She IS quite inspiring: she just ran the 35 mile Georgia Jewel trail run - read about it here on her blog Fat Girl Running.
But my immediate reaction to the article was wow do I ever need to stop making excuses about my running. By the end of the article I realized the difference between Mirna and me is that she realizes the limitations brought on by her weight but doesn't let them stop her from doing the thing she loves - distance running.
So now I have to admit it has made this chubby, middle aged lady do a lot of thinking about getting back into some distance running, accepting my current limitations and not worrying about whether or not I'll ever run a 9 minute mile again.
Still it has been quite some time since I've run anything over 5-6 miles that I need to figure out how to ease myself back towards longer distances and just what that would mean at my current weight/pace.
Definitely a lot to think about.
Although I knew it was raining (after months of no rain we are expecting 5-6 days straight of rain), I wanted to make sure I had dressed right to go out to the treadmill for my run this morning, so as I sipped my coffee I grabbed my phone and looked at my Weather Channel app. What is wrong with this picture? Seriously, I kept my shorts and tee on, never mind that "feel like" temp.
One speech in particular has had me doing some deep thinking. For months before the actual test, Vince - a forty-something year old man, was posting on Facebook every single day, "I am a commitment to earn my second degree black belt." Every time I saw that sentence I wanted to correct it to "I am committed" but he's British so I thought maybe that was some colloquial thing and I let it go.