Color Me Rad was the first 5k of my weight loss journey, last year, July 8th. I had been at this healthy living thing for 6 weeks at that point but I was determined to do well. Considering this race isn't a timed one, I timed myself. I finished in an impressive 37 minutes. It may not seem that great to most, but to me, at 259 lbs, I thought it was magnificent. This year I had a lot to prove to myself. May 21st marks my Sparkanniversary and I am super excited. But enough small talk, let's see some pics!
A few of my friends came along for the fun. Tricia,who is part of my running group, Jennifer, one of my best friends and bridesmaid, and our little runner and Jen's daughter, Jaeli.
As we waited for the race to start, we got to watch some Zumba action.
Jaeli was getting a bit annoyed and had a few moments. She calmed down when the race was finally about to start. She wanted to run! And boy, did she!
Once the race began, I quickly got separated from my girls. But I have a pact with them that no matter how far ahead I finish, I will always come back and finish the race with them. Everyone knows running is a total mind game and the whole race part of me was trying to tell me to stop and take a walk break. I refused. I had to prove to myself that I was a different person than the girl that ran the first race. She had the heart and now I had the capability. So I just kept running even when my hamstring got tight and the wind was pushing against me. I finished in 31 minutes. Not to bad on 4 hours of sleep! And THIS time, I was running a certified course so I can actually say that I can run a 10 min mile now!
As promised, I came thru the finish line and immediately turned around to meet my crew. Well they were dang near a mile behind me, and Jaeli was leading the way! Once we crossed the finish line we had a little color party and the cameras began to flash!
And just because pictures don't lie, let's see how far I have come in the 10 months since the last color run.
The proof is in the pudding!
I tried to buy a Color Bomb jacket and me and another girl both asked for a Large simultaneously. The sales girl helping her grabbed the last Large there was. I was so disappointed. My salesgirl says just as calmly, "We still have Mediums." I replied that I couldn't fit a Medium. She says, "Yeah you can. That's the size I am wearing." I looked at this cute girl with her dainty body and replied, "Yeah but I am bigger than you." She just says, "I think you should get it. Just think about it and come back when you're ready." I thought: I won't be ready for a Medium until next year. But by the time I got to my car and pulled off, I wish I would have taken her advice. At least it would have given me something to work towards.