A New Beginning

January 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Attitude, blogging, Change, Goals, Happiness | Leave a comment

It’s been nearly 3 years since I wrote in my blog, far too long.  Truthfully, my life was so chaotic that I found it difficult to write about anything.  But it’s the beginning of a new year and a beginning of a new book for me, the book of joy.  This year I am dedicating every cell of my being to finding joy.  That doesn’t mean finding wealth or finding herds of friends.  To me, finding joy means digging deep within my heart and seeking that missing piece that I’ve wasted so many years pursuing.  I’m realizing that I need to let down the curtains that have hidden my feelings and be vulnerable; I need to open up myself to God’s purpose for me.

This blog will continue to be about my training adventures but it will also include my endeavors toward finding joy.  That’s my most important goal in 2013…find joy and shine it brightly for all to see.

This song spoke to me, changed me, broke me.  Maybe it will speak to you.

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Skinny Again and Running like Crazy

June 11, 2008 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Attitude, running, speed work, weight | 3 Comments

Just a quick update on the weight issue.  I’m happy to report that I’ve lost 6 lbs. already and I’m feeling fit and thin.  (Thank God!)  The trick was cutting out the junk and sticking to my usual healthy diet.  Trust me, I didn’t deprive myself of food, but, instead, ate foods that count nutritionally.

I’ve also been working hard on my running, even with the temps soaring into the mid 90s.  Now, when the thermometer says 85° at 8:00 in the morning, you must adjust your speed and drink lots and lots of water.  In fact, Sunday I ran a little 5k at my YMCA and the temperature was 87° at 9:00.  Needless to say, my time was slow but I still managed to place 2nd in my age group and 6th woman overall.  After the race I ran finished my long run, logging a total of 13 miles for the day.  But I ran very, very slowly and drank lots and lots of water.  I can’t stress strongly enough the importance of hydrating in the heat and humidity!

I’ve also been incorporating more speed work into my running routine.  Speed work not only helps you run a little faster, it also burns more calories than an easy run.  However, I know that I can’t make everyday hard (neither should you!), so I’ve been careful to alternate the hard workouts with easy, short runs.

Physically, I’m feeling great.  Now I just need to improve my attitude!

 

Always Thankful

March 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Attitude, Early morning run, Marathon training | 5 Comments

Lately I’ve been thinking that gratitude is a choice.  Really, if I set my mind on negativity, it’s so difficult to be thankful.  But doesn’t it always seem to be easier to see what’s wrong in life than it is to focus on what’s right?  Peace appears to be a direct result of gratitude; therefore, I’m really trying to plant thoughts of thanksgiving in my brain while weeding out the negativity.

Take yesterday morning as a very superficial example (I say superficial because, really, folks, there’s so much more to life than running).  I woke up at 4:25, as I had planned, to run my 17 miles.  My initial thought was, “Oh man, I just want to go back to sleep – I don’t want to do this!”  Immediately, I recognized the impact my thoughts could have; namely, no run and then self-loathing for being lazy.  So, I switched my attitude and thought, “Well, it will be great to get some fresh air this morning, especially with few people on the road.”

So, I set out for my long run just before 5:00 am.  Running easy for the first 14 miles allowed me to notice much more of my surroundings.  I counted 7 deer along my route, took note of the dawn, focused on the feeling of snow against my skin (yes, it snowed here yesterday morning).  Since I was getting tired and needed to run the final 3 miles faster, I used my mental energy to charge my run at that point. 

When I finished my run I made note of the peace I felt.  Again, I was thankful that I’d done it.  In fact, I’m always thankful for running after I run.

The point is simple.  I’ve never met a person that hasn’t claimed to want a life filled with peace (myself included).  Ever striving to find peace forces me to analyze the steps necessary to obtaining it.  I think gratitude is the beginning.  Letting go of negativity may be the next step, but I’m not sure.

Running with Thanksgiving

November 21, 2007 at 3:16 am | Posted in Attitude, Gratitude, Racing, running | 1 Comment

Ahhhh, the holidays! Or is it, “Arrgghh! The Holidays!”  While driving home from choir practice tonight I began thinking about all I had to do to prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I immediately felt queasy and started to itch.  Holidays (especially Christmas) can be expensive, exhausting, and filled with tension and pressure.  That is, if we allow them to be. 

Really, the choice is ours.  Is it more important to stay up late to make one more batch of cookies than it is to get a decent night’s sleep and enjoy a serene winter morning run?  I’ve come to the conclusion that when I take good care of my physical and emotional health, those closest to me benefit from my well-being.  (A happy mom makes for a happy home!)

With Thanksgiving only 2 days away and lots and lots of cooking staring me in the face, I’ve decided to relax and chip away at it bit-by-bit.  I will not sacrifice my run for sake of baking one more pie.  Instead, I’ll go for my early morning run and list all of the people for whom I am thankful. While I run through my list, I’ll think about very specific reasons I am thankful for these individuals.

Fellow blogging running friends, I am so thankful for you.  These past several months I’ve really enjoyed reading your blogs and getting to know you.  Thank you for the concern you’ve shown me throughout my injury, and for all of the kind emails and comments you’ve sent my way.  Truly, I look forward to hearing what you have to say each and every day.

As you prepare to run your local Turkey Trot, may you experience the love and support of a wonderful community of humans who happen to enjoy traveling by foot.  I’ll be cheering you on in Rochester, NY!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Count Down – 3 Days ’til Richmond

November 8, 2007 at 2:58 am | Posted in Attitude, Focus, Marathon training | 1 Comment

YIKES!  Only three days to go until my legs have to run 26.2!  I must begin focusing my mind on the positives.  Prior to my injury, I worked like a beast, completing at least 5 – 19 or longer mile runs.  I ran hill repeat after hill repeat and track workout after track workout.  My body just couldn’t have lost a significant amount of fitness over past 3 to 4 weeks, could it??

My mental focus for today is, “Life’s only limitations are those you set upon yourself, for as long as you strive hard enough anything is achievable.”Chad Williams

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