Saturday, August 23, 2008

Road Racin'

Today was my first 5K road race. Ever. I mean, I ran cross country in high school, but that was through the wilds of Alaska, on soft rolling trails, surrounded by beautiful scenery and the occasional moose. So today was a challenge. It was humid. It was hot. And I do, um, (let me think about this for a minute) ALL of my running on my treadmill. Granted, I do run on an incline, but it's different running outside.

But I did it. And I did great. I posted a new personal best by 3 minutes and 35 seconds. And I learned to train at least one day a week outside. But the best thing I learned today is that I have the loudest, cutest, most devoted cheering section. And I finished stronger because they were there cheering me on.



Please pay NO attention to the tall guy that just happens to be finishing the 10K at the exact same time that I am finishing my 5K. He did, after all, start 5 minutes before me...

24 comments:

Camie said...

Oh Amber, that is awesome. I bet it was such a great feeling. You go girl!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

Wow! Congratulations!

Scribbit said...

That's so wonderful--I'm in awe!

April said...

You look HOT going through the finish line! Nice work! Thanks for calling today! LOVES!

Liz said...

Way to go! I didn't know that's what you were up to yesterday morning. Good job! And what a great cheering section, glad you have it on video, so you can listen to it on a bad day!!!

Cara and Barry said...

Way to go Amber! I bet that felt awesome! Good for you! And I love that you have the ending on tape. That is so fun!

At Home In Georgia said...

Holy cow...I can't believe you beat you time by 3+ minutes, that is really realy good. You were sprinting through that finish line!

Our Complete Family said...

Yea! Way to go Amber! You have the most awesome cheering section...you're right! CONGRATS GIRL!!! ~ Les

Jenn said...

Congrats Amber! Glad you were able to run in the race. On to the next one!

Anonymous said...

Well done, Amber. Brought back memories of your cross-country races in high school, except you
run better now!! I am proud of you!!

the mom

kathleener said...

wow, that was just so exciting! seriously! i'm so pumped now for next month! can we train sometime together??? you were totally booking it at the end--i can't promise that i won't be suckin' wind! great job!

Holly Ogden said...

Way to go! I can't believe how fast you were going at the end! I would have been coasting in. Let me know when you do another one, I just might have to join you!

Eloise said...

Wow! I am so impressed. My husband runs marathons, but I'm not sure I could even run around the block. Your pictures are very inspiring, though!

condiefamily said...

Way to finish with a kick! I am proud of you!

Albanie said...

Good job! Listen to that suppoetive husband! So nice!

Heather said...

Wow! You are amazing! Good for you!

Sydney said...

YAY! CONGRATULATIONS!!! Didn't you feel so good when it was over? I'm doing one more 5K this year... Race for the Cure at the end of next month. In fact, this is reminding me that I need to register ASAP! Great Job!

Rosanne said...

You are awesome! Great job! :)

Jcochran said...

you never cease to amaze me! Way to Go Girl!

Montay said...

You go girl I have tried running and I wish I were a runner but it makes me puke literally ! So Go you

Nicole said...

Wow, I am very impressed. I hate running, I mean really hate it. Lately though I've been thinking I should try it, I'd love to be able to say I finished a 5K. I bet it's a great feeling of accomplishment. Somehow saying I work out at Curves just doesn't sound that cool :)

Lacey said...

How did you not just have to drag yourself over the finish line? I am working on getting myself ready for a 5K but I fear it will never happen. You did awesome!

Leenz said...

Nice job, you finished like a champ! I love the thrill of finishing a race.

Sonja said...

Wooo hooo! Way to go! You make it look easy. :)

Hooray for terrific cheerleaders too!