So I know this post is about two weeks past due but I honestly needed some time to really put my feelings into words about this race. For a long time...since the first time I lost weight and got down to what would now be my goal weight (it wasn't then but I was 24 and stupid) I wanted to do a race. After having kids and gaining back all that weight I felt defeated....most days I still do. The effort to loose that weight is tremendous and even though I did the Mamavation thing knowing that I have years of hard work in front of me to loose the weight and keep it off is overwhelming. So when I decided awhile back that I would give loosing weight my best effort (If I am being honest it has been a good effort not best lately) I decided I would also give the whole couch to 5k thing a try. Once I was chosen I knew I had to complete a 5k (even though virtual) for them at the end of my campaign. So I stated training and it sucks real bad...and months later it still sucks. I have tried couch to 5k, then went with the Mamavation plan, and I think I am going back to C25K. So I decided I was going to work real hard and my goal would be to be able to run an entire race by the Mystic Aquarium 5k in October. Well back to this race. When my good friend Sarah (check out her blog here) asked if I would join her for the Go Red for Women race that took place in Elizabeth Park (started by Elizabeth Colt and is has amazing rose gardens in full bloom this time of year) I said yes. On race day is was hot...I mean really hot. Over 90 and super humid but I didn't bail. I committed to doing the best I could and running in my first real race. Despite the heat it was amazing. The people who were cheering me on, the course itself through the really nice sections of Hartford and West Hartford, and just the fact that I was there and running as much as I could. My final time wasn't great, but it was my best time to date. I can't lie I cried the last 1/4 mile because you know what I was doing it. I was going to cross a finish line. 200 pound, overweight, unathletic me was going to cross that finish line. It was huge, it still is! It makes me realize that if I can do that-and it was hard, I can cross any finish line. That finish line for me isn't just about running it is about getting healthy. I have to realize there will be good runs and bad ones (like my most recent run sucked probably because I have been being lazy and not eating as well as I should). There is always more races to run...there is always a new day to work on getting healthy. This is a process both the health thing and the running thing. I am glad to be doing it. I can't wait for the day when I am able to run the whole thing! Below are some pictures from my race....I can't wait for another one to show you more!
|This is my friend Sue from work who only started running a few years ago she is a great inspiration and a huge cheerleader for me. It was great to see her there!|
|This was before the race with the rose gardens in the background....although you can't really see them.|
|So here is my photo montage-I am serious proud as peacock over this. I know some people think it may be silly but you know what its my blog and I will celebrate what is a really huge achievement for me!|