Male fitblogger who is growing to love his body and new found healthy views on life!
If you had told me 2 years ago that instead of playing at Godskitchen and wondering “why on earth would you want to run around at 7am like these people” I would actually be one of those people I would have laughed at you.
But a week after I played at that event, I was talking with my housemate at the time about how I wanted to finally lose the weight I had been struggling to lose for the last 4 years.
Then I started this Tumblr.
And now, 2 years later, I feel like I am having success! I think we all know that I was nervous about today.
I was up and ready at 5am. I had a banana and some coconut water for breakfast.
We got to the run about an hour before we started. I was ready - I had my phone all ready to go, bib was on my shirt. I was pumped!
And then we got to the line, ready to go. There were people everywhere!
And then something bad happened.
Spotify died on me!
I couldn’t listen to my ultimate running playlist. I freaked out a little and then realised it was okay - I was glad that it was only music - I still had normal music sitting on my phone too.
The race started and I hit start on Nike+. I managed to do something I had never done before - I ran for the first 2km. I normally struggle to make 1! I was so pumped! I kept running and walking my way to the first drink spot 3km in and the app was telling me I was making a really good pace! I was excited! I guzzled down some water and Gatorade and kept going.
I got 5km in and I was shocked! Last week I did 5km in 38:06. Today, I did it in 33:57.
That got me fired up! The adrenaline kicked in and I picked up it a notch. I wanted to beat fitspreme’s time from last year (as we have our little running back and forth) so I kept pushing.
The last 2km got harder! I could feel my feet starting to blister and my Achilles’ tendon started playing up. I wasn’t going to give up. I kept pushing and my phone rang through my 10km time.
I cut off nearly 9min of PB of 1:18:26. I was 1 second off fitspreme’s PB as well! (Personally I blame slowing down to get the free Channel 9 hat though *cough* excuse)
But it was strange. My app said 10km was done but I wasn’t at the finish line. So I used all the leftover energy I had and sprinted the extra 100m or so to that finish line!
I had finished my first race.
I could barely stand, my leg was killing and my feet were sore. But I had achieved something I had never even dreamed was possible. I had pushed myself past where I had ever been before.
I’m so proud of myself.
I love knowing I am getting healthy and have been able to push myself to do new things. And I love knowing this time, I’m not giving up. I love knowing I can run races, and I can push myself.
Thanks guys for sharing in my fitness and health journey.
I hope everyone who went today feels as proud of themselves as I do. Great work!
Now to ice this leg and hydrate. I also got sunburnt boo!
EDIT: Found out my official race time was 01:10:24.
Height: 5'9" (aka 175cm)
Extra: Straight, Single, Awesome
SW: 112.2kg (21st Oct 2010)
and then I went up and down...
SW #2: 120.3kg (6th June 2012)
GW1: 110.2kg (22nd Aug 2012)
GW2: 100.2kg (19th Dec 2012)
and then I went up and down...again
SW #3: 106.3kg (1st May 2013)
HW: 121.3kg (8th June 2012)
CW: 106.3kg (1st May 2013)
GW1: 99.7kg / 75%
GW2: 93.2kg / 75%
GW3: 86.6kg / 75%
10K: 1:05:13 (18th Mar 2013)
5K: 30:09 (20th Feb 2013)
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