You must believe in yourself!
Friday, June 05, 2009
You must believe in yourself! Well friends it me again, just thought I would put my thoughts in writing. This morning I did the strangest thing. My daughter 20 and our neighbor 17 decided they wanted to start a running program. You know they are young and they want to be hot for the summer, short and swim ware, stuff like that. Well I said to myself, while they run, I will walk the track to get in some extra exercise. That sounds good right, well I thought so.
I got to tell you; you must believe in yourself! Needless to say, I had to drive us down to the track, we live in a small town, the track is a ¼ mile oval so four times around 1 mile. I was a bit skeptical because these youngsters would be finished with their mile and will have to wait on me; no problem, I have the car keys. We stretched together; I gave them advice to ease into the run, not to overdo it. Oh how I wanted to run, I’m a use to be athlete and a US Army veteran, I know what it is to run and be fit. Some of my colleagues say I should lose more weight before I try to run, my knees are terrible, ACL reconstruction left knee and arthritis in both. What is a girl to do, the mind and heart is willing but the body is not able.
There is no doubt, you must believe in yourself! How about this we all started walking, that was the plan the 17 year old up front, the 20 year second and then me, yes the 43 year old in the rear. We walked half the track and then I shouted okay ladies it’s time for you guys to start your jog, then work to your sprint and back to your jog again; they did as I instructed. Something in me said try it, just take it slow, you must believe in yourself. OMG! I can’t believe it, it took two steps then another, and then another, and you get the picture. It only lasted a short while but I did it. I then slowed to a brisk walk to relax and keep my heart rate up. Then I tried it again, the second burst I heard my daughter shot, my mom is running, good job while applauding, boy what motivation; what encouragement that gave me, all while thinking, Lord, please don’t let me fall out and die.
Did I mention! You got to believe in yourself! As I continued my walk and jog in increments my daughter caught up to me and said mom, can I take a water break, it was the 1 mile mark so I said sure but I’m at my running mark; she said well I’m going to walk; so I took off again, as I completed my 1 mile I looked back as I rounded the corner to start another lap and my daughter the 20 year old was in the car drinking her water the 17 year old had followed suit and I was the only thing left on the track, walking and running. You must believe in yourself, I continued for another 2 laps while the youngsters watch the old lady work out. Boy, what a feeling, it may sound like a minor accomplishment for some but for me I am on top of the world to run and walk 1.5 miles in 30 minutes just because I believed in myself. We have another engagement tomorrow at 7am, I will be among the youngster with keys, water bottle and towel in hand; but I will remember to take it slow and listen to my body all because I believe in myself.
Thank you for listening and have a marvelous weekend!