So much to tell you guys on this lovely Monday morning…so much THAT I dunno where to start? Well, I guess any good story starts from the beginning, so here we go:
Welcome to Monday and welcome to my neck of the woods. It’s a bit chilly here, but nothing a jacket can’t solve. In the words of Mister Rogers,
“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”
Yep, that about sums it up; although, I’m sure you’re still scratching your head, wondering where I’m going with all of this. Well, I used to NOT race a lot because frankly, I was afraid to NOT be perfect. I didn’t wanna pop my little training bubble and go out on race day and do crapola in a box (as little Kristin used to say), so I’d defer my races, and trick myself into thinking that I’d put the pedal to the metal at a later date.
Of course I’d race, but not near enough, get my drift?
I guess, success comes in many forms, one of which is being kind to yourself, two of which is realizing that control is merely an illusion, and three of which is cultivating the quality of gratitude (being thankful for what you CAN do). Success could mean living life (period). I’ll go with that, k?
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn
WHAT DOES SUCCESS MEAN TO YOU??
Sports psychology articles:
Heavy stuff, right? To soften the brick (that’s weighing down this post)…
NEW HAIR (COLOR) DON’T CARE!!!
Whoops…ANOTHER frowny pic, Kris???? (P.S. That’s what I call myself…when I talk to myself…)
DON’T FEAR, A SMILE IS NEAR!!!
Also, ran my first (EVER) 8k on Saturday (a HUGE race, Townebank 8k, part of Shamrock marathon & half marathon weekend) aaaand let’s just say, (I think) I Shamrocked on! Despite some scary chest tightness that I’d experienced, leading up to Shamrock, while running, I was happy to be able to run the race with a smile.
In summary: I went to see my doctor on Wednesday and he was a bit concerned. There is a long history of heart disease in my family. Long story short, I’m being scheduled to get a stress test done as well as a chest x-ray. The hospital should call within a couple days to schedule my appointment. They did an EKG and it was normal and my oxygen level was 100%. At rest, everything seems fine. A couple years ago, I had to wear a Holter Monitor because I was experiencing heart palpitations while at rest (not during exercise).
I’m sure it was something environmental. I felt fine during Shamrock and even the day before. I (literally) decided to run the race 10 minutes before the start. I’m happy to report that despite this and the horribly horrible wind that we had to run through (thanks Virginia Beach), I pulled off a 34:18 (6:54/mile). My 5k split was faster than my 21:08 that I ran 2 weeks ago, too! Yay!
The best part is that I placed 3rd in my age group out of 617 (25-29ers)!! I’m telling y’all, the wind was tough! I’m glad I finished strong! I GET AN AGE GROUP AWARD!!! I GET AN AGE GROUP AWARD…AT SHAMROCK!!! I was totally NOT expecting it, especially at such a big race! Pretty cool, too that I finished 17th out of 5,515 ladies!!
HAVE YOU EVER SHAMROCKED ON??? HOW IS EVERYONE DOING??? XOXO