Virtual 5k’s

When I started my weight loss journey I was participating in 5k races.  I usually came in last, but I kept trying and was determined to improve.

Finally, I was able to get weight loss surgery.  I was excited, because I would be able to lose weight faster and increase my odds of winning in my category (females aged 45-49).

Unfortunately, I injured my knee.  The meniscus was torn in two places, the kneecap was damaged, and there were other issues.  I had surgery to repair the damage and was hoping for a full recovery.

However, the doctor said I shouldn’t run or do any high-impact activities on a regular basis.  My knee will always be sensitive and prone to injury.

I was depressed by this whole situation, until I discovered virtual 5k’s.  Basically, you register for the event online and complete the run on your own.  It can be done outdoors, on a treadmill, or even on an elliptical.

The elliptical is low impact and will not damage my knee, so this is great for me.  You can even get cool prizes for every event you complete.

Once again, I am excited to have something in which I can participate, get prizes, and feel proud of achieving.

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I Love America 5k and Liberty 1 Mile Fun Run

Today, I completed the I Love America 5K.  Also, Gwen completed the Liberty 1 Mile Fun Run, which was her first charity race.  Both races were sponsored by Whitesburg Christian Academy, in Huntsville, Alabama.

I was so proud of Gwen.  Completing your first charity race can be a bit nerve racking.  There a lot of things happening at the same time and it’s all brand new to you.  However, Gwen didn’t seem nervous at all, actually she took off like a pro.

She also finished like a pro.  Way to go Gwen!

Excited About Brown Beetle Season

Brown beetles are coming out in droves and the dogs are excited about it.  According to them (as I have no personal knowledge in this area), brown beetles are the best tasting bugs on this planet.  They are a true delicacy.

I enjoy watching the boys as they run around the yard, trying to catch the beetles.  It’s kind of like watching a bumper car race.  They will push against each other and run into each other, all in an attempt to eat a brown beetle.  I’ve even seen Blue stick his head underwater to fetch brown beetles that landed in the puppy pool.

No other bug is treated this way.  In fact, a black beetle can walk in front of the dogs and it will not illicit any reaction.  If my dogs could talk, they would say brown beetles are delicious and they are excited about brown beetle season.

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Staggering to the Finish Line

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Saturday night, I participated in the “Light Up The Night 5k” charity race. Even though it was only 3 weeks after my surgery, I thought I would be fine.  I felt good that day and did well during the first mile.

However, I started getting dizzy near the 1 mile mark.  I slowed down my pace, but the dizziness just kept getting worse.

I refused to quit, so I just kept on walking.  At times, I staggered and stumbled on the road.  Moving my head or even my eyes made it worse.  Lights were also difficult and I felt like my head was spinning.

An hour had passed and I still wasn’t at the finished line.  My family was concerned, so Gwen took off in an attempt to find me.  She located me as I was turning to make the final stretch to the finish line.

I told Gwen what was going on and she offered to help.  She grabbed my hand and walked with me for the rest of the race.  I kept my head down and tried to avoid doing anything that would make me feel worse.  At times I would close my eyes and relied on Gwen to keep me from getting hurt.

We crossed the finish line and a doctor approached us.  He started to check my pulse and asked about my breathing.  I told him about my surgery and said I was just dizzy.  The doctor made sure I had a chair and hung around for a while to ensure nothing serious was going on with me.

I felt miserable that night, but I am glad I completed the race with Gwen’s help.

 

5th Race Completed

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I completed my fifth charity race today.  The race was called “Out Run Hunger.”  It raised money for House of Harvest, which is a food pantry in Harvest, Alabama.

At the end of a race, I always feel like I am about to puke.  However, there is something about crossing that finish line and hearing people congratulate me for completing the race.  It motivates me to workout more, so I can improve my time.  It also makes me excited for the next race.

This is how my race schedule has gone so far:

  • 1st race was 1 mile and I came in last
  • 2nd race was 5k and I came in last
  • 3rd race was 5k and I came in second to last
  • 4th race was 4k and there were 6 people that finished after me
  • 5th race was 5k and I came in last

 

Fist 5k Charity Run – Done

I completed my first 5k (3.6 miles) charity run today.  My left leg started burning, due to shine splints after the first mile.  I ended up limping a good bit during the course and I felt nauseous after the second mile.  However, I refused to give up and I just kept moving forward.  I was determined to finish the race.

I came in last place, but I am still proud of myself.

I am ready for a nap now.   🙂