Just got back from the best run I have had to date. I was really worried how today was going to go based on my past two runs this week. The first one I decided to do on a track and did terribly. The second run, I did on a treadmill in a hotel fitness room and did really well, but chalked it up to using a treadmill which was propelling me. In addition to the previous run, my family had a whirlwind three day weekend to visit family in Wisconsin and when we got back I was pretty exhausted, tired, cranky, etc. from the trip. Needless to say, I was less than thrilled to get out and run after we just got back but forced myself to do it and so glad I did!
Running, for me, has become a method of clearing my mind and it is something that is mine, completely my own! I understand the motivation and accountability that comes from running with a group or another person; however, when I run on my own, I don't feel pressure to go a certain pace. Running, for me, reminds me of the part in What Women Want, when the advertising firm is enlisted to develop an ad for Nike. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyO6ayCb5rE&feature=related
Meanwhile, on a more personal note, I thought I would share some experiences from the past year, and what I hope to accomplish in 2011.
2010 may have been one of the most emotional years I have experienced. Emotions ranging from excitement to anger, passion to love, exhaustion to full of life. I have learned that as much as I plan, life will not always follow accordingly. I also learned only I am in control of what happens to my life.
With that said, this year will be like any other!
1. I will become the healthiest I have been in a long time. It is time for me to embrace the body and life God has given me to the fullest extent.
2. I will make things happen for myself.
3. I will stop being critical of others and stop obsessing over things that I have no control over.
I am sure, along the way, I will have a few slip-ups and I am OK with mistakes. All I can hope for, is that I am in a better place next year, than I am this year!