This Sunday, I will be participating in the Hot Chocolate 5K Atlanta. This will be my first race since my injury 3 years ago. Since then, it’s been a long road to get back to where I am today, which is nowhere close to where I was before my injury.
I am a little apprehensive about running this race since I’m not where I thought I would be when I signed up for it. Still, I’m going to run it and give it everything I have to cross that finish line.
Feel free to follow my race progress by clicking this link: CHRONOTRACK and search for Lisa Getzinger aka Short Fat Girl. By registering, you will get periodic updates on my progress as I run the course. I will be in the second wave in corral M. My start time will be around 8:25 AM maybe a few minutes later since I’m starting so far back.
After my race, I will post my results.
Saturday we, along with 6 other friends, loaded up and headed to F.D. Roosevelt State Park for a fun filled weekend of camping and hiking. Yes it was a bit chilly, but we were blessed with a beautiful weather with temps in the 50’s and sunny skies.
One of the reasons we chose F.D. Roosevelt State Park was for the 42 miles of hiking trails the park had to offer. We chose the 3.2 mile Mountain Creek Nature Trail to set out on for our day hike and we were not disappointed. As the name describes, the trail followed a winding creek through the winter’s leafless trees and thickets of dwarf rhododendron that lines the creek. (more…)
Yesterday, despite the cold and wind, we hiked 5.68 miles at Stone Mountain’s Cherokee Trails which we have done several times; however, this hike was special. Our dear friends Sherri and Julie decided to join us. What makes this hike so special is, it was Sherri’s (in yellow jacket) first hike in over 30 years!
Like me, Sherri has been struggling with her weight for many years and to date has lost over 50 pounds. Now, it’s time to start integrating exercise into her life but not a fan of gyms or hard core workouts programs. Over the past few months, Sherri has been hearing our stories about hiking and decided it was something she would like to try. For a first timer, Sherri did great. She climbed every hill and scaled the mountain like a pro. After the hike, she was thrilled that she made the hike and is excited about our next trip. I’m so proud of her for putting her fears behind her and making the leap.
With our packs strapped on and our headlamps glowing, Kristy and I along with our second family, embarked on a hike to the top of Stone Mountain to watch the first sunrise of the year.
The temps were cold and the wind was brisk, but that didn’t stop us from making the climb. I’m not going to say I didn’t struggle, I really did. In fact, about two-thirds of he way up and really sucking wind, I just stood there wondering why I got out of bed to do this when suddenly, I saw a women about 50 feet ahead of me just drop to the ground and dropped her head. Worried that she may have been hurt, I walked up to her and asked if she was alright. She explained to me that this was her first time climbing the mountain and she decided that she would just stay here and watch the sunrise. I told her that she wouldn’t be able to see the sunrise from where she was sitting and pointed to the top and said “the sun will rise just up there”. I put out my hand and she grabbed it and we walked the rest of the way together. I never got her name, but she thanked me when we reached the top and we parted ways. Probably wont ever forget that. (more…)