Friday, September 12, 2008

The Race!

I really enjoyed participating in my first race. It won't be my last. D was proud of me for reaching this goal I had worked for, but he's the one who inspired me in the first place. I knew I could do this because I have been training pretty consistently. I was able to run 5.9 miles four days before the 10K (which is 6.2 miles).

D and I were both sad that he had to work during the race. I had planned on having Shboogoo be with him so they could see me run. But I didn't mind using the jogging stroller since that's how I am used to running anyway. My wonderful sister came at the end, just barely after I was done because I had thought it would take me longer than it did.

The chip I wore on my shoe knew when I crossed the finish line; I thought it was way cool. My time for the 10K -- with some 1-minute walking breaks -- was 1 hour and 11 minutes. I placed 67 out of 83 in my age group, and 172 out of 217 women overall. Including the 5K runners/walkers, a little over 600 women participated. Part of our registration fee benefitted SPEAK. We got goodies like a t-shirt, a Powerbar and hair elastics. My one regret is not waiting for a free massage!

Although I only want to compete against myself, I think the desire to pass people helped me run faster than usual that day. As Erin O'Brien says, "We are so fortunate we get to exercise."


  1. Awesome!! Good job!! I didn't know you were doing a race. I'm glad it went well. Tell us next time you do one, and maybe I'll stand at the finish line. (I don't actually race myself, I am more of a cheerleader)

  2. Way to go! Glad it was a successful race! you look great for just having run the 6.2 miles... I would be all red faced and probably NOT smiling! haha! :) no, I would probably smile because of the sense of accomplishment... that's awesome though! I want to do one too one of these days... I'm going to start with a 5k

  3. Good job Amanda!! You're much more driven than I...I'll get it one day ;)

  4. That's awesome that you were in a race! Congrats! Take care

  5. Good for you! I ought to get in shape one of these days...


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