My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

I Ran A Mile!

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“The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t are both right. Which one are you?” 
~Henry Ford (Good Reads)

My big head after I ran a mile


I’ve been running intervals since I started running a couple of years ago.  It has been off & on, mostly off.  The whole time I have been running intervals, but I finally decided to push for distance because I have always had as a goal to be able to run a mile.


I started trying to run one solid half mile loop around the park.  I got close, but the two times I tried it I had to walk a couple of minutes.  I mentioned it on Fit Fatties & another runner told me if I slowed my pace down I would make my distance goal.  That night I tried it, & not only did I make it once around, I kept going & made it twice for a whole mile!  Hurray!!!

That was St. Patrick’s Day, so just over a week ago.  I have gone running three times this week & hit my mile each time.  No significant time improvements, but I’m working on it.

The first time I went out after St. Pat’s I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to repeat the mile.  I nearly worried myself into not going back out, but I did go & was as happy the second time I ran a mile as I had been the first.  

I’ve been wondering what to next – work on my pace or work on distance?  I have decided to stick with the mile two days a week & then one day a week go back to intervals for distance.  I think that’s a good compromise.  I am so excited!

In other news, I just finished week 3 of the 100 push-ups challenge, & passed the 100 push-ups mark the other day.  It was in total of the sets that day, I did 103, but it gives me hope that I will be able to finish 100 push-ups nonstop by the end of this.  Just three more weeks.

Today I also started the 200 sit-ups challenge (which is crunches, not actual sit-ups).  It was the initial test & I did 52.  I will officially start the challenge sets on Tuesday.

All-in-all I am feeling really positive these days, other than a couple of people in my life driving me nuts, but in regard to myself I feel great.  Not sure if I mentioned this before, but on my last psych visit the nurse maintained my current mood stabilizer dose because she said I was doing so well.  We’ll see how that continues.  I go back at the end of April.


Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

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