August. I’m seriously over you

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Oh its been exciting.  Don’t get me wrong.  August you have brought all kinds of fun and excitement.  But what you are still bringing, that I am not liking, is really hot temperatures.  And its my blog and I can whine if I want to.  I.  Hate. Heat. Maybe I should say hot temperatures.  In the summer.  Give me the heat of a fire on a dark, cold, day.  December, I miss you.  See you soon.

Remember when I said this blog was going to be about family, food, and fitness?  This one is is about fitness, or the lack thereof.  So move along to The Pioneer Woman if you want a food blog.  I don’t think I’ve done a food blog yet.  GASP!

So because I am trying so hard to actually do what I say I’m going to do, (Its a struggle sometimes, well, most of the time.  I get a star for admitting it), I had to go outside for a run today.  If I’m going to run that Tulsa Half Marathon like I’ve been saying for the past 3 years, (did I just admit that?), then I had to actually get out and run, during week 2 of the training schedule.  I had to run in the 79 degree heat.  With 81% humidity.  For more than 30 minutes.  I started out strong.  I was saying “Good Morning” to the couple reading their newspaper in their driveway, I jumped over puddles instead of running around them.  I even sang out loud with Taylor about how much trouble he is.  What was I worried about?  Then the lady from Runkeeper said my time, which I am not divulging, and that I had gone 1 mile.  It was all down hill from there.  The guy who was mowing the schools lawn flicked all kinds of dirt in my eyes, I’m pretty sure everyone within a 2 streets could hear my very loud huffing and puffing, and it became a serious mental game.  But I was going to win dangit.  And I did.  I was red faced, drenched in my own sweat, and seriously annoyed, but I won.

This is what I figured out.  I don’t like being uncomfortable.  It was only for 40 minutes.  I have a lot more than 40 minutes in my day.  But I sure don’t like being uncomfortable any of those minutes.   The truth is, sometimes, you have to be uncomfortable to see any sort of growth in your life.  Whether that be fitness, socially, professionally, and probably more importantly, spiritually.  You seriously never see better, if you don’t push yourself past familiar.  So here is your Just Finish Strong challenge of the day or week or month.  I dare you to push yourself to uncomfortable, in the name of being, doing, or living better.  And if you do, I want to hear about it.  Because I’ll likely need your motivation next week.  During week 3 training.

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