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On October 30th 2o1o . . ย Chris, Mom, Jill, Marie and myself ran in the Monster Dash 5k to support Point Pleasant EMS in NJ.

In one word, I can sum up my first 5k ย . . . . FUN

The adrenaline of it all pushed me to run further without stopping for as long as I can remember.

Before I start I just want to give credit to our photographer . . . Dad. ย He got some great shots through the course of the race and we will forever have these to remember this awesome time ๐Ÿ™‚

When we got there, we went right in to receive our numbers. ย I was proud to be 1-2-3!

It was kind of cold so we all hung out in the sun.

We had an hour until race time, so Jill and I decided to to a warm-up jog back and fourth to the bathroom.

And Chris . . . he warmed up in his own weird way . . .

As time ticked by, we started reviewing the map and getting excited.

We all waited patiently at the starting line.

And before we knew it, we were off! ย Down the boardwalk, through the inlet and onto the streets. ย We were cheered on along the way by all of the EMS workers stopping traffic for us. ย We kept a really great pace only stopping to walk a couple times so Marie could rest her calfs. ย But we ran most of the way!

When we made it back to the final stretch on the boardwalk, we ditched Marie and picked up the pace. ย I ended up finishing in 35:38 which was WAY under my goal of 50 minutes!

Chris followed right behind me as Marie was not too far behind. ย Mom came in just over 40min and Jill kicked it into high gear to make it in 42min which is impressive for someone who walked most of the way!

We stuck around for the awards ceremony which began to drag on after a while. ย But, Marie did end up winning a pumpkin that she dug into shortly after.

We had such a blast and the sense of accomplishment makes things so worth it. ย I have such high motivation now, and we all cant wait for the next one.

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I Did It!

Well, we did it actually!

All of us completed our first ever race this morning and we couldn’t be more happy ๐Ÿ™‚


I came in WAY under my goal and so did Chris, Mom, Marie and Jill!

I will have a full re-cap coming up once my photographer emails me the pictures from the race. ๐Ÿ˜‰

As for now we have a Halloween Party to get ready for so I gotta put some blood on my shirt . . Spook ya later!


Yeah, I’m slacking. But how couldn’t I be? Just look at our living room!


*shudder*

I swear, couple that with what the kitchen and bedroom look like and it’s grounds for inducing a Val panic attack ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Thank goodness I have a full day off to make a dent in all this madness.

That’s not all I have been up to though. I’ve been doing this . . .


No, not prancing around like a dumb ass . . . Running ๐Ÿ™‚

I even bought one of these!


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Edit: ANOTHER one of these.

I had 2 ancient Garmin’s waaaay back in the day before running was cool ๐Ÿ™„ I have been entertaining the idea of a new one for motivation as I am truly at a place where I am ENJOYING running and there was a sale on this one.

I feel like I’m on a spending binge lately caused by the looming wrath of debt coming up in my very near future. I might as well buy it while I have it . . . I think?

Other than major boring errands, Marie and I have another 5 mile ‘res’ trek planned for this afternoon. This will be the last run before the 5k.

I also have a special dinner planned that I am excited about ๐Ÿ˜‰

What have you been up to?

After Thursday’s gratitude breakthrough, I have been on a high of some sort. I just feel happy. Yes I have a massive to do list and things I could be stressing about, but in the big picture . . . Life is good ๐Ÿ™‚

So I did something crazy . . .

I signed up for a 5k!

Yes, it’s in two weeks and I know I am not trained whatsoever for it, but it sounds like a good time and Why the heck not?

It’s held at the boardwalk where my usual runs are, and it is also a costume race. I’m debating if I am going to wear a costume only because I may not have time to put it all together. I had a great idea of chris being Mario and me being an ‘invincible star’ with something attached to me that sings the tune. I know you all know it ๐Ÿ˜‰


Oh and another awesome thing besides Chris doing it too is that so is my mom and my two sisters! They don’t plan to run either which is why it’s good that its a walk too.

Luckily, I was able to get to road runner to get fitted for some serious sneaks. They do this awesome free testing to see check balance, where you pronate and I even got custom orthotics! I ended up taking home these babies. I’m a fan of Saucony, very comfortable.



I was lucky enough to score some free stuff like socks, gu chomps, a hat and some pens since it was Ladies Night

I’m excited! Exercise is so much more enjoyable when you aren’t doing it for weight loss ๐Ÿ™‚

What do you think of me signing up for a 5k with zero training? Yay or Nay?

Gratitude

Posted on: October 8, 2010

If you haven’t already, check out the Self Discovery Word By Word Blogger Series on Ashley’s blog Nourishing The Soul.

The word first word of this series is GRATITUDE and what comes to mind when you see this word. I have to say I didn’t know what to write for this. Especially seeing amazing entries like the one from Katie but sometimes I get inspiration when I don’t expect it.

I haven’t exercised in almost 2 weeks. I don’t feel guilty about this, I swear. My body needed rest, it was raining, and the stars just didn’t align. However, this made me nervous to finally go out for a workout today as I was starting to make slow but steady progress in my running.

Mom and I decided to go to the reservoir which is always a good option. It was cold, empty and beautiful.


I told myself that I would only run for 2min then walk for 3min the whole time and if i got tired or couldn’t keep this pace, then there was absolutely no shame in walking. During one of the jogging intervals, I decided to not stop. I ran for 10min straight! I passed a family of deer on the way and I think my proud smile kept me going. I was so proud.

THEN I decided to do the same about 10min later. I put a good song on and just went for it. Can I tell you . . . I DIDNT STOP FOR 21 MINUTES! I made it all the way smiling through the hilly terrain to the very end.

I’ve NEVER EVER ran this long. This was big. I started thinking about why I was able to do this today and not any other day.

Well, the in two weeks that I didn’t exercise I took care of myself much better then usual. Vitamins, vegetables, relaxing, having a good time with friends, laughing, eating less sugar I believe that exercise is NOT the only way to take care of yourself.

Today, the sum of all of this added up to . . .

Gratitude

My body was thanking me for taking care of it! I think in this run today, I finally made the connection. If you take care of your body, it will show you GRATITUDE and take care of you! I would have never had the energy or motivation to do this had I not consciously made the effort in taking better care of myself the past 2 weeks. Again, something you already know but don’t necessarily believe until all of the lessons you learn snowball in your head until they click.

I believe that my body deserves this gratitude in the form of taking better care of myself. I put it through SO much hell in the past few years by dieting, overtraining, and hating it, and it always followed me through showing me signs as I ignored them in a quest of a newer ‘better’ body.

The lesson . . .

Show your body the gratitude it deserves the way it is RIGHT NOW or it will never show it back to you.


What have YOU done to show yourself gratitude?

I’m BEAT . . .

Mentally.

I’m feeling the stress come out. I haven’t felt it like this in so long. I feel tense, scared, anxious.

Work is getting BUSY

Money is getting TIGHT

The future is getting CLOSER

Can I handle all of this? What am I getting myself into? Should I just stay safe here, yet feel no personal satisfaction in my life’s work?

I am fearing things I have no control over, unless I decide to give up before I start.

I am Fearing Fear

*deep breath*

I will try to focus on the present right now. Me, good TV and . . . .

Without stopping?

MEEEEEEEE!


I usually run for one song on boardwalk. Then walk a bit, then continue running. Today, I ran the whole way! Of course this was in between walking and other jogging intervals, but it felt great!

It’s showing me that I’m making progress. More importantly, I actually LIKE doing it and there is no pressure on myself.

*happy dance*

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  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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