Earned It

You know that feeling after a full day of manual labor? Or a new exercise routine that you aren’t use to? That feeling when you have to request assistance in order to put on a t-shirt or tie your shoes? That is the feeling I have today. I woke up this morning so sore that I could barely roll over. Do you know what I love? The feeling of being sore. It means that I worked hard. Sore muscles gives me a feeling of accomplishment. Like I earned the pain.

Yesterday, I gave up in the gym early. I still got a good work out in but I could have done more.

Today, I got a message from my dad to help fuel my motivation.

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Let me tell you something about my dad. He is a BADASS. He runs 7 miles for fun. He is in his 50’s and still runs marathons, multiple marathons per year. Its what he does. I remember being a kid and bringing roses to him at the Rose Marathon. Its tradition, every year we cheer him on at the Twin Cities marathon. For years I have wanted to run with my dad. I’m still no good at it, but for a couple years now, we have run the Warrior’s Dash – semi together – as a family. Maybe some day I will actually be able to run next to him! Last year my WD time was at 65 minutes. Not ideal. I’m looking forward to running it again this summer after actually training.

Warrior Dash is a 5k in MN that takes place on ski hills – not exactly a quick, easy 5k when you are running up and down giant hills but still could be completed in a much smaller time.

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My dad, my sister and me at the TC Marathon this year.

I was athletic when I was younger – soccer, gymnastics, dance – but I never made it long, I quit a lot. I did play basketball for years and was actually not half bad at it. I stopped all athletics when I was in high school and focused on other things. I never got back into being athletic. I have tried work out regimes a couple of times throughout my adult life and never had success. I am hoping that this time, given the success of my 5 week strong paleo-mission, I will be more successful in the gym as well!

So to follow in the footsteps of my badass dad.. I am going to be an athlete for the first time in my life.

#herestogoals and #mybadassdad

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