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‘I finished!’ Jeri Anderson’s first 5K Spirit of Survival Race [PHOTOS]

Jeri Anderson - Spirit of Survival 5K
Jeri Anderson – Spirit of Survival 5K

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.

Spirit of Survival 5K
Spirit of Survival 5K

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!

Spirit of Survival 5K
Spirit of Survival 5K

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