Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Just Get Out There

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While training for a race is hard in itself, I can't imagine how other people (particularly women) do it with lots of other *important* things on their to-do list..
  • taking care of a family
  • working ~ full-time job or not
  • keeping a home clean and organized
  • cooking (yikes!)
  • other chores ~ laundry, birthdays etc...
  • ... and I'm sure I'm leaving so many other things out.
No wonder women get burned out...
Now I know Kelly Ripa has several support systems under her belt (and employment)...most of us, however...DO NOT.

How do you balance everything and still stay sane?
Some days I feel like this...

...and other days I feel like this
(OK, maybe not exactly like this)

It takes a lot of time to train and make time to run. A lot of times, the last thing I want to do is housework after finishing a long run..... I just want to crash into my bed and watch reality shows all day.

Women compare themselves to other women whether it's looks, clothes, running etc... It seems innate in our DNA that we do. But I've realized throughout the years that I'm never gonna look like this...

I'm not gonna kill myself so I could look like so and so... I'm happy with myself, I'm happy with my body. 

I've reached a point in my life that I do what I do because I love and enjoy doing it. And I want to enjoy running and I do (still). Even if I can only do a 10 minute mile or 12 or 13 for that matter. At least I'm out there doing it.

At the end of the day, I feel proud for having accomplished what I've accomplished on that day and that day alone. I try to live in the moment and not worry about the 10 miles that I have to run tomorrow....or the 13 that I have to do in 4 weeks. It's one day at a time...one run at a time. After all, life is too short not to enjoy the little things in life. Do it for fitness and health...do it for yourself.

I'm alive, I'm healthy and I can do it again tomorrow.

Some days I tell myself, "It's OK to be selfish..today".

As long as I don't become like this ..... bwahahaaha
or this...

 I'll be happy.



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