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Fighting Through and Finding Inspiration

I have written that I’m in a bit of a running rut.  I have been lacking motivation to get out and run, but I have been putting in the miles.  They haven’t been pretty, but they are in.  I wish there was some sort of support group for this kind of thing….like “Runners in a Rut” group.  “Hi, I’m Jessie.  I’m in a running rut” is what I would have said.   

Well…lately, it’s been a little better.  I have three reasons why.

#1…Softball.  For those of you who don’t know me, I coach our school’s Junior Varsity or B Squad softball team and am assistant varsity coach.  At practices, I get right out with the girls and play positions, hit, run bases when I’m needed.  In the last couple of weeks, I have been playing outfield, which is new to me.  When I played, I was a pitcher and an infielder when I wasn’t pitching.  There can be A LOT of running in the outfield.  There are three girls in particular on the varsity team that always hit to the outfield and always seem to find the “holes”…which is great during a game.  However, during practice that means I am running….SPRINTING.  I think these bursts of sprints have helped my overall running.  It’s really just like intervals or fartleks, only I haven’t been thinking of it like that until just the other day.  And I realized at practice, I’m a faster sprinter than I have been giving myself credit for.  It was really fun last week when I sprinted for a ball, made an amazing catch, then hollered out “Did you guys SEE THAT?!” and they cheered.  This 39 year old sure liked that.

#2…Unexpected compliment.  I saw a friend from a different town the other day.  We don’t see each other very often at all but we are friends on Facebook.  She complimented me on my blog and says she loves it.  I had no idea that she reads my blog.  I was so touched that she said that.  And what’s even better, she is going to try for her first half marathon next year.  Way to go NK and thank you.  You have no idea how much I appreciated you saying that.

#3…..Cousins.  I have lots of amazing and wonderful cousins that I love and that inspire me.  I text and email with them often. 

Kean had a stroke when he was in his 30s.  He’s made an amazing recover, became a personal trainer, and has completed many running races including a full marathon for stroke and heart charities.  He is a devoted father and husband as well as son and brother.  He helped me through training for my first marathon.  I mentioned to him in an email recently about how I feel behind and lacking motivation for my next marathon and he had such encouraging words for me.  It was so needed and gave me another push.

Maureen, Kean’s sister, is another cousin who emails me quite a bit and gives me encouragement.  She herself is a runner, mother, wife, daughter, and sister. It never fails that she reads my blogs and ALWAYS sends me a wonderful comment or several to help encourage me.  She is so positive and I can’t help but feel good and ready to go after reading her emails.  

My cousin Mike, (Kean and Maureen’s cousin too) is training for an Ironman Triathlon.  An  Ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and then finish with a FULL MARATHON….26.2 MILES.  And Mike is going to do this on June 24th…one month from today!!!!    I am amazed at his dedication and all that goes into his training while being a lawyer, husband, and father, brother and son as well.  Last summer when he, his wife and daughter visited us, he was talking about maybe doing one and he made up his mind to just do it.  I’m so proud of him.  This makes my rut seem so small in comparison and I feel sort of like…”What am I complaining about?!”

Thank you to NK for your kind words, to Kean, Maureen, and Mike for your inspiration, texts, and supportive messages.  .  These are just three of the wonderful people in my life who support me, but these three have just happen to pop up in my world this week. 

And I will again, keep plugging away, one foot in front of the other.


Dog Tired

I was definitely tired today.  After the Big Band Bash weekend and all that entailed, I was dragging today.

Mondays are a cross training day for me.  So today, I did my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 2 DVD in my basement, followed by a different kind of cardio circuit, and ended with a 2 mile walk.  I had to stop three times…not because of the tiredness…but because of the visitor I always get when I do the DVD.  Max.

It never fails, when I start the DVD, Max comes downstairs and watches me.  He first stands back a little bit, but then he can’t take it anymore and he jumps up on the couch to watch a little closer.  It also never fails that he has to sit nearly on top of my hand weights.  It’s almost as though he is wanting me to stop working out and play with him!Image

I continue on with the workout and quickly I’m ready for the weights part again.  I reach over to grab the weights and laugh.  I guess Max was tired from the weekend too!Image

I laughed, paused the DVD for a minute and switched my weights for this………


It was a win/win!  Max was happy with the bone, I got my weights back and finished my workout!   I think we will both sleep well tonight!

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Just One More….

The words “Just One More” mean two different things to me.  First, it means I push myself one more mile when I’m running.  I maybe don’t want to keep going, but I need to keep going for whatever reason and I keep telling myself…”just one more”.  Often times, going “just one more” results in feeling better and going more that “just one more” mile.  

Secondly, it means that I or someone that we are out with say we are going to have :just one more” beer/drink.  This usually results in more that just one more and we laugh about it every time!

This weekend I experienced both of these.  First was the just one more drink.  We were out after our jazz concert on Saturday night.  We had lots of “just one more” comments and drinks.  It was a blast!  “Just one more drink” resulted in my father in law putting on a sombrero!Image  The second “just one more” was on Sunday’s run.  I drove out to the trail and started out one way for a run.  It was going great.  The nature was so pretty.  I did a little bit of everything on this run; slow run, medium speed run, walk, sprints.  Once I got about two miles one way, I turned around and went back the other way, which was more uphill.  Nearly every everywhere I looked I saw these signs….YUCK!Image

I got to the top of one of the steep hills and looked around.  The landscape of the trees and the farmland was just beautiful.Image

I wanted to find my favorite spot that I found last year.  I knew it was around somewhere and I knew I would have to run “just one more” mile in order to find it.  (As it turned out, I ran about two more miles before I found it).  So I continued on, which was pretty much all uphill.  I actually passed my spot and had to turn around and head back to see it.   There is sort of a rock wall and it so beautiful because there is a contrast between the rocks and the trees. I didn’t recognize it at first because the trees are much fuller with leaves than the last time I was out there and the rock wall is covered up.   But this is the type of rock that is really visible and beautiful when the trees don’t have leaves.Image

It was a weekend of greats; great family time, great music, great friends, great run…and “just one more” which never turns out to be just one.

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