EVERY CHALLENGE ENDS IN A POSITIVE OUTCOME FOR ME!

What have I gotten myself into this time?

PHOTO CREDIT: Diana Busby,
What have I gotten myself into this time?

While I was making a comment over at Loud Waterfall Photography, I got to thinking about the topic. The month of June has been a month of challenges for me, both personally and professionally.

I signed up to blog every day for 30 days.

I signed up for a 4 week course on writing for magazines.

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Linda Formichelli

Write For Magazines

I challenged myself to train for the Golden Olympics.

IMAGE CREDIT: Courtesy of Warner Robins Patriot Newspaper

What am I thinking? With my current 5k time, I couldn’t meet the minimum requirement for an 80 year old, much less someone my own age. No disrespect intended to anyone in your 80’s; you inspire me.

I challenged myself to a 30 day AB workout… that I’ve yet to start…

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I used to have abs like that… and I will again.

And finally, I’ve challenged myself to earn more as a writer by sending out 30 query letters in 30 days with Mridu Khullar Relph.

My realization is that although these challenges are quite difficult to maintain, I don’t think I’ve ever felt more ALIVE!

2013 04 02 The Color Run, Hampton, GA

PHOTO CREDIT: Brandy Busby

In an article by Sophie Lizard at Be a Freelance Blogger, I found a quote that I’ve repeated often since reading her post.

“Confidence comes from action.”

What action have you taken today to make your life better? Share your experience here.

Lessons Learned from Experience

At the beginning of 2013, I decided that I will start to fulfill a long time goal of running 5k races. My younger daughter and I entered our first race together in January. The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, in Downtown, Atlanta.

Excited to be able to complete my first 5k, especially with my running partner.

Excited to be able to complete my first 5k, especially with my running partner.

I had great intentions of training every day, building my stamina and making a great showing in my first ever 5k. HA!

The fact is I got out and “trained” about three times the week before the race.That means I walked 90% of the time and ran the rest, sometimes.

During the race, I had to walk up the hills. Going downhill seemed easy at first, but then toward the 2 mile mark, it seemed if I started running, I would pick up too much speed and then the fear of rolling down the rest of the hill caused me to walk again.

I didn’t come in last in my age group (50-54), but I was about 300 runners away from first. It was embarrassing, but I finished. We had some great refreshments afterward: hot chocolate, fudge, chocolate covered pretzels, bananas, and a free hoodie.

Despite the goodies, my body reminded me a couple days later that I was out of shape. My calves and thighs were on fire. I tried several remedies for the soreness, but nothing helped except to rest. I swore I wouldn’t let that happen again

My next race, The Color Run, in Hampton, GA. was a race around Atlanta Motor Speedway, not on the track, but around the outside wall. This one was totally for the fun of it. Every 1/2 mile or so we runners were doused with packets of powder in a rainbow of colors. It was somewhat hazardous to your health if you suffer from respiratory issues, but other than that, crazy fun, especially the after party.

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So I’ve learned to have fun when I run, but I’ve also learned that training (even when you are only running for fun) is important to keep that youthful feeling all year.

What lessons have you learned from your adventures? I’d love to read your comments.