I am ready for my close-up

What a run last night!  I ran every bit of pent up stress and frustration I endured over the course of the day and man…I was a bullet!  I could be onto something here.  Get stressed to the max and then go for a run and release it all.   We had fabulous weather and we did a Tempo run last night.  My race is this Sunday and I have one more run to do before then.  At this point though it will be an easy run for me.  We ran about 7.3 k last night or 4.3 miles.  I am doing an 8K on Sunday.  While the distance is not a challenge for me so much, I am working on my speed these days…so I am hoping to have a time of about 40-45 minutes.  I will be doing the next race a 10K approx. 3 weeks after that and I do want to come in under an hour on that one.

These are just personal goals of mine.  Members of my run group are always asking me when I am going to do a 1/2 marathon.  I don’t know that I want to.  I would have to commit a lot of time to something like this and the last thing I ever want running to feel like is a job.  I won’t say that I will never do one though.  Who knows?  A few years down the road I could very well change my mind.

I might go with the group this year to Victoria for the 1/2 marathon though.  They have an 8K portion as well and I would love to just go and support everyone and be out there cheering them on after doing my little jaunt.

I was a bit dismayed that I did not make the cut on the 25th Anniversary Relay for Rick Hansen.  They are doing a cross-Canada relay and I signed up to have a part in it a long time ago and found out the other day that I didn’t make the cut.  I will still go out and support the event in any case but it would have been great to have been a participant.

I certainly feel fabulous these days.  I am closing in on the end of the original 12 week plan and I did deviate from said plan as I have admitted in the past.  A few things I realized in this little exercise of mine.  While I planned on being a bit of hermit….I am not a hermit.  I like to engage in conversation and interact with people.  I really need that connection.

I was talking to my Yoga instructor last week about a 10 day meditation that he went on.  At this retreat you do not talk for 10 days.  You do not look at people.  I don’t know that I would be able to put on makeup or do some of my other little daily ablutions.   I don’t know that I could go 10 days without talking.  I would probably end up crying a whole hell of a lot and if they did let me put makeup on then I would just look like a bit of mess anyway.  And in truth it wouldn’t matter because no one is supposed to look at you. There is this part of me that is curious as to how I would deal with a situation like that and if I could get through it.  In any case, I won’t be doing that anytime soon.

The other thing I learned about my 12 week plan is that I like beer.  But I will be good for a while longer and be minimal in my consumption of this beverage.

The eating thing was fine.  I had no issues following a heart healthy diet and in fact have found some fabulous new recipes and have made a concerted effort to really look at what I am putting in my body.   This has carried over into restaurants as well and being very mindful of what I order when I am out and about.

That said, I am by no means radical in my food choices.  I don’t know that I could ever do the Vegan thing.  People that can and do this, I am amazed at them.  But I suppose it is how you view food.  I know in our culture we have an emotional attachment to food.  Why, I could not tell you, however, I would say marketing and advertising over the years has fed this phenomenon.  Actually it is interesting the effect that TV and/or visual media has had on the past few generations.  Our obsession with our appearance is a bit manic.  These odd ideals of beauty.  This revolt against aging.

I just want to be healthy and relatively sane.  Insanity can be fun at times and should be attempted just to balance things out.  Nothing like rolling around in the wet sand at midnight naked…and when the cops come to arrest me, then I just smile and say…”I am ready for my close-up.”

So go out, have fun and don’t get caught!  Enjoy.


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