|Oh, don't worry, I ate my fair share of pie :D|
Gene and I registered and were all set to get a good 3.1 miles in before a Thanksgiving feast! I also had the pleasure of being joined by two friends June and Laura, and running with Laura in her very first 5K!
So, why is this the most meaningful 5K? If you've ever struggled with your weight, you'll know losing it isn't just about eating less and moving more, it's about changing the lifestyle you've started living which of course is eating too much often horrible foods and moving far too little. For me, I can't just work out and eat fewer calories. I struggle every day to eat the right foods and make movement not just exercise centered but a part of our lifestyle: hiking, running, going on dates that require us to be more active than just moving a fork to our mouths.
This time last year, one of my friends mentioned the Turkey Trot and I thought she was crazy and surely was not asking me to join her in a 3.1 journey to the Thanksgiving feast! Thanksgiving is a day about laying around, watching the parade as the smell of dinner cooking fills the house, and then eating all afternoon only to lay on the couch in pain from stuffing yourself so much!
This year, I changed from that woman! My lifestyle is a different one, and what better day to truly see that than Thanksgiving?! Every 5K is still hard for me, I still do a ton of walking and I'm still a "trotter" instead of a runner, but none of that really matters when I stop and think that I'm moving! I'm changing my habits and my life one event at a time!
This one just might go down as my favorite race: the view, the friendship, and of course all that it symbolizes in my journey! AND: running down the 101 (Pacific Coast Highway) for the start and ending by running along the Pacific Ocean boardwalk? Yeah- that wasn't too shabby either!