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Sooo... Sunday's race. It was awesome! I was so excited before the race, I couldn't stand still. I found my group before the start, and we deciced that our goal was to finish the race and not worry about time. But when they gave the signal for the start, something happened, and all of a sudden, I was determined to finish it under 35 minutes.

Since it was the St Patrick Day's Race, there were people dressed in green (green shirts, or green hat, or whatever else). It was fun, and everybody seemed to be in a good mood.

The start was a little chaotic, because the runners and walkers started that the same time (a mistake, imo: they should have the runners start before the walkers), but I ran on the side and managed to pass most of them. 500m into the race, I was able to settle in a nice rythm.

In the last kilometer, there was a hill, which nearly killed me (I really need to do some hill training - it's part of the program of the next clinic anyway). I started walking, and someone from my group passed me and told me that we were almost there - it gave me the push I needed, and I started running again. When I finally saw the finish line, I got so excited I almost got sick - and I had the biggest smile on my face!

After the race, I was ready to collapse. I waited for my group, we were all thrilled, and we went for brunch. We chatted and laughed... it was great!

I've had the official results yesterday: I ran the 5k in 31'32", which I'm really happy with. In the women 30-39 category, I was 19th out of 78. Overall, I was #98, out of 341 runners. In the first third, hurray!

My goal for the next 5K: under 30 minutes *determined*
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On March 16th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC), looneyluna commented:
That's fantastic! I really want to get back into a regular running plan. I think races are such a good way to motivate yourself. Well done on the results!
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On March 16th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC), babycakesin replied:
Thanks! Honestly, I had no idea I would enjoy the race so much - but now, I really see their impact on my motivation... I really want to run it under 30 mn lol

I really want to get back into a regular running plan.
That's great!
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On March 16th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC), castalie commented:
In the women 30-39 category, I was 19th out of 78. Overall, I was #98, out of 341 runners. In the first third, hurray!

I'm so impressed, congrats!!
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On March 16th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC), babycakesin replied:
Thank you \o/

(oh your icon... it always makes me so happy *squees*)
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On March 16th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC), hakeer commented:
That sounds amazing, congratulations!
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On March 16th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC), babycakesin replied:
Thanks! It was a lot of fun *g* And a great motivation to keep running \o/
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On March 17th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC), turps33 commented:
That's amazing!
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On March 18th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC), babycakesin replied:
Thank you! Now I'm trying to choose which races I'm going to do in the next few month lol
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On March 19th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC), aswanargent commented:
I'm very impressed! Congratulations!!!

I can't remember if you said what the date is for that Las Vegas race you were considering entering, but I'm going to be in Vegas for a conference Nov. 7th - 10th....

Sorry for the icon, but it's the only sports-related one I have. ;-)
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On March 20th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC), babycakesin replied:
Thanks! The Las Vegas half marathon is on December 6th. I haven't registered yet, I'll see how my training goes this spring. I'm going to try getting into the San Francisco half marathon, though... it will be earlier - but it's a lottery, so that's really not sure.

no need to apologize for the icon, it's a really, really good one for your French friends lol
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