Mindful Monday

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I woke up this morning grumpy! It was a Monday morning for the books in that sense.  In reality nothing was wrong but I was sun burnt, sleepy and that coffee pot was just not working fast enough. Anyone else have one of those days? I decided that I am not letting this mood ruin my day.

My friend and I share our grateful thoughts each day so we started that way.  I would love to hear about all the things you are grateful for! Lets share some positivity and make this Monday full of love and laughter 🙂

Today I am grateful for:

  1. Good books!

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I just finished “As I lay Dying” by William Falkner and am back on my   Jane Austin kick.  I am starting Emma right now.  That book showed up in front of my eye everywhere I went the last couple weeks so I think ill take the hint and read it.

  1.  Good friend!

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Everyday my friend Larissa and I share the top 3 things we are grateful for in that moment which has become a great way to start the day on a positive note. She is an early bird too so its nice we do this first thing. I am so grateful for her and really all my amazing friends. I have some amazing coworkers that I spent the weekend with who inspire me and make me laugh on a daily basis.  I also have an amazing group of friends at the running room, I even met a new friend this weekend that is going to race with me on Saturday! He is actually faster than me (so he says LOL) so we will see! We ran 16k and it felt effortless which is bizarre because I haven’t done that distance in awhile! I am truly blessed and so excited about my race!

  1. Sunshine!

A couple weeks ago I spent a week in PEI and it was AMAZING and sunny.  This weekend I spent one day at the farmers market with my coworker, his wife and a new friend of mine.  We walked down to Sandy Beach and had an amazing time in the sun! Sunday it was another beautiful sunny day starting with a 16k run followed by some beach time with some amazing people. We read, relaxed, swam, jumped off the dock, I even played beanbags and didn’t suck! Even though I am a tad red I wouldn’t change a thing. I love the sun!

It is so easy to get into a funk so try it out and have an amazing Monday.

What are you grateful for today?

 

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Stuff… Who needs it?!

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My goal for August is DE-CLUTTERING.

Over the past couple weeks I have realized I have a lot of things I do not need.  I am sure there are many others in this boat. Honestly, I have no idea why I hold onto half the stuff I do… I am taking care of this now so in 20 years I am  not buried under a pile of junk.

Here is my game plan:

  1.  Drop off all clothing I have not wore in 6 months to a consignment store.
  2. Socks that do not have a match HAVE TO GO.  I may need to go shopping because for those of you who don’t know me I have an issue with wearing matching socks… The issue is I can never find matching ones.
  3. Any clothing with holes/rips HAVE TO GO
  4. Donate ALL older bedding to the Humane Society. I’m sure animals will appreciate my love for soft blankies!
  5. House coats that have holes in them need to go PERIOD
  6. Donate ALL books that I am not going to read again to the public library.

I encourage you all to have a look at you material items. Do you need a De-cluttering initiative?

This year is my year to be upgraded, shiny and free.

Let the  De-cluttering begin!  Wish me luck! Also, any tips or tricks with De-cluttering is greatly appreciated 🙂

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Stay True. Just Breathe. Be You.

Connect your head and your heart!

Have you ever wondered why you do what you do? Well over these past couple weeks that has been on my mind. A life and wellness coach that spoke to our running clinic gave me a little direction as to how you can get to the bottom of this with specific question. These questions work to connect your head and your heart.

What do you want to do?

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You wouldn’t think this is a hard question but really think of it.  What do you want?  I thought it through and there are a million material things that I would like… At the moment a puppy is number one but we won’t go there. What I truly want right now is to be fit, strong, fast and happy.  But what does that really mean?  Well fit is more focused on my cardio, I really do not want to lose the progress I have made here.  So realistically my goal is to maintain my fitness level. Strong is pretty self explanatory.  Fast is all about running.  I love running fast and I want to keep that up and keep improving.  Now for Happy… I want to be able to look at my life on a daily basis and know I am doing the best I can and am surrounded by people I love.

Why do you want to do it?

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I feel like everyone wants to be happy, however the other things are more specific to me.  I want to fit because I want to live long and enjoy my life.  I feel like being fit makes me feel confident and capable of handling anything that comes my way.  I also know the journey to being fit has taught me I am stronger than I give myself credit for.  I want to be fast because I love the feeling of running fast.  I am also ultra competitive and love beating my previous records.

What will you have when you are finished?

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This took a lot of thought. I actually went for a run and thought this one through. When I am finished I will have a rewarding career, an impenetrable home life, a goal crushing running streak (full of PR’s and Medals) and a happy healthy body.

What is the mantra that you run your life on? What is your person tag line?

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This mantra is going to be the tag line building the foundation of my journey to a rewarding career, an impenetrable home life, a goal crushing running streak and a happy healthy body.

As a marketing professional I love the power of a tag line and understand the importance of consistency.  When making marketing campaigns which are essentially foundations to achieve goals you need to find a message and stick to it.  As I put more thought into my own mantra I decided it should be something that I not only believe but need to work on.  Kind of like a guide to success.

In the hustle and bustle of life it is easy to lose yourself and take the easy route. I know some days it so easy to do things the path with the least resistance because it takes less time than what you know is right.  Its also so easy to leave little pieces of information out that may hurt someones feelings or easier on you.  I truly believe leaving information out is the same thing as lying and this is something very important about who I am.  Honesty is key!  Speak the truth even if your voice shakes.

Breathing is essential to life.  I am not sure about the rest of you but when I get nervous, stressed or angry I tend to hold my breath.  Even in running I had to constantly work on my breathing.  The first 3 months of running I paid attention to every breath to make sure I was taking it.  Now that I have my breathing under control I have improved substantially with my running. Heck I ran two marathons last month! Now in life I think if I can keep myself breathing when I would usually hold my breath I will improve in the same way I did with running.  Yoga is an excellent example.  Breathing is one of the main teachings in yoga. Yoga not only calms the mind and body but also creates clarity in life.  I know there is more to it than breathing but for this purpose I think the reminder I would like in my mantra is Just Breathe. To top it off this is a great Pearl Jam song.

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For the last part of my mantra I wanted to focus on something that is so important… being yourself.  There are days I need to remind myself how important this is. I am also really blessed to have an amazing best friend who reminds me as well. I am a people pleaser which some days doesn’t work in my favor.  I like to make everyone happy, which is a very impossible task.  I am not perfect but at the end of the day I will do whatever I can to make things easier for others.  I lose myself in this some days.   I forget that I deserve to be happy too and need to take care of myself.  It is great if I go out of my way to make sure everyone else is happy as long as I am not losing myself or going against what I stand for in the process.  I need to remember to Be Me. I am amazing just the way I am and so are all of you!

It has been quite the journey over the past couple years already and I am so excited to see what my goals and mantra has in store for me.

What are your goals?  Why do you want them?  What will you have when you achieve these goals?  What is your mantra/personal tag line?

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7 Lessons Running Has Taught Me About Life

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Over the past year I have learned so many things about life through running.  Through it all I have been amazed at how most things can be related back to life.  Although there are a many things I have learned about myself over the past year, the top seven things I learned about life is a good place to start.

1.  Everything is in your life for a reason, either a blessing or a lesson.

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Over the past 30 years I have literally gone through the same situations over and over. I would often wonder why life put these situations in front of me over and over. These negative situations just wouldn’t stop repeating themselves which was very draining.

That being said not every run is a good run.  Some of the hardest runs, no matter the distance, have been the most beneficial.  These runs are the ones I had to dig deep and really focus on pulling through. I would play with strides, pace and really have to figure out what I needed to get through the tough spot. Similarly in life, those situations you struggle through are the ones that really bring to back to who you are.

In life this showed me if I really listened to my body, I would know what to do. I am far from where I was a year ago both mentally and physically. Don’t get me wrong, I still go through challenges on a daily basis.  The difference is no matter what the situation, it will either be a blessing or a lesson and both are beneficial.

2. Drop expectations and go with the flow.

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This was a huge lesson for me.  I like to be in control of the situation and would honestly plan every day of my life if I could.  I know plans change in life but in the past that change would stress me out (still happens occasionally). I had such high expectations and if things didn’t go my way, I would be devastated.  I am VERY dramatic so when I say devastated I mean it.

Before I started running, a day without a game plan would never happen. I tried to carry this control into my race plans. You can image how successful that was. It usually played out in my 5k and 10k runs but once I got to half marathons and marathons it became especially important to go with the flow.  I mean, do not go in to a marathon without a plan but drop the expectations behind the planning.  Aim for your goals but know that every run is different. Things happen.  When I ran my first marathon I wanted to run sub 4 hours, heck I wanted to do 3:45…. That did not happen.  The day was hot, the course was hard and my body was not feeling it. I had to listen to my body and go with the flow. When I crossed the finish line with a smile on my face my time, goal was the last thing on my mind.  One year ago that wouldn’t have been the case and because of this life lesson I was able to enjoy my accomplishment even though it wasn’t what I planned.

3. Fake it till you make it!

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In business this advice was given to me by some very successful people.  They told me to dress for the job I want, not the job I have. I work in a very male dominant work environment and to be in the position I am currently in, I had to follow this advice.  In life my mom uses the expression “Put your big girl panties on” meaning pull yourself together and make stuff happen.  In both cases it really works.

In running I found this lesson was all about smiling. During my first marathon, even though I finished with a smile on my face, I struggled.  My struggle was written all over my face.  I felt every step, every mile and although I made it through it was a definite struggle.  In my second marathon, I took a different approach.  I smiled, and stayed positive even when it was hard.  This made the world of difference.  Not only did I get a 12 minute PR but I enjoyed the race! I smiled when I was tired, I threw my arms in the air and cheered for people as I went by.  This marathon was still a hard race but it didn’t seem even half the struggle my first marathon was because of the smile on my face.  I pushed to smile until it’s all I wanted to do.

4. In the end its not going to matter how many breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away.

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I have been through many good and bad things as most people. Although running definitely added more meaning to this for me I learned this in other areas as well. I am a very dramatic when it comes to my emotions.  When I am happy I am REALLY happy. When I am sad I am REALLY sad.  Everything I do in this area is big.  When thinking of this, a few scenarios come to mind. When my brother got accepted into AA, I cried like a baby because I was so proud of him or when he got an Xbox for Christmas I was so excited that he was so happy I cried.  Now that I am writing this down I can see why my family looked at me like I was crazy. On the other hand, when I did the Miss Universe Pageant my sister came with my parents and grandmother.  My biggest memory that took my breath away (because I was laughing so hard) was when she tried to teach me to isolate my hips.  As my sister is an amazing dancer, this seemed like an easy task to do.  I am no dancer, the idea of isolating a hip was way out of my element.  We laughed so hard and that moment is one of the fondest memories I have at my pageant.  Those moments that you feel your heart, whether you are happy, sad, excited or laughing so hard you may pee, those are the moments that matter.

Now back to running. During my first marathon there were moments that I was so overwhelmed with how proud I was, that I would start to cry.  Now for those of you who have ever cried while running you may have had the same experience as me. When you cry your throat gets choked up, leaving you out of breath.  Now this is in the literal context of the quote but those are the moments I felt so alive.  I had to calm myself but those moments were the ones that I felt alive and felt the joy of my huge accomplishment.  As I crossed the finish line of my first marathon I cried, barely making out the words telling my dad that I did it.  Those moments were the ones that will stick with me for the rest of my life.

5. Life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react.

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This one was another big lesson for me.  As I said before I am fairly dramatic, and by fairly I mean VERY. My reaction to almost everything is over the top which has both its ups and downs.  Just to put this into perspective, one time I fell off a jungle gym and wasn’t hurt but I continued to lay there and scream to my mom that I was dying.  Clearly I wasn’t dying but I needed the world to know that I could be.

When I lost my finger tip I had to stay calm or I would have gone into shock. For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about I had a rough couple years and in that time I lost my finger tip breaking up a dog fight.  I wrote about this more in my earlier posts. Anyway, this is where I began to learn how true this quote really is.

When running occasionally things hurt, your lose toenails, you get cramps and if you panic it definitely doesn’t help the situation. Occasionally in my long runs I would get a cramp, and usually I do these runs alone so there was really no one to entertain with my dramatic reaction or to hear me complain so instead of taking the dramatic approach, thinking how I am I going to run 18 miles with a cramp, I kept calm and breathed through it. Now this has not been a way I have really handled any crisis prior so I was very surprised when my cramp went away.  Calm works, hence proving my dramatic ways were not the answer to the worlds problems.  I now use this in my every day life.  I still have my moments but things are always better when you don’t make them worse than they need to be with a dramatic reaction.

6. The mind is everything, what you think you become. -Buddha

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I love this quote and it is so true.  The power of the mind is truly an amazing thing.  I have always heard people talk about the power of the mind and how you create your reality through power of thought.  I am not going to lie, I thought this was the most bogus thing I had ever heard years ago.  I now think otherwise.

When I run I find the first step out the door is the hardest part.  This is not because my steps are very dangerous or there is any big obstacle waiting for me outside the door it because my mind fights me about going.  I don’t know about you but I love to run and hate to run at the same time.  Nothing makes me feel more alive but when I get home from work it takes me a bit to get those runners on and get out the door.

When running my first marathon the power of the mind really stood out.  I thought I had prepared for it, how hard could a marathon be…. WRONG.  It’s hard and I legitimately argued with myself about taking a break (which I never did) at half of the race.  To get keep myself from gibing up I had to positively talk to myself and remind myself to keep going.  Now for those of you who think I sound crazy the next time you do a difficult task try it! You don’t have to say it out loud but remind yourself how strong and capable you are and you will definitely see a difference. The mind is a powerful thing, use it to your benefit.  There are enough obstacles on the road to success not need to be one of them.

7. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington

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I have always believed in helping others and lifting others up when they need it but this quote really came to light through my journey as a runner.  I have the opportunity to coach some really amazing people through the Running Room.  These people have taught me more than I could ever imagine and helped me through tough times without even knowing it!  Through sharing my running knowledge, guiding and assisting these people to their goals it has added so much to my life.  Building them up and helping them reach their goals has helped me reach mine!

My second marathon brought a lot of meaning to this as well. As I ran I would smile, chat with the runners, cheer them on if they looked like they were struggling and all in all worked to make the race enjoyable for everyone.  Even if they got a laugh at my dance moves at km 30 or singing at km 16, I knew that any distraction would help when things got tough.  This made my race so enjoyable and when I wrote my race recap I realized how much this attitude pushed me to success in this race.

Now, as I said I really could go on forever about running and the things I learned from it but these are definitely some of my favourites!

What have you learned from running? What are your favourite life quotes?

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My Bucket List

Last night I was looking through Pinterest and got onto a bucket list kick. So I start my Bucket list.  I started one awhile ago but didn’t keep up with it so now i will add that list too and put a pic under it when i accomplish it. Its going to be updated regularly but I will add what I have and then write a little blurb  about it or post a pic under it when I complete the remaining ones.  In today’s world it is so easy to get side tracked and lose who you are so I am hoping on top of everything else this helps keeps me me! I recommend everyone has an evolving bucket list.  You only live once and you might as well accomplish everything you want to!

At the end of my life I want to be able to say I am at peace and comfortable in every area of my life. I am strong and capable!

Here is my list!

Travel the world (So far I have been to Mexico, Dominican, Cuba, All over the US and Europe (Italy and France).

Do a pageant (Miss Universe Canada 2010)

Do a marathon

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Hold a baby cheetah

Go on an African safari

Help build an orphanage

Book an airplane ticket and just leave

Walk on fire (the rock thing)

Be a movie extra

Walk behind a waterfall

Write a letter to Juliet and paste it on Juliet’s Wall

Ride a water taxi in Venice

Write a blog (In progress)

Write a letter to myself

Take a walk through Paris

Ice skate in central park

Go on a vacation by myself (Went to Europe on my own this year!)

Write on the “Before I die” wall in New Orleans

Go to a Broadway Show in Chicago, Boston and New York

Watch the ball drop in Time Square in New York

Go to the Alcatraz Prison in San Fransisco (By choice)

Go somewhere I have never seen every year

Visit a castle

Go to Ireland

Name a star

Jump on a water trampoline

Adopt a child

Dance in the rain (CHECK, a photo may have ruined this moments)

Be the maid of honor in my best friends wedding

Visit the house from UP

Throw a coin and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain (I threw 3 however it was under construction!)

Tour Rome (Ruins, Colosseum)

Run the boardwalk in Nice France

Spend a week in Monaco

See the Statue of Liberty

Spend Valentines Day in Paris

Ride an Elephant

Watch a sunset in Santorini Greece

Float in the Dead Sea

Visit the Holy Land

Stay in a water bungalow

Stand under the Hollywood Sign (And take a pic obviously)

Swim in the largest pool in the world

Take a photo every day of one year (Working on it)

Send a message in a bottle

Add a lock to the Love Lock bridge in Paris

Let go of a floating lantern in Thailand

Swim with dolphins (CHECK!)

Throw a dart and travel to wherever it lands

Fill and truck with pillows and watch a meteor shower

Go on a girls trip with my sisters

Buy an old ford and redo it

Own a Jaguar XJ

Get my masters degree

Watch a Victoria Secret Fashion Show Live

Stay on the Vegas Strip with Tia!

Go to the Sydney Opera house!

Get a tour of Niagara Falls

Get a tour of a Vineyard

This is what I have so far. Although its always growing I am determined to do it all.

Hope you all do the same. Keep you you!

No More Monday Blues

This morning I woke up and was actually excited to run! I got some new lulu running swag so that helped me get a little more excited! So a tip to anyone who is feeling a tad down in the dumps, wear something that makes you feel good! It helps you not only get out of bed but it assists you with taking on the world! I guess that may be a tad aggressive but that’s how I felt today! I could handle anything in this case running with sore shins was my big challenge.  I am blown away that they are still sore! I felt great after I ran about 5 minutes. My running buddy was perky as ever as well! He is such a trooper! He biked to work today and then ran with me! Amazing right!

We ran almost the whole time today straight! We did 5 km in 30 minutes! I didn’t get a cramp, I didn’t even notice if my nose was running and my sore shins didn’t bug me! Today was a good run! It was so beautiful outside as well which just added to this wonderful Monday morning!

In life it is so easy to not live in the moment.  So much is always going makes its easy to think about the things depressing you, stressing you or even things you have to do.  Today I really focused on the moment and enjoyed the beauty in it.  I usually am thinking of negative things or really anything but my surroundings when I run. The run was breath taking (both by the beauty of it all and my struggle with cardio).  Today take a moment and live in it.  It’s honestly one of the best Mondays I have had in awhile and its because I lived it.

Today my quote for the run would have to be “Never forget to enjoy and bask in the beauty of every moment!” I forget to this more often then no and today was a reminder of how beautiful life truly is!

A Little About Me

So I feel a little rambly today and figured I would give you a little more information on me in case any of you are curious. I also wanted to brag about a great visit I had this weekend!

I was born in Calgary and then moved to Hinton where I lived until I was 18. I guess this makes me somewhat of a small town girl.  My friends may argue this point though, I may be a little high maintenance…

I was so lucky to meet up with one of my best friends from Hinton this weekend! I haven’t seen her in years! I got to meet her beautiful baby and fiancé! You know when you are going through a rough time and you talk with someone that feels like home.  Well she has been one of my closest friends since I’m pretty sure I was 6 or 7.  We have been through the good, the bad and the ugly together (you should have seen me when I was a pre-teen). It was so nice to catch up with her and it was so great seeing how even though she has had a hard couple years it is all turning out for the best!  Their family is just picture perfect!

This is us on Sunday!

I have a couple really great friends in Hinton and even though I don’t speak with them everyday I am pretty sure every time I see them it’s like I never moved away!

I read this quote the other day that says “The people that are meant to be in your life always make their way back into it.”  I completely believe that!

Well there is a little random insight as to where I came from and little brag session about my wonderful surprise visit this weekend!

Life Detox

Sometimes when things are going a little horrible a full life detox is what the doctor ordered. I am starting that today along with the million other new things going on!

Here is my recipe for life detox:

1) Evaluate who you surround yourself with! If they don’t bring joy to your life cut them out. You never know what someone else’s thoughts or intentions are so try not to read into their actions. You only live once, why waste your energy on people that don’t value you! Love yourself!
2) Try something new everyday! If it scares you try it (unless it’s physically not safe or harmful). These things will help you be you! When you are in a situation that you truly have to push yourself it will show you who you really are and I bet it will amaze you how strong you really are!
3) Exercise! Spend at least an hour a day doing something great for your body! It will thank you later!
4) Drink water! You should aim to drink half you body weight in ounces of water  eor day! Don’t deviate from that!
5) Sleep! Get eight hours of sleep per night! If you are aiming to be beautiful inside and out you need your beauty sleep!
If you are going through a tough time try this out! Time heals all!

Cramps and Bananas

Well my title is a tad deceiving because today is actually an amazing day. My day started with a banana and a smoothie which resulted in a crampy run. This made our 5k a little slower then per usual but I am okay with that. Slow and steady wins the race.

I am really loving this smoothie so here is the recipe in case anyone wants to try it!

  • 1/3 cup Strawberries
  • 1/3 cup Bananas
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/4 cup protein powder
  • 1 cup coconut water

Delish!

Today I am feeling good about everything. I have had some really grumpy days over the past week. I have learned to really appreciate the good days.

I have started doing this grateful thing in the morning that my best friend does regularly. Firstly let me tell you a little about this girl, I’m going to call her Vegas because it fits. When we first met she had moved from Vegas to Lethbridge and at first we weren’t really close but our friendship grew and now I don’t know what I would do without her. We both were in some less then desirable relationships for years. Our boyfriends hated each other and I am pretty sure us too. They didn’t want us to hang out so we had to like sneakily keep in touch. We would get caught all the time and as I am writing this I realize how ridiculous this all was. I am pretty sure Vegas’s boyfriend would have fought me if we ran into each other. Anyways she finally left him and I finally left as well. We both felt so much better and to top it off Vegas found an amazing man who she is now marrying! Her wedding is in July and I am just so excited to be part of it! I am so happy for them, Vegas is one of the most amazing and kind hearted people I know. Now back to being grateful. When I am having a hard time Vegas always asks me what things I am thankful for. When you are having a rotten day it easy to forget how lucky you are.

Everyone has at least three things to be thankful for. I am going to share my three things and I recommend that you start your day with expressing what you are thankful for.

  1. Successful recovery
    1. I may be short a finger tip but I have been very lucky to be healing at the rate I am going.  It may look a little different but its getting better every day and I am so grateful for that!
  2. Supportive Parents
    1. I am so lucky to have the support of my parents. Not only have they always been there for me when I am a giant pain in the butt but they have supported my dreams and aspirations.  They helped me get to where I am and I don’t know what I would do without them.
  3. Great Friends
    1. I have been so very blessed with great people in my life.  I have such a great support system.  They all help and support me through everything and I am just so lucky to have them.

So overall today has been great!

Now back to running! This am we ran 4.69 km in 27 minutes. We are getting quicker and we didn’t even realize it today! The cramps were really horrible though so anyone have any tips on getting rid of cramps or where they come from? I am running another 5k today at lunch! Hopefully my cramps don’t come back! Wish me luck!

My quote today is “I am proud of the women I have become because I fought to be her.”  Through the good and the bad make sure you don’t lose you!

A Little Boston Inspiration

Today was the Boston marathon, which honestly is something I would love to be able to do. This probably helped with my perky wake up this morning.  My alarm went off at 6 am and I actually wanted to get up.  I got dressed and even made a smoothie.  I am not good at eating in the am so a smoothie is a giant accomplishment for me however, it was a little thick so lets call it frozen yogurt. I have always heard that banana’s are great at giving you energy and never really believed it but I was relatively perky today which was nice.  Did i mention that I am not a fan of banana’s?  I honestly didn’t think that was going to be the case since I watched the hockey game last night and well it didn’t end till 11.  My Mondays usually require 8 hours of sleep to make it through successfully.  Thank you Mr. Banana for helping me with that I am going to try really hard to like you!

Now to the run! Well my and my buddy met up at the office as per usual and he was even more perky then me.  He must have eaten like 5 bananas! We started off with a little warm up (fast walking and catching up) until we got to the river then we ran.  We are getting so much faster! To switch it up and make it a little less watch focused we run to land marks.  We only walked three minutes out of our 4.69 km run and its only day 5. My biggest tip to anyone in the same running boat as me is have fun with it.  If you focus on the runny nose or difficulty breathing you will hate every second of it.  Now I laugh about how unbelievably unattractive I look with bright red cheeks and a pouring nose. It really helps!

I kept track of the race today and was blown away that people can run a full marathon in under three hours! One day I will be in Boston and do that! My biggest goal right now is to run 5 km in 20 minutes on May 10th.  I think that is possible so root for me!

Today we did 4.69 km in 23 minutes with walking so I think I will be able to get there! Day five was a success!

My quote for today is “Anything is possible!” Not only did someone run faster in Boston then i ever thought was possible but I enjoyed a banana! Yay for day 5!

Wish me luck for day 6!