Day 132 - Countdown to spring
Saturday, December 14, 2013
It's been a while since I posted anything - 56 days to be exact. In that time I have injured my foot, and recovered, ran a 5k in stellar time and hit my longest run yet (6.2 miles). I'm still in awe at how far I have come with running in such a short period of time, but I feel a bit stalled at the moment.
The weather here (midwest) is so wicked cold in the winter that my ability to persevere through freezing temps, coupled with a wind chill that is unbelievable, is put to the test daily. I'm also running most days of the week in the dark. Not an ideal situation for a multitude of reasons. The 5k I ran last weekend was partially over the Missouri river during a day when the air temp was 1 degree without the wind chill! I actually thought I might have a bit of frostbite after that run. My toes are fine now and I no longer get shooting pains in them, but boy was that a wake up call for me about the importance of good cold weather gear.
I'm not dwelling on the numbers on the scale. It is what it is. My measurements are reflecting a smaller figure even if the scale isn't swinging wildly towards a smaller number. I feel so much healthier than I ever thought possible and in fact the best I have in 10 years. All of which supports my ability to make running a lifestyle change, not merely a passing fad. Who knew? I am a runner!
I celebrated my 37th birthday four days ago. I don't feel 37, but my drivers license says I am, so I guess I am. I mention this because a friend of mine who is an actuary used to send me life expectancy tables in an effort to get me to quit smoking. As a birthday present to myself I asked him to send them again. This time those tables showed a life span that reflects the conscious choices and changes I made over the last five months to actually LIVE! There is a huge difference in what a person can get out of this life who consciously decides to live and live well, rather than what a person who slowly poisons themself with all things toxic to their life and well being ultimately gets out of this life. I am thankful for learning this even if it did take me 36 years. I can be a little stubborn and knuckle-headed at times. LOL.