Saturday, July 31, 2010
so it's Saturday morning July 31, 2010. My alarm goes off at 5:30am on a saturday so I can get up and go for a run..........hang on a minute......the alarm goes off at 5:30am on a saturday so I can get up and go for a run???
HOLY CRAP dudes and dudettes........I'm addicted I think. LOL
so what I really wanted to blog about was that I DID get up at 5:30 and left the house around 6am for an outside run this morning. Not something I do often, typical I'm on the treadmill trying to catch the 'red dot' (that's a different blog though). So I get a good stretch and walk to the corner, start my walkmeter (itunes already blasting) and start running, WOW it felt good. Over a few hills, down a hill, back up, oh wait Jerome, where does that path through that park go, didn't even know it existed did ya?!? I ran through the park, back to the street down a full mile, back through the park, back up the hills, back toward my house. Man, I FELT GOOD this mornign, keeping a pace near a 10 min mile and everything. As I got near to the house I was close to 3.5 so I kept running towardthe park across the street from my house. I quit running at 3.57 and kept walking as a cool down period.
This is when the emotions hit me out of the blue. You see, this park I was walking around is where my journey started in December, 2009. I started by doing nothing but walking(I've said that before) and this park is where I walked nearly EVERY morning for several months, around and around the 'island' as I called it. I've not walked around this park since I was probably about 230lbs, a completely different man than I am today. It was the strangest thing that I was having 'flashbacks' and sort of watching my fat self huff and puff up on the sidewalk as I walked in the street today, seeing myself stuggle to keep the walking speed at a rate that would do any good to burn calories. Today I was using this as a nice slow cool down period after running fairly hard for 3.57 miles, I found myself fighting tears this morning, it was the strangest thing, very surreal to experience the whole thing really. Even now as I write this, my eyes fill with tears as I am completely amazed at what has taken place.
I felt it necessary to purge these emotions and share this story to encourage those who might be struggling, those who might want to give up, those who have no/little support to NOT GIVE UP!!! I didn't like 'watching' myself this morning in those flashbacks, I wasn't healthy, it was scary. DON'T GIVE UP....DON'T EVER GO BACK..... (that was a reminder ME, if it inspires anybody else, great)
I'm posting the stats from the morning run only as a reminder for myself
Route: New Route
Google Maps URL: http://maps.google.com/?q=http://share.abv
Shortened Google Maps URL: http://j.mp/ak6e5G
Started: Jul 31, 2010 6:31:26 AM
Run Time: 35:54
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 3.57 miles
Average: 10:03 /mile
Fastest Pace: 8:39 /mile
Climb: 144 feet