I got thinking while running today, I realized how much I am loving my 5K runs and that on each run, I am making small gains, meeting small goals and really looking forward to the next race. I can run a distance of 3.1 miles almost any time that I want, on the treadmill, or outdoors, but there is something special to run an official race with other people.
I love the collective energy and seeing how I can do vs. myself and everyone else. I also like seeing my name on that list after the race is over. Hence my disappointment at the chip mix up on Saturday. I was 7th in my age group, even though my name's not on the list. I know I was there and I did it. Oh well. I am already signed up for my next race and will put on any and every chip that shows up in my race packet!!
Oh, sorry, got off track there. Today, I went for a great run/walk on the MKT ( www.gocolumbiamo
), it was cloudy, but in the low 50s and the rain was moving in as I was finishing up. So I got out there at exactly the right time. I am currently working on training up for my next Army PT Test in just over 3 weeks. I did my straight 2 miles in 18:08ish, which is a great speed.
One thing that I realized is that I have run 2 really cold races since coming home, the First Night Race was about 30 degrees with spitting snow, and the Sweetheart 5K was about 20 degrees and sunny. So my tolerance for running in the cold is much improved. I definitely have a much higher tolerance for cold as opposed to heat.
I also realized that if someone had told me 5 years ago I would be running (hopefully) 6 races this year, let alone planning to run a 10K by the end of the year, I would have looked at them like they had 5 heads. I then started reflecting on the things that have spurred/are spurring me on to ever greater accomplishments in my life.
I think one of the first things that started my current trajectory in life was choosing to have a home birth after a cesarean in 1995. It proved to me how strong I was and really helped me heal from the unexpected c-section I had with my daughter. I gained a deep knowledge of what I could accomplish if I set my mind to it.
I think the next big event in my life was finding out that I had a hole in my heart and having to survive heart surgery... I had nursing school to get through! I made it through that challenge successfully as well.
Then after several years as an overweight nurse, I woke up in 2008 and decided to lose the weight and get healthy... so I did. Another milestone achieved... and 2 Sept 2013 will be 5 years in maintenance!
The weight loss led to my dream of re-entering the military in 2009. I have achieved the rank of Captain, completed my first year deployment, and am now the XO of my unit.
Rather than his being a list of my accomplishments, though, it really goes to show how the choices you make and the successes you have can really lead to more success. It really builds on itself. So remember to allow yourself to build on what you have achieved and never forget that they are your foundation for future successes. They can also buoy you up when times get tough... and then you can look back and be even prouder of yourself for never having quit or given up!
Right now I figure I may someday run a half marathon, but I still think a full 26.2 is silly, but that can always change!