Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Who's out at 4?

Seriously, three cars drove by me this morning which made for a quicker pace than usual.  I suppose that's good though.

I procrastinated getting out in the cold, although I had looked forward to it.  Xar's blog entry was sort of short, so after I read it twice I headed out.  Although the moon is full (?) clouds were covering.  It didn't take too long to warm up, I was overdressed, but that's ok, the air was beautiful.  So thankful for the ability to get out and run..aaahhhh.  I didn't want to go back in, so I stretched a bit outside enjoying the crisp air.

Hustle and bustle in the 'boro lately.  We took an unplanned trip to NYC and as usual it was great.  It was quite hard to realize a few weeks back things weren't bustling in NYC.  I love our trips and unplanned stops while we are there.  One of my morning stops at GMA featured Kid Rock.  I must admit I like his duet with Sheryl Crow, probably the only reason I know him, other than his marriage to Pamela Anderson.  I laughed so hard to myself when an older gent next to me told his wife it was Boy George.  I'm sure Kid wouldn't appreciate that likeness.

I think the saying is opposite, but good things come in threes, so today is going to be a great day.  Hope it is for you too!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Running with our dogs

Today had me running with thoughts of our dogs.  I don't know why, but they have been on my mind lately and especially today.  As I passed George, we high fived and I know he often does the same when he runs.  Howie was his constant companion on the trails.

I am very thankful they decided to pick us.  Life is different without them, but the memories are still vivid.  The doggie pitter patter and wagging tails never go away.

I hope you all have a day filled with the happiness of  a wagging tail!

Keep dreaming!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Peaceful Slog

I got up and out super early and it was pitch dark.  I had no idea the temp, could be warm, could be cold, so I dressed in between.  It was quite warm, but every once in awhile there was a really strong, nice wind.  I really was overdressed.

I've been Hokaing along, getting used to the feel.  No real distance and today was an up around and Pace slog.  The feet felt great, it's amazing the big shoes are so light.  They seem to fit great, it's just different.  At times, in the dark I knew I was moving, but it did take some effort to get from here to there and back here. I thought maybe I should be giving it a little more effort. It was a slog.  But it was peaceful and I did it.

Have a great day whatever you find yourself slogging through.  Some days are just meant for slogging!

Keep dreaming!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Time to Fly

For me just putting on Hokas is fun.  Seeing the Time to Fly on the inner sole really makes me smile.  Their marshmallow goodness is just down right cheery. 

I went for a jaunt over the other and up the hill.  Blazed in orange, I look forward to tomorrow to go longer. Even though I stay on the dirt roads and pray the hunters around practice safety, it's just too easy I feel to be over zealous.

As I type, I hear multiple shots.  As I was heading back from my run, I also heard a rapid succession of shots.  I have mixed feelings about hunting, but could only think with sadness, ''time to fly little deer, time to fly.''

Wishing y'all a safe run filled with goodness!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Merry and Bright

The week has me waiting for a big box from Zappos.  Said box arrived, but the shoes were too big.  Hopefully tonight a fitting size will arrive.  After my hot poker feet at SC, I'll try some Hoka Love!

Today had me doing a short romp over the other and up the hill.  I headed out to sunny brightness and the glow of blaze orange.  An awesome day.

The Stone Cat run has made me feel really merry and bright.  Hard to explain, but some amazing break through has occurred, not sure what, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Wishing you merriness and brightness to you day!

Keep dreaming!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Running Many Miles Makes Me Happy...Stone Cat Report

My training consisted of pre-dawn jaunts, runs filled with fun including blueberry picking and unexpected finds and the typical slug fest runs, all I would have no other way.  I did ignore the fact, I really needed some new shoes which probably wasn't the best idea.

Although the real back of the packer of the Trail Monster crew it was tons of fun to represent.  One of the volunteers at the start/finish aid station was asking how many had descended upon the hallowed grounds of the infamous Stone Cat event. He particularly enjoyed seeing the FB post on the TMR page, ''We're here, ready to kill it''.    Thanks Volunteer guy for the props!  Kill it they did, great day and beyond amazing runs for all!  PR's all around, well except for me.  :)

The pre-race vibe was awesome.  Seeing all the TM's excited to run and seeing friends made from years past, it was great!  I was pleased with the later 26.2 start, as I really didn't need my headlamp. I dropped my headlamp and I said to ''the crew'' (Triple S), ''it will be light by the time I get in there'' worked out perfectly.  Ryan's remark when I said this made me smile for quite awhile into the start/run, ''that's awesome!''  Thanks Squirrel for taking the headlamp from me.

The start amazingly fun, filled with awesome vibes.  It seemed many of  ''my peeps'' weren't running this year.  Maybe this was contributed to the fact the race filled up in record time or maybe some have retired, due to age, from the distance.  I tend to think it was the registration filling up.  :)

First lap was great, I  arrived half way to be greeted by the TMR aid station crew.  Mindy ran out to meet me, loved it!  Val took a pic, loved it!  Ryan served me pancakes and bacon, loved it!  I opted to skip the bacon, but dreamt of it throughout the second lap.

Although I got a major pain in the lower left butt, Bio-Freeze totally took care of this when I got to the half.  The first loop was fun.  I broke the race down by aid station miles and this worked well for me.  I ran behind a friend from last year and this was fun.  I also ran with Stu for a bit and we had some interesting conversation.  I enjoy this race, as it seems I'm able to stumble upon MA connections and it's fun to catch up on life in MA.  Stu was a cool guy. 

Second loop my feet started to kill and I tried to channel into all my running idols.  I wondered how 100's are accomplished with overall foot pain which of course is part of a 100.  Today as I type they are still burning.  Bio-freeze on feet might be a plan.

Five miles to go, I had a coke, and it was near done.  I was happy.  I knew my time had dropped considerably, at one point, Stu told me, I was on pace for a PR, but it wouldn't be.  I teared up with 2 miles to go as I saw Wash doing the course and asked him for some inspiration.  He slapped me five, offered it was one section of single track and then onto to the double and you are there...perfect, unimaginable moment to guide me to the finish.

I finished as I started, filled with good vibes, happy, back of the pack!   Totally awesome!

GAC crew, great race, great course markings, great volunteers throughout, awesome hoodie! 

TMR's amazing people, amazing races, amazing fun gathering at the finish,  perfect day!

OK, that's done, time to send in the Bradbury Snow Series app!

Keep dreaming!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Season Finale

Dreams must be heeded and accepted. For a great many of them come true.

Today I find myself pondering many things, but particularly the end of this year's running season. A good size TMR contingent will be traveling to MA tomorrow for the Stone Cat 50 and 26.2.  Stone Cat always seems to me to be the season finale.   I hope everyone has the day of their dreams!

Keep dreaming!