Monday, November 05, 2007
I love the Lake District of England!! Saturday 3 November gave me another chance to run a trail race in this fantastic place. I had never been to Ullswater in Cumbria and this was well worth the 90 mile drive.
The day was a perfect November morning with leaves of gold, flames, and evergreen pine around. The motorway up to Penrith was clear and the views were beautiful and a forward to what was waiting. I always enjoy seeing the wind farm visible from the road! So cool to see these giant pinwheel blades spinning like a misplaced giant child's toy.
The turn off to the A road was easy to find and we were gifted with view after view that I just was wowed by. Snaped as many pics as I could and then we arrived near the finish. Once organized and changed, it was a short walk to the lakesite field where I picked up my number and where all the competators would board a classic steamer boat to take us down lake to the official start. SO cool!!!
At the other side of the lake it was all off and quick instructions given and off we went! What a trail!! It was almost uphill immediatly. I was going at my own pace and not knowing what to expect I took it carefully.
The trail was rocky underfoot and I was constantly watching my footing. It was a 12K (8 miles actually) distance but very decieving due to the 3 uphills, one I thought the marshal was joking about when I saw how steep it was.
The views are pictures in my mind that I hope to be able to capture on film one day. From various points along the trail I could see the Lake and the additional steamer boats bringing more racers for their staggered start times.
From the 10K mark it was finally an open grass decent to the farm gate, the road out to the main road, then .3mile to the finish field. I ran with my heart and although I was tired I was elated to have the energy and stamina to finish with a great run in.
My wonderful husband, cheerleader, photographer, and all around great guy, caught this snap of me as I ran across the finish line with a time of 2:06:59! I'm already looking forward to next spring for the start of the 2008 Lakeland Trail series events! (more pics to follow on my other blog)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
How to measure achievements? How to feel like I am getting someplace? What do I feel like when I only use one form of standardÖthe scale and it doesnít reflect a downward slide?
If I was to only use the scale to mark my ďsuccessĒ with becoming a healthier person I would really get upset. And when I DO use just the scale I DO get disappointed. I really wish I lost weight quickly and consistently, but with my health issues the reality is I donít. I loose weight at a snailís pace and I can put it back on like a jet plane.
Therefore, I need to look someplace else than the scale to measure my ďachievementĒ. Just this week Iíve been noticing these even more. When I put on that great leather belt with the fancy buckle, I will need to put a new hole in it to have it fit me properly. It's doesn't have any more to use.
With the colder weather I put on a running jacket that I havenít worn since the early spring, and it fits so much better at the hipline. (I remember when I first bought that jacket 3 years ago, it was very snug at the hip and the only way I could wear it was to open the side zippers at the mesh inset to allow me extra room, now I donít need to do that.)
The gold wrist bracelets are looser and can even slide off without being unfastened.
I enjoy my running and have noticed that my speed has increased with the races I have taken part in this year; in fact I have been pleased with the several personal best times I have achieved. My breathing while out running seems almost effortless at times. The hill repeats that I challenge myself with are enabling me to run better.
Itís a good thing that I sew and have a sewing machine because when Iput a skirt on that I havenít worn since last winter, I am going to need to take the waist in at least 2 inches! (right now the safety pin is holding it together!)
When I look at pictures of myself from just over this year, I see a dramatic change. There is a glow that radiates from a more toned face and body. I donít even need to take my measurements, because I know without numbers, that I am achieving.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Why do I do what I do? Why am I determined to be a healthier me. Why do put my body through the miles and miles of training for running the various races I run? Why do I choose not to eat certain things?
I am selfish, that's why!
I want to be around for as long as I can. I want to feel the wind on my face and see mountains, and valleys, and hot air balloons. I want to run lakeside trails, paved streets, rural rambling roads and I want to test my abilities to see what I am capable of. I want to see my grandchildren have children.
I want to hear my children tell me of their achievements and dreams. I want to feel the electricity of their joy, give them hugs when they need them. Be a shoulder, and a friend to those I meet. I want to let people know that someone is there for them and remind them how fantastic they are.
I want to sit and listen to my husband play his guitar and hear the stories of what life was like for him growing up an ocean away from me. I want to enjoy his company for years and years and years.
Yes, I am selfish, and that is why I do what I do. I want every bit of life that I can get. I want to wring it dry and then pull every bit of moisture that is left out with my mouth. I want my passing to be like a sonic boom! I'm leaving this place with vapour trails and burning tire tracks. I'm not going quietly. Nope...I'm leaving a legacy that will continue. I'm making the most of everything that is given to me. Grabbing on with both hands and yelling a loud YEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
What does that word bring to the mind. I close my eyes and I see someone standing proud and tall, shoulders back, eyes penetrating, focused, concentrating. There is an energy from every fiber of their being. They are ready, anxious, but quietly confident. No need to speak loudly, they know, they have a peace, an energy, a strength.
The warrior is poised and can move in a whisper.
There have been times that I have entered into that warrior mode. The picture I have chosen is one of those times. Even though two years have passed since, I can recall the concentration, the energy, the determination to finish that race in a record time and with power and energy blazing from my feet. I was assured that I could do the task at hand. No questions, no doubt, no fear!
Yes, I DID do a record time and I savoured the entire experience. So I will bring that warrior out again this Saturday when I run another Half Marathon. This will be a race that I will be running on my own course, in my own area. It will be up to me to stay motivated, focused, determined. I can call upon that warrior within me at any time and when I do, I am empowered!
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