Run with the Dragons 5k & New PR!

Today was the first in the three series of races and the funny thing is I had totally forgot I about it until I got the reminder email this week! I knew the race was coming up but I thought it was later in the month 😝  but today was the day of the Run with the Dragons 5k

My running buddy Rich was out of town today for a family gathering; but one of the Genesis coaches and friend Barbara Jackson was there and I just have to say from the beginning this woman is just fabulous! I don’t think there could be a better cheerleader on the planet. She introduced me to other members of the Kanawha Running Club and throughout the race she cheered me on so I could meet my goal of new PR. She totally rocks and I can not thank her enough!

It was cloudy and overcast this morning not hot but the humidity was thick..blah. I wanted to set a new PR so my head was focused on that so I think I started out to fast; Barbara reminded me “easy start” but I focused on that freakin PR. So I during the race I had to adjust my pace because I started too fast and the humidity was also playing with me. Duh! Needless to say my HR got up a little too high, I upgraded to the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ and it kept alerting me my HR was too high. So I had to slow down and walk just a bit. But there was Barbara “you’re on target” “keep going” so I did. I kept going and before I knew it I was in the home stretch and Barbara was then yelling “dig deep, dig deep, you’re gonna do it” and I gave it all I had left and my legs were pounding but I did and I crossed the finish line!! My official time was 39:21:9! I had done it and set a new 5k PR! I was excited and honestly a little disappointed I wanted a lower time but I was grateful for the new PR. A year ago at my first race I finished at 48 minutes; so I’m good, I did it!

Just crossing the line! I had just clapped my hands in excitement..One of the members of the Genesis Group took this.
After the race. Barbara is in the middle.
Once the series is completed all three medals will make the state of WV.

It was a good day, they had pizza for everyone after the race. Pizza at 9 am took some back to their college days! 🍕 Barbara placed her in class too (whoo!). Two more races in this series to go and the Charleston Distance 5k coming up too.

Happy running and remember…EASY START….Strong Finish… 😃


Author: Tammi Lewis

I was born and raised in WV. I live in Charleston, WV. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Charleston and from Marshall University Graduate College with my Master’s Degree. I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have been in the field of mental health and substance abuse for about 26 years. I started running about two years ago by beginning a running program to help me prepare for my first 5k. I had wanted to run a 5k for years but never got around to doing it. Two years ago there was an event that happened which sent me on an emotional rollercoaster; starting this program was a way to get off that rollercoaster. Once I finished that first 5k I got the running bug and haven't stopped running since.

6 thoughts on “Run with the Dragons 5k & New PR!”

  1. Congrats on completing your goal and setting a new PR! It is a great feeling. I believe that you will continue to shave time off of your PR. This happens as you increase your distance and endurance in preparation for a half marathon! Be proud of your progress 🙂 Thank you for you kind words about me. It makes me happy to know that I have helped you. See you soon at our next starting line!

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  2. Just got back from a vacation in Wilmington, NC, and your blog post was the first thing I read! I went almost completely without social media contact for two weeks, and it was nice, but I’m glad I’m back and can read some interesting and inspiring posts like yours.

    We all need a Barbara in our lives to cheer us on, no matter what the situation. I loved reading about your PR. The fact that you shaved off about nine minutes is an absolute testament to hard work on your part. Just think where you will be next year!

    Congratulations and I’ll be looking forward to reading about your next two races in this series.

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