Monday, September 15, 2014

#djv5k Race Recap


When Desiree and Jenny shared that they were hosting a virtual 5k race, I knew I had to give it a shot. I've only ran one another race before and wanted to challenge myself to beat that race time. While both races bring different challenges to the table - The Color Run wasn't timed and this weekend's race was ran solo - I knew that I would be proud of my accomplishments regardless of the results.

The #djv5k was scheduled for Saturday but thanks to a cold front that moved in Friday night, Saturday was completely rained out. Which as a fan of cooler temperatures and Fall like conditions, I was a-okay with this! After chatting with Desiree, we decided it would be okay for me to "reschedule" my run for Sunday when it was going to be dry. 

Sunday morning came and it was still raining but this time more of a light drizzle. Instead of letting Mother Nature still my race from me, I suited up with a baseball cap and jacket and hit the pavement. I wanted nothing more than to just run. For those of you who don't run, it's a hard experience to explain but for me, running allows me to see what this body of mine is capable of. It's amazing what it can do when treated well and allowed to (literally) run and stretch and move. 



My results weren't exactly where I would have liked them. I ran a "practice" 5k a few weeks ago and finished it in 39:14 so that was the goal with this race. I missed it. By 1 minute and 1 second. But instead of focusing on a negative, I'm going to focus on the fact that I did beat my Color Run time by 8 seconds. Which, as Desiree pointed out, means I set a personal record.

What's next on my running journey? Because I don't know my own limitations, I've signed up for a 5 mile walk/run on Thanksgiving Day. I walked 5.68 with some girlfriends a week or so ago and was able to get it completed in 70 minutes. That was just a casual walk amongst friends. What's to say I couldn't do that during a race and BEAT my time? My goal for the Thunder Cloud Turkey Trot is 5 miles in one hour. So that will be my focus over the next 73 days.

Overall, I'm excited to be running (who am I?). I'm loving the race against the clock. Pushing my limitations and abilities has resulted in a lot of pleasant surprises on my end. Because really, I'm only racing against myself. 

32 comments:

  1. Yay. So many things in this post made me smile. I totally agree that non runners just don't completely understand the feelings you experience when you go.

    So glad you already have your eyes on another race. Such great motivation to keep going.

    Great job!

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    1. It's been a sweaty, sore foot journey but I'm loving it.

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    1. Thanks Becky! Way to go for walking it with us!

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  3. You did awesome, lady! You PR'd - that's a big deal! Each and every second counts.
    Can't wait to see/hear how your training goes for the 5 miler.

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    1. 8 seconds... plus a couple more and then maybe a minute quicker and the next thing you know, I'm fast. ;)

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  4. You woman who love to run, I admire you! I love to hike, bike, kayak, and walk, but running has never been a passion. It was probably that PE coach in high school who was always yelling at me to go faster!

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  5. Congrats! I admire all of you girls that run! I'm a walker and love cycling, but am always impressed and inspired by runners!

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    1. I'm not a runner just yet but thank you! I am more of a slogger - a slow jogger.

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  6. I love the idea of a virtual 5k! I might have to do that sometime!

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  7. That is fantastic! Did you run the whole way? I would never have the stamina for it. I regularly brisk walk 5k but I think I might have a heart attack if I tried to run it haha :) Great job Stephanie! xo

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    1. I'm sure you wouldn't have a heart attack... because if I can do it, anyone can. But I walked/jogged and ran.

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  8. Congrats! I need to check this out something I may want to do myself.

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    1. It was a great motivator to get moving and push my boundaries.

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  9. I LOVE the idea of a virtual race! You did amazing! Practice makes perfect! So much better than I would have done! Congrats!
    xoxo
    The Accidental Mama
    http://theaccidentalmama.com

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    1. Thanks a ton! It was hard to get my head in the game sometimes. I keep telling myself, you can do you can do it.

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  10. You go girl!!! I love the idea of virtual racing too-- so motivating to have friends all over the place working on common goals! I'm hoping to push myself with my running goals this fall and I'm excited!

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    1. It was great running with my blogging friends that I can't literally run with.

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  11. GO GIRL! I can't run to save my life, so I admire those who can--especially those who work up to it!

    Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

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    1. Chloe, too funny! I'm sure you could fast walk if your life needed saved!

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  12. Way to set a PR that's so awesome!!! I'm so glad you found a love for running! Like you said people who aren't runners (even if they run on ocassion) just don't get what running means! Thanks for joining with us!

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    1. No problem, the race was great motivation.

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  13. Great job. I did a 5k, sort of before. I say sort of because it was after I got disabled but my family was doing it and wanted me included so my husband pushed me in a wheelchair the whole thing. So I was there but it doesn't realy count.

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    1. No it does count. You committed and followed through.

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  14. I tried to be a runner but it was short lived. Yay for you though

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    1. I'm hoping this isn't short lived for me. Now that the weather is cooler here in Texas, I'm hoping that will give it a chance to stick.

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    1. Thanks! Onto bigger races and faster times!

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  16. Congrats, girl! The fact that you did this means you won, period so don't be too hard on yourself. You totally rocked it. Way to go!!

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