Movement is progress

Running the next raceI’m running a 5K next Sunday and I’m not prepared. In fact, I’m walking out the door in 23 minutes to run two miles just to prove to myself that I can do that 3.1-mile race.

Spring is five days away and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate today than to take in the fresh air and experience nature.

It’s easy to feel out of control during stressful events, or “races” in life (those when-I-finish-that-unpleasant-task, everything-will-be-easy types of things), but it seems that those are the times when it’s more important than ever to remain focused on what really matters.

Are you prepared for your next race, or life event?

I pledge to get enough sleep this week, eat well and drink a lot of water.

I’m also going to take time to be consciously grateful that when I run, my body remembers. I have two half-marathons, a 10K and a number of 5Ks already under my belt. When I first began running, I couldn’t run 500 feet without getting winded! The biggest key for me is to take care of myself and on the day of the race, if I need to slow down, that’s okay.

I look forward to returning to a regular running routine, since sub-zero temperatures, holidays and illnesses in the family derailed our normal schedule.

Keep pushing yourself, in whatever races you willingly sign up for, or encounter against your will, and focus on what’s most important.

In races and in life, it’s great if you can run. It’s okay to walk, and sometimes, it’s necessary to take a step or two back. Keep moving. It’s all progress, even (and especially) when it doesn’t feel like it.

 

 

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