Friday, June 29, 2012
I feeling better then yesterday. I stopped pouting, sucked it up, and got on with life. Because even though I spent 8 hours a day at work, it's not completely my life. It's my job. My life doesn't center around it, and this job definitely doesn't make me who I am! My life is fun. I love the things I do. My life is running, family, mentoring, and reading. Not just work. So I am going to remember that always!
I went jogging last night! Oh man, I missed that. I was probably really stupid for going when it was 87 degrees out, but eh, oh well. It was a 2.8 course and the sun was just beating on me. Of course I forgot a water bottle so that made it hard. Plus, I only wore my sports bra and not another bra, big mistake. My poor girls got their butt kicked. They hurt. But I remembered my hat, and FINALLY got to use my mp3 player. I've only had the thing forever and just found the power cord after a year of looking. It came in handy. Some of those old songs I had on there got me moving a lot faster then without music. My total time was 42 minutes, so roughly somewhere around a 15 minute mile. Not the best, but since I technically haven't RAN RAN since May 18th, I am going to take it. I can totally get back down to a 11-12 minute mile by the time of my race, I know it.
Unfortunately, do to running, my body is hurting today. The right leg in general. At this point, since its been so long, I'm just going to suck it up and deal. If I wait for someone to figure out it wrong with this thing, I'll be old and grey. I have goals to meet here people! I know you may think I am crazy,but I just can't let it take me down anymore. I should wait, heal, blah blah, but I am missing out on some great races and running time. I will continue to monitor it. If it gets WORSE, then I will take the next step. But for now, the damn thing has to deal. I don't care if I have to drag it behind me!
Mailed in my registration for the Rochester Women's Race yesterday! Wee! So pumped to be back in there. I have been thinking about my time goals and pretty sure I will make one of them. And why didn't I think about mailing in registration before!? Seriously saving some $$ on taxes and such online. Yes, harder to know if you are confirmed, but eh, I will take that step. I had exactly one month from yesterday. I got this.
With that, looks like I will be doing two races in August. Typically I only like to do one a month, but its a must. First I was going to do the "Tie up for the Troops Challenge Run". It's held in another city, but basically, a bunch of miltary groups start the race before you, and the goal is to catch up and pass them. Tshirt AND medal. Umm, yes please! I always shoot to do things with the miltary due to my brother, makes me feel even more proud. If its not too cold then, I plan on wearing my Marine shirt. On the back, it has a picture of a Marine praying in front of the boots and dog tags of another. I always get comments on it when I wear it. Very powerful shirt.
The second one I ran into yesterday. A couple of months ago, a girl in a town close to me committed suicide. She was 13. She was bullied at school, beyond belief. It's completely sad. Breaks my heart. So the family is putting on a race for her doing their town celebration. I just know in my heart that I have to be there. I never knew her, but its the point of just being there to support the family and put a stand to bullying. Very excited for both races.
And, to the best news I have recieved this week... I FINALLY GOT A MENTEE! I signed up with the program last month and finally they found a girl to match with me. She is 12 years old and has been having some programs at school. She has high anxiety and ADHD, so being teased and bullied is something she is dealing with. My heart broke during the email, I definitely think I could be a good person in her life! She wants to be a vet tech and loves a lot of the same things I do. Yay! There is only one downfall though. She rather do the biking side of the program then running. :( At first I was a bit sad, since running is my thing, and I don't think I have rode a bike since NSYNC was still #1, but you know, I definitely don't need something like that stopping me. I love challenges! So I said yes to being with her and our meeting with her and the family will be in the second week of July. Very excited. Plus, this gives me some time to find a bike, helmet and figure out where I am going to store the thing! My condo isn't that big. But eh, I shall always make things work. Going to walmart tonight to take a peek at what they have!