Running Across the Street

by Joanne on May 1, 2010

It has been a while since I ran a 5K.  Today the race was right across the street along a route that Shane and I either walk or run at least twice a week. 


Up at 5:45 am and out the door with Shane for a warm up 2 miler.  Fiddle faddled around and ate 1/2 a banana with peanut butter at 6:30 am.  Ted left to go have coffee with the guys. I ran over to the school early, got my bag of goodies and number, then ran back home.


It was warmer this morning and perfect for running.  Teddy, Ted’s son, arrived at the house about 8:05 am.  He was going to run as well.   This was going to be fun, fun fun.  So we headed over to the school at 8:30.   The race began at 9 am.


We lined up. We were off.  I wanted to run my heart out from start to finish thinking, nothing could be as hard as what I did on  that bike Thursday night.  I spotted a runner who I knew was so fast so I intended to keep her in my sights.  Ahhhh.. that didn’t happen.  She disappeared from my view in less than 5 minutes and that wasn’t because I passed her    

I was running faster at the beginning of this race than I have ever started out before.  I really slowed when we went up the short but somewhat steep hill to the parking lot.  Got the breathing under control. That hill is a lot easier when Shane is pulling me up it.

In the parking lot, turning left and now it’s down hill by the football field. What a breeze.  There were people way up ahead of me and people way behind me.  Once again, I’m running solo.  Teddy?   He lined up behind me at the start so I had no idea where he was.  There was some wind along the route but nothing too threatening.

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I have never tried to run hard from start to finish so it was a new experience.  I also didn’t have a dog hanging from my middle.  It was a fun challenge.   It was  hard work.  It was so worth that adrenaline rush at the end.  Final time: 24:08, average pace was about 7.43.  PR?  No idea.  I started racing 4 or 5 years ago and never kept track.    BUT…. I did win 1st place in my age group!  


And…. Teddy got 2nd in his

Right after Teddy finished the run, we walked home and I cook up a much needed breakfast of the infamous weekend Egg Beater Omelet.


I showered, changed and then went to collect my award (pictured above).  Great day – I gotta run FASTER!

Shopping with the Birthday girl and good eats at UNO Grill.


By 10:30, I had my award and I was calling Sue (my sister) and Stef (my niece) to see when we were meeting up.  Since Stef had a birthday yesterday, my gift to her was shopping and lunch.  We were headed to Modern Maternity. Stef is going to have a little boy in August…I’m going to be a GREAT AUNT! ….NOTE TO STEF:  Please feel welcome to leave a comment saying  “Gee Aunt Jo., you already ARE a great Aunt!

After shopping for about an hour and half we were  HANGREEEEE….   The choice was Uno Grill.


Me:  Bayou Shrimp Salad


Sue:  Asian Chicken Salad


Stef:  Honey Crisp Chicken and Egg Salad


Since there was very little left on any of the three plates, I’d say we all LOVED the food at Uno’s.

What a perfect day.  A race with Teddy.  Shopping and lunch with Sue and Stef.  Doesn’t get much better.

What’s your idea of a “perfect day”?


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  • At 2010.05.01 15:53, runnerforever said:

    Huge congrats on wining your division! I love how you can be happy with your result and still want to get faster!
    I think if I had a version of your day, then it would be pretty perfect. Something like: win my race, shopping with daddy, out to dinner with the family. 🙂
    .-= runnerforever´s last blog ..Why? 🙁 =-.

    • At 2010.05.01 18:22, Joanne said:

      Yep… running, shopping, family time….doesn’t get much better.

      • At 2010.05.01 16:06, Bonnie said:

        Super run! Congrats on 1st place!, The race honors a truly wonderful man, Ted Moore.

        • At 2010.05.01 18:24, Joanne said:

          I’ve thought about your comment about what a good guy Ted Moore was ever since last year. It really was the best idea to create a run 1. in his honor and 2. to run against drunk driving. Good race.

          • At 2010.05.01 18:43, Pam (IIN Health Coach) said:

            Congrats on your PR race time and your 1st place award!!! Congrats to Teddy too on his 2nd place award!!
            What a great day!
            Stef looks great, happy and healthy! Happy birthday Stef and CONGRATS on learning you will be having a little boy :)!! How exciting!

            • At 2010.05.01 20:36, Joanne said:

              Thanks Pam.

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                • At 2010.05.02 07:19, Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                  Wow, delicious looking foods 🙂 I just ate but they definitely made a bit hungry again 😛

                  A perfect day would definitely include good food 😉
                  .-= Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear´s last blog ..Iloista Vappua! =-.

                  • At 2010.05.02 07:23, Lindsay said:

                    Congrats on the great time and 1st place!!!!!

                    My perfect day would be amazing food with amazing friends.
                    .-= Lindsay´s last blog ..Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes…Yes Please! =-.

                    • At 2010.05.02 10:32, Stef said:

                      Yesss Aunt Jo you already aarrrre a GREAT aunt!!!!!!!! haha and thankyou sooo much for everything I really enjoyed it. Thankyou Pam for the congrats and I am verrrryy excited!! Cant wait just 3 more months to get through.

                      • At 2010.05.02 17:52, kalli@fitandfortysomething said:

                        what a fabulous race and fabulous time! good for you and yes it looks like you had a perfect day 🙂 i love starting a day with a good workout and then having time with family. happy sunday!
                        .-= kalli@fitandfortysomething´s last blog ..Food, Fun and Family =-.

                        • At 2010.05.03 10:05, Nancy Jean said:

                          What an impressive time, Joanne! Good for you that you concentrated and were able to keep it up the whole race, and glad mostly that you were pleased with your own performance … that’s gotta feel GREAT!
                          Congrats on taking 1st in your group and kudos to Teddy on his 2nd place finish.
                          p.s. Stef looks very healthy and happy and what a beautiful way to end your day. Best to Sue.

                          • At 2010.05.03 15:25, kilax said:

                            Why do you have to run faster? That was an awesome time! Whoa! And first place in your age group? Congrats!!!
                            .-= kilax´s last blog ..It feels like summer already / Calpahlon Pans Giveaway WINNER =-.

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