The race came and went. I was nervous about it because I had never ran an official 5k race. I didn't know what the whole environment would be like.
I thought to myself, am I crazy for letting someone put me on a bus and drive me out 3 miles so that I could just run back in?
Yes - I am crazy.
This is probably the only time that I would not be upset that someone drove me out to a spot and told me to run home -- and I did it without complaint. Ha! We runners are crazy. Some more than others.
Of course, after completing my first 5k today - it makes me reflect on what this past year has brought.
How about some 'Before' Facts?
I had never participated in any type of organized race.
I was 60 pounds heavier one year ago than now.
I ate whatever I wanted.
I gave advice to people on how to lose weight, but failed to follow that advice myself.
I got tired after one pickup basketball game to 15.
I couldn't run 5 minutes without stopping for good.
I gave up often, but disguised it as generosity to let someone else play.
I sweated in the winter.
Some 'Now' Facts.
I have placed in my first 5k.
I am intentional with my eating.
I am 60 pounds lighter.
I live my advice.
I outplay the teenagers in a pickup basketball game.
I can run 43 minutes without stopping.
I don't give up - I push forward.
I still sweat in the winter. :) (I am actually doing something now)
AND NOW FOR THE RACE RESULTS.
I finished my 5k with a time of 26'24".
In my age division - that was good enough for FIRST PLACE!! I won a gold medal in my first 5k ever! I'm pretty stoked. I know that with more competition that the 26'24" would not get me a gold -- but I am stoked about the time!
I pushed, I pushed, I pushed!