“What good is the warmth of summer,
without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
You can see from the thermometer that it was an exceptionally warm day here in the valley!! Summer is on!!! Wouldn't you know it, today was one of the races I had signed up for! After looking at the forecast, I considered that this would be a great day to sleep in. However, I had told my fitness pal, Danette that I would be there, so grudgingly got out of bed at 6AM to head to Elk Grove park for "Run 4 Independence" race. When I ran into Danette, she was close to canceling herself, but had a sense of commitment so showed up. By the start of the race it was already near 90. IT WAS HOT!! and NOT in a sexy way!! However, we slugged through it. I ran out of water in the first mile and even though the race co-coordinator had been prompted to add a water-station, did not. . . But we just did it! And were rather proud of ourselves for it.
Danette is one of my heroes in my fitness group. Last year she decided it was time to change her ways. She ate fast food three times a day. She was a self-described couch potato, but she knew she couldn’t keep on living the same way. I met her in our Employee Live Well program which offers us free fitness classes. When Danette started, she thought she would try it and just make it through at least one class.On her first day, she finished her walk out of breath. And now she is running 5k races!!
I too, started staying after work for the employee program-- Zumba and Cross Fitness. The camaraderie really keeps me going and I have some terrific new friends that keep me motivated.When I ran the Women's Race around the capitol last year, it was the first time I had run since I was pregnant with Kevin. (20+years ago)
|With trainer Jen|
|RACE AT WINERY LODI|
|WINE TASTING APPROVED!|
|2013 Women's Fitness Festival|
"It's a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do."
"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it."