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The Troeg's Hopdash 5K of 2018

I am so proud of this! If one were to look up my stats, some would likely question, “Why?” I didn’t place 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 77th. The only record beaten was my personal record, and that is enough for me. Two years ago, I never could have done this. Two years ago, I got breathless tying my own shoe. I could not walk swiftly without my heart pounding. I was bordering on being medicated for my cholesterol and blood glucose levels. I had no energy. I had tried several times to improve my health and failed. With the help of my family healthcare provider and support of family and friends I started on a new journey to a healthier me. I lost weight, yes. I lowered my cholesterol and blood sugar levels. I gained a new way of living and gained a new grasp on health. I sweat and cried. I laughed and pushed. There were good days and bad, but in two years I have come far. That is why I am so proud of this. I am stronger than I ever was. I have energy. I can keep up with 3 busy kids. I don't have to take a deep breath to bend over and tie my shoe. My goals were simple, as this is the first race I ever ran. I wanted to run it and not stop, I wanted to finish, and (as I know there are some who walk these 5ks – I have done this before myself) I did not want to be the last person to cross the finish line. I had an added goal of wanting to beat my time of 48 minutes on a flat treadmill. I accomplished all of these. For me this was HUGE! 

If it weren't for a loyal bestie cheering me on the whole way and sticking with me at my pace during the race, who knows if I would have done it or not. She has a way with not pushing hard but being positive and encouraging enough to push you to do your best. I cannot say how grateful I am for her positivity, coaching, and cheering during the race (as well as the past few years). I will happily take a 13 minute mile give or take, especially given the inclines and declines of the course, given I am used to flat treadmill running for the most part. It is amazing what our bodies can do and I look forward to breaking my own personal time next year!

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