Sometimes I get hair-brained ideas, like texting my Mom and asking her if she wanted to run the 1/2 marathon with me…cause that’s normal 🙂 I blame this all on Miz.
My mom, we call her MaMa-n, will be guest posting EVERY week up until the Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon in December in Las Vegas! Her is a little glimpse into what is getting her motivated..and I LOVE it!
“Building a Solid Foundation for Transformation” ~MaMa-n
On Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 8:50pm the foundation of my life changed.
My cell phone chirped the arrival of a text message. I was in the midst of a kitchen project but dropped what I was doing to see who was texting me this late at night. It was from my daughter Michelle who offered the first inspirational block in what would be a new foundation for my life.
Her message posed this challenge, “Do you want to come and run a half marathon with me in Vegas? Dec 5th?”
I’m an extremely spontaneous person and without hesitation I texted back, “Count me in! A marathon would be an awesome goal!”
Within seconds, I had accepted the first step in my transformation.
My heart began to race in excitement and a rush of adrenaline pulsed through my veins as I embraced the idea of the journey ahead. A 5 month journey experienced by a mom and daughter living over 9,200 miles apart and who would come together in the crescendo of a half marathon.
I am 48 and could definitely stand to lose some weight. My challenge ahead was to build and keep in motion the foundation Michelle began for me. This was just the motivator I was looking for!
While the last thing I need is another pair of running shoes, I knew a new pair marking the start of training for the marathon was in order. I am now the proud owner of Brooks Ghost 3 running shoes.
When I got home, I read the inside of the shoe which says, “run with the ghost.” I saw this as symbolic of Michelle. While she is not physically with me over the next 5 months, every time I put my running shoes on and train for our mutual goal, I know she is with me in spirit. (that made me cry)
The next building block of the foundation is my fitness journal.
After a bit of research I chose to follow Jeff Galloway’s conditioning and half marathon training program. I mapped the program out with what I need to do at a minimum everyday to prepare myself physically for the race. I also use the journal as a way to capture motivational sayings that I come across in my readings. I will jot the saying down a few days out and then when that day arrives I am once again inspired by the thought. A recent favorite:
“Look upon activity not as something you have to do but rather as a fleeting opportunity to give your body a gift. Get it when you can.” The Paleo Diet, Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
My fitness journal also serves as a place to write reflections of the day and maybe pick one thing I wish would have done better and develop a goal for achievement the next day. All training goals met each day are delightfully marked with yellow highlighter.
The journal is an integral part of my day.
I take it with me everywhere. It is a constant physical reminder of my goals, motivation, and progress towards building a solid foundation for transformation.
What tools do you use to build a solid foundation for success?
~Mish & MaMa-n