Today is bittersweet. It’s July 20th, the day after RBL’s has ended. I ran into a colleague whom hadn’t seen me since May. She exclaimed when she saw me, “Gaile you look fabulous.” My response, without hesitation, “I feel fabulous.”
Yesterday, I ran 21 minutes out of 39 in my first every 5k. When we started this journey in April, I claimed I was going to complete the 5k, but I really doubted it deep down inside. You see, I am not fond of running. Actually I simply detest running. I can walk at a 4.4, but when I hit a 4.5 run, I am deeply frustrated and hating life at that moment. It’s all mental and it’s all going back to younger days when running was used as a punishment for not performing well in sports. I didn’t see running as part of sports, rather as a negative consequence for not being successful or good enough. But yesterday, I was using running as a competition. I used it to see if I could beat my own time, push harder, and to complete my first ever 5k. It was tough, but I did it and I did it in 39 minutes and 16 seconds.
The coolest thing about the RBLs, has to be the ladies pictured below. We all come from different cities all over WNC, we all have different backgrounds, but we all had one goal in mind; to become healthier people at the end of this journey. Every single person pictured below achieved our goal and we’re all in a better place than we were in April.
I want to take a minute and than our two trainers; Haley and Julie. Ladies, you have been nothing more than a class act. You have been supportive when we wanted to quit. You have laughed with us, cried with us, and encouraged us through this journey in the most amazing way. I am thankful for everything you have done for everyone.
Lastly, I want to put some specific information out there to McDonald’s of WNC. This girl will no longer be driving through the drive thru on the way to work to get her sweet tea when school starts back in August. I have officially given up sugar in tea and artificial sweetners too. You’ll have to make me an unsweet tea on the rare occasions I chose to have tea. I honestly cannot believe I can drink unsweet tea, but this girl is not going to let sugar and caffeine rule my life anymore.
Thank you to LPC, Park Ridge Health, HIS Radio, WLOS, and everyone involved. This girl is forever changed by RBLs.