My performance at The Bear Run wasn’t anything special. My warm up was quick and I felt pretty good. The first mile was right on pace, but I was starting to feel tired. Even at the half way point I was still on pace for my goal. Then, I just really fell back and slowed down. When I finished I was about 30 seconds slower than my goal.
I sat down on the curb with a cup of water and took off my shoes. I sat there for a few minutes – a little disappointed but when I thought about I couldn’t expect much more with the amount of training I had been putting in. I realized I really needed to start running more and getting in more miles because I started the race well but didn’t have the endurance to keep it up.
My two options were basically to sit and feel sorry about it or to go run. I put on my shoes and got at it…no reason to wait until tomorrow. While running I started to add up how much I had run in the past week with my haphazard training…only 18 miles…less than 3 miles a day. How could I expect to run a race of 3.1 miles when I wasn’t even averaging about 2 and a half miles a day?
I ran 7 miles that day and resolved to get on a training plan. I had no accountabilty for my exercise. I was way too laxed and easily distracted. When I never wrote down my runs, I didn’t notice the lack of effort and resulting lack of progress.
Not any more! I’m up to 28 miles a week and I’m sticking with a plan, so I won’t have a repeat performance at my next race in June!
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got!”
So I’m a little Twitter Rookie, but I have to say that Twitter is entertaining me a lot better than Facebook these days. Seriously, Facebook is great for stalking your old classmates and watching feuds play out between your cousin and his ex-girlfriend, but Twitter is at a whole new level for networking and staying up on the latest news in world events or fun pop culture. Follow me on twitter @swandivebellyfl and I’ll follow you back! It’s fun! :)
My best find on Twitter today was Eric Thomas’s new video. I already dedicated one post to this hip hop preacher, but I find him so impressive, I’m going for post #2 already. His video series is called T.G.I.M. Yeah, Thank God It’s Monday. Now that is a novel thought, especially for this girl who hates a Monday morning alarm clock! On the other hand, if I’m all about chasing down dreams, I should be escatic for Monday to come. It’s another opportunity to achieve some new milestones on my journey.
He asks: Do you believe? Do you believe that one day you are not going to live in the world given to you, but in the world you dream of. He preaches: Everybody’s got sight-very few have vision. He warns: Dream big. Think big. Start Small.
I love this message, and I am especially glad it came on a Monday to energize me to focus on my dreams throughout this week. I definitely have faith in where I want to go, and I have to remember that the little plans and small accomplishments of today will lead to the big plans and huge accomplishments of tomorrow!
Just like a butterfly, I am growing and changing and finding my true colors in life. I am growing my wings, so I can fly and soon be on my way.” -Anonymous
“Like the butterfly, I have the strength and hope to believe. In time, I will emerge from my cocoon…transformed” -Kirsti A. Dyer
I chose this picture as a challenge for myself since it is very detailed...kind of ambitious for me!
This sketch was very complicated, but following the gridlines helped me keep the picture in perfect proportion.
I used the lightbox again to transfer my sketch from the newsprint to the good drawing paper.
Progress check! The shading was kind of messy to start out with, so I had to be really careful to clean up all the lines.
The final product - some parts are still a little rough, but I worked up to the last minute before the due date!
“If you want to fly, you have to flap your own wings!” -Claire Williams
January 14th – Two weeks into the new year… How are your new years resolutions faring? I have to admit it’s a struggle to keep up on all of my goals for 2012. I feel like I’m in a battle with the ordinary responsibilities of daily life. Wash my hair, do the laundry, pay the bills…these everyday obligations are some real killers when you only have twenty-four hours in the day!
My new years resolution was simply to do something, just one thing, each day toward my vision of the future. Some days these little chores trip me up and overwhelm me, so I have to take a second to refocus on my goals. I’m stronger than this! Okay, the dust bunnies might win a battle or two, but I’ll be the victor come the end of the war. Don’t give up, keep your priorities in line, and stand back up when you stumble!
“Be proud of how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go.“
That’s been my favorite motivational quote since I first heard it during my 8th grade cross country season. That one-liner never fails to boost me up and make me think, “I got this; I can do it.” :) So I say it again, “I got this; I can do it!”