News flash: doing a 5k charity walk with no training whatsoever is a pretty horrible idea.

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At least it didn't rain.

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There were a couple of sprinkles as everyone was getting ready to line up, but as soon as the starting horn went off, it was sunny and warm and perfect. Weird, huh?

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And hey, I still survived! No slower than the walk I did a few years ago in the midst of actually training (the only reason I didn't run that one was because winter, and cold, and icy), and at least now I remember why I do sort of enjoy this running thing. Spoiler: it's not the running. It's the having run.

Because man. Best water ever.

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Also, you guys are awesome fundraisers. $406 total, with a short spell in the top 5 fundraisers before all the people who raised $500 came in. Maybe that can be our goal next year?
I did it! I ran another 5k! And improved my time from last year!

Be The Match 5k 2014

I'm a bit excited, in case you can't tell.

Be The Match 5k 2014

We even almost made it to the fundraising goal I had - just a few dollars short, yet still quite an impressive number, and more than twice as much as last year. You guys are pretty damn awesome :-)

Be The Match 5k 2014

Me, I'm still exhausted. But man, that banana was delicious.

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Another year, another Be The Match 5k. As many of you already know, last year's 5k was the first 5k I ever ran - really, the first anything I ever ran. This year, the plan is to be in better shape than last year, but everything else is the same. I torture myself into running - admittedly, it's kind of starting to be fun, though not a lot of fun - and you donate money to make me feel guilty when I don't do a training run as I'd planned to do. This year, I'm setting us two challenges.

I will beat last year's time of 47 minutes 11 seconds. You will beat last year's donations of $269. Deal? Deal.

You can click the shiny picture button below to find out specifically why I run this particular 5k, and of course donate right at the website there.

If you can, please donate. It's a great cause. It's a highly rated charity. And you'll be one of the fabulously sadistic people who prod me off the couch and onto the bike trail every other day. You know you want to torture me. Go ahead, I don't mind. It's the least I can do in honor of a much-loved family member.
I FINISHED! I MADE IT! AND I DID NOT DIE!

Ehem. In case you missed it, I finished my first ever 5k run. Mostly by walking a lot, but I finished. And I actually had fun :-)

I'm actually even thinking about doing it again next year, and maybe finding a Halloween run close by. I mean, if it's a Halloween run, they have to give us candy, right?

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(this is where I was going to have a picture of me being all excited about finishing, but it was a horrible picture, so no)

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