The Next Step

Yesterday, I shared the story of the 5K from Hell. Although I’ll always laugh about the ridiculous crap I went through on that miserable July day, there’s an underlying feeling of failure that I can’t shake. I hate that shit. It’s been lurking around long enough and it’s time to get rid of it.

The best way to shake off a bad experience is to go out and have a great experience. I can’t think of a better way to exorcise this particular demon than to walk another 5K. Am I right or am I right?  I’m right…right?

I’m walking another 5K – and this time I’m not going to end up in the back of an ambulance, damn it.  This time I’m gonna boogie with some buffalo.

I’ve decided to walk in the 2013 Buffalo Boogie 5K in Fort Worth, Texas. Proceeds from this event go to the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge.

It’s a brilliant choice and I’ll tell you why:

1. The route is flat and shady and the 5K is in May. Heat is not likely to be a big issue.

2. I doubt they let police cars drive around the Fort Worth Nature Preserve, so there will be no self-esteem motorcade behind me if I’m the last person to finish.

3. The route passes the buffalo range at the Preserve, so I won’t be the biggest mammal there.

I’m pretty sure I have all the major bases covered…except one. So far, I’m doing this alone. So if you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and you’re a Hot Mess Princess fan I have just one question for you:

Are you going to make me do this alone?  

Come walk with me!

I created a team and everything. If you’re new to 5K’s, don’t fret. I’ll be back tomorrow to share the 5K training plan I’m starting Monday. You can join me! Remember, I’ll still be well over 300 pounds when this event comes around. I’m sure I’m not going to be showing anyone up.

Once we get closer to the 5K, I’ll give instructions on how we can all meet up before the walk. (For example, I’ll be wearing an orange safety vest and a sombrero and will be standing by the registration table.) I mean, how would you find me otherwise?

First, you have to register.  So if you’re free on May 11th, how about helping me make a happy 5K memory instead of the craptastic memory I have now?

Click here to register and follow these directions:

* Select the option for Group Team Members.

When you get to this screen, make sure it says Family/Group Team Members (highlighted in yellow below).

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Enter your name and contact information. You know this part.

I selected 5K untimed as my race. The 5K run race begins 15 minutes before the walk does and it appeared to me that the only timed portion was the 5K run. Use your own judgment.

Under “What is your team name?” enter Hot Mess Princess fans. (The top of this screen says your team name must appear in the drop down box, but there was no drop down box…go figure.)

Choose your t-shirt size and you should be good to complete the registration process without my instruction.

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Post here and let us know if you’re going…and when you’ve registered!

Oh, also, the website says that clowns will be there…and I am absolutely petrified of those freaks. If the 5K doesn’t appeal to you, maybe you could just show up to protect me from Bozo. Please?

And for those of you who aren’t local and can’t participate…do you really think I’d leave you out of the mix?  Hell no!

Stay tuned for my March 10th post. I’m resurrecting a project that you’re going to love – and you can participate anywhere.

Let’s boogie.

10 thoughts on “The Next Step

  1. Ok…I totally want to do this with you. I’m going to talk to Hubby about the timing of it. The boy.may be in t-ball, but we might be able to work it out!

  2. I MIGHT be able to do this with ya, if you want company! I’m 26, living in College Station (though my parents are near the metroplex), and I’ve lost 40lbs in the past year. I’ll keep ya posted. 🙂

  3. I can’t come to Texas but I can train with you.
    So step 1 (pun intened) is 15 min of walking daily? I can do that.
    Daily Spark had a post about training for a 5K. Need to check this out
    Start my new life style 4 weeks ago to day. Going pretty well I think, pants are starting to fall down. Not weighing myself don’t want to know:)
    Keep up the fight and let’s get going

  4. I just registered! I’m so excited! Now, I have to figure out where this joint is. Already told hubby that he’s driving me there and picking me up. 🙂

  5. I would do this with you if I could, but I’m in Northern CA. I will send good vibes and happy thoughts, and don’t forget your WATER!

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