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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!


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    It's that Army training that says don't give up without trying first, right! Isn't it wonderful when we can challenge ourselves to do a little more and succeed beyond anything we expect. You sure showed those young 'uns how it's done!

    3604 days ago
    Wow...I'm impressed!. You are really kicking it up a notch. Great! Keep it up!!
    3605 days ago
    I LOVE hearing that you are trying to push yourself to see what you can do! And OOOOOOOH WOW!!! DOESN'T IT FEEL GOOOOOOOOD???
    I LOVE IT!!!
    Hope you're having a great week and I KNOW you'll be running in NO time!!!
    ((BIG HUGS))
    3605 days ago
  • SAMANTHA19782
    It is great to believe in yourself! You should...I bet it felt awesome to be able to job a bit. I believe in you also! It is truly inspiring to read your blogs I can't say it enough. Speaking of running...I had to run to our gate because I locked myself out. Another car was coming in and I had to run to get in through that gate. I was so happy it didn't feel weird running. I wasn't that winded either. We are doing it Julynn and it is AWESOME!

    Take care
    Sam emoticon
    3606 days ago
    I believe in you too. YOu have the determination that you need to complete this journey!!!
    And friends like me that believe in you!
    3606 days ago
    emoticon emoticon That is great
    3607 days ago
    Wow Julynn! Congratulations! That is so great! Keep up the good work:)

    I love how you said that you are listening to your body. That really is the right thing to do. Your body loves it as much as you do.

    You've inspired me to get outside for a walk.
    Looking forward to hearing more stories!
    Take care,
    3608 days ago
    As a fellow runner, let me give you a HUGE round of applause! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I am so proud of you for giving it a shot and finding out - tada! - you CAN do it! You are so smart to mix it up with walking and running. Keep it slow for now - for weeks even - says the voice of injury experience. Before you know it you will be running full laps and then full miles, and then you will find yourself in a 5K!

    I am so happy for you! What a great example to set the young gals - hope they can keep up! emoticon emoticon
    3608 days ago
    I actually got a little teary eyed when you described your first run! Good for you! Way to believe in yourself! We sure do!


    You've inspired me to get my workout in today even though I'm feeling super lazy! Thank you so much for writing your blog!

    3608 days ago
    AWESOME job!! you have just motivated me to pick up the pace @ the track this weekend ...thank you thank you thank you :) (have a greeeeeeeat weekend and workout!)
    3608 days ago
    emoticon and emoticon You really outdid yourself today. I think sometimes when I am on the treadmill that I would like to start to run but I just don't think it's a good idea yet. I'll get there though. I am so glad to hear you say you believe in yourself. Tomorrow , don't be surprised when you can't get out of bed LOL, but get back to that track and do whatever you can do . I am proud of you,

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    3609 days ago
    WOW!!! GREAT JOB!!!! Keep up the good work... emoticon

    3609 days ago
    GREAT job Julynn -- I am so proud of you! You can do anything you set your mind to do :)
    3609 days ago
    I love it! - I can just see you and your girls out there and imagine how you must feel being able to do something that, just a short time ago, you would never have thought you could.

    Have a fun workout tomorrow, too and a great weekend!

    3609 days ago
  • JCL129
    ...on a side note, you have the same thoughts I do when I try to run. "Lord, please don't let me pass out and die! Not in front of the children, Lord...." LOL! But it is indeed exhilarating to run when everyone tells you that you can't/shouldn't.

    Keep listening to your body and your spirit!


    3609 days ago
  • no profile photo LINDAMCLYMORE
    Way to go baby! I know you can do this! keep the good work up
    I love you so very much you are in my prayers emoticon
    3609 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/5/2009 12:37:45 PM
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