This Week I'm Celebrating...
Running! Over the past week I've made my way up from 3.1 to 3.5 miles at a clip. At this point I only technically need to be at 3.1 since my first real 5K race is on the 12th (!) but I'm trying to ramp it up since I have a 10K next month. In November- and this is the biggie- I'm doing the Philadelphia half marathon! I've got roughly 5 months to get up to snuff for that so it's running, running, running for me. I'll let you know how the races go as they come up.
Without getting too wordy, let me just say that I'm still sort-of in shock that I can do this. Like I said, I was never a runner and in some ways believed that I lacked the constitution to ever be one. Every time I get on the track I question whether or not I can make it- and then every time I prove myself wrong by hitting my goal. It's an internal battle every time- that voice in my head saying I can't, me pushing on and conquering. And it's giving me a sense of empowerment that is very much translating to me believing in myself overall. It's starting to make me wonder how many other things I've always said I couldn't do that I'm actually perfectly capable of doing- a question I plan to answer in a variety of different endeavors over the course of my life. As much as I wish I had started to figure this stuff out a long time ago I'm grateful that it's happening now. I'm coming into my own and it's an amazing feeling.
Time Off I have today off, which is awesome, but I also took Monday off because it's been so long since I had a long break I can't remember when it was. Today I'm making pancakes *yum!* and we've got lots of gaming planned (Lego Marvel Superheroes- so fun!). Tomorrow is Dave's mother's retirement party which involves a big, fancy dinner in NYC for which I purchased a new pretty dress. Sunday and Monday call for general relaxation and simply enjoying not being at work. Ah, Bliss!
And, of course, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! To all of my friends here in the states, here's hoping you have a wonderful, relaxing and fun holiday! Watch some fireworks, eat some barbecue and live it up! And to all my friends elsewhere in the world: Happy Friday! Have a great weekend, all!