- "You gonna be okay, man?" An article about binge drinking
- An article on Breast cancer and mammograms--I thought maybe he had noticed the messages I had been getting about it's time again for my mamogram???
- "Last-minute advice about running a marathon"
- An article about a "hottie hubby"--I know he's hot but I didn't know he thought he was ; )
Yes, it was the one about running a marathon. And I thought he either thinks I'm in better shape than I am or HE'S TRYING TO KILL ME ; ) No, at this point in time there is no marathon in my future. I had talked about a half-marathon, but that will have to wait until next year--perhaps the Spring. BTW, I have decided the on-line running class is not for me.
I have been slowly getting back to running--after my two week illness the beginning of August. It seemed to take a long time to get back into it. I guess that has gotten me thinking about some of the lessons I've learned from running:
- Perseverance: When I first started a little over a year ago, I didn't think I'd ever be able to run for more than a minute or two. I still don't have great endurance, but that's okay. It has really paid off to "just keep running".
- You don't quit just because of a little pain: This came at me full force the other day. The first 15 minutes of my run I was miserable. My back was killing me, but I decided to just run through it. And then it started to get better. It was a great run that really had me thinking that it's like life--sometimes we just have to keep going and it will get better.
- The feeling of accomplishment: Some days when I go out in my car after running and drive to where I ran, I think WOW, I really ran a long way. And that just makes me smile. It's nice to sit back and think about the things we accomplish--even the little things.
- There is such beauty in the world: I love as I run along and see all the different colors of the trees, the flowers, etc. (I do have to admit I don't like the canker worms, but at least they are not on the trees all year) The other day when I was out running, I came up upon 2 deer at 3 different spots along the run. Each set was a mom and her baby. They were so sweet. I was so afraid I was going to scare them and they would take off into oncoming traffic so I had to either slow or come to a complete stop and wait until they ran back in the woods or I would run into the street to keep them from going that direction.
- There are all kinds of people in the world: This morning I had a weird experience. I had passed the half-way point and had started back toward home when a guy riding by on a bike starts talking to me, "The toilet paper at McDonald's is like sandpaper." I said, "Oh?" He added, "Yeah, my butt's bleeding." At that point I put my earphones back in and kept running.
- Attitude truly is everything: Quite often I have to push myself to get out there and run. But I know one thing--doing it is good for me. Some days when I am out running, I feel pretty old, but I know by doing this I'm taking better care of myself. I saw this somewhere and loved it, "a recent 2010 study by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research showed that, overall, people aged 70 and older who had a positive mental attitude about aging and who were physically active reported feeling much younger than their years. Conversely, those who had a more negative attitude about getting older tended to be less active; and reported feeling at least their age, if not older; and reporting more health problems than the younger group did." That's very true--I don't feel too old until I look in the mirror ; )