Friday, May 29, 2009
In my mind I've had to have a bit of a sit down and re-examine things. In three days I was supposed to start marathon training. With the injury from last Sunday, that will be postponed till the swelling in my foot and soreness goes down.
Perhaps this time to reflect on where I have come from will be give me a better look at where I am headed.
I am on the brink, the edge of another year of running. This time5 years ago I started with the Cancer Research's Race For Life and have gone on from there. 4 years ago I ran my first half marathon, 3 years ago my first marathon, 2 years ago my 3rd marathon, 1 year ago my 4th and now I am going to be getting ready to train for my 6th! I do count my running years from June to June. It's my measuring stick for my progress.
But my life is not just about running, it's about responsibilities, family, relationships, and being a good animal. Of taking care of what has been entrusted to me. There are times I take better care of myself than other times. I follow the guidelines put before me without any deviation, and other times I attempt to step out on my own. It's then that I am reminded that standing on the brink of something by myself can be very difficult. That means I am trying to break the winds against me with no help, to keep my balance alone through the storm.
So it is now when I put my hand out and reach for you with skin to support, suggest, encourage and hold the light for me. And I also reach with my heart and spirit to that which gives me life and breath for the path I am to walk. I am on the brink of something new every single day and I am thankful.
Monday, May 25, 2009
The weather is glorious this weekend and a perfect incentive to get out and about especially with the dogs. Hubby and I decided to head out over to Pendle Hill for a bit of a hike and introduce Jessie (our 5 y/o poodle) to the location.
The views of the Ribble Valley below and the alternate views on the other side were fantastic. We took lots of photos during the 1.5 miles up the steep incline before starting our descent.
We had gone about 2/3 of the way down when next thing I realized the ground was coming to meet me in the face! I had caught my ankle on the uneven ground and fell landing on my left hip! OUCH! My right ankle was hurting as well as my pride. Graham was ahead of me and when he saw me laying on the ground he was shocked.
Helping me to my feet I was holding back tears as I was not only startled but hurting. I carefully made my way down the remaining part of the hill to the car being extra careful not to injure myself any further.
Glad to have some ibuprofen in the car I took some and we drove home. Using the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method of recovery I am so looking forward to my ankle getting back to normal. Marathon training is planned to start in just a short week.
Today, Monday I have a compression sock on my foot, elevating it and using the ice. So on this amazing sunny, warmest day of the year so far, I'm stuck taking it easy. Oh and of course, it may rain tomorrow!! BLAHHHHHH!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Determination, frustration, commitment, fatigue, perseverance, disappointment, resiliency... Add to that a bit of stubbornness and that's my mind set for the most part. Just as the words go up and down so does my day to day journey. Life is NOT an even flatline! It's the continual rhythm of an ebb and flow, a fading from light to night or of a clock's pendulum's back and forth sway.
Remembering this and applying it to my life journey makes a whole lotta sense for my physical, mental and emotional health. My days are going to be the "good and the bad" the "up and the down", the sunshine and black clouds. Just expect that to happen and when it does, it won't seem so out of place.
So like today, when I'm torn between staying in and getting the stack of paperwork trimmed down, or going out on a windy, coolish and partly sunny afternoon for at least a 4 mile run I can expect that. So this is when I turn to the voice telling me to stay in and get caught up (somewhat) on my paperwork, housework, correspondence, hobbies...and on and on... that all those things will still be there when I return, and that's ok. However, the sunshine and today will only last a short time and play time is important.
PS (I got that run in and feel great that I took the time to go, and yep, all that work is still waiting, and it looks like rain)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Kick start, jump start, kick butt, just do it, etc!!
Are you ready? set? GO!!
Phrases to get the mind in gear to get the body moving or even to get the mind moving. After all, when the mind moves, the body if given enough motivation, WILL follow.
That is where I am today. My mind is kick starting my body. It's motivating me to see there are things in my "long enough life" that I am taking aim at! It is a resurgence, a renaissance of movement, a cascading of the spring thaw to the mountain snow left dormant over the cold and freezing winter months. It's a free flowing of activity and focus.
I needed a bit of time in my cocoon of preparation, my own "fortress of solitude" to bring me to the radiant sunlight of today. The realization that I want more of life than where I have curled myself up for the past 5 months!
Huddling on my own is over. Over is excuse making, goal setting is in full swing. I have decided on a fall marathon and it's one of the "big ones"... Berlin! Yes I am excited, I am formulating my plans. I have put pencil to paper and words to monitor. September 20 I hit the asphalt of Berlin and before that the roads and trails of NW England. I know what it takes to prepare for this type event... I've done it 5 times already.
So here I will put down my thoughts for the 5 months that await me. My focus will be to prepare myself, mentally, physically, and spiritually for the days, weeks and months ahead. Once again I thank all who I have met on this site that have been voices behind my monitor to urge me on. I hope that I can count on you to spur me on once again. My hand is out to you and together we are gonna kick some serious asphalt!!.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Time to resurface, to uncover myself from all that has gone on before
Time to not let what has gone on before keep me from what can go on now.
These past 3 months have been so very intense for me with the course work that engulfed my mind, my time, my life. I have competed the course, but won't find out if I passed until June. I'm not dwelling on how I did because there is nothing I can do about that. The test papers were turned in and now it's time to focus on some other things...like getting back to committing to taking care of me.
I found out that I don't do more than one major project at a time. If I attempt to spread myself too thin over a range of things, I don't do well at any. So with the course work put aside, I can now resume my running to the level I have missed, I can get back to the spark teams that mean the most to me, and I can once again re-examine my health issues.
It's time to dig deep inside and find the enthusiasm I had a year ago, to find a direction that I want to put these feet towards. I'm not signed up yet for a marathon later this year, but that is a goal to check off my list within the remainder of this month.
It's time to realize that this is Not a quick fix, it's a slow burn. It will take time to accomplish the goals I am setting. It will take take patience, determination, dedication. I have the time for those. Thank you for taking the time to read this, it's a precious commodity, and I value you for giving me some of yours.
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