Saturday, May 21, 2011


Well I beat my time, I wanted to do it in less the 45:00 and I did. I came in 9th, 3rd in my age group. The fastest time was 40:56, over all in the competition walk, so I am going to work hard to make that my best time.

Mike came and gave me lots of love and encouragement and I was so glad to see him at the 1/2 point. I was starting to cry a bit because of the challenge, the rain, the being alone but when he came and gave me some water and a smile I was ready to finish good and felt much better. I now know I can do this again and alone as long as there’s a friendly face in the crowd. It was weird, I live in a small town where most people know most people but out of the better then 100 people I knew maybe 10. It was a lonesome experience but a rewarding one.

Wilbur walked too in the Fitness Walk with a Venture Scout of mine, Kori. They did an awesome job too. Thank you Kori for taking Wilbur. He loves to walk so much and looks forward to you too.

Mike took some pictures so here they are. Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement also, I really needed it and it made all the difference in the world.


Ready, set GO!!!!

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Half way point. The 5 of us were in the middle of the group.


Almost done and Mike there taking pictures. You guys, you have to know that Mike makes me so proud. He’s there always to give me what I need to keep going. I LOVE YOU MIKE!!!


And just about done.


All done, wet but so happy.


Kori and Wilbur crossing the finish line.


My partner in all my exercise walking.

And my sheet….


So I now have 2 weeks to improve my time but this walk is a walk/jog/run so my time should be about 10 minutes less. I’ll see what I can do to perfect that.

So now it’s time to relax, warm up and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Now before I close you’ve got to go to Michele's blog. Today she did her first bike tour. As of this minute she hasn’t posted anything for today but I know she will be. YOU GO GIRL!!! I am so proud of you.

Take care my friends and have a blessed and super awesome weekend. Weigh in is Monday, we’ll see!! :o)


Mom to the Fourth Power said...

Woo Hoo!!! Julie you rockstar you!!! Awesome, my friend! That is so cool. How sweet of your son to be there to give you encouragement when you needed it... that little boost that makes it more worth it. Even though you may have felt alone, you have many people cheering you on... including me. :)

I'm so excited to do my first 5K in two weeks. Excited and dang nervous! You have paved the way and I greatly admire your example and your determination. Even in that rain. You're awesome!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Excellent that you got the time you wanted! Love the pictures, sorry it rained for you. Rained all day today, it's like a deluge outside at the moment. I'm so happy for you!

Jacqui said...

Awesome job, Julie!! I'm so happy that you made the time you wanted! You'll be ready for the next one in a couple weeks!

Oh, and great pictures!

EmptyNester said...

That sense of accomplishment you must have must feel AWESOME! I am so proud of you AND, if I lived close, I would have walked with you! I was there in spirit urging you forward!

No wonder you are so proud of Mike- if I thought I could have had a son like him, that would have been encouragement to hope for one!

Princess Dieter said...

Look at that beaming smile, even in the inclement weather! And your jacket is very Princess friendly. I love the style and colors. I'd wear it!

So happy for your progress and grit and making and exceeding your goals. INSPIRATIONAL!!!!!!!!!!

kristi said...

You go, girl. Sucks that it rained but you did it! Woo hoo!

Joy said...

So glad that you have a support system; it really makes a difference!! When I used to be a runner, I loved running in the long as it wasn't absolutely pouring. You looked great in the pics; keep it up! :)

Karen Butler Ogle said...

Congrats, Julie. I'm so proud of you and in awe. I am no where near ready to compete in a walk or a 5 K or anything like that but you are encouraging me to get up and make an effort at getting in shape. Ive spent so many years not being able to do things that now it is hard for me to get around the mental wall I've built for myself about exercise. I hope you did something to celebrate a job well done. Hugs. :)

Big Clyde said...

Congrats! I don't know that I have the discipline to run in the rain, but you were smiling. Good for you. Looking forward to seeing how you do in two weeks.