hello, friends!what you see above is me being proud of how sweaty i was! i envy sweat. i am sorry i have been so absent. i know i wrote a vague, vague entry about a week ago saying i was under construction and it’s true. i’ve spent the past week trying to get myself into running again because i have missed it and because i do not want to backslide and gain the 20 pounds i’ve lost back. i am tired of gaining weight; from now on, i just want to lose weight. it’s been an interesting week, but it’s been a week of rewards and happiness. it has been a week of reminders that encourage and push me to succeed with each strike of my foot against the pavement and each bite of food i put in my mouth. as Eminem says “success is my only motherfucking option, failure’s not” and right now, i am refusing to fail.
last tuesday, i got back onto the pavement and cranked out 1.6 miles. i was so proud of myself that i registered for a 5k this month to keep myself motivated. in fact, i think i am going to keep registering for races every single month because those suckers are not cheap and i don’t like spending money unless it benefits me. this way, i don’t waste money and i keep myself running. my friend Katie YM told me about a website called “Runner’s World” where you can create running plans. my ultimate goal is the Derby Half Marathon in April so i created a plan for that race. it gradually builds me up to that point and i think if i stick with it, i will own that race.
tuesday night i went to Hot Yoga. i really have fallen in love with Yoga as a way to keep my mind healthy as well as my body. Yoga centers me and calms me down; it is also a way for me to spend some time with myself without having to worry about other people. it feels good to take some time to do what i want to do instead of what other people want to do. i wish i could do it more often.
thursday, i got up and ran 2.7 miles just to prove to myself i could do it. saturday morning, i met with some friends and ran; saturday, i ran 3.2 miles in 40 minutes and then did 45 minutes of zumba afterward. saturday was a big deal for me because it was proof i can run a 5k in 40 minutes. it took Katie YM & Leslie getting behind me and essentially yelling at me to go faster so i could accomplish my goal, but without them, i wouldn’t have done it. zumba was fun and electrifying like always; i had a blast making faces in the mirror at Trenia and Tricia. zumba is one of those awesome things that i hate while i am doing it, but afterward, i can see the fun, if that makes any sense at all.
then, today, boyfriend and i went to the mall and DUN DUN DUN GUESS WHO FITS IN GAP & FOSSIL CLOTHES NOW?!
oh yeah. fueled by the success of my shopping excursion, i came home, put on my running gear, and set out in the rain. i hit 2.5 miles and kept going; i hit 3.5 miles and kept going; i hit 4.5 miles and kept going. i finally stopped when i, Kara Lairson, hit FIVE MILES. FIVE WHOLE MILES. i couldn’t even run 60 seconds in January and now i’m running 5 miles.
so damn proud of myself. i never thought i could do something like this and now i have. happiness. stay healthy, y’all.