Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Today I went for a nice easy 7.65 mile run. It was humid, but not too hot. I did lots of sweating anyway, but it wasn't bad.
After that the day became frustrating. Insurance companies, people that were rude, college student loans, family members sleeping on my couch, etc.
There is more, but I need to remind myself that MOST of life is "good." Sometimes it's hard not to think that most humans are just plain idiots and that everyday life just isn't fair. I know this is a little harsh, but uh!
That's another reason Spark and all of you mean so much to me. You all GET IT! There is no judgement. There is no taking things for granted. There is only appreciation and thanks.
We know how it is and how it feels. We share the frustration and we share the "glory." We simply get it! Together we can make ourselves better and this world better. Keep spreading the spark, friends. Keep spreading the spark!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Last night a friend of mine told me that I was "aging younger." What she meant by that is, as I get older I actually look and act younger. Part of this is due to Spark and being committed to getting healthy and staying healthy.
The other side of that is being true to myself. When we try to act a certain way, be someone we aren't or just ignore the person that we are meant to be, we are cheating ourselves and those around us.
I believe that we are each meant for a purpose. What that is we may or may not ever really know. That's ok. We just need to be us. Some of us are made to be outspoken, some quieter, some are athletic, some are artistic, some love people, some love animals, etc. We ALL have value and are LOVED! Each of us are somebody's "someone."
We just need to value and love ourselves! Here's to aging younger!
Monday, July 21, 2014
The day after my 1/2 marathon I feel pretty good. I did my "normal" Sunday routine which may have helped. I did some work at the barn for an hour or so and took the dog for his walk. I'm a little stiff and my legs are complaining a little, but to be honest, I like that feeling.
Strange to like being sore? To me it's proof that I put it "out there" during the race. I am learning that time doesn't matter, but the effort does. Some runs will be faster and others will be slower and it's all ok. The main thing is that we are out moving!!
Another great thing about yesterday was meeting the people. I really enjoyed getting to know my Canal Run friend. I probably will never see her again, but the camaraderie we had will remain with me forever. I love hearing the cheers for those that are finishers. That is the most IMPORTANT thing....finishing. I know that I will always finish.
Keep moving today but, stay cool if you are in the Midwest! It's going to be a HOT one today!
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I ran the Canal Run in Hancock, MI yesterday. It was a beautiful run with trees, the canal, a wide variety of houses, and a nice overcast sky. A lot of cool things to look at during the run.
Most of the run was a nice gentle downhill grade. The very beginning was a nice downhill run, but the last 1.5 miles was just the opposite. A "gentle" uphill grade to the finish line. That "gentle hill" was quite challenging and I wasn't the only one that thought so.
I ended up running a 2:03 and was second in my age group! I chatted and got to know the lady that was third in my age group quite well after the race. It was really fun. (The lady that got first in our age group came in 5th overall and ran it in 1:42. Impressive!)
My new Canal Run friend is doing a run in every state. At least that's her goal. More power to her! We shared some of the runs we've done and just had a nice time supporting each other after the run and during the award ceremony. I'll post pics later.
I was really pleased with my time! Not a personal best, but a great time for the course. I'm probably will never beat my first time of 1:55 and that's ok with me. (It was a very cool day with a perfectly flat, yes perfectly flat course.) My body is holding up pretty well and if a slower time means I can keep running, then that's what I'll do. I ran MY race and it was a good one.
I hope everyone is happy and able to do what they love. Happy moving!
Friday, July 18, 2014
Today was a pretty low key day. A walk with the dog, mindful eating without obsessing about calories, and a little last minute Yooper food.
Tomorrow is my next HM. We drove the route and it is beautiful! It should be a nice run with lots of scenery to look at. Then, it's in the car for the 13 hour drive home.
Here's to happy running!
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