I don’t normally post on weekends any more but today I thought I would make an exception since this is a personal note. If someone had told me six months ago that I would be running a 5k I would have said, “You don’t know me very well, do you?” The last time I ran was when I was in the Air Force (that was a long time ago) and I hated it then. I had problems with shin splints and only did the minimum that was expected. But today I ran a 5k. What changed? A lot actually.
In early May my doctor told me I had Type 1 Diabetes. My A1C was 11.5 (it’s supposed to be under 7!). My weight was 191. He gave me three tasks: lose 20 pounds, go on medication, go to diabetes classes. I went to the classes which gave me insight into my new life-long diet. I was not going to try any fad diets. This was going to be the way I eat from that day forward. I also started walking at night. I gradually started running part of the way and then I found myself running more and more. No problem with shin splints and I was starting to enjoy it. Go figure! When I followed up with my doctor I had lost 25 pounds and my A1C was 5.8! He was stunned and said he had never seen anyone lower their A1C by half in just 4 months time. I was happy that he was happy. A couple of my coworkers started challenging me to run a 5k. I thought they were crazy but I eventually surrendered to their pleas and today was the result. It was a 5k sponsored by Cornerstone University and it was fun. It was cold as we started (around 45 degrees) and it has been a while since I’ve run outside. I could immediately feel the difference between running on cement as opposed to the treadmill. But I originally started running outside so it just took some adjusting. I quickly warmed up and was glad I opted for short sleeves and shorts. Before you know it I was approaching the finish line. I thought I would give a burst of speed at the end but the course was harder than I anticipated and I was not out to set any records–just finish. My unofficial time was about 32 minutes which is really good since my goal was 35 minutes. [Update: My official time was 28:49.0! Way past my wildest expectations.] My daughter (Bethany) met me at the finish line. She ran to me and gave me a big hug saying, “I’m so proud of you.” It is a moment I will cherish forever.
My total weight loss to date has been 37 pounds! I can’t believe it myself. I started with a 40 inch waste and now I’m down to a 32. The biggest downside (if you can call it that) has been I’ve spent a lot more time away from reading (which explains some of the gaps in my blogging). I cook more, run more, and had classes to attend which occupied several of my nights.
I did title this post as running my first 5k. Yes, I think I’ll do another. You guessed it–those same coworkers are starting to talk about a 10k. Where does it end? Only a few of you knew of my diagnosis and I’ve appreciated your encouragement and prayers as I’ve walked/run this new path.