Sunday, June 5, 2011

Is Enough Enough?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Last night was date night.  My husband and I went out to eat Mexican food and see The Hangover 2.  We had a great time and even made it home early enough to put the little one to bed.  Even though I had gone to bed early the night before, I was still tired; so I turned in a little early myself.  I wanted to be refreshed for zumba in the morning.

I woke up early enough to go to the strength toning class, but I just laid in bed instead.  I have missed zumba for the past two weeks, so I wanted to be fresh for the class so I could give it my all.

Renae was back, and the only thing missing from class was Kelly.  We have been warming up to a Jennifer Lopez song.  I knew there was something about the song that I didn't like, but I couldn't put my finger on it.  Then someone told me who sang it, and I realized that's what it was.  The class went by fast and there were a couple of new songs added to the mix.  One was really fast and had grapevines.  My feet just don't like to move fast; I just don't get it.  I did them, but they weren't graceful.  I just love this class!  And it's not just the exercise; it's just a great group of women that I've gotten to know, and it's a real feeling of community in there.  That and I just like to shake my groove thang!

The rest of the day consisted of more swimming for the little one while I caught up with a friend.  After lunch and a quick clean up of the house, there was a short rest.  As soon as I started to close my eyes, the doorbell rang and it was a neighbor girl wanting to play.  I got out the little pool for them and did my best to stay awake as they played.  Around 6:00, my husband took over; and I took a quick 30-minute nap.

Then I put on my running shoes.  It was still hot out, but not too bad.  I figured it was time to get my shoes a little dirty so I started off on the trail.  I had my husband's phone because mine wasn't charged.  Unfortunately, my workout playlist is not on his phone, so I just used what he had.  All was well until the fourth song.  I know I have to suck it up because I can't be dependent on music to run; but it's one thing to run to no music and running to music that just isn't your taste.  It made it harder somehow, and I had another two miles to go since I had set out for somewhere around three miles. I eventually just put on Pandora on Erasure radio.  That was more like it.  May as well relive your youth while trying to recapture it.  =)

I read a quote somewhere, and I wish I could remember where, because it saved me today.  It was "Think about what you want, not about what you want right now."  What I wanted right now when I was nearing the second mile was to alter my course and make it a shorter one.  What I wanted like I want so many times is to stop.  Not because I have to; not because I can't go another minute.  Only because it's hot and it's challenging and isn't two miles enough?  The answer is no, it's not enough. 

What do I want?  I want to be fit.  I want to increase my speed.  I want to lose weight.  I want the title of Warrior Princess! =)  And I already know I can run three miles.  There's no reason to stop.  Stopping won't get me to my goals.  So I didn't stop.  I tried to maintain my speed and I kept going.  I checked the Garmin when I was on the road back to my street, and I was going to make the 5K.  When I got to my street I was at exactly 3.1 miles.  When I reached my house, I was at 3.15.  Ironically the last song was I Ran by A Flock of Seagulls.

My little one saw my pass the house and came out with a glass of water for me. =)  She offered to stretch with me too! 

The Garmin report showed my average speed of 4.2 with my best speed at 5.0 mph.  I was so excited!  I have never run a 5K in less than 50 minutes, and here was my personal best at 43 minutes!  It was a small victory for me, and I would have never known how that felt if I had altered my course.

I think I'll keep the WP status. 

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