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.