Every so often we miss the school bus in the morning and today was that kind of morning when you had 15 minutes to spare and all of a sudden the bus is swishing by outside. When we jumped in the car and I realized it had stopped raining and having no inspiration at all for standing on a treadmill for an hour I put on my runners as soon as I got home and went for the track in the forest preserve. I hadn’t run for long when it started to pour down with rain but I felt real good so I thought I was do a 8k run but when I go to the turning point (the track goes on and on) I thought I would run a little longer and I kept on going.
When my brother and sister was here we set up personal goal on what we wanted to achieve by the time we were going to see each other again and my goal was to run the distant of half a marathon, my longest run I ever done is 12k on a treadmill.
Still having a good feeling and a good run I thought I this is it! I will admit that I was not completely sure on how long a half a marathon was because I for sure did not plan on it when I stepped out the door but had a feeling it was around 20k. When it was time to see how far I had run and make a decision if I would go into the next forest or head home I realized I had 4k to go and my legs was feeling like two rocks and I stated to think about all the people I meet everyday that challenge themselves beyond their mental barriers.
This is my friends who make it to the gym at 6am, running with back pain because she loves it and this is the only way she’ll keep sane, coming back and doing a race after recovered from a stroke or my 9-year-old son who works his ass off at hockey because he knows he is getting better every time he pushes himself to max…then I could for sure finish my “own half marathon challenge”!
As I ran up on the driveway I pulled out my phone I stopped the timer and i finished on 20.3k in 1.53 minutes and I felt awesome although my feet and legs where hurting like crazy. The only thing was when I goggled the distant for half a marathon it is 21k….
Whaaat, I was 700 meter short from my goal. I don’t know if it was a decent time or not but I am very glad for what I accomplished today and if Jonathan asks me to do a squat I couldn’t do it to save my life.
I do love to read but I go through periods when I do not touch a book and this has been the case for the past few months but one of my swedish friends decided to start a book club and I was not far behind to join in. Anyhow the other day I went to the library to lend the “Rules of civility” by Amor Towles. I started reading and I am hooked and last night I ended up going to bed well past midnight so waking up to this crazy busy Tuesday I was very tired but with my mind already made up on running I went outside and what a morning!
One of the goals I have set for myself before I go back to Sweden is to run the distance of a half a marathon and with a slight breeze, sun and not to hot I went up to the woods and completed a 10k run. I have never even thought about trying to run a 1/2 marathon before so I’m not sure what pace I am supposed to keep but I guess it is all about trial and error. I had hoped that I would have run farther because coming back to the house I still had some juice left in the legs but at 10 am I had to rush over to Lifetime Fitness to meet Rebecca for our Pilates session and when the hour was done so was my legs ;).
So last week I wrote about my awful experience trying to rebook my airfare to Sweden and I spoke to a horrible woman who thought she was god and wanted me to pay $300 in order to change my ticket. I don’t normally complain but for 300 bucks I put a letter together and sent it to someone at customer relations in Sweden and before lunch the following day my ticket was rebooked, they also arranged so the kids and my mom are flying together and no charge….That is what I call Customer Service, Thank you Scandinavian Airline!
So feeling like I won over the horrible woman I went to the Life Time Fitness and completed a 6 mile run in 46.02 a new personal best! I guess you can use negative as well as positive energy and turn it into to something constructive because I have 1 minute and 2 seconds to catch up before I reach one of my goals!
Today it is the first day of February and it is Friday!!!I bet it is a lot of people who has done great with whatever New Year resolution they committed themselves to. I also think it is around this time when it is easy to think to yourself “I’ve been eating healthy, I’ve not been drinking too much, I’ve been exercising and so on, so I will cut myself some slack and I will eat that candy bar that will soon turn into two.” I know this because I’m talking about myself, but I will not do fall into that trap this year and I will stay committed to my goal. That being said, off course I will have a glass of wine and the cheese I’ve been longing for, but not just yet. I’ve read somewhere it takes 21 days to create a habit and I want to be on the safe side before I make any changes to it. That way it will be easy to pick up where I left off when I decided to treat myself to my goodies, also it will be easier to say “No thank you” to that glass of wine or that chocolate cake that stands in front of me…