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Letting it go

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately.  I came down with a pretty nasty bug last week and I’m just starting to feel more like myself.  Still not 100% though.  I’ve been getting exercise here and there, but I’ve been really surprised how much energy and strength I lost from all this. But with the gorgeous weather last night I decided that I couldn’t pass up the chance to run and was determined to head out with my runners group.

The weather was ideal, and my legs were feeling good (yay!) but my stomach just wasn’t quite there yet.  I decided early on that I wasn’t going to be able to run the full 6 (partly because of my stomach but also because I’m just beginning to run normally again.  No reason to go ahead and aggrevate my legs by racking up the miles).  The first quarter mile of our run is downhill…a very nice way to ease into things.  But right out of the gate I wasn’t feeling fantastic and couldn’t quite keep up, which was really frustrating.  I rejoined the group when we got stopped at an intersection, and followed in with them closely for the next half mile or so.  Conversing was out of the question for me.  But I was hoping to draft the group (not sure that’s the correct usage of the verb but just go along with it) and tuck myself in at the tail end and just kind of flow.  But it soon became apparent that this wasn’t going to happen and I slowly let the group drift away from me (I had my own headlamp, reflectors, and knew that there were two runners still behind me somewhere).  I’ll tell you, it was a little difficult to watch them run away from me in the dark.  I’m competitive by nature, and while I’m not competing with any one of them (I wouldn’t stand a chance) there was this little voice in my head yelling at me to keep up and prove myself.  It was just like in the old cartoons where you have an angel and devil on your shoulders.  One side was yelling at me.  But then the other jumped in and reminded me that it’d be stupid to run faster or farther.  I’m just starting to come back from running, and while I’m in great shape, I haven’t run in awhile and my fitness level is not quite there yet.  You can cycle and swim all you want, but it’s just not comparable to what your body feels when you’re running.  So at 2.06 miles, at an average of 8:29 min/mile, I turned around and headed back.  But right before I did, a biker came up behind me and passed.  His bright, fluorescent headlamp revealed my pack that I thought had left me in the dust.  Turns out they really weren’t much further ahead than me.

I slowed up my pace for the next two miles back to the shop and finished 4.21 miles in 37:23.  Not bad.  In fact, I probably should have run slower.  My point of all this: I’m really glad I did the run, upset tummy and all.  And I’m really glad I let the pack go.  I’m carrying so much on my shoulders these days, everyone’s problems plus my own feelings about it all.  Letting my group run away from me was my own way of letting things go and just living completely in the moment, even if it was only for an hour.  Just another one of those interesting things running can do for you.


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Gift Wrap-up

Since I wrote a post about what I wanted for Christmas, I figured I ought to write a little follow up post.  Well wouldn’t you believe it, I must have been really good this year because I got everything on my list (except for Stanley, but I’m willing to extend Santa’s deadline on that one).  I’m loving my new Garmin Forerunner 350, Sugoi hoodie, Under Armour gloves, water belt, and all the other awesome gear I got.

I spent my Christmas break in the tri-state area: CT, NY and NJ.  And boy was it cold.  Aside from one slightly warmer day where I was able to get out and run the hills around my mother’s house, I was pretty much confined to the treadmill the rest of time.  But it’s just as well that I stayed away from any strenuous workout since my shin splints are giving me a real hard time and my 18-week marathon training plan begins this week.

So here you go.  Enjoy the pics of my presents.  I’m enjoying them myself.

Sugoi hoodie + new cycling shorts + Fox = happy holidays

Sugoi hoodie + Fox = happy runner


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Christmas List

I’ve never been very materialistic.  And I don’t think I’ve made a Christmas list since I was a very small child.  Even then, I usually just asked for a horse.  The wonderful years that I did have horses, most everything I asked for was for them: new blankets (in Breakaway Farm colors – blue and gold), hoof polish, horse treats, ect… Well I’ve made a Christmas list this year, more so out of necessity than anything else.  If there wasn’t a holiday of gift giving coming up I would have to inevitably buy some of these items, and maybe I still will if Santa can’t.  Well this year I’ve got a new sport that’s taken over a lot of my life (it’s been around for a few years, but I’ve only gotten serious about it this past year).  That’s right, you guessed it: running.  Well, as I’ve learned so well, new sports means new gear.  And changing weather means wearing appropriate clothing.  So here it is, my 2009 Christmas list.  Hope I was good:

Garmin Forerunner 205

– I’ve been thinking about this one for awhile.  I currently use a Nike +, but its innacuracy is driving me crazy.  I’ve decided that if I want to put my body through the rigourous training of a marathon, then (if possible) I would like to do it the right way.  The Garmin will (theoretically) help me with this. 

Sugoi hoodie
, complete with a ponytail hole! I may not live in New England anymore, but as evidence of the snow this weekend, it does get cold here in DC.


3. I’d really rather not use this next item, but I’m going to have to learn to love it, because for someone like me (who becomes dehydrated VERY easily) a water belt is necessary.


So I think I’ve been pretty reasonable so far, right? There’s only one more item on my list, and like the first three, I’ve done my research.  I’ve even made it easy on everyone: this gift is located right here in Maryland and is relatively cheap (key word, relatively):

Meet Stan, a 10 yr. old Irish Gelding. He’s 16.2 hands, a great hunter/jumper and, well, isn’t he beautiful? I found him on my new favorite website http://www.warmbloods-for-sale.com/


Breed Irish Draught
Name: Princestana
Age: 1999
Height: 16.2
Gender: Gelding
Price: $35,000  
Location: MD, USA

Happy Holidays!

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