Monday, March 2, 2015

I Got The Eye of The Neon Tiger

In case you missed it, THIS GIRL ran a 10K on Saturday. That’s right folks, I ran 6.2 miles with an official time of 1 hour, 16 minutes, 23 seconds. I had slower mile splits than my usual practice runs but running on cobblestone in a herd of other people was not something I trained for. I wasn’t running for time and, honestly, am beyond thrilled to have made it. According to the official race stats, I was about middle of the pack for my age group and gender. I might not have been the fastest person out there but at least I looked good! I was sporting my new neon tiger chic look with matching shirt and sneakers. Life is a fashion show. My body was screaming at me through nearly the whole race. You guys know I suffer from knee pain, which was back in action, and I also had this cramp radiating through my whole right side from about mile 3 on. I played through the pain and kept on trucking. We rounded the last corner and my running partner, Kate, told me this was the last stretch and to bust it out. In good timing, Katy Perry’s Roar started playing and I picked up my speed. I could see my cutie patootie parents standing on the sides waving me on. I love them SO much.  I was so tired, emotionally and physically, I started hyperventilating and tears were welling up in my eyes. I fought back the emotions and pushed into a full sprint. The clock above the finish line was ticking at 1:16:48 and I was determined to beat 1:17. I’m new, okay? I didn’t realize that I earned extra seconds because I wasn’t the first person over the start line. I heard the beep of the finish line and wanted to crumple to the floor.

I did it. I proved to myself that I can do whatever I put my mind to. Time doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I achieved something I never dreamed I could. It seems weird to have people congratulate you on something that people do all the time. I have a lot of friends who are runners and run this distance (or further) on the regular. What I have to keep telling myself is that this is huge because of who I used to be. This accomplishment is huge because I never doubted I could do it and I never gave up. When it seemed impossible and the pain was real, I kept going. Old Sarah would have thrown in the towel.

I really hope I can inspire you, dear reader, to chase something you think impossible. I’m still overweight, I’m not an avid runner and I’m not very fast but I completed a 10K. I don’t have tolerance for excuses or hearing “I can’t.” You’re talking to a girl who has lost 90 pounds and overcome a heck of a lot this last year. You have to believe in yourself and commit to the process. Stay focused, stay positive and stay consistent. You’ll not only be unstoppable but you’ll see results, too.

I’ve always been a neon tiger but now I've earned my stripes!

2 comments:

Jennifer Pedersen said...

Oh my goodness I am so proud of you!! You are such a badass. Thank God we are friends.

Amanda said...

Wow! This is awesome. I've been running for a few years but the most I've ever run is 5 miles and it. was. rough. This is really inspiring and it's amazing what we can do when we put our mind to it. Congratulations!