Six weeks from today, I will be putting on my running shoes and running in my very first “official” 5k race. I am getting so excited! Every time I run, I feel like I’m pushing myself a little harder, trying to get a better time. I’m still pretty slow by runner’s standards, with my best time being about 40 minutes. But, I look at it this way: last year at this time I was well over 300 pounds and I couldn’t run 50 yards. I’ve lost over 80 pounds with at least another 100 to go. So I’m a little slow? Not my biggest priority. Finishing the race is my biggest priority. I can worry about speed next year.
My next biggest priority is fundraising for the race. I normally hate fundraising, but for this, I’m making an exception. I’m running in the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure in memory of my Mother, who lost her fight with cancer almost a year ago. Losing her was the most devastating thing that’s ever happened to me. I took my grief and turned it into positive things. The lifestyle change, the running, things I should have done years ago. I made them happen.
Another thing that I want to make happen, is to reach my fundraising goal for this race. Right now I’ve raised $260 of my $500 goal. With your help, I can make this goal and beyond! Please help me make this possible!
Should you feel inclined to donate, you may do so here.
Thanks so much!
(This post was originally published at She’s Losing It on April 07, 2013)