Today’s AIF was another 5K, but this one was special because it was my first one with Tinkerbell. She and I have each done many 5Ks on our own, and she even finished the Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon in Disneyland last weekend, but up to this point, we’d never done a race together. Our original plan was to do run/walk intervals, but my bad cold had other plans. Tink was sweet enough to say she didn’t mind if we walked the whole 5K, because she was more interested in our experiencing it together than she was about getting to a certain timing.
“Jenny’s Light was founded by local professional triathlete Becky Lavelle & her family in response to the tragic and untimely passing of her twin sister Jenny and her nephew in December 2007. Jenny’s Light is a non-profit foundation created to improve & save lives by increasing awareness of all perinatal mood disorders, including postpartum depression. ” In looking up the background of the story, I discovered that Jenny actually shot and killed her baby son and then took her own life. I can’t imagine the pain and loss her family must have felt, and I think it’s remarkable that her sister decided to turn that terrible tragedy into something that raises awareness of postpartum depression, and other perinatal mood disorders.
Since this was a more home-grown 5K where the profits went directly to the non-profit, it was a bit more bare-bones. Meaning no cute race tee. So I decided to make Tink and I our own shirts. When we registered, they’d asked for a team name, and when Tink asked me what I thought it should be, I combined both our aliases and said, “TinkerBellas.” We both loved it! For the our tees, I knew I wanted to put our team name front and center and I because Tinkerbell wears a green fairy dress, I wanted to find a fun, bold green color. I headed to Michael’s and came up with these:
Originally, I’d bought us crowns to wear, but the crowns fit pretty loose, and we both agreed that they’d probably be more of a bother during the race. Still, for my first time hand-making a shirt like this, I’m pretty pleased with the way they turned out. And can I brag for a second and say that my shirt was a size Medium!! How cool is that?! All these 5Ks are paying off!
This morning we headed to Vasona Lake Park early to make sure we’d get a parking spot. We had no idea how many people had signed up for the race, and because it’s not easy to park in the surrounding neighborhood, we didn’t want to take any chances. Plus, this way, we had plenty of time to take lots of pics to capture how cute we looked:
We started out toward the back of the pack because we were going to walk. The difficult thing about this course was that it was super narrow. And when the racers who were doing the 10K were on their way back, we were sharing the course. They didn’t block off any of the roads, as most 5Ks do, and they also didn’t prevent Sunday exercisers from being on the course, so we had to share the road with bikers, joggers, etc. I’m really glad we didn’t run it, because I think it would’ve been pretty hectic. As it was, Tink and I were able to catch up; I’d been wanting to hear all the details of her 1/2 marathon, and we finally had a good amount of time to dish. That’s one thing I enjoy about walking 5Ks – it gives you the time to just walk and talk. The thing that’s hard about walking is that you get antsy, or at least I do. I want to go faster, finish sooner, and see how I can challenge myself. But because this cold is moving into my chest, keeping our brisk pace was challenge in itself today.
At one point we were on a bit of an incline, and I was finding it really hard to breathe. I started almost wheezing, and Tink just took my hand and said, “you can do it, Bella! We got this!!” And that one small moment of motivation was all I needed. She totally sparked something in me, and from that point on, we were on our way!
I was shocked when I saw these stats! We really were walking fast the entire time, and when we saw the 3-mile marker, we decided to finish strong and run the last .2 into the finish line. I can’t believe we completed the race – walking most of it – in 47:13!! I wasn’t expecting a PR in this race, but I ended up with one, for walking anyway! I’m really proud of Team TinkerBellas!!
As soon as we were done, we put the top down on my Beetle (it was already 71 degrees at 11am) and headed to Tink’s house, where her hubby had a delicious, healthy breakfast scramble, whole wheat English muffins, fruit salad, and coffee waiting for us. How sweet is that?
Now that Tink and I have done one 5K together, she and I were already planning future ones where we’d run/walk: Mardi Gras Madness 5k, Wharf to Wharf (about 6 miles)…who knows how many we’ll end up doing. One thing is for sure, we always have a blast when we’re together, and we enjoy motivating each other to do our best. We’ve been in it together throughout our WLS weight loss journey, and we continue even now that we’re both nearing our own personal finish lines. I’m so thankful that just over a year ago Tinkerbell reached out to me to support each other as we started a new year, bound to make it past our pre-op weight loss requirements to surgery, because I couldn’t imagine my life without her. Team TinkerBellas for Life!!