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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Friday, February 10, 2012

Virtual 5K - Who's with us?

On Wednesday morning, I slithered out of bed and ran on my treadmill for over 40 minutes... stopping only once!  I was hoping that I had run over 3 miles but not quite.  One thing I noticed is that I forgot to put on my knee braces.  Oopsy... glad my knees seemed to be okay.

The killer was that in the afternoon, I also had a basketball practice - which I love.  So there I was at practice and we do a full court run guarding and passing and I was hustling when... BAM... my legs started hurting and were on FIRE.  I must have really pushed them that morning and then at practice.  They hurt for the rest of the day and the next as well.  For the first time I was taking quite a bit of pain killer just for my legs.
Gives new meaning to "feel the burn" for me.

So as this morning approached, I was even more apprehensive to run as my legs were still sore.  Yet I somehow dragged my behind out of bed today and made myself get all ready to run.

Dang, it's getting harder to do but I can't let myself stop!  So, I went to run outside today for a change and my kids had taken my ipod off the charger to play their own, and mine was dead.  Drat! So... down to the treadmill again I went.  (I think running alone and in silence would be torture)...

So I put on some movie on Netflix I hadn't seen before and ran.

I ran for 52 minutes!!! Only walking one time for about 20 seconds.
I was thrilled to see I ran over 3 miles!!  5K baby!!

I kept singing the song "Whole Wild World" in my head as I ran.  (may not be the exact words)

I'm gonna walk 100 miles
I'm gonna whistle all the while
If that's what it takes to make me smile
I'm gonna walk 100 miles

I'm gonna run right up this hill
Impossible as it may feel
If I gotta take a break I will
I'm gonna run right up this hill

I wanna hold the whole wide world
Right here in my open hands
Maybe I'm just a little girl
A little girl with great big plans

I love how the words of that song appeal to my sense of JUST DOING IT ("I'm gonna run...").  Yes, I am just a little girl... in the scheme of life... but a little girl WITH GREAT BIG PLANS.  I love that!

SO... My wonderful blogger friend, TORI, is having:  Tori's Febtastic 1st Annual Virtual fun Run/Walk this month for anyone who wants to join in.  It's between Feb. 12 to Feb 29 you take a day and call it your virtual 5k fun run/walk... blog about it and take pics if you want and share it.  I love that idea!  Check out her blog for more info.  If we don't have someone to walk or run with, we can do it together "Virtually".  Coolness.  You wanna join us?

I want to thank my friends and blogger buddies for your awesome support and encouraging words.  I just really appreciate reading them... sometimes your words come at just the time I need to hear them.  ((((Hugs)))) to each of you!  

Life is GOOD!
XoxoXO ~Margene


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

AWESOME job girl! Just awesome! and the song sounds fun...I'll have to learn it!

Lori said...

Love the idea of a virtual 5K. I'm not quite there yet so I'll skip it this time. Soon, I'll be able to.

Congratulations on powering through and doing the hard stuff. You've got what it takes, girlfriend.

Kimberly Purcell said...

When I tell people I run without any music they are just floored. I'm not a quiet person, let's say. ;) But I love that time to be in my own head. It isn't torture for me. And before taking up running in April, you couldn't have convinced me of that.

Kimberlynn said...

You're awesome...still at it and going strong!!! I'm definately interested in the virtual walk/run. Sounds like fun.

Thanks for your encouragement...it means so much to me.

Love you Margene!!!

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Joy said...

You go girl!! So proud of you!! I'm thinking about the 5k. Will let you know!

Keep focused!

Julie said...

Thanks Margene, I think I'll just have to stop by and join the 5K. I finished up one this past Saturday and have a 2.9 on the 29th and sure wouldn't mind one in-between.
You are doing awesome. Keep up the great work.
Take care and God Bless!!