Tuesday, April 16, 2013
good morning sparkers! its cloudy and drizzly here. looks like a day to stay inside and do leslie.
yesterday I did the second of my three intervals with week 10 of the podrunner 10K series and it was GREAT! I do not run a distance of 10K during the interval--it is timed and paced and with my short legs I actually come up about a mile short. but right now my goal is to complete the 10 K series and then I will measure out the entire distance and work on that. and those goals I am meeting now.
yesterday was cloudy and cool, but I could see blue sky peeking through. I have a great physical need for sunlight and blue sky--since I am outdoors so much of the time its really a part of my well being. so I was glad to be out in what little bit of decent weather yesterday provided. I decided to run the bike trail since it is more sheltered from the strong breeze that was blowing. in another few weeks the wildflowers will be up and then I will take the bike trail more often--there is nothing like the sight of trillium, wake robin, woodland phlox, Dutchman's breeches, jack in the pulpit and the innumerable varieties of violets that decorate the forest floor to make your heart rejoice. yesterday I was lucky enough to spot a gold crowned kinglet and an indigo bunting on my journey. the bunting was the first one I have seen this year--it flew to the ground and then right back up into the trees--but I saw that flash of brilliant blue and knew what I was looking at. and kinglets are such a special treat--they are tiny and very active and only here for a short time as they move along their migratory path. when I passed pelican man on the path (I call him that because once he conquered his deep fear of my dogs to chase me down so I could come back and enjoy the uncommon sight of a white pelican on the lake with him) he told me he had also seen a ruby crowned kinglet. he and I see each other a lot in the spring--he always with his spotting scope slung over his shoulder as he hikes along, and me either in my running gear or with my dogs in tow. at the end of the day I had gone 5.22 miles with my fastest mile at a pace of 12:09. I know this isn't very fast, but for me it is. and it is very close to my goal time of a 12 minute mile. I was tired at the end, and one final part of the run with was uphill and at the edge of a field directly into a strong headwind--was quite challenging. but I held onto the time I was running at during that time, and made it through to the cooldown. I am so proud of this accomplishment. once I have become comfortable at this level I will begin increasing my distance so I am actually covering the 6.2 miles that makes a 10 K. then it will be on to my ultimate goal of a half marathon. the most important thing this interval training has taught me is the fact that these goals are POSSIBLE and ACHIVEABLE for me. I can aspire to this and have the internal assurance that they are realistic and perfectly reasonable things for me to work towards. that is such a heartening thing. the self defeat that so often creeps into my mind just isn't there. there is no room for it.
after the run it was off to the store for groceries. that night after supper I went to a meeting of people who want to begin a community garden. there is a wonderful organization in our area called "unity gardens" that was started by a public health nurse. this amazing model that grew out of her head has taken the kind of charmed path that makes you aware that it was a concept whose time had come. from a single vegetable plot that she worked either alone or in the company of her mom and daughters that was in one of the worst areas in south bend, it has grown to over 50 gardens across the county, with classes and events that run throughout the year. all the gardens are voluntarily managed by communities, and the one stipulation is that the food is free for the taking by anyone. this achieves her layered goals of bringing diverse (either by virtue of race, age, gender or socioeconomic status) groups together with the common goal of providing healthy food for the community. each garden must have input from the community where it is located, but anyone can help out in any garden. there are a couple gardens that serve vulnerable populations (like at the juvenile detention center) that are closed to outsiders, but for the most part they are open to all. some of the gardens have bee hives, or chicken flocks, or native planting, but they all grow food to some extent. they are even going to begin trying aquaponics at one of their new greenhouses.
the community in our area is a new housing development that was built to help young families or low income people transition to home ownership with a lease to own type of model. part of the grant they received stipulated that they had to do a certain number of community based projects, and gardening was one of the things they chose. sara (the originator of the unity gardens model) came and explained her concept to them and they decided to go forward with it. it will be rewarding to watch this happen and be a help to the process. I know that once it gets going it will take on a life of its own and become a valuable part of the neighborhood. gardens always do.
have a great day, folks!