|NOW - not- Tomorrow|
I'm super excited to start this journey. Right now I've told people to plan on meeting twice a month for a 1-3 mile run (just starting out) and then depending on response I will add more runs and increase distance. I've already had 12 people sign up which totally blows my mind. I would've been happy with 5 people!! I'd love to see how things go with the staff on my unit and if all goes well then I'd love to make it a unit-wide invitation. This Saturday we're going to have our first run and it's an understatement to say I'm ecstatic!! If you told me even 5 months ago that I'd be starting a running group I'd probably laugh in your face. It's fun to see the places this lifestyle change is taking me.
In addition to starting up this running group I've also been asked by a fellow nurse to help her accomplish one of her goals to be in the best shape of her life by next year. She wants to complete a triathlon and asked me if I would do it with her...of course I had to say yes! I'm super excited to train for this. There's a sprint triathlon (750 meter swim, 12 mile bike ride, and 3.1 mile run) that occurs for women only in Rio Rancho every August...that'd be right before her birthday so it'd be perfect timing! I'm honored to be able to do this with her! This means one thing...gotta buy some lady junk protection for bike rides!! ;)
Despite my not feeling so hot this week I got my long run in (8 miles) and it was the best I've felt during any of my long distance runs. If the sun wasn't set by the time I finished I would've kept going. I didn't look at my watch (pace) the entire time because I just wanted to go at a pace that felt comfortable for me and so I was surprised when I finished at a 12:12 pace! Here's a picture I snapped at mile 5 (as you can tell I need more practice snapping pictures mid-run):
This week is week 25 of my training...time flies when you're having fun. Three more weeks until the Duke City Half Marathon! I can't believe it's almost here. I'm so excited that my entire family is going to be here for it! Yes, Dad (and his wife), Mom, Olivia, Erika & Drew, Ben & Amanda, David & Elise, John & Lauren, Me (of course), Sam, and Abbie!! And of course I can't forget my nephews..October 19 is going to be an unforgettable day! Alright, that's all I've got for now..next week it'll be a more exciting weight loss post!