In a blog, dated April 13, 2011 (that you can read here) I talk about how I am up to running 3 minutes at a time but that I am nervous because in a few days I am supposed to be running 7 minutes at a time and "Krystle Bailey simply can not run for 7 minutes at a time" ........
Sooo...if you have been following my blog for a while and even if you haven't, you know that I am injury prone!!! I never used to be this way...but then again, I never used to be active. So shortly after I started to train to run that 5K, I also began Turbo Fire. A week into Turbo Fire, I fell and "sprained" my ankle (Which actually turned out to be a small fracture but that's another story for another day). So, needless to say I couldn't run. That didn't keep me from walking though! I went on to walk that 5K despite my discouraging injury and I put running on hold.
|at the finish line of the Walk-It Challenge 5K
|a closer pic from April 2011
Fast forward again........
May 12, 2012.
I had been running again for a couple of months on and off. I do what I can, when I can given my several injuries that act up now and again. A week prior to this date, I learned that the Shirley Mae Breast Cancer 5K run was coming up on Saturday. Sooo....why not? I can try to run it and see how far I get. My boyfriend agrees and we decide to run it together.
Race Day. I set 3 goals for myself:
- Don't be the first one to take a walking break.
- Don't stop running until you at least reach the half way point.
- Finish in under 35 minutes.
-It was exhilarating to see people stop to walk while I still had more to give and was passing them!
-Half way seemed like forever but I ran all the way and then some before I took a walking break!
-Not only did I finish in under 35 minutes.......
OFFICIAL CHIP TIME: 32:30 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I placed 485 out of 673.
**and for the record, I beat my boyfriend by 30 seconds!
In the blog mentioned before, I said "This time next year my blog will be saying "I lost 100lbs and have ran several marathons!" Stay tuned!! ;)"
Well friends, it's "this time next year" and I LOST 102lbs! Unfortunately, when I posted this I didn't know how many injuries I would suffer but I am proud to say that I have finally RUN my first official 5K race and have never given up!!!
A setback is simply a setup for a comeback!
*with that being said, I am dealing with a foot injury currently but after posting this blog today, I know that I will only continue to reach for my goals despite the speed bumps in the road!!*
I look forward to seeing what I will be posting this time next year!!
NEVER GIVE UP!