Happy Hump Day!!
Yesterday was Day 10 in my 48 Days To The Work You Love journey! It might seem like the days are off, but there isn’t a chapter for every day. Some days you work on questions and other things instead of actually reading the book. Just as a quick recap, I wanted to share a few highlights, then we’ll get back to our regularly scheduled program.
-“Identifying our inner gifts and talents and using them effectively in our work are critical components of our spiritual well-being.”
-“It is often in the midst of change and challenges that we find our true direction.”
-Having the ability to do a certain job doesn’t necessarily make it the best job for YOU.
-At some point, you need to figure out if you’re a Lion, Otter, Golden Retriever, or Beaver. If you’re curious what these mean, you can find them on page 77 if you have the book 🙂
-“If you can’t dream it, it won’t happen. Success doesn’t sneak up on us. It starts as a dream that we combine with a clear plan of action.”
-“I believe we need to carefully identify the special gifts God has given each of us and then be excellent in the use of those gifts.”
-“Employers don’t want generalists; they want people who know what their uniqueness is and are looking for opportunities that will alow them to use that uniqueness.”
Did any of these points strike a chord with you?
Last night I knew I needed to knock out a 4 mile run to keep up with the start of my training. I chose a route that I knew would be tough, especially having taken nearly 3-4 weeks off from serious running. The route starts out flat, then slightly uphill, then downhill, then mile 3 is almost ALL uphill, and mile 4 ‘bleh’ as well. I figured even if I didn’t stick to the pace I wanted, at least I was getting in my miles and actively working on getting my behind back in the shape it was in! Here are my times…you can guess where the uphill battle began.
HA. Mile 1 and 2 were GREAT. I was on track for the pace I had hoped for. And then…I hit the uphill, and I ran out of gas. Literally. There was nothing left in me. The blazing sun came out and my mind shut down. I had a hitch in my giddy-up. My go became a no-go. But you know what? I’m okay with that. Sometimes it just happens. I tried, and just kept going. Miles 3 and 4 became a run/walk effort, but it will only be easier next time. I blame my lack of running the past few weeks, an exhausted and stressed mind, a tired body from a poor night’s sleep, dehydration, and the heat. But really, I blame myself. It was a cruddy run, but I came back looking sweattastic and feeling like I had conquered the world, and that’s all that matters! It’s still pretty early on in my training so I’m not too worried about it. I can’t remember the last time I saw anything slower than a 9:30 on my garmin, but I’m not going to let it get to me!
Ever have a run like that?
When I got back, I took the Monster Truck for a ~mile walk to cool down. A dog’s life is so simple. Sleep, eat, play, repeat. And do all of the above while overly joyful.
I figure that by running hills, I’m only speeding up the process. Hills are great for improving cardio, right?? I did some brief research on the matter to find out the benefits of running hills. Here’s what I found:
-You can burn some serious extra calories!
-You build up your endurance and stamina. Think about it, you’re pushing your body to do something much harder than running on a flat surface, all while trying to maintain a similar pace. Then, when you’re back on a flat route, it will feel much easier, and your lungs won’t have to work as hard.
-Your overall speed will eventually increase because when you run hills you are forcing different muscles in your legs to work hard to fight the effects of gravity. This creates more power in your legs, which translates into being faster in general. Also, the muscles you use when running uphill are almost the same ones you use when you sprint.
-Your risk of injuries goes down.
-You boost your confidence. Running is a mind game, and when you can conquer hills successfully and feel good about yourself, your running will naturally improve!
So, is running hills good for you? Yes. Very much so!
Do you like running hills?
Before I sign off, Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers inspired me today to share some blog love! Below are a few blogs I’ve recently been loving, and think that you will love as well. Be sure to check them out! All of these girls are fantastic, and I love catching up on what they have to say!
Do you have a blog recommendation? If I should be following YOUR blog, leave me your bloglovin’ link!