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I want to be that person again..

Monday, November 26, 2012

It looks like, by reading various blogs, everyone had a good holiday weekend, and no one is wigging out too much about eating too much. Let's classify this a WIN!

We had a good holiday, quiet really. I didn't get out of my jammies at all on Thursday LOL I can cook just as well in my jammies as I can in fancy dress, so might as well be comfy.
Friday, we took the Lovebirds for their first vet check-up and were proud birdy parents. The vet likes them very much, said they're in great shape and are neat little birds - none of which has anything to do with us other than we've kept them alive for a week.
Saturday I took a class at OHS learning how to use various walking tools on different dogs, then picked up my packet for the Hot Buttered Run on Sunday.

It was the drive home that poked a sharp bony finger into my well-padded ribs.
"Look. Look down there," the quiet voice said as I drove along I-205 from Vancouver to Portland.
"There it is," the quiet voice pointed out.
I looked. I longed. I yearned even.

Do you have any idea how long it's been since I've y~e~a~r~n~e~d? Like, for reals?

The picture, not my own, does not do it justice. It's a paved trail that winds along, the Columbia on one side, the Portland Airport on the other. Bill and I walked it one Saturday when I was getting ready for the Portland Half. I've walked and run along it before.

There's something thrilling, to me, to be moving along the trail, walking or running, and hear a plane come in to land. It roars up, loud and reverberating within your chest, as it nears its destination. You can turn, twist, watch as it soars overhead, seemingly floating, going far too slow to actually remain in the air, and yet there it is, sailing over your head and disappearing behind the curve of the next rise.

I miss that. The quiet voice reminded me that that simple pleasure is there, waiting for me.
"You know you want to," it murmured to me, softly.
It's true, it's right. I do want to. I want to be the person who goes for a run along the Columbia, in the cold pale light of morning. I want to be that person again. I want to feel better, I want to look better for myself, for my own peace of mind.

I can sit and complain that I'm too tired.
I can get up and move, so I'm not as tired anymore.
I can sit and consume far too much X, Y, or Z.
I can get up and fuel my body appropriately for what I want to do.

Sunday, I participated in the Hot Buttered Run. I enjoyed it. I interval'd the first mile, walked the second, and interval'd the last mile to finish. I need more hill work, and this race reminded me of that. My finish time wasn't the best, nor the worst. I finished upright and I had fun doing the race. That's what matters.

After that, Bill and I zipped home, got on our 'farmer brown' duds and headed back to OHS to work on the walking path maintenance. There were far too many soggy spots during the last rainy spell, so we filled them in with mulch and hopefully it won't be quite so swampy for the two-leggers and four-leggers who use the path.

All in all, a good weekend. A desire was re-ignited within me to be the kind of person who finds joy in running along a river. There's no way I can complain about that.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CH0718 12/3/2012 1:28PM

    Oh, that trail looks like a nice place for a run! Have you gotten on it yet?

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ROXIT22222 11/29/2012 10:32AM

    Awe that path.... That's where we ride our bikes some of the time. Well we ride up on the road in the bike lane. That is where I was racing with the hawk! Glad you had fun on the HBR. It was a nice day for it.

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GAYEMC 11/27/2012 2:23PM

    Sounds like a nice quiet Thanksgiving, I never got dressed either. Can't wait to hear about you running the trail.

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ANNESYLVIA 11/27/2012 2:22PM

    Glad you found your inner runner again.

Best of luck on Sunday.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 11/27/2012 10:53AM

    thats WONDERFUL!!!

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BOILHAM 11/27/2012 10:18AM

Glad to see you are re-energized.

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LINDAKAY228 11/27/2012 8:57AM

    I really liked your blog. The trail looks like a beautiful place to run. I've struggled with my running mojo lately. Glad you got your spark back and hopefully I will too for the run!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/27/2012 8:55AM

    re: " I finished upright and I had fun doing the race. That's what matters. "

Yeah buddy! A win for you!

Sounds like you are on the right track.

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SEABREEZE65 11/27/2012 8:49AM

    Glad the lovebirds are healthy!!!
Love the running trail!

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ALICIALYNNE 11/27/2012 8:30AM

    Love the blog!

As a runner, I know EXACTLY what you are talking about. Maybe next time, you can hop out of the car and do a quickie run?

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/27/2012 8:16AM

    I can't wait to hear about your next run along the Columbia. That looks like a beautiful spot to be.

Glad your birdies are doing well. A whole week is nothing to sneeze at. LOL Keep up the great work.

I hope people appreciate all your hard work on that path. I'm proud of you for keeping it nice for them.


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ONENEL 11/27/2012 7:12AM

    looks like a beautiful place to walk or run- so peaceful. Sounds like you are still staying very active- emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 11/26/2012 9:05PM

    We went to our daughter's for Thanksgiving but I spent all day Friday in my jammies!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/26/2012 8:40PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! It sounds like you had a great long weekend. And I love that you have Love Birds. I don't have birds due to allergies or I would have a pair of Love Birds.

It's great to hear your motivation to run reignited! All the best to you! And I want to come down there some day and check out that trail. It sounds like a great place!

Hugs to you! emoticon emoticon

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DIANER2014 11/26/2012 8:12PM

    Glad you finished your run and had a good weekend! Hope your week is off to a good start! emoticon

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PIXIEMOM13 11/26/2012 7:25PM

    I loved reading this.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 11/26/2012 6:02PM

    ahhh... this sounds like the blogs I used to read from you about running... nice to 'hear' it in your voice again, Candy!

Hope you get to go out and run that trail soon!


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GINGERHAWK 11/26/2012 5:53PM

  How awesome is it that you rediscovered your spark? Yay for you as well as for finishing the run and having a great time while doing it. Nice work!

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BARBANNA 11/26/2012 4:58PM

    Glad you did well! Sometimes holidays are rough for many people. I love them but I'm easy! Keep up the good work!

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