My 1st 5k Race

Saturday, October 06, 2012 Aimee Larsen 4 Comments

I figured it was most appropriate that my first 5k race took place at my Alma Mater, Berry College.  It felt good checking in this morning and receiving my bright yellow alumni race felt even better to pin my number did not feel good to be there alone.  My husband had to work and I was honestly, scared to death.  I was so afraid that I would not be able to do the run, not finish or for it all to be a dream.  I was really there and it was not a dream and I did finish.

My time was 43:22 which comes to about a 13.5 minute mile.  Pretty darn good for someone who was average 16 minute miles for a long time.  After I had a good cry in the car before I started, I put on my headphones and sunglasses and got my game face on.  If you could call it that.

The best part of the race was watching another girl finish.  This young girl, probably 18 -20 years old (I'm sure a student) was with me through the whole race...when I say with, I mean I passed her when she walked and then she'd run as hard as she could  to get back in front of me, then walk and I'd pass her again, I'd catch her looking back at me after she'd pass me again and that was okay.  When we were about 100 feet or so I was coming up behind her again because she was walking to the finish, she had just started running again and I patted on the sholder her and said..."GO girl! Do this!"  She gave it her all to the finish.  There is no way I was letting that girl finish behind me.  I cried for her too when it was over.  I am a crier and today was an emotional day for me.

Yesterday I took a picture before work...

I started the 24 Day Challenge again 12 days ago and have lost more weight, I feel so good.  I can not even describe in words how my life has been saved by these products, my determination and new thinking about fuel...I mean food.   It has helped me to take before and after pictures and I was trying to find a picture for a few years ago that I posted but I can't but anyway...

 This was my before...

Ha!  No, seriously... that's how I felt before.   My before picture is in a previous post but I haven't updated a true "after" picture in a couple of weeks.  Plus, I have personally seen cows run and if they can then I knew I could and today's 5k past the dairy cows at the college reminded me of that.  It's a bad joke I know, sorry.

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  1. Wow, Aimee, you did a great job! I started running in March, but after running 5k in May, I stopped because of personal circumstances. I hope to start again soon. Keep up the good work and I'm positive that you'll lose even more pounds and start to feel better every week.

  2. Congratulations!!! I wanted to cry with YOU reading this!!!!! WOW!!!!!

  3. Congrats! So proud of you!

  4. That is so awesome! I just hit the point in my runs where I can do 3 miles, so I am on the hunt for my first 5K. I got a nasty shin splint last week, so I am going to be out for a bit but am still motivated. I got a little teary reading about your race. Thanks for sharing! You did great!


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