Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Must Read: Hey, Out of Shape Girl

Last week was a very busy week for me but I still had the opportunity to get in just over 22 miles over three days.  Since I took Sunday before last off and knew I was going to Evansville, IN, I ran on the Greenway Passage again for the third time.  I still didn't have my Garmin so used my iPhone to track my mileage and ran 6.5 miles and it was nice.  I was hoping to see Mr Don again but didn't.

Since I had to work the rest of the week and didn't get a chance to run, I had to wait until Saturday morning to pound some pavement.  I had planned to go out to 350 but had to pass this week because I didn't get in until late.  I got up and hit the Coke course and ran for 5 miles with my "new" Garmin.  Even after 5 miles it only lost down to 89% of battery.  Hopefully this one will serve me as well as the old one.

Jenni, Jeff and I decided we were going to meet at the church at 6:30 but nature had other plans for us.  A thunderstorm was moving in from the south and it had lightning in it.  After messaging each other we  ended up meeting a little later.  I ended up with 11miles, Jeff with 14, and Jenni with 15.  I enjoyed the run and enjoyed the company even more.  Thanks y'all!!!

There may have been a reason I didn't make it out the 350 Saturday morning.  As I running up to the 4th street bridge, I noticed a keyless remote laying on the side of the road.  I stopped and picked it up and put it in my pouch.  I went ahead and had forgotten about it until I saw a car and pickup coming down the road really slow.  The guy driving the pickup was hanging out the window and seemed to be looking for something on the side of the road.  I looked on the front of the car and it matched the emblem on the remote.  The lady driving the car wouldn't stop but I pulled the remote out and waved it for the guy.  Of course he pulled on up and thanked me.  It was the least that I could do.  I'm glad they came along. I had met the lady earlier in my run pushing a baby stroller and apparently she had dropped it on her way out.

One other thing that I want to share with you is something that I came across on Facebook and posted it on the Facebook page for this blog but you may not have seen it.  I do know that 360 people have read it just from the page and I'm sure numerous on other sites.  If you are in doubt about starting your journey and you wonder what other runners might think about you, then this is for YOU!  I wished I would have written this.

Hey, Out of Shape Girl. 
Yes, you. The one feigning to not see me when we cross paths on the running track. The one not even wearing sports gear, breathing heavy. You’re slow, you breathe hard and your efforts at moving forward make you cringe.
You cling shyly to the furthest corridor, sometimes making larger loops on the gravel ring by the track just so you’re not on it. You sweat so much that your hair is all wet. You rarely stay for more than 20 minutes at a time, and you look exhausted when you leave to go back home. You never talk to anyone. I’ve got something I’d like to say to you.
You are awesome.
If you’d look me in the eye only for an instant, you would notice the reverence and respect I have for you. The adventure you have started is tremendous; it leads to a better health, to renewed confidence and to a brand new kind of freedom. The gifts you will receive from running will far exceed the gigantic effort it takes you to show up here, to face your fears and to bravely set yourself in motion, in front of others.
You have already begun your transformation. You no longer accept this physical state of numbness and passivity. You have taken a difficult decision, but one that holds so much promise. Every hard breath you take is actually a tad easier than the one before, and every step is ever so slightly lighter. Each push forward leaves the former person you were in your wake, creating room for an improved version, one that is stronger, healthier and forward-looking, one who knows that anything is possible.
You’re a hero to me. And, if you’d take off the blaring headphones and put your head up for more than a second or two, you would notice that the other runners you cross, the ones that probably make you feel so inadequate, stare in awe at your determination. They, of all people, know best where you are coming from. They heard the resolutions of so many others, who vowed to pick up running and improve their health, “starting next week”. Yet, it is YOU who runs alongside, who digs from deep inside to find the strength to come here, and to come back again.
You are a runner, and no one can take that away from you. You are relentlessly moving forward. You are stronger than even you think, and you are about to be amazed by what you can do. One day, very soon, maybe tomorrow, you’ll step outside and marvel at your capabilities. You will not believe your own body, you will realize that you can do this. And a new horizon will open up for you. You are a true inspiration.
I bow to you.

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you again next week for a big announcement!

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