A Personal First.... My First 5K!

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

Exercise has never been particularly compelling to me. I was fortunate to inherit good genes and a healthy metabolism. But as we age, metabolism slows, and Father Time introduces us to a few aches and pains we have never experienced. I wasn't ready to slow down.


A few months ago, I started making small changes. I became more aware of what I ate and made healthier choices, plus I began walking. Yesterday, I completed my FIRST 5K during the Hal's St. Paddy's Day Parade in downtown Jackson! The weather was perfect, and because the scenery was beautiful, I captured a few photos along the way. 

MS Capitol Building

Our state's capital truly has some incredible architecture. Stately trees and blooming azaleas lined our path.

Capitol Building under canopy of trees

You can see from the outfits that dressing for St. Paddy's Day is half the fun! In fact, Hal's St. Paddy's Day Parade is one of the largest celebrations of the year for the Jackson metro area.

Capitol under Renovation

As you can tell from the above photo, the Capitol's exterior is undergoing a major renovation.

Team Shenanigans

Team Shenanigans (my team) won the prize for the largest number of participants. The race benefited Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital (the only children's hospital in Mississippi) and was sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports.


If you'd care to donate to Blair E Batson, kindly visit St. Paddy's Day 5K Charities.


Comments (14)

Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Congratulations!  I'm glad the weather was perfect and it turned out to be a great day.  Good job! -Kasey

Mar 19, 2017 07:56 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Good for you, I miss running but had to give it up after kneww surgery many years ago but if there was a bike event there I would be on it.

Mar 19, 2017 08:07 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Good for you...it is never to late to start.


Mar 19, 2017 08:34 AM
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

Congratulations.  What a great event!  Thanks for sharing.

Mar 19, 2017 09:14 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Congratulations on the race and the win for most participants.  No doubt you all enjoy the event. 

Mar 19, 2017 10:41 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I didn't have my glasses on when I first read your title line.  I thought that "5K!" read "SKI."  I looked all over those photos for snow and skies.

Mar 19, 2017 11:34 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Pat Starnes - Congrats on your first 5K!  You are 1 ahead of me!  The photos are great and the cause for Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital is even better.

Mar 19, 2017 12:25 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Way to go Pat! You picked the perfect day to run your first 5K 

Mar 19, 2017 02:06 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Congrats on your achievement for such a great cause.

Mar 19, 2017 02:51 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Congratulations on your stellar achievement, and I love that it was all for a great cause.  Have a great week ahead.  A

Mar 19, 2017 04:40 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Pat this is so cool! It gives me chills looking at the picture of all the folks on your team - all for such a wonderful cause. Kudos to you!  Awesome story!

Mar 19, 2017 05:37 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Joe Pryor - After all these years, I'm not sure I could stay up on my bicycle, and poor pedestrians and other cyclists better get out of the way!

Kathleen Daniels - We all had fun, but my TOES were sore that night. Who knew your toes could be out of shape. :)


Mar 20, 2017 11:36 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Myrl Jeffcoat - Now that would be hilarious (actually my first time on skis WAS hilarious). We rarely have snow and I'm sure I would sit that one out.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - It wasn't so bad. I have been training for a few months. Took it slow and let the speedy runners get waaaay out in front.


Mar 20, 2017 11:39 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Anna Banana Kruchten - Thanks so much. I'm glad you liked the photos. Blair E. Batson Hospital does so much for the children of MS. You never really think that the hospital's equipment needs to be kid-size until you have a little one that needs help. I also love our special Shenanigan's team shirts!

Mar 20, 2017 11:42 AM