Location: New Jersey
Race: Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K
Personal Tidbit: Married and mother to two beautiful boys
In Her Own Words:
Yesterday, I ran the 6th Annual Haddonfield Adrenaline 5K in Haddonfield, NJ. I had two goals in mind – not to finish last and to run the entire time. Well, I can proudly say that I was able to accomplish one of my goals: I did not finish last.
I have been training by running/walking so the running the entire time was a bit of a hefty goal and one that I’m not upset I didn’t accomplish. I have to admit that I was really scared. I felt like I was way out of my league. I only started running the beginning of this year so this is all very new to me. I tried my best to push all those feelings aside and remember that I have trained well for this. I could do it.
I heard a girl next to me say to her friend, "I’m so scared….everyone looks so serious." Oh my Goodness – she took the words right out of my mouth. Just hearing those words come out of a complete stranger made me feel so much better because others could relate to me.
The air horn blared and everyone was off. I just completely zoned out to my music and got into my pace. I passed the 1st mile marker at 11:30. The 2nd mile was pretty rough for me, I could feel my hip that has been bothering me for the past month and my breathing was all out of whack so I took a lot of walking breaks. My 3rd mile was better and once I saw the finish line approaching I gave it everything I had. I finished in 37:11 (chip time) and was 811 out of 847 finishers.
I’m really proud of myself for what I have accomplished in 2 1/2 months. I’m ready for more- in fact, I have my 2nd 5K this coming Saturday the 26th. Now lets see if I can accomplish my second goal of running and improve my overall time!
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