Today was my big, scary long run.
Actually. I wasn't that scared. I knew I could go 7, so if I could go 7....8 can't be that much different, right?
Today I decided to eat something before I began my run. Usually, I just go out and eat later. But when I ran 7 miles I realized I was lagging for energy a little bit. So today I started with a piece of toast covered in PB and honey. (Great for carb, protein, and a little sugar.)
As I ran, I was really enjoying myself. I paced myself (as I always do on my long runs) and kept my heart rate under the 170 mark.
Mile 1: a little chilly. It took about this whole first mile to get my legs warmed up.
Mile 2: went by in a breeze. I felt like I was running so slow, but I knew I had to pace myself.
Mile 3: a lot of this mile was down hill (hence my 10:03 pace for this mile). I cracked open the sports beans at this point. (Today was also the first time I've supplemented with something along the run to eat.)
Mile 4: I was feeling great at mile 4....probably because I knew I was 1/2 done! :)
Mile 5: More beans were popped. This mile was tough for me. It was a steady incline and my hips were sore. I wanted to walk. SO BAD! Luckily, the song playing in my ear kept me going "some times you just feel tired.... feel weak...when you feel weak and you feel like you just wanna give up... you gotta find that inner strength....you do not give up....till I collapse....."
Mile 6: I popped 2 more beans. I kept telling myself 2 more miles....2 more miles, it's like nothing. This is when my Gym Class Heroes came on.... "until the referee rings the bell, until both your eyes start to swell.....give 'em hell. Turn your head. Gonna live life till your dead!.....then you say to me THERE GOES A FIGHTER!" I may or may not have been singing OUT LOUD as I ran this mile.....
Mile 7: This mile was mostly downhill. It wasn't too bad. I was on a busy road, enjoying the cars as they passed. I'm a people watcher. And I pretend that others are too. So running on a public road makes me run better and faster (and not stop) because I always say to myself...'what if your neighbor is the next car that passes....you don't wanna be walking!' :)
Mile 8: This mile was TRICKY! I had told myself that after the last climb, it was all downhill. Only. I forgot the rather lengthy stretch of uphill that I had to do one more time. I was tired. And I was sore. And I REALLY wanted to walk! So my music yet again got me through it.....thank you Kelly! "think you got the best of me...think you had the last laugh...think you left me broken down....baby you don't know me cuz you're dead wrong! What doesn't kill you makes you stronger....what doesn't kill you make a fighter....stand a little taller....just me, myself, and I...."
And there you have it. 8 miles, done!
And the best part: I don't even feel dead. I feel I can still function the rest of the day. Yes, I ended up taking an ice bath to help my sore hip. But other than that, I feel pretty dang great!
Don't get me wrong. There are days I don't want to run! In fact, there are many days I have to just suck it up buttercup. But today was not one of those days. Today I ran because I can! Today I marveled at the progress my body has made....I remember back just in July I couldn't even run a minute straight. Yes. You read that right.....I couldn't run ONE MINUTE STRAIGHT. I wanted to collapse and die right then and there on my treadmill!
So no matter where you are on this journey of life....you too can make a difference for yourself! Maybe you are at the starting line. Maybe you feel you are re-starting at the starting line AGAIN. Maybe you are part of the way through but thinking of turning around. Maybe you feel you are making great progress. Maybe you have been making great progress and now you've plateaued. Maybe you are discouraged. Maybe you are excited. Maybe you are overwhelmed or scared......
Here's the thing. I've been all those things! And truthfully, I still am. This process of getting healthy is one that takes an EVERY DAY COMMITMENT. But slowly, as you recommit everyday you realize how much stronger you have become! You realize you are doing this for yourself! You realize that YOU ARE WORTH IT!
So get up, RIGHT NOW, and go make today a success! (Then, come back and tell me about it! Shoot me off an email, leave me a comment...I want to hear about how you celebrated being you today!)