MY NSV … 100/200 Meter Great Grandma Dash!!!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

I mentioned this in the WC NSV slot but I am so proud of myself that I have to tell you guys the whole story Which is too long to do in the chat thread. Some background … The kindergarteners’ school bus normally drives past our driveway to the bottom of our street, makes a U turn then goes past our drive[ again] before stopping at the school bus stop which I can see from my kitchen window. Usually, I wait until I see the bus go past [towards the end of the {dead-end} street] before we [Jasmine and I] walk out the house to the bus stop. it’s a good walk (some neighbors drive to it) but we usually get there in time. Anyways, I don’t know what happened yesterday but I did not see the bus as it went by towards the end of the street. I kept looking out the window thinking that the bus is running late. The next thing I know is that I saw the bus going by towards the bus stop!!!! Thus began my 100/200 meter Grandma Dash!!!

I raced to the bus stop but by the time I got there the bus had already began driving off for the next bus stop. Yes, Jasmine was still on the bus because they will not let her get off the bus without the designated adult to receive her. In such cases, the bus crew have to return the child to the school/mandated holding area. Anyways, I was faced with making a split second decision … try to catch up with the bus at the next stop or go back home and calling the school to find out where to go to get her. I envisioned all the hassle associated with the latter option and decided that I am going to take my chance and chase after the bus! As you all know, I am not a runner, so this would be a monumental achievement for me!! Anyways, I started/continued to chase after the bus.

As I ran down the street, a million thoughts were running through my mind … leading the pack was “give up! You are never going to catch that bus!” Among the front runner group of thoughts were “you look so ridiculous running down the street,” and “you are ‘old’ and ‘fat‘, what are you doing running after a bus?” Also in the far distance of my thoughts were some of my daily mantras which include … ‘never give up until you achieve your goal‘ and ‘Fail to push past your limits and you’ll leave your dreams unrealized.’ To make a long story short, I reached out to those distant thoughts and drew the strength/motivation I need to get the job done.

Mission accomplished!!! I caught up with the school bus !!! I must point out here that more children get off at this stop [than at our stop] so that might have helped but I am not going to allow that to take away from my accomplishment or rain on my parade! Regardless, I chased after and caught up with the bus!!! Hussein Bolt, you better watch out that this great grandma doesn’t snatch the world championship title from you! Lol! Anyways, joke aside, I am a very positive person but this incident has helped my positivity to grow even stronger because of all the resulting off-the-cuff non scale victories.

Topping the awards stand of these NSVs were - I ran for a long distant (for me) possibly 200M; getting complimented (by the bus driver) for the distance I ran and the time in which I did it; and, busting out of my comfort zone. Yesterday’s “lesson” has become a huge motivation for me to do something that I have always kept putting off … running a 5K. There’s a well known quote that states … “The only thing stopping you from reaching your goals and dreams are your limits.” yesterday I took away the limitations, now its time to …

emoticon The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the "buts" you use today. ~ Les Brown

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    Great job good luck with your 5K
    1872 days ago
    ROFLOL!!! Great job...great joy!!! You go girl!!!
    1873 days ago
    emoticon You rock! Good luck training for the 5K! You can do it! emoticon
    1873 days ago
    Wow that is impressive! I am not even up to running that much yet and i am at my maintennance weight now. Good luck in your first 5K I did mine last year and walked it. I am going to try to work up to runnning it a little bit this year if I can.
    1873 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    What an emoticon accomplishment!

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    1873 days ago
    emoticon What an amazing story! And, I couldn't help but smile as I read this, picturing you running down the street! I am so proud of you! I'm sure Jasmine was happy, too!
    1873 days ago
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  • BUSYMOM911
    Thanks for this blog!

    Grandmas rule! emoticon emoticon

    Good for you making a decision to do a 5K. (You know that you can walk some of it. LOL.)
    Keep up the good work with all the fitness you are getting. You (and Jasmine) are worth it!
    1873 days ago
  • 35ANGELS
    emoticon That is amazing. Yes, you can do anything you put your mind to.

    "The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the "buts" you use today." Love that!
    1873 days ago
    Way to go lady! I'm so impressed you didn't let your negative self talk hold you back. You didn't think you could run, but push come to shove, you just DID it! If you think you are ready to start training for a 5k, or just running generally, you might check the Couch to 5K program. They have an awesome phone app that times all the intervals and tells you when to walk, when to run, when to cool down. I always have music playing at the same time, because I have to have the distraction. I'm also not afraid to repeat a week (over and over, if necessary!) Congratulations!! Your body was making fabulous changes you weren't even aware of.
    1874 days ago
  • SHOES17
    Just do it!
    1874 days ago
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