Day 8 of Gratitude…The Dreadmill

Now that it is daylight savings time I get home in the dark.  It leaves little time to catch some day light to get in a run.  I don’t mind running in the dark, but sometimes I think it’s good to have a buddy.

Thank goodness there is the treadmill at the gym.  Not always optimum, but it gets the job done.  Was able to pull out 4 miles tonight as I’m getting ready for this weeks race.

Happy Miles to You!!

Day 6 of Gratitude ~ Heroines

Happy Tuesday my friends!  I hope the start of your week is a good one.  I am getting excited about this weeks race and it looks to be a clear but cold day.  Better than rainy and cold.  Planning for two miles today and some strength exercises.

Something to think about….

“Above all be the heroine of your life, not the victim”.

~ Nora Ephron

Happy Miles to You!!!

Day 4 of Gratitude ~ Mileage Recap 22 Oct – 4 Nov… In The Arms of The Angels

Happy Sunday everyone.  I usually do my mileage recaps every Sunday, but every now and again, time and circumstances get the best of me.

First, let me give a shout out to all my friends who ran the New York City Marathon today!  They say there was 50,000 runners.  Unbelievable!  I was reading an article about a teacher who experienced one of the major school shootings and she had a quote that running “heals the soul”.  I agree with that statement. That will be one of my last races I do in my mileage journey.

Training is steady as she goes for next week’s 2018 Veteran’s Day 10k Race.  Not a long race, but the beneficiaries of the race will be Team Red, White & Blue, a group that helps veterans around the area.  There are chapters all around the country.  I’m just happy to be running.

Running

I continue to improve my pace on the shorter runs.  My breathing is good and my stamina is slowly building.  It has been a bit of a struggle trying to get back to what I consider an optimum pace for my age ~ lol!  I still maintain my goal to beat my PR marathon goal of 4:41 and keeping my average pace in the 9:00 min range. I finished October with 58.65 miles ~ about 10 shy of last month.

This weeks long run was okay.  I was a little winded from lack of sleep (excuses I know) but I got it done.  The trail was covered in leaves in a lot of places which made running difficult because I was looking at the ground so I wouldn’t slip and fall!  Plus I was taking pictures!  I think my pace would have been in the 10 minute range.  It was just so pretty!

You can see the leaves falling in the video!!!

I have completed 5734.82 miles in my journey with 5580.18 gratefully remaining.

Cycling

Not much to update here, after the 10k I look forward to focusing on my cycling.

You might be wondering why I titled this post in the arms of the angels.  It is one of the reasons I’m calling November my month of gratitude.  Not only does it have to do with my birth month and that I want to scream from the hills every day isn’t promised and is a gift.  Let’s face it, soon I will be 51 and although that is young these days, I do look at it as a time to be thankful and grateful for each day that I am given.  I recently found out a friend of mine committed suicide last month.  I was notified by Facebook© IM of all things.  This would have been the only way this person could have notified me and I don’t hold it against her because I didn’t know her personally.  I have a love/hate relationship with IM.  Technology is awesome.  We can find old friends, share ideas and pictures and converse instantaneously from around the world.  I have a few friends that ONLY use this method of communication.  Needless to say I find it rude and a little cowardly.  People who only IM are lazy and frankly if someone doesn’t take the time to call you ~ they’re letting you know that, yeah you just don’t mean that much to me or I can communicate only when things are convenient for me.  I know not everyone will agree with my assessment, but think about a person who only converses electronically ~ you may begin to see that person in a new light and agree with me on certain points.

The individual that died was a big part of my life for about five years.  She was a step-sister in a marriage that didn’t work out.  We were all young during that time.  It was a difficult time in my life and when she contacted me about six years ago I had reservations about starting up a conversation.  We became online friends and kept in touch with each other through the years.  She had experienced a lot of ups and downs, but I always kept a line open and offered my telephone number many times in case she wanted to call, but she never offered hers.  I hadn’t heard from her for a while and then a couple of months ago she contacted me to tell me her mother had passed from pancreatic cancer, again I offered her my number.  I had checked up on her a couple of times insisting she give me a call.  I got her address and sent her a sympathy card which she acknowledged she received and that she would respond.  During our conversations she had told me how she was working hard ~ studying for a Spanish test and how things were going well.  She had missed her Mother, but that life was moving forward.  Then I heard the news that she had hung herself.  As I write this, I can’t put into words what I’m really feeling.  Bewilderment, sadness, and sympathy for a life cut short.  I was dumbfounded as to why she would do this until I went on her Facebook page and saw how she had been battling depression for a long time.  It’s sad for me to hear and I often find myself thinking about her even though I hadn’t seen her since she was a little girl.  I guess I feel she just didn’t get a fair shake.  Life isn’t fair, no doubt.  So, if you’re following me in this month of gratitude ~ I ask for a gift gentle reader.  Reach out to someone – by voice.  A short call or a meeting for coffee.  Talk to them and let them know you care.  It doesn’t have to be sappy.  Sometimes just sitting there, together, sipping wine or drinking coffee is enough.  Pick up the phone and say hello.  That might be all it takes.  I firmly believe we have allowed ourselves to become too dependent on communication through social media programs as primary communication.  We are forgetting the art of conversation and interaction with other people.  My thoughts only…

Rachel was a beautiful woman:

 

She leaves behind two children and will be missed.  Even though we separated under strenuous circumstances, life is about forgiveness and growth.  Rachel is in the arms of the angels and free from the pain she experienced on this beautiful earth.  May she rest in peace.

I feel I should post this to help anyone in need:

National Suicide Hotline:  Call 1-800-273-8255

I hope this Sunday finds you in a peaceful state of mind.  Happy Miles to You.  “in this sweet madness, this sweet glorious sadness”….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 of Gratitude…Even When You Plan ~ Sometimes Things Don’t Work Out

Happy November 3rd ya’ll!  I had been planning to take a trip to Luray, VA for a while and this Saturday was supposed to be the day!  It was a beautiful Fall day and Luray is only 1:30 minutes down the road.  My first plan was to get some miles in hiking Lewis Spring Trail.  There is a waterfall there and it is a good beginner trail, meaning not too long and that would have left me time to go visit downtown.  I got a bit of a late start and realizing the trail was an hour past Luray, I decided to hike the trail another time and the town would have to do.  The best part of Luray is the drive ~ 24 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Off I went and when I finally got off the interstate onto a secondary road I really started to get that great country feel.  After a bit of driving I found myself in Front Royal, VA ~ “the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway”.  Unfortunately, the gateway’s hinges were waaayyy broken.  About 2 miles before the turn on the parkway there was bumper to bumper traffic.  At first I thought it was an accident.  No.  The world had decided to take the parkway today.  After sitting in traffic for 30 minutes I decided to use the GPS on my phone to see if there were alternate routes.  I found one and immediately turned to get off the busy street only to find myself filtering into to another artery.  Not only was the world going to Luray, but they too were using alternate routes.

On the positive side there are a lot of people who wanted a nice Fall drive today.  The negative ~ so many cars.  I don’t think I have ever seen anything like this!  The bottom line, I didn’t get to Luray.  An hour in I turned the car around and headed home.  I didn’t nurse my sorrows in a bit of Chick-Fil-A™ and even they were crazy busy.  I sat and ate it in my car.  Sigh.

This is the only picture I got today ~ where I live….

Beautiful but not in Luray.  I guess it just wasn’t meant to be today.  Either way, it was a good day.  Hope yours was too!  Happy Miles to You!!

November….My Month of Gratitude

I have read that some authors write books and come up with their titles at the end of the book.  The idea is there, but not a descriptor.  I think that is the case when I write posts.  Sometimes a title just comes to me and I start from there and other times it’s after I have something to write.  A title is something that wraps up a thought in this nice little bow.

November is a good month for me.  It is the month of my birth and I use this month to reflect on what I have done for the year and where I plan on going in the next.  Positive thinking!  It’s the month of much gratitude for all that I have and life in general.

I plan to actively blog this month.  Oh may the blog Gods give me strength.  If you wish to opine to my musings, please do!  Let’s make this month a good one!  Each day is a gift.

Here is a great quote to get us started:

“If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.  Don’t complain”

~  Maya Angelou