It's funny the things that we lock on to at different times in our lives. In my world, doing a marathon is a little like becoming a super hero. Super heroes are typically weak or nerdy kind of people who have been exposed to some type of mutated scientific something and become extraordinary physically. No, I didn't fall into a strange laboratory and come out with super powers (but wouldn't that be cool...especially if I could get a super power that psychically got my children to do what they were asked to do the first time). Anyway, let me start from the beginning. I have never been athletically inclined. During my childhood and adolescence the only activities I participated in were roller skating and soccer. Soccer was one of those things where the recreation league team needed 3 girls on the team so I got drafted by some friends. I wasn't very good, but I wasnt' the worst. I was just not athletically gifted. I was usually one of the last kids to be picked for teams in gym class. That's just how it was. So, in 2006 I became very ill. I was a chain smoker, an overweight overeater, and an angry divorcee. Some things happened, a friend gave me a copy of the Secret in the spring 2007. I watched it and decided to change somethings in my life. I started making a real concerted effort to change my physical health and my emotional health. I let go of some anger, forgave some people, and squashed some fear. Then I got some tennis shoes and started walking (and a yoga mat and started breathing). After about a year of walking everyday, I decided I might wanna try running. I spent the next several months teaching myself to run and began to have a love affair with it. I love running alone with nothing but my iPod. It is one place I can truly be alone with God. I worked up my mileage and in 2010 I completed a half-marathon. I was amazed that I could run 13 miles. Me. Me, who wouldn't even run if someone was chasing me with rabid dogs and a shot gun. So, for me to consider, plan for, and believe that I can make 26 miles...well, that's definitely super hero status.
A couple of weeks ago my husband and I watched Avengers. I love super hero movies, I really relate to the underdog. I had never seen Captain America, so we rented that this weekend and watched it. Tonight I get home from work and the Incredible Hulk is on TV. I get my inspiration from all over, this week it's from Marvel Comics. I am my own super hero!
Extreme results class, cross training day 354 calories. Beginners Yoga class, 160 calories
Pre-workout: Banana, coffee
Breakfast: Protein smoothie with pineapple, strawberries, mango and 2 scoops of It Works Greens.
Midmorning Snack: Cheez It's, Holiday grapes
Noon snack: String Cheese
Afternoon meal: Salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, feta, banana peppers, green peppers, pita chips and light greek dressing; orange; tall salted carmel mocha with non fat milk
dinner: Chicken Enchilada casserole, brown rice, green beans, earth balance butter; graham crackers
Looking forward to running tomorrow, even though it is only 40 degrees outside for a high temp. Get the underarmor ready! I love running in the colder temps. That is not an exaggeration, I really do love it.