Monday, November 03, 2014
As a part of this week’s WEC we are to write a blog about a time we exhibited ‘super hero strength’ we didn’t know we possessed. I thought long and hard about that one and decided a time I did that was when I ran my first marathon. The year was 1987 – the date was January 17. I remember that because it was my 39th birthday!!
I’d trained to run the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day 1986. That day I met a new friend who had just moved back to Atlanta from France. I invited her to join a little running group I was a member of (just some friends who trained together) and she did. A couple of weeks later she asked if I’d like to go to Savannah with her on January 17th.
She was running the Savannah Marathon, but she said they also had a half if I didn’t want to do the full (she knew I’d never done a full) . I agreed and we continued to train together. Long story short, after a few more long runs I decided I’d run the marathon too. We had planned to get in an 18 mile long run (the longest before that was 15) and I figured I’d be able to run at least 20 on race day and I could walk the last 6. As if happened we cut short the 18 mile run because Holly began having leg cramps and I was having some knee issues (an ongoing thing).
I did it!! I was so blessed – it was a small marathon and I was DEAD last!! A volunteer, riding a bike, kept checking on me, encouraging me. He’d say, how about running until that street light (or signal tree or something is the distance) then you can walk? When I got there he’d say, think you can run a little more? Sometimes I’d walk a while first, but often I’d say, “Yes, I CAN run a little further!” I finished that race in 5 hours 15 minutes – at the time I thought it was slow but I ran slower ones later LOL.
He gave me a quote I’ve NEVER forgotten: “Winners finish and Finishers win!” I still draw inspiration from that quote!!
Did I hate being the LAST runner to finish the race? NO!! I was high as a kite when I crossed the finish line!! My friend had told the other runners and officials that it was my birthday and they all sang Happy Birthday to me as I crossed the finish line!! What a day!! And YES I felt like a Super Hero!!
ETA: I forgot to tell you a fun fact - I WON third place in my age group!! Huh? When I was DEAD last? YEP - because only 3 of us in my age group ran! I still treasure the cup/stein that was my award!!
Saturday, June 28, 2014
I know several of my SparkFriends (along with me) are trying to increase our ST - I just found a great article to help us not do the same old home workout every time:
_articles.asp?id=495 I love this so of course I wanted to share it with you!!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Every now and then I come across a SparkPeople article that is SO good I want all my SparkFriends to read it. This is DEFINITELY one of them! If you are short on time, this link will take you directly to page three, where you will find "6 Keys to Resiliency".
But if you have time, start at the beginning:
Reading this paragraph on the second page really resonated with me (many of my SparkFriends have heard me say something very similar):
"Weight loss is never a straight path. Seldom, if ever, do you hear about an individual who makes the decision to lose weight and does so without ever having setbacks. You might lose three pounds one week, and be up one the next. You do a fantastic job sticking to a healthy diet throughout the holiday season, and then lose your job and start the new year soothing yourself daily with ice cream and cake. You were exercising consistently five times a week, and then realize you haven't been to the gym in months because you're overwhelmed taking care of a sick parent.
When you make a decision to try again, to get back on track after a setback or even start over, that's resiliency! You proclaim and you believe, "I've done it before and I can do it again!"
Intrigued enough to check it out? I hope you will - but even if you don't, now I'll be able to find it again when I need it. And sooner or later I WILL, because life DOES happen. That's why two of my favorite mantras are: "Never, never, NEVER give up!" (Winston Churchill) and "Its hard to beat a person who never gives up." (Babe Ruth) That is how we succeed at weight loss - by NEVER giving up!!
Get An Email Alert Each Time AMARILYNH Posts