Our Quest to change our lives began in Feb. 2010 and we lost 224 lbs. This is the story of our continuing Journey through the ups and downs of maintenance.
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Monday, June 6, 2011

"Keep Portland Weird!"

That was a line I heard yesterday as I ran my FIRST 5k race EVER in the Portland’s Starlight Run.  And I think we kept Portland weird.  There were tons of people in costumes including eyeball man and the muppets “Animal”, along with the runaway brides and the chasing grooms.  
But during the race, I didn’t have time to truly enjoy all the scenery because I really was kicking my tushie!  I felt like slowing to a walk before I was even half way through.  There was a good upward slant the last half of the race, and being kind of warm and at night made it a different running scenario.  It was playing on my mind games just a tad as I was anticipating it to be “easier”...  ummm... No.
BUT... I RAN the WHOLE 5K!  
Woo Hoo!  Did it in about 42 minutes.  
Another super cool thing was my family being there, especially my man, Brent.  All wearing our “Believing it’s possible is half the battle” T-shirts.  I love that pic above left of Brent and my daughter waiting to see me come running!  And on the right you can see me in the cap, my son and my friend waving during the run.
And my friends who came to run it with me - Including JOY!  Could it get any better than that?  Even my son, who had just gradated high school a few hours earlier decided last minute to run with me too.  And he stayed right with me too, what a guy!  Here is a pic of our group on the left and Joy and I on the right.

It’s been an amazing weekend!  Brent came home - literally by a miracle - late Thursday night (almost didn't get his ticket in time).  Friday, my newest “boy scout” son headed off to his first campout, while the rest of us went out to dinner to celebrate our son’s graduation the next day.  Saturday, we attended said graduation.  I could do a whole long post on this graduation and what it means to us and to me... but I will save that story.  Needless to say, I felt a lot of new “mom” emotions I wasn’t expecting to feel.  It’s all good.  Right after that, it was home to change and then run to pick up my little Boogie Man and off to the Starlight Run.
Brent tells me that every time he comes home (from Utah), we got so much stuff going he’s kept so busy... and it’s not house chores either.  During this time home, we went to an open house, for a bike ride, a walk together, celebration dinner, movie, High School Graduation, 5k event, parade, and church - all in 2 and a half days.  Awesome stuff!  Sure beats laying around the house groaning and being depressed and eating crappy stuff.  Those were our old days, ya know!   The weather was PERFECT while he was here... sunny and gorgeous.  Today, after I dropped him off at the airport, while driving home I saw raindrops on the windshield.  It’s like the Lord gave me the sun along with the hubs for those 3 days.  That was the best gift!  Life is good!  My life is good... I can see that now each and every day!  XoxoXO ~Margene


Joy said...

Margene, You did so AWESOME!! Really proud of you. Loved meeting your family and friends and especially loved seeing you do this amazing thing!! You are so inspirational to me!!!

Keep up the great work my friend!!! Hope to do the CAT Walk-5k with you.

Take care - Much love to you and of course...Stay focused!!

Debbie said...

What an amazing first 5K! It's such a blessing to have such wonderful supporters cheering you on. I love your cute shirts. Wow, what a fun-filled and busy weekend. Thank you for taking time to stop by my blog and for the kind words. Have a blessed and beautiful week!

Lori said...

Good for you. It sounds like it was wonderful.

gracies tough journey said...

I am sending you an award "The adorable award". Because you inspire me and you are adorable!. Gracie...Cant seem to actual forward the award to you. Please see my blog for the award. God bless hun. Gracie

Kimberlynn said...

I would have given anything to be there cheering for you and Joy!!! I just love your shirts too. I'm so so proud of you guys. You're awesome!!!

Love and hugs!!!

Michele said...

Congratulations on that 5KM! That is so impressive that you RAN the whole distance. Wow you are unstopable.

I feel the pride you have for your family and their accomplishments through your writing. I am so happy that you are cognizant of your good fortune. So glad I follow you. Michele

Laurie said...

Congrats Margene! That's so fantastic that you RAN the whole thing!! I ran/walked the Starlight Run too but was just wearing a boring Alaska Airlines shirt because my friend works for them. No crazy costume for me. It was my first time running that race after many years of dancing in the parade and watching it. Quite an experience!

Karla said...

that is so great! Looks like you had fun! Reading this post made me smile!


Absolutely, Positively Josie said...

This is all so precious, Margene. Congratulations to you on all of it.

The Lord is good, isn't He!

A Journey to a new me... said...

You are soooooooooo amazing!! Congratulations to a job well done! and Congrats to your son for graduating and for Brent getting home! Have a very blessed week!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

I LOVE Oregon! I think the little pink "glamper" needs to go to Oregon!
Have a pretty day!

Juli's Journey said...

OMG!!! It has been so long since I have been on here. You look AWESOME!!! and CONGRATS on the 5K. You ROCK!!!

Bob and Julie said...

Way to Goo!!! That was seriously the BEST day too!! You really were blessed with the sunshine...and TONS of friends and fans!. I can't even tell you how happy I am to see all the wonderful things you are accomplishing!! Thank you for coming over to visit on Friday. You are truly one of our favorite families!! =D

ladyofthehouse said...

Congrats!! How amazing! What a wonderful weekend - thank you for sharing all of these joyous events. So happy for you!!!
diane :)