Wow, was that a lot of fun! Friday night, my husband and I went to the packet pick up and I got to meet a few of the Biggest Loser contestants.
Dan and Jackie from season 5
Pam from season 14
I LOVE her! She smart and sassy just like she was on the show!
There was a woman there who was giving advice for first time runners, which I felt was very helpful. She was taking about shoes, proper running technique and nutrition before a race.
After she was done, there was a Q&A session with Pam, which was great! She was very real, told a few *secrets* of the show, and said that Jillian on camera is Jillian in real life! YIKES! When she was done, Dan sang a song off his album (I had no idea he was an actual recording artist) and Jackie talked about the benefits of eating right and exercising.
I've done a bunch of races, but this was the first one I've ever done alone, and I was SOO nervous. We had to be at the Peninsula at 6:30, which meant we all had to get up and leave by 5:45. Have you ever tried to get an 8 and 10 year old up that early? Lucky for m they were super excited about their race, so it wasn't too much of a problem.
We got there just as the sun was coming up over the lake, it was beautiful.
We were getting ready to watch the 1/2 marathoners start their race
this is the start/finish of the race
So like I said, I was really nervous about the race, mostly because I was alone. I have no idea how to pace myself, I usually just try to keep up with whoever I'm with. It was so cool too see all the different people that were there. There were people who were there to PR their race, and a TON of people who were doing their very first race. I finally calmed down and decided I was just gonna go, and see what happened!
The first mile was through a wooded area, which I did not anticipate. Had I actually read the about the race course, I would have known this was not an out and back race. That kind of freaked me out. I don't like just "running around." I like a start, a turn around, and an end. So that was a serious mental block for me.
The rest of it was on the actual road at the peninsula, which is a beautiful, flat course! There are tree lined roads, and parts where you can see the lake, it really is very nice.
This was at the finish, when you get that cool medal!
It wasn't my best time, but I REALLY enjoyed talking to people that I was running with. It was great to encourage everyone, and keep them motivated. It was a very emotional race as well, which I wasn't expecting. I saw myself in so many people that were out there running. There was one girl in particular, who said it was her first race, and she was alone too. She didn't think she was going to be able to finish it. I told her a little about my story, and she said it was what she needed to hear... that it IS possible, without The Biggest Loser. Holy crap, THAT is what this is all about! Getting people to realize they don't need to be locked up in some house in LA, workout 6 hours a day, and eat only lettuce to change their lives.
After she finished, she found me, told me she did it in under 50 mins when her goal was 60. She actually thanked me for talking to her. OMG, that brought tears to my eyes... Like I said, it wasn't the fastest race I've done, but it was the BEST!
A couple hours later, the kids had a 1 mile run. It's always so great to see so many kids doing these races. The adults were all lined up cheering them on, and the announcer was yelling out everyone's number as they crossed the finish line, it was great and the kids were super excited!
I had a great experience, and if you're able to do one of the Biggest Loser races, you'll have a great time!
*the professional photos are courtesy of The Biggest Loser Race Series*