It feels like it’s been a long week, but at the same time … it’s already Friday!? Even with cross country out-of-the-way, I’m still as busy as ever. Meets have been replaced by having to play at basketball games for band, Saturday invites have become another band function, and daily practices? Well, I guess I still run everyday after school so nothing has changed there! Tomorrow is the city of Montesano’s Festival of Lights parade. It happens every winter near the beginning of December, and rain or shine … I get to march with the band. Of course it’s Washington, so it will be pouring down rain as we march through the streets. Supposed to be cold, too! So excited. But at least the fire department has a chowder feed before I have to go march … there’s always a positive!
Since last weekend I took two days off and didn’t get to enjoy my usual Saturday long run, tomorrow I plan on waking bright an early to get in a 7 miler. The past four weeks, I’ve been trying to come back slowly and gradually start running the mileage I was before cross country during the off-season. That being so, this will be my farthest run in over a month. Crazy stuff! I’m excited to get back into good enough shape to start running some of the runs I haven’t been able to do though.
One of the things I really wanted to share was what kept me going on a tough run the other day … one of the football cheerleaders’ cheers. For some reason I got it stuck in my head and like a mantra, it pushed me to finish my run strong and put me in a good mood no matter the horrible weather I had to run in. My chin went numb from the cold, and even though I wore layers and a hat, I was soaked. Again, have to love Washington weather sometimes! Anyway, here’s the cheer that kept me going and even today, is still stuck in my head. Feel free to say it out loud, too! Sure, you might get a few weird looks, but oh well. ;-)
T – R – U
T – R – U – C – K
KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ ALL THE WAY!
From there, you repeat the cheer as many times as you want. For me? I chanted this out loud and in my head for a good 2.5 miles or so. It made for a good end to my run and when I finally got done, I couldn’t help but laugh at how silly it all was! Just a typical run in the life of Gabby for you. ;-)
Today was a half-day at school, and we had our talent show for an hour of the four we were there. Talk about a pointless day! You won’t hear me complaining though! I’m going to use the rest of my day (and the short break we’re having from the rain!) to go for a short run, lift some weights, and get ready for Boys’ Buff Volleyball tonight. A bunch of uncoordinated high school guys in weird outfits attempting to play volleyball as a fundraiser for Foodbowl? Sounds good to me!
I hope you all have a good rest of your Friday and a great weekend!
Keep on truckin’!
Until next time,