I have met some seriously amazing people here in my small little corner of the internet - many of whom have become "Real-Life Friends". And this community has always been extremely supportive, warm, and wonderful. Writing and sharing my experience has also helped challenge me and push me to do things I maybe would not have done entirely on my own. I definitely credit my online friends for encouraging me to sign-up for my very first half marathon. And now here I am with a serious love of running, training for a Half Ironman after completing another 6 half marathon, 2 full marathons, and a whole bunch of races. I am not sure I would have taken the plunge without this little blog. And writing about all of my adventures - good and bad - has been extremely cathartic and therapeutic while I muddled my way through the last few years.
But I can also see how our community can be intimidating. I started comparing my progress, my race times, my training, my body-type - to everyone on the internet. My instagram was chalk full of clean eats, long training hour, fast paces, PR's, and rock hard bodies. And I started to feel like I didn't measure up.
So last week I took a step back. I relaxed. I re-evaluated. I reset my focus and my expectations. And I feel 1000x better!
- I took 3 days of rest.
- I treated myself to a manicure/pedicure.
- I went out with my girlfriends for burgers and french fries.
- I also had a Coke for the first time in approx 10 years - it full of chemicals and sugar, but it was delicious!
- I chose to skip my long run on Sunday and visit with my family instead
- I had a great visit with my Nana and Papa
- I ate candy and binge watched Season 2 of Girls
- I went Bouldering - it is hard and my arms felt like jello the next morning
- I gave up the scale
- I unplugged for a little while
- And I just relaxed
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,