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GOTR 5K and National Running Day

Published June 5, 2014 by thisprincesswillrun

I’m such a negligent blogger. It’s been over a month from my last post, but in all honesty, I haven’t had much to say. I’ve been following my AMOfitness program and running 3 times a week. I have been slowly getting my mile time faster and faster and my 1k times are looking quite competitive if I do say so myself!

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I also did my fastest 5k time to date just on a random Wednesday!

This past Sunday was my 2nd race of the year, the Girls On The Run 5k in Flemmington, NJ. I really love this organization and everything they stand for. The family that I work for got involved this spring, mom as a coach and K as a runner. I love the values and lessons that young girls are being taught. It’s not just about running it’s about loving yourself and embracing all that you can do. If you’re not familiar with this program go check out their website to find out more info. I’m hoping to one day have the time to become a coach.
So Sunday was the regional 5k for some 1600 girls and coaches plus family members and other runners in the community could participate. It was suggested that I start with the first wave of runners before all the GOTR girls started. Aka, in Corral A with all the fast runners. I don’t ever want to do that again! (Not yet anyway). Talk about intimidating. I tried not to compare myself to all the other people, but it’s hard when you’re clearly not the same caliber. I was the only one rocking a Sparkle Athletic skirt, so that did help my concise nice because they make my butt look fast 😉.

Being in the front also caused me to go out WAAAAAY too fast and because it was hotter I drained a lot of energy in the first 1/2 mile. The course also had another challenge…hills. Multiple hills. I had never done hills in a race or in training so that was a fun addition. and by fun I clearly mean not fun. I spent a good amount of time walking, especially up the hills but I made sure I kept an eye on my pace, always making sure I’m under 15 m/m even walking so I’m a-ok in October for Tower of Terror. But even with the heat, the sun, and the hills I finished with a 41.35 which I was happy about. Not my fastest but it’s not any slower than March. I placed 771 overall out of 1532 and 45th in my age group. But most importantly, I GOT MY FIRST MEDAL!!!!

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I’m so proud. I definitely earned that, it was not given lightly.

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Overall I was pleased with the race, and I can’t wait to do the next one in the Fall. That will probably be my first race post Disney so it will be interesting to see how they compare.

And for those who follow me on Instagram I partook in National Running Day yesterday. Just typing that sentence is still so weird to me. A year ago I wouldn’t even have known about let alone cared about such a day. But I was so excited to go out and run yesterday! Running really has changed my life. It has helped me overcome some of my demons and shut up the voice in my head that tells me I can’t do these things, because I’ve already proved that I can. And the running community is just so welcoming to all people! I really can not get over it. The support you get from absolute strangers on the journey is overwhelming and amazing. There are a few people I’ve “met” though Instagram and Facebook that I wish I could hug and thank them for all the kind words I get. I can not wait to meet them over the years at different races across the country. Be warned, I’m a hugger!
So yesterday I set a goal of 3 miles, secretly hoping I would be able to push myself to 4 miles. It was warm again and I got a side stitch after my first mile, but I keep running/walking. I would have kept going but I had errands to run and needed to shower, so I had to settle for another 5k completed. This weekend will see 4 miles though! We are 4 months away people…4 MONTHS!!! From yesterday!!! At this time in 4 months I will still be passed out in my bed at Pop Century with the hubs after completing 10 miles and partying like a Villain. I get giddy and nervous when I think about it, but this race is what started the obsession, and I haven’t even completed it yet! It’s so exciting to have long term goals again. Can not wait to see what the future brings.

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