Sunday, February 27, 2011


Hey Guys!

Today was a major accomplishment for me.I ran my very first race. I didn’t have any particular time goal, just to cross the finish line with dignity( that would be running,no tears,no collapsing when I cross the line). I did manage to meet that goal, although in this picture it looks like I am having a horrible time:

024 Don’t I just look fabulous(hah.)I did however, in full honesty, cry a little when I was done,(while wiping sweat on the boyfriend’s chest) I was upset at how awful my time was, I was upset that I was right in line with that cute little girl behind me, I was upset that I had to walk a few times, I felt inadequate. Stephen had to remind me that my goal was to finish, and that this was my very first race. I can’t be perfect the first time. It’s a learning experience and I did well.

I seem to have a terrible time savoring victories. I always have to point out the things I cannot do well, or won’t do well enough. It is so frustrating, because I know intellectually that I have done something well, and that I can accept it and congratulate myself. But, for some reason, I can’t make myself believe it.

For example, Body Image. I have lost weight, I have lost a good amount of weight.(comment for actual numbers). However, I still look in the mirror some days and just want to cry. I have to re-center my thoughts and turn them positive. You know what? That is the hardest thing I have ever attempted.

Alright, moving on to the actual race recap:) The weather looked like this:

020 It was that gorgeous in real life. It was about 60 degrees, super sunny, with a nice light breeze. OHMYGOODNESS.

Stephen got some weird pictures of us:

011 (coming out of the port-a-potties)this is before the race.

001 saying “can I please just put the stupid bib on before you take the picture?” :D

003 OK Cheese! Bestie ‘Manda is not showing her bib.

028 After the race: look how red our faces are! The boy is Kyle Browne ( he is on our cross country team).

026 Last finish line picture of me, and here is one of Bestie ‘Manda:

023 So, there you have it, my recap of the 2011 Cabin Fever walk/run.  ( with some two-cents..sense? because this is my blog after all, so you will be burdened with my opinions)

Have a great night!


  1. So proud of you Sarah!! Way to go! :)

  2. Grandpa Jim and I are so proud of you in your first race!! You should be proud of yourself! We certainly are! Can you tell us how much weight you have lost?? Another reason to be proud!

  3. Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment. I'm very impressed with your stick-to-itiveness! Is that even a word? Well, it is now.

  4. Thanks so much guys!
    Mom- it is a word, mr niehls made it up :)
    Granny Mary- I started this "journey" at 216, and I now weigh between 180-185 (we all fluctuate). Measurement-wise I have lost about 16 inches overall. (measuring bust, waist,hips,and one thigh)

  5. Sarah That is super-fantastic!!! Way to go!