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Running and Life; Love and Peace

I haven’t written a blog post in quite some time.  It’s not like I don’t have anything to say, I just haven’t taken the time to sit down and write.  And now, here I am.

So running and life.  I’ve been plugging along in both, and both have had their ups and downs.  But that’s just how it is, in running and in life.  We all have that.

Running: I still haven’t decided on whether or not I’m going to do the marathons….one or even both.  I’m still thinking about it, however, I am training as though I’m going to run the June 3rd marathon.  If I decide not to run the June 3rd marathon, I am going to continue to train as though I’m going to run the October 7th marathon.  If I decide not to do either, that’s okay.  Nothing lost….I’m still running!

I know what my family thinks.  I know what my friends think.  And thank you to those of you who emailed me, commented on the first time I wrote about it.  Your support means so much.

Ultimately, I have to make a decision…well…two decisions.  It’s not urgent, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to get on with it already.    There is definitely a different mental place a person needs to be at when training for a marathon.   At least I am that way.    My runs take on a completely different meaning as does everything that I do as far as exercise, cross training, running….”D” all of the above.  So when making that decision, I have to be ready to mentally go to that place.   To be quite honest…..I just don’t know if I want to go there.

Life:  It’s been a touch stressful lately.  My father-in-law is having some health issues and it’s a worry.  But when those stresses and worries come into my life, I cling to my husband and son, my family, my friends.  I pray for strength for our family and for my father and mother-in-law.  And I know that between all of those people and prayer in my life, strength will come…to all of us.

Bottom line is….that running and my family both give me two things, and oddly enough, it’s a phrase that my father-in-law always signs his emails with:  Love and Peace.    When I’m out doing what I love, running, I think about who I love, and I feel peace in my heart.

 

 

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Nine Mile Thoughts

I went out for a 9 mile run today.  I set out from my house to run to a friend’s house.  It was a route that I hadn’t taken before, so I was a bit nervous.  Not about the distance, because I knew I could cover it, but just being on a new route.  Not sure why, because even as I’m writing this it sort of seems silly to be nervous about a new route.

As soon as I turned west, BOOM, I was hit with wind.  Great.  It was cold too.  There was no getting away from that wind either.  This route was the full 9 miles straight to my friend’s house.  There were times that the wind let up a little, but not very much.  I wasn’t fueled properly, so I didn’t feel the best as far as energy was concerned, and the wind really made it cold at times.  But, for the most part, I felt pretty good considering how difficult it was.

My MP3 player is not working correctly.  I can’t see anything on the screen, so I can’t even scroll through my playlist.  So I got the same songs, over and over, today.  Augh.  At least it was something, but I got tired of those songs.  I decided that I needed to focus my mind on other things rather than the music.

The first thing I thought about was the death of Whitney Houston.  I have been a huge fan of her since I was a kid.  I saw her in concert, have all of her records and CDs…..this was really hard for me.  I have been sad about her life since she married Bobby Brown and became addicted to drugs…all that talent just gone.  I ended up feeling very grateful that I was out running and not battling some sort of horrible addiction.

Then I thought about Sherry Arnold.  I participated in the Virtual Run in her memory yesterday.  I feel so sad for her husband, children, family, friends, students….what a terrible tragedy.

Thinking of those two women, and how tragically their lives ended, I thought about all the little things and people that bother me.  If you are reading this and thinking to yourself and you don’t have things and people in your life that bother you, you are not being honest.  Everybody has those things and people.  I thought about how insignificant my worries are in comparison to what Whitney Houston’s family is feeling.  I heard the best quote about her death this morning…”She may have been a star, but a daughter lost a mother, and a mother lost a daughter.”  Sherry Arnold’s family has no body to put to rest.  No closure yet.

These 9 miles were so good for me to bring myself back to reality.  My small little worries and irritations are NOTHING compared to what some people in the world are going through.

Sometimes people ask me why I run, and then go on to tell me how crazy I am.  Today is one of the reasons I run.  It gives me a chance to really think, to get myself back in check.   Even though the wind was difficult, even though it was cold, even though I felt like I ran double what I did my mind and soul feel renewed.  So call me crazy for running, but I love this feeling of getting myself back from daily issues and stress.  And those are my nine mile thoughts.

 

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