Time on your side …

So I guess I have a recurring theme this week. Time. I went to Costco earlier this week and time stood still there. Getting to the store, through the store and home in an hour. On top of that I seemed to find a lot of time in my days getting everything I needed to do and almost everything I wanted to do, done. It was honestly weird. And WONDERFUL. And DEFINITELY out of the ordinary. I rode this strange happening happily all week KNOWING that it would all come to a screeching halt eventually. And it did. Today I set out to run a 10k. Nothing official, just me running 6.2 miles. Anyway, there are a lot of runs that I will purposefully use an app that won’t have any voice prompts that tell me my distance or pace. The days I “run by feel” are often the most rewarding to me and they also allow me to see where my pace is really at. Today was a “run by feel day” and I have to say that I felt great. I enjoyed the heck out of my run. So much so that I lost track of how many miles I thought I had run. I got so lost in my run that I had no concept of how much time had passed. I just knew that I had been out there having a good time and figured I just HAD TO BE close to 6 miles. I sooooo wasn’t. I was only at 4 miles. What had worked for me all week was suddenly OVER. HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where time is on your side!!!

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Happily interrupted by the Sunday snuggle factor …

I forgot to factor something into my Sunday morning. It wasn’t a guarantee being so early so I proceeded with my plan. I wanted to wake up before everyone else, do some yoga and some serious stretching and then go for a short run. I don’t normally run on Sunday but I felt I needed it. I thought it was all A GO, but then my favorite 9 year old, who went to sleep really early last night, woke up. I know that Reese is mine, but there is absolutely nothing sweeter than seeing this messy-haired, tired-eyed peanut drag all of her favorite blankets (there are three of them now) and her heavy rice-stuffed lamb, Kellie, into my room to cuddle. My world stops for her. I don’t even know how to not stop it. It just happens naturally and all of my heart and intentions turn to her. Nothing else seems more important. Nothing.

Well, I hope you all have a day where your plans get happily interrupted!!!

Pep(permint) in your step …

I recently read about the benefits of putting peppermint oil into your water before a run. Well, I have also recently immersed myself and my family (and anyone else who will listen, HA!) into essential oil world. I’m absolutely loving it and feel the need to tell EVERYONE about it. So being that I am now an “oily” person and I am also a runner, I just had to try peppermint in my water. The only problem I had was that I don’t normally drink a lot of water before I run, so I decided that I would try it after my run today. But I accidentally put three drops of peppermint oil into my water instead of just the half to one drop that was recommended. I figured I could handle it. Oh, my. OH. MY. It definitely woke my senses! Next time I’ll be sure to use the recommended amount.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have some PEP in your step!!!

Cold and hungry (ALWAYS) …

In the midst of the chilliest winter I can EVER remember in California and during a time when I am expecting more from myself physically, I have come up with a new and accurate way of describing my whole being.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t ALWAYS cold and hungry!!!

Perfect timing …

If you know me, you know that I hate running in the rain. It goes back to what I have written about before. I spend most of my days preparing to be cold or trying to avoid it altogether. HA! We have had an unusual amount of rain here lately. Today’s forecast was rain again. But I needed to get a run in. I guess if there is one thing that I hate more than running in the rain, it’s running on a treadmill. So I did everything in my power to avoid both this morning. I watched my weather app and the skies like a hawk. The second I thought I could run without being rained on I took off. I don’t know how I planned it so well, but just as I finished my run it started to sprinkle again. Rain followed. PHEW!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have perfect timing!!!

Happily miserable …

This evening I started hill training again. I ran 7 miles and the first four were at a park near our home. The hills aren’t huge there but there are a lot of them and some of them seem to drag on forever. My first four miles were pretty decent. I wasn’t totally defeated. Yay! But the next three miles were a special kind of ugly. Gaggy ugly. Ew. And my legs are really feeling it right now. I hurt! But you know what? I didn’t care! I am excited to run with a new purpose. It has set my soul on fire and I am LOVING IT … um … despite how horribly awful I feel at the moment. HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are happily miserable!!!

Hoping for the best …

I set some running goals for myself yesterday. They are pretty lofty and I can foresee a great deal of fear, failure and disappointment in my future. But that’s OK, because as long as I have breath I have time to accomplish them. And the last time I checked, I was still breathing. HA! But in all seriousness, I figure that time will pass regardless of whether or not I make some crazy unattainable goals for myself. So why not shoot for the stars? Why not take the chance? I have nothing to lose but the regret I will feel for not trying at all. I go into all of this clearly not know what the outcome of it will be. But the eternal optimist in me, simply can’t wait to find out.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you hope for the best!!!