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Saturday, I finished the Baltimore Running Festival with a half-marathon, which means that my race season is done for the year… almost.  Saturday was just finishing up all my non-virtual running/walking. Five medals, 36.2 miles, over 11 hours on race courses…  Holy crap is all I can say.

When I got in this morning and had started updating the Run the Year log and my Walk to Mordor Challenge, I am close to 900 miles.  So within the last 296 days, I have walked almost 900 miles.  As someone who was at 352 at the beginning of the year, as someone who had never done more than a 5k and who maybe averaged 500 miles walked in a year, to me, that is amazing.

Again, to me, this is awesome.

So what’s next?

October is the Time-Turner event with Hogwarts Running Club (HRC).  These are virtual races with each race being attached to different partners.  For example, one of the biggest races this year was an Unmasked 10 Miler and the partner was To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), which helps open the doors to talk about suicide.  Because I didn’t get the medals throughout the year, I have until December 31st to get the 71.8 intentional miles.  Thank goodness for a GPS watch.

Add these miles to the Idle Ironman Triathlon going on at the Y next month and another Racery event with HRC.

I think a friend used the word “masochist” when it comes to me trying to outdo myself.  Of course that was after my race when I was driving home, sore and barely able to walk much further than from the car to the house.  Although I guess I have to say he isn’t much off.  The more I do this year means the less (or more) I know I CAN do and that’s the reason for doing so much.

Two more months to go til 2018!

Listening to:  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Reading:  The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite.  I’ve seen The Pillars of the Earth miniseries, but A Beautiful, Terrible Thing reads like something I could have easily written since I have been in similar situations.  It’s a great read though.

Quote of the Day:  “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

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Race Day #2

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.

Bmore 10 Miler

I finished though… in under the time limit with almost a minute faster pace than the Frederick Half.

Bmore 10 Miler medal

There would have been no way I would have done either of these last year.

So what’s the difference?

Surgery.

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).

Comparison

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

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Bragging

Morning everyone.

Yesterday, I completed my first ever half marathon.

Finish

I really want to stop talking about it because I feel like I’m bragging about it.  I get that I should be proud of my accomplishment because not everyone has done a half-marathon before.  Maybe I’m just a little weird on this one and I don’t like bragging.

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A half-marathon is definitely not something I would have ever done before losing 100 lbs.  I had thought about it and had even put it on my Day Zero Someday list.  I signed up for the race in February when Crystal and I had been talking about it.  I reasoned that it would be a good goal and reward to myself for getting the surgery and for staying mostly on track.  With me, it’s go big or go home so I signed up for not only the Frederick Half that I completed yesterday, but also the Baltimore 10-Miler (June) and the Baltimore Half (October).  Completing all three runs puts me in the King Crab category of Maryland Races.

After that run, I’ll have gotten five medals this year and completed three in-person races, just in time for the Time-Turner event through the HRC.  In October, there is the chance to order the medals/register for the events we may have missed throughout the year.  There is only one medal I want from that one this year:  The Perfect Prefect!

So other than getting over the soreness I’m still experiencing from yesterday, I’m not doing too much right now.

Have a great week!

Listening to:  Amazon’s Long Weekend Rock playlist

Reading:  Fables Volume 10

Quote of the Day:  “Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.” ― Bear Bryant

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