Tomorrow, Christmas Eve, is my running anniversary. Last year I was of the elliptical trainer and was jealous of runners. I decided to change things up. After my typical 30 minutes on the elliptical I decided to try running. I had no expectations. Previously I had decided that I was NOT a runner so there was no way I could fail. That day I ran 1/4 mile without stopping. And when I was done I felt so proud! I even told my mom and brother about it.
It was several days later that I returned to the gym (after Christmas and visiting Husband's parents) but I decided to get back on the treadmill and that day I ran a little farther. Within a several weeks I ran 2 miles and had the goal of a 5K! The day I ran a 5K on the treadmill I felt like a CHAMP!
And yet another 10K race. This was my last race and I ran it the Saturday before Thanksgiving. I met my goal and completed it in under and hour (59:11).
So what I have I learned?
- I have realized how therapeutic running can be. I love it! It clears my mind and relaxes my body.
- I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to! The only limits I have are the ones I put on myself.
- My body is powerful, strong, beautiful. It has imperfections and bumps and humps but it carries me and allows me to do amazing things!
These are the lessons I learned in 2009. I can't wait to see the lessons I will learn in 2010.
What have you learned this year?