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What a DAY! Heck, what a YEAR! 1st 10K Race!!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

So a couple of weeks ago was my 1 year spark-iversary and earlier this week was officially one year since I started the C25K program and began my journey of becoming a runner. What better way to celebrate a year of moving towards a healthier lifestyle than to run my longest race yet (only my third race ever)... a 10K? Well that's what I did today!! AND I ran it at under a 10 min. per mile pace !!! I was SO proud. A year ago I couldn't run for 3 minutes straight let alone 6.2 miles at a 10 min. pace!! I finished 108 out of 142 with a time of 1:1:35. WOO HOO!

What a difference a year makes! I'm a totally different person than I was this time last fall! I'm healthier and happier in SO many ways! I weigh less (around 35 lbs. less to be exact). I eat healthier (I now officially LOVE fruits and vegetables!!). I exercise regularly (run 4 times a week). I enjoy challenging myself physically (10K is a prime example). I have SO much more self confidence and a greater appreciation for what a strong, determined, wonderful person I am (those good feelings have come both from dropping the weight AND setting and reaching my running goals)! I mean, I hate to toot my own horn... well... who am I kidding... TOOT TOOT!! I'm SO proud of ME and I know I deserve to be darn it!! I've worked hard to get where I am and I understand that I will have to continue that hard work if I want to keep moving in the right direction!

So, goals for the coming months/year:
-help keep my parents on the healthy living track (they joined SP in September and have been calorie-counting and exercising in an effort to lose weight and have been successful so far which makes me SO proud and happy... but the holidays are upon us and I see their enthusiasm waining)... I want to motivate and inspire them so they can both reach their goals and feel as good as I do!!
-Complete a Half Marathon in the Spring and... dare I say it... maybe a Marathon in the Fall!!??!?! AAAHHH!!!
-Continue to count calories and strive to eat a healthy/balanced diet in an effort to drop a few more pounds. I'd like to be in the low 120s... then go into maintenance mode and relax a bit with the understanding that if I gain and hit 125 lbs. I gotta get my butt back in gear. I don't know if that low of a weight is possible for my body, and I'm not going to focus too much on getting there... I'm just going to try and keep eating healthy, stay in my range, and keep running and see where the weight ends up. I'm happy with how my body looks now, so the weight loss has become secondary to just being healthy!
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  • SUSIEMT
    Wow! It sounds like you have it together. It made me so proud of you to read this blog and I don't even know you. I was so happy to read you are focusing on a healthy lifestyle and not the weight. I would say you have learned a lot from SP. You are a champ! emoticon
    3625 days ago
  • SHADOW38
    Congratulations! You have every right to be proud!
    3628 days ago
  • LAB-LOVER
    Congratulations! Isn't it amazing what we can do when we focus!
    -LL
    3629 days ago
  • 2WHEELER
    Congrats on a great race and a terrific time. It's wonderful that you are helping your parents; you're a great role model for them. I can only imagine the list of accomplishments you'll have on your 2nd Spark anniversary.

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    3629 days ago
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