WP Daily Prompt: Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?
There are very few activities that put me in the zone. The one thing I can always rely on to give me a natural high is running.
I’ve been running since I was 9yrs old. I remember that when my mother used to send me to the store for something, I would start out walking and before I realize what I was doing I would be running to the store.
I’ve never been a fast runner, but I always liked distance running…on my own terms of course. In middle school ran on our track team and loved it. Like I said, I am not a fast runner, so when my coach put me in the short distance races, I hated it…my body refuses to run fast. In high school, I tried running cross country races, but didn’t like it because the coach had us running in the bitter cold and snow….no snow for me!
I finally hit upon my stride when I started running middle distance races. I ran my first 1/2 marathon in 2008. Sure, I like middle distance runs; however, I never thought I could last for 13.5miles. Well, after completing my first ½ marathon I was hooked. Since 2008, I’ve run five ½ marathons and I absolutely love it. I even love hitting the proverbial wall, which for me is between the 9-10mile markers. I love the challenge of pushing through the fatigue and completing the run.
When I had my knee surgery and could not run, it felt like my world was coming to an end. The doctor had the nerve to tell me that my running days were over. I looked at her like she had lost her mind. How dare she say that to me?
I even had a t-shirt printed with “Run For Life”. I run to reduce stress. I run for my sanity. I run for my life. I run because, you don’t want to be around me when I don’t . Hell, I run because it’s FUN!!
I am in the zone when I run and I can’t think of anything else that takes me to that High. When I’m in the zone I feel like I can run forever – I feel like I can conquer the world – I feel like everything is right in my world. There is no better feeling for me…dare I say, it’s even better than sex…at least for me.
Inspired by: Daily Post-In The Zone
WP Daily Prompt: Write about something you consider “ugly” — war, violence, failure, hatred — but try to find beauty, or a sense of hope, in your thoughts.
My son advanced to compete in a state level CrossFit competition. CrossFit consist of “constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity”. Any and everyone can take part in CrossFit, you just have to possess the determination to complete what you start.
I did a workout with the team, felt the burn (oh, did it ever burn), and made “ugly faces”, but afterwards I felt like I accomplished something. It’s hard work, but the silver lining in all this is….it is so worth it.
During the competition I saw the remnants of two Kettlebells laying on the ground, broken…how in the world do you break an all cast-iron Kettlebell? (picture included in collage)
Inspired by the Daily Post:Silver Lining
Silver Lining – http://rarasaur.wordpress.com/for-the-promptless/
Here is a small sample of what I have on my bedroom wall. I like to wake up and start my day with color and positive thoughts. Since I am renting and not allowed to paint the walls (probably a good thing since I like to change things quite frequently), I decided to have color through pictures and posters that moves me. Because I am easily bored looking at the same thing everyday, I decided to laminate the images so it’s easier to move them around or change them out (don’t have to worry about wrinkling or tearing). Moving them around/change them out gives me new perspectives of what I am viewing.