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The Biggest Loser 5k

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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*
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LOTUSFLOWER 9/8/2013 3:58PM

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1DERLAND14 9/4/2013 9:43PM

    What an amazing experience and another race under your belt! :) emoticon

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Sounds like not only an awesome race but an awesome experience.

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ONMYMEDS 8/31/2013 12:00PM

    Outstanding job!! And congrats to the kids.

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LISALGB 8/31/2013 11:12AM

    Awesome!! You ROCK!!

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LISBETHSALANDER 8/30/2013 3:09PM

    Such a beautifully written blog and an inspiration, too. Congratulations on breaking through the barrier of racing alone and being and helping others, too. You're my hero today. Best wishes.

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LOFLLAMA 8/30/2013 8:43AM

    YES YOU DID!!!! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/30/2013 5:44AM

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LIZ324_NYC 8/29/2013 9:53PM

    That's awesome! It looks like you had a great time!
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CHRISKENANDKIDS 8/29/2013 7:49AM

    How awesome! I love your story about inspiring the other woman. That is why I became a Health Coach - so I could help others change their lives. Rock on! Great job!

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SCOUTMOM715 8/29/2013 7:44AM

    Sounds like an awesome experience and great that the kids were able to participate too!! I'm gonna have to check it out for one in my area. emoticon

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MADTHENURSE 8/29/2013 7:13AM

    I'm proud of you!! I'm glad you had a great time. Pam was my favorite, too! Can't wait to see you next Friday!

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RECREATING_ME 8/28/2013 11:08PM

    Such an awesome experience you had, Holly! Of course, we all know you are a SP star :)

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VLINDER2014 8/28/2013 9:40PM

    I think this is just great for you , your kids and the wonderful people whom you shared with.. You're Right we can do this at home .. JUST LIKE YOU !! Thanks for your inspiration Darlin..

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BE-THE-CHANGE 8/28/2013 8:57PM

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ADVENTURESEEKER 8/28/2013 5:39PM

    That sounds like an awesome experience. And look at your tiny waist! emoticon

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NGCHILD 8/28/2013 1:53PM

    WAY TO GO Holly!! How exciting for you!!

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MISSB8604 8/28/2013 11:54AM

    Nicely done! Boy are you TINY girlfriend! WERK!

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NHES220 8/28/2013 11:53AM

    Wow, what a great day! Congratulations!
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MANLEYSANDY 8/28/2013 11:42AM

    So cool! I am going to see if there is a race in my area and do it! I don't run but a will walk it!! Keep it up, you are awesome!

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UWPALUM 8/28/2013 10:05AM

    So excited for your experiences at this race. I'm trying to get more friends and family involved when I do races, but I'm not running, just walking as fast as possible! Maybe someday I'll join you in the ranks of being a "runner"! Great job, and your kids look like they had a great time too!

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DAUGHTEROFTWIN 8/28/2013 9:46AM

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I loved reading this blog. How inspirational to be able to share your amazing journey and know that you may have changed her life forever. I loved the pictures. It's so good to see you in "action." You look fabulous!

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DEIDRESH 8/28/2013 8:53AM

    way to go!! I can imagine how the race could be emotional. I would love to go to a biggest loser race...but I haven't heard of one around my area...but maybe I need to look into this! :)
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GABY1948 8/28/2013 8:45AM

    GREAT pictures and you are looking SO good! Thanks for sharing this excitement!

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TRUE-NESS 8/28/2013 8:42AM

    That sounds like a bunch of fun and a memorable experience!!! And a medal to boot! Whoohoooo!! emoticon

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CMCGRUN 8/28/2013 7:30AM

    How exciting!!! I'm so happy for you and it looks like the kids had a blast. You are a great example to those cuties :)

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BEANIES_MOM 8/28/2013 4:34AM

    emoticon emoticon I would be scared to death to do a 5k with someone I don't think I would even consider doing one alone lol. Good for you getting out there and getting it done. You are an inspiration!

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BRADMILL2922 8/28/2013 2:10AM

    YOU ARE AWESOME AND SO IS THIS BLOG!

Darn caps lock! This looks like so much fun! I need to look into weather or not they are doing a run around here at some point! Pretty cool how you can get your pics and everything!

The time didn't matter, you have had that 5k before. This was about helping people, in particular the one lady who you helped who did it in under 50 minutes! How great is that knowing that you touched her? I am not surprised because I know that is you but I still have to say that I am proud of you! You ROCK as always! LOVE YOU!

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ILOVEMALI 8/28/2013 2:05AM

    Great Fun!!

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SUGAR0814 8/28/2013 12:06AM

    emoticon You guys did great! emoticon

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WORLDSERIES11 8/27/2013 11:12PM

    emoticon Holly! Sounds/looks like you had a wonderful time!! And how great that your kids could participate too! What a great family event!! BTW...you look great!!
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-AIMIE- 8/27/2013 10:21PM

    emoticon Sounds like such a fun time and great job keeping the kids involved and being such a great example for them!!! It's awesome that you did it alone since that quote is often true..."life begins at the END of your comfort zone!" LOL

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NYMORNINGGLORY 8/27/2013 10:18PM

    What a wonderful post! You sound exuberant (and you look great!) Thanks for sharing!

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STAY39 8/27/2013 9:59PM

    Sounds like an awesome day!! Congratulations! emoticon I love Pam too!

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VALYNN26 8/27/2013 9:54PM

    Wow! Reading this really made me smile..That looks like so much fun! And the kiddos too..That's great. Glad you had a good time emoticon

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JRICHART 8/27/2013 9:47PM

    That is so awesome! Funny thing, I had also thought about signing up for that race. We kept getting requests over the past few months from the Girl Scout offices saying that they wanted Girl Scouts to volunteer for different parts of the race. I just didn't feel ready to actually tackle a race...I'm wishing that I had tried now though!

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NASFKAB 8/27/2013 9:42PM

  great of you to help somebody

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TINYDBS 8/27/2013 9:28PM

    I loved reading this. I love that you reached out and made a difference to someone else during your own personal journey. I can see through your pictures and your words how heartfelt and emotional it was for you. Thank you!

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CITYDWELLERS72 8/27/2013 9:08PM

    You are such an amazing woman. I am totally awwwed by your story and your persistance to be healthy.

Blessings to you and your family,
Bonnie

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GRUMBLEGIRL 8/27/2013 8:31PM

    You look like you has a great time! I'm sure you were such a comfort and inspiration to the woman you were chatting with...what a great story. You should feel so proud of your journey and accomplishments!! What an example for your family.

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FITWITHIN 8/27/2013 8:23PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience and the pictures.

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CIRANDELLA 8/27/2013 8:17PM

    Wow! Really neat pictures, too - thanks for sharing them with us! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 8/27/2013 8:12PM

    This is so wonderful! I have a facebook friend from Pennsylvania who was doing a BLC 5K this past weekend and I'm wondering if maybe it was the same one as you? I can't remember right now (and I don't want to click out of this page to check and possibly lose my comment, haha) if you're from PA too? I seem to remember something like that. Or maybe there were just a lot of different ones happening this week or something. Anyway, she had a blast too - it sounds like a fantastic run in general, very positive and uplifting! I'm glad you had fun, and Holly, I have to say, you're looking FANTASTIC!

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MYRTROSE 8/27/2013 7:56PM

    Sounds like a great experience! You took away so much more than the satisfaction of another race under your belt and a medal. Those are great accomplishments and a lasting source of motivation, but I think the people you met and helped will sustain you even longer.
Congrats!


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JAKEKATY 8/27/2013 7:54PM

  As always you surprise me . I knew you could do it, but was glad you had the experience helping others. All anyone has to do is see before and after photos of you. You can see the joy and happiness of your life now. Just lol at New pics and see PRIDE YOU have in yourself. That shines thru and that is what anyone needs is PRIDE IN own self. We love you and KEEP shining.

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FINCHFEEDER80 8/27/2013 7:43PM

    What a great experience! I'm so glad you got to have it! I'm going to have to look up the schedule and see if they come anywhere near me. Congratulations on another race! How neat to have such a moving experience with that girl. It made me tear up a little just hearing it, I couldn't imagine being there! What an awesome day!

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