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Birthday Shenanigans and Reflections

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You know you’re a runner when…… you had 6 miles on the schedule but because it’s your birthday and the 19th……… you have 3 thoughts.

  1. I’ll run 19 miles! Wait, I don’t have enough fuel with me. Dang, I didn’t bring money with me so I can’t raid a passing gas station for bananas. Argh, I don’t have enough time for 19 miles. (followed shortly by……)
  2. No, I’m turning 23… I’ll run 23 miles!! (the same fuel/money/time dilemmas reassert themselves)
  3. Okay, what can I do? Hmmm… Well, it’s the 19th, and 1 + 9 = 10. Also, I’m turning 23, and 2 + 3 = 5, and 5 x 2 = 10…… I’ll run 10 miles!!

And then you run 10.8 miles because you don’t have a GPS with you.

Needless to say, I spent part of my birthday running, and it was great! I also got the most gorgeously wrapped presents from my parents – did I mention my mom could do this professionally??

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Not to mention the surprise flowers that were delivered…. : )

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Or the sushi with friends….

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Followed shortly by chocolate cake and ice cream….

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The day was great, but it was also a mixed bag. Such is life. Good things happen and bad things happen, in the same life, in the same day, in the same person. I also attended a panel on domestic violence awareness…

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And you know what? I got fed up. Fed up with this world, where things like this happen. Where people treat other people in such ways that no one should ever EVER be treated. I worked on some domestic violence cases this summer, and I was appalled. Appalled at what was done, and appalled at the fact that the perpetrator wasn’t appalled. That the perpetrator could view another human being in such a way as to treat them less than an animal, let alone a person. That the perpetrator told the victim to apologize.

If you see something, say something. Be a safe person that victims feel they can reach out to, and be ready to help if/when they do so. Love these women and men who have been shown everything but true love from those that they trusted. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please, do your part.

Fall Run Pictures

Because 2L is crazy, because we’re only 7 weeks out from exams (sorry to all my fellow law students for bringing that up), and because my trail was so pretty, this is gonna be a short, picture-filled post.

I love going out to the Silver Comet Trail on the weekends for a long run. Even when I’m not training, there’s something about traveling out to this trail and being among the nature and fellow runners (and cyclists and walkers). It makes the run so much more special. And when it’s fall, it makes the run so much more beautiful than just a city run.

Evidence in point:

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I ran 10x faster after seeing this – an ad for the Silver Comet Marathon, which I’m running on Halloween! : D

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Fall running makes for one happy runner!

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And for hungry runners, there’s nothing like this “smoothie” for embracing fall. I mixed pumpkin puree and vanilla protein powder and couldn’t stop licking the spoon!

Long Run in the Rain

Rain has been the theme of the weather for the last couple of weeks.

Thankfully, this past weekend, it didn’t rain and I was able to get my long run in amidst clouds and only minor sprinkles. Two weeks ago, however, I did my 16 mile long run in the rain. While it’s one thing to do a quick 3-6 miles in the rain, it’s another thing to drag my butt out the door when I know I’m going to be out there for hours, it’s cozy inside, and things like hot chocolate exist.

It’s one thing to go out for a race in the rain – when I’ve paid money, I’ve been looking forward to it, and I might have friend running with me. It’s another thing when nothing but my training schedule and my determination is making me get out.

But you know what? I actually loved the run. Not at the beginning, mind you. Not when I hadn’t warmed up and the rain was cold and all I could think about was how miserable I was. But I kid you not: somewhere around 8 miles, I had the thought, “It’s a glorious day, why isn’t anyone else out here??” (I’ll admit it took me another mile before I figured out why). The trees were lush. The flowers were trumpeting their colors. Birds were singing and the red of swooping cardinals slashed the trail. Also, I had my trail – what is normally pretty busy on the weekends – to myself.

And I got to thinking. Running is a lot about learning what we can control and what we can’t. It’s letting go of what we can’t control and choosing our responses to what we can. I couldn’t control the fact that it was raining. But I did decide to get out there. I could decide whether or not to have a good time, or be miserable and grumbling the whole way. We don’t pick injuries, but we can pick our responses to them – healthy scaling back or bull-headed pushing through.

We don’t pick these less-than-ideal circumstances, but we do pick how we approach them.

I ended up really liking my run. And now, if it does rain for my marathons, I’m not as worried. When training for a marathon, we train our bodies, our nutrition, our minds… everything. Now that I’ve also got training in the rain, I feel more prepared.

Plus, this image summed up a lot of my feelings…..

Here are some tips for running in the rain:

1. Dress in warmer clothes. If it’s summer, this doesn’t really apply. But for cooler temperatures, the rain is going to be cold, and it’s going to have a cooling effect. It’s one thing to be wet. It’s another to be wet and cold and risking your health.

2. Leave the tech at home. You’re already running in the rain. You don’t need to come home soggy…. and with a malfunctioning phone/iPod.

3. Be careful of wet leaves. Those nice leaves that crunch when it’s not raining and make you think of all things fall…. well, they might lead to a different kind of fall when wet.

4. Don’t forget to hydrate. It can be really easy to forget take in water when you’re surrounded by it. Your throat won’t feel dry. You won’t feel yourself sweating. But you still need water. I made the mistake of under-hydrating on my 16-miler, and that led headache for the next 24 hours. Not fun. Not worth it.

5. When you’re done, put newspaper in your shoes. This helps them dry faster. And maybe have a hot drink lined up. I swear it will make you run faster, knowing that Pumpkin Spice Latte or hot chocolate or spiced apple cider is waiting for you.

6. And for the things you can’t control…. let it go : )

Sorry, I couldn’t resist : )