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Birthday 5K

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I wrote a post a while back about how I was beginning to get in to running. The process has been an on and off thing, but I am still sticking with it. I prefer to run outdoors, and the very cold temperatures that we were having in January and February, and now even in to March, made it difficult to do that. Now that it’s warming up, I’ve been able to get out and run more and I’m loving it!

Ok, back to the point of this post! Around Christmas time, I told Lance that the only thing I wanted for my birthday was to run a 5K. My dad and I ran one together about 3 years ago, and it was rough! I knew that this would be a great goal and motivator for me to run. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to run as much as I was planning to before my birthday, but the weekend came, and I told Lance that I still wanted to run one. I knew that my time would be slow, but my goal was to beat my previous time, run a longer duration overall [instead of sprint/walk/sprint/walk like my previous 5K], and to get a good starting place for me to work on beating. I couldn’t find any 5Ks around here to sign up for, so we decided to just run our own. We left the boys with our “second family” and went to the riverfront to run together.

It was a lot of fun! Lance truly is the best running partner. He pushes me, and encourages me. It was difficult right around my first mile, and again at my second mile, and then it was pretty easy knowing all I had left to do was finish. I beat my first 5K time by like, a minute, I think. HA! But the fact that I set a goal, and saw them through felt great! Lance came across a really neat website that hosts virtual 5Ks every month. You sign up for the event [about $15], go run the 5K where ever you want, log your time on the website, and then they send you a metal in the mail. Here’s the link: http://usroadrunning.com/index.php if you’re interested. So, I got a cool medal in the mail for my 5k!

photo 1I still have a long term goal to run a half marathon next year so I know that I have a lot of work to do, and a lot of miles to start tracking. I see many more 5Ks and 10Ks in my future to get me ready for a half marathon! In the meantime, Lance and I will continue to make a nice little collection of our medals on our closet wall: he has three to my one, but I plan to catch up, and maybe even pass him!

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Oh, and to just add a little icing to the cake, I got a really nice Nike Sportwatch with GPS from my hubby for our anniversary. And it’s in my favorite color: blue! It makes running a whole lot easier because now I can see my pace and time to know what I’m running at.