I'm in double digit zone now. I conquered 10.36 miles last Saturday. Let me tell you, this was NOT EASY. I'm not going to sugar coat any of it. I wanted to quit so many times. I decided to do this run outside. I think the longest I have ever run outside was 4 miles and that was over a year ago. I just thought I'd get bored on the treadmill at the gym.
I think the first two miles and the last two miles were the hardest. When I was in the middle miles I felt really good. I stopped at my halfway point (probably around mile 5.25) at my dad's restaurant. When I walked in he asked me if I came by car or foot. I told him I had run there and he started laughing and said, "No, you parked at Jack in the Box and walked over here." (He jokes a lot, for those of you who don't know my dad.) He gave me a bottle of water and I sat in his office for a few minutes. I drank water, ate a Larabar and charged my phone. When I got up to leave my dad asked me, "You're leaving already?" I said, "Yeah, I'm in the middle of something." I usually sit and talk to him for a while so he wasn't used to me leaving so quickly but I wanted to get my run over with!
From my dad's restaurant I ran over to Harveston and I ran around the lake. It was beautiful. So much was going on and it was all a great distraction. I was about to hit mile 8 and my feet were killing me. I ended up walking all of mile 8 and 9. I was kind of upset about that. I wanted to finish my run strong but I could feel blisters forming on the bottom of my feet and on my pinky toes. I hit 10.36 miles when I got to my door. First thing I did was check my feet. Luckily they were okay. Just very sore. I ended up talking to my friend about my situation later and he said it sounded like my shoes were too big. I told him my shoes were fine but maybe my socks were too thin. I went on a short run on Monday evening and I wore thicker socks. I felt like all the problems in my life had been solved! My feet were so much more comfortable with all that extra padding. Problem solved thanks to my friend, John.
I have to say that I am so beyond excited that fall is here! I love fall! The other morning I walked outside and felt the crisp in the air and it made me so happy! Falling leaves, everything pumpkin, boots and sweaters. It all makes me quite content.
And one last thing…I’ve had a bit of an obsession with Christina Hendricks lately. I’ve even created a “Curvy Christina” board on my Pinterest. My boyfriend said people who follow me on Pinterest probably think I’m gay. Honestly, she makes me feel better about myself. I read online (not sure how accurate the source was) that Christina is 5’8” and wears a size 14. I am 5’9” and I wear a 10 in dresses and a 12/14 in pants (depending on the brand). Whenever I feel like I need to lose weight, which is pretty much every day, I like to remind myself that not every girl wears a size 0 and not every girl needs to. Christina is a great role model for us curvy girls.