Saturday, August 25, 2007

Is it really Saturday?

I know, you're expecting an update on today's team run. Well, I'm at work...alone (although, that's quite another story) so I wasn't able to join the team for the weekly run. In fact, I'll be missing 2 weeks in a row since I'll be out of town next weekend. (I'm helping my sister move to LA; it's gonna be great!) In the meantime, I'm working a 10 day week and hoping I can find the energy and drive to complete all my training in the midst of this insanity. This means I MUST complete today's 8 miles on a treadmill when I get home from work. And I gotta tell ya, after the morning I've had, that does not sound at all enticing. Anybody have any motivating tidbits to offer?

By the way, you may have noticed that I never document my times for these run/walk distances. And I never will. So for those waiting to find out how long it takes me to complete 26.2 miles, I'm sorry to disappoint you. My goal is simply to complete the mileage in the allotted time...whick is approx. 7.5 hours with the early start. I'm not a runner. Maybe someday I will be a runner but for now, I'm a person putting one foot in front of the other, sometimes a bit faster, somtimes a bit slower.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Beer and Cupcakes

At some point in the 18th mile of my training this morning, I began singing "18 bottles of beer on the wall, 18 bottles of beer, take one down, pass it around..." You get the idea. And don't worry, I wasn't singing it out loud for all the world to hear and therefore, be concerned about my psychological state. When you're out on trail for hours by yourself, it's interesting to see what thoughts pass through your mind. I'm not sure what it means that "18 bottles of beer" came to minde but it made me laugh and gave me the extra energy and motivation to complete 18 beers, I mean, miles.

Some of us chose to start the morning at 5:00 while others began at 6:00. Starting earlier was great because it was much better training weather. The only negative is that there were many moments where I was running in pure darkness. A little spooky. Once again, the first 10 miles felt great and the last 8 were pretty tough. By the last 4 miles, I was reminding myself that all I had to do was put one foot in front of the other. When simplified to that level, it seemed possible even though every bone and muscle in my body was aching. When I finished, I realized I had completed this 18 miles in less time than the 16 miles two weeks ago! This was good news, good news indeed.

To celebrate this achievement, my friend, Rania, and I patronized a shop I've been eyeing for months now. Baby Cakes is a locally owned cupcake shop which sounded like heaven to me. I ordered their most popular cupcake, the red velvet, and Rania chose the strawberry. We sat on a wooden bench outside the charming shop and giggled like little girls as we enjoyed our scrumptious treats. What a divine Saturday afternoon activity. I am a happy girl.

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Thank you Joel Limpic and Dave and Jill Humes for your very generous donations made this week! I am so grateful for your support and encouragement. I couldn't do this without all the people that have made contributions, given encouragement, coached me, and participated as teammates. Together, we've reached 55% of my financial commitment and 18 miles of my physical commitment! October 21st will be here before we know it. Thanks, everyone.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Short Long Run

It's another Saturday morning and another team run completed. Today's distance= 8 miles. Short. Well, short in comparison to last week's 16 miles. Thankfully, we started at 6am so we were done before it got too hot. Can you believe I am saying "thankfully, we started at 6am" on a Saturday morning?! Yes, that's just how unbearably hot it has been all week and will continue to be this week.

Anyway, I usually have my cell phone with me but accidentally left it in the car this morning. I don't own a watch so I use it mostly for time. Jen started the run with me but unfortunately, she had to cut her run short due to an injury. (Hope you heal quickly & feel better soon!) I felt a little lost not knowing what time it was and I was concerned that I was having a particularly slow day. I was pleasantly surprised when I got to the finish and discovered I was a little faster than normal. Weird...good weird.

Funniest moment of the morning: I found myself, literally, in the middle of a boys high school track team practice not once but twice! Just me and 30 fourteen year-olds. It was hilarious.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Beauty in the everyday

I have spent the last couple years trying to intentionally see the beauty in life. It didn't take me long to discover that beauty surrounds me every day. I had no idea. It's now almost habit for me to take a look at my surroundings and take a mental picture of a striking tree, the face of an old man who's eyes have seen so much, a well-loved community garden, a child playing in a fountain finding relief from the heat, the interesting lines of a building or skyline, a tired mom waiting with me at a bus stop, colorful produce at the farmer's market, the eerie darkness of a stormy sky, or the simplicity of a clean kitchen.

Today, I stumbled across the blog of a former student. I knew her as a vibrant, passionate, intelligent, artistic, complex, free-spirited girl. She's still that girl, although, now a woman, wife and new mom. She values many of the same things and people she did as a high school student. There's something beautiful in that, in fact, there was always something about her that stood out. So, this afternoon, I find beauty in Aimee.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

i'm melting...

it's supposed to be a humid 100 degrees all week. marathon training, anyone? yikes!

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happy birthday, dad (yesterday) & mom (tomorrow)! i love you.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

survival of the fittest

Before my head hits the nearest pillow for a recovery nap, I thought I'd let you all know that I survived 16 miles today! I feel surprisingly good but talk to me tomorrow when walking might be an impossibility and we'll see if that statement still holds true. The first 10 miles felt good, miles 11-13 sucked and the last 3 miles got better the closer we got to the finish. Miles 11-13 were so difficult because it was a very humid 90 degrees and we were in direct sunlight. It was rough but we did it and we didn't even get lost!

I couldn't have done it without Jen & Theresa- thanks, ladies, you're fabulous! Another huge thank you goes to our coach, Doug, who graciously checked in with us throughout the course and provided much needed encouragement.

Well, my alarm sounded at 3am and again at 4:45am so I'm off to Never Never Land. Goodnight, all.