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Halloweenathon and My 2nd 5K

Friday, October 25, 2013

As soon as I finished my first 5K back in September, I knew I would be doing another one. They are a whole lot of fun and give me something to strive for (something that can be hard when you hit maintenance and are no longer looking for weight loss goals).

So this Saturday will be my second 5K. The route is different (a golf course instead of a street), so I am a bit nervous how I will fare. Will there be more "hills"? Can I pace myself better than I did last time? Can I improve my 34:52 time?

I've been working out a lot harder since my last 5K. I've been running (and solidly running, no walking at all) a 5K on the treadmill pretty consistently for the last few weeks. For the first time this Monday, I ran my usual 5K route outdoors without breaking for a walk. When I timed myself, it took me between 33 and 35 minutes, so about the same time that I did last time.

I personally have high hopes for myself. I am stronger, I am better prepared. I think I can do better at pacing myself, and pacing myself is key for my success. I want to run most of this 5K - the last time, I had to take several walking breaks towards the end because I ran out of steam.

But no matter how fast I go, where I place, I know one thing: I am a winner. I am a winner because when I took my life in my hands and changed it. I went from being an unhealthy, lazy 268 pounds to being a healthy active 155 pound Maintainer. This time last year, I couldn't even DREAM about running a 5K. I probably couldn't have even walked one. But now, my life is so much better. I'm doing the impossible, living the dream, seeing my goals accomplished and living a fuller life than ever.
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