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One of my favorite sayings of all time is “Attitude is Everything.” I don’t know who said it first (can someone Google that, haha) but it was sort of the mantra of our volleyball squad back in high school — we even had shirts that said it on there. It stuck.

I went into the race today just hoping to run it all. I had no times really in mind, although 40 minutes loomed in the back of my head. I knew I hadn’t trained as well, hadn’t really prepared myself for the race much up until this week. So I didn’t set my expectations too high, just hoping for a pleasant run on an amazing day (its 70 right now). Plus, I wanted to be there for my family who were walking their first 5k this morning 🙂

For breakfast, I fueled up with a whole wheat bagel topped with peanut butter and a banana, plus a glass of skim milk. I might have to make this a tradition 😉

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There were so many people at the race this morning! I think last year there were 6,000 and this year there were 10,000. WOW! How cool is that, this many people out there for their health and a good cause 🙂

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When I started the race, I began a nice, slow and steady jog. I kept my pace the same throughout the first mile and was shocked to see 11 minutes on the clock when I passed by the marker. I couldn’t remember at what time I started, but that was pretty good!

Then during mile 2, I felt I could pick up the pace a little bit, even though I did slow down to take 2 sips of water, throw some on my head (it was HOT) and move along at the water stop. There was a small hill during this mile that challenged me a bit, so I had to slow up just a bit. I crossed the mile marker that read 20:30. What?!

Then, the last mile, I thought…I’ve already made it around 21 minutes…I only have one more mile to go…perhaps I could go all out? So I did. Unfortunately, fatigue caught up with me, so I had to slow down for a minute or two to catch my breath. But when I saw the finish line in the distance, I picked it up again. Then I sprinted to the finish, just like I always do, even though I felt like passing out a bit at that point!

Here’s what I thought was my time: 31:15 (assuming I started 30 seconds after the clock, I was close to the front). Not too bad for wanting to stay under 40 minutes, right? Last year, I finished this race at 30:40, so this wasn’t so far off that, hooray!

After the race, we swung by McDonald’s for some bevvies, and I got a small coffee 🙂 Just about the only thing you’ll see me get at McD’s these days!

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When I got home me and my mom checked the website for our official times. All three of my family members finished walking the race in under an hour; my Aunt Sharon did it in 45 minutes, so she kicked some major tail! I am so proud of them all.

So, I know you are dying to know. My OFFICIAL time was….

30:25!!!!!!!!!!!

Distance: 3.1 miles

Pace: 9:38/mile

Calories: about 300

For a race I wasn’t sure if I could run, for a race that I let intimidate me until this week, I freaking PR’ed!

You can imagine how ecstatic I am and will remain the rest of the day. This just shows me that I can do it and I will.

Check out a couple of my previous 5k experiences

May 31st, 2008 – UofL Alumni “Run for the L of it”

March 2008 – Triple Crown of Running (back when I was on Xanga; good Lord!)

Next up: March 21st, 10K. Previous time: 1:02:29. It better watch out! 🙂

Happy Saturday you awesome blog people you!