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Posted on Nov 25, 2010 in Dear Diary, Working Out | 7 comments

Thankful (Part 1)

Well, Happy Turkey Day, guys! I feel like this day has been such a whirlwind – it feels like it’s been 3 days worth of activities in one! As such, I‘ve decided to split Thanksgiving into two posts so that I don’t bore you to death on your holiday, hehe. So as I watch my favorite movie of all time, Singin’ in the Rain, I’m going to tell you about my First Great Accomplishment for today:

Running the SOME 5K!!!

That’s right y’all. I did it. I ran a 5K. I didn’t walk. I didn’t stop (save for one moment where I had to re-tie my shoelace, but I don’t think that counts.) I ran it. 3.12 miles. And I did it in just over 40 minutes total (I even sprinted the last tenth of a mile – ROAR!!!!)

Granted, I ran it slow. I think I ranged between a 12 1/2 and 13 1/2 minute pace the whole time. Maybe slower. The beginning was slow-going because there were so many people all crowded together, and it was slow at the turn-around too, where you started to head back toward the start/finish line. But hey, I did it. And I feel so accomplished. And now I have future goals available, to get a little bit faster, a little bit more graceful. It’s a really good feeling. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was such a fun experience, participating in a race like that. There were 5000 people there! And people running in all manner of costumes and Thanksgiving apparel – it was a hoot!

If you had asked me if I ever thought I would be successfully running a 5K 3 months ago, I would have laughed in your face. This is such a milestone for me. And another thing to cross of the goals list!

I definitely want to do more races in the future. It was such anย exhilarating experience, and having the support of my sister, her hubby, and Amanda with me helped me feel like I could go all the way! And I did!

After we came back from the race, I went to see Tangled with my family, which was soooo cute! I loved it (but honestly, what Disney movie don’t I love?)ย And with that, I’m going to cap this post here, since I actually have work tomorrow (SIGH!) Plus, between the race, the movie, and cooking Thanksgiving dinner (that’s what’s coming in Part 2!) I am POOPED! So completely, fully exhausted.

So goodnight, all! Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for how far I have come. In so many ways. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Posted on Sep 22, 2010 in Working Out | 8 comments

VICTORY!!!!

What? 2 posts in 1 day? Who AM I? Well, let me tell you, a LOT has happened in the past 7 hours! Alright, where to begin, where to begin…

I updated my Goals & Progress page earlier today to include some new goals of mine, both fitness and weight-wise. Among these new goals included the following:

Run for 3 minutes straight
Run for 5 minutes straight
Run a mile

And then I went to the gym after work and DID ALL THREE!! True story. I honestly didn’t think I would be able to accomplish this today when I wrote them, but somehow I did! I ran for 12 minutes straight on the treadmill today, running a full mile for the first time since HIGH SCHOOL. Granted, it was a 12 minute/mile pace, but still. For me… that’s kind of amazing.

I feel invincible! I was actually grinning on the treadmill. It was so awesome – every time I thought about walking or slowing down, I just looked down at the minutes or the mileage I had run so far, and thought “I can make it just a little further.” And I did! It is a really good feeling. I know that one mile probably doesn’t seem like much to most people, but for me it means a lot. I really feel like I’ve turned a corner in my fitness, and it’s only up from here!

In other (good) news, my Stella & Dot order came today! Here are some pictures of the most adorable packaging you will ever see in your life:

And some of my new gorgeous jewelry!

I also have to post this as a teaser for my sister Jenny, since I got her a little somethin’-somethin’ too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So yeah! Turned out to be a pretty great day, today! And it’s the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival tonight as well, so I’m headed over to my parents’ place for moon cake and general festiveness now. Until next time, friends!

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