Saturday, June 05, 2010
Today was the day . . . I was up at 5:33 a.m. getting ready. We left the house at 7:15 a.m. so I could get my timing chip and get the feel for the race. I was completely out of my comfort zone but I just went with the flow.
I had decided before leaving the house I would take my jacket - the route is known for a cold breeze due to being right on the bay but to be honest, I wasn't worried about the cold. I was worried that my tummy would just be out there for all to see - my outfit is form fitting. HOWEVER, once we pulled up and I got out the car and witnessed the sea of women I tossed my jacket back into the car and didn't look back!
It was so amazing to see that many women in all different shapes, sizes and fitness levels all in one place with a common goal and no judgments about one another. I walked around, somewhat in a daze to take it all in. A woman from my gym stopped me and we giggled for a minute and I learned she was running the half marathon and she learned I was competing in the 5K. I'm sure we'll have stories to share next we see each other at the gym.
The half marathon runners took off at 8:00 a.m. and we 5K ladies took off at 8:30 a.m. My nerves were off the charts. When it was time my body just took off. I jogged and I felt fabulous! I had envisioned only walking the race but with all the energy of the crowd my body wouldn't be stopped. I found my pace and ended up jogging much of the course.
I was thankful for not having my jacket too - it was HOT! I was sticky and sweaty about a half mile in. Oh, and I didn't give a hoot about my tummy, I was too proud of myself!
Did I mention the amazing feeling I was experiencing. I was taking in so much that I forgot to turn my MP3 player on until mile one was complete. I just kept thinking, "these women are amazing and I'm here, I'm actually here jogging and walking with them!"
Here are a few pictures that captured my moments:
7:15 a.m., leaving the house for the race
The runners at the starting point
Me at the starting line
Me at the finish
To be frank that last bit of the race I was ready to collapse but I finished with a sprint - I had to finish big. Once I crossed the finish line I started to cry. I couldn't help it - my emotions just bubbled over. I cried out of joy and pride. I had done it!
My official time: 49 minutes 34 seconds
A personal best by 4 minutes!
Friday, June 04, 2010
Stiff, Sore and Bloated - I'm not off to a good start today. How can I make it better?
My last two workouts have been over the top so I'm sore. I feel muscles that have been dormant way to long. Solution, keep gently stretching and tonight take an epsom salt hot soke. Those two things together should help with the soreness and some of the stiffness.
Tomorrow, after the 5K, I am going to have a massage too - a special treat!
I need to keep moving today, being at rest won't help with the stiffness. The key is to take it slow and easy.
Bloated, hate this feeling. The weather here is muggy and I did the math - my TOM is coming next week. So starts the bloating and temporary weight gain, yup I'm already up in numbers. I plan on staying hydrated, taking in more than my usual 64 oz. in a day.
I recognize this as all normal and with my plan of action there is no drama a brewing in my head. Today, I won't be sidetracked mentally because my body is reacting to uncomfortable changes.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
The news came across the wire today . . . APPROVED!
Our insurance broker phoned today to let me know that the new health coverage I was working so hard to obtain for my husband and me was approved today. I met the news with reserved happiness and a question, "what's the bottom line." I'm always skeptical, I recognize this about myself.
Here's the insurance counter offer, yup you read that right, counter offer.
* My husband was approved without a problem BUT his portion of the monthly premium went up slightly due to never having health coverage before. Crazy right?! Hmph. He's Jamaican - health coverage there is even more difficult to get than in America. So anyway, his premium is higher because he couldn't afford health coverage prior to entering the U.S.
* When I was reading the counter offer I asked my broker what the rating percent 50% meant under my name. He didn't really know. I smiled ... I did, meant they would increase my base premium by 50% - clearly my broker has never worked to get medical coverage for a fattie before. I told him I'd investigate.
* My assumption was correct. They approved me, no problem, I have no health issues but I'm a bit heavier than they would like. Hmph. The rep I spoke to had no problem putting the truth on the table, I respected her for that. Yes, my premium would be increased by 50% due to my height and weight. Oh by the way, that rate increase equates to $100-US if anyone wonders. Yup, I am paying $100 more a month for medical coverage because I am a mere 39 pounds over the weight limit the insurance company has self set.
* What's the deal I asked? If I loose 21 pounds, keep it off for a year and document it with a doctor my premium will go down by 25%. If I loose 39 pounds, keep it off for a year and document it with a doctor my premium will be the standard insurance rate.
* Yeah, I was a bit grumpy but I smiled, again, and told the nice lady on the other end of the line that at least I have a solid goal of losing 39 pounds so "they" would be forced to lower my premium.
In the end, we have been approved and a new goal of 39 pounds has been set.
Tomorrow I submit my approval for the new insurance and tell my old insurance company good-bye.
Insert a sigh here and a happy dance. I did it!
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