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5.08.2010

My First 5k! Crazy Runners. Satisfaction.

The race came and went. I was nervous about it because I had never ran an official 5k race. I didn't know what the whole environment would be like.

I thought to myself, am I crazy for letting someone put me on a bus and drive me out 3 miles so that I could just run back in?

Yes - I am crazy.

This is probably the only time that I would not be upset that someone drove me out to a spot and told me to run home -- and I did it without complaint. Ha! We runners are crazy. Some more than others.

Of course, after completing my first 5k today - it makes me reflect on what this past year has brought.

How about some 'Before' Facts?

I had never participated in any type of organized race.
I was 60 pounds heavier one year ago than now.
I ate whatever I wanted.
I gave advice to people on how to lose weight, but failed to follow that advice myself.
I got tired after one pickup basketball game to 15.
I couldn't run 5 minutes without stopping for good.
I gave up often, but disguised it as generosity to let someone else play.

I sweated in the winter.

Some 'Now' Facts.

I have placed in my first 5k.
I am intentional with my eating.
I am 60 pounds lighter.
I live my advice.
I outplay the teenagers in a pickup basketball game.
I can run 43 minutes without stopping.
I don't give up - I push forward.

I still sweat in the winter. :) (I am actually doing something now)


AND NOW FOR THE RACE RESULTS.



I finished my 5k with a time of 26'24".

In my age division - that was good enough for FIRST PLACE!! I won a gold medal in my first 5k ever! I'm pretty stoked. I know that with more competition that the 26'24" would not get me a gold -- but I am stoked about the time!

I pushed, I pushed, I pushed!

I succeeded.

Enjoy the pictures!





Thanks Jess and Ashley for sending me the awesome signs...I'll post what I can tomorrow! To all the others that wished me luck - THANK YOU TOO!

42 comments:

✯FiTCETERA✯ said...

I'm smiling from ear to ear, here, Seth!!!
How frickin' awesome is it that not only did you run your first 5K, YOU WON!!!!

What an achievement! This day and your entire past year!

Jer said...

OHMYGOD! I can't believe you placed in your first race ever!! That is so freakin' awesome!! ♥ CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carol Anne said...

I am so so so proud of you Seth! You accomplished what you set out to do! You are amazing! Love you so much!!

Deb Willbefree said...

Oh, CONGRATULATIONS! That is sooo cool! Not only to RUN it, but to get FIRST place! I smiled through the whole post. Good for you! Again, congratulations! Love it.

Those before and after facts were a victory all their own. :D

Deb

Blubeari said...

AMAZING.

You should def take it as a good sign; this is something you are good at!!

Patrick said...

You sir - are a weight-loss healthy-living rock star. Way to go Seth!

Jessica - cbgblog said...

THAT IS GREAT! Way to go!

Jeremy Logsdon said...

You rock! That's frickin' awesome. And even though I've already gotten in one workout today, you have inspired me to go out for another one. Tina and I are gonna go get in another C25K workout in tonight. :)

Jess said...

That's AWESOME! That's a super fast 5K! When I sub-30, I'll let you know. One of these days...

Anyway, HOORAY on placing in your first race! That medal is great. Hang it up. Kiss it. Sleep with it. Make your wife jealous :)

dawne said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!!! That story should be a movie! I'm so happy for you and please tell your wife that she is adorable!

Cassie said...

Wow, like for realz, that is super impressive! I can't get over that, first place... and sub-30, that is just fantastic news!

Great job! See, you have nothing to be nervous about! :-D

I also love the reflection piece too about where you were a year ago, nice touch!

Anthony said...

Nice work on the 5K!!! What an awesome time!!! And congrats on all the things you've accomplished thus far!! Always inspiring me, man.

Kayla said...

Congrats on 1st place in your 1st 5K ever! That's awesome!

kayla

www.themindwanders.blogspot.com

cmoursler said...

AND ONE YEAR AGO YOU WEREN'T WINNING 5 K'S!!!!
How awesome is that! Very.
congrats bud.
What a difference a year makes.
you must be sooooo proud of yourself.

Aylilth said...

Freaking amazing!!!!

You should be so bloody proud of yourself!!!

ashley!nocera said...

Oh my gosh! When you said you placed, I didn't realize you got FIRST PLACE!!!! HECK YEA!! you seriously are such an inspiration! your time was amazing, especially for your first 5k!! I am so proud of you...we all are! And you are quite welcome for the sign. I hope it helped motivate you, or at least put a smile on your face for a brief moment in time :) Great job, Seth! You really are quite the rockstar!

Holly said...

THAT.IS.SO.AWESOME!!!!

Great job Seth! You must be so incredibly proud of yourself. Way to rock that 5K!

Just a Girl said...

Flipping hell Seth, that is an enormous achievement, first place in your first ever 5K? A fantastic time too! You look so proud in your pics and you absolutely deserve to - well done :-D

karen (and john) said...

That is so freakin awesomely fandamtastically incredible!!! Way to go, Seth!!! I love it when people have their hard work rewarded in awesome ways!!!

Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story said...

That is amazing!!! Congratulations!

Physicallee Fit said...

Awesome! Amazing! Outstanding! Wonderful! Congratulations!

Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

26:24 is awesome!!! Your first 5K, and an age group award??? Yes, indeed!!! Congratulations!!!

Tara said...

Holy mother of all that is pure THIS IS FREAKIN AWESOME!!!

I'm speechless Seth. Seriously this is so freakin awesome.

Brandon said...

Dude, that is AWESOME - that is an amazing time for your first 5K. We don't have a whole lot of races up here, so I'm planning to do my first 5K at the start of July, and I'm very excited/anxious about it.

Andrew is getting fit said...

That is so awesome!

Mark said...

Fantastic job. You're doing great. The before and after transformation is amazing. Keep up the good work.

ernise said...

Congrats on your accomplishment! Such a good feeling!

Sylvia said...

WOW!!! That is awesome. :) Plus hugely (is that a word?) inspiring.

Meegan said...

Congratulations! That is a fantastic first 5K experience, and an impressive time!

I Will Lay Down My Idols said...

Yeah CONGRATS! Awesome job. Enjoy your success!
D

Stronger.Faster. said...

That is great! Im excited to see what you do next! :)

Molly said...

Look at all your comments! You are supported! Great job! I love the list from last year and this year - what a stark difference!
So impressed that you didn't just run it you won it! Fantastic!

Peace said...

So proud of you!!! Hoping to join your club of 5K's, (I would like to walk one in a organized event).

Jessica Gilliam said...

Wow!! That's AMAZING! You are seriously such an inspiration!!

I also loved what you listed under your "Now Facts". I had to borrow "I am intentional with my eating". That is truly my goal.

Rad Runner said...

Heck ya! That is to awesome! I dream of placing some day! :) TOTAL CONGRATS TO YOU!

therightfit said...

Wonderful! Congratulations on your win! You are such an inspiration. Look what you have accomplished!

Shelley said...

Holy Moly, that's one hell of a great 5K run!!! Congratulations on everything - running, finishing, winning your age bracket - WOW!!! I am so impressed!

P.S. Nice medal!

Glenn Jones said...

Outstanding accomplishments - all of them! Congrats on a well run race!

fit36.com said...

Wow, that's a very impressive time for your first race. How long did you train for it?

Seth said...

@fit36 -- I broke my ankle middle or towards the end of March. I did a lot of strength training while mending that and starting working towards the race in April some time. I spent a lot of time training for it. I am a competitive person.

Kyle Gershman said...

Very cool...congrats! You are a speed demon.

Missy said...

You have come such a long way. It's great to see the tangible effects of life lived healthfully.