I Can.

Running on base proves to be a little tricky here because I’m not a huge fan of hills.  I avoid them if at all possible.  I much prefer running downhill or on flat ground.  Lately, running proved to be a struggle since I took a week off for Cape Town and then was sick for a while during Family Days.  I’m just now trying to get back into the groove of things.  Though, I’ve been frustrated with my lack of motivation and lack of results.  I hadn’t ran in two days and then started talking with another intern, Allen, about running last night and the upcoming Flatberg race (15k including going up a mountain…).  The conversation gave me the drive to finally get out and complete a “good” run.

I started out this morning determined to get up and go.  I set my alarm and was out the door by 6:05 a.m. with my iPod Nike+ set to a distance of 7k.  About 2k into my run, I got this ridiculous idea that I shouldn’t just run 7k, but, no, I should run a 10k.  Mind you, the farthest I’ve ran in the last week or two has been around 35 minutes.  But, when I decide something that’s that.  So, I kept running and running.  Being bored, I did some run there and then run back along with some circles in the field.  Basically, I did everything possible to not go up hill and still complete a 10k.  All of that to say that I did.  I ran 10.02k in 55:30 min. which translates into a 5:32 min/km pace or a 8:54 min./mile.  This was only 1 minute slower than the 10k I ran in July. Woot!  For being out of practice, I was happy.  Also, I was reminded of the power of determination, persistence, and the need to set my eyes on an achievable goal while not letting my feelings get in the way or let my mind start believing the lies of “I can’t.”

So, what’s been your greatest accomplishment this week?

The Good Stuff…

…never lasts!  I’m almost out of my favorite shampoo and unfortunately Victoria’s Secret discontinued it!  I’m bummed…I really have enjoyed smelling like Amber Romance for the last few months.  Apparently, people on eBay used to put the shampoo up for sale…maybe, I’ll look into that option or not.  For some reason, buying shampoo on eBay seems really gross and sketchy.

I also got really sad the other day when I was told that Bath and Body Works might be discontinuing Magnolia Blossom perfume.  I swear these stores want to make me smell bad!  How are boys ever going to like me if I don’t smell like Magnolia Blossoms mixed with a little bit of Amber Romance?  My love life just might be headed downhill 😉 or uphill for those boys who are allergic to perfumes and the like!  Either way…I’ve still got my favorite deodorant even though you can only buy it at Wal-Mart!