Sunday, October 9, 2016

JOIN: Celebrating Five Minutes

Every Saturday, join me as I CELEBRATE This Week 
with Ruth Ayres from Discover. Play. Build.

Today I ran for five whole minutes! I've been following a Couch to 5k program and was up to ten minutes...but then life got in the way and I wasn't able to run for a bit. So today I ran again after not running for two weeks. So I went back down to just running for five minutes. Five whole wonderful minutes.

Today also happens to be the day that thousands of people ran the Chicago Marathon. As I ran my five minutes, I thought about all those people who put in the time to train to be able to run 26.2 miles. That was me thirteen years ago. It was the most inspiring thing I have ever done. To be there with a giant crowd of others who were also accomplishing this pretty amazing feat. 

I only ran the Chicago Marathon (or any marathon) that one time. It was weird to run my five minutes today and be proud considering others were out running 26.2 miles...between two and six hours of running. But last year after I ran a 5k, an 8k, and another 5k, my plantar fascitis got the best of me and I just couldn't get it to go away. I stopped running, stretched, iced, got orthotics and now I'm finally in physical therapy over one year later. 

But the exciting part is that I'm running again. Five whole minutes.

It just goes to show that we can celebrate anything - big or small - and that we can celebrate differently at different times in our lives.

What are you celebrating today?

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