Yesterday was my very first race – 3.51 miles to be exact. I ran with what seemed like half of Chicago on a freezing spring evening, supporting our firm as part of the Chase Corporate Challenge.
Though I already knew it deep down, last night validated a part of me that I’ve been working towards for months; I’m a runner. I feel so proud to say that. After morning runs when I could have stayed in bed, evening runs after exhausting days at the office, and all those runs in between when I could have just not, I am here – officially able to run over 3.5 miles. Because in all of those cases I chose to run. I chose myself, I chose the fact that I deserve a healthy body, regular exercise, and enjoyment in feeling my body move. I chose joy, and I will keep choosing it. Because that’s what running is for me – finding joy. Those moments alone with myself on Lake Shore Drive are now the most treasured parts of the day.
This accomplishment is a big one for me. Less than six months ago I can easily recall avoiding exercise all together; so last night was a big deal, the mark of something new in my life. Not only can I run the distance, but I want to run the distance. It’s amazing how much our mindset and goals can change so quickly. With running, my priorities have shifted towards health – clean eating, better sleep, early mornings, daily movement. It’s a literal breath of fresh air after years of neglect.
THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me in making this lifestyle change. I feel so lucky to have such an amazing group of people in my life – from friends and family who I’ve known for ages, to incredible blog friends that I’ve connected with over the past year. And most of all, I want to say thank you to A, who cheers me on every single day, reminding me that I can do this on those days I want to believe that I can’t, standing behind every change I make in my life to support better health. I feel so lucky to have found someone so positive and encouraging.
With that, below are shots from the event! We’ll start with few pre-race and pre-cold whipping wind. Our team t-shirts were promptly covered by layers of dry-fit gear. It was capital “C” cold, friends.
Et Voila! We’re done! Post-race snapshot with BFF Carling, who dearly waited for me to finish back at our tent. She’s a star and ran the 3.51 miles in like a hot minute. But SRSLY.
Proudly wearing my “FINISHER” shirt back at the house for A!
Do you race regularly? I’m really excited to sign up for a 5K or 8K and get in the race groove! The goal is to be able to run a 10 miler come fall. All systems go!
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