‘I finished!’ Jeri Anderson’s first 5K Spirit of Survival Race [PHOTOS]
If you would have asked me this time last year if I could ever see myself complete a 5K walk/run, I would have literally laughed out loud! I always tease and say that I don’t even run to cross the road.
What if different about this year is twofold. First, I started a nutrition program earlier this year and had prenominal success. I have lost 30 pounds since April. I wanted to kick start my exercise program to supplement the weight loss and we were promoting the Sprit of Survival event at the station. I decided to sign up to walk the one mile fun run.
When Lori Cummings from Comanche County Memorial Hospital came in for an interview, I was so proud to announce that I was signing up for the walk, and would be participating in the training sessions leading up to the event. She told me that I should really sign up for the 5K because I would be ready for the 3.2 miles by the time I had completed my training. Well, I did it! I went to the training sessions, and didn’t die from walking!
Last Sunday, I accomplished what I started out to do. Completed my first 5K. Yes, I walked, but I finished, and am so happy to help support a very worthy cause. The reason that I walked, like I said is twofold. My Daddy, passed at this time of year over 20 years ago as a victim of cancer. I walked for me, and I walked in his memory. My Daddy Angel was on my shoulder urging me on up that final hill to the finish line. I couldn’t have done it without him. By, the way, I wasn’t last! I finished in 67 minutes!