For my 25th Year Challenge, I wanted to incorporate some kind of fitness and health activity. I have always enjoyed being active (minus that 8 month summer in Arizona!) and outdoors. I love the feeling of a long day spent outside and coming home to slightly pink cheeks and new freckles on my skin. Living here in San Diego has provided us countless opportunities to be outside a lot & exercising. A walk on the bay, a bike ride on the board walk, or even walking the hilly zoo has us out and about about 4-5 days a week. This past weekend, Derek and I decided to reward our good behavior of exercising with some new work out clothes and signing up for a race. At first, Derek had this look in his eyes of, "Let's run a MARATHON!" Woah, boy. Simmer down. We then jumped down to a 5K. "Yeah, that sounds more like it!" we thought. The next day, we found a race that corresponds with the McKenzie family reunion in Idaho this July and told the family we would be running. We were excited, and then the comments started. "Do the 10K with us! It's not much farther! We did it last year!" So, of course.... we get sucked in. We started thinking along those lines. "Yeah, we can do this. We've got this. We are strong!" Well, that was a week ago. Are we a little sore? Yep. Is it hard? You betcha. Do we want to quit? Sometimes. But the great thing about this is, we are learning and growing. SLOWLY. But still learning and growing. Just like the race of life, sometimes we have to give ourselves those little pep talks.
"I can do this. I've got this. I am strong."