I used always say that I can't run two days in row. I would never plan to run two days in a row. And simply would not run two days in a row. Why?? Becuase I was always to sore from the first day of running and didn't want to injure myself or be miserable doing it.
Today ended that streak and I cannot say that anymore. Today, me & my running pal ran 2 easy miles after a 5 mile run yesterday. Even though I was a bit stiff starting out, it felt REALLY REALLY good! We ran very easy intervals, taking walk breaks as we felt like it. No clocks. No beepers. Just us and the brisk, foggy morning in the Ozarks. Temps hovering at 37 and the sun shining bright. Every breath that came out of my mouth was a reminder of how alive I was!
This very simple feat has me feeling ultra motivated about my running. While I always take extra care with my running schedule- weighing in at 193- to not overtax my body to the point of having to take mandated rest periods to over come aches & pains; I am thinking that perhaps THIS will be the 13.1 race that I don't need 2 months to recover from!!
After my run today I did 25 minutes of Yoga for Runners- stretching some of those key muscles & tendons and freeing my mind. What a way to start a Sunday- followed by church and my week to give the lesson at Children's Church (pre-K-3rd grade). The lesson was about talking to God. And how simple talking to God really is. I loved this most because my 9 year old son helped me. And to watch him read scripture to the children brought joy to my heart.
I was in awe today of the fall colors and all the things that God can accomplish. After the severe heat & drought that we had this summer, with trees dying off all over the place- the spledor of the fall colors this season has been tremendous!
Going alon with tremedous was the 5 mile run we got in this morning. Bumping our long runs up from 4 to 5 miles this week, we did 1/1 intervals and took the run segment at an easy pace. The run felt great & I could not have asked for a better morning to be out. As I was running, I was pondering the last time I was training for the Little Rock Half Marathon- and how I started at zero and went to 13.1 in 12 weeks. While I am not much faster than I was then, I am feeling more accomplished with hitting the 5 mile run with months left to train. We'll stay at the 5/6 mile distance for several weeks before moving ot the 7/8 mile distance.
I am thankful for time to get ready this time & hopefully have more of a distance base to feel really really good and avoid injury.
Fell off the wagon yesterday....HARD. Cake, tacos, chinese buffet, halloween candy. And I didn't even log a thing. It didn't help that I was taking my car to the tire center for the THIRD time with my THIRD flat tire after having a new set of tires installed last Saturday. Each time a differnt tire. I was not a happy customer, to say the least.
There's something about being an emotional eater...I just don't care when I am overstressed. In the moment, it just doesn't matter. Then the guilt sets in over the choices that I made. And then it really doesn't matter cause I've already messed it up. So what's another candy corn or 10?
Okay...so..today is a NEW day. And new opportunities for success :))
Today I am going to make up index cards with my goal time for LIttle Rock half marathon. And post them EVERYWHERE!! Because I KNOW the only way I am going to make that time is by losing at least 20 lbs. by March 3rd. Both my race goal & my weight loss goal are very realistic and I know I CAN do it!
I love music. It totally sets my mood and I choose music based on what activity I am engaging in. My running music is way different than my car music. And my work music is way different than my house cleaning music which is different than my getting dressed in the morning music.
In the car today, I was pondering what was awaiting me at the office after not having been there in a week. As my mind spun, the music on the radio grounded my feet and set me in the right direction. The station was K-LOVE and the lyrics that went through my mind all day: Out of all the voices calling out to me, I will choose to listen and believe the words of truth. And when the world tells you that you can't, it will tell you that you CAN!
This applies to so many things right now. Weight loss. Running. Being there for my family while working two jobs. And simply being the best I can be, while maintaining my normal cheery attitude :) I have been given a great life and I hope that I can always reflect God's love in all that I do.
I was also surprised this morning at the difficulty of my run. I know I was running on empty- but I just didn't have the energy I needed to keep up w/ my running buddy. She graciously slowed the pace as we took it easy doing 1:00/:45 run/walk. I am wondering if maybe we should plan to take it easier on our Tuesday runs since our Sunday runs are the "long" run days. This we ran 4 miles on Sunday, but did 1:30/1:00 which was pushing it a bit for me. Either way, I figure.....we were out there at 5:15am and the moon was so bright! The air was crisp. And we were lapping everyone who was still in bed!! Our time: 39:03.
And because of endurance events, I can manage life. It seems that every hour of every day is filled with something that "needs to be done". While some hours of the day, I can choose to be still, mostly I am consumed with keeping all the balls in the air.
I know this is just a season in our lives and that God has prepared me well to get through the storm. But in the midst, I will choose to keep up on my running. It is my sanity in an insane life.
I picked up my book today to begin builing an online Marriage & Family class. I am Blessed with the opportunity to have the extra $$- but will rely on the strength and only comes from my maker to get through!!
Meeting my running partner at 5:15 am for our Tuesday 3 miler. Good night all!