Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
We went toSunol Regional Wilderness East Bay Regional Parks today and ran/hiked four miles. Hopefully the rain won't be too bad for the next few days. It did feel nice and cool this morning though.
Miles today: 4
Miles this month: 101
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I started golfing nine years ago. Keith and I had quit smoking. Our weight went up and our energy went down. Even though Keith had golfed a little before, he didn't think it would be a good idea to teach me. (Probably a very smart move -- I still don't take direction very well from him.) Anyway, we both took golf lessons and started golfing once a week. Three years later, we were still golfing every Thursday. I ended up having to have surgery on my elbow five years ago which meant I was not able to golf for about 18 months. What I was reminded of today is the little life lessons that I apply every day but I personally learned from playing golf.
1. You must control your temper while golfing. You don't want to affect those around you with your negativity.
2. You have to be honest in keeping count of how many strokes you take. Others are busy counting their own so it would be very easy to cheat. Sometimes you may break a rule and nobody sees. You have to admit it and take whatever penalty goes along with it.
3. Golfing takes concentration. There's a lot to think about when you're swinging a club. It's important to stay (4) focused.
5. Show some integrity when you golf. Remember your morals and ethics.
6. Golf takes discipline. You have to practice to be any good at it.
7. You can't be late for a tee time so it's very important to be punctual.
8. Be kind to your fellow golfers. Compliment your partner, and others in your group, on their shots or their swing. Even if it's not a perfect shot, you tell them it was a good try. Never say they hit a bad shot, even if it was REALLY bad. They know and they don't need to hear it from you.
9. Respect the golf course and those who will be playing behind you by repairing divots in the fairway and ball marks on the green. Rake the bunkers when you are done.
And, 10. Sometimes patience can be the name of the game. This is my biggest obstacle. I pray for patience daily. Patience is usually required when someone in front of you or in your group has not learned (or is not practicing) the lessons highlighted above.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Christy and I loaded up our bikes and went for a bike ride Sunday. We rode the entire Alameda Creek Trail and a six mile loop in Coyote Hills, both which are part of East Bay Regional Park District. When all was said and done, we had ridden 30 miles. See, she too, is taking a little break from running due to an Achilles issue. Neither of us can stand not being outdoors doing something good for our bodies. And, we might as well take advantage of this great California weather.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I showed up at 7:00 a.m. to help with check in that started at 7:30. Victoria was kind enough to try and maneuver me through the streets of San Francisco via cell phone.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I'll cut to the chase. My IT Band is F'd up! It has been for a while now and I have been working around it by wearing a brace, (foam) rolling it, taking Ibuprofen, stretching, and even using a different technique when running down hills. Us runners (aka "junkies", "addicts", "whackos", etc.) will do most anything to run. Even if you don't admit it, I know I'm not the only one like this. I was able to complete an eight mile run on Monday but decided I am going to take a four to six week break from running for now.
Now, seeing that I am a confessed single track junkie, it means I NEED THOSE TRAILS. I can not and will not give them up! Not now, not ever. I still go out and enjoy everything I do about running, except the "flying down the hill" part. I still get the mind-clearing silence, the leg muscles working, the quality time with my boy (um, I mean dog), the heart and lungs pumping. Boomer and I went to Garin this morning and enjoyed 4.5 miles of dirt under our feet. This loop normally takes me about an hour to finish. This morning it took almost an hour and a half. Okay, so I'm not going to be able to put as many miles in this way. But at least I still get to get out and do something.
And......... I still get my single track fix!
Monday: 8 miles
Today: 4.5 miles
Monthly total: 88.5 (btw - I keep this tally because for every mile I (run) in October, I donate a dollar to breast cancer research).
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I took my mom out to lunch today to celebrate her 76th birthday. I told her I expect her to live to be 100 years old. I appreciate that she takes such good care of her health. She practices Tai Chi five mornings a week. She teaches on the sixth day. Two nights a week she does a class where she uses swords. She is in great shape for a woman of 76.
My mom is really an amazing woman. I am the youngest of four children. I have three older brothers. She and my dad adopted me when I was six weeks old. My dad ended up leaving my mom (and family) when I was around six or seven. My mom never worked before he left. She became a substitute teacher and had to get help from welfare just so we could all eat. Even though I was so young, I remember how much she struggled. We had a lot of support from friends because she had no living relatives, except an older aunt and uncle out of state. She grew up as an only child and her parents were both gone by the time I was two. I always went to school in someone else's old clothes. My brothers grew so incredibly fast, it was very, very hard to keep them fed and clothed. (They range from 6'1" to 6'6" now) I didn't get my first "brand new" coat until I was in junior high. I grew up on a lot of beans, rice, noodles, and powdered milk. She is very proud of her four children and what we have done with our lives and we are proud of her.
I know I'm lucky to have my mom alive and living close to me. I'm so happy to be able to have our sushi lunches together for our birthdays, and just to catch up. Sometimes I think she talks too much but then I just sit and look at her and think to myself, someday I will miss hearing her voice. So, I let her talk (and talk, and talk). LOL
I hope to be able to report on her 100th birthday celebration when it happens.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
My husband and I had plans last night to go to his cousin's house for dinner. When I got home by 1:30, I had two choices: a) take a nap, b) go for a run. I was elated being able to choose (b). I went out to Garin and squeezed in 4.5 miles.
People around me find both the elation and the choice strange. This got me wondering why I like running so much and most others in my life don't even like walking. I like feeling the muscles in my legs work hard. I like feeling like I'm flying when I'm running down a hill. I like feeling my heart beat like it's going to jump through my chest wall. I like feeling sweat drip down the side of my face and down my neck. I like breathing deeply, when I have to use my mouth AND my nose just to get enough air back into my lungs. I like the silence. I like the quality time with Boomer. I like the "I can do it" attitude I get when I run. Oh, and I LOVE SWEETS!!!
A very small percentage of the American population likes to run. I'm happy to say I am a portion of that percentage.
Miles yesterday: 4.5
Monthly miles: 76
Thursday, October 16, 2008
There were goats grazing on the side of a hill. Usually they are in a fenced area. Today they weren't. Boomer thought perhaps they should be in a DIFFERENT area and started running toward them to herd them there. Luckily I was able to stop him with a loud "STOP!" Right then he was easily distracted by a bunny on our trail. He loves trail running almost as much as me but clearly for different reasons.
I'm working all day tomorrow so I won't be running. My daughter and I are heading over to Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival very early Saturday morning so no run that day. I'm hoping by Sunday morning my legs will be as anxious as the rest of me to get out and run around in the mountains.
Miles today: 4
Miles for month: 71.5
Wednesday, October 15, 2008