Let’s address the proverbial elephant in the room…my weight. It’s pretty obvious from my twitter and blog name that I’m overweight. As I said in my first ever blog post, I really am fat. And I’m not using the word ‘fat’ as a derogatory term either. It’s just that ‘This fat girl runs’ is an easier mouthful than ‘this overweight girl runs’. The thing is, as an overweight runner I know the two things are NOT mutually exclusive. This is, of course, mostly contrary to popular belief.
Monthly Archives: November 2013
Thing I Learned 4: Morning, noon or night; at whatever time of day…if you run you are a real runner!
On December 14th I’ll be running in my second 5k. As with my first, I’m a little nervous! But at least I know what I’m capable of, and that I CAN actually make a 5k, and in less time than I originally expected too. I’m still grinning over that!
So why the countdown to my next 5k?
I’ve heard that a tip for success is to visualize success. But what happens when your brain just won’t cooperate? You get some awfully funny imaginary moments!
With the imagination I have (read: active & vivid), I’ve learned NOT to visualize for success. Because in my brain, anything that can go wrong, does go wrong! Especially when it comes to running!
Thing I Learned 3: Every runner has started somewhere. Experienced marathoners can be just as excited over my 5k as I am!
Good question, I’m glad you asked! I have a few things in mind to round out 2013. Since I started running the last few months have been so unexpectedly crazy and awesome, but have ultimately led to my having a self-confidence I’ve never had before, and never imagined I could have!
I’d like to end the year on the same note! So, my plan for the next month and a bit is:
This morning at 7am I was up and getting ready for my first 5k run. And when I say first, I mean first! The furthest I’ve ever been able to run has been 3k! This was also my first official, organized run and when I got up this morning I was soooo nervous! I hadn’t slept well, although I wasn’t tired and did feel energized. I got to the course extra early, as I didn’t want to arrive feeling rushed. I took the chance to soak up the atmosphere and shake off my nerves!
I had so many thoughts and impressions of the morning, I can’t really share them all, but here are the highlights!
“Great, I got that “excited/scared” feeling. Like 98% excited, 2% scared. Or maybe it’s more – it could be two – it could be 98% scared, 2% excited but that’s what makes it so intense, it’s so…confused. I can’t really figure it out.”
Oscar, Armageddon (1998)
One day I had an epiphany. And just like that, I started running.
Ok, it wasn’t quite as simple as that. I didn’t pull off a marathon my first night running! But I’ll tell you, when I got home from my run that night, I felt like I was on top of the world. Sure I only managed a hundred meters or so before having to walk again, and it took me a while before I could do another run interval, but it was still awesome! I was running!