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2:17:14 - 245 pounds - priceless

Monday, May 04, 2009

I did it!! All 245 pounds of me. I had a cold for the last week. I stayed home Friday to rest and try to get ready for the race on Sunday. Saturday I start to doubt whether or not I could get it done. Would I be able to make it to the finish line before the course closed? What if I don't make it? Can I really do this?

Sunday morning - I wake before the alarm. The sky is overcast. The ground is wet. I really should try to sleep a bit more. No sleep forthcoming. Might as well get up and hit the shower. Start putting gear on. Butterflies fluttering in my stomach. Need to eat breakfast - but will it stay down? Grab a cup of coffee. Breathe deep. Oh My Goodness....I am going to do this.

Techno music loaded onto the Ipod. Strong driving beats to keep me moving. Can I really get it done?

Load kids and hubby and lunch into vehicle. Head into town. Park in the free parking areas and walk the mile down to the race area. Explore a bit with the kids. Head to my start area. The wind is sharp. Music is playing loudly in the street. Finally time for my group to move forward. Kiss hubby and kids. Turn my Ipod on. Start moving legs. This is really going to happen.

Mile 1 - done - no problem. Miles 2, 3, and 4. No problem. Mile 5 is Doomsday hill. Not as bad as I thought it would be. Feet still moving. Feeling good. Nose runny from the cold. Tissues in pocket. Nose blown. Keep moving. Mile 6 - wow! This is the easy part. Just have 1.4 miles or so left. Same as a walk to the mail box and back at home. I can do that! I do that on a regular basis. End of mile 7 - hubby and kids on sideline starting cheering me and boost my spirits even more. Turn the corner...down hill just a bit more to the finish.

Me. My 245 pounds walked 7.46 miles in 2 hours 17 minutes 14 seconds. I was the fastest walker from my company on the corporate cup. I was in the bottom 30% of all competitors in the race. My bib # 2556 is listed as a finisher. My stats will be with Bloomsday 2009 forever. I did it.

I did not worry about the skinny minnies. I did not worry about what others thought. I did my own race. I completed. I won!
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    You know that doesn't seem that bad for a first time, time. Congrats. You can do anything you put your mind to do. It's just one step at a time.
    3298 days ago
    You should feel proud of your accomplishment!! Not everyone in Spokane would dare get out of bed to accomplish this run (walk). Way to go!!! Melissa :) emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3334 days ago
    I am impressed. My 245 pounds didn't even try! Good job!
    3334 days ago
  • JGMK55
    AWESOME!!! You are an inspiration! Janice
    3334 days ago

    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! Reading this sent shivers down my whole body and it made me cry! I don't know why, but they are happy tears for you and your INCREDIBLE VICTORY!!!!!

    YOU ROCK!! Now, there will always be proof that you accomplished something special! How are you feeling today? I pray that you didn't get any sicker and that the soreness you feel reminds you of the wonderful accomplishment you have made!!

    Congratulation! Job WELL DONE!!

    Hugs and lots of Love,
    3334 days ago
  • MOM23JS
    I am really proud of you for doing this, but more importantly, you should be VERY proud of yourself. GREAT JOB!!!!

    3335 days ago
  • LDG622
    I am SO PROUD OF YOU!! It would have been real easy, I know, to talk yourself into staying home, but you faced the challenge and came out on top! Awesome Lady!!

    Now, quick!, think of a new goal for yourself, one that is challenging but achievable. While the momentum is high, comit yourself and take another step on your journey.

    BTW, if you do the Bloomsday training clinic next year, please come up and introduce yourself to Melissa and I. We would LOVE to meet you! We will be up at the front again.

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    3335 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/5/2009 8:06:14 PM
    That is so wonderful! You deserve to stand and be proud! That is awesome news and very inspiring! You go gal!
    3335 days ago
    GREAT JOB! Sounds like all of us Bloomies had a great experience.----amy
    3336 days ago
  • BUSYMOM206
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Isn't it a great feeling! You finished in about the same time as me! I did 2:16:37. Honestly, I think the cold had a lot to do with how everybody did. I personally took off about 30 min from last yrs time, so I am happy! Again, very good job! Pam
    3336 days ago
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