Today, I met an important milestone goal on my path toward a more fit Julia. Today, January 26, 2013, I completed my very first-ever-in-my-entire-life "register and pay for it" 5k. You'd think that, at 54 years of age, perhaps I would have been in an official run (or walk) before this. Nope! MILESTONE COMPLETED! May I please have some Woo-Hoos and Huzzahs?
Here's a shot of me on Thursday night, after picking up my race packet:
Color me Happy! (and excited!)
It was May 2012, when I finally decided it was time to take fitness seriously. Those who know me are aware that I've always been interested in healthy eating. I've studied, taken classes, and been a full-on vegetarian since I was 16. Do the math (smile). One full year was also spent as a raw-foods vegan and also periods of multiple months eating as a "regular" vegan. Somehow, the dairy always sneaks back in, though in lesser amounts than the past.
However, May 7, 2012, is the beginning of my FITNESS Journey! I'll always remember the date as it's Mom's birthday. On May 7, 2012, the day after meeting a group led by fitness & Chi-Running instructor, Lisa Pozzoni (LPOZZONI), I followed one part of her advice and joined SparkPeople. At first, my commitment was to spend 10 minutes a day, either strength training or on cardio (usually, walking the greyhounds). Gradually I ramped it up, completing my first "virtual" 5k by following SparkPeople's Virtual 5k Training Program. (Walked it.)
That felt so good! Getting in a 5k, even though I walked it all alone in my neighborhood. Then and there, I committed that I would walk a 5k every weekend. Not an official one -- just 5k in one walk, sometime over the weekend. Although I've not hit it every week (didn't do it when I went to Las Vegas & Las Cruces for the Renaissance Festivals!), I've done it nearly every week.
Fellow SparkPhoenix members, Steve and Debbie (SAC-6582 and DEBARIZONA) sponsored another "unofficial or perhaps semi-official" 5k in their neighborhood on Thanksgiving morning (Race Against the Rolls), which I again walked.
A group of SparkPhoenix (and SparkArizona) members joined together to form a Color-Run Team. Here's a "before" photo of those of us who selected the 7:30 start time:
From left to right: GENNICHO, DESERTJULZ (me), KRISTINE99, GALINAZ, & HIKERBECKY.
KRISTINE99 ran and GENNICHO & GALINAZ paired up and walk-jogged, I do believe. HIKERBECKY and I kept up a fast-paced walk.
It was RAINY and very WET! However, it was not all that cold -- mid 60s (F), I do believe. Approximately every 1k, there was a color-station to run or walk though with 10+ volunteers spraying, throwing, or squirting colored powder on us. Each station had a different color: pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green. What with the wet shirts (well wet everything), the powdered color stuck to us quite well and then ran. (They don't call it "color-run" for nothing!)
Here's the finish-line photo of HIKERBECKY and me:
WE DID IT! For both Becky and I, this was our very first ever register and pay race (run? walk?).
What's next? Oh this girl has some plans, let me tell you! First, I am taking a 2-part Chi-Running workshop, to learn good running form (part 1 is tomorrow!!). Second, I want to walk a 10k next! Third, I will be training to walk-run a 5k and once that is completed, to run a 5k!
The fitness bug has bitten me and I do believe it cannot be cured.