The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.

The above title is a quote from John “The Penguin” Bingham. He’s a columnist for Runner’s World Magazine and co-authored the book I’m currently reading, “Running for Mortals.” I actually read it once already the first time I was attempting the running thing, but felt that it would be just as valuable a read as before. And it has been. The book is encouraging and inspiring to a novice runner who isn’t full of confidence. It’s great. It’s got some humor and some real down to earth writing that doesn’t come from a position of expertise in a sense that he is better than you. Instead it comes from someone who has been where you are. It’s a good read.

I’m taking on a new challenge- running two days on, one day off. I ran yesterday with Stephen (playing basketball) and today with Sandi. My legs are sore and I’m very much looking forward to a day off tomorrow. But both runs were decent and they both ended with a feeling of accomplishment. I had some right calf pain both days- I think I just need to stretch it out better/more and I’ll be fine. Morning runs are nice (Saturday was around 11 and today at 8am) because you get to start your day off with some activity and increased energy. Evening runs are also nice because you get to work off the day and have the time to think and clear your head from the work day. Due to the daylight savings time change, I’m not sure when I’ll have light to run. I’m going to have to pay close attention tomorrow as to when the sun comes up/goes down to plan my course of action.

Our trip to Colorado this weekend is also going to throw off the running schedule. I’ll run Tuesday and Wednesday, with a break on Thursday. I would be running Friday and Saturday but we leave for Colorado Friday and don’t return until Sunday so I’ll have to adjust for the week and return to steady running next week. After this week, however, I don’t have any trips planned to complicate the schedule. I’ll still have put in three runs this week before we leave.

Here are the new totals:
Since Restart: 16.65 miles
Since April: 110.99 miles

According to the Across America challenge forums, today I crossed a bridge over the Columbia River. Just 11 more miles until I hit Mount Pleasant, Washington. 🙂

Other than that, there isn’t much other news to report. My sample invitation should arrive any day now and my shoes are supposed to be in on Wednesday. Stephen and I went and visited/ made a payment on our wedding bands and I totally fell in love with mine all over again. It’s SO pretty. Debating whether or not to get them soldered together. I don’t want to be without my rings for any length of time… but according to online sources they can wear each other down spinning separately. Sigh. I probably will get them soldered, I just need to find out from Shane Co. how long that will take. And decide whether to do it pre-wedding or post-wedding.

Book Club meeting tomorrow night with Sandi and Nikki to discuss “Eat Pray Love.” Should be a good time.

One thought on “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.

  1. I got my bands soldered pre-wedding. It took about three or four days, but now I never have to be without them again! I suggest pre-wedding for this reason. :)Yay for Book Club tomorrow night!

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