Sunday, March 6, 2011

I Want It All

I hate to admit it, but I skipped my run on Friday because I was too into reading The Hunger Games. Pretty pathetic hu? My other excuse is that I had to get all ready in the morning to go watch Ethan sing at his school, and I never feel like working out once I've gotten ready for the day. Sad hu?

Anyway, I finished that dang book Friday night so I was all ready go to Saturday morning. It was a nice day, 39 degrees so I got to run outside and I just barely needed a jacket. I was actually hot half-way through.

I needed to run 4 miles, but I couldn't find the Garmin so I just ran to a spot I knew was 2 miles away. It's where I usually take my long runs so that was fitting since this was my long run for the week. I haven't ran up there since that last horrible long run where I had such a hard time and didn't know why. Well, now we know why (I was pregnant!) so I don't feel so bad about it.

I didn't even wear my watch because I didn't want to worry about time or anything, I just wanted to run. But I did look at the clock on the stove right before I walked out the door and it said 8:35.

I had to run up a pretty steep hill just before my turn around, and I did walk for a minute. It was hard. I really like running up to those hills, but the biggest problem with it is that I sometimes have to stop at the longest light in the world. Actually 2 of them. And sometimes there's a train I have to stop for too.

There was no train today, but I did have to stop for the light both ways.

The last mile is always hard for me, and I think it's a mental thing because once I get across the train tracks I feel like I'm almost home, but I really still have one more mile. I tried to ignore that today, and the last song that came on before I got home was I Want It All by Queen and it really helped me push through.

Here are the lyrics:

Adventure seeker on an empty street,
Just an alley creeper, light on his feet
A young fighter screaming, with no time for doubt
With the pain and anger can't see a way out,
It ain't much I'm asking, I heard him say,
Gotta find me a future move out of my way,
I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now,
I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now,

Listen all you people, come gather round
I gotta get me a game plan, gotta shake you to the ground
Just give me what I know is mine,
People do you hear me, just give me the sign,
It ain't much I'm asking, if you want the truth
Here's to the future for the dreams of youth,
I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now,
I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now,

I'm a man with a one track mind,
So much to do in one life time (people do you hear me)
Not a man for compromise and where's and why's and living lies
So I'm living it all, yes I'm living it all,
And I'm giving it all, and I'm giving it all,
It ain't much I'm asking, if you want the truth,
Here's to the future, hear the cry of youth,
I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now,
I want it all, I want it all, I want it all, and I want it now,
This song makes me think about how if you "want it all" then you've got to get out there and work for it. If you want to run a marathon, (or a half marathon) or finish an Ironman or whatever it is you want to do, you've got to put the time and effort in to make it possible.

I got home, took a few minutes to stretch outside, then went in. Pete asked me how long it took me, and I looked at the clock right as it turned to 9:14! I was like, "WHAT?!" That made me feel good for the rest of the day that I ran 4 miles in less than 39 minutes, and that's counting walking for a minute, stopping for that light twice, and stretching!

Later that day, I was just watching youtube videos with Pete and he put this one on: Patrick Stump - "Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)"

I didn't embed this video because it gets cut off, but you've got to go watch it. I didn't know what was up with the dog until Elle pointed out that he's missing a leg.

It's funny how sometimes when you're thinking about something, everything seems to relate to that thing. I thought this video went along perfectly with what I was already thinking about during my run. To me, the message of this video is that you need to find something you like to do and get really good at it. It doesn't matter what it is, it could be twirling pencils or doing backflips on a pogo-stick (amazing!), or you could be like the dog with one leg (My kids' favorite) who has the odds against him to be able to run and still do it because you love it so much! I just love how excited that dog is to start running. I'm going to have to add this song to my running playlist.

What songs do you have that help motivate you and get you through that last mile on your long runs?

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