Warning: Gross horn tooting ahead…

27 12 2009

10 MILES BABY!!!!  Oh, Yeeeaaaahhhhhhh!!!!

I run for hope

I run to feel

I run for truth

for all that is real.

I run for your mother, your sister, your wife

I run for you and me, my friend

I run for LIFE!

That song by Melissa Etheridge is an amazing running song!!  And the fact that she’s singing about running makes it even more powerful.

It’s funny what sort of things you can learn from running 10 miles.  Some of it useful, some not so much….

At mile 1 I learned that there probably isn’t anything my sister won’t do for me…  being that neither one of us has EVER been athletic in our lives and she at one point dislocated BOTH knees and had to have surgery to remove shards of bone from her knees, we never in a million years would have thought we’d be running 10 miles…but here we are.

At mile 2 I learned that no matter how cold it is (45 degrees is COLD to us California girls) even a light jacket will start to feel like you’ve overdressed.

At mile 3 I learned how to take above mentioned jacket and gloves off, put gloves into jacket pocket, zip it up and tie it around my waist without missing a single step.   I can only think of two occasions where this newly found skill of undressing while running could be useful.  The first is while trying to cover mileage as I was this morning without stopping, the other would be if I found the man of my dreams and was running into the bedroom with him and not wanting to STOP and undress…you get the picture.  Other than that, no use to this skill….

At mile 4 & 6 I learned that certain body parts (abs, ankle & knee) will remind me that they are still there and not to happy about the current activity but will once again quiet down on their own.

At mile 8 I learned that the old saying “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger” is true!  Last week when we ran 8 miles, the last 2 were brutal.  This week I felt GOOD at mile 8!

And finally at mile 10 I learned that I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to do.  ANYTHING.   If my half marathon was today could I have done it?  I believe I could.  Would it have been hard? Yes.  Would it have hurt?  Yes.  But really I think that our bodies are STRONG and it’s the mental aspect that holds us back so many times.  I remember the week of Couch to 5k that jumped from an 8 minute run to a 20 minute run.  I was sure there was NO WAY I could do 20 minutes so I repeated the previous week.  I had to tell myself that I could do it…  my body was able it was my mind that was late to the party.

After our run, sister and I have a ritual,  we meet at Starbucks for coffee.  I had them add a shot of Mocha to my coffee, it was a well deserved treat!   Mmmmm good!

One last thing I learned is that according to GARMIN I burned 1172 calories this morning.  If only I had the energy to replenish them…

I think I’ll make some juice!  I see a MOVIE DAY ahead…

Run like the wind my friends….and have a wonderful day!!



Goal met!

13 12 2009

At the end of 2008 I set some goals for 2009.  Some of them seemed a little ‘lofty’ at the time but I was feeling confident and set them anyway.

One of those goals was to run a 5k or 10k every month this year…   Well I’m SO happy to say that this morning I ran the ‘Make room for Santa 10k’  not only meeting my goal for the year BUT setting a new PR at the same time!!  I took 1 minute off my previous 10k time and with that I am thrilled!!

After the last 2 days of torrential rain I was a little nervous that we may have some rain but was determined to run rain or shine.  At about 3am I was awakened to the sound of rain, it was coming down SO hard.  I just lay there thinking ‘get it all out now please’ and when my alarm went off at 5:10 this morning NO RAIN!  Yippee!!!

My partner in crime (aka sister) Michelle, nephew Josh and me (gotta love those early morning pics- BLECH!)

My sister took 4 minutes off her last 10k time and beat me!!  She rocked this race!!  Josh aka: speedy ran the 5k in 23 minutes and never broke a sweat!!  Talk about natural talent…get this boy an agent!!  He doesn’t even realize how fast he is!!  I’m telling you to see him run it’s effortless, I can only imagine what he could do if he went out there and laid it on the line…

We got to see Santa too!  And who is that I see there??  None other than my little Makenna!!  Her daddy brought her out to cheer mama on!!   It was AWESOME having someone at the finish line waiting for me!  For that I am so very grateful.

That brings my year of running to an end as I have no other races planned for this year.  All in all I ended up doing about 15 races this year and it has been a blast.  My next race will be the Surf City Half Marathon that we are currently training for.  No goal time will be set for that race as my only goal is to finish it alive…  I’m debating on getting a shirt I saw that says “if found on ground, please drag across finish line” …   just sayin’

It has been an amazing year of running.  I’ve learned alot about myself and how strong I actually am.  Especially since the time change- it’s not easy getting out there in the cold dark morning, it would be so easy to roll over and go back to sleep some mornings.  I know in my heart that if I do that I’m only letting myself down, as no one else really cares if I’m out there or not… just me, I do it for me.  I guess that’s another good thing that came out of this year is that I’ve learned to make myself a priority.  I’ve learned that I can still be a good great mom, a good great employee and still take care of myself.  So, with that I will cross off yet another goal on my list and I look forward to setting new ones for the next year.  Who knows, maybe one of next years goals will to Post on my Blog a little more consistently…  I’m really sorry for slacking this month!  It has been so extremely crazy!!   For those of you still reading- Thank you from the bottom of my heart…

I’m off to put some lights on our tree so that we can decorate it…   I can’t tell you how wonderful it smells in here… Mmmmm

Happy Holidays my friends….