“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand”
― Hayley Williams
Just downloaded this new app: 5k training. It’s a program to help you get from the couch to your first 5k in only 8 weeks! Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “Elisa, you could run two 5k’s right now! Or heck! Maybe even a 10 k!” Well, you’re right. That’s true. BUT, I couldn’t run them very fast. And I have no motivation to do so.
I’m going to follow this plan. I don’t have to think about it, or plan. I just turn it on and follow it’s instructions. Only when it says “Walk” I “jog” (about at 12 min mile pace I would guess, on the trail… that would be faster on the road) and when it says “run” I “sprint” (more like a 7 minute mile pace on the trail). I figure it will make me faster. It’s giving me a shorter workout, but more intense. It will be interesting to see how I progress.
Today there was only one problem: I tripped on the first interval. I have no idea how. I haven’t fallen down on a run in 2.5 years! For all the miles I’ve run in that time I guess the odds were against me. It was going to happen sometime. Fortunately this was a cold morning, so I was in thick tights, gloves, and long sleeves. So the bruising and trail rash in relatively minor. Bloody, but not dripping- and only on my right side, which I can’t lay on anyway.
It did remind me of that great lesson- What do we do when we fall down? We get back up and RUN OUR A$$ off! Ha ha ha! So that’s what I did.
“The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.”
― Nelson Mandela
“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”
― Roman Payne
Man it’s hard to get out when it’s still dark in the morning and I have between 3 and 5 kids hanging out around my house all day. Plus, you know, stress. And Dennis at a new job. And 3 loads of dishes a day.
I was planning on riding over to Dave’s again to tuck the chickens in, then commandeer his hot tub for an hour or so, but it was stormy all day. So instead I was just going to do a short hike at LL. But, you know, stress.
I started heading over to the TH, when I took notice of these dirt roads just taking off and heading up this hill. So of course I was all like, “Yeah. Let’s check that shiz out.” Didn’t go far, just around the hill, connecting properties. I had a sinking suspicion I probably shouldn’t be there…. but there weren’t any signs saying not to.
THEN I went to Dave’s and commandeered the hot tub for some hot soaking in a rain storm. Twas excellent.
“Personal power is the ability to stand on your own two feet with a smile on your face in the middle of a universe that contains a million ways to crush you.”
― J.Z. Colby
I won’t lie, I’ve been going downhill this week. Today I spent two hours laying on the living room floor, basking in the sunlight because of the million things there are to do, and the 1/2 million things I have to do, I could not seem to find the power in me to do any of them.
Helpless. That’s kind of how I feel.
Sometime in the afternoon, Dennis said, “When are you going for a ride?” This was shortly after he got back from riding himself for a couple of hours. (yeah, I know the vernacular there is funny- that’s why I left it that way). I said, “Why?” And he was like, “You need to go on a ride.” I was like, “Oh. I don’t know if I want to. It’s not that I don’t not want to. I’m just kind of indifferent….”
THUS ENTER THE BLOG!!!!!!!! I have this silly commitment now, don’t I? Daily? What the crap was I thinking? But now it’s habit. Now it is necessity. Now this is more than just a fun experiment, more than a scrapbook of experiences. It’s a motivation. It’s accountability.