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Berlin Avon Run - with pictures

Monday, May 23, 2011

Here is the promised blog about my race in Berlin. The race was on May 14th in the area of the Brandenburg Gate. First of all, there were 17,321 women racing. Not all were in the same race but none the less, this was a lot of women that were there racing and helping in raising money for breast cancer.

To follow up on my "diamond bracelet" here is a picture with my new running friend, Garmin.

Many of you know that my crazy (wonderful) DH was sprinting here and there to get pictures. This is one of me again in the mass of people nearing the 4K mark.
I wasn't sore at all from this race, but my DH was!! He was also carrying our water, books, snacks, etc for the day, so he was running around with that extra 15 pounds on his back as well! I am so thankful for his support of me on this journey and always. (Standing in front of the Bundestag - German Parliament building.)

I am not a fast runner, in fact most people walk almost as fast as I run. I didn't have an impressive time (41:18) but none the less, my personal best. The important thing to me was that I finished the race and I wasn't last. Goal accomplished!

I have to say, I never would have ever run if it weren't for spark. I had avoided running my entire life, even when I was a fit volleyball player. I have been physically active now for over 2 years and can't imagine going back to the sedentary lifestyle that I led. Thank you spark!!

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    Love this blog, sorry I didn't see it sooner! The pictures are great and your story is somewhat like my own! I ran my first 5K at the age of 48 because I joined Spark and did the C25K program which literally changed my life! I don't run fast either but in my mind, out there on the pavement... I am a gazelle! lol My journey has been a very slow one but good one. First , I addressed exercising which alleviated my depression and this year I finally started the slow & steady race of losing weight...almost 30 lbs this year! These 5 % challenges are the way to go for a lifetime! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3670 days ago
  • JENNY712
    YES! A big thank you to Spark and I am glad you go into the action. Proud of you!
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    3682 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    OMGoodness, I am so proud of you. Way to go. BTW - I love the diamond bracelet.

    Take care and Congrats.


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    3723 days ago
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    I'm SOOOO proud of you!!! You are so strong and you are honestly, like, my hero! I mean it! Because I know we're about the same age and I just still cannot get into running. I thought I was going to like it for a while. I think I just gave up too soon. I don't know... I don't have the ambition that you do. I just really really admire you and I want you to know. I think you are amazing!!
    3723 days ago
  • HICIM705
    I'm SO proud of you ... and kudos to DH for running around with all that stuff AND a camera to get pics.

    Awesome job raising $ for Breast Cancer. Great cause - unfortunately, everyone knows someone that is affected by this disease ... you, have helped the fight ..... and you are a wonderful RUNNER!

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    3724 days ago
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    Thanks for posting the pictures and great job in the race!
    3725 days ago
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    What a wonderful Blog..and beautiful pictures of YOU emoticon You look beautiful Ms.Athletic...please stop saying that you 'slow'...first of all you are not!! 41min in a 5K?? I think that is a great time....it would have took me an hour..at least...well...maybe because i would have stopped at a few German Bakeries!! emoticon
    Great Job on finishing your first 5K..and "Thank you" for participating in raising funds for the Fight of Breast Cancer emoticon

    P.S. And a big "Thank you" to your husband...for running along..taking the great pictures... while 'schleppen' the heavy bag! How wonderful of him!
    3725 days ago
    Wow!! Sounds fantastic in every way! And I do love your new diamond bracelet too!! :)
    3725 days ago
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    emoticon emoticon on your new PR! Love the diamond bracelet. Thanks so much for posting the pictures, it looks like it was an amazing experience.
    3725 days ago
    How far did you run? That is wild to have people running different races in the same place! Congrats to your and your DH, what a great buddy!
    3725 days ago
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    I am so proud of you! I am so proud of your DH for running too!

    I have tears!

    CONGRATULATIONS for this accomplishment! YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!!
    3725 days ago
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    I am so proud of you!! So proud of your DH!! I have tears!

    CONGRATULATIONS on your race!~ You have " gained " so much!! emoticon You can do anything!

    You look fabulous!

    3725 days ago
    Thank you for sgaring such wonderful pictures. You did great, beating your personal time. I don't know that I could even walk it, perhaps with someone. You are a fantastic lady!
    3725 days ago
    Thank you for posting and including pictures. It looks like you had a beautiful day for your run! Awesome to accomplish your goals!
    3725 days ago
    Thank you so much for posting this for us to share it with you. I'm cheering you on. Can you hear me from over there? What an awesome man God has blessed you with. I am so blessed to hear how well your day went. emoticon
    3725 days ago
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