Pretty psyched! Last year, one of our daughters ran in a local 5K, the Gingerbread 5K Run/Walk. I was a spectator then. This year we got the flyer in the mail for it, and I thought, “You know what? I should run in this.” I had started running the year before to get in shape for our son’s wedding, and then began to have foot and knee pain, so stopped. But in the back of my mind, I always thought that I needed to get back in shape. This race would be the perfect motivation. I had to pay for it (that’s always motivational!), and you can get a cool lime green hoodie with “The Grinch” on it! That was motivation enough for Rich. Now, most of the family is going to participate.
Our running daughter (she runs to stay in shape for Civil Air Patrol, and she’s fast!) gave me a book with some 5K training plans. I photocopied the one for beginners, and was off!
I faithfully followed the first 5 days. I felt really good! But then I went on a trip and forgot my running shoes! Silly me. I will try to do some cross training or walking. One of the days is a rest day anyway.
I’m derailed a little, but still motivated! What motivates you? Do you start well, and then get derailed? I have, plenty of times. But it’s never too late to get back up and get back on the road (or the track, or the path, or the horse, or whatever). I remember when we were stationed with the Air Force in Okinawa, Japan. Rich and I signed up for a scuba diving class. At one point they teach you what to do if you lose your breathing apparatus. One student freaked out and quickly resurfaced to get a breath. The crusty retired Marine instructor calmly told her that she had to “get back on the horse”, go down under the water, and do it again.
So, once I get home in a few days, I will get back on track with my training. I’ll keep you posted on how we all do. I’m not looking to be fast, just to finish. Whatever you’re doing, whether it’s school, work, a project, a relationship, etc., don’t give up! We all get derailed sometimes…just “pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.”
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