Thursday, September 8, 2011

Post 10K Update - 3

Well, we are undergoing a transfer of old computer data to the new computer, so I have not been able to access my blog until today.  Sorry for the delay!

Okay, so we left off with my describing to you how my physique is going through another change, for the better!

Now, I would like to address how my running has gone (or, rather, is going through) another change as well.  If you'll remember, I started out this "thing" on March 14th, hoping that I would like "jogging" enough to make it my easy, thirty-minutes-a-day exercise routine.  Well, it has become so much more than that.  In fact, I don't even think you could call it "jogging" anymore.

Ever since I posted that 56-min 10K time in July, something snapped.  I remembered that I am (and always have been) an athlete.  You don't just give up your innate talents just because you're over 40!  You can, however, forget about them!  That's what I did.  I kept thinking that it was too hard; I might break a hip; what if I hate it!  Friends, those doubts and fears are from the Deceiver.  They are not from God.  And I refused to let that "Monkey" on my back to slow me down.  Do I get an "Amen?!"

So, for the month of August, I (and my hubby as well) embarked on reclaiming our athleticism.  We did speed training and interval work, which culminated in a full-speed MILE run on the last day of the program.

When the day of the race arrived, I have to tell you that I was a little nauseous at the starting line, but it had to be done, and I am not a quitter!  Hubby gave me a good pep talk before the race and told me to concentrate on Nicole C. Mullen's song, "When I Call on Jesus," when I got in a bind.  Turns out, that was what I needed!  I ended up running the "Miracle Mile" in 7 minutes and 13 seconds.  My hubby did it in 6:51 (which is awesome!) 

We both felt great that day and are currently researching what we want to tackle next.  I am leaning very heavily towards training for a 1/2 marathon this fall and a marathon in the spring.

I'll keep you posted.
;-) Missi

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