Hey! Look at that, I have a shape now that I didn’t have in August last year, when the photo on the left was taken! On the left I’m wearing a form-fitting dress. On the right I’m wearing form-fitting exercise clothes!
Last week I made it a goal to pick a 5k to run in the near future.
Instead, I ran one!
On Sunday I ran 3.1 miles in Richard’s Run; run proceeds benefit Go4theGoal Foundation’s efforts to support children battling cancer, their families, pediatric oncology units in hospitals across the country as well as pediatric cancer research. You can read more about the race here.
I decided to go for a race earlier than I had originally planned because this one seemed perfect. It is a great cause, a smaller event than a lot of the 5Ks happening in the next couple weeks, and at a location I know very well. I have run Cooper River more times than I can count!
I felt so in my element on race day. I ate two slices of 100% whole wheat bread with a tablespoon of reduced fat peanut butter and a glass of water. I enjoyed a few sips of coffee right before we walked a quarter mile to the race start.
I started off the line at a pace quicker than I’ve been running at the gym, but I was able to maintain it for at least a mile. I was able to jog almost the entire thing; the first time I stopped to walk was at mile marker 2, when I took a cup of water, took two sips, tossed the cup and kept on jogging. I stopped again at the base of a steep hill; I thought it better to walk up this short hill rather than run it and need to walk for longer afterwards.
As I neared the finish, I felt my body almost on auto pilot. There were a couple times I felt I needed to walk, but I quickly picked up the pace again, realizing that what I needed was the keep going and keep with the momentum I had built. I kicked it up ever so slightly at the finish, where race volunteers were cheering runners and walkers on as they headed to the finish chute.
When I approached the finish, the clock said 36 minute and some odd seconds. My official finish time is 36:58.
I wasn’t shooting for a finish time…just a finish! But if I had to wager a guess, I would have guessed I’d finish in about 43 minutes. The fact that I finished six or seven minutes quicker really surprised and pleased me!
After the race, I drank a bottle of water, a small cup of coffee and ate two mini soft pretzels. When I got home I had a banana and kept drinking water!
While my legs were stiff and sore, my spirits felt great. I achieved a huge goal in my weight loss journey – to run a 5K. I still have many more pounds to go, but now I know I can plan for races and those events will keep me going to the gym to train, and eventually as I lose more weight, step it up to do 10Ks and more!
By the way, this is what I did for a couple hours post-race:
Of course this is a pic I had Mike take that makes me look purposefully, dramatically exhausted, but I really did lie on the couch for a couple hours catching up on DVR Sunday morning!
Weight at start of the week: 197.2 lbs.
Weight at end of the week: 198.2 lbs.
That’s a total of 1 lbs gained, for a grand total of 22 lbs down. Yes, I’ve been struggling with the same three pounds since the end of January. But I keep going, attending Weight Watchers meetings trying to make good decisions … just plain trying.
Goals for the coming week:
- Sign up for another 5K to run in May!
- Eat fruit instead of sweets (even 100 calorie packs) for snacks
- Journal my food and activity
Checking off the 5K was a huge item off my weight loss journey to-do list. What big accomplishment have you been able to celebrate recently? Have you ever done a 5K? Share your thoughts in the comments below!