Sunday, June 14, 2009
The weather was perfect for the 7K race yesterday afternoon - sunny, a little breezy, quite warm. The course is mostly through the woods so it was only intermittently hot. I pretty much ran my race and felt good all the way through. I finished two minutes faster than last year - not bad when you figure I'm about 9 pounds heavier than I was last year at this time. That would have been enough of a victory for me. A friend had come to cheer me on at the finish and we had made plans to have dinner afterward.
After a little recovery time, enjoying the beautiful day and the after-race atmosphere, I went and showered and got dressed. When I came out, the race organizers were just beginning the awards ceremony. We hadn't planned to hang around, but both my friend and I were curious to see the winners. I knew that I had placed third in my age group - the list was posted soon after the race was over - but had no idea that there were prizes for anything but the overall winners and first-placers. It soon became apparent that I was up for a prize! Woohoo! Look at this spiffy pair of "ergonomic" running socks I got. How cool is that?
Aging has its benefits - when you're still running (or running again like I am) at 57, there aren't a whole lot of ladies in your age group anymore (4 finishers in this race)! I do have to say that the number one in my age group finished WAY ahead of me. I did the run in 52:22 minutes and she finished in 33:00, very respectable for ANY age and 15th in a field of 97! I was 85th.
Of course, I'm getting teased now - my friend and I found a nice garden restaurant overlooking the city for my "victory dinner." She remarked that it was strange that the waiter and clientele didn't recognize me - my being such a sports celebrity and all. Another friend couldn't stop giggling when I told him about my win. I'll probably hear about this for weeks. Let them laugh! I've got the socks! And a nice motivation boost for my Spark fitness journey.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Mom is doing better today but won't be going home till tomorrow. Talked to Dad, then briefly to her, but she was very groggy after lunch.
I finished the exam. Think I did pretty well except for the second half of the last essay question. Got the 8 night visions of Zechariah down, then kind of forgot what happens in the last 6 chapters of the book. I think I just ran out of gas there at the end. LOL
Now to finish my term paper. Will be working on that tonight.
Just had a nice Nordic walking tour in prep for tomorrow's Frauenlauf. Looks like the weather is going to be great for running. Anybody feel like joining me? www.heartandsole.de/index.php?id=117
Hope you're all having a very thankful Friday!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Yesterday was rough for Mom and Dad. They scheduled the surgery for later in the day than expected, and it apparently lasted longer than expected, too, due to the extent of blockage in her arteries. Then, after the first surgery under full anesthesia, she had to go back to the OP so the doctor could take care of a hemotoma that had developed and was causing her some pain.
In the evening, she was confused, and also this morning. This was upsetting for my dad when he arrived to see her. She was trying to pull out the tubes and cables, wanted to go home, wasn't sure where she was, etc. But when I called back an hour later, she had calmed down and was doing much better. Probably lack of 02.
I'll call again before I go to bed, and maybe get to talk to her this time. I'm still slogging away at my studying --- in between phone calls to the US!
Thanks for asking and for praying!
1:00 AM German time - 7:00 PM in FL
Mom has been moved down from the ICU to a regular room and is scheduled to go home tomorrow. I still didn't get a chance to talk to her as she wasn't quite settled yet when I called. But Dad reassured me that all was well. He had spoken to the doctor and was satisfied with his report.
I'm feeling pretty well set for the exam tomorrow. The paper is a different thing. I've got an outline, that's about all. So will have to make a big push tomorrow when I get the exam turned in.
Thanks, everyone, for your encouraging words!
Saturday, June 06, 2009
I bought my first basket of the season today and decided to change my background picture to a more summery shot. I love the springtime, but it seems that things change so quickly. The linden tree blossoms I posted a couple of weeks ago are long gone - it was really only about 5 days that they were at their peak of beauty and scent. It was the same with the tulips, the lilacs, the peonies. And by my birthday on July 5 the strawberries will be gone. (I know that because I wanted to make myself a strawberry cake for my birthday one year and there were no fresh ones to be found!) All these things are reminders to me to enjoy the day and it's special blessings while I can. I hope you're doing the same today!
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