Faith Fitness and Laughter

2013 Women Can Run

on May 12, 2013

Morning my friends!   How has your weekend been?  Mine has been pretty busy, but it’s been a really great one.  The weather has been perfect and so I have been outside as much as I can be.  My family also celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday because my parents are leaving today to do some more RVing.  I’m going to miss them Smile

 

The last time we talked I went to the Air Base in Jacksonville AR…..

 

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2013 Women Can Run Race:

 

Well I finally did it.  I ran in a race!  A few weeks back I registered for the Women Can Run race and counted down the days until it was here.  My plan was to get up at 4:30 so that I would have plenty of time to get ready and meet my friends that I was running with.  I was kind of unsure of the place that we were meeting at so I wanted to have plenty of time to find it.  Well, I completely turned my alarm off (without knowing it) and continued to sleep!  I really don’t know what I would have done if my mom hadn’t been up at 5:00!  She was getting something to drink and was checking to see if I had left yet….  No I hadn’t. 

Anyway, I rushed around and then I was out the door…

I grabbed a banana and one cup of coffee and called it good.  I wasn’t sure how the coffee was going to set on my tummy because as of late every time that I run, my tummy really does some talking to me.  It burns.  I don’t know if it’s because it’s not empty or what but it really does bother me after a run. 

Thankfully, it didn’t! 

 

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I found the place where we were meeting with no problems Winking smile

 

 

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This was my first experience standing in line to get a race packet, but it really did go by fast.  The line to the bathroom however did not.  Thankfully, one the girls that I ran with had the brilliant idea to stop at McDonald’s and use the potty. 

Best idea ever!

 

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Our names were in alphabetical order, which made it super easy to find your name and get your number. 

 

Packets were gotten and then we went to warm up….No pictures, but there was some Zumba going on!

 

After this we got in line and waited for the race to start..

 

I have to admit I was a bit nervous about the run, but once I got started that all just went away.  I felt really good too!  The weather was perfect and it was really nice and cool.  The best part of it being my first race was that it was on a flat surface!  For the most part it was shaded too….which I loved.  I really just tried to pace myself and even tried to find someone that I could match.  I tried to match this really tall girl because I liked her pace, but let’s face it, I’m 5’4 and she was probably 5’11.  Not happening! 

So, I just followed my own pace.  It was really cool to see a bunch of women running and running for a great cause.  Women’s health Smile  Throughout the race there were people on the sides cheering us on and that was really cool.  Toward the end it actually really helped.  I felt a bit tired and was running out of steam, but seeing everyone really did help.  The best part was that I didn’t think about anything other than running and how great I felt during the race.  It was nice. 

 

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There was one water break and I couldn’t wait to grab my first water!  There was this little girl helping and she was just standing there waiting for someone to take her water….I was hoping that no one would so that I could get it from her……and I did.  She was the cutest thing…

 

By the time I reached the end of the course, there was a ton of people everywhere and for a spit second I become nervous about people watching us all run…  but it went away as soon as I realized that they were cheering us on and telling us “good job!”  “you can do it!!”   It was a really good feeling….

I finished in just over 32 minutes and you know what?  I am proud of that!  I wanted it to be under 30, but finishing was what I really wanted to do. 

 

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My friend Cindy who is one of our Regional Managers where I work….

 

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On my way home I stopped by Fresh Market to pick up a couple of things….

 

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When I got home I got to spend some time with my niece and nephew too….

 

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Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience on my first race… I loved it!  The company, the organization, the course, and the weather.  It was just a good day!  I can’t wait to register for my next race! 

 

I hope you guys have a great Sunday!

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12 responses to “2013 Women Can Run

  1. chasingchels says:

    Ahhhh congrats love!! I’m so proud of you for this! You did an amazing job, and I’m so happy that you had such a good first experience 🙂 I love grabbing water from kids, too…they’re always so excited…too cute to see 🙂

  2. dj says:

    Sorry, I missed you there. Sounds like you had a great experience.

  3. CONGRATULATIONS! I am so excited you ran your first race, and that it went so well 🙂 Yay! Friendly races are the best but in truth, so many of them are – I used to be so daunted about signing up for things but my experiences (I haven’t had that many yet but still) have all be great.

  4. Nothing like the first race! Seems like a great event to be a part—women running for the same reason. Super powerful 🙂 Congratulations!!!!!

  5. Brenda says:

    Think that was the same race in Conway that my son’s wife ran in yesterday before they came to visit. I think it was her first race……she has just recently started running . Proud for you girls!

  6. Congrats on the race!!! I am so happy and excited for you! I am sure you have the race bug now…:-)

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