Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Running Like a Princess

Even though I had most of my blog written last night, I didn't get it posted.  Instead of completing and publishing it, I used the time to talk with someone who needed some love.  Let's catch up today!

Yesterday Hubby, our Engineer, and I were all dragging from a sleepless night the night before.  We had a crazy windy rainy storm blow into our little corner of the Midwest and it was so loud it woke us up several times throughout the night. 

Last night, however, the weather had calmed down (for a brief period) and we all slept soundly.  Thankfully, we all woke up a bit more refreshed this morning.  And let me tell you, that really helped with accomplishing my February Quests for the day!

Floss & Exercise
Of course, I started both days off with a little flossing, but yesterday I didn't exercise until later in the day.  There were two reasons for putting it off:  1) I was really tired from the storm crazy night and 2) Hubby and I thought we might go to the gym when he got home from work.

Poor Hubby came home so tired after work and our great plan of going to the gym fizzled.  Instead, Hubby exercised on the treadmill downstairs and I choose to do my knee strengthening exercises because my knee isn't quite back to normal yet.

Happily, I awoke with some energy this morning, and I did run on the treadmill.  I ran Week 3 - Day 1 of C25K.  It's kind of funny, but when I started the app on my phone, I didn't think about the fact that it was a new week and my run time would be changing. 

Halfway through the run I started feeling like the running part was lasting FOREVER and wondered why it seemed harder today.  It wasn't until I was almost at the end of the run that I realized I had been running twice as long during the running parts as last week!  No wonder it seemed a bit harder!

Once this dawned on me, I was very glad I didn't realize I was upping the game today!  It made it so much easier to just run without thinking about the fact that I was running much more of it today than last time.

I also thought about the fact that I was SO glad I did it.  Even though running is not something I enjoy and I really have to push myself to do it, I have always been glad at the end that I did it.  Funny...whatever time I spend exercising, I never regret it when I'm done.  I think there might be a life lesson in there somewhere.

 Speaking of running...

Share Love
Tonight I want to give a big Rosie Shout Out to my awesome friend the Gourmet Hostess.  On Sunday she completed her second half marathon at the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Disney World!  I'm so proud of her.  I know it wasn't easy. 

She has been a great inspiration to me because I have known her many years now and she is not someone who has been a runner her whole life.  It's something she has done off and on for a few years, but she had taken a break from it for a while.  Then she decided to join some friends and earn the beautiful medal they award each runner at the end of the Disney Princess race. 

After making the commitment to run, she helped organize a Princess team and starting her training.  It has been exciting to see her progress, and in the end, she made it through the race with her tiara headband and her trademark smile in place.

I love the Gourmet Hostess for many wonderful reasons.  She is a live-life-happy kind of girl who loudly proclaims "Cancel - Cancel" when she hears negative talk.  In the 13 years I have been blessed to have her in my life, I have only truly seen her down once (and it was a really really good reason).

She is fun and funny, supportive and loving, crazy and calming, and one of the most accepting people I have ever met.  She gives everyone a chance and tries very hard to see the good in everyone she meets.  The Gourmet Hostess has been an incredible friend to me and I love her dearly for so much more than those mere words above.

Congratulations Gourmet Hostess!  You have shown me that I can do it.  While my goal is clearly shorter (my very first run of any kind - a 5K in April), I am confident I can do it because I have had such a fantastic example of perseverance. 

(Please, please, Gourmet Hostess - come run the 5K with me!!!)

Come back tomorrow, because I will be revealing my March Quest!  I'm very excited about what I'm going to be doing in March and I look forward to sharing it with you!

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