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Day 241: Running is my Valentine

Friday, February 15, 2013

Heppy belated Valentines day, everyone!

This year was the first year that I refused to think of February 14th as Singles Awareness day. I'll be honest, it took some effort to avoid the inheirent bitterness that comes with being single on the most popular day about romantic love in our country.

I took a different perspective yesterday. Yesterday was all about loving me. I wore my favorite shirt, put on some jewelery (which I rarely wear) and just took care of myself. I tried to remember to smile all day. I tried to think consciously about my own happiness. I started my day as my own valentine.

The work day was long, not gonna lie. Though, it was productive. It was good.

By 5:15 I had to leave and go to meet up with the runners. After 30 minutes to go less than six miles I finally got there. I wore pink. I wore a smile. I decided to challenge myself. There were two options for this 'romantic' valentines day run - 4 miles or 6. For a moment, a brief moment, I considered doing 4. After all, it was 3 mile Thursday, I should stick to my plan?

I have never, never been so glad not to stick to plan.

I knocked out the 6 miles with the help of a very patient Full-Marathon trainee in just over an hour. 1 hour 04 minutes. Seriously!

I'm so proud.


After that run when I sat in my car and looked at my watch and saw how far I'd gone, thought about how I felt, and realized that I'm SURE I could have kept going - let me tell you, Running became my valentine.

Running gives me the most amazing gifts, too! It makes me strong. It makes me confident. It introduces me to the most amazing people. Running inspires me. Running gives me more reasons to love myself than any other person could. Best Valentine ever.

Someday, when I'm a confident runner - when I'm sure I won't struggle to complete a distance, I'll be there, in the back, with people like me now. I'll be there hanging with them so they won't be alone - just like that trainee did with me last night.

I'm feeling inspired.

This morning the scale graced me with 185.7.
Today I've also been graced with sunshine.
Today is a good day.

I hope you all are having as beautiful day as I am.
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    1827 days ago
    That is awesome, I'm proud and happy for you :)
    1829 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Nice job on your progress and the attitude.
    1829 days ago
    1829 days ago
    Hooray! I'm glad you had a great day yesterday. I think Valentine's day is mostly there to make the single people feel like crap, and make the people in fresh relationships pressured to buy stuff, srsly.

    No comfort at all, but: My V-days aren't very romantic at all! The Husband treats it like another day off. He buys me flowers because he says he has to, or it means he is a bad husband. Then he spends the rest of the day yelling at his computer. (Because you know, it is terribly upsetting when a pack of champion IMPS steamrolls you and you have to pay a durability fee). Then sometime in the evening, he asks what's for dinner, and refuses to go out because it'll be too crowded. lol

    Still, I ate a crapton of Italian food last night,and it was totally awesome for the first 30 min! lolololol

    I'm so happy to hear that you got a fantastic run in, though! I think it's awesme that there was someone there to encourage you. I'd like to think that some day, I could be that motivating for someone else. When there are people like that around, humanity feels a little less hopless! I'd love to maybe one day be able to help someone else like that.

    So, I am proud of you too! Way to go! 6 miles is cray cray!
    1829 days ago
    I would say you are well on your way to being a confident runner. Nice job!!

    Just know, there will be days where ANY distance will be a struggle. But, even my worst day of running was a BETTER day because I ran.
    1829 days ago
    That's awesome!!! Way to go!!! (And honestly, married people don't always have very romantic Valentine's Days, I watched Swamp People and bought spatulas at Bed Bath and Beyond, lol)
    1829 days ago
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