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From my running mind: 5 NSVs on one run!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Today was ST day, but the sun was shining and it was a bit warmer (about 24-degrees), so I decided that I'd take a little run before picking up the weights. I really prefer cardio to ST anyway, so it's not that surprising that I'd put off the ST a little longer with a run.

emoticon Along the run, I met up with FIVE NSVs...

1. It was warmer but not warm. But my little chant as I headed out had nothing to do with the cold. My mind kept repeating, "I love the sun! I love to run! I love the sun! I love to run!" I really meant it, too, I wasn't trying to convince myself.

2. An older gentleman who was out for a walk said, "That's a pretty good pace you have going there." He may not have known anything about running, but it was still nice to hear. Also, I was able to actually answer him and chat briefly as I went by.

3. Two women (who I don't know) were also out walking. One of them said, "I'm inspired watching you run every day." Inspiring feels good! Though it's a little strange to realize that people notice me running around the neighborhood (probably looking like a fool).

4. I set out for a short run and ended up going a little more than 11 miles. The NSV is that I just felt so good out there in the sun that I didn't want to stop.

5. I had the realization that I am happy with where I am right now and even up a few pounds. I am still a few pounds overweight according to the BMI charts, and I am still going to work to get into the healthy range, but I am happy here. If I find that I cannot easily hold on to a lower weight, I'll be ok right where I am now. This is important because I do not want to boomerang back up to my high weight. The last time I tried to make it to goal and failed, I wasn't happy enough with where I was to work at staying there. I felt that if I couldn't make it to some arbitrarily set number that I wasn't good enough. It was all or nothing. I gained back every pound that I had lost plus some. That has been a nagging fear of mine. Today I realized that I do not need to allow that to happen. Whether I get these last 3, 5, 10, 15 pounds off or not, I can stay where I am and be happy. Oh, I know that it's always going to be work, but I also know that I am capable of getting the job done.

I call that a successful run no matter what the pace!
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    The last thing people will be thinking when they see you running is that you look a fool. Almost definitely they are thinking how they wish they could do the same and be doing as well as you are. The women saying you are inspiring was totally unsolicited and also very true! You often inspire many of your fellow Stingrays and Sparkfriends, I guarantee it!
    1533 days ago
    emoticon You're your neighbourhood role model. Practically a celebrity!
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  • STAY39
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    1538 days ago
    What a great run! You are inspiring and you should be proud of yourself!! emoticon
    1539 days ago
    I am so happy for you! I am certain you do not look like a fool! People are inspired by you! Say it and stop there! People notice their neighborhoods and you are out alot running. You are a role model! Pace, shmpace! You are out running, enjoying the sunshine, getting your vitamin D, getting your cardio, getting compliments and tons of NSVs! That is awesome! If I walked 11 miles I would pass out!
    1539 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    WOW!!! This is really really inspiring!!! I can assure you that you do not look like a fool out there running every day!! Those ladies even said so! Being happy were you are at is such a GREAT NSV!! You made it! BEFORE your first SP anniversary! How emoticon is that!! Hopefully it is my turn now,lol!
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