I really enjoy getting out early for a weekend run. There's not many folks about and you see and can experience the most amazing things... if you are open to them.
I've had many animal encounters on my running roads, here are just a few:
and this one:
and how about these?
Those were all great, but I have to admit that my best animal encounter took place while I was out on a tribute run to my father this past Sunday morning 17 June 2012.
I was at about mile 2.5 and running along a main road with fields along side. I could see ahead on the right side a group of about 30 cows watching me approach. I slowed down as to not scare them off. As I got closer I started talking to them.
To my pleasant surprise, they started to walk towards me but keeping their distance, all but one. She almost acted as the spokescow and walked right up to me. She was cautious of course but very curious and wanted to find out what I was.
I slowly outstretched my hand and her rough tongue licked first my salty hand, and then my jacket. She repeated this several times with the other cows pressing in closer.
We continued our "conversation" for at least five minutes with their soft brown eyes starring into my eyes. It was so emotional even with the couple of cars passing by. I so wished someone I knew would pass with a camera to catch the entire scene.
Snapped back to reality I had to finish my run. I told the "ladies" that if they wanted they could come and run with me...as I resumed running. To my wonderful surprise, they did indeed join in. You would think they were horses!!! It was fantastic. Disappointingly they could only go a short distance due to the trees blocking the route to the adjoining field.
My encounter left me with a spring to my step and a smile and light heart that carried me home. Here's just a very small portion of the "group photo" of that day!
(gotta love it)!
I made the commitment today, and signed up for the 2012 Oct 14 race!!
Look out number 11!! (I had to back out of doing any races these past 3 months due to injury so really pleased to be able to sign up for this one.)
There are other races and lots of training to get me to that....but planning is essential! Here's to keeping race ready!!
THIS IS A GAME AND I'M GOING TO WIN!
I really love that quote. I read it on a blog and it stuck!
I've been a part of this game for a long time....and I've had ups and downs. I've had a season or two that have not been good ones, where I've suffered setbacks and other seasons where I've risen to the challenge of the time.
I've got my game face on this round, and I'm going to win. Positive thinking is going to be my main tool. I'm looking at this game as what to do for my health. I know there will be benefits to my entire body when I focus on my health. So here are the areas I intend to focus on this round, for my health:
1. Keep my sodium LOW
a. cut down on the hot chocolate to no more than 1 every other day/less is better.
b. limit sea salt on food at the table
c. find no salt versions of foods I currently buy (salmon, bullion, etc) If I can't
find them then I won't buy them
2. MOVE/set up an exercise routine
a. do intervals 3x/week
b. 6 min no excuse workout 3x/week
c. boxing on Sats with 6 min/workout
d. ST on thur/boxing
e. increase my running as my leg mends so I can resume a running program
f. be flexible
a. be consistent in getting a set lights out time
b. need at least 7 hours a night
1. Weekdays: 10:30 latest
2. WED: 9:30 (if getting up for gym at 4:30)
3. FRI/SAT: 11:00 latest
c. remember that I feel good when I am well rested
a. find activities that are ME time
1. cross stitch
b. Meditate/inspirational time
5 Eat to WIN
a. plan food ahead/log
b. keep to approx 1600 calories of clean eating food
c. prepared food in low calorie methods
d. be accountable
It's another waypoint to the London Olympics....100 DAYS!
I can't even imagine how hard the olympic athletes are going to train during these next three plus months. All I can do is look at what I am going to do!!
I have been injured these past 5 weeks and have had to pull out of planned races! A half and a full marathon that I so wanted to do. Goals I had set for myself have had to be changed and rethought. I don't give up easily....but I feel that because of this injury my body is slowing down.
It's a mind game. A game that I am going to WIN! It's not about letting the thinking of I can't run stop me. Yes I have had to limit my cardio and even some of my ST, but I never have truly stopped. I don't want to go back there, to where I was before....lethargic, mind fogged, squeezing into my clothes and worried about if anything would fit.
So this is MY 100 day plan....
1. Plan my food weekly (keep within range)
2. Log my food daily
3. Plan my exercise weekly
4. Log my exercise daily
5. Drink at least 8 glasses of water
6. Get at least 7 hours sleep
This is my KISS plan. (Keep It Simple Sweetie)
I aim to see changes in these next 100 days and that is up to me. I plan to recover from my injury and run at least 5 races by the end of November!! I am seeing myself with the Preston Guild Race Series medal for accomplishing their "only once every 20 years series"!! I will make it an OLYMPIC year!!!