I started running in June at the age of 43, with no athletic training ever. Today I ran my first race, the Dallas Race for the Cure, in 35:36, and if the directors hadn't closed off the starting line from the finish, I could have run it again because I was feeling so good and happy. I wasn't fast, but I did complete the race and squeaked in under my goal time.

I noticed a couple of things as I ran. First of all, a lot of people have purely terrible form. And those that I noticed with terrible form at the beginning of the race looked even worse by the end. Second, I was one of the few midfoot runners I could see (I ran in FiveFingers). I didn't pay much attention to it until the last K or so when I noticed that I could hear the people around me really slapping the pavement hard with their feet, but I could barely hear my own feet touching the ground. I think it made a difference in how not beat up I felt at the end of the race.

I had such a good time and I'm looking forward to my next race eagerly. I give Eric and his 6 week Beginner Course the credit for getting me off on the right foot (so to speak) with my running.

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Comment by Rebecca Mueller on December 28, 2009 at 2:21pm
Very inspiring Shawna! Way to go :-)
Comment by Shawna Kennedy on October 20, 2009 at 6:46pm
Thank you, gentlemen. My next goal is to keep up with my much younger and infinitely more athletic sister at the Mayor's 5K in December. I'm not sure how I'll knock 3 minutes off of my mile to match her speed by then, so my backup plan is to find a way to slow her down. Kidding, Hillary!

In the meantime, there are Undy 5000s and Turkey Trots to keep me busy. Thanks again for the encouraging words.
Comment by Thomas Orf on October 19, 2009 at 5:29pm
Alright Shawna!!! It always starts with a 5k. Where you can go from here is endless. Good luck with your future adventures and I can't wait to hear all about them.
Comment by Eric Orton on October 19, 2009 at 5:13pm
Shawna - That is awesome, way to go!! That is what it is all about! Keep watching other runner's form, as this will help you continue to perfect yours. Lets us know what your next goal is - E

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