretty easily.  At the beginning of January I started training by adding a few treadmill runs to my usual workouts and then after a couple of weeks I started running outside.  It took no time to work up to the 3 miles but I had to put some real effort into getting the kind of speed that I would need to reach my goal of (hopefully well) under 10 min. miles (I knew there were going to be more hills on this run than I was use to training on and did I mention that I am well aware that I am not a fast runner?).

The day of the race arrived.  My husband (who does not like exercise but runs 2-3 x's a week) also decided that he would run the race.  The girls came to cheer us on and it was great to do this together as a family.

I was anxious and excited and ready to go!

The race was actually pretty fun.  I finished the race in 29:37 minutes with a pace of 9.32 per mile.  Yup, I made my goal of under 10 minute miles.  Happy Dance!

My girls were right there at the end of the race waiting for me:

My husband is a barefoot runner (he had plantar fasciitis and switched to barefoot running a couple of years ago and since then ~ no more plantar fasciitis).  Unlike me he Is a fast runner.  He finished the race at 21:33 with a pace of 6.56 mile.  He finished 4th overall and 3rd in his age group (18yrs and up!).  


He wears the medal well!

That really was a fun experience especially sharing in it with friends 

And my family!
Yup, I foresee more races in the future.  

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