Friday, August 10, 2012

Major Achievement

Today, I am giving myself pat on the back. And a standing ovation. And a gold medal. And a raise.

Ok, not a raise. How many days till the paychecks start rolling in? By my count, 34.

So what happened?

I ran 5 miles without stopping!

And the crowd goes wild!!! I'm not sure I can even believe it! At the start of my running mission, I don't think I could even run 5 minutes without stopping. Back when I set my summer goals, I thought a 5k seemed far-fetched.

Then, today, I surprised myself with running for 50 min strait without a walking break. Yes, I know a 10 min mile isn't all too impressive, but from where I started, I could through myself a fiesta!
Check out that self-satisfied, red, sweaty, face! And giant hand? Damn perspective. 
Actually, today was the second day in a row that I surprised myself with how great my run felt. Yesterday, I did 40 min, with only two 1-min breaks. Not sure on the distance.

Both days though, I felt great. Like I could go on forever! Try of a half! Ok, that might be a bit hyperbolas. Even so, it was amazing to feel like that.

So, being the math-y I am, I looked for a common factor. Both nights before I had gotten decent sleep. Then, I woke up, had a cup of coffee and a full breakfast. Not a mini meal. I digested and set out, and had the 2 best runs of my short career.

I think I figured out a good routine for myself. Just in time for the start of the school year when I won't have enough time in the morning. Perfect.

After a much-needed shower, I created this random mess. And a blurry pic to boot.

That would be a some frozen greenbeans, frozen mushroom/rice burger, canned chick peas, and delicious ketchup.

Why the lack of anything fresh? Because my fridge looked like this.

Yea, beer, wine, and condiments. Total college guy style. I'm embarrassed. But hey, at least I did a good job eating every last bit of last weeks grocery haul.

Now, I'm off to restock... and probably spend more money than I should. Later, it's some chocolate PB cupcake baking for my dad's bday. Then, a friend from high school is coming for a night out! It's shaping up to be a pretty fantastic Friday!

Here's to celebrating the small achievements!
~ Rach


  1. go you!! this also gives me hope! Right now I can only do a couple minutes running, then I need to walk a bit, run, walk... but maybe one day I too will be able to do it! and I'm totally with you on getting into routine right before school spoils it. Fingers crossed we'll be able to keep it up during the term (for all of about a week before collapsing in a shattered heap of teacher-like mess!)And I congratulate your alcohol-filled fridge!

    1. Thanks! When I first started, I could only do a couple minutes at a time too. That was only at the beginning of the summer, and I'm already here. Keep at it, and you can do it! I am totally hoping to keep up some sort of similar schedule during the year, but it will definitely be an experiment trying to figure out one that works!

  2. Hey, that's no small achievement! And I am so glad to see I'm not the only exercising tomato out there. How are some people lucky enough not to get the bright red gene?