WOOT! Before I start a-rambling, let me just announce that I ran 8 miles this morning and I'm on cloud nine! That is the farthest I have ever run and it felt fantastic. I wore my new SparkleSkirt and it fit like a dream. I'm going to have to buy stock or something because I can see my skirt collection growing. Here's a pic of it from after my run when I was sitting on my driveway, trying to grasp that I just ran 8 miles straight.
So, I don't know if I have shared this in my blog before, but about 3 years ago when I first started to take up running again, I had a bad experience. I don't want to drag out the whole story, but basically, I was fairly overweight and running along with earbuds in, but turned down so I could hear. Two grown men (at a bus stop with their children, no less) made fun of me as I ran by, calling me jiggly. It hurt. bad. I cried and then I got angry. It pushed me once all was said and done, to show them that I could do this.
Fast forward to this morning, years later, and I'm running along when a car drives by with the windows open and they were laughing and saying something about me as they drove by. My reaction? I LAUGHED. No, I really did. I laughed at the ridiculousness of it and then smiled at the first thing that I thought. The first thing I thought was that I could bet any amount of money that they couldn't run 8 miles! (I'm positive of this only b/c what runner would laugh and make fun of another runner?!? Wouldn't happen.)
When I got to my last mile and started to pick up the pace, one of my favorite Ed Sheeran songs came on. If you don't know who Ed Sheeran is, you are missing out. This guy is a poet. He writes all his own songs, no autotune, plays the guitar and when we saw him in concert, he blew us away. He just came out on stage, nothing extra, and was this amazing ginger-haired guy with so much talent, it oozed from him. Savannah says she's going to marry him and I gave my permission...even though she's just 12. LOL. Most of his songs are slow ballads, but this one is not and I love running to it. This morning it took on a new meaning in that last mile. I thought about how I wasn't bothered by the people in the car laughing at me b/c I honestly LOVE myself and I don't NEED their approval anymore. I don't need them...but I think they may need me.
(to make themselves feel better)
(Ed is only in the very end of the video, he usually only plays a small cameo in his videos)
I'm sure I'll be flying on this runner's high the rest of the day! This is what succeeding at 8 miles and truly being proud of yourself and accomplishments looked like on me this morning:
Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! Anyone else plan to do a long run? I know you DDD runners have some long runs coming up before you have to taper! Have you ever found yourself empowered by something that previously crushed you? Do you know who Ed Sheeran is? (I'm asking for Savannah who will be sorely disappointed in all of you if you don't!) LOL