Today, I restarted week 5 of the Couch to 5K running plan (www.coolrunning.com) . After two rough runs, I decided to go back a week and refocus my efforts. As I headed out the door, I told Clare that mommy was going for a run. "Momma, run, run, run!" she answered. How could I not have a great run after that?
My run today was a turning point. I was frustrated that I had to go back a bit in the program, especially since it's the furthest I have gotten before. But today felt great! My legs were strong, my lungs felt awesome, and I felt like I could have kept running. What a difference a day can make.
Having inspiration beyond my own personal motives is helpful. My husband handed me a picture of Clare the other day after a particularly emotional breakdown. He told me to put it on the treadmill when I run. Glancing down at my baby girl's face helps when the minutes seem to slow. And it seems to be touching others, too. Today, as a woman walked by my treadmill she stopped and looked up at me. "I love your inspiration," she said, nodding at Clare's picture.