Monday, August 20, 2012
If you don't mind it, it don't matter.
I'm just thinking about my run on Friday. Honestly, I didn't expect the 'high' to last this long. I'm still so proud of my rinky-dink mile. So proud of the fact that I got out there and did it. So very, very proud that I'm doing something I never in a million years thought I would actually do and enjoy.
That's the scary thing - I enjoyed that damned mile.
I think I'll really fracking enjoy three.
I have my dreaded 20 minute run for C25K Week 5 Run 3 today. This is the conclusion of my second run through week 5. I spent three weeks on week 3, so I have no fear of just repeating it until I'm confident. It's all about pacing, I know that now. Pacing and positive self talk.
I can do this. I will do this. I will call it done.
In other news my weekend was not a very successful one. I am so wrapped up in 1) celebrating my brother's birthday 2) preparing for DragonCon and 3) trying to keep my house in order that my eating and exercise regimine really fell to the wayside. I don't know why I do better sticking to my plans during the week, but I do. Less choices, more structure probably help with the whole thing, though. I eat the same breakfast every day, have four or five choices for lunch, and plan my snacks out. I don't feel deprived or hungry during the week. On the weekend I fall back into old habits of eating because I'm supposed to.
Sewing for the convention is in high gear. Last night I finished up the top of my body armor for Gambit, did half of my legging patches, and set myself up for a quick sew on the rest of the patches tonight. The leggings will be done this evening as well the corset portion of the armor. I intend to wrap up all the pieces except the Jacket for no later than Wednesday. With luck I'll get through them all tonight.
I hope everyone is having a great start to their week - if you're out for a run and you feel like slowing down, I'm right there beside you giving you a fist pump and a reminder, "WE CAN DO THIS!"
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Good morning, Sparklers!
The morning after the Liberty Mile and I'm still smiling!
That's me, all 204 pounds of happiness and joy after my first road race of my adult life.
I cannot say how proud I am of finishing that mile and how inspired and motivated I am for the 5K coming up at the end of September.
The Play by Play:
We line up and wait. The group I was with wanted to be near the front (crazies) and I begrudgingly moved up with them, noting that there was just going to be a bunch of people passing me. After a delayed start and a fit of nerves we were off! I just kept my pace slow and even, resisting the urge to keep up with the crowd. When I neared the quarter mile mark and saw my time at 2:20, I slowed, I don't think there's any way I can do an eight minute mile.
The times between that quarter and the last half were the longest - I was alone, being passed, and without any music.
As I neared the half mark there were people in front of me who'd slowed to a walk. Inspiration found. As I came upon them I cheered them on. "You've got this," and "Come on." "It's all downhill from here." I got some of them to start running again with me. Some of them picked up their pace and left me behind, but that was okay. I found my legs.
The last quarter mile and I could see the finish line. I hear the announcer cheering people in. Then I see my target - the person I have to pass. I'm at the end of the block and she's at the middle. I gun it. I push hard. I pass. I finish.
The rest of my company finished their miles between 5 and 8 minutes. I was really psyched for that five minute dude!
I finished 90/104, all 204 pounds of me.
There was a time when I would joke that I only run if I'm being chased. Now I run if I see something I want to pass. I run if I know my slow and steady pace inspires someone else. I run because I feel proud and accomplished.
What matters most is that I run.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Happy not-quite-Friday everyone!
My week is still more than just a little bit hectic, but that's okay, it's making for quick days!
Tomorrow, what I'm truly focused on, is my very first race. It's a one mile run hosted by GNC to encourage people to get out and get active. I don't get any hardware, but I do get a T-Shirt. There was a time in my life that I couldn't run a mile straight - and tomorrow will be my first official proof that I can. I don't care if it takes me 15 minutes, my ass is going to finish!
There wwas a great comment yesterday that said I must have a lot of endurance following my hour battle with the Eliptical (Precor) machine. I think it's all the mental game and when it comes down to it, I'm just a very stubborn person. I don't like to lose and certainly don't like being seen as a quitter. What can I say, peer pressure is a huge influence.
So, here's onto another day of healthy living! I'm trying to decide if I should stick to my C25K training today or if I should do a 'test' mile. I think I'll stick to my training.
Have an AWESOME day, everyone - and remember to be kind to yourselves!
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