Commitment Day 5k Cincinnati

Happy New Year!

About a month ago I posted about the Commitment Day race. When I first heard about it I fell in love with the concept, 30 cities with thousands of people all with the same goal-starting 2013 off in a healthy way. I knew I had to get involved on this nationwide movement.

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I made the commitment to maintain a healthy lifestyle and run marathon #2. I want to be a positive influence for people who wish to do the same. I loved seeing my Twitter feed with everyone’s commitments yesterday. It was fun to “run” with other bloggers who weren’t in my city. I enjoyed seeing all the Instagram photos with the my commitment hashtag.

I inspired a friend to run the race as well. Alisha and I have been friends for a long time. She is actually my co-coach for the dance team so she hears all about my running adventures. She asked what I was doing New Years day and she said she wanted to run. I told her about the race and she signed up!

When we arrived at Newport on the Levee  we saw all the Commitment Day signs. There was a big banner for us to write our commitment on. It was interesting to read what other people were committing to. I saw a “run a marathon under 2:55 (wow!)”, a child wrote “run for 5 minutes”, and numerous “stay healthy” commitments.

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Alisha and I headed over to the photo spot to get our before shot together.

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 We had a half hour to waste before the race started so we found a spot to stretch and chat.

We heard the announcement that the race was beginning in 5 minutes and we headed outside. It was a fairly small race , maybe 200 people , so we got up pretty close to the starting line.

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The first mile was mostly over a bridge. Since this race was an out and back I knew I had to save some energy to come back to that awful bridge.

I loved how they had timers for us at every mile, even though I wore my Garmin.  I was up towards the front of the pack and when we did the turn around I counted the number of females ahead of me. I saw the first two females and I was within arms distance of the third female.

Now, I know this race is all about coming together and committing to a healthier life in 2013, but I may be just a tad bit competitive. I kept thinking how awesome would it be to be in the top 3 females!

Right before mile 2 I passed the third place female. That is when I kicked it into gear and knew I had to push myself the last mile.

Like I said, I still had to head back over that bridge. It wasn’t easy but I kept telling myself less than a mile was all I had left.

As soon as I saw that orange finish line I knew I had it.

I finished the race at 23:01, a new PR, and as the third female to cross. I am so proud of my achievement.

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I got my water and snacks and headed back to see Alisha cross the finish line. This was her first race in the cold, she rocked it!

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We went back inside to get our swag and get our after the race photos!

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I loved everything about this race. It was well organized, easy to register for, and I always got a quick response whenever I had a question. Plus, the tee shirt is one of my favorites from a run! I hope to see this race back in Cincinnati for 2014. I could easily see this becoming a New Year’s Day tradition.

What commitments have you made for 2013?

Photos were from the Commitment Day Facebook page.

*in exchange for promoting the race I was given a free entry to the race. I planned on running this race anyway so that was just an added incentive  🙂 

4 thoughts on “Commitment Day 5k Cincinnati

  1. Ha you literally ran the same one! I was thinking for a second that you ran one of the other ones going on across the nation!! Hello fellow Cincinnati area person!! Consider me a follower now! I love finding local blogs and I rarely do find them. Congrats on the PR! 3rd woman across the finish line that is amazing!! So you’re thinking about marathon number 2? Which one? Have a great weekend!

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