Friday the 13th! I’ve already overslept (my cell alarm was on vibrate- hate that!), spilled coffee everywhere, and a weird thing happened- I was sitting in Starbucks and a homeless guy (who has some mental issues too) took out a throw-away camera and started snapping photos of me. Weird and disturbing!!
It’s another moving day at work (the stuff from storage to the new office) so I think I’ll be all over the place again.
But no worries, ’cause on Sunday and Monday, I’ll be in Napa!! We’re celebrating my dad’s 60th with a mini family trip. Hello massage, pool, and VINO. Supposed to be 70 degrees too thankfully, cause it was lightning and thunderstorms and pouring the last few days.
The past few days, I’ve been trying to decide what new race to sign up for. Now that it stays light earlier and later and just cause my legs ate getting the “itch”…,,Time to start running again!
Since I love making lists lately, I’ve been thinking about the things I’ve learned from running. Tell me if you relate.
1. My body is capable of much more than I ever thought it was. A year ago, I had never run more than 6 miles. Now I can run more than double that. Three years ago, I could barely run 1 mile. I was in shape, but not conditioned for running. The day I ran 10 miles, I smiled a ton. I never thought I could do it. And I did.
2. Foam rolling is amazing. Yes, without a race to focus on, I doubt I would have started foam rolling. And now I am obsessed.
3. Carbs are good. I definitely eat way more carbs during training. I used to steer clear of bagels. But now after a long run, they’re just what I want and “can” have. And they taste great. Just have to watch to make sure I don’t go overboard.
4. My leg muscles get stronger and my pants are a little tight, but that’s ok. It never would have been ok before. But now it’s strong, not fat. And that’s a good thing!
5. Early mornings are so worth it. The sunrises and pretty views of dawn I’ve seen from being outside (as opposed to being inside the gym…or let’s be honest, still in bed) is incredible and makes my whole day so much better.
6. The right shoes and clothes really make a difference. I learned the hard way. ‘Nuff said.
7. Update your iPod already. Yes, I learned the hard way for this too. So bored with my same 20 songs.
8. Goals and Schedules are for me. It’s been really nice looking at my calendar every morning and feeling like I “have” to finish and not cut it short, because it’s part of my plan.
9. Don’t be afraid of a running buddy. I was so scared to run without someone and fail, but when I actually did it, it was way more fun and made the miles go by so quickly.
10. Running gives you bragging rights. Non-runners get impressed by runners and talk of their miles. “You ran 12 miles today! Oh my gosh!” and it’s fun to be the recipient of their positive comments. Kind of a motivator.
No matter how far you run, whether it’s 5k or an ultra marathon, running teaches you a lot about yourself and your body…things you might never have expected.
Ok, back to work and trying to pick out a race
–Tell me what YOU have learned from running!