My great friend and fellow blogger over at When Crazy Meets Exhaustion, Steph, has passed along the trend of making the most craptastic day of the week a day of optimism, as opposed to a day of sheer weekend-ending, work-week-starting blahs. Another pal at Mom’s Eye View joined in this week, so what the heck. Here’s my take.
In case you’re new here (welcome!), I have taken on the insane task of training for a half-marathon, all while working and mothering full-time. My college roommate/maid of honor and I are set to run the half marathon in Pittsburgh on May 5, and I’m freaking out. I love to run, but it doesn’t come naturally to me. Luckily, I have an awesome husband and pretty strong will-power to keep up with training. There are days when I wonder what I’m doing, and I leave my run feeling defeated, thinking there is no possible way I could ever run for 13.1 miles (and live…). I’ve often thought of selling my bib and setting my goals a little lower, like a 10K.
But then, there are days like this past Saturday that fill me with pure excitement and optimism. It was almost 70 degrees in Pittsburgh. In January. I set out to run 6 miles, a distance I’d previously only been able to reach on the treadmill. I arrived at my route, dressed in considerably less layers than usual, amazed at the sunshine and gorgeous sky, and set my new best friend – THE GARMIN – to track my run.
This green gal was my Christmas gift to myself, and oh, how I love her. She helps me pace myself, something I am too dumb to figure out on my own. With her help, I was able to run the full 6 miles at my targeted pace, which is nothing to write home about, but still. I did it! I was exhausted at the end of that run, but I drove home feeling so sure that 13.1 miles in May is most definitely doable.
I’ll keep you posted, but for now, I’m feeling pretty optimistic.
- Write about something that makes you feel optimistic. Whatever it is, write from your heart.
- Post on MONDAYS. Include “Project Optimism” in your title.
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- Link over here and invite friends to join in.