More Happiness

I’d just like to let the world know that I am in better shape than I ever have been before.

True, I can’t run 13.1 miles. Or 12 miles. Or 10. Or even 7 although I suppose I could do that it would just be sloow.

But I’m getting way faster.

Today I ran 4 miles in total.

One mile with my little brothers who were inspired yesterday!! They are so cute. Peter makes me laugh so hard. He said, “I’m bored!” So I told him that I would tell him a story as we ran. I’m not a very good author though… I have no idea what the climax of the story was going to be but I didn’t need to worry because he cut in every two seconds with a “lovely” addition to the story.

After that I dropped them off back at home and ran three miles by myself. Three beautiful miles. Three fast miles. Three easy miles.

I could easily have run faster. But today was a break day. So I ran 7:53- minute miles. Yes. That was my break. And I wasn’t really even pushing myself. I was just running. My average heart rate didn’t even hit 180. I got home and I was SO impressed by the results!

I am getting better. I feel it. I see it. I love it.

I’m nowhere near as fast as some runners I know but I am way faster than I ever expected to be when I started.

I have been reading through my old diaries and I was reading from two years ago when I had just started running and I wrote:

Today Tess and I ran TWO MILES!

I have improved so much from that! Now, I’m more like:

Today I ran 5 miles in 38 MINUTES!


Today I ran a 7:53 pace for 3 miles as a REST DAY!!! :O

I just love finally being good at something! πŸ™‚

I have discovered that cross-training actually works! Who would have thought that what all those pro-runners were saying was actually TRUE!!! πŸ˜‰

Anyways, my next goal is to run 10 miles. I think there is a half-marathon in the future, but I don’t really feel like “officially training” for it. So I’m just going to slowly work my mileage up and if when IΒ canΒ run 13.1 there is a half marathon available, then I’ll run it…otherwise…nah! I really wanna concentrate more on speed than on distance. It’s kinda like… Half marathon? Been there, done that. Now how about PRs or maybe even….dare I say it…placing?? :O That would be awesome.

The lady that I babysit for is an amazing runner and hopefully she and I will be able to go for a couple of runs soon. A seven-miler and then a ten-miler later! πŸ™‚ Yay!

This past race has done some great things for my running.

First and foremost, it gave me confidence! I set a goal and I achieved it. I’m always scared to set goals for my races because I never know what the conditions will be like but now that I have set and achieved a goal I think I am going to push myself to set more goals! πŸ™‚

Secondly, it helped me remember why I kept on running. Because I loved it. The race was fun. It was hard and, at times, death. But through that all, I had a blast. I could not believe howΒ manyΒ people were there, cheering for (non-specifically) ME! All these people who WANTED me to finish and do WELL! The sun was shining. The weather was PERFECT. I could not have asked for better weather. And the route was amazing!

It would be impossible for me to HATE running as I run down State St. and then Michigan Ave. with the sun in my eyes, the breeze gently blowing, the people cheering for me, and a PR at my fingertips. Impossible to NOT love that! πŸ™‚

Can you tell I’m still kind of awe-struck by how perfectly everything went at that race? I’m still kind of recovering by the sheer awesomeness of it all. Just amazed at how God set the weather perfectly, gave me all the training I needed, set those cheerleaders there at the hardest parts. It’s just amazing.

And if things couldn’t be perfect already, I had another fantastic run today. Blessed, just blessed.

And one more thing. The jeggings I got two years ago, that I haven’t been able to wear for a year? I fit into them again! I mean, they are JEGGINGS so they’re tight. But they fit amazingly! These are like my favorite jeans by the way! πŸ™‚

Can you tell I’m happy?

Can you tell I’m in love with life?

Well, I am. πŸ™‚


4 thoughts on “More Happiness

  1. krhtoday says:

    love this! πŸ™‚ For the record – I wouldn’t call that pace slow at all πŸ˜‰ Congrats again!!! πŸ™‚

  2. Jacob says:

    Wow! You’ve come along way keep it up!

  3. lilisocean says:

    wow Claire! you’re doing so well. =) congratulations!

  4. westy1998 says:

    WOW!! I think you’re like amazing! Thats so awesome!

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