Jiggle Butt Run – 2012

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!

Team Sassy Pants - Pre-race.

This is most of our team pre-race. We are Team Sassy Pants…no extra padding needed for me.

A surreal moment.

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.

The start of the race.

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.

Last tenth of a mile before the finish line.
My photo finish (ha!).

So I finished, and I started at the same time.

The last of our team members at the finish.
Catching my teammate at the finish. I walk/ran. She walked.

That’s a great feeling.

This is the team leader and the one who got me to join the team for some run fun.
Team Sassy Pants for the Jiggle Butt Run 2012

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..

18 thoughts on “Jiggle Butt Run – 2012

  1. I can only imagine how wonderful it must feel to be a part of something like this. Abbotsford is always holding marathons, runs, walks, and the like, I haven’t been brave enough to check it out yet, but I might have to soon. (:
    Good luck with your fast. I would probably suffer severe and permanent consequences, and yet…deleting my Facebook is one item on my bucket list! Again..Good luck!


  2. I barely know you, Angelia, but I feel super proud of you! You DID this! It is so wonderful, I am sure it still feels incredible to have accomplished this. I truly hope by this time next year I can have something like this under my belt. But I still feel quite unready for taking the reins like that. I hope I’ll just jump in, one day soon! You never know where a year can take you!

    Also, kudos on the internet fast. It is so important. I have a feeling it has probably escalated for you like it did for me, because of NaBloPoMo, where we want to post once a day. Couple that with all the friends we make (like each other) who we want to be able to read posts of, respond to, etc. and then all the other fun stuff, and the smart phones. It’s a mess. I always tell myself that our parents got along just fine without all this stuff, so we should be able to, too!

    That said, see you in a few days! 🙂


  3. Jason

    You did it! I’m super proud of you! You’re an inspiration to so many people. 🙂 The “no excuses” mantra is paying off. I have no doubt that you’ll be in great shape for the 1/2 marathon in April!


  4. Wow! Great! Thanks for doing this. It is always good to help people of domestic violence. I always think when people give them the opportunity to move on, they just might. Right? 😉

    Congrats to you!!!!!


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