This past week, I’ve been in a number of situations/conversations that really made me think about the critical importance of self-care and respite from the stresses of our daily lives. So, this week’s blog is meant to be a few minutes of taking a big deep cathartic breath through your computer screen.
First up: I had a major break through in my training this week. With the weather being so warm, I’ve been able to get out almost every day. 11 km has become my standard run and by the beginning of April, my goal is to increase that to 16 km. My breakthrough was the realization that if I double that 16 k, that will be 32 km, just 10 shy of what I need to reach for a full marathon. Now I’m sure that sounded like WAY more of a breakthrough when it happened in my head, but the point is that for the first time, I can tangibly visualize the distance and really see myself getting there. I’m finishing my 11k feeling strong and, with 200+ days still to go before the race, I am sure I am going to be ready.
The second thing I wanted to share and, honestly, a good news story that makes me want to burst with excitement every time I think about it, is that my mom has taken up running. My mom is the epitome of the woman I still hope to be someday: beautiful, active, funny, caring, inspirational, and now a runner. She went to the Running Room, had an analysis done on her feet, outfitted herself with the right gear and has started running. To say I’m super proud of her doesn’t even begin to cover it, but I want to give her a huge shout-out for being amazing!!
The last 2 smiles-on-a-computer-screen I’m going to share are in video format. The first is a video I saw a few months ago on Facebook and it makes me happy (and teary) every time I watch it. The second is the song I play at the beginning of every one of my runs and I hope it will inspire you the way it inspires me. I hope you all take good care of yourselves this week…and thanks for running with me.
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