Good morning Happy Tuesday! Let me start by apologizing for my absence yesterday. I had an unintentional round of social media silence, and several of you noticed. It was incredibly sweet of ya'll to check in on me, and miss my little posts. I had every intention of posting my usual Monday morning weekend rewind and weekly work out goals, however, Monday morning I opened my eyes long enough to register a scorching fever and place a call to excuse myself from work. Monday was not a fun day for me y'all. I slept for 20 out 24 hours and the fever didn't stop until late afternoon. I started feeling poorly Sunday afternoon and went down hill pretty quickly from there. Seriously strange virus if ya ask me, however, I think it's from burning the candle at both ends of the stick for far too long. After my extremely disappointing weigh in Friday morning (times 10) I started thinking about all the pressure I've been putting on myself and losing my last five pounds. I have a bit of an addictive personality and the number on the scale as been a constant obsessive thought for me lately.
After literally spending a day taken out of the game, I've decided to bring my agenda down a notch this week. No weekly goals. No specific diet plan, just eat healthy, and I'm NOT going to weigh in. I'm taking a break. For my sanity. I'm still going to work out, because I love to exercise, run, and feel great, but I'm not putting pressure on myself this week. I'll get back into my routine next week, but right now, my mind needs a rest as much as my body.
Hot date with my man
New 5k PR - Finishing 6th for women in my age group- CRAZY 26:45 Official time. My run buddy Sabrina finished THIRD and placed!!! Awesome way to start the day!
Girl's night out celebrating Kate's Birthday!
I usually don't comment on current events here, but I can not end this post without my thoughts on the Tragedy in Boston. It seems turning on the television to another shooting or bombing is common place in this crazy world we live in. That in and of itself is a depressing truth.
Up until November of last year, I didn't have any opinions on the Boston Marathon. It was just another run crazy people did right? Because until the fall of 2012 the only races I had participated in were walking 5ks. I had no desire to long distance run, until getting my first taste of real runner's high at the Cajun Cup 10k.
I didn't realize how incredibly prestigious running the Boston Marathon, I was completely clueless. When people made comments like, Qualify for Boston, Trying to get to Boston, That person ran the Boston Marathon, I had no idea just how prestigious and accomplishment running that race was. Now that I'm immersed in all things running, I know. I know that qualifying for Boston is dream runners feed for years before actually making it to the race. It's the highest seed of accomplishment for the average marathon runner.
Lately, I've been obsessing over all things Boston Bound.
Talking about the Boston Marathon has become a common place topic in my house. People my husband and I know who have qualified or run, just expressing general awe over the hard work put in just to qualify to run this prestigious race is the ultimate in a runner's achievement. I'm more than a little in awe of these people. Then after my first half marathon, and having the out of body endorphin release at completing the half, I knew with absolutely clarity I wanted to train and run for a marathon. I don't know many people who have the desire to run the marathon, even out of my run group, only a few have expressed interest, with two running the marathon.
While riding my post half-marathon runner's high, and talking about which Marathon I'd train for next run season my husband said to me, "You could be really great at this Leigh Ann, I bet we end up going to Boston for you one day".
There was the seed. He planted it, and I've been quietly watering the plan. Dreaming about, what if I could qualify. Could I do it? Could I ever get to be that fast. My husband thinks so, without any doubts. Yes, yes, it's his job to believe in and support me, but HE planted that seed. He knew what he was doing when he said that to me. Ever since he said "If you work hard at this, I know you could qualify". I've been eyeing Boston. How to qualify, how to train. My age group is massive and I still have 8 years left in it, so it's safe to say I have years to even think about getting there. Running a few more years is a must, but it is a dream of mine. All that said, this is the first year I was looking forward to hearing about all things Boston and reading about runner's experiences.
Naturally I was on all alert Marathon Monday, waking up out my fever induced coma to check for updates in regard to the dream race.
Seeing those images of violence on the television was absolutely shocking to me. Preying on people in places of joy and safety is the most disgusting act of terrorism. Preying on people in places where they should feel safe is cowardice. Preying on the innocent to induce fear is the epitome of the bottom of the barrel in human scum. The Devil on Earth.
I want to take a moment to be present with the families who lost their loved ones on what was supposed to be a joyous day. A day that was supposed to celebrate the achievements of others, where bystanders and runners lives have been forever changed in a day they surly will never forget. A day that should have been filled with achievement, joy, and promise, is now filled with sadness and loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the runners and their families wishing them peace at this time of lose. We rely on our governing body to bring those accountable to justice. While I know Boston will recover and the human spirit will persevere, I only hope those seeds of fear planted by these cowards do not spread. Thoughts & Prayers for all affected by the tragedy in Boston.
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