From Spectator to Participant

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Yesterday I did what no one would have predicted a year ago. I ran the 8K Goodlife Road Race. I have have always loved to go down town for these events to cheer the finishers on but I never seen it as a realistic thing for me to do. But that all changed a few months ago, in fact, it was 9 months to the day that I joined Weight Watchers Online and changed my life forever.

The night before the race we had a big group dinner, my brother and his family, my own family, then all my friends from Port McNeill, Tamara and Ryan (a friend from my first job in Victoria) and my friend Brandy who I have known from my time in Stewart along with her friend Jen and her sister Cindy, all came out.

The morning of the run I woke up at 3:45am, I couldn’t sleep anymore. I laid there and thought about my race. I had a little nervous cry and then I was overcome with a calming feeling that told me I was ready to do this. My husband Trevor had packed us some oatmeal for a light pre-race breaky. I got up had half a coffee, a little water and small bowl of oatmeal. I was meeting my brother and his family for a warm up at 6:25am, so Brooke, Mitch and I headed out to meet them. We did our warm up and then met all my friends that had come down to do the run with me for a group photo.

For the race I had my brother Darren, Nate, Jane, Brooke, Annetta and Tamara with me. Everyone was so amazingly supportive, encouraging me along the way. My brother never left my side, constantly encouraging me, giving me goals to run towards and telling me I was doing great even if I had to walk. I had a couple co-worker/friends come out and cheer for me at the 3km, which helped push me when I felt the most tired. I think I was probably close to my goal of 7.5 minutes per km on the first 4km but by the time I got to the half way mark I was feeling pretty tired and maybe a little defeated. I was disappointed I had to walk sections but I started to feel pretty sick and dizzy so my last 4 km was my worst when really its all down hill and should have been my best but I think the further into it the more broken and disappointed I felt. I had a goal of an hour and a pace of 7.5 minutes per km but I did it in 1:08.58 with a pace of 8.5 minutes per km. Now that I am done and have time to reflect back, I am proud of myself and realize that I need to remember how far I have come and this race just inspires me to get out there and train more. I was really happy that my body held out for me, my knees and shins felt great, I just need to work on my cardio. With one km to go, I was struggling to run anymore and to have my nephew Nate telling me how good I was doing, it just doesn’t get any better. My friend Tamara ran ahead to get a good time and Jane ran along with her but then ran back to rejoin me, Darren, Nate, Brooke and Annetta so we could all run to finish together. A moment I will never forget! It was great that Tamara was at the finish to cheer for us along with Taylor, Trevor, Jessie, John and Ella, who had already completed so Tamara was able to get some great photos that I will cherish forever. I never realized how much it would help to have people to cheer for you until that day. I really do have the best friends and family. Brooke never left my side as well and she was the first one to give me hug at the finish line. My friends were all in awe of my brother and his family, they were all just so amazing! All my friends did better than they thought they would, Annetta ran 8K, Tamara, John, Ella, Trevor, Taylor and Jessie got great times, and Colleen, Vern, Leighann, Bonnie and Brandy all did great and are already talking about the next one! It sounds like Mitch, Jake and Ryan had a blast running along eating all the chocolate milk and cheese sticks along the way, LOL! Great cousin bonding time! I see ourselves all improving our lifestyles and I couldn’t be happier.

It was a very therapeutic weekend for me. My brother hadn’t seen me for a while so had really noticed my weight loss. While walking back to the hotel after dinner he told me how great I looked and asked me what I weighed now. It’s funny because I have never said my weight to anyone, just how much I have lost to date but never could say the number out loud. But for the first time I didn’t care. So I told him! Starting weight 378lbs, current weight 265lbs my goal is 200lbs. At the end of the day, I will likely lose 200lbs to get to 180lbs but I am not worrying about that. I know I will look good and be healthy at 200lbs, whatever happens after that, is just gravy. I then felt the need to tell my husband, then my kids and then I ended up telling my friends. I even told a stranger in the hot tub after my race because he couldn’t believe that I had lost 113lbs, which he weighed 120lbs, I told him I will have lost him by the end of November. LOL He then asked me what I stared at, so I told him. What a great feeling of letting go of that horrible number, see ya – never again – 378lbs!

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