I’ve been working for a couple of months now, watching what I’m eating and seriously setting out to get more activity in my daily routine. I’ve been mostly swimming and have been doing between 500 and 1,000 meters per day depending on how much time I have. I like swimming because being sweaty grosses me out, but I know that variety is important to continuing to increase my fitness and decrease my weight.
Deciding to try my first 5K:
So when my sweet (sometimes drill sergeant friend) Kristi Trimmer asked me if I was doing the BlogHer 13 5K I said yes. She’s been on a journey to run in cities all across America, doing 13 half marathons in 2013, and is totally a hero of mine. You can follower her journey on Twitter at #GirlOnTheRun and DragonflyRunning.com.
The 5K was free, sponsored by BestBuy, who was giving out FitBit’s to the first 280 participants (Honestly my real reason for committing to it.)
Everyone in my life has been so supportive of this journey:
I was nervous, wondering if I would be able to finish it, but I walked every day after lunch with my friend from work <a href=”https://twitter.com/m_schraiber” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Melissa Schraiber</a>. She even met me bright and early the weekend before BlogHer to walk a full 5 K so I could make sure I would be able to finish. I finished it, no problem, even though I can’t say no sweat, since it was super high humidity and I was drenched when I got home.
My sweet, sweet grandma, surprised me with a package of her favorite Hue socks. She had written “Go Heather!” on the bag. My husband and kids spent a day with me trying to find work-out clothes that fit (2X work out clothes are hard to find!) and shoes that would be comfortable to walk/run in.
The BlogHer13 5K
Kristi had someone take this picture of herself, her cousin Trevor, and me before the race began and posted it on Facebook. I begged her to take it down because I hated the way I look in it (my body way more than my make-up less face and 1/2 closed eyes!). I was disgusted with myself, especially the fact that this photo was taken AFTER I’d lost 20 pounds! But I’m committed to stay on this path of getting healthier, and she convinced me that someday I’ll look back on this photo and be proud of what I’ve accomplished.
The morning of the 5K was overcast and drizzling. Against my refusal to run, Kristi talked me into running down hill and across every intersection; which I did.
We all found our own pace and I ended up walking most of the race by myself. I was amazed by how beautiful Chicago was early in the morning. I’ll post some of the photos I took along the way below this post.
I noticed, as I was walking South on Michigan Ave. that I felt happy to my toes. Happy that I’d made the decision to do the 5K. Happy that I followed through on it. Happy that I was down 20 pounds. Happy that I was lucky enough to have a job that allowed me to do things like attend conferences and network with amazing, inspiring bloggers. Happy enough to make the decision to do at least one 5K a month for as long as the weather holds out here in the Midwest.
I ended up getting lost along the way thanks to my soggy from the drizzle, hard to follow paper map, and no signs along the route, but it was a fun adventure. I turned West just past Navy Pier, knowing I’d eventually make it to Michigan Ave.. I knew where BestBuy was from there. In the end I walked over 4 miles instead of the 5K, but I got to spend some time watching Chicago wake-up and do some window shopping along the way. Who wouldn’t love that?
Early Morning in Chicago:
Sweaty but super happy selfie: