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Happiness is pride.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I ran a full 5K today. It was awful--it's totally not fair that the course starts out and ends up uphill. I was tired after that first few minutes of going uphill, so I was tired for pretty much the whole thing. I did have to pause and let a vehicle go through the intersection, and starting back up at that point was the hardest thing, maybe...

Every time a marker came up saying how far I'd gone, I wanted to cry, because I felt like I'd gone farther than that. I couldn't move any faster than I did, and I was far from setting a new best time, but I am so proud of myself for running the whole shebang.

I may take the next couple days off from running, and just do a little walking or aerobics or something (or spend some time getting reacquainted with my weights, which I only pick up once or twice a week, these days!) but I have done it, I know I can do it, and I can't wait to do it again, better.

AND THEN, I got home with my BK burger and sweet potato fries (skipped the pizza this time, knowing I could use more protein, the hardest of all the edible nutrients for me to get) and ate the burger slowly, trying to put it down between bites (very hard to do, because I was ravenous! We spent some time playing on the playground after the run...) and munching one of the sweet potato fries now and then. I finished the burger, had one or two more fries, and was too full to bother with the other half of the order of fries.

I mean, I probably didn't need fries at all, but I wanted them, they're a seasonal item, and I try not to pass up the chance to get them when they're selling them. (Hold the salt!)

But I couldn't finish them. And I am proud of myself for not letting myself eat them despite feeling full, and despite loving them.

My daughter told me on the way home, too, that my fingers were silly. I was gesturing to the song playing in the car. Okay, it was the one about the monkeys jumping on the bed. Which is to say, my fingers were supposed to be silly. I'm glad she noticed.

Scoped out some 3-seater jogging strollers today, just for fun. They are EXPENSIVE! Most of them, like mine, do not fit through your average doorway, which has made mall walking a bit difficult, and lessened my use of my stroller just based on the fact that I can't actually go IN to places with it. Grocery store aisles, even--very tight fit when using that stroller rather than a shopping cart.

I guess I'm going to have to train a little girl to run very far and very fast, if I ever need another seat for someone new...

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  • v SAMI199
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    Way to Go- I have a feeling your girls will be running right beside you before you know it.

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    1109 days ago
  • v SHARON10002
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    Congratulations on not giving up when things were hard for you! You stuck with it, and that is the most important thing, and something to be very proud of! I don't run because of a hip replacement, and am in AWE of anyone who does - that includes YOU! Visualize yourself running in hilly terrain, and see yourself doing it with ease. The mind cannot differentiate between reality and thought - think of how real some of your dreams are.

    "The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start."
    -John Bingham
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    1119 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/2/2013 11:27:08 AM
  • v KOFFEENUT
    You know what? You hung in there and didn't give up on that 5K - that is a victory all by itself! Not eating all the sweet potato fries? In my book that comes under the heading of "superhuman acts of will". Way to go!
    1121 days ago
  • v ONEKIDSMOM
    emoticon Sticking with it, leading to crossing that finish line, the BEST thing! It *does* get easier, trust me. Hopefully the next one won't be uphill on both ends! emoticon YOU are a winner!
    1122 days ago
  • v BROOKLYN_BORN
    Congratulations on finishing a tough course. I find hills hard too.
    1122 days ago
  • v MPETERSON2311
    WOW! good job!
    1122 days ago
  • v RUNNINGAL425
    So glad to see you last night! You looked good. Sorry I didn't get to see you afterwards, you know I volunteered at the water station and I had to stay til all the walkers passed and pick up all the cups thrown in the road and pack up the coolers, etc. hope we get a chance to visit soon.
    1122 days ago
  • v 2HAMSDIET
    emoticon on finishing a hard race. I know how tough those mountains are when you are use to flat land. Have you thought of a baby back pack instead of a bigger stroller. In my younger days before jogging strollers were well known. That is what I used. I'm so jealous now of bother the strollers and the bike carts. I remember having a two year old on the back baby seat of my bike and the baby in the front pouch. If there is a will there is always a way. Maybe you can hook two strollers together like a train. That will make people stop. emoticon
    1122 days ago
  • v MWWENSIN
    Congrats on completing the 5k Focus on finishing longer distances first then you can worry about speed.
    1123 days ago
  • v YMWONG22
    Congratulations on completing the 5K. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1123 days ago
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