Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I ran the monthly Full Moon 5K yesterday. Let me tell you a little about what it is, because this is the coolest 5K I ever ran! It is a 5K run around a helicopter landing pad, starting at midnight, and it is a giant running PARTY. People come dressed in outrageous costumes, there is a DJ, and there are some kind of shenaningans before the start of the race: this morning the crowd played volleyball with ginormous beach balls, last month there was a water balloon fight. I cannot wait to post the photos of the run, mainly due to the fact that I photographed guys in crazy costumes and ones without shirts (its 100+ degrees even at midnight).
It was a load of fun, but considering the fact that 99.9% of participants are extremely fit (you have to be a true fitness maniac to run at midnight on a weekday here, and considering the fact that, as I previously complained about, everyone here is super-fit as is, you can imagine the whole thing looking pretty much like a scene from MTV's Spring Break pool party footage) I ended up feeling a little depressed. Sure, I am losing weight, but running next to super-fast super hard bodies just makes me think... whew, I got WAYS to go. In the light of the day, I guess it is just another challenge to overcome, another mountain to conquer. I choose to look at my obesity like I would at any other possibly fatal chronic disease, something like cancer - it's an uphill battle, but you can do it; it will never go away, so you have to control it and be vigilant... Maybe a bleak outlook but, in my humble opinion, the only way to think about it. I lost weight before, and I let go, and the weight came back, more then ever. Time to look at it as a chronic condition, and treat it as such. All the lifestyle changes I make will be permanent. Little by little, day after day, I will work and struggle to make health and fitness part of my life, and maybe this time next year I can be one of those super-fast super-hard bodies hurtling past other, slower runners. Instead of letting them be a reminder of everything I am not, I choose them to be a vision of what I can be, a golden, shiny prize of doing what I am trying to do. The pictures will be coming soon, have a great Tuesday, everyone!