15 Jun

2012 Corporate Challenge RunDown and Pics

I’ve been trying to write this post since Wednesday, after the Corporate Challenge but was too tired after the race and then busy with with work. But today, I’m taking a little breather to get ‘er done!

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American Express employee finishes corporate challenge

I finished with a smile

In my quest to get fit, I not only workout regularly. I make it a point to participate in any events that help me burn extra calories and condition my heart.

Here I mentioned that beauty isn’t all about what’s on the outside but God gave us a body and if we want to live long and live strong, we need to take care of this physical body we dwell in.  So with that, when my company, American Express sent out a sign up for the 2012 Corporate Challenge sponsored by JP Morgan Chase, I was one of the first to sign up. :-)

Now, I’m no runner. My knees get to acting all funny and it’s just not my thing.  But I can do some serious walking. I can power walk the heck out of these legs lol.

walking the corporate challenge

I was a happy camper – I mean walker :-)

The Corporate Challenge was a 3.5 mile race.  Really good runners did it in record time.  Me, the walker did it in just under an hour.  My times as you see below look like a little more than an hour but that’s because you know your girl had to stop and take pics of everything along the way – including these timers lol.

2012 corporate challenge times

Here are some more pics that I managed to shoot before and after the race:

before the corporate challenge

My co-workers and I before the event. I walked with the 2 little ladies

American Express Corporate Challenge

The American Express Tent – We ruled that place!

corporate challenge walkers

Look at all these walkers! Note all the blue shirts…American Express!

corporate challenge finish line

And….I’m done!

corporate challenge singers

The live band after the event – They were good too!

I’m thankful to American Express and to JP Morgan Chase for sponsoring another Corporate Challenge.  Next year, I will be more competitive and do this thing in under 45 minutes.  I’m going to shave my time by 15 minutes by nixing the pics and jog/walk alone. This year, I walked with some co-workers and it was a lot of fun but they were not really doing it to race so I held back a little til the end. Plus, my hip was hurting at the beginning lol.  Next year it’s on though!

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14 thoughts on “2012 Corporate Challenge RunDown and Pics

  1. May God continue to give you the talent and still shard with us. You are such an amazing woman. They are really walking sneakers and they are comfortable God bless.

  2. I have New Balance. they’re really walking sneakers and they are comfortable – just heavy.)? i suppose you saw my post on that, but when I finally got new sneakers and ones that supported the variants of exercise I was doing, my knee pain was all but gone! Lesson learned!!

  3. Michelle, I totally missed this!! You go girl!! I am so proud of you!! You are really dong the dang thing!! OMGosh … why did I JUST look up and read Michelle wrote the same thing?!?! LOL!!!

    In regard to your knees and hips, when you started working out, did you buy new sneakers and ones made for your foot type/pronation and exercise type(s)? I think you saw my post on that, but when I finally got new sneakers and ones that supported the types of exercise I was doing, my knee pain was all but gone! Lesson learned!!

    • Ok so I know you are going to say I’m really really bad and I know I am for this BUT when I’m home I do my videos in bare feet. I had my sneakers on and I felt like they were weighing me down LOL. I couldn’t lift my legs as high so…

      I have New Balance. They are really walking sneakers and they are comfortable – just heavy.

      Oh yeah when I saw you had commented on this I was thinking…”Shelli, late as usual.” LOL!

  4. Hey Michelle, I am so proud of you! LOL@you walked with the ‘two little ladies’! I’m a fellow power walker, I just joined Black Girls Run in my area and did 4 miles my first go out (a lil jogging but mostly power walking). I’m feeling it but strangely enough I’m looking forward to getting out there again. So continued luck in all your goals and thanks for your posts that motivate us!

    • Hey curlychellz, thanks so much for that. One of the little ladies and I actually do a walk every Mon/Thurs together :-) Gotta keep moving. Next year it’s a job all the way LOL

  5. I’m so much overwhelmed, thank you so much for assisting women around the world for taking proper care of their skin. May God continue to give you the talent and still shard with us. You are such an amazing woman. God bless

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