Saturday, December 06, 2014
Sometimes everything just comes together at once.
This morning was our town’s annual Christmas Classic 5K. I run it every year along with about 70 members of our church. DH even participates. He’s part of our walking contingent. His stated goal is to finish ahead the ambulance and not in it.
We’ve been called the “runningest church in town” and this race is part of our “Health and Holiness” Ministry. Our church also happens to be right on the race route so we’re a logical place for a water stop.
Sadly, this week our oldest Deacon died and today was his funeral. The family didn’t want to impact our running tradition. Many of them had participated in the race in the past. So the service was scheduled for 10:30. The race was at 8:30 with the kids’ fun run at 9:45.
So this is my day so far.
I got to the race in time for our group picture at 8:00. At the 8:30 start there was a light drizzle, but not bad since the temperature was in the 40s. I talked to the woman I call the “Energizer Bunny” because she just keeps going and going and going – downhill, uphill, doesn’t matter. I on the other hand am defeated by hills and always walk up at least part of them.
My goal was to stay with her as long as I could and at least keep her in sight.
Today I hung with her for 2 miles, but she finished stronger, 25 seconds ahead of me. I did a 31:06. Darn it, I wanted a 30. So she got 2nd in our age group and I was 3rd. One of those “youngsters” just turning 65 got 1st. This is a tough course & even with my walking, it was my 2nd best time ever on that course.
My DD, Sparker Hayburner1969 won her 45-49 age group with a 24:04 and raced off to change for the funeral. She’s our Music Minister, pianist and soloist. I followed soon after since I sing in the choir. Fortunately, we can shower and change real fast.
The funeral was beautiful and moving. Deacon Ray touched many lives in his 80+ years on this earth. The music was perfect. Running this morning didn’t impact DD’s “Ave Maria” at all. The duet and trio were amazing. What a fitting celebration of a wonderful life.
Next on the schedule is our town’s Christmas Parade at 4. Two of my grandchildren will be marching with their HS Band.
Tonight my choral society has their #1 Christmas Concert. I have to be at rehearsal at 6
Maybe I should take a nap?
I see that it’s raining harder now which will postpone the parade until tomorrow at 4.
While I appreciate the break today, I have our 2nd choral concert tomorrow, also at 4. Darn conflict! I wanted to see the kids.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Friday’s run was the perfect storm. It started as a routine practice run. My only goal was to run up that last hill on the 5k course that always defeats me. Usually I check my watch and decide there won’t be much difference if I take a 1 minute walk break even though I’m .3 miles from the finish.
I surprised myself that I was keeping a great pace and felt good going up that last hill.
No problem, right?
At that point I met 3 people walking a large dog. I do not have a good running history with dogs, even “friendly” ones. So I swerved to the right to give myself a lot of space between me and them.
Unfortunately, I was on the only patch of gravel on the entire route. I am NOT a trail runner. I need good solid ground, preferably flat.
Down I went! Hands outstretched and took it on the chin. Both palms are bruised and scrapped. My chin is black and blue. My bottom teeth sheared off the enamel on the back of my 2 top teeth and chipped a corner of one. I will need some dental work, either bonding or a cap according to the dentist I called. Strangely, my nose is bruised in 2 places too. I don’t even remember it hitting the ground.
This morning I look like I’ve been in a fight.
Now I really feel like an oddball.
It’s not that I don’t care about my appearance or the potential cost of the dental work.
I’m thankful I didn’t break a bone and or need stitches.
I’m glad I didn’t fall on my knees or hurt a hip or damage some other lower joint that impacts mobility.
I went for a walk, did some low impact aerobics and weights and feel OK.
I’m hoping to tackle the same route next Saturday for our town’s annual 5K race and stay upright.
My front teeth were never all that attractive anyway. Maybe, a cap will be an improvement?
The people stopped to help me and walked with me back to my car.
The man said “you must be OK because I can’t keep up with you.” LOL
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
It was right at the end of my driveway. That prompted a change of running route. I watched with neighbors for a while then ran in the opposite direction. I returned in time to see it proceeding on its way.
There it goes!
The house was on a farm behind us which will now become a housing development. Many neighbors opposed the rezoning, but it’s OK with me. If some earlier farmer hadn’t sold his land, MY house wouldn’t be here. So, I’ll graciously welcome the newcomers.
Monday, November 24, 2014
I was lucky to see a “passing” grade. On the scoreboard you would have to scroll 50 to 80 pages to find my name.
I persisted for quite a long time. I know I could have googled the information before answering a question, but it was a personal choice to see what I knew on my own.
I drifted away and gave it up for a few years.
Then in September a spark friend invited me back.
I’m a much better student now with my monthly score hovering around 90%
However, just like a high school or college student whose GPA continues to reflect a slow start, my all time score is stuck at ‘C’ level.
My data driven mind has just computed that I need to get the next 23 questions right to raise my all time score 1 percentage point (75% to 76%).
Strangely, I don’t mind. My improvement shows that I’ve learned a lot just being connected to Spark People. It also validates the power of persistence.
Persistence in following the plan, continuing to try and just plain hanging in there.
Weight loss, maintenance, exercise streaks, nutrition goals, learning new information – whatever your goals – just hang in there.
Note: Here’s my original blog from October 14, 2012
and thanks to SunnyWBL for the invitation that got me back on track.
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