Thursday, June 28, 2012
Since I demolished my previous record at the Eau Claire Half Marathon (2:41), I have wanted to do it again and again. It's an addiction!
Right now, I have my eye on the Whistlestop Half Marathon in October. A time of 2:30 would be awesome. This means I have to shift my focus for training a bit. For the first three half marathons, it has been just complete the race. Now, with the most recent one, I want to improve my time to be faster. This means running with a purpose (tempo, long slow run, intervals, hill repeats) rather to just run to run.
For the last few weeks, I have been meaning to start with some speedwork - interval and hill repeats. I kept dreading it so I put it off. Well, TODAY I did intervals on the treadmill. I even did 4 miles like it was nothing. It even felt like I was flying at times. Oh, I was... during the 1/4 mile I did it at between 8-10 minute pace. And, I even didn't have any discomfort or anything. I haven't done that in more than a month! SOO excited!!!!
Before I sign off, I would like to send a thank you to my Stephanie, RUN4ME21, who had a virtual running date with me. Our goal was to do intervals but being accountable to the other one. Well, I did it! Stephanie, did you?!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
For the last six months, I have been part of a running program called Run for Life. Run for Life is a three tier program with training options for a 5K, half marathon or full marathon. I was in charge of the 5K program.
Tonight we commenced with a final run and a celebratory BBQ. It was great to hear how they reached their goals -- running a 5K or half marathon for the first time to reaching their goal time for the half or full marathon. You know, there were times I wanted to quit because of personality conflict issues with another coach. I stuck with it and I gotta say I am incredibly proud of these girls!
Our group dwindled down during the 6 months. Here is a photo from tonight.
But, tonight is not the end of the journey. In the fall, I will be doing my internship as the Run for Life Coordinator. This means, basically, I will be in charge of the program. This may not be the most ideal internship for someone with my experience, and near degree. I figure I won't have many opportunities where I can run a running program. Right now, I do. So, I am going to take it.
In addition to that, I am the Employee of the Month! During the meeting with my boss and our CEO when they told me I am the Employee of the Month, the CEO asked what my plans were for the future. I told him I love the Y (because I do!), why I love the Y (great community!) and would love a place in the Y. My boss spoke up and said how great I am and that I was looking into program management. In a couple weeks, I am having lunch with both my boss and CEO as part of being Employee of the Month. Hopefully, there that lunch I can sell myself in why he should create a position for ME!
Friday, June 22, 2012
What does healthy mean to you?
Healthy is more than the physical component. Healthy has a total of six components -- physical, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental and mental.
In the last year, I have been focusing on mere ONE component of healthy -- physical. I measured my maintenance success by my scale. If I was above 160, I failed. If I was below, I was successful.
Well, today as I was reflecting on the last couple heart wrenching weeks, I realized I am really healthy. Yesterday, a guy I really, really liked, who stayed with me for a week, told me how his ex-girlfriend of two years wants him back and he certainly was not opposed to trying it again even through they broke up two years ago. Well, I was/am heartbroken, to say the least. I was the most open and trusting like I haven't been with anyone else (but my family) before. It's suffice to say that I will not be able to trust him with my feelings like I before so whether he's with her or not, I do not know if I can be.
But, my heart break isn't the point. The point is how I dealt with my broken heart. I turned to family and friends to talk about it. I asked for hugs. I cried. I did NOT turn for food. This was the THIRD time this week I dealt with my feelings instead of trying to hide or eat them. Sure, I worked out today but I didn't eat my feelings. This is a HUGE victory for me.
And, this helped me understand I am a truly a healthy person - eating right, exercising, dealing with feelings and stress without sabotaging myself, and having the maturity to deal with these situations. Maybe TODAY should be my maintenance date as today is the FIRST day I feel sincerely full rounded healthy -- physically, emotionally, mentally, and even socially.
Are you full rounded healthy? Are you working on all your components or just one?
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Hello Sparkers!! I just wanted to send out a quick note that I am fine. Many of my sparky friends know I live in northern WI/MN and may be worried. Today we have some flooding going on with some major roads being closed, like the bridge! Guess I won't be going to work today. At least the power is back on. The Internet, though, is not, so I am writing this via my new IPhone! Anyhow, I am safe and sound. I could use a boat if anyone is building one or has connections with Noah.
If you are interested in what it looks like, google Duluth, Mn or Duluth News Tribune.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I made progress!!! Sometimes it takes another person's blog to help me realize I have made progress in my own journey. This time is was my progress with emotional eating. Since the beginning of this journey, I have struggled with this but overall, have been making some slow progress.
This week I had a break through!
In the last couple days, Sunday and Monday, I dealt with a couple situations that ended up with me crying. Obviously, I was sad and/or hurt. In a nutshell, one was that my guy friend, Z, who I romantically like that stayed for a week left. The other was a bit more complicated. More than a week ago, I broke it off with the guy, N, I was FWB because I was really started to like my friend, Z. After Z left, N said some hurtful things like asking if Z was better in the sack than he was, or that he was disappointed in me or that I was hanging all over him. It was like being slapped. Since this conversation was online, I was able to sit down and cry it all out.
The point of this blog isn't to tell you how I was hurt. But, to point out, I didn't EAT my feelings!!! I let myself FEEL my feelings, good or bad. Progress!!!
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