We did it!

I can’t believe we did it! The Trail of Lights is over, and we all finished the race (including Ian, in spirit, carried on Lizzie’s back in the form of a picture). It’s been so much fun getting to know the rest of the Club Chronicle folks and Team Zen folks, and it’s been a great opportunity. And now, of course, I’m hooked! I want to keep training and do some more 5ks. Before this race a friend told me “You’ll be hooked – once you do one and get your time, you’ll want to do more and improve your time.” And she’s right! So I hope to keep the commitment going and do some more races, and continue to get in better shape. I know I could have trained harder for this race, but now I feel like I know my body CAN do it – and can do it faster next time! My time was either 34 or 36 minutes – I’m not sure when I actually crossed the start line. Better then I expected – so I was happy with that!

So with that, I’d like to share my list of the The Top 5 Things I learned during my Club Chronicle/Team Zen Challenge and the Trail of Lights race:

1)There are some really fit people in Austin And they all seem to converge on Town Lake on Saturday mornings. All of the fit moms out there with your cute kids and jogging strollers, you are my heroes and inspiration. If you can get two kids up and dressed and out by 8am, I can certainly drag myself out of bed to work out.

2)I’m convinced that our trainer Patrick runs everywhere he goes. You want some water? Let me run over and get it. We’re going to move over to this area to do some drills? I’ll meet you over there because I’m running. Seriously – the guy amazes me! He runs 12 miles at like 5am on Saturday mornings and THEN trains us. He’s awesome. Thanks Patrick!

3)Tokyo breakfast on Saturday mornings from Zen is really good. I don’t really know if they serve breakfasts like that in actual Tokyo, Japan – but that delicious poached egg, brown rice, veggies and super spicy sauce really hits the spot after training.

4)The Trail of Lights race is crazy. People dressed up as presents, dogs dressed up, strollers all decorated, speedo running santas. I was huffing and puffing and sweating by the time I crossed the finish line, and these people did it wearing cardboard boxes and next to nothing speedos! I’m amazed! It was SO much fun though.

5)People in Austin are just really great. What a great group of supportive and fun folks Team Zen is. It’s amazing and actually inspiring that you can take a completely random group of people new to running (and for most of us – new to working out again) and keep it cohesive and keep it going. I’m really proud of everyone for what they accomplished, and hope that we all continue to do great things for ourselves, and great things as a team. Go Team Zen!

Thanks again for reading and for your support. I did feel special on Saturday night when I had people looking at our Zen running gear and checking out our team. I don’t think any of us could have done it without the support of the team and our family and friends! Hope to see all of you again at the next finish line! What race is next? See you there!

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