My First Race!!!

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GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t get this stupid grin off my face and I still haven’t taken my medal off!!

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Is it normal to be this excited about running a 10k race!?!? :D

I had the TIME OF MY LIFE today! I seriously did.

Every second was truly amazing and I finally had the chance to run a race that I have been planning for a LONG time.

I FINALLY got redemption for my injury this winter that put me out of ALL and ANY exercise for 2 whole months.

TODAY WAS REDEMPTION DAY, baby!!!

Check out this VIDEO recap I put together (took me a LONG time so I hope you enjoy it!!)

In this video you will find out:

  • How the morning of the run went
  • How the race went
  • My finish time
  • My placing
  • Pictures + commentary galore!

 

And here are a few pictures…

Around 8am this morning after dropping off my bars to the finish line…

Can’t you just feel the excitement seeping out of my skin!?!?

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At the start area! We were SO early, but at least we weren’t rushed!! IT WAS HOT. As in 28C/82F hot and not a cloud in the sky!

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Warming up…in wine country walking the hills!!

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Yea, so about them hills, eh!

Well, about 15 minutes before the race someone goes to me:

“So the hills on this route are CRAZY hard, eh??”

And I was like…ummm crap. Guess who forgot to check the route map this week!!! ME! But in my defense, the race organization didn’t even have the route posted until this week apparently. I was checking it and checking it for weeks prior to and then this week was SO busy I just forgot.

So this man tells me how hard the 10k is going to be with these ‘hellish hills’. He said there were 5 huge hills in it.

Here I was thinking that wine country would be FLAT. I was SO wrong. So so wrong.

I went to the bathroom 4 times (and could have gone 5 but I ran out of time! lol). I needed to stay hydrated as it was so hot!!! I think I drank about 7-8 cups of water before the race (over about 5 hours though).

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Starting line!!! I was lucky to get near the front of the pack:

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Wearing necklaces with an Ipod was a bad idea…they got tangled around my ipod cord (left pic)!!

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Luckily Eric got them out after the race (right pic)!!!

My new tee my hubby bought me! :D I LOVE IT!!!!!!!! So me!!!

WINE IS THE ANSWER. WHAT WAS THE QUESTION?

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bahahaha.

All runners got two of these wine glasses- I love them!

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I am exhausted! So you will have to wait until tomorrow for parts 2 and 3 of the recap!!

 

I still can’t believe that I placed 3rd in my division, 19th out of 199 women, and 39th overall. I truly surprised myself.

 

I guess all of the intense cross training workouts paid off! It just goes to show that you don’t have to run 5 days a week to have a huge pay off! I think I ran once in the last 2 weeks- crazy huh??

I am just floating on a cloud right now and probably will be for a while. :D

Ok back to this…

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I have totally crashed and burned tonight!

The past two weeks have been nothing short of crazy busy for me and it really hit me tonight when I got home! I need rest and recuperation!!!

See you tomorrow for race recap #2 and #3!

I will be showing you everything I ate the night before and day of the race!

I will also give you a blow by blow of the race itself and how I felt!!

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Mara @ What's for Dinner? June 14, 2009

You are amazing!!! i’m so beyond proud and impressed :)

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Marcia June 14, 2009

Hey, that’s an AMAZINGLY good place to finish! Especially at your (young-ish) age, where the competition is probably fierce! Not surprising with your treadmill workouts. You’ve inspired me to try treadmill hill walking, and about 10% at 3.5 mph is my limit, and I certainly can’t go for an hour.

Great job!

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TorontoGirloutWest June 14, 2009

Yaaayyy good for you!

And how jealous am I that you got an actual medal for a 10K? I did one last year and only got an intense feeling of satisfaction! Hahahah! ;)

But I am looking forward to the finisher’s medal for my half this fall.

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Jocelyn June 14, 2009

awesome Angela!!!!!!!! CONGRATIONSSSS wow you finished in AMAZING TIME :D Looks like you had a fab day to run!!!!

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Eri June 14, 2009

mann. i would have been hot. lol.
but tremendously good job. and not only did you run a 10k you looked cute while doing it!:]wlking on an incline probably helped with those hills. I think you have inspired me to run/walk more. I’ve been thinking about running a race or something but my workouts are sporadic in regularity and intensity. lol

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april June 14, 2009

Good job Angela! I’m so happy for you!

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Sarah June 14, 2009

Ange, that’s awesome!! What a great time! As I was reading this, I was absolutely grinning from ear to ear. I’m so happy for you!

You seriously are so inspiring. Reading this post made me want to do a road race.

Rest up. You’ve definitely earned it.

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Hannah June 14, 2009

Wow that’s amazing! Congrats Angela! You are so inspiring at that time is so good!

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Hannah June 14, 2009

*and that time (oops!)

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Eric June 14, 2009

Congrats Ange! I’m so proud of you! I was very impressed with how quick you got to the finish line… 39th overall!!!

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Priyanka June 14, 2009

3,19 and 39 are awesome. I am so impressed!! All your hardwork paid off! Congratulations!!

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Help Meghan Run June 14, 2009

Ahh congrats! :) That is so exciting, and pumps me up even more for my big half marathon in October. Enjoy the aftermath!

HelpMeghanRun.com

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Meghan@traveleatlove June 14, 2009

Congratulations Angela! You did such a great thing today. Enjoy the rest.

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kim June 14, 2009

Congrats!!! Very exciting and what a great finish! I’m really encouraged by your time and place with all the cross training. My knees are a mess right now and I really miss running. This gives me some hope that I can still maybe do some races/triathlons and not have to do all that running to get it done.

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carolinebee June 14, 2009

congrats Ang!!!!!!

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meghan June 14, 2009

CONGRATS ANG! Loved the video recap…and the wine tee!! haha enjoy your rest..you deserve it!

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elliebelle June 14, 2009

Congratulations on the AWESOME finish! You have really inspired me to keep working out and maybe some day I can even do a race! I guess you never know! WAY TO GO!!!

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Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum June 14, 2009

you did SO AMAZING. i love your outfit it is so cute and a great marketing device too! Hope you have a relaxing evening.. you deserve it! <3

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Run Sarah June 14, 2009

Congratulations! Great time and awesome race!!

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Diane June 14, 2009

Congratulations on your awesome run! You will be hooked for life now, and you’ll be signing up for all kinds of races. I’m 45 (really?) and still get nervous/anxious when a race is about to begin, and I still am SO elated with my accomplishment when the race is over! Go Angela!!!

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Marian June 14, 2009

Congratulations! That course was SOOOO hilly….and in the heat of that sun today…everyone deserved those medals today!

Congratulations on your great finish!

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Angelea (Cabin Fever Feast) June 14, 2009

Congrats! Loved the video! It felt like we were right there with you.

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Amanda June 14, 2009

awwwwwww congrats!! I’m happy for you!

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Megan June 14, 2009

Congrats! That’s awesome :-)

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Georgia June 14, 2009

Congrats! Good time! Wow! I ran my first 10k on Saturday and had so much fun!! I ran it in 64 minutes.. I was the slow lady you passed early on.

Glad to see someone else gets as much of a kick out of it as I do!

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Amie June 14, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS! What an accomplishment! :)

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N.D. June 14, 2009

Great job for your first race! loved the video.

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Christina June 14, 2009

Congrats, you did amazing!!! It looks like such a beautiful course too.

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Gillian June 14, 2009

CONGRATS! Impressed with your motive, and even more the wonderful fund raising you did at the same time!

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Bec June 14, 2009

congrats on a super race!

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Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) June 14, 2009

congratulations! way to rock it out – 3rd place in your division is AH-MAY-ZING :)!

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Lindsay June 14, 2009

Congratulations!!! You deserve to be so proud of yourself!

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Kristen June 14, 2009

Congratulations on your amazing race Ange! You have worked so hard and should be so proud of youself!

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Sherri June 14, 2009

hooray for you!! and i love your new t-shirt. i’m still trying to find a way to enjoy wine and train for my marathon…

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Meredith (Pursuing Balance) June 14, 2009

Congratulations! I’m so happy for you!

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ttfn300 June 14, 2009

CONGRATS!!!! a stellar run ;) it’s amazing how good you feel after a race, isn’t it?

i’m SO sorry i didn’t get to participate in your fundraising, things have been so hectic i lost track of time :(

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Steph Runs the City June 14, 2009

congrats on the race, angela! it’s such a great feeling when you’re done :) way to go!

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Katherine June 14, 2009

Congratulations Ang! Can’t wait to read the future recaps!

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Victoria June 14, 2009

Congrats! I am beyond impressed!

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Nicole June 14, 2009

AWESOME!!!! I would love to do a race. My sister did her first marathon EVER this (she had only done 5ks) and it was the Boston Marathon. I don’t know how you guys do it. Running is like torture.

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