Crossing the Baltimore Color Run 5K Together!

We did it!

color run1

Diana and Bettina before the Color Run

After a few months of nerves, excitement, encouragement, doubts and outfit planning- we made it to the Baltimore Color Run together! Among thousands of walkers and runners, we crossed the finish line damp from rain, colored with powder and wearing smiles from ear to ear.

Diana – For me personally, I never dreamed that I would enter any event that involved me running! That was just not a thought in my head, but it was a bucket list dream….and I did it! I felt at times that I held the team back a little, but I ran/ walked with amazing old and new friends. I remember seeing the black “Finish” line and even now tears come to my eyes. I also noticed that Bettina held back to cross with ME! She certainly could have finished well before me, but was my partner throughout the race. We started with four and we ended with four. What an amazing experience!

Bettina - It only took a second to remember what I felt like signing up for the Color Run last year. I wasn’t sure if I was crazy, overly ambitious or simply turning into someone new. As we waited in the crowd to get started at the race I have a feeling Diana had a few of those thoughts as well. The run wasn’t for time. It wasn’t to reach a certain goal other than to have fun and finish, but for both of us it was HUGE. Doing a 5K after years of doing a little bit of nothing (I speak for myself on that one) was a major difference for me and it’s now become somewhat of a personal milestone- as will every one we do in the future.

color run2

All smiles after the run!

Diana - I cannot express my gratitude for the encouragement I received from co-workers, my friend Bettina and most of all my family. My husband stood in the rain waiting for me to finish. I texted him, “I DID IT” as soon as I was done and his reply was “I am so proud of you”. If anyone here knows my husband, the only two letters he ever texts are “ok.” He does not text, but he did that day. It was a day of MANY firsts. Weight loss is a journey that cannot be summed up in one 5K race. Slow and steady, always moving forward is the goal. Maybe today you can run one more block than yesterday. I will always treasure the memory of this day because it was a day I thought would never come, but it did!

Bettina -You don’t have to go through weight loss surgery to make big changes in your life. Maybe you just do something a little different every day that can make you healthier. Drink water instead of soda. Swap out chips for carrots. Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. I started to jog on the treadmill after I felt great walking and that lead me to think about a 5K. I love feeling healthier than ever and any time I can do so with friends- all the better! Sharing this experience with Diana (and others) made it even more special and I know that this first race together will be a cherished memory for years to come. My final thought- never underestimate yourself- you might just find out that you’re AMAZING after all!

(To read more "real stories" from Bettina and Diana visit our weight loss website)

 -Written by Diana Naanaa, LPN, Division of Bariatrics, Sinai Hospital and Bettina M. Straight, Employee Engagement and Communications Consultant, Human Resources, LifeBridge Health

To schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained physicians and find out why LifeBridge Health is Baltimore's premiere health care organization, call 410-601-WELL.

Print this entry

No Comments Yet.

Leave a comment

*

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

LinkedId

Instagram

Follow Me on Instagram
  • Congratulations to Angela Seitz, December's SuperStar employee of #NorthwestHospital!! The #LifeBridgeHealth team extends a big #ThankYou for all of your hard work!

    lifebridgehealth: "Congratulations to Angela Seitz, December's SuperStar employee of #NorthwestHospital!! The #LifeBridgeHealth team extends a big #ThankYou for all of your hard work!"
    2
    0
  • #LifeBridgeHealth would like to thank all of our #SinaiHospital employees for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to quality, safety and patient care. Today we celebrate and extend congratulations for the completion of last week's #survey from the Joint Commission. #ThankYou

    lifebridgehealth: "#LifeBridgeHealth would like to thank all of  our #SinaiHospital employees for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to quality, safety and patient care. Today we celebrate and extend congratulations for the completion of last week's #survey from the Joint Commission. #ThankYou"
    6
    0
  • Congratulations to Zaria Matthews, December's SuperStar employee of #Levindale! #ThankYou Zaria, for all that you do! #LifeBridgeHealth

    lifebridgehealth: "Congratulations to Zaria Matthews, December's SuperStar employee of #Levindale! #ThankYou Zaria, for all that you do! #LifeBridgeHealth"
    3
    0
  • Congratulations to Sue Westgate, December's SuperStar employee of #SinaiHospital! #ThankYou Sue, for all that you do! #LifeBridgeHealth

    lifebridgehealth: "Congratulations to Sue Westgate, December's SuperStar employee of #SinaiHospital! #ThankYou Sue, for all that you do! #LifeBridgeHealth"
    4
    1
  • At #LifeBridgeHealth, our integrated network of 8,000 people is working toward one common goal: a #healthier you. Our revolutionary procedures and advanced research are giving new hope to patients. #FutureOfHealthCareIsHere #Medicine

    lifebridgehealth: "At #LifeBridgeHealth, our integrated network of 8,000 people is working toward one common goal: a #healthier you. Our revolutionary procedures and advanced research are giving new hope to patients. #FutureOfHealthCareIsHere #Medicine"
    6
    0
  • #GoRavens!! #SinaiHospital employees are ready for the big game tomorrow, are you? #PurpleFriday #LifeBridgeHealth #Ravens

    lifebridgehealth: "#GoRavens!! #SinaiHospital employees are ready for the big game tomorrow, are you? #PurpleFriday #LifeBridgeHealth #Ravens"
    9
    0
  • #NorthwestHospital employees are dressed in purple to support and prepare for the @ravens big playoff game this weekend against the Patriots! #LifeBridgeHealth #PurpleFriday #GoRavens

    lifebridgehealth: "#NorthwestHospital employees are dressed in purple to support and prepare for the @ravens big playoff game this weekend against the Patriots! #LifeBridgeHealth #PurpleFriday #GoRavens"
    5
    0
  • Let's go @ravens!!! #LifeBridgeHealth employees are getting ready for this weekend's big playoff game. This week there has been lots of excitement during #SinaiHospital's Purple Week activities. #Football #Baltimore #Ravens

    lifebridgehealth: "Let's go @ravens!!! #LifeBridgeHealth employees are getting ready for this weekend's big playoff game. This week there has been lots of excitement during #SinaiHospital's Purple Week activities. #Football #Baltimore #Ravens"
    5
    0
  • #LifeBridgeHealth & #Fitness helps members get the results they want! All new members who sign up for 1 year will receive the first 90 days for $90. #Exercise #Health

    lifebridgehealth: "#LifeBridgeHealth & #Fitness helps members get the results they want! All new members who sign up for 1 year will receive the first 90 days for $90. #Exercise #Health"
    9
    0
  • A local TV crew came to #SinaiHospital to meet #Maryland's first #baby of 2015, Lyne Charegho.

    lifebridgehealth: "A local TV crew came to #SinaiHospital to meet #Maryland's first #baby of 2015, Lyne Charegho."
    6
    0