The Next Starting Line
How do you get to the start line at the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle? For me the journey started almost two years ago, although I didn’t know it at the time.
On May 1, 2010, I was well over 300 pounds and facing the very real fact that I needed to change my life. I was facing yet another summer of laboring to walk the dogs. I couldn’t even walk a mile in under 40 minutes and was sore for days after doing it. I chose a healthier path.
Fast forward to November 2011. I was 70 pounds lighter and more active, had a couple of walked 5Ks behind me and had just a taste of an indoor triathlon. I knew I wanted to be able to do more but how did I get there? I was active in sports in high school and college but I always had a coach on my side helping me.
Enter Coach Suzy and the ET Group. Three months later there I was at the start line of an 8K and feeling ready to go. My goal for the day was to finish with an official course time, which meant finishing in 1:15. Nervous, yes, as I was thinking back to my first 5K and the fact that I finished it in just under an hour. The race I was about to start was almost two miles further and I wanted to finish it in 16 minutes longer than my 5K time. Who was I kidding, no way that was going to happen. Then I heard Coach Suzy’s voice in my head, “Have Fun!” I can actually say I enjoyed every step of those almost five miles and just took in the entire experience around me. Did I run the entire thing? Well, no, I’m not at that point (yet), but I ran more than I thought possible. Not only did I finish with an official course time but I finished in 1:03:26.
Granted, I know I will never break any land speed records, but for me it’s about the journey to see what I can do. Now on to prepare for the next start line…