It has been a weekend of high and lows. It started with the saddest email I have ever received. The darkest of tragedies had befallen one of my friends. I cried, prayed, cried a lot more and started running, hoping I could pound my sadness, and hers, into the tarmac.
I ran ten sad miles this morning. I had to not cry – if I cried, my throat closed up and I couldn’t breathe. It was a tough run; my legs were tired and by mile 5 I was feeling it. At mile 9 I wanted to stop, but I thought of my friend and ploughed on. Mile 10 was rough – slow, sore and achey. But I did it, and arrived home at mile 10 on the dot. My boys were in the pool. I was glad to see them today, and piled straight into the hot tub in my running clothes. Heaven!
Running is both wonderful and stupid in times of sadness. It does help – there is something theraputic about grinding your legs into the ground. But at the same time, it suddenly seems so ridiculous and pointless. I think both things are important – both the comfort it gives and the sense of perspective about its futility. I’m glad I ran today.
And then on Sunday, I was so excited by the news that Yo Momma qualified for Boston after missing the qualifying time by 20 and then 12 seconds. I was so happy for her after all the work she put in. Running can bring so much happiness too.
As regards shoes, I ran in my old Vomeros today. I didn’t think it wise to run 10 miles in brand new shoes. No aches and pains, thanks Nike. And thanks to a quick message from Jen, I found out that the Oiselle Long Rogas that I wanted were on bargain sale at Runningwarehouse!!! One pair of indigo shorts coming my way, thanks Jen.
I have been vascillating like nobody’s business as regards whether to run the Lake Chabot Half next Saturday (23rd). I’m in poor shape but I was hoping to pull off a slow 13.1. However today’s crusher of a ten miler made it obvious to me that a hilly, trail half-marathon is beyond me at the moment. However, I’ve wanted to check out Lake Chabot for ages, I’ve wanted to do a trail race for ages and I want MORE MEDALS IN 2013! So I’m going to email and ask if I can drop down to the 10k.
I have promised not to bang on about my meat-free month but if you’re at all interested in eating less meat, check out this website: ohmyveggies.com The recipes and photography make me seriously want to get cooking now!
I spent the rest of the weekend with my dear boys. Hug your loved ones close today! We are so lucky to have people to love.