Saturday, August 31, 2013

I'm Committed...

...to running my first 10K that is!  I officially signed up today for the Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race 10K in October.  I'm equal parts excited and nervous, but I think my nervousness stems from my not so good run this morning.

Matt and the boys and I headed out for a run this morning to beat the heat, but the heat beat us, or me rather.  I thought I was mentally prepared for the heat, so I took off on my run, but I knew fairly early on that it wasn't going to be an easy run.  At that particular time of the morning, a good portion of the trail is not shaded and in direct sunlight.  My husband, however, was very smart and decided to stay in the shaded parts of the trail.  He did back-and-forth jaunts in the shade.  Smart man.  There was a nice breeze in the shade and it felt heavenly.  I, however, did not stay in the shade and pushed on in the sun.  I got about 2.25 miles in and just couldn't go any further.  The sun was beating down on me, I was a sweaty beast, and I just lost all oomph.  So I stopped running, found the boys, and walked with them back to the car.  I know I let my brain get the better of my body today.  I know I can run more than 2.25 miles.  I know I could have finished my planned run of 3.5 miles today.  I just didn't feel good and so I decided not to push it in the heat. 

It was a little discouraging and to be honest, I started questioning whether or not I should do the 10K.  I started to think that I should just sign up for the 5K, but I have a pretty good feeling that I can do the 10K and so I signed up for it.  It will be a challenge, but I'm up for it.  I know that much of today's challenge was due to heat and god willing, it will not be 100 degrees in October when I run this race.  God willing, it will also not be 100 degrees too often over the next few weeks while I train for this race.  So, in regards to today, I say it was an accomplishment to run at all in this heat and it was ok to finish it out with a walk.

On another note, I don't like putting away laundry.  I don't mind doing laundry, but I loathe putting it away.  I think it's mostly due to the fact that my clothes don't fit in my closet.  I just have too many clothes and it is a battle to get them all to fit.  So, tonight, I decided to go through every piece of clothing on my side of the closet and get rid of some of it.  It was high time, too, since I suspected most of it was too big to keep.  It was a bit of an ordeal, but I managed to get rid of a ton.  A few things still fit ok, but I haven't worn them in ages, so it was time to go.  Most of it, however, was too big and that felt pretty good!  

Goodbye big clothes!  My substantial pile of clothes to take to Goodwill.

Tomorrow, the boys and I are hoping to head to the Japanese Festival at the Botanical Garden.  Hopefully the heat won't be too oppressive, but I'm not going to hold my breath!

Of the quote below, I wish I had kept this in mind today on my run.  Argh. 

"It is in the minutes and moments when we believe that we cannot go any further, when we have hit our limit and exceeded our capacity and energy, that we discover our true potential."