Starting over, being grateful, and a new challenge

Friday, November 02, 2012

I haven’t been running in a while, partly because my foot still hurts after just walking a few miles and partly because I’m just not doing it. I have the super-awesome Iron Girl event coming up in less than 2 weeks, and I’m trying to look at it positively.

My plan was to run the Iron Girl 10K. Now, I’ll participate in the 5K instead, and I hope to do maybe half walking and half running. We’ll see how it goes. I’m trying to get past my initial disappointment with myself and look at this as a social and healthful-living event that it truly is. I wanted to run that 10K. I wanted this to be my first 10K, as last year’s Iron Girl 5K was my first 5K. But I didn’t train consistently and then I got hurt. It’s not meant to be, but it did provide a valuable lesson about training and consistency.

My big thing since I started SparkPeople was to strive for consistency, whether it’s in exercising, drinking water, eating healthful foods, mental exercises, etc. I tend to go all out in the beginning and then burn out awhile later. That’s not consistency! So I’ve tried to keep that at the front of my brain all along, whether it’s worked or not.

In an effort to be consistent and get back to running, I went back to square one with my running plan. At first, I let that initial disappointment flood my brain and I could feel it spread down my arms and into my legs. I had to stop it! “OK, I messed up and didn’t train and now I can’t run the 10K this year. Well, it’s better than trying to run it and possibly injuring my foot even more and then not being able to run at all. So get over it and get out on the track!” And that’s what I did.

I’m trying not to look at it as restarting my C25K training, and it’s a bit different. I’ve started the Couch to 10K training! The first day had me do a 5-minute warmup walk, then run 1 minute and walk 90 seconds in between, and repeat for 20 minutes and cooldown for 5. Very familiar territory. I thought it would be easy and that I might even get bored by running so little when a few days earlier, I had run for 10 minutes straight before having to walk. But, in an effort to turn my thinking around to the positive, I told myself that I would see how it went and see how my foot felt afterward. This was the first time in a few months that I have run and walked with no pain, no needing to stop and stretch, no complaining! So, maybe starting over – no, starting anew – isn’t so bad.


I’m also hopping on the bandwagon I’ve seen a few people join on Spark and Facebook: A Month of Gratitude. I feel like things are finally on an upswing for me and I am grateful for so many people and things in my life, so why not promote that? Here’s what I’m grateful for (so far):

Nov. 1: My cat, Missy (aka Mischief, aka Miss Chief, aka The Boss Lady). She makes me laugh every day and I’m so grateful that she’s in my life now. I lost my kitty of 14 years about a year ago and Missy helped me deal with that profound loss. She may hog my side of the bed every night and drive me crazy with her demands, but I love it.

Nov. 2: San Diego weather! I started my day with a 1-mile walk and it was beautiful outside at 5 a.m. My husband joined me and this Kansas-bred boy was bundled up head to toe. It was 50 degrees! It was too early to catch the sunrise, but I was glad to start the day in a lovely way.


I’m also starting a new challenge this month: Starting each day with a 1-mile walk. And if I or my husband misses a day, we have to pay the other person 10 bucks. I do not like losing money, so I hopped right out of bed this morning and put my shoes on.

It actually felt pretty great to start the day this way. I was warmed up, awake, invigorated! And it took very little time from start to finish.

The holidays are coming up and they always throw me for a loop. I’ll be traveling this Thanksgiving for the first time in years, but I’m determined to stay on track – and not lose any money!
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    Good to hear that you are running again. Definitely take it slow as not to re-injure yourself.

    Your kitty is cute :)
    2356 days ago
    I'm glad you've been able to change the way you're thinking about the Iron Girl and your training plan. Couch to 10K sounds like a great idea!

    I'd hate to lose money too....especially to my husband LOL. And changing the clocks back 1 hour this weekend will make it a little easier!! and not quite so dark.

    Your kitty is so pretty! She reminds me a bit of the cat I had as a child. I'm glad you have a new little friend to make you laugh.

    Have a great weekend!
    2358 days ago
    Love it! I think I'm going to jump on this grateful bandwagon myself.
    2359 days ago
    Great motivation to get up in the mornings, when i was preggo with my son my husband and i used to wake up at 4am for an early walk! Miss those days. emoticon emoticon
    2359 days ago
  • STODD251
    I love the walking first thing in the morning idea. I'd have to wake up much earlier to manage that, but it would definitely be good for me.
    2359 days ago
  • ABB698
    Awesome challenge between you and Tony, Heather! Love it! I'm sorry your foot didn't let you do the 10K this year, but you are so right-at least you're (we're) doing it, and that's lapping everyone on the couch! I too, didn't get to train for the Iron Girl this year, and I'm just ever so grateful I get to do it-period. Only a month ago, it wasn't looking favorable, but thanks to acupuncture, I'm in! I may cringe and cry when I cross that finish line, but I'll be crossing it, and that's what matters! Looking forward to seeing you!!
    2359 days ago
    Missy is beautiful :)
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    Loved this blog!
    2359 days ago
  • MARTY728
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    2359 days ago
    money's always a great motivator (at least for me)! enjoy your early morning walks. I love mine!
    2359 days ago
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