I convinced myself to only try out one mile yesterday. My right leg was feeling so much better but I decided to just try out one mile. I wanted to make sure that running wasn’t going to make my leg hurt again later in the day. I first did an arm workout, the Jacobs ladder (FOR 10 MINUTES and I was dying), the rowing machine for 10 minutes and then my one mile. It took a whole lot of self-restraint to stop at one mile but I kept reminding myself I’d rather be safe than sorry.
While I was doing my workout I started thinking about the 3 trillion lessons that running teaches us about being patient.
1. Patience is learned through trying thing after thing after thing. Whether you are trying to figure out the right fuel for you, the right shoes to make your feet happy or the right coach to really help you reach your goal, it takes patience but the answers do come.
2. Running forces you to be patient with injuries because if you aren’t… your medical/physical therapy bill is going to be a lot higher and you’re going to be away from your running shoes even longer.
3. After those really awful races or workouts that flopped, it is easy to throw in the towel… but by practicing patience we learn to be okay with the setbacks and move forward when we are ready again.
4. I have to be patient during the first 3ish miles of my run and wait for my body to not feel like heck and finally warm up to the idea of running and feel good again:)
5. We nail a killer workout and we are itching to get back out there again to do another because it felt so good to hit the paces we’ve been dreaming about… but patience will keep us healthy by holding back to recover before going out for another killer workout.
6. To be patient with food. Because if you eat the wrong things the night before a race or the morning of a race, you will pay for it. I’ve had to learn to be patient and eat my favorite foods after the race, not before. Definitely not before.
7. We don’t hit huge PRs out of nowhere… it’s all about the patience. It takes so much work and consistency and then the progress comes with time. We learn to have patience with the little gains along the way in our training until the huge ones come. Results aren’t seen overnight but after weeks, months and years, the results come.
8. Running has taught me patience on race day. I learned this fun fact from a few marathons where I would go out too fast so then the last 10 miles (which can feel like eternity) felt like death. I’ve learned to be patient for the first half of a marathon and then at 13.1 miles the race starts.
9. Running taught me to be patient when things feel extremely hard. I’ve learned through my workouts/races that it always gets better. Either a second wind will kick in or your body will start feeling good again or your workout/race will end at the finish line. It teaches me to hold on through the tough stuff because it always gets better.
I bet you’ve learned a thing or two about patience through your running too… running is a pretty great teacher.
And back to our day:)
Just the Tuesday crew out and about doing some things.
One of those things included getting my back scraped out some more. The mole they removed was abnormal (not cancerous but they just wanted it all out) so they kept digging. I am so beyond queasy around needles and everything else in the doctors office but Andrew loved watching the whole thing. I would have passed out if I watched it. I was very grateful for the numbing shots but it definitely started hurting big time a few hours later.
Luckily, we had our favorite lunch date to look forward to with Mer at Kneader’s. She treated us to an amazing lunch. Her and I love the bbq chicken salad there.
And Brooke loves the grilled cheese there.
Oh and I also had this strawberry cream cheese pie that I might need to get again today. We had so much fun talking with Mer and I feel so lucky to live so close to her.
These two tease each other all day long. Brooke usually starts it and Andrew usually finishes it.
We got in some afternoon bike riding before I got to work on some things and Andrew did school.
Welp, I am ALL set for St. Patrick’s Day now:) The Launch 4s from Brooks. Can’t wait to hit the roads wearing these. I will not be pinched on St. Patrick’s Day.
Pretty lucky soles on these:
Well, we found the world’s best babysitter. She came over for a few hours and does such a great job playing with Brooke. She even brings toys for Brooke to play with because somebody else’s toys are always a million times better than your own toys in a kid’s brain:)
We snuck out for a double date with my parents.
We all went to go see this movie and it was amazing. Amazing. I had goose bumps for the majority of the film. Go see it. Also, random but Kirsten Dunst is in Hidden Figures and it reminded me that I MET HER a while back. I also met Lindsay Lohan and asked for a picture with her and she said no. This was about 11 years ago but the movie reminded me of this.
Oh and this was my parent’s first time having the recliner chairs at the theater and they were very impressed:)
Brooke is obsessed with stealing Andrew’s hats. Any chance she has, she takes it and puts it on thinking she is so cool.
Brooke and I finished off her night by reading about Grace while she held Grace.
Ever met anyone famous? WHO? I want to hear all about it.
Blood/needles/all that stuff—> you okay with seeing that or does it make you sick?
How have you learned patience from running?
Last really great movie that you saw in the theaters?