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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My (late) Most Awesome Thing

Oh my, where did February go?  I’ve been so busy reading and commenting on the DSMA February Blog Carnival posts that I never got around to writing my own.  In the spirit of “better late than never”, I thought I would share “the  most awesome thing I have done in spite of diabetes”.

There is a lot I have done in 31 years living with this disease.  Some may be awesome, most is pretty ordinary, but when I think about what I am most proud of 2010 comes to mind.

Last year, I began to see posts from many of my friends who were doing the Couch to 5K program.  I’ve never been an athlete, but I am a follower because the more posts I saw the more convinced I became that I wanted to try it too.  I never seriously thought I could stick with it.  I ran track in high school . . . . for two days before deciding it totally was not for me.

But, in August of 2010, at the age of 42 (and with almost 31 of those years with diabetes), I ran my first 5K race.  I ran a second 5K in September and shaved 15 seconds off my time.  I ran my last 5K of the season on Thanksgiving.  Sure, my time in all three was downright terrible.  But I did them.  I still can’t believe I did three 5Ks!!

Even more shocking is the fact that this past weekend, I was out running once again.  It’s tough after the winter break, but I find I’m excited to train for some more 5Ks in 2011.  I never would have guessed I had it in me!!

“This post is my (late) February entry in the DSMA Blog Carnival.  If you’d like to participate too, you can get all of the information at http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/introducing-the-dsma-blog-carnival/  You can read the February carnival round-up here http://diabetessocmed.com/2011/dsma-blog-carnival-february-round-up/.  And keep an eye on the DSMA blog on Thursday for the March Blog Carnival announcement!!


  1. Just in case you weren't aware: YOU ROCK!

  2. I swear I'll be like you this year, rocking a 5k or two, you're awesome!

  3. If it were a leap year you wouldn't be late! Even so, it's never too late for the carnival. :)

    Congrats on your 5Ks! Great job!

  4. I'm soooo impressed. I don't run. You're doing such a great job!

  5. Better late than never!! ;O)

    I am very impressed... and very envious. I wish I had what it takes to train for and run a 5K.


  6. To go from 0 to 5k is a massive achievement! Its not the time you run it in, its the fact you do it AT ALL! Super effort :)

  7. I think you are pretty darn amazing Karen! Keep up the great work. I fell short on this. I had a great idea...and even had Joe do a VLOG, but never slapped it together. Hopefully, I'll have March's in the bag!

  8. Clicking on Couch to 5K link.... first step!

  9. I've been eyeing the couch to 5K. You inspire me! Who knows, maybe next year I will be running 5K's too!

  10. 5k is AWESOME! You might think, "well a lot of people could do it" but a lot of people don't! and you did! way to go :)

  11. I NEED TO GET OFF THE COUCH and i am not even diabetic,.......i need to get walking again! I am so proud of you karen!


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