This is not a bad way to start the year out. I always said even years were my favorite.
The Jiggle Butt Run benefits the SafeHaven of Tarrant County, they are an advocate to end domestic violence. They offer shelter and support to battered women, and their children. They have many outreach programs, and really, they are just an amazing organization.
I am so proud to have been part of this walk/run that raised money for them.
Jason took the camera for the morning. He did a great! job capturing memories.
The little girls did the 1 mile fun run with their mom and aunt. My oldest stepdaughter ran the whole mile without stopping. SOOO proud of her!
They also added some jiggle to their wiggle, apparently they needed a little extra to work with. HA!
This is most of our team pre-race. We are Team Sassy Pants…no extra padding needed for me.
When the call to line up at the start came, I really did have to take a moment. The memories of lining up for other races filled my mind. It was near four years ago that I lined up in downtown Fort Worth for the Cowtown half-marathon. I had a stress fracture on my shin, and the flu. Yet, I still FINISHED that run with a better time than my first half-marathon. I have not raced since that day. So to be here…..doing this….surreal.
My plan was to walk 1 minute, then run three minutes throughout the race. It didn’t quite happen like that. Crowds make me a little anxious, and having to weave through SO MANY runners and walkers, made it difficult to keep a steady pace. And even though I did not stick to plan, I still finished at about the same time.
Running now versus four years ago is incredibly different. For one, I was more than 50lbs lighter. For two, I did not have an autoimmune disorder called Grave’s Disease (it’s a hyperthyroidism disease and can make my heart race). Plus, I was in waaaay better shape; like take three gym classes in a row kind of shape.
I am starting over now. And that’s okay.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
– Carl Bard.
So I finished, and I started at the same time.
That’s a great feeling.
It was so great to enjoy this race with friends. We hope to make it an annual tradition.
*On another note, I am fasting from the internet for 24 hours. Why? Well, because I am some kind of junkie. I play Word with Friends, Hanging with Friends, 101 Games, and Abble Dabble. Then, I hit up my email, my Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and Pinterest. It’s INSANE. I have had a computer (laptop, or iPhone) since November of 2007 in my (near) constant possession. I want to experiment what a day is like without that connection. My co-worker is convinced I will kill somebody during this fast. My husband does not think I can do it (and now I have something to prove). So, I won’t be around from 8pm-8pm. I will certainly be back tomorrow night to blog about the experience (if I’m not in the pysch ward…yes, I’m THAT addicted). Take care everyone..