Wherein I Surprise Myself

I have discovered something about myself, something that surprised and delighted me.

I am a runner at heart.

I have always been athletic, always loved to play sports and be outside – but I would never in a million years have thought that I would be someone who loved to run.

Earlier this year some friends talked me into doing the  Color Me Rad 5K with them. {and it was awesome}

I had every intention of training for it, but I just couldn’t get motivated.   I did the 5K, but I only ran the first and last little bits of it.  I was proud of myself for doing even that little bit, but I wanted to do more.

Color Me Rad was a blast, and our group immediately started searching for other fun 5K type things that we could do.  I swear y’all, I didn’t even recognize myself.  Voluntarily wanting to run or do obstacle courses – who is this girl???

Inspired by the fun we had, and the feeling of accomplishment and pride that I felt, I decided to give running a try.  I want to cross the finish line with my team.

I put on my big girl shoes, downloaded the Couch to 5K app and got started.

On Day 1, I could barely jog for 1 minute without feeling winded and wanting to stop.

Today, I finished Week3 Day 3.  I ran two stretches of 3 minutes a piece without stopping.

There are days of it that I’ve repeated, because I won’t move on until I can finish each running cycle without stopping, and with each change in the running cycle I feel a little trepidation, a little gnawing of doubt that I won’t be able to do it.  Each time I feel that, I lace up my shoes, pop in my earphones and I put fear in its place.

running shoes

With each day and each new accomplishment, I discover a part of myself that’s stronger than I realized.

I am proud of myself, and I like that feeling.

I like what running is doing for my mind, my stress level, and of course for my body.  When I exercise I find that I pay more attention to what I put in my body, I’m more conscious of how what I eat (and drink) makes me feel.

I’m still new at this, but I’m loving it.

 

 

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Surprise!

surprised face So the time has finally come where you get to share the happy news with your family and friends that you’re expecting, how do you capture that moment of surprise? Photographer Tom Robinson had the brilliant idea of taking a photo of the person right after he told them the news and the results vary from complete shock to disinterest (teenage boys playing video games). Wouldn’t your kids love seeing these photos when they’re grown? See more photos below and the entire series (with funny captions) here.

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  • The Parents 1 of 6
    The Parents
    The mom's face is so cute.
  • Dale 2 of 6
    Dale
    Such a look of sincere surprise.
  • The Sister 3 of 6
    The Sister
    I love that he took a photo even if it wasn't in person.
  • Harwin 4 of 6
    Harwin
    The caption under this reads, "He hates children."
  • Max 5 of 6
    Max
    This guy's surprise face is priceless.
  • Friends 6 of 6
    Friends
    This one just makes me happy.

all photos by Tom Robinson via A Cup of Jo

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