I’m feeling pretty proud of myself today.
My only pair of jeans that fit me drove me nuts falling down all day. As obnoxious as it was, it was a good obnoxious (is that possible?)
I made it to the gym after not going for a couple days thanks to a killer headache. Even though my last try at Week 2, Day 3 of Couch25K was a disaster (an asthma attack kept me from jogging half the running segments) I decided it was the day to move on to Week 3.
It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t as hard as I prepared myself for. Today’s cycle consisted of a 5 minute warmup, 90 seconds of jogging, 90 seconds of walking, three minutes of jogging, 3 minutes of walking, 90 seconds of jogging, 90 seconds of walking, three minutes of jogging, 3 minutes of walking, and a 5 minute cool down for a total of 28 minutes
It might sound cheesy, but every time I thought I would have to stop running and walk, I would start thinking of some of the people injured in Monday’s bombings. Those people CAN’T run even if they wanted to. I can run, quitting would have been nothing but laziness.
I’m not going to allow laziness to be an option anymore.
I jogged very slowly, but I jogged. When I stepped off that treadmill, I was proud of what I had done, even though it was a very, very small accomplishment.
While at work today reading a story about Monday’s bombings I came across this quote in an Associated Press story:
“We find peace and perspective in our running,” said Rick Nealis, director of the Marine Corps Marathon. “A marathon runner goes out in all kinds of weather. People say, ‘You’re going in the rain? In the snow? In the morning? At night?’ And that’s right. It’s ‘me’ time. And you do feel safe, because you’re in control of your route and your destiny when you’re training.”
Clearly I am not a marathon runner, but this quote struck me. It made me realize I need to approach my workouts from a different perspective. Instead of viewing it as a chore, something I HAVE to do, I need to teach myself to look forward to it. That needs to be my “me time.” When I can think things over in my head — or not think at all if I don’t feel like it. I may not have control over other aspects of my life, but when I am walking, running, biking, or working out, I am in complete control.
It’s up to me to decide if I am going to take advantage of those moments, or waste them.