I came, I ran, I got the tshirt!


That’s how I feel right now. Today started off super early. With Spring forward, I only got about 4.5 hours of sleep last night.
I wouldn’t recommend this if you are running a 5K in the morning.

That’s right. Today was the day I have been counting down to since January.

My First 5K!

Luckily, I had a great support system.

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It was a great experience even though it rained the whole time. And even though there was a nice surprise of a mile long hill after the first mile. 🙂 Thanks to my hubs I put together a little video of the day. *Warning: there is some bouncing video. Hey we were running!

Before I started the race I was anticipating that I would run 13 minute miles. At that pace I would have finished the 3.1 miles in 00:40:30. Imagine my surprise when I saw my official time of 00:38:31! Which means I averaged about 12:35 miles! I have to admit that that made me quite proud of myself.

But I gotta say that it wouldn’t have been possible without this man.


That’s my hubs. He stayed with me the whole way. When I stopped to walk up part of the hill, he walked with me. And then he encouraged me to run again once we hit a certain spot and never stopped cheering me on. I know it had to be killing him since his pace is MUCH faster than mine, but he never complained and was the first person to tell me “Good Job” once I crossed the finish.

If you would have asked me at the beginning of December if I would have lost 20lbs and ran a 5K come March, I probably would have looked at you like you had a second head. But low and behold. That’s exactly what I’ve done. My journey isn’t over yet though. After a week of being “off the wagon” I’ll be jumping back on come Monday.

And I’m going to keep on running. I have to be ready for my next 5K on April 16th after all. 😀


  1. I am proud of you Tina! You are an inspiration for all of us! 🙂 Congrats!
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  2. Fantastic! That is just so cool and you look wonderful! WTG!!!!!

  3. Awesomeness abounds! My wife ran her first last fall – it’s so awesome.

    Congratulations over and over again!
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    • Thank you Rob! It has been great seeing all the support from you every step of the way.. I’m truly blessed with great people in my life online and off.

  4. Wow! Awesome job! I couldn’t even run 1 mile…much less 3! And what an awesome hubby to stay with you!!!!

  5. Congratulations on running your first 5k!! I am signed up to run my first one in 20 years on Easter weekend. I’m scared, excited and counting down the days.

    My goal is to also finish my first one in under 40 minutes – hopefully I will surprise myself, too.

    Keep up the great work!!
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