Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The "finisher"

I am #62 and my sister/best friend is to the right of me..she is the one that dragged me into this!

Just call me the finisher! Ran my first ever 5k race. For those of you that are unfamiliar that is 3.1 miles. I dont know if it was considered a race for me. I was just happy to finish with out fainting. It was close at the end. My arms started to tingle and fall asleep from the elbow down and then I started to get a little anxious. This all happened about 1 minute from the finish line...of course. My head started to get a little fuzzy and then I stopped and 2 team members told me to put my hands on top of my head. I continued to walk for a minute and then finally trotted to the finish line. My time was 43 minutes. I did not get exact time because by this time I was ticked that I almost finished without incident!! I even ran up the 250 yard hill just before the end of the race.

Do you think I am finished there??? NOOO I just signed up for 16 weeks of training to run a 5 mile trail run at the end of July. Take a deep breath and relax. I keep telling myself that. I will FINISH. I am sure I will be at the back of the pack, but not too shabby for a 43 year old female that is very short and has a very small stride - And not to mention I have never competed in any sports or had any real exercise schedule. The couch has been my best friend for the past 2 years!

If I can do it, you can do it...no matter what it is, try something challenging or different. You will be amazed on much better you will feel about yourself and you may get healthier too!

I have lots of pictures to take of sweet things that I have received in the last week in the mail. Just waiting for a sunshiney day to take the pictures. So, check back in a few days to see all the goodies.




snowflakesoneyelashes said...

Congratulations Julie!! (and you got your moneys worth out of those shoes!! )OH boy, a 5K...in JULY, when its hot, but look on the bright side, all those extra calories you are burning can be made up for with chocolate!

Pieceful Bits said...

Actually 5 miles in July Mary!!
That's funny you mentioned chocolate. Hubby had a Reeses peanut butter egg waiting for me when I got home from the race:D

Diane said...

Congratulations, wow that is very cool, and yes I should commit to something like that! Kudos
Hugs, Diane

Pieceful Bits said...

Thanks Diane!!

Anonymous said...

You go girlfriend! One big atta girl for you Julie! I know what you mean about challenging yourself and feeling good about it - I started in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 53! I now hold a red belt - only 4 levels away from my first degree black belt! And I feel great!!!!!!

Pieceful Bits said...

Thanks so much Lori..and good for you too..Keep kicking your way to the black belt.