Saturday, November 17, 2012
I ran my 10k! Apparently that distance makes you tune out conversations without effort when your grandparents are trying to tell you about homeless people being drug addicts.
After a grocery store run today I start getting ready. At 4:15 I'm ready to go, but my uncle decides to tell me that his girlfriend is hiring and that I should get my resume to her today at 7pm. What a great heads up! I scheduled this run 12 weeks ago, I've put a lot of effort into it, and I find too many managers want action immediately... I'm not THAT desperate for a job even when I think I am. :-P So I get to that private college and hit the track...
Well, actually, I hit the track after convincing the football game patrol guard that I am not trying to leave the college and instead I'm trying to take a right turn to get to the track parking lot. I know they lost the game, but no need to kick everyone out because of it :-P
I start running, and running, and running, and running, I think I hit a mile at 12:30... good Lord over 5 more to go... and running... and running... and running... and something that may count as running... and more freakin' running... oh look! I hit 3.1 miles in 41 minutes... another 5k to go... please tranquilize me... til then, more running, and running... and running, there's a lady on the track and I pass her at a time of daylight... and running... and running... and running... oh look, I'm about to pass the walking lady again... and running... and running... oops scared the screaming walking lady! Let's pretend my earphones are noise canceling and really loud... more running... make it stop? and running... I think the scaredy lady left... and running... and GASP!!! I have like 1.2 miles left! So I go a little faster, I restart my music because I ran out of songs... all while running... and running... and running... and in the beginning I doubted my ability to run it in under 1:30:00 minutes...
I ran my first ever 10k in 1 hour, 28 minutes and 58 seconds! I'll never complain about a 5k distance ever again. But next week is officially nap time.
Oops... no nap time? That's probably because that sales interview called and I have an interview at 11:45am on Monday. I applied for something called an MCA (at least that's what they told me they call it), but the HR lady insisted I was a salesperson. Okay... so in other words you only have sales positions open? I'd call you out but that would be rude and honestly just let me freaking work! Thank you. So I'll hopefully be working a few days before Black Friday... I've never even been part of a Black Friday. But if it's anything like a Rebecca Black Friday it's probably something I'll need to immensely prepare for because that was kinda scary. But truthfully, I started a Baskin Robbins job in Gatlinburg when I was 20. My first day was July 3rd which was their busiest day of the year due to the parade that night. If I start on Black Friday... that would be rather unfortunate.
So this next week I won't be running. My feet thank me.
One of my challenges this week is to read my Week 1 letter to my Week 10 self:
I'm writing to tell you that I am now dead. You can never return to me because I won't be there. You're a runner, you're smaller, you're wiser, I'm nothing more than a memory and everything less than what you are now. If you turn back and try to be the person I am today, you'll find yourself depressed, not hopeful like I am today, you'll find yourself in worse shape too if you try to return, forward is the only way to go.
It's been 10 more weeks on top of the 8 week challenge you completed over the summer and the two week break. If you're reading this in November, that's 20 weeks you've been dieting and exercising at varying degrees. It took you 16 minutes to run a mile in July, how about now? It took you 43:30 to run a 5k, how about now? While writing this I know you have come a long way, keep running over the Holidays and DON'T SCREW THIS UP!
Thanksgiving is coming up, so enjoy it, but don't slack off because of it. Christmas is approaching as well, don't ask for too much candy in your stocking, and challenge yourself to eat less, spread out the chocolate into more manageable portions. Whatever the case, keep running, keep fighting, keep persevering!
The thing I want you to understand the most, is that this isn't a "break", this isn't a "finale", this isn't maintenance, this is a continuation. You started a war against your weight, and it's never going to completely give up. You've gone over 4 months of hard effort, and that's a record set for you. Continue that into lucky BLC17!
I challenge you to become something, something that makes the person you are today look weak and something you never wanna go back to in the future, just like I hope you think of me today.
I enjoyed running with you these few months
So, I challenged myself to make myself something that makes me never want to revert back to who I am today. Who I was 10 weeks ago ran a mile 1 minute, 5 seconds slower than me, they never ran a 10k, or a 5k under 40 minutes. They never ate spaghetti squash and they didn't have a XL Domo shirt. What a loser that guy was! :-P
After this upcoming week I'm going to do the advanced version of the Spark 5k plan. It's 5 weeks and I believe it starts you out with walking one minute and running 3 minutes. Perhaps by then I'll have a nice little part time job... or I'll come in to my 5th "interview" turned wild goose chase like always.
I'll write my new letter tonight and post it tomorrow morning. It's been an interesting 10 weeks... all kinda fuzzy right now... but to the 15ish people still working on the Crimson Devils team, congratulations! Well placed effort, and I hope to see you continue in the future :-)
Now if only I could lose some pounds.