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, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!!!

Happy 4th of July my friends!!  How wonderful to live in this GREAT country.  I'm feeling blessed today.

We got up early, my 3 kids and I - (Brent and my oldest are in Utah).  And we went to the city center to do the CAT walk/run 5k!!  My daughter was running it with me while my other daughter and son were saving spots along the parade route with friends.

I drove with my friend and her daughters and hooked up with Joy and her daughter there too!  We had a fun little group!

Joy and Margene
The weather was perfect and it was a beautiful sunny morning.  After our little aerobic warm up, the race started.  Immediately I was separated from everyone in my group - because of the crowd and since we all were at different paces.  But I started my pace and just kept it. I didn't think to bring my ipod and without having a partner right beside me, I knew I was in for some mind-games!  About one third the way in, I thought of my parents... and in my mind I dedicated this run to them.  I was also running for my sister who is a cancer survivor.  It became an endearing and emotional run right away.  

Then I thought of Brent and imagined him running next to me.  I sang the words to "Whole Wide World" that I have posted in a previous post... I stared at the road ahead of me and tried my best not to think about how much longer I had.  The last stretch, I lengthened my stride and was really feeling it.  There were parade spectators who seemed to cheer the people in front of me and the people coming after me.  I felt very solo and wished I knew someone along the route I could wave to and who could give me a cheer.  But I imagined it in my head.  I pushed it, hoping to match or beat my record from the Starlight run of 42 minutes.  

When I came up to the finish - it said 34 minutes 14 seconds!!!  

I crossed alone with no one waiting for me or with me or any cheering... but I felt like I just won the lottery!  It felt awesome!

Soon Joy's daughter, and then Joy came running across.  She ran the whole way too!  What a rockstar!!  And then my daughter and her friends!  So Awesome!  Here I am with my daughter after our run.

Last year this was my FIRST 5K and I just walked it.  I remember it being quite hard to just walk it and I did it in about an hour.  Now I'm here a year later and I ran it in 34 minutes!  I feel so thankful that I could do this!!  Below is a pic with my friend and I from last year and then this year!  

2010 CatWalk
2011 CatWalk

What a difference a year makes.  How many years of my life went by and I did NOTHING to improve myself.  How many years did I feel tied up in doubt and self loathing.  I hope to celebrate every single day of my life and every single blessing I have!  I don't want to waste a single day anymore!

I hope you have a FABULOUS day, my friends and do something to celebrate YOUR life and the lives of those you love!  You are worth it!  Life is good!!


Jennifer said...

I am so touched by this post Margene. I could feel what you were saying! I did my first 5K last year and was so shocked on my second one when my time was so much better too! I am so proud of you! I am telling you...this running this is addicting isnt it?! In a good way! And how cool that you got to meet up with Joy! When I did my first 5k my family was there but the crowd was so large I couldnt find them. Then my second one my friend showed up with a sign and it meant the world to me! So I know just what you are saying. I really like the way you dug deep and pushed positive and meaningful thoughts into your mind to push you through. I am going to do that next time. I know I keep saying it but I am so proud of you Margene!!!!


Anonymous said...

Wowee! What a difference a year can make when you work hard! :D Deb

Joy said...

My Friend,

You did so awesome!! Even with the obstacles and missing your hubby you blasted your last goal. You have improved soooo much in such a short time!! Can't wait to see how you do on your next 5k!!!

Keep up the great work!!

Love & Hugs!

gracies tough journey said...

Amazing job. COngrats to you that is awesome. I dont know how you did it without your ipod. Wow!
I need it just walk my daily 2 miles. So proud of you!

Lori said...

That post made me cry. How sweet to run for your family!!

I am so proud of you.

Michele said...

Wow, that is quite a difference. You should feel so proud of yourself! Good for you, runner Margene!