I have to say that I am not one to jump on every band wagon that comes along, that stuff drives me crazy. However, as a runner and human being that was deeply saddened by what happened on Monday, I felt obligated. Because I still can.
I went out to run the first miles of my 26.2 miles for Boston this morning and it is a cloudy dreary day. I guess that fits the mood. I began thinking about what happened and how many people's lives are now drastically altered because of this senseless act. We will never understand what makes some people do such horrific things to other human beings.
Someone asked me if I still want to run a half-marathon. My response is that I am more determined now then ever to run a half this year. I hate when it takes such negative occurrences to bring people together, it shouldn't be this way. But I guess that is part of human nature and at least we can come together.
Anyway, as I started my run it began to drizzle and I thought of "Tears from Heaven".
Heaven weeps above the Earth......
What are we doing to ourselves?
I beg you, Please go out today and do something positive to make a difference and counter act this terrible act of violence. Even if the best you can do is smile at a stranger, do it today.
Just quickly want to share part of a conversation between my son and I as we were wogging this afternoon. Our most convenient exercise route from home is a long uphill climb from our house to the nearest town. I was admiring the way the road sort of curves and ripples its steep way uphill to town. I think it really is a pretty route but it is a killer of a steep hill. I said that out loud and my son's response was "It's not a killer. It's a builder." I said "Wow, I like that. Can I use it?"
I just love the twist that it gives on the route. I am building strength, endurance, stamina and self-esteem every time that I conquer that hill!
It's all a matter of how you look at it and what words you use to make it work for you!
Go find your hill and conquer it. It's not a killer, it's a builder!
Really did I just say "Icing on the cake"? How about "Sunshine on the hike"? Yeah that sounds a lot better.
I organized two hikes over the past 4 days and the first one was not through Spark, the second was. The first one, we were just yakking along enjoying the weather and the hike when we discovered we had something besides hiking in common. YES!!!! "I am a Sparker too!!!" We had a really nice hike and saw lot's of Spring signs. "Let's do this again." YES!!!
The second one was with a fellow Sparker that I have hiked with before and it was great to see her again. We had a great hike with awesome temperatures, wonderful views and lot's of yakking. (I'm starting to wonder if I'm in it for the hike or just doing it to yak. I love hearing other people's stories.)
Anyway, I love when my online Sparkfriends become real life friends. I get so much out of Spark and I really have enjoyed the way Spark has enhanced my health and well being. I would love to believe that I can and would do this without Spark. I have found so much inspiration, education and motivation through all of you that I don't want to do it without Spark. (Oh geez, some times I think I sound like a Spark Commercial or something) Who cares!!!????
Thank you All!!!! Together we can do it!!! Keep Sparking!!!
I can almost live with it because I didn't feel like I was dying afterwards. Yes!
Some of you are aware that my asthma has been an issue for me all winter long and I have struggled with my running. It has been drastically cut because I just can't catch my breath. I have continued hiking and walking as I love doing those activities also. I have always been a walker and until 3 1/2 years ago it was my exercise of choice.
I am not going give up on running just yet. I am persistent and keep reading and searching for any tips that will help me run and breathe at the same time. One of the tips that I have found is to really pay attention to my breathing and breathe deeply into my stomach. By really focusing on my breathing I can control it better.
I also have pretty much come to the realization that like it or not, I need to use my inhaler BEFORE I run. I will be much more successful if I try to prevent the attack.
The other thing I have to accept and this is a biggie, is that if my breathing is getting too labored, I must stop running and walk until I catch my breath. I am finding that if I stop running before the breathing is out of control I have a much better chance of running farther without too many problems. I've had a problem with this in the past. "If I don't run the whole time I am a failure" Even when I know that I should stop and walk, I sometimes battle with myself because I want to run the whole way.
I am hoping that with Spring I will begin to breathe better when I run and perhaps not need the inhaler so often. I have come so far in my health and I kept thinking that I could go even farther. I have done things that I would have never thought I would ever do much less want to do.
I guess the bottom line is that I may not be where I want to be in my health and fitness but I am so grateful that I am not where I used to be. I am also proud of myself because I have not let any little stone in my path be a reason to quit. One of my favorite quotes is "Do not let what you cannot do stand in the way of what you can do". I hope that I always remember that and always find a way to do what I can do.
Today I went 4 1/2 miles in 60 minutes. I have done much better time in the past, but today it is what I can do and I did it!
Okay everyone, Winter is about to take it's last breath. Spring and Winter will have one last battle the next couple of days. I guarantee that Spring will triumph and come out with the last and final punch. I do not need that stinking Ground Hog to tell me this. I have consulted with Mother Nature on this myself and she agrees. Ha, ha!