Right now, as I sit listening to Louis Armstrong, I can’t help but look at how I actually feel right now.
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been training for a half-marathon. I’ve always enjoyed running, and this year, I decided to take it to the next level and commit myself to a half marathon in July in Chicago. I have pretty much let go of all of my feelings of having to be less than 140 pounds, and have focused on being fit and healthy.
I don’t feel right running less than five miles a day now. It feels good to put on my Linkin Park Pandora station and just run and run until my heart is content.
I have gotten up to 6.2 miles tempo. And right now that is at 5mph for me. Which I know is pretty terrible for most runners, but for me? A person who never felt that working out was very fun; it’s a pretty incredible feat.
I have put much less value on the number on the scale than how I actually feel. And for a girl, I’m going to admit this on the internet.
My name is Laura. I am 5’8″. I weigh 141 pounds.
So there you have it. I’m not embarrassed by it. My legs are strong; I have some semblance of a calf muscle and my quads look amazing right now.
That’s right. Long gone are the wishes of being 125 pounds; I want legs of steel, and to be able to run 13.1 miles and not die.
Plus I got this super cute tank from Target (thanks to Juney and her giftcard for my bday!) I’ve never seen my legs look so muscular in my life, and I love it. If that means gaining a few pounds for the art; I am good with it.
I am no longer trying to be the rail thin girl that I wanted to be: I want to look like I’m fit and healthy. And from what I read, and how my clothes are fitting me, I feel like I’m actually there.
so 100 degree weather in Chicago in July; bring it on.
I’m going to kick your ass.