I’m proof that anyone can run…

 

 

running_kat_tales_anyone can run

Day 100: A delightful #Christmas run & thanks!

YAHOO! Kat from RunningKatTales done Day 100 of trainingYesterday marked my one hundredth day of training, a pretty special milestone for me. And coincidentally I received an email congratulating me on hitting one hundred “likes” as well.

When I began training in August there was certainly a part of me that was a afraid that I’d give up after a month or even a week (despite the blogs purpose to keep me on track). And I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that there are still days now that I get a little anxious thinking: “Holy crap, what if I can’t do it!?” But then I have to remind myself that there will be many little milestones before I hit my goal and I’m okay with that because I believe I can do it. 

And the timing of yesterdays milestone couldn’t have been more perfect. Coincidently, I had been asked to look over a manuscript about perseverance in business and life; it was during this that I was reminded that my own personal success is based on belief in myself (thank you Millar; author Boardroom to Basecamp). It doesn’t matter if your goal is to run a company or run a marathon, if you don’t believe in yourself you’ll never get anywhere. So as I hit this milestone with a mixture of elation and trepidation of what’s to come, I know that in order to succeed I have no choice but to believe in myself.

And in the words of Sir Richard Branson:

I believe in myself. I believe in the hands that work, in the brains that think and in the hearts that love.

And with this milestone on my mind, I had a terrific run. I threw on some Christmas music and ran through my neighbourhood enjoying the beautifully lit homes. I kind of felt like a kid in a candy shop; my head was swivelling in every direction to catch all the lights and decorations. Some houses are just so gorgeous; they’re picturesque with their white lights and red ribbons. Then there are houses where you know some “characters” live there. They’ve got loads of bright lights of all colours, twinkling away. It was great. I didn’t have a PR or PB, but I really enjoyed myself (and even the cold!) I finished confident, feeling terrific and hopeful for what lays ahead.

I truly hope it goes without saying that I’m incredibly grateful for the encouragement from everyone out there who has followed me and my mission to get fit and train.

Thank you P & F for constantly reminding me what’s important and how to keep it close to my heart.

Thank you to my awesome running buddy who listens to me vent, makes me laugh and is just an all-around great friend.

Thanks to my family – I know I’m probably too boisterously honest for a small-town girl, but I was raised to speak my mind (sorry if I embarrass you 🙂 )!

To my WP running buddies: You. YES YOU. YOU. ARE. AWESOME.

To my crew on Facebook and Twitter – especially Lorna – you always “like” my posts, even when they’re boring and I’m appreciative of that 🙂

Thank you ALL from the very bottom of my heart. Your notes, comments, encouragement and “funnies” keep me motivated. It keeps me putting one foot in front of the other (which seems like an easy task until you have to do it for an hour-plus!) – this is OUR milestone!  And I know to some people this all seems like such a silly mission in life, but to me, it’s a big part of my bucket list. And I very-much look forward to checking it off! And also, I don’t give a flying f… what the haters think. Haters gonna hate!

THANK YOU FOR SHARING “OUR” TRAINING DAY 100 MILESTONE WITH ME!!!!

Here are tonights stats:Day 100 of Training! Amazing!

  • Distance: 6.44 km
  • Time: 40:08
  • Pace: 6:14
  • Best Pace: 5:15

Thank you to our @Facebook family for #RunningKatTales

“The six most important words: I admit I made a mistake. The five most important words: You did a good job. The four most important words: What is YOUR opinion? The three most important words: If you please. The two most important words: Thank You. The one most important word: We. The least important word: I.” 

Tonight I asked friends on Facebook to “Like” my page for RunningKatTales so I could secure the URL (not that anyone was itching to get to it, but you never know. I mean, some people are so weird that they secure the craziest domains like “http://yousuck.com/” – seriously, check it out. It’s for sale.) Sorry. I got a little off-topic there. 

Anyway, within nano-seconds I had three friends “Like” it. Within a few more seconds another few friends liked it, and so on. I know it’s not a big deal to click “Like”, but I’m grateful for your support. I couldn’t have done it without you. We made this happen 🙂 

END RESULT: You can now visit RunningKatTales on Facebook at the address: Facebook.com/runningkattales (and it no longer has a million numbers after it.)

Remembrance Day – 11-11-2012

I realize that this is a very touchy subject for a lot of people, so I know I risk offending people by posting but I will anyway.

I don’t get the whole Christmas bit before Remembrance Day. And before you snap and say, “Doesn’t she get the meaning of Christmas?” Yes. I do. I understand the true meaning behind Christmas. The one where people come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And if you don’t believe in him but celebrate any way that’s okay; I believe it’s a personal decision. But I do find it really annoying that retailers push up their displays and push for sales earlier and earlier each year. I don’t know if it’s just me, but this year I feel like it’s the case more than ever. Retailers seem to be so focused on getting Christmas started that they forget we have another date to celebrate beforehand: Remembrance Day. I’m not trying to be all “Bah! Humbug!” about it, but I think we owe it to the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedoms, to respect this day reserved for them. And besides, there’s loads of time after November 11 to buy presents and support retailers.

Below is a post I found written in 2007, while reading other blogs about the topic. I thought it hit the nail on the head.

Before Christmas There’s Remembrance Day

So don’t start putting on Christmas decorations right after Halloween.

I walked into a Shoppers Drug Mart tonight and found it festooned with Christmas decorations. I felt all the golds and reds and greens diminished the blood red of my poppy.

I said to the teller, “I realize it is a corporate decision, but I think you should hold off on Christmas until after Remembrance Day.” She expressed equal dismay at the display. I went home, found the shoppers website and sent them the email below.

It is 6 days before Remembrance Day. I will spend those days teaching my students the meaning of sacrifice, honour and grace.

You will be making a buck.

WW1 66000 dead for you,

WW2 45000 dead for you,

Korea 516 dead for you,

Peacekeeping 119 dead for you,

Afghanistan 71 158 dead for you.

Could you not grant us the dignity of holding off on your Christmas Decorations until Nov. 12?

Those 71 158 men will not be shopping this year.

I don’t want to punish them. I’m just disappointed. I’ve never taken such action before, but I’m sharing this with everyone on my list. Perhaps it could become a movement.

Day 73: the last 5km in warm weather!

This morning was my last run in Arizona before my Remembrance Day 10k in Calgary tomorrow, where the temperature is hovering around the -16 mark. Good grief!

Surprisingly this morning, the temperature here was cooler than it has been all week, around 65 F. But I completed the usual 5k and didn’t mind it at all; I even could’ve thrown a long sleeve on (imagine that!?). My legs felt a little heavy; I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t stretch enough or if they were just restless. I made it in under the thirty minutes, but don’t know pace/best pace because I didn’t use RunKeeper to track it. I definitely could have run further, but I didn’t want to push it as I need to conserve energy for tomorrow! After tomorrow, I’ll be half-way to half-marathon and I will be starting my next round of training on Monday – no time for breaks!

The past week has been awesome– it was like a nine-day cheat retreat! We had hot dogs, nachos, chips, chocolate, beer, wine, margaritas and loads and loads of Mexican food; simply delightful! And although I’m not looking forward to the cold weather in Alberta, I am looking forward to getting back into a routine (I’ll likely forego cheat days for the next several weeks).  HUGE thanks to our friends, the Millar’s, who opened up Hacienda Millar to us so we could relax and enjoy some beautiful weather. We’ll have to hang onto the memories to get us through the LONG winter in Calgary! 

Tonight we head back to Alberta and to the aftermath of a blizzard (so we hear). Time to really break out the snowsuit and winter gear. But as Anthony D’Angelo  would say:

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”

Hope everyone is doing well out there, especially those of you in the eastern United. We’re thinking of you every day!