Saturday, April 20, 2013
I made it! I made it to the finish line of my first 5k. If you are reading this blog I want you to know that you can make it to the finish line of whatever race you are running.
It's not as difficult as we sometimes think. I had to change my plan of running for 2 minutes, walking for three, after just fifteen minutes in. I almost fainted and felt like throwing up. But after a short break, I kept on walking at a quick steady pace and jogged downhill when I could. I was a bit disappointed after all the training I'd done, but knew that I couldn't let it cause me to quit.
I got awesome support from my dad who jogged the entire route beside me pushing encouragement my way. Every minute I would hear "Keep the pace Charla!" or "We're almost there. Don't give up!" I kept at it. Me with my overweight body, who had couch potato stuck to forehead three weeks ago. I did it. I took it one step at a time, and I MADE IT!!! And I did it in an hour although I had been aiming for 50 minutes. I even placed 40th out of 65 persons. I'm so proud of myself.
Today I was taught that all things are possible with effort and persistence. Today I was taught that thousands of little steps in a planned direction can lead a person to achieve their purpose. I know that I won't be happy all the days of this weight loss journey and on most days I may not have someone beside me whispering encouragements. On those days I have to think about days like these; when I accomplished what I thought impossible and I finished my race.