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Love. Create. Celebrate. : Run a 5K Race: Check!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Run a 5K Race: Check!

I did it!!! Sept. 22, 2012 marks the first time that I completed a real road race. The 5K began at muskoseepi park in Grande Prairie. I originally wanted to run in the Press Run once (which is a run in the spring in GP), but I was never quite dedicated enough to train for it. Over the spring and summer this year, I've gradually been increasing my running distance and speed. I still consider myself quite a running amateur because I'm quite slow, but I'm getting better all the time :) 

My goal was simple: finish. My secondary goal was to run the race in 35 minutes. Results.... 35:07!!!! I was so pleased! My personal record before this was 37:26. Cutting two whole minutes off your time doesn't sound like much, but it really was quite hard! I think I was pushed a bit by some of the faster runners beside me during the race. I'm definitely feeling the pain in my legs hours later at home too - am obvious sign that I worked harder than normal. 

It was a great day though - perfect temperature in GP! I'm thrilled that I completed the race in one place.  Hopefully now I'll have the motivation to try again! 

Here are some pictures that my amazing supportive fiancĂ© took of me before, during, and after the race. It felt so great to have someone meet me at the end and tell me they were proud of me :) 

Love you Mr. A! 

 I'm in the brown shirt in the middle - getting ready! 

 The pack of 170ish people that ran

 Starting the race! 

 YAY! I did it!!! 

Hot, sweaty, thirsty mess after the race ;)

Thanks for everyone's support as I was preparing! Special shout out to my bestie in Ontario, who supported me from far away and always continued to encourage me. 

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3 Comments:

At September 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job babe! So proud of you!!! It was a fun day and the smile on your face as you went across that finish line made my day :)

Russel

 
At September 24, 2012 at 5:53 AM , Blogger Jen said...

Awesome Lindi! I'm impressed! (I want to do what you did.. I haven't run in a real race since high school!)

Also, I like that you're wearing your Grouse grind t-shirt. You are clearly someone who accomplishes great feats ;)

 
At September 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hip-hip-hooray!! you are so awesome, I am so so proud!! And yes cutting two minutes off your time is actually incredible, it means that you ran at a pace that was much faster than you have run before. So I'm gonna bring my runners and we must make time to run together when I come!
Alyssa

 

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