Happy New Year!!!! This past holiday I promised myself that I would focus 100% of my attention and time and just “be” in the moment. I wanted to enjoy all the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds of the holiday season and not simply just go through the motions that we often times find ourselves doing. So my thought was to do this effectively, I had to disconnect myself from technology. Yes, that meant not powering up my laptop and turning off the cell phone (or at least putting in on silent) so that I could just focus on “being” in the moment. Now I would be lying to you if I said that it wasn’t hard…because it was. I am so used to being “on” and “in the know” and “accessible” that totally disconnecting from all things technology related is/was very hard. And yes, there were times that I did get online and check Facebook and a few of my favorite blogs but I limited the amount of time that I was “on”. This mini break was just what I needed – it gave me time to reconnect with my family and friends and to just “be”. It also gave me time to glance back on 2010 and celebrate all that was good during this year and to think about all the wonderful things I would like to do in 2011. One of the things that I have wanted to do was to take another online scrapbooking class. So I signed up for Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class over at Big Picture Classes. For the past few years Ali has always started off the New Year by selecting one little word to focus/meditate on for the year. I joined Ali in 2010 for the first time (you can see my word here) and well I really enjoyed myself. So I decided to do it again. My word for 2011 is Story. I will talk more about my word, why I selected it (or better yet why I think this word selected me) and give you a little sneak peek on what I am working on to document my word in a later post. If you would like more information on One Little Word then I urge you to check out Ali’s blog.
I am excited about 2011 and all that it brings. Happy New Year to you all and I wish you a year that is prosperous and filled with joy!
So in my post last week (here) I told you that I had finally registered for the 2011 Disney Princess ½ Marathon scheduled for February 27, 2011. After riding the high from actually registering for the race…and thinking about how much fun my friend Patina (she’s running the race with me) and I are going to have and how good I’m going to feel checking this item off my My Mighty Awesome Life List …well let’s just say that reality started to set in.
Holy crap…what in the heck was I thinking?????
I can barely run 3 miles without feeling like I’m about to blow a major artery…how in the hell am I going to be able to complete 13.1 miles!
Oh and let’s not forget the fact that I have to be able to maintain a 16 min mile pace or else the Disney Princess patrol is going to come and haul my slow-moving rear in the back of their pick up and cart me to the finish line with all the other slow pokes! Oh how embarrassing!!!!! Then panic started to set in and well I started getting anxious and sweating and feeling like I was going to cry. Then I started to think about how out of shape I am…and how it was going to take me forever to lose this baby weight and get back in shape so I can at least complete the race in 3:30:00 and oh let’s not forget about my diet and how I was going to have to do a major overhaul and cut out some of my favorite places like this and this .
Well you can where this conversation I was having with myself was going…to put it mildly I was beating myself up…convincing myself that I couldn’t possibly complete this race without actually giving it a try. I had already claimed defeat without even trying. It’s funny because I’m always talking to my boys, letting them know just how great they are and reminding them that they are capable of accomplishing great things…all they have to do is put their mind to it and like the Nike ads “Just Do it!”. And look at what I was doing to myself….
So this morning at 4:45am, I got up…put on a t-shirt and sweat pants, laced up my Nikes hopped in the car and ended up here
Where I ran/walked 4 miles and probably could have gone longer/farther but I had to go home to get ready for work.
And I logged on to
And started to re-familiarize myself with my daily point allotment and started to find tasty recipes I can make for me and my family.
I also reminded myself that I CAN do this…all I have to do is put my mind to it and do it!
Its official, today I registered for the Disney’s Princess ½ Marathon!!!!! Now it’s time to put in the real work. No more playing around for me. I must confess…I haven’t been training like I should have but now all of that is going to have to change if I plan on completing the race in 3:30:00. The race is scheduled for February 27, 2011 which means that I have less than 15 weeks to prepare. Keep in mind that I have never done anything like this before. (What in the hell am I thinking? I must be trying to kill myself right?) The year 2011 for me is all about living the life that I have always dreamed about and completing a marathon/half marathon is on that life list. I would be lying to myself if I said that I wasn’t a tad bit nervous…okay let me stop, the truth is I am downright scared but at the same time I am extremely excited. Does that even make any sense? I just printed off a beginning runners program designed by Jeff Galloway that breaks down the training in 22 weeks…I need to somehow figure out how I can complete this program in just 15 weeks….hummmmm. Is this even possible? Whether it’s possible or impossible doesn’t really matter at this point, I have signed up for this race and my main goal is to simply complete it within the maximum time allowed. So enough blogging…it’s time for me to lace up my running shoes and hit the pavement because I’ve got some running to do!
While reading one of my favorite blogs one weekend (dooce) I came across one of her post where she talked about the Mighty Summit that she attended. Continue reading
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- runDisney Website
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been struggling with filling this void in my life. It’s like I feel like I should be doing so
mething amazing but just can’t quite put my finger on what “it” is. No, I don’t think that my purpose in life is to make world peace, win the Noble Peace Prize or find a cure for stupidity…however I do feel that I should be doing something more than what I’m doing now.
So a few weeks ago, while watching the morning news as I was getting ready f
or work, they did a story on former Olympian Jeff Galloway who had recently been named as the Official runDisney Training Consultant. During the interview, Jeff talked about the Disney Marathon that was coming up and all of the fun activities they had planned at the park. I had been entertaining the idea of running again; had even bought the book by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea Run Like A Mother and well hearing about the Disney event peaked my interest. When I got into the office that morning, I quickly went to the runDisney website and lo and behold, I came across the Disney Princess Half Marathon and that was it…my mind was made up…I am going to run in this race.
Now I know this is a VERY ambition goal…13.1 miles…I can’t even run 3 mile
The race course
s straight without clutching my chest while grasping for breath. How in the h- e double hockey sticks am I going to make it through 13.1 miles?????
But after looking at the features of the race life:
- Women’s focused half marathon (Can you say GIRL POWER)
- A course through Magic Kingdom® Park including Cinderella Castle and Epcot® (Now tell me how cool would it be to run through Cinderella’s Castle?)
- Disney Princess themed Entertainment on-course and maybe a visit from Prince Charming and friends (Did someone say Prince Charming? Sign me up!!!)
In addition to that as a participant I will also get:
- Commemorative Champion® Ladies Tech Shirt (Who doesn’t like a free t-shirt?)
- Goody Bag (Be still my beating heart…a goodie bag…SHUT UP!!!)
- Personalized Bib (Isn’t that some fancy running term for a name tag? How cool and how official! After this I guess I could officially call myself a runner.)
- On Course Refreshments, On Course Disney Entertainment and Post-Race Refreshments (They will feed and entertain me – count me in!!)
- Half Marathon Finishers receive a very special Princess medal (Maybe a cool tiara or Mickey Ears – I can see myself wearing it now…)
With all of that how could I pass this up????? Plus it will give me the opportunity to get some much-needed “me” time away from the job and family. JACKPOT!!!
I know it is a very ambitious goal…but I think that is one of the things that I’m missing…a goal. This definitely takes me out of my comfort zone but who couldn’t use a good jolt to the system every now and again. So starting tomorrow, I’m lacing up the trusty Nike Air Max shoes and hitting the pavement.