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August 14, 2009

Cigna 5k Corporate Race

Filed under: Races — Tags: , , — Miriam @ 8:02 am

A couple months ago an e-mail came through at work inviting employees and their families to join in the Corporate Race a group was entering. It was for charity and there was a walking wave so I decided to sign up.

I also talked my hubby, who had never run a race of less than 20 miles into doing the race.

So yesterday, we joined 5000 other people (including a bunch of my coworkers). At the race. I didn’t have a camera after the start until we got back to work so I only have a few pictures of before the race started.

5k Race in Manchester

I’m claustrophobic so the crowd seemed terribly huge to me. It made me realize why I liked rowing so much. In rowing you generally have a 10 foot buffer on either side of you. If someone in within that buffer zone it basically means you have crashed.

Because of the crowds I decided to jog to get somewhere where the crush wasn’t so bad. I was wearing my Vibram FiveFingers so I figured that on pavement I would probably fatigue pretty quickly and get back to the plan of attack, walk the 5k.

Well jogging turned into just a little further and a little bit further. I stopped to walk a few times but got back into a jogging pace when whatever was hurting eased up a little.

I ended up finishing in 35:17. Which is under 12 minute miles. This was significant for me because I hadn’t really run in 3 years. My feet wouldn’t let me.

I think this is proof that my Vibram FiveFingers are doing their job. I had arch pain when I came in last night, but my heels were doing well. This morning my feet are killing me, but that’s to be expected when you go from walking to jogging a whole race.

I wish I had a picture of the finish. I’m proud of having pushed myself again.



  1. Way to go SITSta !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Cassie — August 14, 2009 @ 8:13 am

  2. Great job on the race! These Vibram things seem to be all the rage. I really need to check them out!

    Comment by Morgan — August 14, 2009 @ 9:15 am

    • They were my last ditch effort to save my feet. I have really bad plantar fasciitis that prevented me from running all these years (I used to run 10 milers on a regular basis).

      I’m really hoping the FiveFingers are going to get me to a point where I can run for real again 🙂

      Comment by Miriam — August 14, 2009 @ 9:55 am

  3. Congratulations! I have a hard time with that race too since there are sooo many people.

    I prefer some of the rural country road races.

    Good job and excellent time!

    Comment by Jes — August 14, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

  4. wow! what a great idea! and Congratulations! Feet will stop hurting soon and you will have a big satisfaction you made it!

    Thank you for stopping by!

    bisous. deva.

    Comment by Deva84 — August 15, 2009 @ 3:59 am

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