In my head it’s still somewhere around late July.
Since 2873462875195 of you have asked: No, I’m not writing a 31 Days this October. Sorry Charlies. Can’t do it.
In the photography world, this is Go Time – particularly if you live anywhere in the northern half of the country. Leaves are changing, weather is chilling and days are getting shorter. I filled my available sessions back in late July and early August. And would you believe? I forgot to schedule in ANY makeup dates. So it is not allowed to rain nor are any of my clients allowed to get sick. I have every available hour scheduled from now through the holidays.
I ran my first 5k back in August. It was a race through Up with Down – a charity benefitting Down Syndrome research and support. It was two laps about 1.5 miles each lap. I ran the whole time, I did not get lapped, but I was beat by a 7 year old girl. All in all, I’ll call that a win. My next race is next weekend.
I’m up to 3-4 miles each run, and I hit the pavement 3-4 times a week. Considering I had a string of explicatives running through my mind when my C25K app first had me run 60 whole seconds, this is a modern miracle. Proof that anyone, and I mean ANYONE, can run. Yes, that means you.
People often tell me they would never run, they hate running. To which I say – I hear ya’. I do not like running. It is not fun. I don’t jog happily through my neighborhood and think to myself how lovely this is. Instead my inner voice is something like this, “This is horrible. But you’re 1/4 of the way done.” “Okay, just 1 more mile, it will be so worth it at the end!” “Just suffer through 1/2 mile and you can take this awful bra off and wear yoga pants the rest of the day!”
Am I the only one motivated by wearing yoga pants all day??
As an aside, I bought jeans from the juniors section a few weeks ago. That day, while vain and petty, felt pretty stinkin’ victorious. It’s little things like that that keep me motivated. I can see improvements in my time, distance and many, many fewer profanities in my stream of thoughts. While the number on the scale has changed only 5 lb since I started running in early May – the shape of my body has changed a lot. The scale means nothing compared to my clothes fitting totally differently.
Most of all, I’m sleeping better. While I still make a bee-line for the espresso machine in the morning, my energy levels are not even comparable to a year ago. I don’t feel exhausted after a triple-shot, wondering how long is socially acceptable before I brew another coffee just to feel alert. My metabolism is clearly better, and I totally understand what runners means when they describe the hunger known as “runger.” It’s voracious.
So, while this post sounds a whole lot like, “yay me!” it’s really meant to speak to those of you who are ME from a year ago. I know you’re out there. You are stressed. You are exhausted – all the time. Coffee doesn’t even wake you long enough to feel good. You are sedentary and out of shape. You feel frumpy and tired. Please know – I am not an athlete by birth. I am not long and lean like runners’ bodies are. I’m 5’3″ and a cautionary tale to the Shawn-Johnson-body-types of the world. Running not your thing? Fine. Join Zumba. Walk. Do Just Dance on wii. Watch yoga videos on your phone. Does not matter. Just get moving.
Move your body. A lot. It’s that simple. Being sedentary was killing me slowly.
Oh and this girl? Ran 13.5 miles (update: 17 miles!) this week. Me a year ago would have laughed her sedentary-buns off if told I would be running at all.
Can’t post without sharing a photo! A million thanks to Brent and Jen from October Moon Photography out of Marion, Iowa. They pretty much hang the moon, in my book.
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What have you all been up to?