My FIRST Race!! (in 25 years!)

Today I ran my first event in 25 years. It was the 1mile Healthy High Race at the University of Maine. I was totally overwhelmed by the amount of people wandering about. 98% of them were running either the 5K or 10K. I felt kinda stupid being in a group of about 10 people that were walking/running the 1 mile. But.. I am very proud of myself for what I have accomplished. I have overcome a serious ankle injury that resulted in surgery, and I’ve managed to lose 45 pounds too.  Yay Me!!!   I loved it when I was handed my running bib.. it was the magic number… “50”  (I turned 50 this year)  That made me pretty happy 🙂

I did run this event in my vibram fivefinger Komodosport LS’s. Again, I will brag about how much I love these shoes for running. I went to the mall earlier today to try to find a pair of Innov-8 shoes, but do you think anyone in Bangor has them? Nope. I’m not giving up though. I would like to have a pair to swap off with my vibrams. And they have to be in the neon green too! lol

Here are the pictures, just to prove I actually did the event…
New running outfit   Notice that I just had to have a shirt that matched my Vibrams!
Now a few shots from during the run. Getting ready to leave, I’m thinking, “no way am I gonna let those little kids pass me!”
Well, here’s what happened, right after we took off…  There goes kid #1…
Kid #2 as well…
At this point, I’m thinking to myself, that the only people behind me were a few people that were walking. But… I really didn’t care. I was in it for the long haul. (yeh i know, a mile isn’t that long…)   I turned up the tunes and I was off. It was about 70*, so just right for being outside. I could see the 5K and 10K runners up ahead, so it gave me something to look at instead of the ground. I have a habit of looking down when I run, and not paying attention to any surroundings. 
When I turned the last corner to finish, I saw my family there, and some people were clapping for me. I guess I didn’t even notice that even the little kid had passed me…
I gave it my all, and I finished 1.2 miles in 13:10, which is 2 minutes faster than I normally run. 
Here’s the shot coming up on the finish line… it’s also up a hill…
And I’m DONE! YAY! 
Thanks to all of you who have supported me through my quest to get thin and healthy. This is the beginning of the new ME.  Love to you all!
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7 responses to “My FIRST Race!! (in 25 years!)”

  1. Dana says:

    It would be a close race if I joined you at this point. I can only do my first mile or so at 12:48, and probably walk half the time. I’m planning on entering a race on Thanksgiving, so I got plenty of time to get ready. Good job and keep up the good work.

  2. Thanks for the comments! Race #2 Is coming on May 19th, its a 2 miler!

  3. Allyson says:

    That is fantastic!! I’m so proud of you!! When are you running your second event? 🙂

  4. Nikki says:

    That’s awesome. Congrats on a great first race (after 25 yrs)

  5. Jen says:

    Way to go!!! Now, sign up for #2 while you still have your runners high. 🙂

  6. Congrats, Weez. I am so proud (and jealous) of you. You are an inspiration. Hugs,

  7. I got misty eyed reading this, Weez. NICE JOB. Now, when is race 2?