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5 weeks to go!

I am feeling OFF today. I keep wondering why, but I know why. Today is Pablo’s third birthday, and I am sad. 😦 I hope he has a fantastic day. I miss him very, very much.

I also am a little distracted, and I don’t like it very much. I need to get back on track.

Weekend was awesome! Saturday was a 10! My day consisted of: dog park with a friend and dog. 5 mile run at the beach, and then spent the rest of the afternoon on a friend’s porch who lives at the beach. We spent the day talking and people watching. It was a perfect day!

Sunday was Easter. It was great to spend the morning/afternoon with my family. 10 mile run after brunch.

The countdown is on for the race. I am looking forward to the race, but I am REALLY looking forward to my vacation down to California. I need some down time.

I am in week 15 of training. Crazy. I run 20 miles Sunday. Even crazier.

Yoga tonight. My head needs it.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2011 in Happiness, Outdoor fun, Pablo, Running, Travel, Yoga

 

18 miles…piece of cake. :)

Although I started running at a young age (I was running, and winning, three mile races at the age of 6), I wouldn’t say I’ve been a “runner” my whole life. An athlete, yes, but not necessarily a runner. I ran my first half marathon a decade ago, and prior to that I had never ran more than 6 miles, and I wasn’t the best runner. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined I would run 18 miles and say it was no big deal, but that is the truth.

Yesterday was my longest long run to date: 18 miles. I had an extremely busy weekend and was running around both Saturday and Sunday from the moment I woke up until the evening. I didn’t even get around to my run yesterday until 2:00! I was only the slightest bit worried about how my body would hold up, but my body held up immaculately! It was a really, really, really good run. I did it in 2:31.00, so a little bit over an 8 minute mile. The weather was perfect, and although it was a lot of running, I finished strong and could have easily ran another 8 miles.

I had a massage scheduled for right after, and after 90 minutes, I was useless. I was uber-relaxed.

I feel great today. My fourth toenail on my right foot is in pain…I think I will lose it, but other than that, I am practically pain-free. All the hard work I have done taking care of my body has paid off: chiropractor, vitamins, massage, yoga, red light, acupuncture. It’s all working! YAY!

I start week 14 of training this week, and I am so happy my body is holding up so nicely. I actually think the race is not going to be a big deal! Good, since I am signed up for the half marathon in Seattle three weeks later, and after that?? RELAX for the summer. This summer is going to be awesome, I feel it in my bones. 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Happiness, Running, Yoga

 

Happy??!!

I am almost giddy…for no particular reason! I feel really, really good. I am calm, peaceful, optimistic, energetic, clear-headed, and dare I say…happy!? Wow. Something amazing is happening to me, and I really am liking it. I know it’s not just HAPPENING. I have worked very, very hard to get where I am, and unfortunately had to basically go through hell to get here, but here I am, and I don’t want to leave. 🙂

I just came from probably the best yoga class I have ever been to. It was DEFINITELY the most packed, and probably the hottest/muggiest, yet I felt oh, so good. 🙂 And, going into class I was really, really tired (didn’t get enough sleep last night), but as the class progressed I gained more and more energy, and felt better and better! It was great! Boy was it sweaty and steamy in the room. Yikes!

After class, I did something I haven’t done since I started practicing Bikram Yoga a year ago. I took a shower in the locker room. Normally, I drive home sweaty. But tonight, there was no line for the showers, so I jumped into a COLD shower. Wow. It was invigorating. I left class feeling marvelous. I then went for red light therapy. Ahhhhhh…

So, life is good right now. Everything is coming together nicely. My creativity is overflowing (the reason I couldn’t fall asleep last night was because my head was filled with exciting ideas). I am so busy figuring out my life and what makes me happy. More to come…

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Happiness, Just for fun, Yoga

 

Move over, me, bring on something new

I start week 13 of training this week. My longest run EVER is Sunday: 18 miles. Yikes. I will be preparing for that one all week.

I have more energy these days, so training is going better. My 7, 8, 9, even 10 mile runs are my short-er runs these days. Crazy. And my three mile runs? Um…doesn’t really feel like anything. I had a 3 mile run Saturday, and I barely broke a sweat. So, later in the day, I went to yoga to REALLY sweat. That was sandwiched between 6AM yoga Friday and a 10 mile run Sunday. I am really sore right now. Yoga tonight. Yay.

The countdown is on for the marathon. But, it is also a vacation for me. It will be nice to get away and have some relaxing beach time before the big race. Now if it would just warm up here! I am ready for warm weather and a busier social calendar. I have definitely been hibernating, which has been really good for me, but I am ready to have some FUN!! It has been interesting spending time with myself and getting to know myself, but I am getting bored with myself.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Running, Travel, Yoga

 

The last chapter

I am right in the middle of another staycation. I have been off work since Thursday, and I don’t go back until Tuesday afternoon. It is really good timing.

So, on my staycation I have:

Gone climbing (after an 8 mile run…probably won’t do that again. I was BEAT!)

Met with my Naturopath, and went over my “treatment plan.” It’s all good. 🙂

Went to yoga. Love.

Went to the chiropractor.

Got acupuncture. Wow.

Ran 16 miles. I really lucked out on the weather. It was beautiful for my entire run. I ran in a tank top, and I even got color on my chest! I started to get pretty sore the last few miles, but I finished it and was able to go about my day no problem. I slept very well.

Baby shower on Sunday and a 3 mile run with a friend’s dog. Then said friend, came by later in the day with tulips for me. 🙂

Red light therapy every day.

So, I am in a very good place right now. I am getting closer to where I have been aspiring to be my whole life: content. I have worked very, very hard to get here, and it is nice to know it is paying off. I am grateful for the people in my life, and I feel lucky to have the life I have.

I have decided to write about the past year…REALLY write. In full detail. It is the final chapter, so to speak. I know I have kept up writing here, but I haven’t really dove into what has really been going on the past year, so this writing is separate from the writing I am doing here (thus why the writing here is more sporadic lately). It is going to be a process, this writing, and I really don’t know how long it is going to take. This writing is going to help with this: “It takes much more courage, strength of character, and inner conviction to forgive than it does to hang on to low-energy feelings.” As I said, it is the last chapter. 🙂

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2011 in Climbing, Happiness, Running, Yoga