101 in 1001 6 Month Update

Happy Monday!  I hope you guys had a great weekend!  I’ve been meaning to do an update post on my 101 in 1001 list but I really wanted to wait until I could check one of the biggest goals off of the list which was running my first 10K.

I found it increasingly difficult to fit in workouts since having a baby
and considering we have a jogging stroller in our garage….well, why
not?  If I run, at least she’s with me and I’m not paying a babysitter
or using precious nap time to exercise.  I am by no means a runner and taking on this training program was a personal biggie for several reasons.  First, my Dad was a serious runner (clocked 40+ miles per week) while I was growing up.  I wanted to try it and see if I could have that same passion for running too!  Was loving running genetic?  I doubted it since every mile in the beginning felt like my legs were made of lead.  The day of the race I was nervous and giddy.  My personal goal was to run the entire way.  My nerves came from the fact that my husband and I had been up ALL night with our daughter the night before…could I run 6+ miles on no sleep?  Plus a 16 month deficit of not sleeping through the night? Yes.  My husband ran with me and my favorite part of the day was around mile 3 when he told me how proud he was of me for setting a goal, training to achieve it and then completing it.  There may or may not have been a tear or two on my end.

Six months after creating the 101 in 1001 list I’m about 1/4 of the way through my goals and let me tell you, nothing feels better than crossing an item off of my virtual list!  My good friend and career mentor Alison said to me this week, “It’s one thing to create the list.  That’s the easy part.  The challenge is in the execution.” That statement holds true whether you’re training to climb Mount Everest or committing to sleep train your baby.  Executing and following through is really hard at times. However, when you cross the finish line, reach the peak or sleep for 7 hours straight you will be forever changed by the fact that you proved to yourself that you had the grit, will and discipline to carry it through! Have a great week and thank you so much for following along!

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