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You did it! Your RFR Challenge Running Photos

You did it! After training for weeks, nursing sore muscles and pushing yourselves beyond where you thought you could ever go (ever!), you stepped out onto that 5k course and kicked some serious booty. We are already celebrated “the stronger you” in our pep rally post, but make sure you hop over there to remind yourself just how far you’ve come.

Of course, now that you’ve completed the first challenge, we’re not going to stop here. Stay tuned because we’ll be announcing the next challenge very soon and we’d love for you to join us! If you didn’t join us on the first challenge, we hope we can convince you to come along on the next one.

It was such fun to watch the red-faced photos roll in on the #RFR5k feed and Instagram as you completed your 5k races. Some people ran in organized races, others grabbed a friend and journeyed through a 5k course in their own neighborhood, and some bravely stepped out on their own and knocked off 5k before the sun had risen. Each of your stories is inspiring and we’re glad to be able to share some of your photos here.

Just look at all of these red faces. What a happy, healthy group!

                                  Amy of She Wears Many Hats and Christina of Oven Adventures (her first 5k)


                                  Christine (her first 5k) and Angie (she set a PR – personal record – in this race)


                                  Courtney (who made the Color Run a family affair) and Cara (her first 5k)


                                  Cindy of Once Upon a Loaf (our coach extraordinaire!) and Kate of Food Babbles


                                  Lori of Recipe Girl and Laura (she rocked a 5k in Vermont)


                                  Beth (who ran her first 10k), and Kim (her first 10k) and Dawn (her first 5k)


                                   Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food (she ran barefoot!) and Lindsay (positively glowing)


                                   Katrina of In Katrina’s Kitchen (she ran in the pouring rain) and Laura (her first 5k)


                                  Shawn of I Wash, You Dry (she ran AND swam!) and Shelby (her first 5k)


             Wendy and Sally (ran a 5k together), and Heather and Sherri who came in 9th and 10th in their age group!


                                   Jennifer (she caught the running bug big time!) and Karen (wearing her red face proudly)


                                   Dorothy of Crazy for Crust (she ran to honor 9/11) and Becky of So Very Blessed (very muddy!)


                                   Jenn Marie and Sarah (rockin’ their red faces)


                     Kristen of Dine and Dish, Bridget of Bake at 350 and Dara of Cookin’ Canuck


You are all amazing! Now get out there and keep running.

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Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf - September 10, 2012 - 8:14 am

Yes!! Love seeing everyone’s red faces! Makes me excited for “what’s next.” ;) Great job, everyone!!

Kristen Doyle - September 10, 2012 - 8:52 am

This makes me so happy!

bridget {bake at 350} - September 10, 2012 - 9:00 am

Yay for red-facers!!! So cool to see everyone!!!

Amy - September 10, 2012 - 9:03 am

Yay! The only thing that could have made this weekend mo bettah is if we could have all run together! So inspiring seeing so many red faces all over moving toward a goal.

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust - September 10, 2012 - 9:03 am

I love seeing all the photos and I can’t wait to hear about the next challenge!

Carolyn - September 10, 2012 - 9:41 am

So fantastic to see all the red, happy faces!

Karyn - Pint Sized Baker - September 10, 2012 - 9:41 am

I swam this summer and loved every minute in the pool. Today, I ran day 1 of couch to 5K and almost died! Swimming does not prepare one for running. I’m planning on running the 5K at Disney World in February. It would give me tremendous motivation to know that other’s will be there. Anyone else up for a Disney World Run?

Karen - September 10, 2012 - 9:50 am

so great to see all of the red faced runners! thanks for staring all of our photos~

Sue - September 10, 2012 - 10:01 am

I didn’t have a race in my area but Saturday 8th, I did 5 miles in an hour which was an improvement on my pace! Woohoo! My first 5K is October 6th.

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch - September 10, 2012 - 10:54 am

Love, love, love seeing all of these beautiful red faces! I missed the 5k I was scheduled to run in Destin this past weekend, but thought of all of us moving to a healthy goal as I ran yesterday morning.

Christine - September 10, 2012 - 6:21 pm

Thank you to everyone’s encouraging words over the past several weeks. This was my first 5k trail run and it certainly was an adventure. I highly recommend a trail for someone looking for a break from the normal road races.

Congratulations to all the Red Face Runners!

Melissa - September 10, 2012 - 8:13 pm

Well…I didn’t finish with a PR. That was my hopes. But, I also had taken a week off to let my knee heal from some overuse pain. I walked/ran sloooowly only twice the week before my 5K and wore a knee brace for support. So all things considered, my finish time of 30 min and change wasn’t all that bad (my PR stands at 29:43)and I was 6th in my age group ;) I don’t know the exact time because this particular race only supplied gun time, not chip time. Still, it was a fun event and I was happy to run “with” everyone here. And I am looking forward to moving on to longer races :)

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