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Sunshine and Golden Leaves

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I didn't get out on my run as early as I wanted to, and that turned out to be OK, even though it meant I finished later. The sun came out, at least for awhile, and it was just Glorious with all the golden leaves on the trail!

Even though it was a really long run (for me, that is! All you "elite" runners out there will probably think it was nothing - but even ultra distance runners had to start somewhere!) So I went 11.17 miles, on a spectacular day, on a beautiful trail, and it just felt wonderful! There were just bunches of people running out there this morning. Must have been some running clubs getting together or something - I bet I saw almost 2 doz. people. Some alone, and some in groups, the most I have ever seen out there. Especially on that part of the trail, where it is usually pretty quiet.

The best part of all, for me, was that nothing cramped up on this run! I was pretty tired, and not very fast by the last half mile or so, but it all felt pretty darned good!

One thing of note, you never know just how many places you have chafed until you get in the shower and that hot water hits you! Whoowee, does that sting!

I keep thinking, that on these long runs, I should be learning something really profound. And I guess the most profound thing is to just not ever give up. I was so close to giving up when I started have trouble with the cramping in my calf, but thanks to some really supportive people, Sparkies and others, I stuck to it. I learned that I really do have to warm up well before I head out, and to stretch really good. I have to hydrate well, and to be sure to re-fuel along the way. And not be afraid to walk a little to loosen up if I have to. And DON'T QUIT! I have 29 days til the Seattle Half, and 2 more long runs and then to taper the last week. I know now I CAN DO IT! Maybe that is profound enough!

Keep the Spark!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JOYYAK 11/2/2009 5:16PM

    Thank you. You just gave me a really good reason not to run 11+ miles! I don't want to know about those chaffing spots!! That doesn't sound fun!! emoticon


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LIGHTHEART09 11/1/2009 7:29PM

    Susan said it all...don't ch just love that gal....

I am so thrilled you got in such a great run with no injuries or cramping! Sounds like you hit the ZONE!!! Isn't life glorious when you hit that zone...

I remember hitting that place, it is when time stands still and the world seems so wonderful in that moment.

I appauld you for keeping on keeping on and not giving up...You must be so proud of yourself! When and where is the race? I will see if I can be there to cheer you on...

You are in my prayers for a strong body through all of this..

Much love my strong sparkie pal,
Love Nan emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/1/2009 10:36AM

    You're doing great, Shirley! "Never give up" is indeed a profound lesson. emoticon

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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/1/2009 9:55AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I am so inspired by your progress, Shirley - excited, too, about your running the Seattle Half-Marathon - wow!!!! I think one of the many reasons why you've become such a success story is because you bring wisdom to your running, modifying where necessary to avoid cramping, etc. You just keep making it possible, then probable for yourself - amazing! "DON'T QUIT!" and "I CAN DO IT!" I need to bring that kind of positivity to my own Sparking! Keep up the good work - Susan

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