..I swear I am going to have that on repeat when I am feeling like I just don’t have it in me to run!!
It was a long day today…the Youngin’ and I have been experimenting with insomnia and we are realizing that maybe it is not for us! Let’s see if we can kick that new habit to the curb tonight!
I will be honest, I was totally pulling fake smile and giving a huge show of fake enthusiasm for my run today. Yes, I know it is still miniscule and that what I am running is probably as easy as taking an extra breath to some people, BUT it is hard for me. This is my 5th day running, and I have jumped from starting at week one on C25K to starting at week 4…the week they say it gets hard….I have already noticed a difference with my breathing, it was not bothering me today at all (I was also on a treadmill because it was pouring outside, but still). My legs are always an issue, they hurt. Bad. Annoyingly Bad! As I left work today (a huge thank you to my amazing students for really just being my 8 year old best friends, and always being happy just to see me!) I made my 30 minute drive to the gym. I listened to some good music and told myself I would not let my ‘gym phobias’ bug me while I was running. I could care less if someone judges me for running slow or talking walking intervals, I am going to Zone in on my goal, I am going to do this and do it as hard as I can because Sunday is a new program!
Enter: Katy Perry! I looked at the marathon playlist from www.beneathitallblog.com and got a few of her tunes this morning. (What a motivation just to look at her site, races and amazing attitude!) I cut my ‘walking’ down 2 minutes, and the walking breaks in between the running. THEN when I was getting the same ‘ol dead leg, Katy Perry’s “Firework” came on my IPod….I have heard this song, sang along and all of that, but let me tell you, I got an instant JOLT of energy. I was on the last ‘run’ session and I had been running at 5.2…yes, it is slow, but I just got so much energy I bumped it up to 6.0 and could honestly not stop smiling while I was running!! Was I crazy? Was I really way too excited over how a song was getting me pumped up? Or was I really feeling the message of the song, and rather than energy, I had gotten a jolt of pride and confidence ~ BINGO!!! I felt good, I felt like a ‘runner’, I really liked one particular lyric (listed under the picture) and that is really what this whole journey is about! Don’t let your self-doubts stop you from ANYTHING, you can reach your goals and you can change the direction of where your thoughts lead you!
So since I got that boost and really saw an improvement today, I realized that I want to keep this going! So….I am going to do the Earth Day 5K run on April 16th (about 3 days before we leave here) and the 10K Susan G. Komen for the Cure on September 25th in Frankfurt. I am trying to see if there is anything in Wisconsin while we are there in April and May, but all the races are far from where we will be. In Germany I am going to plan on doing whatever the base is offering in July or August as well!
So there you have it…one lyric from a song was all it took to really get me to see what I am capable of doing. That song made me jump my speed and got me to go an extra 1/4 mile (which is a lot for this newbie)! That lyric got me to vow to run races that I never would have done before, and that lyric really made me stop and realize that…”Baby, I’m a FIREWORK!”
Have a great FRIDAY!!!!!