“A reminder – There is more good than bad in this world, more light than darkness, and YOU can make more light.” ~Peter H. Reynolds
This morning I was interviewed on KALB, the local TV station. You can tell from the video how nervous I felt. I now have a new found respect for live television. I admire the people who do this daily.
Today, I leave for the road trip to Boston! There is a nervous excitement in the air.
Boston Marathon Interview.
In 19 days on April 21, 2014, I will be running the Boston Marathon. I am about to start my taper. This makes me thankful for so many reasons:
- I am thankful to all of my family and friends for understanding why I have been MIA. (Training is time consuming)
- I am thankful for my parents’ garden. They have supplied me with countless vegetables. (Running energy)
- I am thankful for my community. They offer encouragement when they see me running. (horns blowing, yelling, waving)
- I am thankful for my water stops. My aunt and uncle keep a water bottle in an outdoor refrigerator for me and on different occasions 2 random community members supplied me with water when I was in need. My sister leaves a bottle of water on days when she knows I have a long run scheduled and I will be running in front of her house. (Hydration, hydration!)
- I am thankful for the hubs. During this training he became involved and rode a bike behind me for my 20 mile run and one of my 16 mile runs. He was my personal water boy.
- I am thankful to everyone for uplifting words and support.
I will be leaving on Wednesday, April 16 to begin the road trip to Boston! Nervous and excited!
A couple pictures from the gator hunt this weekend:
While waiting for Hurricane Isaac to arrive, I went for a morning run. The winds were here and the resistance felt good. The rain was light but the drops pelted and felt like a sharp, stinging assault. After the run I grabbed on to my lamp post to keep from blowing away.
I am long overdue on so many summer posts. I am taking two graduate courses this summer and it has taken so much of my time. I will try to recap some of the summer happenings.
On June 10, 2012, Terri and I ran the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon in Irving, Texas. We drove in the day before and lounged around my sister-in-law’s pool all day.
Sunday morning we woke up early and drove to the race. This was my first race in Texas and I thought Louisiana heat and Texas heat would be the same. WRONG! The good thing was that the people in charge of this race were prepared. Water stops were along the route that included ice cold wet towels at 2 locations, sprinkler systems at various locations, and pretzels.
I had fun at this race in a new kind of way. I actually chatted with several people during the race. I met a man who ran the Rouge-Orleans solo. I met another runner who had previously run the Houston Marathon. We exchanged details about the Houston Marathon vs. the Louisiana Marathon. I patted several Veterans on the back and thanked them as I approached them. After the turn around I High-Fived Veterans who were heading to the turn around. It was a very moving experience. Several members of the military ran the race in full fatigues with backpacks and boots.
At the finish line we were greeted by several Veterans in wheelchairs. I was moved to tears at the sight. I made an effort to thank as many as possible. Other military units were there with trucks and tanks and were kind enough to pose for pictures.
The after party food included pancakes, oranges, muscle milk, popsicles, and several different juices and recovery drinks. Pancakes have never tasted so good! The area for the after party was beautiful. They have wild mustang sculptures running through a water feature.
Race results and the trip home to follow.
June has been HOT in Louisiana! However, I’ve been able to get in some fun runs with lots of new sights in my small hometown.
About 1/2 mile from my house is an adorable flower and gift shop. The owner has become a successful female business owner in this small town…not an easy task.
Oh, I’ve finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road…
(“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” Elton John & Bernie Taupin)
I imagine that to be her theme song, although I don’t know her that well. I love seeing her shop window and outside flowers change with the seasons. It’s a breath of fresh air on my running route. The road becomes shaded and covered with trees as I approach her shop. Daylilies line the road. Flower pots in the front burst with color. Last week however I got a new surprise! In addition to the bright flowers, this is being painted graffiti style:
It’s not finished yet so I’ll post another picture later of the end result, but isn’t it adorable? It says “Flower Power” and is being done freestyle by the artist. (Of course the owner drives her very own convertible Volkswagon Beetle.)
It may not seem like a big deal. BUT when I think about the owner and her shop tucked away on the outskirts of our little village down a small country road, it’s inspiration! Inspiration to all of the women in this small town who have dreams beyond the yellow brick road!
I have been away from my blog for a time. I have to be honest and say that running has slacked but not stopped. May in Louisiana is HOT. For most of May my only opportunity to run has been in the evenings, but this week I was able to run in the morning.
I have missed blogging about several events. Mother’s Day was a beautiful day. Honestly, Mother’s Day is not always a beautiful day. It is bittersweet. My first thought when I wake up on Mother’s Day is, “I will never be a mother.” I usually have to drag myself through the motions of getting dressed for our early morning 6:30a.m. Mass. I dread being in church when the priest asks all the mothers to stand. I always feel like I am the only person left sitting. This year was different though. I focused on my mother and sister sitting together. I thought about how much my mother means to me, and how I can always depend on her. She is forever filled with loving advice, and is well known for her “What-if’s.” I will always be grateful for my mom. I love her dearly.
For lunch, my parents and sister came over for Mother’s Day. We grilled red snapper, and roasted potatoes and veggies. After lunch we went to the Tribal Trail near our home. It was a peaceful way to spend the afternoon.
My parents enjoyed the shady stroll.
In the evening, my sister and I rode 10 miles on our bikes. It was a great way to end our day.
The weekend following Mother’s Day was my niece’s graduation from college. She graduated in Medical Laboratory Science. I can’t express how proud I am of her. She has overcome so much and proved that she is a strong, young woman. (My picture is blurry.)
She and I together after the graduation:
I am thankful for my mom, sister, and niece…three incomparable women.