Proud

Tonight at the gym, I had one mission. I wanted to get in an “easy three” before my half marathon on Saturday. But, that plan failed miserably. The plan quickly turned into an “easy five” run and I just kind of … ran. It wasn’t a fartlek, sprint or training run, but a simple run. A mind clearing run. The kind of run where I end up talking to myself and run things out.

I plugged my iPod into the treadmill (my favorite feature at PF) and just lost myself in the music. I really love these kind of runs. I normally do these runs outside, but get me started on how much I hate running with snow and ice on the ground. But, I really need and rely on these kind of runs to renew and reenergize me. Otherwise I don’t know how or why I’d ever want to attempt to run 180 races.

One thing I love doing on these runs is to just set the iPod on random and just go. About a third of the way into my run Heather Small’s “Proud” aka the old Biggest Loser theme song came on. I love this song. I don’t care how cliche it might be for a fat kid turned skinny to like it. I do. It’s very fitting for my journey. It begs you to be accountable every day and to make yourself proud of what you’ve done. It’s a song that truly challenges you to be better.

And, if you are wondering, yes … it also makes me cry. Then again, pretty much anything can make it cry (ie- supermarket grand openings, baby ducks swimming in a hurricane and/or finding peanut butter in my Nutella). Don’t worry, I didn’t sit there bawling on the treadmill in the middle of PF, but I definitely got a jolt of excited energy and ended up listening to the song on repeat for the last 15 minutes or so of my run.

Give the song a play and follow along with the lyrics. It’s a really inspirational song for anyone on any kind of journey not just a weight-loss or running one. It’s just so uplighting. I love it.

Enjoy.

Proud, Heather Small

I look into the window of my mind
Reflections of the fears I know I’ve left behind
So I step out of the ordinary, I can feel my soul ascending
I’m on my way, can’t stop me now and you can do the same, yeah

What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It’s never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?

You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Still so many answers I don’t know
(There are so many answers)
Realize that to question is how we grow
(To question is to grow)

So I step out of the ordinary
I can feel my soul ascending
I am on my way, can’t stop me now
You can do the same, yeah

What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It’s never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?

You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Yeah, we need a change
Yeah, do it today, yeah
I can feel my spirit rising

Change, yeah, we need a change
Yeah, so do it today, yeah
‘Cause I can see a clear horizon

What have you done today to make you feel proud?
(To make you feel proud, yeah)
(Let me hear ya, let me hear ya, let me hear ya)
So what have you done today to make you feel proud?

‘Cause you could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom

So what have you done today to make you feel proud?
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
(Yeah, let me hear ya, what have you done today)
(What have you done today)
What have you done today to make you feel proud?

You could be so many people?
Just make that break for freedom
So what have you done today to make you feel proud?

There are so many answers

Gosh, isn’t it good? You know you want to listen to the song again, huh? Careful, it is habit forming.

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