Sunday, March 21, 2010

How many is too many?

PICTURES, THAT IS!!!

I just don't have the mental energy to "write" too much tonight but I really want to post photos and activities from the past (nearly) week. So, with few words but lots of pictures, here goes:

If you could, what caption would you put for Boomer here?

On the 17th, I finally got to meet Marci (Ramblings of a Running Addict) from Canada. We met at Pleasanton Ridge in Pleasanton. Here she is on her "first California trail run." It was great to meet her and talk to her but I wish we could have had all day. Unfortunately, we ran out of daylight and our hike/run was shorter than we had hoped. Next time Marci, next time! I took a ton of pictures for her but am posting some and sending all of them to her to do what she wants with them.






The next day, I ran with Christy at Don Edward's Regional Park. I've run at Coyote Hills plenty of times but this park is on the other side of Hwy 84. It was nice to see some new trails, hard to believe I've never ran over there. It was very hot that day (82 degrees) so we only ran 3 miles. It was a great run and provided the sweat I needed. Dogs have to be on leash so I actually left the boy at home that day. I can't tell you the last time I ran without him.



Today I was in a funk. The further I get into treatment (I go seven days a week), the more I find I am struggling with a lot of feelings. Some days are good and some are not so good. I can't hide (bury) my feelings and "get better" at the same time so I must make myself "feel" the feelings and deal with them in a healthy way. GAH! It's tough for me to do.
I finally decided I needed to get outside so Boomer and I picked up Bella and went for a 4.5 mile run at Garin this afternoon. I MADE myself run up hills I would normally hike up. I'm alive today for a reason and running up a hill isn't going to be what kills me! Seriously, it isn't. It was a beautiful day, the park was packed with people hiking and having picnics. I am definitely not used to seeing so many people there. On a good day, I may see eight people while I'm out there during the week or early mornings.




One final photo that makes me smile and hopefully will leave you laughing. For those that don't know, Bella is my daughter's dog and she is a German Shepherd/Lab mix.
Bella - Lab on the left and Shepherd on the right

"MED2010" Accountability:
03/16 - 1.5 mile walk, "24SET" class at the gym
03/17 - 5.5 mile trail run
03/18 - 3 mile run, 2 mile walk
03/19 - 2 mile walk
03/20 - 2 mile walk
03/21 - 4.5 mile trail run
Thanks for reading, thanks for caring. Your kind comments continue to give me strength. I appreciate all of you. ;)
Until later.............

24 comments:

René said...

These are great photos, I'm laughing my head off! Boomer's caption is "Rico...Suave" Recovery is tough important work well worth doing. It's awesome to see you doing it.

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Karen said...

You have the best pictures! Stick with teh recovery as tough as it may be. In the end, it will be worth it.. (By the way, CR is my husband, his friends call him Crazy Rick).

Ewa said...

Beautiful trails. I have not been able to get out on trails lately so at least I can enjoy your photos while turning green with envy.
Cute doggies. Why can't my cats run with me?

Mel-2nd Chances said...

The picture of Bella definitely made me smile!!! All of them did actually! So happy you got to meet Marci too! take care JoLynn. Hugs.

Lisa said...

I'm not good at "feeling" my feelings either. But, it is necessary. You have to deal with them at some point or another, like it or not.

Nice photos. Glad that getting outdoors is part of the plan.

Katie A. said...

I come to your blog for the Boomer and Bella pics :) I kid, I kid! What beautiful pics you took and I am so glad you got out there to enjoy the awesome weather we had this week! Keep up the good work, you sound strong! Thinking of you and huggss!!!

RunningLaur said...

That last picture is just the perfect balance of beautiful and funny. It reminds me that I need to get out to the trails and enjoy the poppies while they're here!

Looney said...

Not sure about the caption for the first picture, but Boomer is looking rather smug and confident.

How muddy is Pleasanton Ridge? I can remember it being quite a mess on that first climb this time of year.

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

Love Bella's ears! Boomer is sporting a sexy look...it is like he is saying. "I know I am so hot!"

Great that you have gotten out to enjoy the weather! I know getting some sunshine here in Maryland has certainly boosted my mood! I'm not too good with facing the feelings either....I continually work on that one... Peace to you!

aron said...

BEAUTIFUL pics as always!! there can never be too many of those.

keep up the awesome work, both in MED and in your recovery... you are doing great!

Marci said...

Thanks again for the hike, love the pictures, especially the single track one of me "chasing" Boomer! I will upload mine when I get home... meeting you has inspired me to get blogging again!

Irene said...

I also have a lab-shepherd mix. She has Yoda ears! I love mixes. Bella looks like such a sweetie.

Glad to hear your working through everything. :) Been thinking about you a lot.

*hugs*

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Great photos! You have such wonderful places to run and hike.

Keep up the recovery. Not all feelings are enjoyable but its necessary to go through them.

Kristi said...

You can't have *too* many! :) Especially that sly/sexy Boomer type pic. He's too cute.

Hope you're doing well and looking forward to hitting the road with you soon!

vegannut said...

Boomer's caption should read "Ok mom, picture time is over, lets hit the trails!!"

Glad to hear you're feeling better. One day at a time!!

Southbaygirl said...

I feel like the worlds worst friend/blogger friend/friend in the world for not having the time to read your blog lately when you needed all your friends! I am SO SORRY I wasn't there for you in words and spirit!! I think you are a remarkable woman for numerous reasons! You put it out there to the world that you needed help and were getting it! WOW!!! You are superwoman!!!!

The pictures are fantatsic. I'm so jealous of your trails! One day-hopefully soon, I'll be running those trails with you and Boomer...velcro and I! I can't wait!!!!

SMILE!!! Because you have the best smile and it lights up a room!

Iris said...

Awesome pictures! Take care of you!

trailmomma said...

Boomer's expression is saying "yeah, that's right! I am one cool pup!" ha!

Running Diva Mom said...

I love all the photos, awesome! I just came across your blog -- keep up the great work!

jen said...

What beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work with your treatment and stay strong. It sounds like your head is in the right place to fight this battle and I know you will win it.

Sarah said...

WOW you run in the most beautiful places! I really need to start getting around the Bay Area and checking them out. :)

Love the pic of Bella. She is too cute! I'm a softie for dogs with big ears, even if it's just one.

Black Knight said...

Beautiful pictures and great trails to run. A big hello to the lovely dogs.

Stuart said...

Gorgeous photos and smile, it's great to see you getting out there and moving every day!