“Would you like some butt water?”
“Oh, my crotch is wet!”
Yep, this is how race day started out for me yesterday. Granted, none of these actually sound like what they meant at the time. Angie spilled water on herself when she was attempting to fill up her flipbelt water bottle. She puts this bottle in the back of her belt, which she then calls her “butt water.” She also let us know that she went for the smaller bottle because the longer bottle annoyed her and was “too much for her butt.” Sorry, Angie…..I had to! You never know what we will talk about when we are together, but my running friends always make me laugh. We thought it was interesting that our shoes were color coordinated and we didn’t plan it! 🙂
Yesterday was the 40th annual Abe’s Amble 10k at the Illinois State Fair. It was the first time I had ever run it. To be honest, I signed up because the shirt was adorable and that’s reason enough to get up at 5 am to run 6.2 miles 🙂 We met up with our friend, Julie and her cousin before the race. Apparently, I’m a leaner in pictures. Haha.
I’m glad I registered for the race. Although the humidity was atrocious and the race was pretty darn hilly, I was proud of how I did. I had never run an official 10k before, so I didn’t really have any expectations. I wanted to do it so I could get a baseline time and have something to strive to beat. I ended up finishing in 1 hour 18 minutes, not a super fast time…. but a decent one for me. I started by doing intervals with Angie and Kathy, but ended up doing my own run/ walk method…. just walking when I felt like I needed to. It worked out well. I need to figure out my perfect interval time and go from there, but I haven’t mastered that yet. Perhaps that will be my fall goal 😉 I realized that I’m able to run longer before needing walk breaks and I’m able to keep that momentum going for a longer distance. I’m so excited to finally see changes in my running ability. It feels amazing.
Besides the 10k, I also met up with the new running group in town on Tuesday and Saturday. I really enjoyed the group and hope to make it to more runs. I really felt like the group did a great job pushing me. I’m not someone who is wonderful at pushing myself…I can easily talk myself out of going harder than I’m used to. It is nice to have that extra push.
In other news, I’m so close to my second weight loss goal. I started this journey at 216 lbs…. and I’m really close to the 170s. The last time I lost weight, which I did with very little exercise, I got down to 179. When I get to 178.9, I’ll feel like I accomplished my second goal of being the smallest I’ve been in years….. and not only the smallest, but the strongest I have EVER been.
I hope you make this week a great one and thank you for following along on my journey.