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ROCKIN' the Music in Motion 5K

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I warned you I was going to start blogging more.

This 5K race was planned months ago, but finally came to fruition. While biking with Sparkfriends back in the early summer running was brought up. ROOKIERIDER mentioned she'd like to do a 5K in the future, but was on the fence about it. AMCG2002 said she'd like to run a 5K this year as well, but didn't have a date for one yet. I told both of them that you just have to put a date on a goal and drive towards it. Well, today that goal was realized.

L to R: BUCKEYESKIER, yours truly, LFLANAGAN35, AMCG2002 and ROOKIERIDER.

I had just met BUCKEYESKIER at the Spark Convention and heard her mention wanting to try a 5K, so we had to invite her as well. I love getting Sparkfriends together for an event of any type.

I hadn't been training much for this 5K, but I wasn't going to let that stop me from participating. I figured if I just walk/ran the whole thing was better than being home on the couch. It was a pretty chilly start to the day, but the sun broke through the clouds once in a while and gave warmth to a much needed crowd.

We all lined up and they gave the start command. As always I had my Polar F11 strapped on to record my time. Good thing as well since this wasn't a chip timed event. I took off for the first 3 minutes and then I had to slow to a walk. I alternated back and forth between running and walking for quite a bit of time. When I reached the 1st mile marker I noticed I was WAY ahead of schedule at 10:30. Not long after this LFLANAGAN35 passed me again and seemed to be holding a good pace. I decided to run with her as a pacing partner. Since I haven't been training much I don't have much of a pace down. I stayed with LFLANAGAN35 until almost 3 miles, but I needed a walk break.

After a short 30 second walk break I was back to running. I wanted to finish on the run, but I had lost my pacing partner as she was crossing the finish line. I looked at my watch and almost fell over. Early in the day I mentioned that I hadn't been running much since transitioning from biking. Last week I'd pulled my right quad and have been really easy on it since. I also mentioned that I wouldn't be looking to break any speed records or time records. Well, I did just that; I set a personal best of 32:30!

I was very proud of all my Sparkfriends today! Everyone finished and had a great time. Sometimes the destination is as important as the journey.


Peace,
Bill
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  • AMCG2002
    I second John's comment! That would be fun for all of us to do a run together, too! Hmmm. Is Cambridge about midway for everyone or is it our turn to go to Pittsburgh?
    4266 days ago
  • JOPAPGH
    Nice job Bill, Anne and Nancy! When are we getting together again with Jan, this time for a run?
    4267 days ago
  • MIAMIA7
    Bill-way to go on the race and great time! Spark friends are amazing aren't they? Anne
    4267 days ago
  • LIMELITESHINES
    ROCK OUT that time Bill . . . you beat my 5K time by almost a full minute . . . that's awesome! You're all worried about keeping up with me, now I'm all worried about keeping up with you!!!! lol

    GREAT JOB. . . I'm so stoked for you!!! and I can't wait to run a race with you! :)
    4267 days ago
  • AMCG2002
    Bill,
    I'm so excited for you and your PR! This summer/fall has been amazing as we have been setting pretty ambitious goals and achieving them. It was a great morning, with special people. I think it was actually kind of fun that it was an out-and-back route so we were able to check in on each other at some point. However, I think I'm hooked. I'm already checking the calendar for some more runs! Can't wait to hear more about the fall-n-leaf.

    Anne
    PS D!@# Do I really look like that?!
    4269 days ago
  • SIMPLE_TAILOR
    Boo Ya!!!

    I wish I were in a bigger area where we could get together.

    Next year, I'm going to do some 5ks for sure. Sounds like lots of fun.

    ttyl
    4269 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2801676
    BUCKEYESKIER, LFLANAGAN35, AMCG2002, ROOKIERIDER, and Bill - I wish I had been there to execute the dream that was conceived when we rode this summer. But I am sure there will be another run.

    Congrats to all of you.
    4269 days ago
  • KRISCHICK
    You did great! I sure wish I could have been there with you all. We'll get a Sunday race or one later in the afternoon and get to run together again :)
    4269 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    bill,
    congrats on your race that is a great time. it is really fun to run with fellow sparkers i am glad you had a good time.
    bob
    4270 days ago
  • APPLEPIEDREAMS
    Congratulations on your race Bill! Getting SparkFriends together for this kind of thing is awesome.
    4270 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    OMG!!! Bill!! I am so proud of you!!! Are you kidding me? Not prepared??? I'm thinking that a few parts of your ever-shrinking body was prepared! Good for you for getting SparkFriends together and now we have brand new 5K race veterans!

    Congratulations to all!!!

    RUN BABY RUN
    4270 days ago
  • QUIDDITCHGRRL
    Congratulations on your PR! You were truly rockin' it! :)
    4270 days ago
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