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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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BARGAINSHPR 10/31/2013 12:48AM

    I will shortly be entering maintenance about 5 weeks from now. Your experience on maintenance has been inspirational. I too was worried about what is going to happen on maintenance. Reading your blog entries has been helpful in calming my worries and fears. emoticon

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AJDOVER1 10/26/2013 4:32PM

    I love it!

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SOOVERMYSELF 10/25/2013 10:41PM

    There is no stopping you Carolyn! Thank you for reminding us all things are possible if you set your mind to it. Sounds to me like you've got maintenance down! Good luck with the run!

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