I did it! Well...kind of. For the past two days I have ran two whole miles. I didn't exactly go by the program, but hey I did run the distance. My lungs are worked up and ready to go. My legs, however, not so much. I had to walk for a few minutes after the first mile to allow my legs to rest. Man, it was a struggle to finish. My legs are like jelly. I keep telling myself that this feeling is great. I must continue to believe that is true. I am determined to make it to my goal!
Well...this week is week 3/10 of my journey from the couch to a 10k. I must say I am pleased with my progress. J is surprised with my dedication to the gym. I even went to the Trak Shak to purchase a new pair of running shoes. It was hard getting back into the swing of things after a 6 month break. My body is extremely happy with me right now. I have been working up to two miles of full nonstop running. Tomorrow is the BIG day. 2 miles here I come!!! I am eager to be at week 10 running 6 miles. Step by step. I will be there in no time.
What a wonderful weekend! J had some business to do in Huntsville this weekend. Our kind friends Katie and Jake offered their home to us for the night. On Saturday, Jake and Katie took us to an awesome place called Flying Monkey Arts Center . It was sooooo cool. The place is basically a old warehouse converted into art studios, a thrift store, and a record shop. On Saturdays, artists come to the center (free of charge) and sell their art. We saw lots of handmade vegan soap, jewelry, prints, records, and two sculptures of vaginas. Yes, you read that right. I must say that was a little disturbing. Art? Maybe, but do I really want that in my house? After an eventful afternoon, we decided to get some food at Happy Tummy (gastronomic delights). The sign (see Above) had me cracking up. It made me think more of what the food was for rather than making the food look appealing. They had a ton of vegetarian friendly menu items. I highly suggest eating at Happy Tummy once in your life. I'll even take a trip to Huntsville with you! Thank you Jake and Katie for a fab weekend!
It is amazing how grad school makes me feel ridiculously lazy. I want to do nothing other than relax once I get off work and finish my school assignments. What once was working out daily, quickly turned into "Lost" episodes in front of the tube. I have been telling myself over and over again "I will go to the gym tomorrow". Well.... tomorrow never comes. Over New Year's, a friend was telling me how much she enjoys running. I thought back to when I was in better shape. Instantly I knew what I needed to do. For two weeks now, I have been fighting the urge to workout. I make every excuse in the book. The one that normally wins is "it is way to cold outside". I must say it is a pretty valid excuse. I see people running outside when the temp is below freezing. I don't know how they do it. Today it occurred to me that I can continue this battle as long as I want but it won't change the fact that I am not in shape. I would like to officially announce to the world that I will begin the couch to 10k program this week. It would be a lot easier if I could do it with friends and be outdoors. But I cannot change the weather. So....If any of you have a YMCA membership and want to join my journey, please do!
I am amazed how life can change so much in two years. Not too long ago I disappointed in the situation I had placed myself in. The job I held was weighing me down, constantly demanding inappropriate needs and wants. After multiple conversations with J, I decided I had been procrastinating for too long. I left that job soon there after and my life literally turned around. I soon began my career. My first job using my degree! Not too long after, I started working on my Masters in School Counseling. Life changed right before my eyes. Little did I know just who I would discover. Not knowing what to expect from these new experiences, I was a little hesitant. I then discovered that I would not be alone. D, L, E, and many others were also making this journey with me. I cannot express the gratitude I have for these girls. I do not know how I lived in this city for eight years thinking that I would not find lifelong friendships. It is hard to move to an unfamiliar city and start a new life. In the past few years, I have found what I had been looking for since I moved to this city. You guys know who you are....thank you!