Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Reruns - Return of the Rerun

I appreciate your patience with two reruns this week - I promise, I'll have a fresh post up on Friday!

(This brings back a good memory for me - something that, once upon a time, seemed impossible, and yet now?  I can do it without a second thought.)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009...A Day To Remember

It started out like any other Wednesday...I woke up, read a few blogs, went back to sleep because it was still dark out (gotta love not being able to sleep through the night), woke up again when my alarm went off at 7:00 am, dressed and went to my workout. Brad divided us into two groups of three - my group went with him to the gym first, where we did some killer arm exercises which were very challenging. Then we switched over to Linda and cardio - I knew something was up when she told us to take a potty break if we needed it (she never does this) - and then as it was dawning on me that she had changed into a tank top, she got this funny smile on her face and said "we're going running."

Outside.

Half a mile to Bee Creek Street, and half a mile back to the gym.

I had a moment of panic, and then she said "I'll run with you the whole way. You can do it, I know you can."

And by god, I did it.

I ran the entire way, up to the street sign and back to the gym. Time: 11 minutes 55 seconds. I could not believe I did it! Tears were shed and hugs were exchanged - it was very emotional for both me and Linda. She's really been incredible with helping me get to my goals - and I had mentioned in July that I would like to be able to run a mile without stopping.

Someday.

I figured I might get there by the end of October. But today?!?

Well, I ran for six minutes on the treadmill on Monday, and then six minutes, followed by two minutes of walking and then another two of running on Tuesday...and apparently that's when Linda knew I could do it. Because if you'd asked me, I would have said there is no way I was ready to run a mile. But she knew. And stayed with me the entire time, talking to me, encouraging me, pushing me - and celebrating with me when I finished. I can't remember a time when I felt so accomplished. So thanks, Linda (she reads this blog) - you are amazing!

Later on, I checked Brad's Twitter page and look what he wrote - how very cool is this?!?

12 comments:

  1. I love looking in years past and seeing stuff like that. Would you have ever thought back then you would be doing a half?

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  2. Still today, Brad & his staff are SO encouraging! I want to thank you for recommending BCS Fitness to me. I've been going faithfully for 14 months now and enjoy it tremendously, even through the buckets of sweat and soreness!
    By the way, you still ROCK!

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    1. Thank you, and I totally agree, BCS Fitness is awesome!

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  3. WOW! I did not remember this post. What a great foretelling of things to come!

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  4. I got all misty-eyed. The past to present view is inspirational.

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  5. What an awesome post! And a couple of awesome trainers, it sounds like. I'm at that point right now - I am TERRIFIED to try to run. I might just have to try.

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  6. This is a pretty stinkin' awesome rerun if you ask me! How far you've come!! I STILL remember the first day I met you at USAFit registration and you were talking about your weight loss journey. ... Amazing!

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    1. I remember that day! And you were so encouraging to this scared runner - I appreciate how much you helped me get over my running fears!

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  7. Love this one too Shelley! An oldie but a goodie! :D

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  8. This is definitely worth a rerun!

    I can't believe that I have been your across the world support buddy since the day you started running. I have been running since June 2009 (can you believe we are doing this for 6 years already?) and shortly after that I started reading blogs and your's was one of the first I started reading.

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  9. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. So awesome! Such a great memory to get to keep :)

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