As many of you already know, yesterday was my birthday and to mark the milestone, I decided to run in the Chicago Lung Run 5K. I know so many people struggle with turning 40 and go through some sort of depression as the date approaches. For me it's been exactly the opposite! I loved that the race fell on my actual birthday this year and thought there would be no better way to celebrate. I'm embracing turning 40, and being the healthiest I've ever been in my life AND celebrating the fact that I can actually run in a real race, with real runners!
Hubby, kids and I all headed downtown and met up with my sister and brother in law, who flew in from NY state just for me! It was so great to have all my biggest supporters by my side. We had a fantastic weekend and did lots of fun stuff, but I'll focus this post on the race.
I should mention that 2 years ago when I did this race the first time, it took me 45 minutes to complete. This year, and 65 pounds lighter, it took me just 37 minutes! That's an 8 minute difference and I call that a non-scale victory! I was keeping up with lots of people, passing lots of people, and there were tons of people who finished after me which is so bizarre to me. This is the new me, the runner!
Ironically enough the hubby and my sister took several pictures of the back of me, which are great for my 'anonymous' blog. Here are a few...
|Signing the memory board for my Mom|
|One last good luck kiss from my kiddo|
|Crossing the finish line with my girls|
The time on the clock that you see there is for the 10K runners. The 5K time clock was on the left and didn't get in the picture so you'll have to take my word for it that I finished in 37 minutes!
And for a full body shot of me pre-race...
|I ran with a birthday banner!|
Phew, it's good to be back home and I am absolutely exhausted from the crazy weekend. It's early to bed for me tonight. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too.
Until next time, be well.