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Graduation Day

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The news about the weather today in Chicago started about 3 days ago. Seriously. They've been hyping this HUGE COLOSSAL WIND STORM that is going to take down trees and uproot buildings and put us out of power for weeks for days now. They've nicknamed it the "CHI-CLONE". Don't you love the media? They need to nickname everything now.

So needless to say, I was (only a little) concerned that my running morning happens to be Tuesday and that the Chiclone was set to descend upon the city this morning of all mornings - my last day of C25K training.

My alarm went off at 7:15am. It was very dark. The rain was pelting my window and I could hear the wind whistling. Um...SNOOZE BUTTON. 8:15am - a little brighter outside, but definitely not done raining yet - and here's where the argument starts in my head...

"If you're going to run today you need to get up NOW"
"But it's raining outside and I don't want to run in the rain - what if I slip and fall"
"Well, what if it's raining the day of the 5K? Are you going to give up and not run because it's raining then?"
"Well then you better get out of bed and train in the rain"
"I can train tonight after work. I promise."

9am - by now I HAD to get out of bed or I would be late for work (I know, I know - I get to sleep every morning until 9am - it's ridiculous). I got up and looked outside the window. It was windy, but the rain had stopped. It was too warm in my apartment. I had closed the windows because of the wind, but I was antsy for some fresh air so I cracked the door a bit. A gust of wind breezed in - the fresh smell of morning mixed with rain and wind - refreshing! Well - what if I went running now? I would be done my run in 45 minutes - that would put me at 9:45am - that's still enough time to have a shower and get out of the house by 10:30am. Hmmm - maybe I WILL run now. Yep, I'm gonna run. Really? Really.

So I chowed down a banana, drank a couple of glasses of water and dressed in my new running gear. Yep - I was running. A wonderful feeling washed over me. I was opting to run over not running. I guess that really makes me a runner - right?

Out the door - the morning was actually quite beautiful. It was overcast, and a bit humid from the rain, but the wind was cool and would be at my back for most of my route. I set my iPod to Week 9, Day 3 and off I went.

Well - it wasn't the greatest run. My new tech shirt kept riding up and showing my belly, so I had to keep pulling it down. My energy tanked before I even hit my second mile marker and I knew that I wasn't going to be able to shoot for any extra distance today. I had to dodge a lot of broken tree limbs on the sidewalk, so my focus wasn't where it should have been. And that wind that was supposed to be at my back kept changing and blowing my hair in my face. It was warmer than it has been for my last few runs, so I tuckered out too soon.

BUT - I RAN! I completed my 30 minutes (31 in fact because I finished the block I was running after my time was up) at the 2.5 mile marker. W9D3 complete. C25K training complete. Now all I have to do is run a 5K.

I started this program 12 weeks ago - August 2, 2010.
When I started I weighed 277 pounds. I was heavier than I wanted to be and was convinced that I was too fat to ever run for 30 minutes straight.
I proved myself wrong.

Today I weigh 255. 22 pounds in 12 weeks, and I know it's because I'm running. Sure I'm eating right and I do other exercise too, but my body LOVES to run.

Today is Graduation Day. Even though it wasn't my best run, today I have accomplished something more than I ever thought I was capable of. Today wasn't about book smarts, or getting a good job, or being top of my class. It was about me, and the pavement and choosing to run. This isn't something that will go in my professional bio. But it is something that I can count on to change my life for the better. The personal feeling of satisfaction that no food can ever HOPE to match. I did something, and I did it for me. I may not be the best, I may not be the fastest - but none of that matters. What matters is that I did it, and I am so proud of me.

I am a runner!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LAURIETAIT 11/9/2010 3:23PM

    emoticon on your first 5K. I aiming to run one in the spring. You inspire me to keep striving toward it. I hope the high from the experience lasts a good long time. You should be extremely proud of yourself.
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TEENY_BIKINI 11/5/2010 10:35PM

    "my body LOVES to run"

That is so freaking awesome.

I am so proud of you.


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KRAWRS 10/28/2010 2:39PM

    Fantastic! Congratulations on choosing to run over not running!!!

btw, they nicknamed it Chiclone? REally? wow. I'm in the chicagoland area too... I live under a rock though, so I didn't know about the nickname. But someone else was talking about how its always "Winter Storm 2012" or "Summer Draught '99" or whatever now. Silly newscasters/etc. There were tornados though, and it was super windy.... but not the end of the world.

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CALLIKIA 10/28/2010 11:25AM

    "I am a runner!"

Yep! WTG!!

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MANLEYSANDY 10/27/2010 7:50PM

    Your awesome! I admire those who embrace running! You go girl!

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FARLEY_GIRL 10/27/2010 3:32PM

    woohooo!!!! That is absolutely fabulous!!! I'm not into running yet, but I had that same conversation w/ myself today about going for my 3 mile walk w/ my dog. It sucks before we do it, but we feel so much better afterwards :-)

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MLAYESKI 10/27/2010 1:13PM

    Congratulations!!!! You've got determination. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JMEPAYNE 10/27/2010 10:59AM

    YOU DID IT!!!!! congrats!

also... wtf? 10:30am! I NEED THAT GIG! lol

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CHICAT63 10/27/2010 5:24AM

    Congratulations, you are a Runner emoticon

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MORRIS1989 10/26/2010 11:38PM

    I think that's great. you should be so proud of yourself,and you kept your word good for you. emoticon

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RIGBY31 10/26/2010 11:28PM

    omgosh... I cannot EVEN wrap my brain around running yet. Good for you... look over your shoulder, one day I'll be right behind you (I'm in Calif so just theoretically speaking...I'm not a stalker).

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LAURIETAIT 10/26/2010 10:48PM

    Congratulations! You may never put it in a professional bio but you can certainly put running in your resume under "interests"! I 'm doing C25K too. I am so impressed that you went out a did it in the rain. I'm supposed to run tonight too but I have put it off because of the wind and the rain.
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WYND10 10/26/2010 10:33PM

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TANSHAN1 10/26/2010 10:14PM

    WooHoooo! You go girl!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 10/26/2010 10:06PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are a runner!!! You are a C25K graduate!!!! I am so proud of you!!!!! AND you did it in the HUGE COLOSSAL WIND STORM!! Nothing. I repeat NOTHING can hold you back!!!

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SGRAY478 10/26/2010 8:18PM

    Congrats lady!! I am soo proud of you!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/26/2010 8:14PM

    Woo Hoo! Graduation Day ... You did! Enjoy the high from it all.

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