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My Personal Best

by Courtney on May 19, 2010

After work today, I headed to the gym for what I was expecting to be an easy cardio + BodyPump workout.  Well, once I got there and started running on the treadmill, I decided I really wasn’t in the mood for Pump…I think it’s the first time ever!  So instead, I stayed on the treadmill and ran my personal BEST – 4 miles!!

Now, I’m sure some of you may be laughing… “4 miles?!? Ha, I can do that with my eyes closed!” Well, for me, I never grew up running.  I hated it.  I hated everything about it.  I’ve struggled with asthma my whole life, which had been quite a roadblock.  Luckily, I’ve learned how to better handle and treat it.  I can remember being back in high school, unable to run much more than a single lap around the track without feeling like I was going to hurl…

But I’ve worked my way up, and I haven’t given up.  Yeah, first it started off with maybe 30 seconds of running followed by 5 minutes of walking.  Then the running went up to a minute, and the walking went down.  Before I knew it, my running and walking times were the same, and my distances were getting longer.

When I could run a single mile, I was ecstatic.  Me, Courtney- the asthmatic who wanted nothing to do with much more than a speed walk, just ran a mile?!?  The excitement made me giddy…and it left me wanting more.  Everytime I got on the treadmill, I increased something just a bit.  Maybe it was the speed, maybe it was the distance, but it was something.  I could feel myself getting stronger, and my endurance was skyrocketing.

Sure, I have some days where my asthma acts up a little more and I have to listen to my body and take it easy.  But when my lungs are at full capacity, I’m ready to go.  A few months before my wedding back in January, I joined a gym.  I never liked gyms.  I thought they were a waist of  money.  But little did I know how much I was missing out on!  I consider myself fairly competitive, and wow, what an opportunity to exert my competitive edge!  I found myself pushing that one extra minute, just to try to “beat” the person next to me.

But then I decided to focus my competitive edge on ME.  “Ok, last time I ran 3 miles in “x” amount of time…this time I’ll try to get there 30 seconds quicker…” I was doing my best on beating my best “3 mile” mark, but I never tried anything past that.  I guess it never really crossed my mind to keep going….until today!!  I LOVE that I’ve made a new goal for myself now, and I’m going to continue to see if I can keep working my way up.

Do I consider myself a “runner”?  No, not really.  I enjoy the energy it gives me, and I feel good during and after it.  But you’re not going to see me running any marathons, or even half marathons, anytime soon.  Now, I’m not shunning them forever – considering the thought of running more than a mile a year ago would have made me nauseous, you really never know.  But, I like to set my goals small and work up from there.  Ask me a year from now, and maybe I’ll have a different story to tell! :)

So now that you know my “history as a non-runner”, I’ll continue on with the rest of my post :)

Since I decided against BodyPump today, I still wanted to get in some lifting.  So I used some of the machines to work my biceps, triceps, upper & lower back, hamstrings, & glutes.  I don’t really remember all of my weights, but I did 3 sets of 13 reps at each (I always do “lucky” 13 reps) :)  It was a really good workout, and I’m glad I switched it up.

By the time I got home, my tummy was RUMBLIN’!  I wanted to whip up something quick and easy, so I ended up with this lovely creation:

Tomato, Spinach, Swiss & Egg Wrap

I used one of my whole wheat, La Tortilla Factory wraps, and filled it up with some fresh spinach, tomato slices, 1/2 a wedge of The Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese, 1/2 cup scrambled Egg Beaters with basil, & a spread of pesto.

This thing was SO YUMMY!!  It was my attempt to recreate the Starbucks wrap I tried a few weeks back…but I think mine was better. ;)

Along with my wrap, I added some fresh veggies, which I dipped generously into some of my roasted red pepper hummus.

It’s WEDNESDAY, so I’ll be watching my fave shows tonight…Modern Family & Cougar Town!  Of course, I will be taking a tv break at 9 to hopefully snag my ticket to the Healthy Living Summit!!!! :-D

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1 rundadrun May 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Congrats on a BIG milestone! Don’t let anyone tell you, including yourself, that 4 miles is no big deal! Celebrate the accomplishment.
Happy running,
Rundad

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2 Courtney May 20, 2010 at 7:48 am

Thanks so much!

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3 Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices May 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm

CONGRATS on your miles :) It’s always so nice to prove to yourself that you can do better than you ever thought you could!
LOVE the idea of making that wrap- yumm!!

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4 Courtney May 20, 2010 at 7:48 am

Thank You! :)

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5 preparationmeetingopportunity May 19, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Congrats! How little do people realize that competing with yourself can be the biggest high. I really love your blog and have gotten some great ideas for splitting my different interests into pages. I’ll be reading!
~Christy

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6 Courtney May 20, 2010 at 7:48 am

Thanks so much, Christy! :)

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7 Tina May 20, 2010 at 6:52 am

I can definitely relate to this post! I was ecstatic when I did a 3 mile run awhile back on the treadmill. I have never been a runner either and have come to like it more, but I still have a long way to go. And now that I’m pregnant that long ways will be even further since it will be another 9 months at the very least until I’m running again. I think it’s great you are taking smaller goals one step at a time. And you’re right…you never know where they may lead you. :)

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8 Courtney May 20, 2010 at 7:47 am

Aww, congratulations on being a future mom! I just recently found your blog, and I don’t think I knew that you were expecting…how exciting! :-D

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9 Liza May 20, 2010 at 10:46 am

I really enjoyed this post! I ran my first full marathon last Nov; something I NEVER would have imagined I’d do if you asked me a few years ago. I always loved running but I never thought I had 26.2 miles in me, and it wasn’t until a year ago when I actually pushed myself beyond my “usual” workout to see how far I could actually go, just like you did! It’s amazing how much our bodies can acheieve athletically with enough time, patience, courage, and training! Never stop setting new goals for yourself :)

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10 Courtney May 20, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Thank You!
And congratulations for your achievements, too! :-D

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11 lisaou11 May 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

4 miles is a BIG accomplishment! I don’t consider myself a natural runner either, so anything over 3 and Iam over the moon.

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