I did it!

Official time is 34:32. (#5819)

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I have been SO ANXIOUS about this and was completely freaked out yesterday when we drove the course and I realized how hilly it would be – so I’m glad the uncertainty is over.

I really didn’t think I’d be able to make it under 35 minutes because of the hills, but decided that my goal would be to just keep jogging. No walking. I really didn’t want to walk AT ALL – so I made that my priority.

I made both goals, though!

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This was a pretty big deal for me. I think I’ve mentioned before that I started trying to lose weight because it bothered me that I couldn’t easily walk around the hilly UT campus. Today’s race? Took me through the exact spots I struggled with way back then.

I still can’t believe I once couldn’t walk around campus without extreme discomfort. I also can’t believe I couldn’t jog even 3/4 of the way around the UT track the first week of January (not even a quarter of a mile), but jogged 3.22 straight miles today.

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I really think I could have let fear talk me out of doing it had Jon not been there to force me to make it to the start.

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This was just unfathomable to me prior to January – and realistically – it was unfathomable to me until I finished today. Seriously.

I really feel so fortunate to have found the group I joined. About 10 of us went to brunch afterward (all of them half marathoners but me and Jon) and it was so encouraging to talk about new goals and plans.

Who would have ever thought that I’d be excited about RUNNING?

So, January 1: 41:56, Today: 34:32. I’m happy with that.
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I weighed myself this morning – and took some progress pictures since I haven’t done that in a while, but was dressed for it.

163, as is typical.

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I was feeling bad about the fact that 10-15 pounds are still hanging on – and almost deleted the pictures – but I’m fucking crazy.

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The body stuff just doesn’t ever seem to (emotionally) get much easier.

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