Friday, November 23, 2012
I am finally coming to the conclusion that some of the things "real runners" talk about apply to *me*. For example, while I might have felt a little sheepish wearing the compression sleeves on my calves, they seem to have helped. Not much after effects from the HM last Sunday, day of, day after, or during the week, despite being cooped up for a long drive.
And the photos on MIRAGE727's blog showed I looked good in them, too. Kind of like a horse with stockings. So... they were a win.
Second win: GU! Surprise, surprise. They were passing out single serving 100 calories of GU at mile 8 of the HM route. I took a chocolate one and devoured it... like eating frosting, people... YUM! But more importantly, I had the energy to finish the race, feeling strong. So... nutrition *during* an endurance run, important, even for aging athletes (yes, I used that term for me - athlete!) like ME.
What I said I was most proud of was that we ran the race we planned to run. For me this is something that seems to happen when I run with a buddy. So, Marsha, thanks for being there and keeping me honest. The PR was just gravy. Doing it with one another, finishing strong, with those smiles on our faces, upright, and wanting to do it again? That's what it's all about.
That's being a "real runner".
Take life day by day. Live fully. LIFE deserves it, and so do YOU! Spark on!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
This is a new 60 year old. On her birthday. In a bathing suit. On a beach. With the Gulf of Mexico stretching out behind the guy who was kind enough to snap the photo.
This is said 60 year old the last day she could call herself 59. But taken where you can see the gulf behind me, by DEBRA0818. What a great day that was.
Speaking of DEBRA0818, here I am with her, and I got to hold Edison (a charming canine).
Here are the two Spark friends (SLENDERELLA61 is on the right) who hatched a plot a year ago to run together. And it ended up being this incredible nine day road trip that I gave myself as a birthday present.
This is the abandoned dog I wrote about yesterday morning. So sad.
So those are the photos I'm putting in the blog for now. I really wanted to write about some of the insights of travel. One of the nice things about driving is that it gives me time to talk to myself and be quiet, away from anything other than having to keep me and Dexter safe on the road.
Home again late this afternoon, I am again a coiled spring... NEED to move. We shall see what that translates into in terms of tomorrow's activity. One advantage: no big turkey dinner, or pumpkin pie tempations!
Hope all my Spark friends had a great Thanksgiving... with focus on the Thanks... because we all have *something* to be grateful for, and many of us have a great deal to be grateful for. As I was counting my blessings on the drive today, I had to put health at the top. How well the body has responded to good nutrition and activity has blown me away.
Bless each and every one of you. Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
ONEKIDSMOM doing pushups in the room... I can't remember why? Maybe SLENDERELLA61 does... why did I do that set of pushups? Was I down there to examine the carpet & just did it? LOL... one of the "benefits" of ageing up is that one forgets more of the motivations of silliness and just is amused. And one of the benefits of being fit is that you can do those silly things "just because".
Example: ONEKIDSMOM doing bicep curls with a 10 pound bag of ice while waiting in line to pay for it. The other customers and the convenience store employee probably thought I was losing it.
ONEKIDSMOM being followed by a dog at one Florida rest area that seemed to have NO human attached. Poor thing. But obviously I could not take it with me.
Today I shall drive across Mississippi and Arkansas on my way home. More adventures. May your day and mine be smooth sailing, safe travelings and wise choices.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
I used to have this really fit friend. She taught aerobics at the Y. We took a trip together relatively regularly. She could NOT sit in a car for very long without getting fidgity and uncomfortable. I did not get it then... I'd been "trained" by the way my dad traveled!
Guess what? I'm her now!
I was on the road before 6 Eastern time. Stopped several times to walk around a rest area, fuel up, bathroom break, or get more coffee. By 2 p.m., when the sign at the side of the road pointed to Gulf Islands National Coast? Yep, Dexter was tired of my whining and headed straight for the exit. We ended up at Pensacola Beach. A kindly gent, walking in the surf, volunteered to snap my picture to prove I was there. As with all the photos from this trip, it will have to wait until I get home to show up here.
Speaking of home, as soon as I got off the beach, I decided I've got what I needed from this trip, and I'd like Scotty to beam me up. Unfortunately, I drove. So... I told the GPS to take me home... and it proceeded to drag me through Alabama and into Mississippi on the way. For a bit there, it was pretty well off the beaten track, but fortunately it came out at a point that was good for a stop. After a good night's sleep, I'll see how far I get tomorrow.
In the end, I'm grateful the weather has been so good for this trip. And while I may whine a bit about vehicle jail, I think I'm learning the ropes of the exercise yard available. And healthy choices for food? I packed a car full, and have been using it.
Monday, November 19, 2012
It's November, nearing Thanksgiving, and what better time to work "pilgrim" into a blog? OK, tongue in cheek, but as I drove South (farther from home and turkey dinner potential) this morning, it was something I needed to do... like a pilgrimage.
You see I started reading blogs by this amazing woman two Sparknames back. She seems to have wormed her way inside my mind, already. Like me, she blogs to keep herself motivated. So, since I was in Florida anyway, I drove on down to meet Debra0818, 3 hours further down the road.
It was the perfect thing to do. We sat and chatted like the friends we have become through blogging, filling in the blanks that don't always make it into writing. And I got to hold and pet Edison, and get my doggie-fix. I've been pursuing canines all trip long, this one was ready to jump in my lap and make himself at home. If you've been over to Debra's blog you've already seen the snapshot.
I'll have another to add when I get home. Debra snapped one of me with my jeans rolled up and my shoes off, with MY camera. Feet in the gulf on a beach near where she lives. It was the perfect day, neither too hot nor too cold. And watching those perfect waves lapping in... well, remember I live over a thousand miles from a coast. This truly was soul-filling.
Between meeting so many committed Sparkers and hugging a cousin I hadn't seen in person in 22 years... and touring the Dali art museum (Marsha and I took that in the day before the race), this Spark "notion" (see, MsLizzy, I WAS paying attention) of going to do this one half marathon has multiplied into a great vacation.
Seeing and appreciating people is something we all need. Which brings me to the homing instinct... my kid sis is hosting a Thanksgiving meal. I might make it back if I drive long days tomorrow and the next day. But... not at the risk of driving drowsy. So I'm now in for the night, and decisions about route (scenic versus quick) will wait for tomorrow.
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