In Training

Hi Friends!

Since my last post – Just Do It – I’ve been taking my own advice and doing a lot of running and a lot of teaching. The gaps in my days after work have been slowly filling up with classes. But because I’ve been so wrapped up in my classes outside of my 9-5, I have to carefully make sure I also remember to do things that are good for my soul; like spending my own quality time on the Reformer, running on the trail without focusing on anything but clearing my mind, getting wrapped up in a book, and chatting with all of you behind my Mac!

So, this morning, I went out for a 15 mile run – my longest run yet. It was a real treat to have a running buddy! I normally pound away at the gravel all by myself, which most days, I prefer. But having a running buddy once in a while is so nice – especially on a long run in the dark. I have to say, I am ready for fall except for the fact that it will stay dark for most of my runs. We started at 5:45 this morning in pitch black, and the sun did not start rising until about 6:15.  It can be eerie running on the trail in the dark. Another reason running buddies rock!

But because I can’t count on the buddy system every week, I’ll be going to REI this weekend to pick up a head-lamp. If any of you have suggestions on a brand, please do share. I was going to go to REI tomorrow, but realized it will be an act Eric will never forgive – there are three places Eric likes to go to most in life – “the bike store”, Costco, and REI. I can’t possibly do such a disservice to REI as to go without him and only spend 10 minutes going to the aisle I need, picking a lamp, and checking out. No. I have to spend the afternoon wandering around each section of the store, looking at tents or kayaks, despite the fact that we don’t need them. Unless we set up a camp in our living room.

The trail this morning, veering around the lake, was so beautiful and made me appreciate how lucky I am to have such a peaceful place to run so close to home. Too bad I only realized I had my iPhone in my hydration belt after I ran past the lake, so all I have is this photo from the trail. Doesn’t do it justice.

The run went really well, but my feet were definitely fatigued for the rest of the day. Here’s a tip – if your feet are feeling run down after a run, don’t wear completely flat, almost non-existent sandals. Wear shoes with support, so your feet don’t have to continue working all day long after they have been thoroughly worked in the morning. I’m paying for my mistake this evening. I’m taking it easy this tomorrow in preparation for the 5K to Rebuild McKinley’s playground.

It will be a really fun event and give me a chance to catch up with some of my teammates from Team Veg.

Speaking of Team Veg, Eric designed the logo for our jerseys, which we will be proudly wearing at the CIM this year, and probably at some upcoming races before that. Ready? Here it is!

Can’t wait to see it on our jerseys!

Last week was my recovery week, so my longest run was 8 miles and total mileage was 25. This week I’m kicking it back into first gear and doing 35, with my longest run being today – 15 miles.

I also noticed that throughout my training, I’ve gravitated toward books about other people’s triumphs and self-inflicted adventurous torture. I just finished, Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. I LOVED it! Something about this woman, who jumps into the ultimate backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest in solitude – in unprecedented weather conditions, with no experience and courage untapped until she’s tested – made me live vicariously through her experience for a few days and appreciate things I often take for granted. This book is raw and really well-written; I highly recommend it.

And yesterday, I started a new book called, The Courage to Teach, by Parker Palmer. A mentor of mine,  recommended it to me. Not an easy read, but I think that’s the point. I’m only about 10 pages in, but already intrigued. One of the opening paragraphs says,

“this book is for teachers who have good days and bad, and whose bad days bring suffering that comes only from something one loves”.

Once I read this, I knew I was reading the right book. Something about this line was so comforting to me – I realize that even when something doesn’t go according to plan, at least I know that I really care about what I’m doing. I think I’ll get to reading……NOW. Good night.

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