LETR 2.0 – FU
FU in this case can either mean eff you or follow up . . . maybe a bit of both, but more follow up than anything else, I promise. According to my Fitbit, I ran 5.25 miles of the 6 miles that comprise our leg of the LETR. I did take a water break, in what I have dubbed the “struggle bus,” but I don’t think I was sitting out for .75 miles. However, even if it was only the 5.25 out of the 6 that I did run, I am extremely proud. My main goal was simply to perform better than I did last year, and I certainly accomplished that!
My next endeavor may be the David Payne Memorial Run.
The David Payne Memorial Run is on July 23rd, annually. The run is 7.2 miles so I figure that with a little more practice, I can do it. There is also the comfort of the cruiser escort and the “struggle bus,” as outlined above, so, if I need a break, I can take one. FYI, the “struggle bus” is our critical incident response unit – it’s not an actual bus.
On July 23rd, 1988, Officer David Payne was shot and killed in the line of duty. The run begins where he died, and it ends at his grave. I was hired July 22nd, 2013, and I remember observing several of the department’s employees returning from the run. It was pouring that morning, and everyone came back drenched with sweat and rainwater. In July of 2013, I was 50lbs. or so overweight and not even in the mindset to change that. Furthermore, I wasn’t even close to starting up with running, and I could not and did not envision myself as a runner. However, I knew then that I one day wanted to join that group, albeit a small one, that I saw on my second day of employment.
I think 2018 is the year! I have yet another opportunity to continue to push myself to step outside of my comfort zone. Ironically, the discomfort at the prospect of trying something new has its own uniquely comfortable feel. Nearly five years ago, I half-heartedly committed to “maybe one day.” I’ve had quite a few “maybe one day” tasks on my perpetual to-do list, and I seem to have found a fondness for ticking those maybe one day to-dos from the bucket list.
In 2013, I was still two years away from beginning my weight loss journey, from finding my love for gym time and fitness, from becoming a “real” runner. By Urban Dictionary’s standards, the appropriate ones anyways, I am indeed a real runner:
“A true runner is always in one of four states: 1. thinking about the next run 2. thinking about the last run 3. running 4. talking about running.”
Fast forward to 2018, particularly today. As of today:
- I’ve lost 52lbs
- My goal, as far as my desired / goal weight, is 91% complete
- I’ve participated in numerous 5Ks and 10Ks, improving my performance dramatically, given my very first 5K was completed in 42-45 minutes.
- I have a gym schedule that, for the most part, I’m fastidiously abiding by
- 30 minutes at 0900hrs Monday – Friday
- 30-60 minutes at 1100hrs Monday – Friday
I think it’s only appropriate that I delve into new territory this upcoming July and try the David Payne Memorial Run. In addition to honoring Payne’s life and EOW (thirty years ago this year), to tick off another one of those “maybe one day” goals, from so many years ago, feels like I’ve come full circle. Five years ago, when from my office I saw the runners return, I never dreamed that being part of that group would ever be one of my realities. I never dreamed the four aforementioned bullet points would be my reality, but here I am.
No Payne, no gain.