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I’m not what you’d call a sporty person, but after a year and a half off, I took up jogging again about two months ago.

To give myself some motivation, I signed up for the Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5k.

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It’s the second-largest race in the state, with 3,000 registrants and over 2,600 runners on the actual day.

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You don’t quite realize how many people that is until you’re in the midst of it, but that is a lot of people! But it gave me a lot of options for people to pace myself off of, and I’ve learned that I seem to run at the approximate pace of a fit 65-80 year old man. (I just squeaked past a 79-year old at the finish line).

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One of the reasons I chose this particular race was because the finish line is inside Hadlock Stadium. And I totally felt like a superstar running into the stadium and giving high fives to the kids along the edge of the seating.

I can’t say I’m at the point where I enjoy running itself, but I will say that this race was a blast.

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Oh and I finished 33 seconds better than last time!

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