10K Drop Out

Sorry, but I really felt the need to pour my heart out on this one.

Today I was supposed to run my first 10k.

It’s finally starting to hit me that I have failed again at a FITNESS related goal.

The cool thing about these though is that they forgive you and let you try again and again.

It’s POURING rain here. We have had some REALLY bad wind. I was trying to get my runs in despite this without access to a treadmill! But I also started feeling injuries coming and with the weight of homework, moving, and random farm-life drama… I dropped the ball.

I went in to this all TOO hard and with the wrong inspirations. The Nike app was not able to create a beginner program beginner enough for me. Having to pack my outfits everyday was stressful in the mornings on top of internships… I just couldn’t LIFE, haha.

So with that, I have set an even MORE wild goal! I’m going to train for the KC Half Marathon in October! There is a 12 week program on the Nike App that will start up July 25th. That gives me 14 weeks for get ready for the training program. The app suggests 5 miles a week until then, but I will definitely play with my mileage. I think when the spring semester is over I will be able to get 3 runs in a week; 2 shorties, 1 longer. The warm weather is starting to show up and I wont be doing internships, just easy summer classes!… But I will bear in mind that the real training goes through the beginning of the fall semester!

This time my intentions and inspiration is to become a person with less excuses. To do more of what I love and complain about my life less. I spend a lot of time on my phone “relaxing” when I get home. (Because I’m constantly criticizing EVERY aspect of my life!) My life is not truly that difficult. I need to change my perspective, and change the negative thoughts to positive ones EVERY time I recognize them! So I’m trying to become braver and bolder and have a better threshold for the things that life throws me or that I ask of life! While maintaining realistic expectations for my training.

This all sounds good in my head. Let’s see where it goes!

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Babes Ride Too

What a wild month it has been so far! It’s been over two weeks since my last post, but don’t worry, I have been running around like crazy and accomplishing some things along the way.

Last weekend I went out of town to take motorcycle lessons!

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Yeah! This girl is certified to ride! And when I get my license renewed it will be ‘M’ Class. Oh yeah! I still have a little bit more practice to go. Our class practiced a lot of low-gear maneuvering. We never had the bikes up to 30 mph. Working at a Harley/Honda/Yamaha shop I will be able to take a used trade-in out for a spin to get a better feel for regular riding before making a purchase.

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If you have any preconceived notion about “bikers” or motorcycle riding, ladies, throw.them.out.the.window. This is a ladies sport too. And after working 3 years here I have a really good basic knowledge of parts and service. I am able to talk to the guys on a different level. Some are surprised I know what I know. I have met some of the most generous, down to earth, and non judgmental people. “All kinds of kinds” as you’ll ┬áhear me say about our customers.

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If you have any interest in riding bikes, please get a hold of your local rider course instructors. This was the biggest confidence boost for me and the friend I went with. The first reason I decided to take a course was from experience in learning from a boyfriend/dad. It usually ends in an argument and often tears. These courses are designed to describe things in a way that a beginner will understand and build gradually. The second reason to take a course is that you often will not need to take the test at the DMV. They will see your certificate and know you have passed the rigorous test that these certified instructors have tested you on. I also liked that it basically prepared you for riding in a wardrobe sense as well. I now have the gloves, boots, and glasses so I’m ready to go whenever! (My own helmet is on its way!)

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Things you will need before beginning: Helmet, long sleeve shirt/jacket, pants, boots that cover the ankle (no high heel), full finger gloves, and eye protection. And an open mind!

I was extremely nervous the whole time. practicing the weaving and slow curves had me very uneasy. And I don’t think that weaving is a thing that you will run into very often, but practicing them allowed us to get a feel for leaning into a turn and pulling on the throttle. you have to have power to get through a turn. Our first reaction is to slow down, but even like on a bicycle, when you are leaning in a curve you must have power for the centrifugal force to happen and pull you through. Accelerate out of the turn right?!

Another thing to note is that these rigorous tests are BEGINNER tests. They have prepared you for them! These classes are not necessarily simple or easy, but they are not difficult either. You MUST apply yourself. If you do that, you will be fine for everything!

This was a New Years resolution item for me. I said ‘YES’┬áto something and accomplished a new skill! Life is SUCH an adventure! Now… to get back to work on a 10k!!!

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