Train like a winner- never give up

“Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great.”

— Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), from the film A League Of Their Own

My husband and I ran an 11 mile training run this weekend in preparation for our half marathon. It tested my pain capacity with my knee having just come off of surgery in late May. Yes, I am sore today, but a little stretching and walking around should help cure the soreness before we get back out there to or row for another run. Now for the record, I do not intend to do an all out run of the whole half, but I do intend to finish standing up. We, for the majority of the run did a three minute run and one minute walk, but in areas where we were uncertain about the surroundings we continued running. You just don’t know what or who is lurking around these days.

I have to say, there was one spot that I did not think I was going to make it though. It was around mile 10 and the wind was pushing into me in a wide open area. I felt like I couldn’t breathe at all and my legs were very heavy. I wanted to just throw it all in at that moment but I couldn’t very well sit right down on the curb between the Tractor Supply company and the brewery across the street. It was crazy busy, so I had to keep moving. Dead legs or not I had to keep going.

I am thankful to have finished in 2hours and 18 minutes and know now that we will be able to finish the 13.1 miles. We have the ability to fight through the pain associated with wind blowing at us, walk when you need too, and always, ALWAYS push forward.

“You got this!” My mantra. I know that I can do anything as long as I put 110% of myself into it.

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Just throw it out

Is there “junk” in your life? What kind? How do you get rid of it?

How do we get rid of our junk? Well- throw it out. Plain and simple.

This last year I’ve done a lot of cleaning in our house. I’ve thrown out papers, gotten rid of clothes, straightened up clutter, and gotten rid of people who I thought were friends. Still working on that one in fact as I find that friendship should be valued and not everyone sees it the same way as I do. However, it is like the saying, ‘out with the old, in with the new’.

So, I am throwing out the junk. I don’t necessarily need to replace the paper, the clutter ( I can definitely do without), the clothes (we can always do with less materialistic things); and it definitely feels good to toss those who do not value you as a person.

So when asked how do you get rid of the junk? I throw it away. There are better things to do with your time than continue to gather junk. Be happy, healthy, and stress free.

Daily Prompt: Clean House

Time for a change

It’s quiet today. I know it is early, but there are no screaming children coming from the other side of the fence, no barking dogs, no other noises but the sound of the wind blowing and a distant train. Peace at last. I have been waiting for this all week.

Lately I’ve taken a look around me at everyone and everything. They rush around to get from place to place; stay late at their jobs, and seem so busy. Busy with what though? Everything will be there tomorrow unless today will suddenly end and if it does then all the rushing around just really doesn’t matter. People aren’t taking time out of their day to enjoy it. They aren’t slowing down and living. I’m guilty of it myself. I did it for years and now, having nowhere to go except for the necessary places (I.e. Grocery store, doctors, outdoor runs, gym, etc) I’ve learned that you don’t have to always be in a hurry. You can slow down and take things in stride.

Fall season has just started and maybe what I am saying is that it’s time to rethink who we want to be. Do we want to be the hurry up and get to the heart attack first person, or do we want to take our time and enjoy the scenery around us, enjoy the people we meet, and have a good time doing it?

Ah….There’s the 7:30 whistle crisp and clean. So soothing and clear today.

How we choose to celebrate

How do you celebrate good news you ask? Well celebrate of course. Tell the world. Share the news. Jump for joy, cry, laugh, smile and enjoy the moment. It is in fact a celebration and improbable, probable or what have you news is news and it needs to be celebrated.

Our most recent celebratory moment was this past week in fact. Our son received early acceptance to the University of Alabama.

Although we told our friends and family through electronic means, shared the news with our neighbor over the hedge and cried on the walkway, our son shared it through social media. When all was shared we celebrated as a family with dinner where he wanted to celebrate. His moment, his choice.

This is the first of many, keeping fingers crossed, as he has applied to other schools. Each one will have its own celebration, in its own fashion chosen by our son.

Daily prompt: Celebrate Good Times

Sometimes things just happen

I was asked to participate in a challenge. A Viking Challenge. If you are a runner you know that they can be brutal, long and strenuous. My husband got asked to participate as well and we figured it would be great training for our upcoming run that we will be doing in November. Sounded ideal. Lots of running, lots of miles, able to focus on the pacing and breathing- no problem. However, the weatherman didn’t get the memo.

We encountered rain and not just sprinkles but a downpour. If we had been on a track that was rubberized or weatherproof it would have been fine but a dirt track that began to flood was just too dangerous. Water was pooling everywhere and though it could be fun to run through the mud and puddles, it is also dangerous.

The run was scheduled to be from 7am-7pm and the teams we were on decided to pack it in at around hour 5. I was disappointed but also want to make it to the half marathon. My knee has been swelling lately and I could be over doing it a bit so better safe than sorry, right? As it was I got in 4 miles and my husband 6 but We both wanted more.

Besides there are more days to go run between now and November and hopefully they will be nice days.👟

The crazy thing about the whole run was the next day. Bright blue sky, green grass, and not a cloud in the sky. Funny how it works out sometimes.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns

Although I was not able to grab my camera and go outside today because of other reasons, I think they will meet the challenge.

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Snapped while my son was sliding into home plate one day.

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These stairs caught our eye in Nassau from a moving vehicle.

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Disney always has a way to make patterns out of simple lines don’t they?

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A simple air filter for instance cast great lines when lit up Disney style.