Fearless 5K race – we did it!

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Pre-race coaching

Beautiful morning along the bay

Yes, people raced in Halloween costumes. I paced myself with Superman and Batgirl

Cheerleaders taking a break while I slaved away :-)

Still smiling half way through

Coming in for the finish - notice the cowbell. That's head cheerleader Alex.

I finished in 30:36 with a pace of 9:52 – which is well under my goal of 33mins – I broke the 10:00 mile pace! Wahoo!!

45 mins after my wave – Alex and I traded places:

It's easy to look so fresh at the start

Hmm...is he looking tired?

OK...maybe not...darn kids.....

OK, NOW he really does look rough - turns out he was about to barf.....which he thankfully did OFF camera around a corner - while still running.

A little lighter now - he sprints to the finish.

YES! He's TIRED! Makes his dad and I feel a little better anyhow.

Alex didn’t quite meet his goal of a sub-20minute run. But considering he stopped to throw up at around the 3 mile mark and has not run this distance since the Spring Sprint triathlon (when he ran the same course in 25 minutes after swimming and biking) – his time of 21.03 was still pretty awesome. That’s a 6:47 pace. Boggles MY mind and body! And, he finished 2nd in his age group only 20 second behind the winner

Podium!

The Leg Up Team

Coach Tanja towers over us in many ways – she’s the reason I even got off the sofa and started working out. She graciously took on the challenge of a teenager in her circuit training classes and then she, Matt (not pictured), Renee and Evangeline have supported him with coaching, hand me down equipment and overall encouragement. Renee and Eve took on an even bigger task – when I expressed a crack in my armor of running loathing – they jumped right in and gently walked me through getting myself into running. They took me out on their training runs and patiently let me jog at my own pace and build up distance and then speed. Without the support of all four of them – yes, I count Alex in for pushing me even though there is no way in hell I can *compete* with him – I could not legitimately call myself a runner.

And tomorrow? I have an even bigger challenge – I have to take pictures and cheer on all of THEM in the triathlon event. Pretty sure I’m going to be DONE around 10am tomorrow.

Final stats:

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