Friday, July 20, 2012

Sweet Satisfaction

"It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal. " ~Helen Keller

Yes, the quote and picture can mean only one thing. That little goal that I stated in my last post, the one about wanting to run 3 miles by sometime this week, well I did it. I did it a mere 2 days after I posted it. I woke up on Saturday morning and had seen a status from a friend about how great it feels to workout first thing in the morning. I haven't been able to do that in years, so I decided to get my butt off the couch and do it. I got there and ran, and ran, and ran. My Ipod just kept playing the right songs, one after the other. Before I knew it, I was at 2.5 miles. I was feeling the burn by then but thought "You have come this far. Just think about how mad you will be at yourself if you came that close and just stopped." So I didn't(stop, that is). I hit 3 miles. I accomplished one of my main goals. I actually had shattered it, doing it a whole week before I thought I could. And man did it feel amazing. Sure I was dripping in sweat and my hips felt like they did when I was 35 weeks pregnant, and Lenae had already dropped close to 3 times. But nothing was taking away from that sweet satisfaction. I almost yelled out as soon as I hit my mark, but figured it was best to not label myself as the crazy lunatic if I was going to continue to workout there. And shoutout to my Mom, who also hit the 3 mile mark on Monday!!!! We have both done it twice now..and it's getting easier each time!

Now on to goal #2. We have taken the step and have chosen the 5K we want to participate in. We had orignially wanted to do one in August, but have decided to wait until the weather cools down. We chose the Bob Ardrey Marathon(it also has a half marathon and 5K run) in Salina, on September 22nd. That should give plenty of time to chip away at our times and work on speed maintenence. Can't wait!! Here's a link to it just in case you want to come run with us :)!
It has a link to the actual event page too. It's for a great cause!

I also found out within the last week that I have limits. I know, I know. Contrary to what everyone believes, I'm not superwoman...(haha). I went on a workout kick and ran 3 miles Saturday, ran 3 miles(1 mile at a time) and walked a mile on Sunday, ran 2 miles on Monday, lifted weights on Tuesday, and ran 3 miles again on Wednesday. On Monday, I was really wishing that I had taken off Sunday. The body does need time to rest and heal from performing at it's best. So don't forget to take a day off here and's not a sign of being lazy(even though I feel like it when I do), it's a sign of being smart!

Lastly, I owe a large part of being able to keep up with this running not only to my Mom and you guys, but to my ever so supportive Ipod. Seriously, if I didn't have the music that I do, I would not make it near as far. I have my "Workout" playlist on shuffle and it gets me through that 1 3/4 mile mark, and that 2 1/2 mile mark when I feel like I can't do anymore. It just takes "Starships" or a David Guetta song to come on once, and man does that energy flow! I have a lot of different music on mine that I mainly just googled running songs and compiled it. I would encourage you to do the same. Trust me, it makes a world of difference!!

Have a good weekend!

P.S. My hubby and I took Lenae to the pool last night, and I actually went with my swimsuit top(not the tanktop over it). I still wore shorts because, let's face it, I have major childbearing hips and thighs and it's gonna be a while before they will make an appearance :)

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