Final Stage!!

Good Morning!

How was your weekend?

Mine was great and I will get to that in another post, right now I want to talk about the final stage of “My 1st 5K!

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The final stage was actually completing a 5k race, running the full race with no walking!

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We started the morning off by meeting at 7:45 am at the race location to meet up, get the runners bibs pinned to their shirt and shaking out all the nerves!

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We then went on a 5 minute warm-up walk, which was what we did every time before we started our run. Making for a more normal feeling 🙂

Then we got ready to race!

The national anthem was sang and we were off!!!

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The goal was to start the first 1 mile together and just go sloooooooooow, if the runners then wanted to split off and run faster they were more than welcome to speed up.

When we reached mile 1 people started to either 1. speed up 2. slow down 3. continue at the speed we started at!

When we reached mile 1 I was with a lady who had lost about 20 pounds, and she almost started to cry because she had never ran a full mile without walking! It was very inspirational!

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B thankfully tagged along and stayed in the back, however  I would run back and forth to check on the runners to make sure they were feeling good and having a great time!

The course was set inside a retirement home, so the crowed was older people. But it was by far the best crowed I have ever ran through for a 5k!! They were so enthusiastic! They had post and pans and whistles and kazoos! It was so much fun and the residents were so happy to be cheering us on!

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When we got to mile 2, everyone I was around was so happy to have 2 miles. Most of these women had never ran a full mile let alone 2! Again it was so inspirational!

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At this point we were pretty spread out, but the course was open enough that I could see all of our runners, so it made it easy for sprinting back and forth.

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As we were closing in on 2.5 miles, I stayed with one women the whole time, and pushed her to the finish!

We all finished under 40 minutes!! I am so proud of each runner who stuck with it!

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Everyone was so proud of themselves and I am so proud of them!

All the runners ran the whole race, without stopping and I have never seen such big smiles in my life!

The race ended with a breakfast and many pictures!

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I can’t say how proud I am of each runner!

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