I remember my dad encouraging me to try running. My response?
"I will only run if someone bad is chasing me."
A couple years ago, something funny happened. I started running. For exercise and, get this, for fun. Last fall my dad and I ran a 5 mile race together. Afterwards, my dad challenged me:
"What will you do next?"
On a whim, over the winter, I began looking at half-marathon training schedules. Between the crazy mild weather that afforded lots of outdoor running and perhaps a little bit of naivete, I signed up for the Capital City Half Marathon.
Get this: On Saturday I ran 13.1 miles, and no one bad was chasing me.
|SPH, R and G after I crossed the finish line. Tears of joy and relief were fast flowing.|
I share this story not to brag, but to encourage. When I began running, I could run for about 3-4 minutes straight. A mile was not even possible. I am no super-athlete.
But Saturday's race taught me a couple things:
1. Never, ever, ever say "never." Or "impossible."
2. Runner's high is real. I have hardly stopped smiling since crossing the finish line.
3. I love a good challenge.
So I ask you: what have you wanted to do that you think you can't? Try. Just put one foot in front of the other and you might be surprised where you end up!
|Enjoying a little post-race bubbly, a definite race bonus.|
And so it's a new week and I'm enjoying the training schedule demands for the week: rest, no running, just take it easy.
Our meals for this week:
Tomato, Basil and Cheese Tortellini Salad
Shrimp and Grits, Easy Carolina, Green Beans, Mango
Grilled Tofu and Spinach Sesame Salad, Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice
Vegetarian Enchiladas, Pineapple
Quinoa and Curried Chickpea Salad
Have a sweet week all!