Small Success Thursday: A Little Something for Everyone Edition

Welcome to Small Success Thursday, hosted by CatholicMom.com! Today’s the day we stop and realize that we’re making it after all. (Insert Mary Tyler Moore theme-song here!)

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Sometimes I feel like it’s a real struggle to come up with any successes. But the last two weeks have had a few good ones for my family and for me.

First, and most importantly, my older daughter finished her research paper (and all the editing that went with it) and submitted it. It was a persuasion piece on bias in the media against the Catholic Church. I’m going to ask her permission to share it here, footnotes and all, because I’m really proud of her for what she did. She found the bias, then countered it, and worked to draw her readers towards countering the bias by looking at some non-mainstream sources for information on the Church, what She teaches, and what is going on within Her.

My younger daughter started her solo work for tap. She saved up money over the last year or so in order to pay for the private classes, and began work this week. We’re really proud of her, and it’ll be exciting to see her go out on stage in May and perform. This child, mind you, needed nearly 4 years to even talk comfortably to other girls in her class, and 2 years ago shuddered at the very idea that she might perform a solo or duo or trio.

I haven’t been running as much as I did over the Summer, but I had two big milestones in the last two weeks. First, last week I went running with Nathan in our neighborhood. I was pulling together my iPhone and headphones when he said, “What if we ran without technology today? Just go and run.” Since I haven’t really done that, I wasn’t really sure I’d like it. After all, when you don’t do that, you sort of have to chat with your running partner, and when I run, I tend to be very out of breath.

Or at least I was out of breath. I had been spending my runs working on my breathing — really focusing on it — so that I wasn’t panting like an asthmatic cat. So I agreed, and we started up our hill. My only request was that we walk all the way to the top (half a mile) before we started running. Then, I said, to make up for it, we’d just run the bottom half of the hill at the end of the run.

Guess what? I was able to talk to Nathan the entire run!! We chatted about stuff, commented on the deer we saw while we were out, talked about the construction on the school that we could see from one of the streets.

I didn’t used to be able to talk to someone while walking up the hill. I couldn’t keep a 20:00 pace on the hill without stopping to rest. I certainly couldn’t run 2.5 miles at all, let alone while chit-chatting!!

It was a big day for me.

The other running success I had was yesterday, when I took the same route (alone, with headphones this time), and ran the last .2 miles of the hill, then all around the rest of the route, adding jaunts into most of the cul-de-sacs along the way! And I felt so awesome! Not only that, I got a new personal record on my 1 mile pace!

It’s good to know that muscle memory really does apply when you take a week off running completely, which I had done due to some muscle pain in my calf and knee. (For my fellow runners, don’t worry — I felt just fine during and after the run. In fact, I felt better after the run than I had for a long while! The rest was good for me!)

Be sure to check out the other Small Success posts at the link-up on CatholicMom.com today!

2 thoughts on “Small Success Thursday: A Little Something for Everyone Edition

  1. Nice job on all that running, and all the confidence-building you have done for your daughters! I cannot possibly work in a workout on days I sub unless I want to get up before 5 AM…and that just isn’t practical if I want to stay awake until 3!

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  2. I absolutely love reading about your running successes! Some of our family takes part in an every-other-year Nutcracker performance, and my exercise has been dancing with my husband. It feels so good to be doing something I love and working up a sweat. So glad you are taking that time for yourself!

    I would love to read your daughter’s insights on media bias against the Church. It drives me batty! I have a daughter who loves dancing, and tap is her true passion. We hope to find some sort of summer tap intensive program that isn’t too expensive over the next year or so.

    Have a great week!

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