It’s Mighty Mommy Monday! Abbie of Farmer’s Daughter and I have decided to challenge you on a weekly basis. Claim the Mighty Mommy title for yourself — every day, not just Mondays. Every week, we’ll host a link up for you to tell us what you’re doing to take care of your health: workouts, menu plans, how to keep your family active, etc. I’ve set a few goals for 2014, but my biggest is to swim a total of 30 freestyle miles this year. Join us!
I had planned to talk about modifying workouts today. I had a whole post on ab exercises for those who have diastasis recti… it’s super exciting (well for me anyway), but I just was too busy to write today. I planned to write tonight while the hubs watches an episode of Chuck I already watched. Side note: I’m such a binge watcher. I discovered the show two weeks ago and have to exercise ALL my self control to not spend my days watching it. I’m pathetic, I know.
Anyway, I’m working my way through the 30 day shred, wondering what the next goal will be when my friend, Angie, texts me to ask if I’d like to run a half marathon with her. Now look. I do things that scare me. I do. It’s not really my personality or desire to strike out and do these things, but I feel that it’s good for me. If I didn’t do things that scare me, I’d always eat the same food, read the same books and drive down the same streets. I’ve now competed in two triathlons, one I loved, the other I loathed. LOATHED. Also, I cried a lot on that one, so… I was terrified before I did them. I was petrified when I stood in the corral before the Warrior Dash. I’m incredibly proud of myself for even showing up on those days and trying, even if I wasn’t the fastest one there.
I laughed at the text. Why would I willingly run that much? Sparkly encouragement signs? That’s a little bit more my speed (pun not intended). But, again, here we are with something that scares me to death. Really, it’s the fear of failure that scares me more than the potential blisters, but it’s fear nonetheless.
So I signed up. Yeah. I’ve never run more than 3 miles at a time, and that was only because it was for a grade. I’ve thought about it, buuuuuttttt…. I’m too out of shape, I’m too tired, I’m too fat, etc. You know the excuses. Therefore, I am going to start attending a running class on Thursday mornings to train and will continue to cross train with swimming. Currently, I’m at a total of 6 miles for the year, but am going to return to swimming on a more regular basis soon.
I have almost 6 months before race day. I’m counting on the fact that I’ve already paid and I have people who witnessed it to keep me motivated. And the fact that since going gluten free my joints haven’t left me in nightly pain and I’ve lost the first pounds in two years. So there’s always that 🙂 I’m not excited yet, in case you were wondering. Give me a few weeks, ok?