Snow fell during the night and was already melting when our alarm buzzed. However, my school district called a late start, which meant closure for my preschool. The weather entertained us with a bit more snow, then rain, then snow … and then a very small hint of sun. At this point, Ian had arrived home early and suggested we take Dex to the store with us. As we were headed there, we noticed more sun so we decided to stop at the park to let Dex run around quickly. The clouds parted and the bluest sky smiled down on us. We decided to try our luck and walk the mile or so loop. It was simply beautiful. Leaves still dripping from the recent rain. Puddles everywhere. Birds singing. Dexter running joyously through the mud and grass. I snapped some pictures as we surrounded ourselves with this gift. As we headed back to the car, the sky began to dim. As we made it to the store, the rain returned. This was my gift for the day. And I soaked up each moment of it. Until the next moment, I will wait with hope.
Yesterday it rained all day and night. I was happy I got two nights in of nice runs. But I longed to be out there again!
Today’s weather was gloomy and unpredictable, but when 7:00 p.m. rolled around, it was dry. And so I ran. And completed another personal best. My whole body hurt and I ran slow, but I did it!
At the end, I looked up at the most beautiful night sky and smiled. I felt grateful and content.
I thought last night’s 6 miles was awesome, but tonight’s was even better. A mile longer! I didn’t plan to run tonight, as it was supposed to rain. However, the evening was just as beautiful so I had to be out there. I had no idea how far I could go, considering I was sore from last night’s run, so I just decided to see what would happen. That seems to work best for me. I never imagined I’d go over 7 miles!
Tonight I ran my personal best. Almost 6.5 miles. Now, I am very aware that this is NOTHING compared to what many others do. But for me? This is huge. Running has been part of my exercise for years, but it’s never been easy, and I’ve always struggled to run very far. And I’ve always had to stop and walk. But I have this burning desire to run farther. To run longer. And slowly, ever so slowly, I am doing it! Perhaps it’s my 50th birthday coming up in October. I don’t know. But this has become a challenge for me. With a sore lower back and arthritis in my toes. But I just want to see if I can do this!
This is the moon I ran under tonight. As I grew tired, I’d look up and see it. And run some more. What a great feeling!
This was me in July 2010. I decided I wanted to ride a bike again. So we pulled out an older mountain bike that was given to us. I fondly called him Monty. Even though his brakes squeaked and his neon green cursive 90s writing screamed NINETIES, I adored him. He opened a new road for me.
I’ve since gotten a beautiful new road bike that I have named Petunia. I’ve almost put 1,000 miles on her!
Bike riding slowed down greatly after October. Perhaps it was September. I feel good that we are finally riding again!
I actually pouted yesterday because the weather was nice but I couldn’t ride due to both jobs. Then I pouted today because the weather was nice while I was working and turned to rain when I got home.
Happy, happy, happy to have this outlet! I just want nicer days to get out there again!
After months of running on the treadmill in the garage, I got outside again! I feel like I’ve come out of hibernation!
I had Monday off, so I decided to hit the trails. Even though it was raining steadily. As I pulled into the parking lot of the park, I wondered if I were nuts, wanting to run in this. Well, I had my Showers Pass raincoat on, right? And I did have a hat! So, off I went. And was happy to see some other runners out there, too. It felt sooo good. Especially the dirt trails. I love, love, love running on dirt! Well, it was more mud, but that made it even more fun. Now, I cannot say I ran the entire 6 miles. But I’m starting to realize it’s okay to do intervals. I am stronger when I do them. And so, that’s how I rocked the 6. My longest yet.
On Wednesday around 5 p.m., I looked out the window and saw a hint of sun. Decided to get to the trails pronto. I knew I had less than an hour of daylight. I squeezed in 3 miles before the sun went down. The entire time I ran, I thought of those who have run races. I’ve never competed in anything. I’ve always feared it. But lately I’ve been really entertaining the idea of a race. Okay, just a 5K, but that’s a start!
This is pretty cool for a gal who will turn 50 in October! I’m finding it fun to try things I always told myself I couldn’t do!