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


Weekly Running Update: Sept.17- 23

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other”
~Walter Elliot (Think Exist)

Just do it. (Nike swoosh) Even if it sucks.

-One great run this week, flubbed the rest. Next week will be better!
(Found this on tumblr. I traced it back to Hey Funniest, but couldn’t find the exact post.)

So… this week started out great, but went down hill from there.  Tuesday I ran 4mi at 12min run – 1min walk intervals.  Did great.  All miles under 18mins, & without even trying I ran each mile faster than the last.  I’ve run one mile faster than a previous mile, but I have never gotten faster on every mile.  I ran the last mile 42.3secs faster than the fist mile.  GO ME!  Then Thursday came…

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Mental Barriers During Exercise

The obstacles you face are… mental barriers which can be broken by adopting a more positive approach.
~Clarence Blasier (Think Exist)

Metal fence with shadow

When I run a mile at the park it takes two laps.  When I switch to the high school track it takes four.  Even though the track is half as long, after two laps I am ready to stop.

When I run for a mile now, if I get tired I just have to keep telling myself I can do it because I’ve done it before & I have the juice to keep going around.

When I’m doing push-ups, in order to do a certain number of them I have to fix that number in my mind.  I can do that many, however I have to struggle, & often that is it.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how mental exercise is.  Before I never thought I could do it, so I didn’t.  Between the running & the push-ups challenge I have realized when I don’t think I have anything left inside me, I just need to dig deeper.  I am proud & amazed at what I’ve accomplished so far.  Continue reading