Monday, June 14, 2010

Our Journey

It is no secret that I am a fan of The Biggest Loser. I watched last season religiously, even having a "girlfriend night" with Kim on occasion to watch it on Tuesday nights. Some criticize the extreme weight losses each week. For me, I just relate with the people on the show, even if it's on a smaller scale. No pun intended.

However, it was the season before last, in the fall of 2009, that I found great inspiration. I think it's because I had only watched occasionally before that, and it was the first time that I consistently viewed the show. And on a November evening, I remember sitting in my living room in tears as the final contestants ran a marathon. I just couldn't believe that an overweight person could drive themself to the point of finishing something that required such physical endurance.

I distinctly remember texting Kim. "Are you watching them run?"

"Yes," she responded. "I'm crying."

With understanding I replied, "Me, too."

That episode set the wheels in motion for Kim and I to get started on our journey. I asked her if she wanted to use the "Couch to 5K" program and attempt to run a 5K with me in June. I had walked the Race for the Cure in St. Louis two years prior, and I had actually considered running it someday. We felt that even though the program was set for 9 weeks, we'd better give ourselves plenty of time to prepare!

We set a date. We agreed to the first Monday in January. So on January 4, 2010, we met at 6:00 am on our street. Our porch lights were our indicators. We knew that when the porch light was on, the other one was ready to go!

Some mornings were HORRIBLE. And I don't mean the running...I mean the weather. There were times when we ran in single digit temperatures. There were times when we ran as sleet came down on us. There were times when we got going and then it started raining. But we kept going.

And I'm glad we did.

A few weeks ago we somehow got on the topic of our original thoughts on all of this. It's interesting that both of us were unsure if we would really stay dedicated or not. Somewhere inside of me I wondered if I could #1 actually do it and #2 stay driven enough to get up at 6:00 am each day when I didn't have to! Kim felt the same way.

I know, without a doubt, that this is our theme verse:

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

The truth is, I couldn't do it alone. And neither could Kim. We needed each other, and together, we accomplished something great. It was an amazing journey for us, and we plan to continue our journey.

Thanks for your commitment to this, Kim. But most of all, thank you for your friendship. Our talks are always a bright spot in my day!


Tiffany said...

That is awesome! I love running, but have gotten out of lately because my knees have been bothering me. But just today I purchased myself a big bottle of glucosamine, and I hope to start again tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration!!

kimberly said...

I couldn't of said it better! I have learned so much from you. Thanks for the wonderful journey and looking forward to the next one!

Causey Fam said...

So proud of you both! You are an inspiration!

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Way to go. My friend and I have made a pact to loose 10 pounds together. If she hadn't held me accountable it never would have happened. Your reference verse is true to life.

Mrs. Haid said...

Great work, ladies! And don't shrug off the compliments. I admire your persistance!

Wendy said...

Congratulations! That is fantastic!

The Cozy Chateau said...

Way to go!! I am in week 9 of couch to 5k right now (with a race in a few weeks). My sister (and best friend) just completed it. We live far apart, but motivate each other via phone, internet, etc. It's hard, but so rewarding!


Jamie said...

Incredible! I SOOO wish I had a running (okay walking) buddy here! I was going to do the Komen Race but it's shortly after I have baby #3 so I'll have to look into it for next year! Way to go! I'm super proud of you!

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