|Yeah! More Race Photos!!|
- Lost an additional 118.2 pounds
- Completed an additional 22 races of varying lengths
- Met some of the greatest friends I could ever imagine - my #TeamChallenge teammates
That first race was hard - it was cold and rainy and this was LONG before I knew anything about wicking/dry-fit clothes. I completed that race wearing layers of cotton everything! From a short-sleeved t-shirt and long sleeved t-shirt, yoga pants, and socks! I topped it all off with a fleece sweatshirt, winter hat and gloves. Brenda (who was running the 5K) and I stopped at a Walgreens for pre-race bathroom needs and on the way out we grabbed two rain ponchos. There is nothing like sweating your way through all that cotton clothes and wearing, essentially, a plastic bag over yourself to hold in all the sweat/heat!
It didn't matter, the course was nice - imagine country roads winding through the most gorgeous northern Wisconsin woods - though hillier than I was used to. My goal was just to finish and while I didn't doubt that I would I was terrified at how long it would take me. I walked that day for 57 minutes and 41 seconds before crossing the finish line. I was hot and sweaty and my feet felt raw from walking in wet cotton socks for so long but as I approached the finish line I could see and hear my friends and family cheering for me. I felt like such a badass! I also knew I was hooked!!
I can't wait to run this race this weekend and while my goals have changed significantly (aiming for a sub 29:00 finish) from that first 5K three years ago I know that it'll be an amazing race and I feel so fortunate to have been given this gift. I cannot believe all that I have accomplished and I look forward to everything that is yet to come, including more feeling like a badass!