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5k Challenge Pep Rally: You Are Stronger!

Note: For everyone that’s participating in a 5k this weekend (or if you did so last weekend), whether it’s a route mapped out in your own neighborhood or an organized 5k race, please consider sending us a red-faced photo of yourself post-race. On Monday, we’ll put up a post-race post, featuring your photos and first names. You can send your photos to Dara at cookincanuck (at) comcast (dot) net.


The time is here. After weeks of training, puddles of sweat and many red-faced running photos later, the challenge is upon us. Tomorrow, each of us will be lacing up our shoes, pinning on our race numbers and setting our sights on our 5k races. For some, 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) races have been crossed off the bucket list several times. For others, it will be the longest distance you’ve ever run. Whichever camp you fall into, each of you is heroic in your own way.

Tonight, after you have laid out your race clothes, planned your pre-race breakfast and set your alarm, I want to you to take a few minutes to reflect on your journey. I know that it wasn’t always easy. Actually, I’m pretty sure there were days when you felt like throwing your hands in the air and quitting. But you didn’t.

For every step you’ve taken, walking or running…you are stronger.

For the first time you plucked up the nerve to step inside your local running store and asked for help in finding the right shoe…you are stronger.

For each time you made it “to just the next corner” and then the next one…you are stronger.

For each time you heard that little voice say, “Who are you kidding? You can’t do this” and then silenced it by lacing up your running shoes…you are stronger.

For each time you looked in the mirror and thought, “I’m too fat/too out of shape/too old to be doing this”, and then did it anyways…you are stronger.

For the first time you told yourself, “I am a runner”…you are stronger.

For the first time you told someone else, “I am a runner”…you are stronger.

For each time your children look at you with admiration as you come striding back into the house, sweaty and red-faced…you are stronger.

For each person who sees you running and then think to themselves, “Maybe I could do that, too”…you are stronger.

As you are running or walking tomorrow, mentally ticking off the miles, think of your fellow red-faced runners. We inspire and motivate each other. Good luck tomorrow…we can’t wait to hear how it goes and we’re so excited to take on future challenges with you!

Get after it!

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Kelly - September 7, 2012 - 7:41 am

Good Luck to everyone !

Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen - September 7, 2012 - 8:36 am

Dara you are the driving force behind this and you are an inspiration to so so many. I’m so proud do be on this journey with you and call you Friend. This post made me teary. There have been SO many times when I’ve wanted to quit. Countless times when I had myself convinced that I couldn’t do it even before I laced up my shoes. But I am doing it. I am a runner. We are all runners. And we are strong. ♥

bridget {bake at 350} - September 7, 2012 - 8:49 am

Dara…I love this post. That is all. ♥

Kristen - September 7, 2012 - 8:53 am

I’m with B… love this! And yes – good luck, everyone! So exciting!

Terri A. - September 7, 2012 - 9:10 am

Good luck to all the runners!

Cindy @Once Upon a Loaf - September 7, 2012 - 10:15 am

Thank you, Dara, for making us all STRONGER. Stronger for tomorrow and every day thereafter. Let’s go!

Carolyn - September 7, 2012 - 12:10 pm

You rock, Dara. I’m so glad to be a part of this group. You’ve given me your love and support in more ways than one and it means the world to me. WE are all stronger together.

Janine ( - September 7, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Yay! So excited! Thank you for the continual support and encouragement!! Good luck to everyone running this weekend!

Amy - September 7, 2012 - 2:31 pm

I wish we could just have a big conference call during our runs cheering each other on — or at least a little heavy bredathing with a “woot! woot!” interspersed between grunts.

Keep on truckin’ y’all!

Aggie - September 7, 2012 - 11:06 pm

I love this Dara!! (sniff sniff…)
I will be thinking of all of you tomorrow morning! Big hugs!!! (I benched myself last couple weeks, but will walk a 5k on the treadmill Monday morning!)

Jamie - September 8, 2012 - 9:39 am

good luck to everyone! and after you’ve all had a few days to recover… when is the next race? I’d like to join in :)

Kristen Doyle - September 8, 2012 - 2:08 pm

We’ll announce the details of the next challenge very soon! :)

Terri A. - September 9, 2012 - 4:00 pm

Congratulations to all the Red Faced Runners who accomplished their goals this weekend! I wasn’t able to participate in this challenge, but I’m looking forward to the next one!

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