Surprise Yourself

I so enjoyed your comments from my last post: Yes, Gillian, just a little meshugganah (but hopefully in a good way). Everyone’s advice was good; it’s what I would have said to someone else. Don’t push too hard. Maybe start with an easier race….

But I admit to having trouble following advice sometimes. It probably would have been smart to have waited, but the race was there.

I ran yesterday. Ten miles of hills. And it was fun. I felt good. The achiness of earlier in the week was gone. I had slept a lot during the week in the hopes of fighting back against this Lyme disease. And that seemed to have worked.

I finished strong – sprinted the end – because I could. I finished in 1:35, an average pace of 9:35 min. per mile. That’s not bad for me.

Post race, I swam in the cold waters of Lake George – a perfect post-race activity (cold baths help reduce inflammation in tired, stressed muscles). And after that, my friend and I had a lovely lunch at the Sagamore,  looking up towards the narrows of Lake George (one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve seen).

We can surprise ourselves. We all struggle with this and that, but sometimes, if we try, we can do more than we thought possible. 
Live life with no limits. Surprise yourself today.
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5 Responses to Surprise Yourself

  1. nancyspoint says:

    “Surprise yourself”, what a great challenge. Sometimes we get so caught up in others, we forget to surprise/challenge ourselves. Congrats on finishing your run and that lake does look lovely.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Julie, as an observer, and regular reader of your blog, I had every confidence in your ability to ‘run the race.’ It did not surprise me at all.
    Pleased you were able to take time to enjoy Lake George.

  3. Julie,

    Thanks much for visiting my blog and commenting!

    I’m really enjoying your blog and plan to add it to my blogroll. That run sounds great. I used to run (mainly 5Ks and mainly really slowly), but surgical pain won’t allow it. I walk and swim instead.

  4. Thanks, all of you!
    Likewise, Beth. I really enjoyed you blog & look forward to reading it often. And it doesn’t matter how you move…just great that you do. Enjoy!
    Thanks for your confidence, Chez. It’s funny how others’ ideas can differ from our own. Maybe it’s because I’m still pretty new to running & haven’t run many races (they’ve just been really big ones), but I don’t have that much confidence in my running.

  5. Ronni Gordon says:

    Good for you! So glad it went well. And what a beautiful photo. I would like to be sitting there too!

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