December 21st, 2014. At 10:17am. The typical cloudy New Jersey morning at a brisk 33ºF. Sunday mornings are always quiet in my town. The streets are empty and everyone seems to just be waking up. With leggings, compression socks + some low socks, Asics, a long sleeve, light cheap zip-up, cozy warm jacket, scarf, Flipbelt, sweater headband, hat, and mitten gloves, phone and Nike+ app turned on, I set out the door.
I just start running, at "Rebecca Pace". Down the streets of my home town. Smelling the wood burning stoves and fireplaces, taking in the empty streets, and scenery I never notice before. Your town looks different when you see it not while in the car, watching it fly by out the window. I have my head turned to the left, looking at a beautiful yellow castle-like house down a long street I had never seen before, when I smell...cows? I turn my head to the right and am greeted by 2 massive cows staring back at me. That made me smile. Some random people have 2 random cows I had never seen before in their yard. I'm jealous.
I keep pushing on, ever so slowly. During this whole run, I never ever walk. I just continue on with my slow pace, never more than 12 minutes per mile. My first mile was 11:38. No shame, I am totally proud of that. I keep exploring the streets and going down side streets to see things I've never seen before. It isn't even that cold, or at least the cold doesn't both me. The girl who HATES the cold and winter started her running journey right at the start of the cold season. That is really weird...maybe I'll have to call winter one of my favorites now? Maybe not...
As the little man in my phone shouts out that I have run 3 miles, I couldn't feel happier. Just .10 more to go and I can officially declare that I have accomplished one of the biggest achievable goals I have ever set for myself. And then it happens. In 37:26 minutes, I completed my first 5K. The furthest I have ever run in my life and the longest I have run in at least 10 years. My heart and soul soar. I'm smiling now, running down the street back to my house. I end up running 3.5 miles since I had to get home somehow and I might as well keep running!
I turn into my driveway and run down it to fully complete 3.5 miles perfectly. All in 42:06 minutes. I feel like a champion. I have just proved to myself that I can do just about anything I want to. With only going on 1 run every Sunday morning for the last 4 weeks, on this 5th week, I have done something I never could mentally grasp. For so long I wanted this. Physically it was "easy" to do, but mentally going for it and stepping out of that gate holding me back took a bit more.
I can finally call myself a "runner" with confidence. I have expanded my love of fitness and the mind-body connection even more now. The strength, beauty, power, confidence, amazement, all the great feelings that come with accomplishing a goal are unbelievable. I don't think I've ever actually accomplished a real goal like this before. It feels so good! How do you find happiness and joy in life? By doing something you think you can't. Stepping out and actually DOING it, full-force, no holding back. Not letting anyone of anything stop you. Only you can make happiness come to your life. You can't sit back and wait for it to come easy. You have to go out and be more than your current self.
So on December 21st, 2014, I ran the Solstice Sprint Virtual 5K in 37:36 minutes. All smiles and pride. My first ever 5K and the longest run I have ever done in my life of 3.5 miles. I could not be prouder and happier with myself. Everyday I work to become more than the self I was the day before. It is the only way to find true peace and happiness. To make life worth it and be "successful". What ever that means to each individual, "success", you can find it by doing something to become more. To become better. Remember that going into the new year as you set goals and intentions. There doesn't have to be a deadline as long as you work each day to be better. To be more than yourself.
So tell me:
+ What will you do TODAY to be more than yourself?
+ Have you accomplished any of your 2014 goals or are you still working toward them?
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