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Bitten by the Fitness Bug!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

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!

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LINDAK25 1/27/2013 11:16PM

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That's fantastic! You look like you had a wet, but fun time, too.

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GENNICHO 1/27/2013 5:39PM

    Great post! I had a fantastic time, too - sorry I couldn't find you after the run.

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STARLIGHT615 1/27/2013 3:07PM

    YOu guys looked like u had so much fun!! I know I did with my daughter!! I believe I have found the fitness bug as well I plan on starting the C25K tomorrow with my daughter as well!! Great job Julia!

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EMWILLBEHEALTHY 1/26/2013 7:48PM

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That powder absolutely glued itself to me! My left arm is still slightly blue, despite repeated scrubbing. Thanks for organizing the team!

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SWEETLIPS 1/26/2013 7:10PM

    Hi, I am from Rawfoodies and when I saw this title, I have to see it causing I am working on getting the bug. I want to thank you so much with this blog. WOOHOO \o/ \o/ \o/ emoticon emoticon .

I now know it is babysteps- Thanks again!!

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LIZZIE888 1/26/2013 6:55PM

  Well done. I am completely in awe of you. And those colours will never come out! Even if they come out in the wash, they'll be there in your heart to remind you of all you've achieved.

Err, and 54? You look about 22 in those photos!

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GALINAZ 1/26/2013 3:16PM

    So glad your "infected" with the bug!! Thanks for pulling us all together, I'll sign up with you for a 5K anytime!

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