Changing your mind …

I am loving this gloomy Saturday! I normally don’t like anything but summer weather after the New Year but I am growing to appreciate these winter-like days. Days like this motivate me to both get in the kitchen and to get outside and do longer runs. Some of my most favorite things to do! After all these years, I’m finally learning to love colder weather. OK … maybe I’m going a little overboard on using the word “love”, because I don’t see myself feeling this way after a week of rain. HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you change your mind!!!

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My sweet reward …

What’s better than an UN-Christmas-ed house? Rewarding yourself for UN-Christmas-ing the house! For me that looked like a nice evening run, a warm shower, comfy clothes, some great company and a glass of wine.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you received your sweet reward!!!

Highly caffeinated …

I woke up at 3 a.m. AGAIN. After putting up a good fight, I eventually gave into my insomnia and got up and worked at my computer for a little while. Then I did a few things around the house before I headed out for my 5-miler. It’s insane to think that I had to kill time before I left. But trust me. It is WAY LESS weird to run at 5 a.m. than it is at 3:30a.m. HA! When I got back from my run I made myself some coffee and I got ready for my day. I got my girls off to school and then I met a friend for breakfast (which included a whole lot more of coffee). Afterward, I ran a TON of errands. Iced tea in tow. Then I did some more Christmas shopping. I’m sure at some point, when all that coffee and tea wear off, that I will just collapse from exhaustion. But until then, I’ll be thankful that I had a little help (OK, HUGE AMOUNTS) to get through my day.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are highly caffeinated!!!

Smile down on me …

With as early as I run, and with as many years as I have been doing it, I have seen A LOT of moons. I’ve seen them in all phases slowly setting from the night sky allowing for a beautiful sunrise to follow in their wake. It’s a gift to have been witness to so many of these transitions from night to day and I am no less appreciative by their abundance. Each is special and I know it.

There is, however, one phase of the moon cycle that I have grown to love more than all the others. It still manages to surprise me when I see it and, even after years of experiencing it, it makes me happy. The “waning crescent” NEVER disappoints me! From what I understand about the cycles and phases of the moon (and trust, me it’s limited!) it can appear differently depending on where you are situated on our earth. So we all will be in the same moon phase of the cycle but it will look differently depending on where you actually are viewing it. When I found that out this whole process became even more special to me, because I love what I get to see!

Well, I hope you all have a day where the moon smiles down on you!!!

Don’t laugh at me …

While I was getting my miles in this morning I heard a familiar and pleasant noise but it didn’t know where it was coming from. I then saw a woman running after her dog. They stopped by a tree and her dog excitedly stood there looking up at a squirrel who had perched himself on a branch about 12 feet above them. Then I heard the noise again … and I couldn’t believe my ears! The woman and I just looked at each other. She must have seen the shock on my face because without even having to ask her, she confirmed that she was hearing the same thing that I was hearing. Now I will admit that I have been witness to a few strange animal encounters in my day, but all I could think was that THIS had to be the funniest one yet!

Well, I hope you all have a day where someone (or some creature) doesn’t laugh at you!!!

Beat …

I had a great day today! I got a ton of things done and I was somehow able to squeeze in yoga this morning, some much needed gardening in the afternoon and another workout with speedwork tonight. I’m not sure how, but it all seemed to flow together effortlessly. I love it when that happens! But holy moly, a day like this will take its toll at some point. And I am definitely at that point, HA!

Well, I hope you all had a day were you feel beat!!!

Everything hurts and I’m dying (I’m so extra) …

This morning I ran an easy 3-miler. It will be the last time I run until race day. You would think this “easy” run would, in fact, be EASY. But it’s not. These last few miles I have come to call the “hypochondria miles”. The last of my tapering drama insanity nutso-ness is summed up in what are truly the final steps of my marathon training. I worry about every feeling I … um … feel.

Why does my Achilles feel that way? OH MY GOD IT MUST BE A TEAR!

Why am I breathing like that? MY LUNG MUST HAVE COLLAPSED.

Does my heart usually do that? YES, YES IT BEATS.

Is this harder than it should be? MY GOD ITS ONLY 3 MILES! HOW CAN I POSSIBLY MAKE IT ANOTHER 23.2?!?!

Good Lordy, I literally have to tell myself to SHUT UP and just RUN.

Well, I hope you all have a day where everything doesn’t hurt and you don’t think you’re dying!!!