“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
If you read my last post, you know I did something completely insane. I signed up for a half marathon. And I don’t just mean “signed up”. I mean paid a rather large entrance fee to run with other people who are “real runners” and huff and puff for 13.1 miles…after which I will promptly die. I know I am NOWHERE close to being ready for it yet, but the half marathon isn’t until October, so I know I have time to get there.
After making the commitment, I decided that I should actually get serious about it. Since I’ve only been running off and on for a few months, a couple times a week at most I still don’t know exactly what I’m doing. I don’t know a lot about “training” or pacing or any of that other runner lingo, so I did what anyone else in my position would do…took to the computer. So, after much internet (Pinterest) research I created a plan that includes running and cross training and takes me to June. This is the first week in my training plan and I’m proud to say as long as I complete my short run tomorrow, I will have followed it every day. It’s crazy to see that my first week I’m only running 8 miles, but by June, I’m up to about 25 per week.
With getting serious about the training plan, I feel like I also need to get serious about other things, such as food, getting enough sleep, and de-stressing. And because of that, I think it’s time to say good-bye to the wine. Now, you wouldn’t know if from my facebook account, but I actually don’t drink that much. But, it’s probably more than I should, I know it’s taking the place of the water I should be drinking on certain nights. Now, I’m not saying I’m completely giving it up. There is nothing stopping me from having a glass out with friends after work, or toasting at a wedding, but I think it’s just time to take a break from it, especially at home, and see where this leads me.
Honestly, if I’m going to do this running thing, I want to really do it and I want to do it right. I love it and it has changed me in more ways than most people know.
I can already see so many changes since picking running back up last month. I can go for miles (yes plural) without having to stop. I’m not as out of breath. I’m not as sore afterwards. 2 miles no longer seems like an eternity (though that first mile is always the hardest), in fact, to me it feels super short. Even tonight when I attempted to take the kids out with me on a 2 mile run, they got tired before I did. I used to simply get tired watching them play. And that was really the most amazing thing.
I’ve also seen changes in my mood. I’m happier, less stressed, and have a more positive outlook. Sure, I still vent and get upset, but not to the degree I used to.
So, a toast to how much I’ve put behind me and all the things I have to look forward to in the future. A toast to say goodbye to a stress reliever I don’t need as much any more.
A final toast with a fancy bottle for a most important occasion.