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New Year's 5K

Yesterday I ran my last race of 2012.  

I still can not believe how much running has become a part of my life.  I started my racing this year on March 24th.  A 5K after not doing much for a year.  The last race I ran before that was in July of 2011.  Suffice it to say, running is still fairly new to me.  And yet, it is me.  Running defines me.  

But back to yesterday.  I signed up last minute to run the New Year's 5K sponsored by the DAC
I recruited one of my best friends and honorary little sister, Allison, to run with me.  She is a soccer player and is in amazing shape so I was hoping she'd win it!  

It was so cold outside.  It even snowed which was freaking amazing.  Do we look cold in that picture?  Luckily we didn't have to wait too long for the start.  Of course we wasted time taking some silly pictures:
Get it Girl!

Thanks for the photo bomb, red hooded sweatshirt man.
And then we were off.  It was a simple out and back along a course that I'm very familiar with.  I felt really strong at the beginning and tried to back off the pace to save it up for the finish.  I haven't run a 5K in so long that it felt really weird and I honestly didn't have much of a game plan.  My goal time was 31 minutes but I secretly wanted to be faster than that.  Before I knew it I was at the turn around which was a very sharp turn around.  Me no likey.  I had to slow down too much.  Anyway, I headed back toward the finish and told myself that I'd really pick up the pace at about 2.7 miles.  The next thing I knew I was striding it out to the finish line!  

There it was.  I beat my goal time, plus averaged under a 10 minute mile.  I was actually pleased with these results.  But the good news didn't end there.  When I got my results they told me I was THIRD in my age group!  I placed!  I know it wasn't a huge race but I was still so excited.  My hard work is paying off and I LOVE IT!!!

Allison, the little speed demon, placed 1st in her age group (the little baby girl is only 21)!  I was so proud of her.  She inspires me to get faster.  

Here's me and my medal.  Can you tell I'm excited?

A little post race pencil smile
It was a great little race and I was so glad to run it with my adopted little sister.  Allison means so much to me and I love getting to spend time with her.  She's one of a kind and I'm so lucky to have her in my life!  I love you Aunt Al!

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