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Running... seriously?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Yesterday was a big day for me in a way I never imagined. I ran.

I have been reading blogs by LDRICHEL. She is a runner. Her story has inspired me in many ways because even though times and life get tough, she may falter a bit, but not for long.
She wants victory in her life.

I have a neck injury and back injury with chronic pain and I'm diabetic. sigh... But I have a desire to live healthy and longer than my Mom, who passed away at 60. I am 56.

SparkPeople has really been a spark... no ... more like a flame that lights a path to healthy living for me and countless others.

So when I hurt my knee from Zumba, I couldn't do my walking, Zumba etc for quite awhile. The third time I tweeked my knee from 28 day Boot camp - I threw my hands up... ok - no more lunges for me!!

We have just moved to a rural area, 2 1/2 hours from where we have lived for almost 13 years. Not much available. And we get a lot of snow in the winter. Like between 150 and 300 inches. Yes. Alot of snow. So I need something to do something!

So I talked to my husband about getting a Wii and Wii Fit. Our early Christmas present.

I started with stepping and the other exercise stuff, even some yoga. No lunges. :-)

Then I started doing the short run. Then the Island cycling. Over time it was getting easier and the short run was too short. So yesterday I tried the Free Run. When 10 minutes showed on the timer, I freaked. "I can't do 10 minutes of running". Seriously I can't do 10 minutes. The voice in my head said to me, you're right! Go back. I told the voice to shut up (ok, in my head I did) that I would do what I could.

I could do 5 minutes right? I've already done close to that. 5 minutes. But a little spark in my heart said, a mile... I bet you can do a mile. I got to 5 minutes and thought hmmm I can do 1 minute more and then I can get to the mile. So I did. I was feeling it, man was I feeling it but I kept on.

So then I tried to click stop so I could save the credit and it wouldn't take. Drat! Could I walk? Sure. Walking counted. So I walked... quickly for 2 minutes. Had 2 minutes left. Could I run for that last 2 minutes. You Bet!!! and....

I did! I ran for 8 minutes. The distance was 1.66+. Not a marathon... not a 5K.

But for me... it felt great! It felt marvelous. It was spectacular. It was SPARKIN-tabulous!

Taking my bow, Sandra

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WE_PA_FIT 1/29/2013 7:38AM

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BRIDGIEEE 1/28/2013 11:29AM

    Good job!!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/8/2013 12:42AM

    SANDRA! How did I miss this??? Way to go girl!! That is great! :-) You SHOULD BE SO PROUD!! Keep working at it! I hope your knee is doing okay these days. Have you gotten dumped on with snow?? We have almost NONE. And all week it's supposed to be in the 40's..........we're going to see GRASS in January! Unheard of! ;-)

Great blog girl!!! KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SANDYBREIT 12/23/2012 1:08AM

    emoticon Awesome!


So, your middle name is Jean, right?
Does everyone named "Sandra" have a middle name of "Jean" ? (and where did that come from, anyway???)


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 12/21/2012 11:37AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon It is not about how far or how fast you go. You did it!!!! emoticon

Just think. In the spring you can venture outside and it will be beautiful. emoticon

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LACYME 12/20/2012 3:34PM

    emoticon Good for you for taking that first step into becoming a runner!!!!! Its all about tht first mile!!!!!

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KSWEEMS1 12/20/2012 12:45PM

    Awesome!! What an accomplishment! I'm recuperating from a hip injury and I'm hoping to be in your shoes very soon! emoticon emoticon

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AGK3112 12/20/2012 12:42PM

    emoticon way to go dear. I am also not runner. but I have started running in this december. So far I had 2 small 10 min run in my neighborhood.

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MJ7DM33 12/20/2012 12:12PM

  emoticon Way to get it done!!!

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KANDOLAKER 12/20/2012 9:05AM

    emoticon Way to stick with it - and get it done! Way to go!

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JOYINKY 12/20/2012 9:01AM

    emoticon Fantastic Sandra! I know you feel great! WooHoo!

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MOSTMOM1 12/20/2012 7:35AM

    Woo to your hoo, girl, woo to your hoo!

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