Today is going to be a good day. I can tell. I woke up feeling well rested and looking forward to my run. And even though it was raining really hard (seriously, I am about to start a new Noah's Ark themed blog), I couldn't wait to get outside. I stretched in the rain and to my great delight, just as I started walking, the rain stopped. This really is going to be a good day!
My run went well too. I felt pretty loose and strong through all the runs. I even added in an extra 3 minutes run to test my endurance a little. I was tired at the end, no doubt, and there was certainly less spring in my step for the rest of the walk home, but I started and finished strong and that feels so great. I'm not even going to look ahead to what comes next in week 4 until tomorrow because I want to ride high the rest of the day without fretting about the next big leap I am about to take.
This entire experience so far has been so empowering to me in so many ways. First, taking the steps to make this time for myself. Sleep is great, don't get me wrong, I love sleep, but there is no better way to start the day than getting up alone, leaving the house alone, and doing something that makes me feel good in my body and my mind. To feel such a sense of accomplishment by 7:30 in the morning is great! Second, having found an outlet to talk about the experiences I am having, whether they are good or bad, has been huge. It is so nice to use this part of my brain on a regular basis. It is surprising how little it gets used when your mothering and housekeeping and you don't realize it until you start using it again! And last, though I absolutely love and need to the support of my friends and my family, I have found the support and encouragement from my fellow C25Kers and bloggers to be inspiring, motivating, and heartfelt. We need each other as much as we need our loved ones. There is an understanding and a true sense of camaraderie in this community. We all seem to relish each other's successes and feel each other's pain. And though I have not met the other people I have been going through this program with, I feel so invested in urging them on and enjoying their successes as much as my own. It has been an unintended but unbelievably wonderful benefit of writing this blog. So friends, keep up the great work! If you can do it, I CAN DO IT!