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.