Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I continue to amaze myself with my running journey. This past weekend I ran back-2-back Half Marathons. Additionally, I continue to work on my goal of completing a Half Marathon in all 50 states. Well, I ran the Brewers' Mini Marathon in Wisconsin, which was the 6th state & I had my fastest time of 2:14:33 for the Half.
Then, Sunday, I ran the Detroit's Women's Half Marathon in Michigan, my 7th state. I ran my second fastest time in the Half: 2:18:36.
Like I shared with my running group, I continue to shock myself. I cannot believe I did this, but I did it. I'm so happy with my running journey. No one may never understand how happy I am about this journey & that's fine. I just hope I inspire others to reach their goals. Go for your goals no matter what. Go for it!
Monday, September 15, 2014
This past weekend, I've had an amazing time with my running journey. Now, a few weeks ago I ran the Colts' Back to Football, where I ran a 27:15. This was a personal best for me. However, I was so disappointed because last year we received a medal for doing the race. I love bling. It reminds of that particular race & what I accomplished.
A friend asked me to do another 5K with & this one had a medal for the top 1000. I told her yes I would do the race. However, I didn't think I would get another personal record, because that 27:15 was quite fast for me.
Well, I'm proud to say I had another personal record for the 5K. It was 26:07 and I have bling to show for it.
I was feeling so good about this accomplishment.
Then, Sunday was my long run. My goal was to do 12 miles. I ran with a few ladies of my running group, where they all had the goal of doing 18 miles. During the run, I was feeling pretty good. Instead of 12 miles, I ended up doing 16 miles. This was my longest run ever. I couldn't believe that I did that & still felt great.
Even today, I'm not sore from the run because I stretched, took a hot bath with Epsom salt & rubbing alcohol, then did the RICE method.
Spark friends, find something you love to do & stick with it. You never know what amazing things you'll find out about yourself.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Despite having a cold for the past 3 days, which has put a snag in my workout plans, I refuse to let this deter me from enjoying life. I have accomplished so much in the past two months. For example, in both July & August, I completed over 100 miles. In July, I accomplished my 500 mile goal for the year and now, I have extended my mileage to finish the year with 800 miles. As of August 31st, I've completed over 600 miles.
Additionally, I ran my 8th Half Marathon of the year (10th overall) this past Saturday. While waiting on my friend to finish, they played a dance song and of course, I had to join the group and get my dance on.
I can honestly say, I'm enjoying life! Despite any downs or disappointments, I'm still enjoying life.
Will you join me and enjoy your life?
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Last night, my mother told me about the suicide of Robin Williams. Then, of course, it was all over social media. This news immediately sadden me and unfortunately, reminded me of my sister who committed suicide a number of years ago. There is not a day that goes by where I do not miss her like crazy. Additionally, the questions come back up: Why did she do what she did? What would she have become if she was still alive? These questions are torture for family members who lost a loved one to suicide. Now, don't get me wrong I do not take lightly bouts of depression nor do I have no sympathy for those who suffer from mental illness. But, I am sorry, suicide has to be the most selfish act that one can commit. The person who committed suicide was only thinking of themselves at the time of the act and they are not thinking about how their actions will impact an entire family.
This morning, I sent a prayer up for Robin Williams' family because I know what lies ahead for them: anger, disbelief, confusion and other emotions that will impact their lives forever. A friend of mine on Facebook indicated that suicide is not a selfish act, but if it's not, then I really don't know what is. And until, you and your entire family are impacted by this unfortunately action, then no one really will understand.
I, too, suffered bouts of depression, especially when I moved to a different city that was 5 hours away from my family. But, thank goodness for the love and peace of God. Also, I have meet some great people. Additionally, I continued to learn to always say "I LOVE YOU" to my family, because you never know. Then, when I go home to visit with family, I take full advantage to let them know that I LOVE THEM with all that is within me. Truly loving them unconditionally, despite strengths and weaknesses that we all have. I LOVE MY CRAZY, SILLY FAMILY with my whole heart.
Always tell your loved ones you loved them and live life to the fullest. If you're having issues or problems, do not be so prideful that you do not ask for help. Talk with a family member, a friend, a counselor, your pastor/clergy, etc. No matter the issue, please talk with someone and seek the help you need. Please do not leave your family with the unanswered questions. It's not fair to them. Love on them and let them love on you! You're worth to be loved. You're worth the time & effort to get the help/assistance you need.
Monday, August 04, 2014
With yesterday's long run, I meet my 2014 500-mileage goal. I'm so proud of myself. Running has made me feel more confident because I'm accomplishing more than I ever thought I would accomplish. For example, no one in their right mind would have told me that I would have ran 8 Half Marathons in less than a year timeframe and enjoy doing it. I had a personal best of a sub 2:20 with a goal of a sub 2:15 or 2:17 for the Half, a goal of a sub 0.59 for the 10K & a goal of a sub 0.30 for the 5K.
Next month, I'm actually going to coach 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders to train for their fall 5K. I'm so excited about this opportunity. I hope to inspire them. Additionally, I'm helping ladies in my running group train for their first Half Marathon in November.
Spark Friends, find something you love to do & go for it. You'll never know what you'll accomplish while doing it as well as you never know who you're inspiring.
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