Saturday, April 20, 2013

Heart Walk 2013

I have heard myself called something quite a bit lately, several times just this week, and it still feels very weird to me.  


I started sharing my walks for my half-marathon training on facebook as an accountability thing.  I was hoping if I missed a few of them, someone would call me out on it.  I never missed more than one at a time, so I don't really know if anyone would have.  I haven't really shared much about my weight loss journey there, but it seems that since starting with the walking and now running that I've managed to inspire several people.


It just seems odd to me.  

Today I commented on a friend's post about her sister running in her first 5k today, and the sister told me she had read about my half-marathon and was so inspired by it.  I'm just blown away.  I know 3 people who are doing my next half-marathon partly because I did the first one.  Another friend of mine has told me twice that she's thought of me when she had a tough time pushing through a run.

I'm really grateful for it.  It helps motivate me to keep pushing myself.  

Three of my Crayola Bombs have been delivered.  How fun!  One recipient told me she intended to do some bombing of her own this next week.  Yay!  


So, this morning was The Heart Walk.  My sister and I have done this several years now, and this was my first time alone.  She has been sick all week and didn't feel up to walking 3 miles.  Lucky for me, I'm not one of those "I don't want to do it if I have to do it by myself" kind of people.

I have this nickname that one of my friends gave me a few years back... Wonder Woman (or WW for short).  I had decided a few months ago that I wanted to get a Wonder Woman shirt to wear to races.  People dress up for races all the time.  I felt it was time to get my own costume of sorts.  I found a shirt last weekend and it was in the Misses section.  I know Misses sizes run smaller than Women's (why, I don't know, it's confusing), so I got an XXL, even though that's too big for me in Women's.  Well, it was still snug... really snug.  I wasn't sure I would be comfortable wearing it.  

I put on an old Heart Walk tshirt, but it's really big on me now and I felt really frumpy.  So, I put the WW shirt back on and sent a pic of me to my sister to get her opinion.  I felt that it looked OK if I "sucked it in", and hey - it would be a great ab workout for the day.  ;)  She said it didn't look that bad.  Then she told me it made my boobs look great.  I cracked up over that.    

In the end, I decided to go with the WW shirt, but mainly because it was chilly out and I would have a jacket on anyway.  I left it half unzipped, so the WW was showing, but my belly was covered, since that was the part that I was self-conscious about.

Pardon the hair, it was misbehaving.


I could have listed way more than my Daddy on the sticker, but it's mainly for my Daddy.  =)  My jacket was velour, so the sticker wouldn't stick well.  =p  It stayed on most of the time, though.

I didn't run any today.  I thought about it, but I needed an excuse to go explore a trail tomorrow, so now I can say "but, but, but I have to go do my Couch to 5k!"  Is that wrong of me?  Hey, we all need our "me" time.

I ended up next to another solo walker and used her as my pacer.  She was a pretty fast walker, so it worked.  I did the 3.1 miles in 46 minutes.  

Then I came home and decided to be a bum with Mr. Bill for a little bit before he had to go to work.  He just loved snuggling with his sweaty wife.  Not really, but we get so little time together that he wasn't going to complain (and I did go take a shower after bugging him for a while.)


Oh, and by the way, we can both lay on the couch next to each other without one of us falling on the floor.  Weight loss rocks.


  1. Lol that is a better time than my first 5K run/walk (49 min). But my excuse is that I have very short legs! Well done for getting out there.

  2. It's true... Sound like your inspiring people everywhere! Happy to hear you two can now snuggle comfortably TOGETHER on the sofa. :)



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