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Let the training begin!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Had the striking realization tonight that my first 5k race is in 4.5 weeks. Yikes. I have never been lazier or more disgusting in my life. It is time to get myself in gear.

First, I mapped out a really complicated schedule of Cross Training, Tempo Runs, Speed Work, Rest Days and Strength Training. Realized after I laid it all out on my calender....dude, there is NO WAY I'm gonna go to the Y every day. Nope. Nope. Hell no.

And I don't need to be in PERFECT C25K shape for this ONE race on Thanksgiving morning...it's just a practice run, right? So, I need to take it easy here. Once this one is over, I'll have all winter to ease back into a real training schedule for my REAL races in the Spring (probably gonna do C25k).

I remembered I have a DVD - Leslie Sansone's Just Walk: Walk It Off in 30 Days. Basically, there are two workouts - a BURN 30 workout (30 mins of non-stop cardio) and a FIRM 30 (30 mins of non-stop strength training). You're supposed to do BURN 30 on M, W, F and FIRM 30 on Tues, Thurs, Sat.

But, yeah right....I'm not going that gung ho right off the bat. However, I do own 5 lb hand weights and a yoga mat and I can definitely commit to 30 mins 4 days a week. Then, I added a cross-training workout every Saturday (more than likely swimming or the exercise bike) because I most definitely CAN commit to going to the Y once a week for the next 4 weeks. Bonus: my kids can swim and get real tired. Yes!

So, there you have it...my completely and totally REALISTIC mini training plan for the Bloomington Bagel Thanksgiving Turkey Trots 5k. No guarantees that I'll run any of it...but walking would be a good start.

(Haha! Who am I kidding?! How many races have I done? There's no possible way, on race morning...with the electricity in the air, that the starting gun will go off and I'll just take off on a leisurely stroll. LOL. It's too exciting! EVERYBODY RUNS at least the first few minutes...and the last...and anytime someone is looking. Haha.)

A super duper bonus to all of this is...this will get me halfway to my wedding. :) And if I'm in the groove, perhaps I'll just repeat the entire thing AFTER the race...and it'll take me right up to the wedding. So, I'll be feeling great and glowing for sure on the big day!

Oh oh oh! Fun story time! We were CRAZY LUCKY last weekend. I've been realllly stressed about getting Mr. T a suit for the wedding because funds have been tight. We happened into our high end Goodwill store the other day and it was a MIRACLE. He found a nearly new authentic Italian suit that fit him almost perfectly! Get this...we looked up the designer online and it usually runs $7,000!!!!!! Do you know we got it for $24.06?!?! We immediately took it to a tailor and she was taking in the jacket and she was really impressed and said to us, "Oh wow, yes. This is a real Italian suit! You were very very fortunate to find this! It is really nice!" I cannot believe that happened. Altogether, with tailoring, it will be less than $80! Thank you, God!!!!!

Had a special moment with my beloved that same night. Still just in awe over the whole suit ordeal, I told him that I've been so worried about the suits for him and the boys and now it feels like a weight has lifted. I had been almost dreading the wedding approaching because I worried we wouldn't be prepared for it financially (even though EVERYTHING ELSE is already paid for and taken care of). But, now that I have let go of that anxiety, I feel free to be excited about the day now. Our wedding planner is really going to take care of us and all we have to do is show up and take in the most beautiful day of our lives.

I said offhand, "Oh wow...I should probably start putting together a program for the ceremony because it's like 9 weeks away. Wait, no...that can't be. (grabs calendar) Wait...yes, it is only 9 weeks. Oh my gosh!"

Suddenly, I looked at him and something happened...I just started bawling!!!! I couldn't believe the day was so close. I couldn't understand how God could bless me with a man who is so in love with me, so affectionate, so kind and tender and romantic, and who knows me deeper and more intimately than anyone on earth ever has. And he tells me all the time how he's dreamed of being with me since he was 16 years old...even through all the years of no contact and when we were living completely separate lives...he always wished he could be with me. It's just...a lot to feel. And I felt it all at once and I was sobbing.

So happy. So overwhelmed with affection. And also a little sadness/bitterness when I realized that both of us spent over a decade in marriages that were not right for us, where we were unhappy and unfulfilled and miserable. It's sad...that we spent so much of our lives feeling wrong and out of place. But, mostly...I could not contain my thankfulness. I just cried and cried on his shoulder and kissed him and told him, "I love you so much" over and over and over.

What a blessing. What a man. What a life.
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    I have a philosophy of life - If you are in a good place now, it is due to everything that has gone before. If you were to change one thing, it would change EVERYTHING, and you might not be where you are now. Would you give up any of the kids? Didn't think so. Do you think you might have appreciated each other as much if you hadn't had your prior lives? Maybe not. Take the lessons and the gifts from the past and let the rest go. But remember you would not be who you are now without it!


    2219 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    Live for now, the past is gone. Now is good, that is why it is called the present! emoticon
    2225 days ago
    No use to mourn what could have been but wasn't. Celebrate the now.
    2226 days ago
    Wow 9 weeks away. I am so happy for both of you. I've been praying for you everyday glad to hear that the wedding is still on track and going to go perfectly for both of you.

    Your wedding & fitting into your dress is more important than this one race, You will do what you need to do when you need to do it, divine order will prevail in your blessed and loved life.

    Take care & be well you & your family are always in my prayers.

    Many Blessings Always Debby
    2226 days ago
    Kudos for coming up with a realistic plan for your upcoming 5k.

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  • JUNEAU2010
    emoticon emoticon What a wonderful moving-forward-not-looking-back love story you two have!
    2227 days ago
    So glad you found each other. So happy for you both !! emoticon
    2227 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Great plan for your training! The main thing is to be ready without overdoing it!

    Those 10 years you say you wasted? Not really. Now you appreciate what you have so much more. Now you know how good life really is. When hard times come, you know you have someone there to back you and you know how hard times would be without that. Without those 10 years you wouldn't be who you are now and you wouldn't have your wonderful children. Maybe that time wasn't such a waste after all.
    2227 days ago
    2228 days ago
    I love your blogs! We can totally visualize the whole thing happening before our eyes! Have you ever thought about creative writing?

    Great deal on that suit!!! The Lord was watching out for you there!
    2228 days ago
    awesome!! I'm so excited for you--in every way! Enjoy this special time in your life!

    2228 days ago
    I think I'll have to wait until I get to heaven to experience that kind of love.

    I'm really glad for you both and particularly glad that you are thankful and enjoying your blessings as this gives God the glory whilst also magnifying your joy.

    Work hard at sticking to your training plan - it will be worth it!
    2228 days ago
    That is so beautiful :)
    And good luck in your training
    2228 days ago
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