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I RAN IN A TROPICAL STORM

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I was a little hesitant. I could have stayed in bed. I thought of all kinds of reasons to skip my exercises, but I put on my sneakers and went out into the rain and wind. I didn't like it at first. My neighbors were all snug in their beds.

The road was full of puddles and the rain came down so hard at times that I had to squinch my eyes shut and spit the water out of my mouth, and run blindly. It reminded me of when I was a skinny kid at summer camp and just learning to swim.

I STILL CAN'T RUN A MILE. emoticon I start wheezing at about 600 yards and so I adapt by alternating running until I can't breathe and then walking. It works for me. I read about all these people that run 2 and 3 miles and I wish to do that someday, but I am making progress.

It felt awesome. I ran for me. I didn't care what I looked like. I could feel my body gaining strength. I could feel the endorphins kicking in. I splashed into puddles on purpose like a child.
The sound of the tropical storm was soothing. I didn't think of anything except how my body felt and how the rain felt on my body and how glorious it was to be a live! WHOO HOO!

I stopped at a mile and a half to dart into my house and grab some shampoo and soap and I lathered up outside in the rain. I returned to the house grabbed a quick shower and a cup of coffee and felt content. I did it. I didn't make excuses. Yeah! I did it for me and nobody else. I am not the invisible, fat lady anymore. I am going to hold my head up high and be proud of who I am and what I am doing!

I felt all of you spark people with me on my run this morning, cheering me on and it made a huge difference. A special thank you to Rhonda and Teeny Bikini for all your encouragement. emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD7599351
    wow...how envigorating. loved the part you said you 'lathered up'

    What an amazing achievement. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3667 days ago
  • KTHYNN1
    Laurie, That is dedication! You left a comment on my "Little Victories" biog on Sunday where I was talkng myself into walking. Thank you for the encouragement. I was just dealing with a bit of cold, not driving rain! So way to go! emoticon emoticon
    3668 days ago
  • ALYNN1986
    ha ha that sounds like so much fun! I've run in the rain before and its great! It keeps you cool and it definitely makes it so much more interesting. The neighbors thought I was totally nuts but hey- who cares what they think! Good for you and your dedication!
    3672 days ago
  • SPACELION
    WOW! What a morning! I'd kill for that sort of drive to experience something like that! I loved that you just lathered your hair up in the rain LOL. So awesome.

    Keep going! You're kicking the snot out of September and it's only just started!

    xx
    3672 days ago
  • TIGGERIFFIC123
    Laurie,

    Your most welcome!!

    So proud of you! What an awesome morning you had. It is such an exhilarating feeling that being alive, feeling your body getting stronger, being at one with nature. What a wonderful experience. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful victory with us. YOU ARE AMAZING!!

    Rhonda


    3673 days ago
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