Monday, May 10, 2010
I went into this no real expectations, no time goal, and probably undertrained (longest run prior 8 miles). So 13.1 could I do it, yes I could and in less than perfect conditions. 20-30 mph winds colder than cold (46 degrees I think) at start of race. So there stood my sister and me at the start line way back in corral Y with all the walkers (my sister had no idea what she would be running when she signed up). After 30 minutes we finally got started with the race our first mile was moving trying to get around all the walkers. Alas at mile 3 my sister had illiotibial band pain from H-E-double hockey sticks and I give her all the credit in the world she toughed it out for 10.1 miles. I felt great throughout the whole race (she and I) wishing that her leg was not in pain, we never gave up and we never quit but it should have been better it should have been great but it was just 2 girls running a14:48 pace and finishing at 3:13:38, we were pleased to finish but I know how much we both wanted to run 12 minute miles but injury fought us. She apologized for slowing me down but I told her I came to run with her not make a time goal and it is so true, I had the most fun a person could have torturing themselves for 13.1 miles, I smiled, laughed and talked through the whole thing, and somewhere there is a nice lady who told me I was helping her get through it while encouraging my sister. She thought I had done one before but alas I had not. At 8 miles I was like I have been here, at 9 miles I was like I am still feeling good, at 10 miles still feeling it, at 11 miles and beyond my feet began to feel like they were made of glass and breakable, but at the end I could have continued on so Chicago bring it on and I will bring it to you! The wind sucked, but the bands played on, and to be honest I really had the most fun ever and I can't wait until my next one.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
9 months ago I didn't think running was possible, 9 months ago I was certain I was destined to be a fat girl for the rest of my life 9 months ago I had a reality check when I stepped on the scale and cried immediately afterward. 9 months ago I watched and infomercial that changed my life. P90X, after completing the program I knew I could run again, I knew I wasn't destined to be fat, I knew I could do anything I set out to do! Now I am on the verge of running a half marathon this weekend and I am elated to be taking on Everest, I am working my way up and running this race will be a huge step up that mountain. There is still plenty of work ahead but this is like finding a nice spot on the mountain to rest for a night!
Monday, May 03, 2010
Do you ever look at people who are jogging down the street, lifting a really heavy weight and think "Wow look at them go they are so fast, so strong, so...insert anything you think you are not. I often see other runners going fast and I think "I'm not a runner, I can't go fast" I see people who are fit and skinny and think "why can't I be like that" The truth is we can all be what we want to be if we just change our thinking. No I don't run fast this is true, but I run and it is just as challenging to me as it is to them regardless of the pace. Am I fit and skinny when I look in the mirror no I don't think so, but the truth is I am fit I workout and while I'm no fitness cover model I can push and challenge my body to do all kinds of fitness activities, skinny no that is not me nor do I want it to be, because skinny isn't all it's cracked up to be, I wouldn't trade being as strong as an ox for a movie star body because my strength is what helps me do my job and makes me useful at helping friends move, working on houses, and doing my career. To answer the question in the title If you can, why can't I, its because my thinking holds me back from thinking I am something, my newest challenge to myself is to continually think I can and let the others in the world wonder why they can't!
Monday, May 03, 2010
Got a lot of things to do before my trip including stuff dealing with getting my house completely finished all small projects complete! Going to be spending the day tomorrow catching up on housework, packing things into my Indy bag that I won't need, I have a meeting with the people who will be finishing my house, and yardwork, also helping a friend finish moving into her house. Tuesday will be much of the same more meetings hopefully housework will be done before Tuesday but I know me so I will be doing more of it. I also have to get my last couple easy workouts in before the weekend...so nervous but excited too! I guess being busy is a good thing though then I won't overthink the upcoming race!
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