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Thanks, everyone, for all of your sympathy, support and encouragment. I really appreciate it. My legs still ache, but they're getting better, so I'm hoping to be able to get my run in tomorrow.<br><br>
Also, a point of clarification. . .the race volunteer was a darling. She stuck around for quite a while to make sure I was ok. It was the medic who was an a$$hat. He told me he was at the end of a double shift, so I guess he was tired, but I still didn't appreciate his smugness.<br><br>
Thanks again for all of your support!
 

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Prae:<br><br>
Congrats on your first race. Here's one way to look at it - they probably all get better from here! Getting out there and getting this done is a major step. And that time is not bad at all. Sorry some of the other things didn't go as well as you wanted for a first, but when you try a *second* race this fall and it's cooler it will be so much better!<br><br>
Congrats on a great job.
 

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Congratulations on your race!<br><br>
Like others have said, you did great. Your race was a success! You put forth a race-level effort -- I've heard many a runner say "you didn't run hard enough if you didn't puke at the end' (although I don't personally subscribe to that). You prepared well physically and prepared mentally as much as you could (by setting goals) w/o ever having raced. There's really no good way to prepare for the experience of racing itself, other than doing it. 5Ks (and goal races in general) can be a lot about getting comfortable with being out of your comfort zone. On race day, you learned this, as well as some of the practical pre-race/post-race stuff to take care of.<br><br>
In my first race (a 5K also), I didn't train anywhere near as smartly as you did, and I remember about half-way through thinking "Well this is just a whole different thing from the nice solo relaxing runs I've been doing. I don't like it. Racing's not for me. But at least I tried it once." That was many races ago. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
I hope you'll keep at it because with experience you'll get smarter, and because you write such a good race report!<br><br>
Oh, and it would probably help to do some walking today to loosen up those legs for tomorrow's run.
 

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<b>Prae</b> - I am so incredibly proud of you. You ran your first 5k! And, I can tell you your PR beats mine for my first race! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> No lectures here, honey - other than to say don't beat yourself up too bad. Gotta learn somehow and it's not always comfortable.<br><br>
To have reached the point where you are now you've had to be dedicated, you've had to perservere, you've had to choose to run. You've done those things and have succeeded in becoming this you who runs and races and posts wonderful RRs.<br><br>
Strong work, my friend! Strong work!
 

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Wow, that's some story. Huge congrats on getting your first 5K in the books. I'm sure it's a race that you'll never forget. As others have said, focus on the positives and get geared up for another one in the fall when the weather is cooler. That's a hole nutha ball game.<br><br>
Congrats!!!
 

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Great job on doing your first 5K! Yay for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Don't worry about the rest of it! You did great, and you learned some good stuff form it. That's the key!
 

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Prae - I'm soooo proud of you! You started something and saw it through. You not only finished but you FINISHED BIG and exceeded your expectations. Who cares about the other stuff ...they're lessons in what you might want to work on in the next race and the one after that; that's the beauty of running. And good gawd, if I had modesty issues before I started running they're LONG gone now. Way too many separate incidents to report <i>wink, wink</i><br><br>
Hold your head up high girl, you earned it!!!
 

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Nice race! We learn what works & what doesn't for us best by trial & error. I still have yet to figure out how to pace myself for a 5k (I really don't like them ... way too much effort!), even though I'm training for my third marathon.<br><br>
You got yourself a PR, and now you know some changes you can make for next time. Congrats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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<b>Prae</b> - I must say this - you put the Pee in PR today!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Sorry - I know you're getting lots of pee jokes but I thought that was a good one.<br><br>
Congrats - it all boils down to this...you SMASHED your double secret tim goal, you proved to youself and the rest of us that not only are you a toughbadass, you are a STEELER tough badass, and you became a runner over the last several weeks. BELIEVE me - the heat is rough. If you sign up for a fall 5k or 10k, you will knock it out of the park in cool weather. You learned some good lessons that will serve you well...here's another one - start further back. This will help you not get sucked into the fast pace up frnt and you get tons of mental energy by passing people. Plus you will find folks to run with or against and that will appeal to your social/competitive side.<br><br>
Great job - way to stick it out.<br><br>
MOn scheduled run - make it a walk and if you feel great after 15-20 minutes' brisk walking, go ahead and let the inner beast out and run!<br><br><b>Keriksen</b> is right - I can't pace a 5k for shite and they hurt like hell, and I've been racing for 12 years!
 

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This basically sums up my thoughts. You left it all out on the course and can't say that you wish you would've run faster. It's very difficult to push oneself to that point.<br><br>
And this is coming from someone who planned on running so hard in his last race that I planned on puking. Still couldn't push myself that hard.<br><br>
So, congrats, I say! A giant PR, some lessons learned and you live to race another day! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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That's an amazing story Prae.<br><br>
No lecturing here, just let me say this, we all learn from our mistakes. You can read all the plans you want online. You can read what works for other people. But until you actually do something like this, you don't know exactly what works for you.<br><br>
So, now you take those lessons, learn from them, and next time you'll be better.<br><br>
Congrats on finishing your first 5K, and absolutely obliterating your goal time.
 

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<b>Prae</b>, I am so proud of you! Coming home from the shore last night, all I could think of was, "I wonder how Prae did...."<br><br>
You kicked your goal right in the butt!! Your first 5K sounds a bit like mine; I went out too fast, kept running too fast, tried desperately to hang with one girl in particular because I had no idea where I was going, and gave everything I had at the end to pass her... just to pass <i>someone</i>. My friend at the finish line said, "Um, you look <span><b>green</b></span><span style="color:#000000;">. Are you OK?"</span><br><br>
Everyone told me afterward that I'd run a perfect 5K.... and now I can tell you the same thing!!!! Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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<b>Prae</b>:<br><br>
All I know is, I wish I was made out of the tough stuff God made you from. We all know that there is no greater challenge than going on and conquering things when they get hard. You did it. You, my friend, <b>persevered.</b>
 

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Dude, you <i>own</i> that race now.
 

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Congratulations on your first race! You are one tough woman, and it showed in every word of that race report. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Damn girl! I am so proud of you! We have watched you do c25k and you have come so far. While right now you may have some negatives from this race, it will be a great 1st race story for years to come.<br><br>
I wish I had the gutts to push that hard for my first 5k. I didn't and it wasn't really as memorable as I wanted it to be.<br><br>
I'm with Crane, the medic was a dick...I would be proud to have run so hard that I threw up (I've come close but haven't yet). You rock sister!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy">
 

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<b>Great job Prae!</b><br><br>
You know now why the 5k is teh original suck! Yet, I always figure it's so short, how hard can it be? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
You definitely gave it your all and I think you will smash your PR in a fall race.<br><br>
Congratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1">
 
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