Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday; the Photo Edition

Another photo of Danielle and I at the corn maze. I feel like I was a little spoiled by two full days of girl time! I wish we lived closer!

Last night, I did have long-distance girl time with another one of my very close friends, Rachel. I'm stoked, because we decided that Monday nights will definetely be a Rachel&Heather long-distance girl time date! Starting at 8:00 PM Eastern, of course, for some One Tree Hill! :) We discussed the show as we watched, her in Texas and me in New York. and it really did make me feel like we were enjoying one anothers company and doing something "together(ish)."

Remember when I told you about my making a necklace early this year and promised a photo? Here you go.

I've started my Christmas Shopping. A bit early? I don't know about that. I'm quite excited about getting everyone on my list something fabulous!

Also have been working on my amazon.com wish list. And I may have recently listened to a Christmas CD. And thought about takin out my decorations "just to look at". And have started planning my Christmas Cards [with an extra special twist this year!]. Perhaps I'm a little excited for the holidays?

This past weekend I tried to like beer, again. This happens every so often. I decide it's time that I give it a whirl. I tried this Post Road Pumpkin Ale. I didn't like it. I will stick to my red wine.

Does anyone want to come over and play trivial pursuit? I am in desperate desire for a game night! I'll even serve some treats.

Did you see this lovely little piece of work on Operation Beautiful?? During the carving of this fab pumpkin, I also seemed to have accidently carved my hand. But it is bandaged up and healing well. Woot.

Friday night, I went to see comedian Kathleen Madigan at the GE Theater at Proctors with my boss Jen and her husband, Jeff. Kathleen was FABULOUS. Laughing for a few hours was the perfect way to end my week :)

Do you watch THAT Morning show? It comes on E! and I have been loving having it on as I go about getting ready in the morning. Mark, from the original Road Rules and about a MILLION of the RWRR Challenges is one of the hosts, and I've always been a fan- does anyone else watch this?

Don't forget to enter the Starbucks Thank You Giveaway!

I had this realization Sunday during my run, and decided to post an Operation Beautiful Note for MYSELF on my apartment door, so that everytime I leave the house to go out on a run, I remember it's truth.

Before my run on Sunday, I told myself I was going to run 3 miles, no stopping, no matter what.

I often struggle with pacing myself. I have been running under 10 minute miles if I'm only running a mile at a time. But if I try to run two 10 minute miles in a row, I get really tired by the one and a half marker. I have been trying to slow my pace down to 11 or 12 minute miles for a leisurely jog and to be able to (hopefully) increase my milage. It's not going so well. I have a hard time running anything more than around 10 and a half minute miles- and that is even difficult.

I ran to a point of exhaustion and found myself in a spot I did not want to be about two miles in. On the side of the path ready to lose my lunch. I walked it off, and after my recovery walk, I was back to jogging again. During this jog was when I remembered a video that Caitlin posted months back. In it, she was mid-bike-ride just after coming off her injury break and she had stopped to take a video because she realized that she should be greatful for what her body CAN do and not try to push it farther than it could go.

I thought long and hard about this as I ran another mile before needing to walk again. I should be happy with what my body can do. Yes, I should continue to condition and train my body to go farther, faster, and BETTER- but I also need to be HUMBLE ENOUGH to be OKAY with not being able to run 3 miles right now. I am still NEW to running. I am still FIGURING OUT the best ways for me to prepare, fuel, and recover from runs.

So often I compare myself to other runners. Especially my friends who run, that have been able to run 3 miles for a long time now (Laura), and people who are celebrating their PDRs and going farther each day (Stef). And I tell myself I haven't been running ENOUGH, or hard ENOUGH, or pushing myself ENOUGH- but that's just silly. I need to go at my own pace: no one elses. Even if that means running 10 minute miles and recovering for 30 seconds before another 10 minute mile, recovery, and 10 minute mile to complete my 5K on Saturday.

Because this running thing is not about ANYONE ELSE but me.
My Body is Strong enough to run at my own pace. To pound the pavement several times a week. To Stretch and Stride. To carry me through my goals. To feel the wind, the sun, the cold, and the rain that I run through.

My Mind is Strong enough not to compare myself to everyone or anyone else, and to keep pushing myself AT MY OWN PACE, to get further and faster. To not give up because I don't match up to someone whom I think I should run LIKE. I should run like ME. And my mind is strong enough to know this.

My Heart is Strong enough to continue to chase my love for the running, and to be humble and thankful for what I can do. To desire and drive towards my goal of racing in all 50 states. My heart is strong enough to face the finish line I will find on Saturday morning, in costume (still not sure what), no matter how fast I run or how often I walk as long as I'm ready to push on to the next race.

1 comment:

  1. I can't see your pictures :( Not sure if it is something on my end or yours


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