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Lydia’s AbsoluteFIT Journey: I Ran  … 

via – Lydia M. | AbsoluteFIT Participant at AVAC®

A fun Sunday morning run, with hundreds of other people, all pulling for each other: the Leigh Stampede was awesome!

Pictured: Lydia early morning before the race — A fun Sunday morning run, with hundreds of other people, all pulling for each other: the Leigh Stampede was awesome!

The Leigh High School Longhorn Stampede was this past Sunday, and as a representative of Team AVAC, I think I acquitted myself pretty well, despite the fact that I’ve done very little running in the past few months — I’m in good enough shape from AbsoluteFIT that my relative lack of running training wasn’t a dealbreaker at the 5K distance.

My experience, in bulleted list form:

  • My time: 29:21, good enough for 7th place in the Females 40-49 category. Yeah!
  • I was outrun by a lanky 14-year-old boy doing the race in board shorts and sockless Vans. Humbling.
  • Actual cheerleaders along the route? Nice touch!
  • Runners cheering other runners? Awesome!
  • I fell in stride with another runner, a man somewhere around my age, in the last mile or so; that, more than anything else, helped keep me from fading on the home stretch. Lesson: buddy up!
  • Even if it looks like it’ll be overcast and cool, and you like running in a compression tight, don’t. The sun comes out, it gets hot, you will so regret not wearing shorts
  • I loved seeing my AVAC people there! As a presenting partner, they were out and about in the crowd, running the race, leading a warm-up, and generally bringing good info and good cheer.
  • The energy of the whole event, including all the neighborhood spectators along the route, was so welcoming and fun — this is one to make a family tradition out of, and it was clear that a lot of families were doing exactly that.

Join Team AVAC at the Stampede next year, have some fun, get in a good run, and contribute to a good community cause — you’ll be glad you did!

—Lydia M.

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Author: stephdoty

Almaden Valley Athletic Club®

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