It is no secret that me and the whole running process are not friends. We are not close acquaintances , we are not casual encounters, we are not 2nd cousins twice removed, we are not neighbors. We have a major dislike for each other.
BUT – I feel that running, is starting to come around….
Yesterday, was super duper busy for me. But I sure as hell made sure I got my workout in . The old Meg would of said ” F This” and not worked out. Especially where I knew it was going to be a running work out. We had not run all week and we usually do 1 time a week at least, plus it was a nice day out. So, pile all that together and I knew it was coming.
End result – a completely outdoors work out. We were supposed to run 1 mile, 800m and 400m, in between runs we did Kettlebell swings and broad jumps 3 rounds, then back and run again.
Luckily I got a modification and had to run 800m, 400m and 200m. It did not bother me to run less than everyone else, I was actually relieved. So, we line up and get going. I was mentally preparing myself for this the whole morning. I kept a slower pace and just kept moving. Then here it comes, the dumpster, and right after that, the calves turn to lead.
This is what happens every time – EXCEPT TODAY!!! I made it past the dumpster, then, down around the corner, then up to the fire hydrant, and KEPT GOING!!!! I was able to run all the way back with out stopping!
AND – not only did I do it on the 800m run, I did it on the 400m run and the 200m run!!!! Holy freakin crap!!!!
I don’t know how, I don’t know why – but all I know is I KEPT SWIMMING! I kept saying it over and over again, probably sounding like a crazy person talking to myself, but over and over and over again . My classmates would go by me, we’d high 5 and I kept saying it.
” JUST KEEP SWIMMING, JUST KEEP SWIMMING, JUST KEEP SWIMMING !”
I know it is not a big deal to anyone but me – but to me, this was the biggest deal. The fact that I did not 1 but 3 running segments without having to stop and stretch out my calves, or stop to catch my breath, or stop because I was just plain dying was so overwhelming. Right after class, I immediately called my husband, Chad, to tell him about this victory and broke down into tears on the phone with him. I was completely overcome with emotion.
This simple little task – running – is something I have struggled with, and I know I will continue to struggle, and that is okay. But this simple task is something so many people can do with no issues, and I get that.
The awesome thing is on Saturday, June 15th, 2013 – I DID IT!
Who knows when I will be able to do it again, but I am sure gonna ride this pride for a while.