I did it!
Saturday, I completed my second major race, the Baltimore 10-Miler. It was a beautiful course through Druid Hill Park and then through JHU out to Lake Montebello and back. Ten miles of officers and people being supportive and plenty of Gatorade and water. It was awesome… until it wasn’t anymore. I got to the finish with a broken blister on my right heel again, two rolled ankles, and cramps so bad in both legs. Oh and my mid-upper back on fire. Reasons? I didn’t really train for this one.
I finished though… in under the time limit with almost a minute faster pace than the Frederick Half.
There would have been no way I would have done either of these last year.
So what’s the difference?
In December 2016, I had weight loss surgery. I was sitting at 396 at this time last year (right picture). Right now, I’m at 280/281 (left pic).
This was not the easy way out. There is a lot of work that went into getting the surgery. I started the process a year ago this month in fact. Every day is a struggle to get through all the fluids and all the protein that I need to intake just to keep going. Hence the walking more, the getting out more, the doing more things, etc.
Last year, Maryland’s King Crab Challenge was just a thought on a piece of paper of things I wanted to do. Now, thanks to the surgery and the support I have, it’s a reality this year. My feet aren’t thanking me for it yet, but my esteem is.
Now to get my legs elevated so my ankle and heel can heal. 19 weeks and 5 days until Baltimore Run Fest!
Have a great week everyone.
Listening to: Hamilton
Reading: The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
Quote of the Day: “Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.” ― Thomas Carlyle