Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Will Run for Ice Cream

You know, a funny thing happened this year.  I started running (or as I told my friend, Teresa, it might technically be "scooting").
Before this, the only time I had ever run was to be first in line for cake at a wedding.

Let me start at the start...in December, I was talking to my friend Amy from She Wears Many Hats.  She and Robyn were gearing up to run a 5K together.  Amy told me about the Couch to 5K program they were using and said, "you can do it."  I'm not sure why, but her words really stuck with me.
Fast forward through Christmas, and many, many gingerbread cookies, I decided to give it a try.  Not to be cliche, I started my Couch to 5K on December 28th, not January 1st.

I'm not going to lie....it was hard (it still is).  I've never been a "workout person"....other than a very (very) brief stint in college where I skipped class to go to aerobics.  (Sorry you had to hear that, Dad.)

I completed the 9-week Couch to 5K (in 11 weeks...I had to repeat a few), but had not signed up for a race.  I just figured, I would keep running and maybe sign up for one *someday.*
*Someday* turned out to be the day I saw a flier for the Blue Bell Fun Run.  On the flier, it mentioned "FREE ICE CREAM."  Well, that's all it took; I signed up.

Saturday was the 5K...and I have to say, it was very emotional for me.  Not the end....I was too sweaty and tired (and really had to pee, TMI?), but the beginning of the race had me teary-eyed.  The race started slightly downhill and the sight of all of those people running, being in the middle of it, the sound of all of those feet...it brought me to tears.  I got a hold of myself...no one wants to run next to a lady with tears steaming down her face and a shaky chin. (Plus, my mascara might run.  Yes, I wear makeup to exercise.  You're welcome.)

The bonus?  The longer I run, the more cookies I can eat. :)

Is this post to encourage you to start running?  Only if you want to.  This post is really to say...go do SOMETHING.  Break out of your comfort zone a bit.  It feels good.
{I found this on Pinterest and just love it.}

If you ARE interested in running, let me tell you a few things I couldn't live without:
  1. The running community is INCREDIBLY supportive.  They don't care if you're a newbie.  On twitter, we have a little #redfacedrunners Club: Amy, Kristen, Robyn, Lauren, Windy, Katrina, Dara, Lori & moi.  And my running idols: my dad (who ran a marathon when we were kids), my sister Molly, Toni & Cindy
  2. Shoes: I LOVE these shoes!!! (Plus, Kristan has them, so I feel really cool.}
  3. App love: Get Running 5K...you can listen to your own music and a very nice British lady tells you when to run and walk. 
  4. Running skirt: I've found most are a little too short for me, but I LOVE this one from Level 59.
  5. And, this post on running from Amy. 
Is there something you've been too scared to try?  
What is it?  

105 comments:

  1. This is a great post! I may have to look into that app, I think I would totally get a kick out of it. I don't mind exercising, as in lifting weights. I just hate doing anything cardio related. My face turns beat red (love your twitter group name)...and I make deals with myself about why I should stop running, or when.
    Congrats to you!! The cookies are gorgeous!
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets

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  2. I'm so glad your race went well this weekend! I did the Couch to 5k too and loved it. I've never really been an 'exercise' person at all, but it's amazing how much I'm looking forward to putting on my running shoes and heading out the door each day.

    These cookies are super cute- love them!

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  3. This post is awesome! They all are, but this one is so great because I'm running my first 5K next weekend! I'm a nervous wreck, but am excited about it too.:-) And funny you should mention ice cream. My friend that talked me into it said she would treat me to ice cream after the race. Nothing like good ice cream to get you motivated! lol! Love the cookies and I am going to check out the links you gave your readers. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love this post!! The cookies are beautiful. And running is awesome :)

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  5. Congrats, I recently ran my first and second 5Ks and my third is coming up this weekend!

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  6. congrats!!! I am a life long runner and I STILL get teary eyed sometimes in race gate starts, hundreds of races later. Something about that group energy, knowing the thousands of hours collectively put in by all the folks who are ready to race during their training, all the work and sweat and effort and dedication every one has. And generally speaking, runners are good souls and it's just such a fantastic feeling being among that. That, and in a room full of 500 yogis at a yoga workshop; that's another bring me to tears one. CONGRATS BRIDGET on your race!!!!

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  7. What What! I was at the Blue Bell Fun Run! Any excuse to eat as much ice cream as I can is enough of a reason for me!

    Love that quote from Pintrest.

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  8. Oh, those SHOES!! I was eyeing a neon pair at the mall the other day. I'm addicted.

    I'm so so so very proud of you, Bridget. Not only did you complete your first 5K, but you did it with grace, style, an adorable running skirt, and full make up. I'd never expect anything less from you.

    Seemingly unrelated-- I was telling my husband the other evening that I'd always wanted to pie someone in the face. Then I realized that I'm an adult and I can do what I want!! So Jon David and I made a deal -- we are going to pick and afternoon and give each other two pies to the face. That way I fulfill my lifelong dream and Jon David can grow up saying that he actually got to pie his mom in the face. We all win!!

    The moral (I guess) is that I agree. We are all adults and there is nothing holding us back from our goals, whether they be admirable like a 5k or juvenile like a pie to the face. Yes, that all makes sense, right?

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    1. Haha! KRISTAN!!! PLEASE tell me you will get a video of that!!!

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  9. Love this! Love the cookies! So happy for you!

    P. S. Sorry for all the exclamation marks. ;D

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  10. These cookies are great. Super cute!
    I just recently began group exercise classes (mid February) and even more recently (last week) began spinning. I am hooked! Being supported by other women is the greatest feeling ever! Thank you for sharing your story!- Congratulations!

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  11. Yay! This is a great post. Congratulations, Bridget!

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  12. I once heard this and I think it sums up my feelings about running...I love to run because I love love love dessert. :) That is why I run!

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  13. Great Post! Im on week 5 and I am going to follow soe of your tips!

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  14. Congrats on your race! Go ahead and cry- runners understand why you cry at the beginning, during, and/or end of the race (and we are likely to give you a hug- mascara streaks and all!!).
    I have 4 half-marathons lined up for this year. I'm ready for the warm weather to stick around so that I can get some road miles on these legs (instead of treadmill miles!).

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  15. Congrats and thanks so much for sharing your story. It's inspired me to give it a try as well. Not sure when was the last time i ran 5k, if ever.

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  16. Go you! Congrats on your great accomplishment, Bridget!

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  17. Great post! I started Couch to 5k and am proud to say I am up to running 35 minutes! (not quite 5k yet, but just about there) I have signed up for an 8k in two weeks. Needless to say I am nervous, but considering I always said I would only run if I was being chased I think I am doing great! Love that your blog has combined an old love of mine (cookies) with a new love (running) :)

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  18. I just started running and was super excited to see this post! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  19. Ah! I did C25K and LOVED it! I am running my first 5k in September! LOVE your cookies!!

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  20. I'm SO proud of you!
    I usually only run when I'm being chased.
    But this whole ice cream thing might be a game changer.
    xo

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  21. nice work! we are capable of great things when we set our minds to it

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  22. I've been afraid to actually try my hand at tennis, because I think of myself as really clumsy and not in (excellent) shape. My friend Ryan said that she's just a casual player and, on our walk today, she asked me if I'd play with her. I agreed to! Even though I'm sure I'll make a fool out of myself, I love the game and I want to give myself a chance at it. :)

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  23. Congratulations, Bridget! I've been giving the C25K program serious, serious thought in recent weeks, and I'm glad to hear it pushed you to a new accomplishment! I love-love-love that couch cookie, too! ;-)

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  24. That is wonderful! Congratulations on your running accomplishment....and the ice cream made it that much sweeter. Heather Sanders (OMSH) has an excellent recap on the Blue Bell 5K over at PW's Homeschooling section today - maybe you saw her and her family there? :) Keep up the running! Before you know it, you'll be addicted if you already aren't...

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  25. Yay! I started with C25K a little over a year ago and I LOVE hearing about other people who have started running using it. Finishing the program and then completing your first 5k is SO empowering, isn't it? Congratulations! :D

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  26. I am SOOOOOO proud of you!!! That is awesome girl! You have inspired me. Like, really!! Adorable cookies too! :)

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  27. Sweet Bridget!
    Or should I say~BLUE BELL QUEEN!
    Where do I begin.
    I SMILED through reading this entire post.
    I also teared up~
    and had haPPy goosebumps through every word.
    I'm so PROUD of you!
    {just got another rush of goosebumps just writing that!}
    I know~I"m SAPPY!
    Can't help it!
    I know how this feels! Challenging your body and discovering STRENGTH and COURAGE along the way
    is very EMPOWERING!
    There's not another feeling quite like getting to know your body~
    gaining a respect and appreciation for all that your BODY will do for you.
    I can only imagine how emotional it must have been as you "took off" running with all those other runners!
    Again~goosebumps!
    This shows such a PASSION that lives within your SOUL!
    I love that about YOU!
    Love your cool running shoes and THE SKIRT...well THE SKIRT is perfect for you!
    I had no earthly idea there was a "RED FACED RUNNERS" club!
    I wanna join!
    Can you join if your RED FACED after HOT YOGA? ;)
    These cookies are amazing!
    How adorable that you made cookies to CELEBRATE such a WOW~zee~WOW~WOW~WOW occasion!
    GOOD FOR YOU GIRLY!
    YOU INSPIRE!
    Whatever you're doing...
    ~decorating cookies
    ~RuNNing
    whatever it is...
    you INSPIRE us all!
    Thank you for that!
    Hugs and LOVE from the Northwest!
    Yeah for c25k!!!!
    I"m headed for the treadmill now!
    I know the lady with the BRITISH accent is wondering where I've been!
    xo

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  28. I am so darn proud of you I could burst. It takes a tremendous amount of chutzpah to do what you did, Bridget. Taking the first steps are always the hardest and you did it...and more! These cookies are so darn cute. As for crying during a race - you're not along, my friend.

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  29. Congrats Bridget!! It feels good to start something, work hard at it and see it through to the end! I have my first 10K next weekend and I am more than a little nervous! Thanks for this awesome post- job well done :)

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  30. Great post! Congratulations on your 5K. I run for all sorts of junk food. The longer the distance, the more tasty treats I can bake and eat!

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  31. I just have to say, atta girl!
    ps. as usual, those cookies are amazing! enjoy one for me:)

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  32. i just read another post about couch to 5k and the blue bell run on the pioneer woman's homeschooling tab! small world :) i'm so glad that you did it! makes me at least consider it...lol

    here's the link, if you haven't see it already
    http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeschooling/

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  33. Hi Bridget,
    I stumbled upon Bake at 350 and now am hooked... I loved this post especially because I run and cook too!!

    Loved every cookie u have decorated so far, being a runner myself am going to make some cookies when I complete my first half marathon in Sept 2012!!

    You have inspired many!!

    Looking forward to your posts

    Cheers

    Gauri

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  34. Okay I just cried a little bit reading you post Bridget. You are an inspiration and joy. I am a pretty private person but when I heard that you and Kristen were beginning to run too I just knew I had to speak up. Now my fate is sealed for the first weekend in May. I kind of don't believe it still. I won't be as cute as you in your adorable running skirt but I will be getting my Red Face on for sure!! xoxo- K ps... you are awesome! :)

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  35. I'm so proud of you! Not only did you rock your 5K, but you looked beautiful doing it. How do you do that?

    I hope we can all pick a run to do together. Nothing better than running alongside my favorite red-faced gals.

    (And only you would make a run worth a cookie. Those are total cuteness!)

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  36. Your post made me tear up. I'm also doing a similar program and it's REALLY hard, but I love how I feel when I'm done (most of the time anyway). I'm running my first 5K Mother's Day weekend. Stepping out of your comfort zone takes courage, but it's always so worth it. Thanks for sharing this with all of us! Your cookies ROCK! Love them!!

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  37. Congrats on your 5k! That is really a great accomplishment. And ice cream might be my number one workout motivation:-)

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  38. Congratulations on your 5K! I've been out of running for about 1 1/2 years, so I may use this as a way to ease back in. When I would do races (relatively speaking) with my friends, we would talk about what we were going to eat when we were done. Kept us moving!

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  39. congratulations! that's great that you accomplished one of your goals.
    but you don't "need" anything to run.
    you can wear ugly shorts and crappy sneakers and listen to only the sound of your panting wheezes and still run. you don't even need a twitter account.
    i hate that running is becoming about the shoes and the clothes and the stop watch music player thingies or treadmills or whatever.
    if you want to run, just go outside, and run.

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  40. WHat a great post! I am so proud that you finished! I don't know why I'm proud because I clearly had nothing to do with it, but still, I AM!
    I ran my first 5K a few years ago and I didn't catch the running bug. BUt I did it and I crossed it off the list :)
    Great job Bridget...oh the things we do to be able to eat more cookies :)

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  41. I love you Bridget, like really down to the bones, down to the cute skirt, hip shoes and painted toenails love you. I started the 5k program but my doc nixed it; I've decided she's wrong and I'm starting back up again w/a goal of running a race at some point this year. So, so proud of you - of ALL of you!!! (((hugs)))

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  42. you may just get me started running again (maybe) I just need the motivation to get up in the morning to get started.

    love dad

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    1. Thanks, Dad! ♥ I can still see you crossing the finish line at The Woodlands Marathon!

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  43. You're the second blogger I follow that did a post about starting to run in a week, just after I decided I am going to start running! I found the c25k-programme as well, it looks very promising and I am excited to start!

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  44. Just total admiration. For you, the cookies and this motivational post. Congratulations :)!!

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  45. Go you! Congrats :) I use to love running in high school and hope to maybe get back into it some day. It's just not ideal right now with the kids and our schedule. I'll live vicariously through you guys instead ;)

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  46. You are such and inspiration! Thanks for encouraging us to DO SOMETHING!!!;)

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  47. Contests on the 5K! I'm almost 3 weeks post partum and I'm going go be doing the C25K program as soon as I get cleared to work out. My husband is a big runner and we're signed up fir a run in October. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  48. so fun! Before I lost all the weight I so wanted to try running, but now all my extra skin hurts to run with, I have to find some good compression garments or marry a new rich man. Sigh begin healthy is hard. Good for you!

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  49. Congratulations on your 5k! I love that emotional feeling of having all of those people running around me! And I'm totally a red faced runner...after 6 half marathons I STILL get beet red on the treadmill!

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  50. Congrats! I used the couch to 5K program to do my first 5k 3 years ago after I had my son, I LOVED it too! :) This is a great post and I love the cookies! :)

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  51. I'M so proud of all you girls! You inspire me so much!........and who knew there was such a thing as running SKIRTS?!

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  52. So proud of you!!! You are amazing! And that is my kind of 5k! Congrats!

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  53. I got emotional over my first 1/2 marathon but when I saw the finish line because wow I was about to do something no one I know had ever done and that was awesome. Your right though I have never met another runner who wasnt encouraging even if you only ran 1 mile. Congrats to you I know those Brenham hills are killer, but I hope you ate some great bluebell ice cream after!

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  54. Congrats on your first race, Bridget! I did C25K last year, and I loved it... It's a great way to get started running. I need to check out those running skirts. :)

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  55. Almost 3 years ago I started running with a group of about 5 people. None of us were runners, but we decided to meet Sunday mornings at 6. We start and end at a Starbucks and chat afterwards with great coffee. I am now signed up for my first 1/2 marathon (in 1 month) and next year plan on running a marathon. Our group has grown, the support is incredible, but most importantly I feel FANTASTIC!
    Great job on getting started and here's to future races!

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  56. GO COUSIN!!!! Now you are inspiring me to get back out there~ I ran really good for a few months I was up to running 5 miles a day!! But after having this baby I think I will start with a walk/run haha!! Love the cookies and I love those running shoes!!!

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  57. Great Post! It doesn't matter waht motivates you to run (or exercise in general) as long as you do it! So happy for you that you did the Couch to 5K Program and finished a 5K! Hope you continue to run! My husband is a runner (marathon, relays etc) and I tried runnign a few times but never really stuck with it. I joined a 5K running group through a running store in my town and I'm hoping after our 5K I'll stick with it this time! Having the support of the group helps for sure!

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  58. I finished the couch to 5k program a few weeks ago (Katrina and I were in the same spot), and I'm so glad I did it...and continue to do it. I never thought I'd be able to run that long. Love the cookies...you should send them out to people who have done the program. wink wink. :) Congrats on your 5k. That's awesome. I'm doing a tri in August, and I'm happy that I'll be able to run the 5k instead of walk like I did last year!

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  59. Hey, I love this post. If you can run a 5K, you can do a 10K. After the 10K, a 1/2 marathon... then a full marathon!
    All it requires is the training.
    I finished 2 marathons last year. AND I AM NOT A RUNNER. Food is my first love.

    Now i've been making too many cookies and there hasn't been much time for running. You are motivating me to get back into it :)

    Stick with it!!! You will never ever regret it.

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  60. That's so great about your running. I love to run, but I just do it to clear my mind, for health, and like you, so I can eat more desserts! I love the saying you posted too! I am working at becoming a published novelist and my own blog is a couple months old. I work at it everyday, trying to build my audience. Sometimes it's tough, and this post was just the pep talk I needed : )

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  61. Way to go Bridget! I remember when I started to run, some 12 years ago now and only started b/c my doctor told me I needed to b/c of my asthma. Now 7 half marathons, one full marathon and many many 5 and 10kms later, I'm still impressed by anyone who starts this journey. It's so motivational and you're right, the community is amazing. Plus when you run, you can eat cookies and yours are awesome! CONGRATS!

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  62. Congrats on your first race! I loved reading about your emotion at the start. And I hope you treated yourself to some ice cream AND cookies at the end! ;)

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  63. Congratulations Bridget!! I am so proud of you!!! I've recently started running (if you want to call it that), sprinting is more like it, in between my power walking sessions. I fell the best I've felt in a long time. I can only imagine how you must have felt to cross that finish line. Maybe someday I'll too do a 5K and you'll have been my inspiration! Anyway, your cookies are just as cute as can be and I just love how they tell your sweet story of victory!

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  64. Congratulations on your first race.....way to go!. You must be proud of yourself:)

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  65. This is my favorite blog post in a long time! For the *why*, here are just a few boring details..#1. Up until November 14th, i was a daily exerciser. #2. I was recently diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. #3. I had my first steroid injection yesterday & start my physical therapy tomorrow. #4. My sweet hubby bought me a beautiful new bike for Christmas that I have been yearning to ride. Soo..when you say you were a bit teary eyed, I totally get that. I'm getting that a bit myself posting this comment! Thank you so much for posting this..I'm sure it will touch and motivate a lot of people! P.S I love the cookies! :)

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  66. Congratulations on your first 5k! I ran my first 5k last November. I was really anxious the morning of the race. Will I finish? Will I be the last one? I did finish and I wasn't the last one in and I ran a personal best. It was such an awesome experience. If I can't find a race sooner, I plan to run a 5k on the 4th of July. BTW, love the cookies!

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  67. Great post! I love the Merrell cookie!

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  68. And of course CONGRATULATIONS! Let's run your next one together!

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  69. Those cookies are amazing! Congrats on your race!!!

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  70. Bridget, A huge congratulations to you for running a 5k! I have started the C25K program twice and due to general life getting in the way and me not prioritizing my runs, I never finished. You've motivated me to take it up again. I've never been a runner either, but have always wanted to finish a small race. Thanks for the links at the end, too! Oh, and awesome cookies, as always!

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  71. oh my... this is a sign from the heavens... as much cakes and cookies i've been looking at and planning for, i've also been planning for different races! this is just confirmation that i can do it! i recently did a super short, shortest triathlon ever, and before that a half marathon! you should make something for the triathlete cookie lovers: swim, bike, run, cookie!

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    1. btw, congrats on your race, and those shoe cookies are AWESOME!

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  72. *Big high five* for completing a 5k!! I have been wanting to run one for three years now, but every time I start to train I always end up aggravating an old timbersports injury that took me out of that sport 4 years ago. It's so frustrating because I want to do it so badly - kinda hard when you're writhing on the floor or tripping yourself with a dead leg. Maybe someday. But I'm going to keep at it until I complete it. No sense wallowing or sayin' I can't - it'll just take a little longer than I planned :)

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  73. My kids were cross-country stars(one even went to state), and I USED to run, until both my feet needed surgery, but I do like to bike...I even did a century! I need to get back into it! Thanks for the inspiration, fitness-wise and cookie-wise:) This whole set is so cute(amazing shoes-need to make some for my daughter)! I adore your couch cookies, Bridget!

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  74. I've tried Couch to 5K twice now, and just haven't been able to finish it...probably partially because I've been going it alone. It's so nice to see all you girls supporting one another! The next time I give it a shot I'll also have to get myself that app you mentioned...that would be seriously helpful!

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  75. Congrats on your first 5K! I've done Couch to 5K a couple of times and run in a few races. I absolutely love the running community and it is what gets me off the couch. Thanks for the very inspirational message!

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  76. Absolutely awesome post... I've also done a similar running program and ran my first 5K in March..I've caught the running bug and even though I have bad runs, I absolutely love running...it's something I crave doing now, which is SO weird because I'm not great at exercising. Plus it helped me drop some lbs. - always a plus. Good for you !

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  77. Thanks for the inspiration! I've slowly made my way up to running 2 miles a day. I've settled into the 2 a day routine. After reading your post, I'm uping the mileage!
    Thanks!
    ~Caroline

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  78. I was a couchy type person, and in May I am " a 10K. I call it "slogging" slow jogging....Lost 45 pounds too since January. :) Keep Rockin!

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  79. Yay for you Bridget!!! Hurray, hurray, hurray!!!
    It's SO great to see you do this!! Not to mention those adorable, adorable cookies!!!
    There's nothing like achieving a running goal, is there? (well those treats at the end are pretty nice too, ha ha).
    I'm encouraged to try more again! I've been alllll over the place to be honest. Thank you so much for sharing your story, I loved every bit of it. xo

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  80. Oh Bridget what a fun post! I laughed so hard when I read that you signed up because they offered ice cream. You're witty and fun and adorable! Your cookies are wonderful and I'm really proud of you for finishing your first 5k! I even teared up when I read about you getting teary at the start line. Too cute! Congratulations. I used to run every day in high school and again when I worked at Cisco. Although you've inspired me, I think I'll stick to my pretty pink bike. It's faster ;-) Thanks for the fun post!

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  81. So, do you eat cookies before or after running??

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  82. First of all - congrats!! Second, these cookies are too cute. Third - I did the couch to 5k program last year, and it was perfect for a non-runner like me. I really do enjoy running, but my back doesn't enjoy it so much so I don't have any dreams of a marathon, but I did love the program!!

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  83. It does feel good! I just ran my first half-marathon and I feel great!

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  84. You inspire me. My husband has been into the running the last and is running his first marathon in a couple of weeks. I am currently pregnant and have never enjoyed running, but he would like to do something together as a couple and thinks this would be great. Maybe if I can start out slow. Something very scary about starting...

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  85. Congrats, Bridget! That's fantastic!! I love the cookies too. The cookies are the perfect inspiration because a friend and I were talking about making cookies to celebrate a half-marathon that we will be running next Sunday. So are you signing up for another one? Or a 10K, maybe??

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  86. Yay for your success in running your first 5K!!!

    okay, a few things... 1. I totally get emotional EVERY time I run a race. You're right- the sight of all of the people out there together doing something great for themselves and their health is overwhelming. 2. You run in a running skirt?? I'm not sure I could get into that. I guess I'll have to try one on to see! 3. If we can ever get our act together and do a red-faced-run together, that would be a blast. Congrats to you for reaching your goal! Are you still running??

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  87. Have I mentioned lately how proud I am of you? So awesome, B! I don't know about you, but I have my bib hanging up in my bathroom. Cheesy? Maybe, but I love that we did a 5K! Yay!

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  88. I just started the couch to 5K program, I know it will be longer than the 9 weeks I can run a full 5K. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  89. Your cookies are always so gorgeous! I'm trying to run a 5K too. I have to start actually training though ha!

    Since I've always loved your recipes and think you have a great blog, I am passing along the Versatile Blogger Award to you! Please come by my blog and check out your award! http://www.lifeasibakeit.com/2012/04/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  90. My favorite cake flavor is chocolate. It's such a feel good flavor :)

    Very cute cake decorating with the mini cake circuit. I would lovvvvvvveeeee to have one!

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  91. Super delayed, but congratulations Bridget! I love hearing about people trying new things, and when it's running-related, it's extra exciting! And I'm with you - sometimes when I don't feel like running, I tell myself it'll be worth it for the cookies. :)

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  92. Hey, I don't know if this is a little late to be leaving this comment, but if you're looking for app running love, check out 'Zombies, Run!'. It's a game... thing... with a story and zombies that chase you. For reals. I tried very hard to get into running, but when couch to 5k failed me, zombies were motivating. I think they're working on developing a Couch to 5k expansion.

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  93. I am looking for a good running shoe that don't make my feet cramp! I love being barefoot and wanted to know if you run in these because your feet hurt in "normal" running shoes? I just started couch to 5K! ;)

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    1. I liked these because they were so light and not clunky at all. They do take some getting used to and you have to work up to running in them. I ended up with a hurt foot for several weeks after running a bit too much in them. Check the Merrell website....they have great info there. I now trade off between these and Saucony Kinvara 3's, but I would always recommend getting fitted at a running store to see what works for your feet. :)

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