Saturday, July 21, 2007
It's raining here again. Seems like that is the look of summer. At least the rain was more like a misting the entire time I was out for today's long run. I knew that I wouldn't be pushing any kind of speed because I had done that yesterday, and my legs were tired.
I got out at 9:10 and wierd stuff...that is the distance I ran today: 9.10 miles. Woahhh....how about that for a cosmic tilt thingy??!! Anyway, I'm pleased to have done that many because it's the longest I've done for a month.
I chose the more rural route for my run and it did my soul good. No high traffic areas for about half the run so I soaked in the rural feel of where I was. The tress, the fields, cows, sheep, the streams on the road! I like being out in that type of environment at times, rather than running along the busy 2 lanes I so often find myself on. It seems I have more time to think and just hear my breathing, look around me, and listen to a bit more relaxing podcasts, than my fast paced music.
Today was to be that kind of day....relax! Geezeee how often I forget to do that. I hurry and rush about with out sometimes taking a breath for ME. Yep, there are so many things that I enjoy doing that I have found have been shelved. Time to look a bit more closely at how I use my time so that I DO make some time for me, not just on the weekend, but every day. A goal worth setting for myself starting today! So that is what that extra extra long hot soak in the tub was about. Not just to soothe my very tired body, but my tired mind, soul and spirit as well. Aaahhh...it felt so good I think I took a nap!!
Now..on to three more things I like about me (for my diva challenge in camp)
1. When I stretch I can touch beyond touching my toes.
2. I am patient even when I don't want to be.
3. I know how to keep a confidence.
It is a good day. And I am glad I am making it so.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Oops...seems like Thursday flew past without me putting in three things. I guess that means I'll be doubleing up today.
Six things....gotta think a bit. Ok...
1. I'm a grandmother of two beautiful little girls
2. I don't look like a grandmother of 2 little girls.
3. I like to look on the bright side of things.
that's the three for Thursday..now on to the 3 for 20 July:
1. my fashion sense has steadily improved
2. I drink loads of water
3. I sew very well
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
What 3 things could I possiby like about me? That would have really been hard for me not too long ago. I have learned to like myself alot better.
It easier to find all those things I don't like but for this week, I'll focus on three things each day that I do like!!
1. my hair...the color is great and it is a very flattering style for me.
2. my legs, they are strong and the muslces are more defined because of my running.
3. my complexion...with all the water I drink it has a great glow about it. Nice and fresh looking.
Not bad for starters!
Monday, July 16, 2007
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
Now THAT is something to really think about. What is it that I repeatedly do? Does it speak of excellence? or does it speak of just doing?
What am I aming for? Am I aiming for excellence, or just getting by, of getting whatever I need to done, done?
I know that I am far far from a perfectionist, however, I will sometimes fall into the mind set of all or nothing. (see previous post). So here is where the self examination comes out again. What if, I repeatedly aim for excellence in what I do, it will become a habit says Aristotle. It won't be that once in awhile sought after thing, it will be a regular occurance.
So for today, there will be excellence. Because today is all I have.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
It's another wet, windy morning. Supposed to be summer, but I think it looks more like March or April. I can see the clouds moving quickly past and they look low. I'm thinking...do I REALLY want to go out in that? Don't I want to stay inside instead? I could crawl back into bed, take a nice nap and just do a by on the run.
See, that's my all or nothing attitude. I planned to run 10 miles for my long run. Looking out at the skies I am making up all kinds of excuses of why 10 miles is NOT a good number on a wet, rainy, wind blown day like today. The list of why not to run is getting to about my elbow, when my husband's voice nudges me out of my self indulgent attitude. He simply says, "why don't you just run less miles?" Geezeee...that is such a simple thought. Why didn't I think of that.
Because, I was in do the 10 or nothing mind set. I was focusing on all or not at all! Now what would be my reason to not get out there!? Nothing. I agreed with him, saw the wisdom in it and put aside mental elbow long list, and laced up.
I'm really glad that I did get out there. The rain had stopped, the wind was still brisk, but felt good, and the run went well. Along my route I came upon 2 other women who I had spoken with about a year ago out on another run. We were going in opposite directions but we stopped to talk. They had been in the Preston 10K on Sunday and remembered me from that and our previous run/talk. It was great learning that they both had run the London UK Marathon in April, were now both club members/committee members and were planning more races. It was like talking with old school mates after years of not seeing them. We were all running the same loop this morning and would pass again later on but we said we would just keep on running as to keep our momentum going.
If I had crawled back to sleep this morning I would have missed a wonderful chance encounter with two other running women. If I had kept that all 10 miles or no miles attitude I would have missed out on the 600 calorie expenditure, the feel good buzz feeling I still have hours after finishing and all that I saw and mentally captured while out on the road.
I'm glad I got out there and ran today.. I just feel better for it.
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