Miles:
1813 total / 548 in 2014
Goal:

My newest goal is to run a marathon sometime in 2014

Kim J. sorry this is so late...

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Sorry this is so late, it’s been a busy weekend! Ok so I guess I have to do a recap of the race Saturday but since I’ve never did this before I probably will forget stuff. Woke up nice and early and had a couple cups of coffee and checked the weather before leaving and noticed a line of rain and storms headed our way but didn’t think much about it. So we got to the race around 6:30 am. We went in to get our packets and Chuck proudly announced to the ladies there that this was my first race. After a fleeting second or two of embarrassment, Chuck was snapping pics left and right so one of the ladies took a picture of the two of us and wished me good luck and back out the door we went to put on our numbers and check out the shirts (very cool looking btw). Chuck was on a learning curve with number pinning since he never had to do it before but after a couple of attempts he got it right. Then the rain hit so we hung out in the car and waited for the worst to be over which didn’t take but 5 minutes or so. We wondered over to start line and listened to the announcements while a nice light rain fell then we heard what sounded like a big balloon popping and everyone took off. Guess they had an invisible starter pistol because I never saw anything. We hung back and let the crowd stream forward then the race was on. We did 1 minute of running to 1 minute of walking for a bit then slowed it down to 2 min walking/1 min running for the middle part of the race. Chuck was cracking jokes the whole way. We hit the split road because they were also doing a 10K for this race and headed to the right as most of the crowd headed left. At this point I thought we were last but was surprised to see over a dozen people still headed to the halfway point as we ran around the cone and headed back to the finish. Of course I knew we weren’t going at mach speed when the winners of the 10K passed us like we were standing still but we cheered them on as we made our way back. Met up with an older runner (probably in her 60’s) who was cooling down and got to chatting with her for a few. She said I was doing great and was almost there so “pick it up and get it done” and I did. As we headed into the last couple turns, Chuck said “ok let’s pick someone to pass before the finish line” so we picked a couple that we had been playing leap frog with the whole time and set off to leave them in the dust before the finish. We rounded the last bend with the finish line in sight and took off in a sprint….passing not only them but a couple others too!! We ended up beating our target couple by 16 seconds!! It felt great and I was ready to go again!! Can’t wait to do another one now :)

  • Jamie B.
    Jamie B.

    Love this so much! :) you are an amazing rockstar chic!!! You got it done and you rocked it out in the rain and had an amazing time!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Debbie G.
    Debbie G.

    I know...isn't that so much fun:) Nice that you two could do it together...really cool. I remember how nervous I was at the first race back in April...I remember starting at the back of the pack and then little by little was passing people...I remember thinking "good Lord where is the 1 mile mark" ..lol..and then once I passed that..it 1.5 then the turnaround..then 2 and then the finish was in sight....AWESOME work Kim...and just a warning...it's addicting...lol

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Jan
    Jan

    Great RR and fantastic race! I'm so glad you had a cheering section/papparatzi (yea, Chuck) and had such a successful race! Someday you'll be that "older but still rockin' older woman" who says "pick it up and get it done" to a newcomer! Well done!!

    over 2 years ago Like2 people

  • Kim J.
    Kim J.

    Thanks Jamie!! Lol! Funny how that first race makes you wonder what the heck you are doing but then it's over and leaves you feeling great! Yes I can tell the race thing will be addicting, I'm already looking for another to enter.

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Kim J.
    Kim J.

    @Jan, yep you are probably right...I'll be that 60+ y/o telling some whipper snapper to get a move on lol!

    over 2 years ago Like3 people

  • Aaron R.
    Aaron R.

    Awesome job and performance! :)

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Wanda
    Wanda

    Aaaaaand, the racing bug bites yet another! :D

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Kim J.
    Kim J.

    It's all you guys faults...if you didn't have so much fun I never would of tried this...now y'all are stuck with me!

    over 2 years ago Like3 people

  • Ray G.
    Ray G.

    Great story to start off the day. Excellent job Kim!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Kelly L.
    Kelly L.

    Great race and recap. It sounds like you had a great time. It's so great that Chuck makes it fun for you and you can do this together!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Frank A.
    Frank A.

    Excellent race and nice recap, Kim! Glad you and the Chuckster had fun with it!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Ken
    Ken

    WOOHOO!!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Jamie B.
    Jamie B.

    Love it Kim! We all have fun and endure pain with a smile! LOL

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Dale T.
    Dale T.

    Sounds like you had an awesome time Kim... Good STUFF! Great writeup :-)

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Kim J.
    Kim J.

    I'm thinking the next one I'll either be chasing the cow or doing the K of C lol

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Chuck J.
    Chuck J.

    Awesome recap!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Angela
    Angela

    Congrats Kim!!!! That's so sweet how proud Chuck was of you, it's so nice to have that support. Glad you enjoyed your first race!!!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Heather
    Heather

    Congrats on your first 5k! Sounds like you've been bitten by the race bug!

    over 2 years ago Like1 person