Day One of my 100 day challenge actually started yesterday with a 5k that I almost didn't run. You see, the day before I landed on my foot wrong. What I thought was a little twisted ankle that I could walk off turned into excruciating pain by that night. Pain relievers didn't even touch it. It was getting worse. I couldn't put weight on it.
I was messaging a friend about it. She joked about calling Mr. Migayi. That sparked an idea. I knew someone who might be able to perform such magic. After only a few minutes that seemed like torture, my foot was healed, kind of.
The next morning I took off to the race to meet Kelsey and Brittney. I didn't have any big goals. At this point, I wanted to finish the race. That was it. I didn't even care if I had to walk it.
The race started out by going up hill. I love races like that. At least it sorts out the crowd a little. I made it up the long hill, but not without noticing that it I felt a little pain on the side of my foot. Not good. It was then I knew I had to back off. I planned to go to a run/walk. Each half mile, I planned to walk.
It wasn't long before I saw Fast Phil. He had helped me when I first started running. I owe a lot to him. So, I decided to use him as a pacer without him knowing it. My goal was to catch up to him and take a walk break. That I did on five different occasions. As I came to the last walk break, I looked at my watch and knew I had to pick up the pace a little which meant passing Fast Phil. I had to keep my pace under 9:00 minutes and I knew it was going to be close. Luckily, it was pretty much downhill. I let the hill carry me, went by Fast Phil and finished at 27:42 or something like that. It didn't matter to me. I was hurt and running conservatively. I didn't want to injure myself. Even with that, I had just ran what would have been a P.R. a year ago. It was a tough course.
For the next half hour, I cheered friends as they crossed the line. We stood around and talked until the awards ceremony. I always like to hear the times for my age group so I can see how far I am away from getting one of those awards. Wouldn't you know it that when it came to the 45-49 year olds, they announced my name. Sure, I was third, but at least it wasn't 3rd place out of 3 runners. I was number 3 out of 11! It was my first medal ever that I actually won for something athletic.
I thought what a great way to start off the 100 days of summer. If the first day could be this good, what would the rest of the summer have in store for me? That's when I decided why should I leave it up to fate?
If you want a different life.....
You have to live your life differently.
You have to do different things.
You have to think differently.
You have to be different!
That's what this whole summer is about for me. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, I am living a DIFFERENT LIFE.
Tomorrow, you can read all about it. Day 2 is all about the plan for living differently in
the Summer of 2014