Let me start by going back a couple weeks. I did something BIG! Are you ready?
Here are some not-so-recent, random "before" pictures. I picked this one cuz I think I was really having a good hair day here. This is actually from about 2am, after a full night of dancing with Stud at the Mother/Son Dance.
Last Saturday, my cousin and his boyfriend had a big party, and I took this picture with my beautiful niece. (My other niece took the picture, and she seems to always take pictures at a weird angle. My legs look like they're 3 inches long. In real life, they're at least 5 inches long!)
Now, moving on. You may remember me teasing you the other day with this.
Here we are at the starting line. How cute are we?!
There were professional photographers posted along the entire route taking pictures. We were then able to go and download all the pictures that were taken of us throughout the race. Here are a couple of us.
We did it!!
Turns out that one of my SIL's best friends went to college with him, and is one of HIS best friends. Apparently, she put a call in to her friend, who then spoke to Dolvett. I was told, on the way down to pick up our packets, "Umm...ok...don't be mad. Dolvett knows your name, and your story, and he's going to be looking for us tomorrow." What da WHAT!?!?!?!
He is just as sweet and wonderful in real life as he appears on the show. He hung out at the finish line, cheering people on, and even crossed the finish line with some.
I tried to get some pictures of him from the sidelines, where we stood for a while and cheered on the other runners.
We were able to meet all of the Biggest Loser celebs who participated in this event. And, God bless my sweet SIL. She took a ton of pictures of me, and never got into any herself!!
Me and Danni, Season 14 Winner!
Me and Francelina.
Me and Pam.
Me and Jackson
He's another sweetie pie. And, yes, they both have beers in their hands. Every runner could get a free beer after the run. Apparently, it's a great way to replace some of the carbs burned while running. Too bad it was only about 9am when we finished!
Pam, me, Jeff and Francie
And, yes, Jeff and Francie are still a couple. They are adorable together. Francie wouldn't let Jeff have his beer because she put him on a No Carb diet. tee hee hee... (He got one anyway....)
The Whole Gang
They almost immediately posted the results after the race. Now, for our first 5k, I actually tried to train somewhat, and went running, etc. I am embarrassed to say that the last 5K was the last time I ran outside until this run. I ran on the treadmill at the gym twice, and that was in the week immediately after the last race. I didn't even go to the gym for the three weeks leading up to THIS run. ~~hangs head in humiliation~~
All that being said, we actually beat our last time!! Not by a ton (about 2 minutes) but still! AND, the first run was very straightforward, up and down the streets of the town I grew up in, so it was all flat and easy. The Biggest Loser run was routed through some really pretty areas on the lakefront, and there was a lot of up and down on that path! It certainly seemed harder, and we seemed to do a lot more walking than the first race. But, according to the microchips in our bibs, we shaved about 2 minutes off our last run time. Hell, I'll take it!!
Here are the results for my age group (AKA-old!):
I came in 48th in my age group, and 695th overall. There were about 1,000 runners, so as far as I'm concerned, that's not too shabby. Hey, I wasn't last!!
We had such a blast at this run. Oo, and SIL and I played a game, and both won exercise bands. Sweet! I can't wait to use them, and tone up my Bingo Wings!
Sheesh!! Maybe if I posted more than once every couple of months, I wouldn't be so long-winded, huh? Well, hopefully I'll be back before September. Enjoy the weekend!