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10 Weeks

This week marks the tenth week of my “new regimen”! TEN WEEKS! That is crazy to think about. I think it’s starting to become part of my lifestyle, at least I hope it is. Today was a cross-train day, so I decided to walk, and I could really notice a big difference from 10 weeks ago. Today I WALKED at 4.1 mph. While that may not seem majorly fast, when I started this whole thing my “running” pace was 4.3 mph…. and that was with me breathing HARD by 2 or 3 minutes (okay… maybe at even 1 minute). Today’s walk was a breeze my heart rate never got up above 120. I felt great.

I know I am no where near a fast runner (not sure I’ll ever be considered that), but when I run outside I average about 5.0 mph and I’m very happy with that. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to a 10 minute mile, and really if I never do, I think I’ll be able to still be very happy. My whole goal is to do something that I CAN maintain, and WANT to maintain. I want to keep it enjoyable and fun. I suppose if that means never getting to a 10 minute mile, it’s okay. If it means getting to a 10 minute mile, that’s okay too. See, I’m totally flexible.

It’s O.K.

Friday afternoon we headed out to Lubbock to spend some quality time (eating Super Bowl goodies) with some of our favorite people. Before leaving, I had checked the weather forecast for the weekend and to see if Lubbock had an Anytime Fitness (where I have my membership). The forecast: COLD (and I don’t do cold running well); Anytime Fitness: NONE (that’s my cold weather running choice). The outlook for running while here was not looking good, but I packed my stuff anyway (do I get points for that?).Well, I haven’t run. I HAVE enjoyed time with best buds, laughed til it hurt and watched the Saints win their first Super Bowl. It’s ok.

I was so stoked because I had gone a whole 33 days without a break in my training. It’s ok. Sometimes life just happens, and I can’t obsess about it. I will pick back up on Tuesday or Wednesday and then I can aim for another 33 days. Maybe it was a good break, and I can consider it my “reward” for doing a great job so far. Or I can just choose to put training and running and exercise in it’s proper spot in my life, as something that is important and good for me to do and something I enjoy; but not something that takes precedence over everything. Not something that causes me guilt when it’s just not in the cards to get done (especially if that isn’t on a regular basis). This is what I need balance in… I need to relax and know that it will all be ok. The gym will still be there when I get home. Maybe I should just be thankful for the break… huh??

Pros and Cons

One of the books I’m reading suggested that you make a pros and cons list, so I’m going to attempt to do just that. Now, I need to decide if I should start with the good and end with the bad, or start with the bad and finish off strong with the good… I like the second way.

So, let’s begin with the CONS:

1. It will be hard (um duh)

2. I’ve never been one for running, and it may stay that way through this entire process (I told you we were starting off bad!).

3. It will hurt.

4. My Saturdays will no longer be filled with just lounging around.

5. I know there will be days I wish I had not agreed to do this.

6. It will test my limits not only physically but commitment wise as well.

7. I don’t relish the idea of pain, pushing myself, and all of that.

Now to the PROS:

1. Being able to say that I finished a half marathon just a couple of years before I turn 40.

2. Getting into shape (I like being and feeling strong).

3. Feeling a sense of pride in sticking to a commitment.

4. KNOWING that there are some many people behind me and encouraging me.

5. Knowing that I’m an inspiration to a couple of those people (this is a biggie… not sure I’ve ever been an inspiration).

6. Knowing that with Christ all things are possible.

7. Doing something I’ve never done before.

8. Perhaps developing a love for running.

9. The gratification of looking a mountain in the face, admitting that you’re scared but not backing down. And kick that mountain’s butt! (this may be my favorite)

I finished with more pros than cons. I may come back at later dates and add to this list, as all this progresses… hopefully it will be the pros listed add to the most. 🙂