5 Mile Mania

Today was the American Heart Associations Start! Heart Walk.  This was the first year that they offered a run and if you remember from a few blog posts back,  I had signed up to do the 5 mile run.  Thanks to everyone’s generous donations I will able to raise $231 for this great cause. 
Unfortunately due to us running late & me leaving my phone in the car, I don’t have any fancy pictures, but here is my bib #:
Again, due to my father dying of a heart attack at the age of 34 (I was 10 years old), the cause is something that means a lot to me.
Am I not the cutest 1 year old ever??  OF COURSE I AM!!  Sorry for the quality…that’s a picture of a picture.  But it just goes to show that my cuteness can cut through layers of films. ;-)

Well people…I'm going to "list" this recap.  A lot of things that could have went wrong did at times. So lets start:
  • I had to wake up at 6 am on a Saturday.  Um…that sucks. That’s all I have to say about that
  • The weather, which has been sunny & in the 50’s-60’s decided to be in the upper 30’s today with rain & winds blowing about 14 mph.  This race was next to a giant lake so that just made the winds worse.
  • Since parking was limited & we didn't want to travel OUT of our way to take some shuttle we had to walk about 1/2 a mile to get to the Start/Finish line. 
  • After I check to make sure I’m all registered I learned that there would be no chip timing. Why even give us Bib #’s then??  Not a huge deal since I had my iPod with my Nike+ with me…..or did I????
  • I get to the start line & realize that I do not have my iPod with me.  I felt naked.  I KNEW I brought it with me.  I’ve never ran without music, let alone a race.  I was really upset about this.  Thankfully on his way back to the car, Frankie found it lying on the side of the road.  I only had to run for about a minute or two before he was there at the side waiting to hand it to me.  I love him!!  Thank you to those who walked right by it and were not assholes enough to pick it up. 
  • My pace was good.  I was keeping a 10’30 for the first half of the race and keeping up with a lot of runners.  But in this race you had a 3 mile and 5 mile option and before I knew the majority of the crowd turned around to run the 3 mile.  This kind of bummed me out.
  • The last half of the race was AWFUL.  By far the hardest conditions I’ve ran in & the hardest fight I’ve had in a race.  The wind was *WICKED*!!  It was cold & raining and the wind was literally taking the breath from me.  I had 2 light asthma attacks, and of course did not have my inhaler.  My breathing exhausted me and between that and the wind I was up to a 11’30” pace. 
  • The last mile felt ok.  There were two hills that kind of killed me but I was just so happy to be at the end. 
  • Crossing the finish line was no big to-do.   Because of the weather most people had left, but as usual I had the best man ever waiting there for me. 
I finished it in just under 52 minutes with an average pace of 10’58” according to my Nike+.  Of course though for almost most of the first 1/4 mile though I didn’t have my iPod so obviously I wasn't about to record that.  I was only able to record 48 minutes. 

I’m tired and I’m sore.  I hate hate hate HATE hate hate running in the wind.  Especially the wind, rain and cold.  My chest hurts and I’m definitely feeling fatigued. 

But at the same time, I feel great!!  I know that I accomplished what I set out to do.  I knew what the conditions I was about to run in would be like and instead of not going, or taking the 3 mile route, I stuck to my original plan and went and did the whole 5 miles.  Not to mention, I did not stop or walk once. 

So all in all, it wasn’t a bad race.  As we were leaving a majority of the crowd was just coming in because the Start! Walk was about to being in another hour and that it was draws the biggest crowd at this event.  It was great to see how many runners there were though that are survivors of heart & stroke related conditions.  It just goes to show you what a little inner strength can do!!

Overall I’m glad I ran this race and knowing the money I raised, no matter how small it may have been compared to some, is going to a great cause really gives me a great feeling of satisfaction. 

This lady deserves a few beers tonight.  ;-)

I hope you are all having a great weekend!!  XOXO


  1. my dad died from a heart attack, too, when i was 18.

    good for you to sticking to your guns! i WISH i could run 5 miles. i can't even make it 1/4 of a mile without having to walk. i'll get there!

    and yes, you deserve a few beers! ENJOY!

  2. I'm sorry to hear that Lor. It's a tragic thing to have to deal with.
    Thank you for the congrats, and you'll be happy to know that I just cracked open my first beer. :-) Hopefully I can just stay awake to enjoy them. I am *SO* tired.
    Thanks again!!

  3. My father also died of a heart attack when I was 18 and he was 55. It was a and still is a hard thing for me to deal with. I miss him every day of my life and to know that my husband and my kids will never get to know him kills me.

    Congrats to you!! I am so happy for you!! I know I told you that on twitter already but congrats again!! Even if running in the wind SUCKS!! And enjoy your beers. You totally deserve them.

  4. I'm sorry to hear that you have had to deal with losing your father as well. It is difficult to accept the part of knowing that the people you love most in life today will never get to meet him. It may sound silly, but I think in a way it creates a mystery about us that makes us even more loved. If that makes any sense.

    I was a total daddy's girl growing up but in reality my father was not a good man. In fact, he was a horrible man and in many ways his passing was a sense of relief for some. But with that said, it was still difficult to deal with because I feel like he never got a chance to become a better person. It is what it is though and it's only made me stronger.

    Well enough of the somber crap, LOL. Thanks for the congrats!! Thankfully I'm not feeling too sore today. I might even be able to get in a treadmill run. We'll see.

  5. congratulations !!!! Great job on finishing the 5 mile race , and not letting the wind , rain make you fall out at 3 . GREAT JOB !! Your father would be proud . In this tight pocket econom $230 is a lot to have come up with.

  6. Thanks so much!! Yeah, I was really surprised to raise that much $$. It was great that so many people were willing to donate to such a great cause.

  7. so sorry for all of you that have lost your fathers, so suddenly, at that.

    Congrats on your race! you're right; you deserve some beer!

  8. Congrats on your race! I signed up to race for the AHA in the Chicago Marathon this year. My first marathon. I lost my Mom six years ago to complications from heart surgery. So the cause is very important to me as well. I hope the rest of your races this year have better weather than this one!


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