I ran last night.
Yes, it was 27 degrees...but I ran.
The freakiest thing is that I WANTED to run despite the cold.
This time last year, I knew I needed to change some things or I would be engulfed in the depression that swarmed me over the holidays. It had been a long time coming, but the Newtown tragedy pushed my psyche over the edge. I couldn't deal.
So I focused on my spirit and ran.
Couch to 5K first and my first 2 local 5Ks. I ran/walked in 10 minute increments, but I finished.
I was still stunned that I could push my un-athletic self to these limits.
Another 5K right before surgery last summer. I ran that one. The entire way.
Blew my mind.
A slowwwwwww healing process.
Wanted so badly to run...I was addicted...in a good way :)
Signed up for a running group still on the mend from surgery.
Made it 1/2 way through the 10 week training program and injured myself, so I had to let go of the group.
I continued to walk/run on my own after therapy on my neck and shoulder, but it wasn't the same.
Focused on cleaning up our eating habits.
Signed up for the Rock and Roll 1/2 marathon in Feb. 2014.
Husband had a stent put it, and I became a maniac health nut.
Ran/walked with the dog as much as possible for sanity.
Became a slug over the holidays.
Reminded myself that I had signed up for the 1/2 Marathon which I was nowhere near trained to run now.
I focused again on my spirit...threw out all the cookies and candies and re-signed up for the running group.
To say that I was hopping around last night would be to put it mildly.
I asked not to be put in the advanced group this time, and comfortably (but still challenged) succeeded in my run.
We warmed up for 5 minutes and then ran 4- 4 minute intervals with 1 minute walks in between and a 5 minute cool down.
I needed to know the times on the 4 minutes, but I allowed myself to talk with my fellow intermediate runners.
I loved it.
Every minute of it.
Even the hard minutes.
Even the freezing cold minutes.
Running makes me celebrate the strength that I have...that I've always suspected was there, but I never gave it a chance to show.
I'm a runner.