Pooler 5K

Today’s race officially marks 1 year of Natural Running for me! With that being said I want to send a HUGE SHOUT OUT to: GEORGIA GAME CHANGERS [located in Richmond Hill, GA] check this out they wrapped their RV – how cool is that?!

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I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for them! They’ve been open just over a year and are such an amazing mission based store that TRULY cares about EVERY level of runner, no matter what your age [side bar – when we got Tedy’s merrells there they treated him with just as much respect as they would any other customer].
In 2012, just before the Pooler 5K I attended my first natural running clinic with Sandra at Georgia Game Changers. It made a HUGE difference and I PR’d and broke that 30 min plateau I had been at for so long! Thanks to them I have learned so much about running and continue to set and reach new goals. Today was HUGE for me, I set another PR [for a stand alone 5K] finishing in 23:55. The coolest thing is that I know I can keep running strong and improving all while having fun while running because it’s not as painful anymore!
Also this race marks 1 year of knowing Fatty to IronMom aka Jillian! [the next couple of pics I snagged from Jillian’s & from Running, Our Way aka Jennifer’s Facebook pages] ok so check this out, Jillian and her hubby Joel rucked the 5K. Their rucks were full of non-perishable food items that a bunch of us donated. Joel in turn got with his Chaplain and they’re donating them to families in need!

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Below is all of us and Jennifer’s super fast son, Morgan (he won 2nd in his age group and kicked my butt by a good couple of minutes) in front of the Georgia Game Changers cool new RV just before the race started.

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It was a good up and back course and I simply had fun the whole time. For the first time ever I had to slow down to make sure my husband was holding up ok! I NEVER thought that would happen! In doing so I gave up my age group position yet it’s ok because he hit his goal of a sub 25 minute 5K finishing in 24:55! He was hurting but I am so proud of him! Our new Georgia Game Changers T-shirts read: “Don’t let a setback keep you from your comeback – be a game changer!” This rings so true for him, I mean it has literally been 2 months to the day from when he was hit by an IED in Afghanistan. It goes to show how blessed he is to be able to run a 5K!

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This race had a couple of firsts as well. It was my first time wearing my new Garmin 310xt GPS watch (that’ll be a blog post in and of itself once I play around with it a bit more). It was also my first time wearing a tutu, which I got a bunch of compliments on. So hey folks if you want to order a tutu please send me an email at RamblingMom3@gmail.com (I will be creating an order form soon to make the process easier but hey I’m just getting started).

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In closing I want to send a shout out to the Simmington’s for watching our kiddos.

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