Saturday, July 5, 2014

Road to Peachtree

Yep. It's the day after the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, GA. Yep. I'm already talking about next year's race.

Nope. I didn't run it.

So, why am I talking about it? Well, my husband and son did it yesterday, so obviously I went to cheer them on. I had a number to do it, but I didn't train at all for it. When I finally started walking at home, about a month from the race, I could barely get a mile and a half in. I knew there was no way I'd get a 5K in, much less a 10K. The Peachtree is a 10K. I gave my number to a friend who had wanted to get in but didn't.

I stood on the side of the road and cheered for all the runners and walkers that came through. It was so exciting to see the fast and the not-so-fast coming through. The smiles on the faces of so many who were nearing the end of their 6.2 mile run, walk, or combination of the two. I looked at the results and saw that some finished the race in crazy-short times (yeah, these people definitely are used to running) and others who took more than two and a half hours to walk the course. It was then that I realized...

If they could do it, so could I!

So, I have 364 days to get ready. I've though about it and realized that I don't have to wait until I'm a size 10 or smaller to do this. I have two goals to reach by July 4, 2015. I will have lost at least 75.3 pounds. That will get me under 200. If you do the math, you'll see that my weight on July 4, 2014 was 275.2 pounds. While I'd love to be much less than that, I want to aim for do-able goals. This goal means I need to lose between 6-7 pounds a month. That's more than do-able. That's not even a pound and a half a week. My other goal is to be able to run half of the Peachtree. That's 3.1 miles... either straight or broken up... I don't care. But I want to be able to run half of it.

So, there you go. I'm giving myself a year to get ready. But it's a year that I'm going to WORK to get ready - not waiting until a month or two to try and get up enough endurance to walk 6+ miles. Twelve months. I'm going to do it! I may even surpass those goals. Who knows? I'm not focusing on that. One thing at a time so as not to get overwhelmed, right?

I thought I'd share some photos from yesterday's Peachtree. Enjoy! Next year I'll be sharing photos someone took of me running this race!


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