Thursday, April 28, 2011

Race day, here we come!

First piece of business: weigh in yesterday. I lost 1.2 pounds this week. I was actually really happy about that loss with Easter and all – there may have been some candy in my diet last week! I am now .4 pounds away from my official WW goal weight. Crossing fingers that next week it will happen and I can start the 6 weeks of maintenance – I will still be attempting to lose, but you know what I mean! I am at a total weight loss of 64.4 pounds. It is mind boggling to me that I have lost almost 65 pounds. I wish I hadn’t had that much to lose in the first place but I am so proud that I have stuck with it this time and have really made changes that are lifelong. And I know I have rubbed off on others – my daughter Zoe can often be found “exercising” around the house and has started asking if the foods we give her are healthy. Mission accomplished. I don’t want her to be overly interested in those things at this age, but the fact that she notices and is semi-interested is awesome to me. My husband has also inadvertently lost about 20 pounds in the last 7 months – it’s amazing what an impact small changes can make.

So, this weekend is the big race. Yep, I am running a 10K with Melissa and our friend Troy from work. Well, I should clarify – Troy will be running also – he will be ahead of us the entire time – but he was a big supporter of this run and has faith in Melissa and I. I am thankful to have such supportive people around me. A couple of my PFG peeps will be running the 10K also, and my friend Alexa (the woman behind me starting this whole running thing!) will be running the half marathon. I really hope the weather cooperates with us – it’s not looking real great right now, all I ask is the rain to stay away. Give us all from 9AM to about 10:15AM and then the skies can open up if they want! I am a little nervous for this race – but I don’t think I am nervous about the actual running part. Weird, huh! I think I am more nervous because this is the LARGEST 10K in Minnesota and the 15th largest 10K in the NATION! We are talking thousands of people running! Which is kind of awesome but intimidating at the same time. This is by far the largest race I have been involved in but I am looking forward to race day adrenaline and hoping that it will help us shave a couple of minutes off our time. Either way this is going to be a great experience – it’s our first 10K, Melissa and I are running it together, we will set a Personal Record (it’s our first 10K it goes without saying, right!) and we will have accomplished something that neither of us even dreamt about 5 months ago.

After this weekend I think I will finally be ready and convinced enough to be able to call myself a runner. I have really shied away from declaring myself a runner – I am not a tall, slender, short-short wearing athlete that runs marathons. The other day when I was driving the girls home from South Minneapolis, we took the “lakes” route home cause it was a nice day, Zoe declared from the backseat – “mom, look she’s a runner, JUST LIKE YOU!” It still gives me the chills just thinking about it. My daughter thinks I am a runner – so it must be true!

Here’s hoping that the training we have put in for the last 5 weeks really pays off. Thank you to everyone that has supported us and made sure we could get out for our long training runs!

Have a happy and healthy week friends!

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