During the week of 4th of July, Jordan and I took our little family on a getaway to Provo, Utah to escape the Arizona heat. Jordan planned to continue working at his work’s satellite office while the girls and I played and caught up with family. I haven’t been back to Utah for a little over five years (before I got married), so it was nice to return to the place where I went to college.
LE&RN’s 5k Run/Walk to Fight Lymphedema and Lymphatic Diseases casually took place at Crescent Beach, a quiet location in Santa Monica, with an attendance of about two hundred runners. To me, that’s a large number of people when you put it in terms of those with lymphedema, or those with a loved one with lymphedema.
I came to a rather unflattering self-realization recently – I have had an unhealthy tendency to be a spectator of life rather than an active participant. In the past, doubt and fear have pervaded my mind so much that whenever a challenge presented itself, my instinct was to say “uh, no thanks,” and simply allow someone else to pick up the challenge. Not surprisingly, doubt and fear about my capabilities have lead me to skip out on challenges which could have potentially helped others, or, at the very least, improved my own character. [Read more…]
With Jordan’s urging, I am attempting to resume what I love doing – running. Although my running has been sporadic and unpredictable since having Olivia, I have been setting small goals for myself leading up to a project that I will share with you in my next post. Before that however, I would like to share a quick recap of two races that have encouraged me to start my next project.
Phoenix Marathon’s 10k
Jordan and I participated in the Phoenix Marathon’s 10K at the end of February. Registration to this race was Jordan’s Christmas present to me, which was the perfect gift to get me back on my running feet. Jordan registered himself as well, and together we followed a beginner’s 10k training plan. This turned out to be the best way to ease my tired body back into running. The beginner plan provided discipline and focus without being too strenuous.
I had participated in the Phoenix Marathon’s Half Marathon last year, and I am happy to report that my experience running the 10k was much more positive than running the Half last year – and no, it’s not because it was a shorter distance. The reason: I was there to simply enjoy the race. My post-baby pace was significantly slower than my pre-baby pace, but I honestly didn’t care. I loved just being among other runners again. I loved being outside and feeling the energy of the race. As I ran (or slowly jogged) I imagined what the next year would bring and what my goals would be.