Past, Present & Future

This has been an amazing week, with highs and more highs!

I’ve had moments to reflect on my past, my present and my future. And when I do, I grin like a Cheshire Cat!

Let’s start with the past.

Two years ago, me and my friends visited the German Market in Birmingham. A picture was taken of me and one of my friends. Both of us saw that picture, and immediately after Christmas joined WeightWatcher (other fat clubs available!). Last week, I was at the German Market again, almost two years to the day, with the same friend, and the same photo was taken for comaprison purposes.

To say, we were both over the moon with how far we’ve both come is an understatement. I’ve lost 3 stone, she’s lost 5 stone. That’s a whole person between us!

Here’s the picture: talk about motivation to keep going!

Before & After

(Yes, that is the same hat!)

Now to the present.

I ran my third Park Run at Princes Park. This time it felt hard, and I felt like all the work was in my head not my legs. But I got round again, although I felt I’d gone too fast to start with and was probably not going to match my time from last time. When I eventually got round to stopping Runkeeper on my phone, I was pleasantly surprised – even though I’d left it running until way after I’d been through barcode scanning, it was showing 34:40, which was about 1.5 mins faster than last time. Needless to say, I spent the whole day refreshing the website and checking my messages itching to find out whether my phone time was right!

At about 9.30pm, the text came!

My time was 34:01! a whopping 2mins 19secs off my last time and a new PB!

I’ve never felt a high like that! I fell asleep grinning!

Me & Hubby posing pre-Park Run

Me & Hubby posing pre-Park Run

The next day was the Liverpool Santa Dash – a 5k(ish) fun run around Liverpool city centre.

To say I was hyped up is playing it down!

Me and hubby left the house dressed as Santa, and felt very self conscious as we were heckled by cabbies shouting ‘Ho Ho Ho’ at us, but began to relax as we arrived at the train station to find another 10 Santas. When we got down to the platform, there was probably another 20, and then a six carriage train pulled in with hundreds. Then when we got off the train in town, there was clearly thousands. (Apparently approx. 9000 people took part). I met up with my auntie who I’d planned to run with, and we set off to the start.

The atmosphere was brilliant. It was 9am on a December Sunday morning, and all around people were giggling, chatting and dancing.

Santa Selfie

Santa Selfie with PhotoBomb

Medals and Beards

If you’ve ever wondered what 9000 Santas look like click here to see the gallery in the Liverpool Echo

Hubby went off at his own pace – and did it in 23 minutes. Me and my auntie plodded along together (apart from the flyover! That was walked!) and finished in 33 minutes. The best bit was waiting for me at the medals – my best friend was there giving out medals and hadn’t told me – it was a fantastic surprise and I couldn’t stop hugging her!

I’ve never done a fun run or anything like it and I loved it!

And now to the future:

It involves running!

What a surprise!

I’m trying to arrange things to make Walsall Parkrun a regular event I do with husband and children.

I’m going to join West Bromwich Harriers as a member in the new year.

I’m looking at doing a 10k in May.

This last one kind of freaks me out as a month ago, I would have said “no way”, but I can’t beleive how much my head and body has changed in four weeks.

Ain’t no stoppin’ me now – I’m on the move!

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