So, all month this month I’ve watched my miles inch up closer and closer to 100. Now, I’ve run 100 miles in a month before but it’s been a really long time since I’ve come within 25 miles of that. life is busy and I haven’t been running as much as I have been diversifying my workout these days. I do what I can on a regular basis to stay healthy. My VA trip helped because I got a lot of miles in that week and in fact because of the way the calendar in one of my running apps works, I actually thought I was going to hit 100 about 10 days ago. My bad for not paying attention but I’m glad I didn’t because it made me set the goal to reach 100 miles in April. Even when I realized I was further away from it than I originally believed I still wanted it! I wanted it bad and I pretty much reach the goals I want with very few exceptions. I realized on the 24th that I was still more than 13 miles away from the 100 but I can do that in 6 days easily. As we all know, life is busy and this time of the year I’m painting sets for the Raynwater Players spring production just about every night and weekend. That takes away one end of my day which I was using for extra workouts. I don’t like running more than 3 days or so without giving my legs a break and doing Tabata or using my bike. Night by night my opportunity to hit 100 was dwindling. I can’t forego Tabata because as I found out with a 2 week near void of Tabata, weakness creeps back in quickly. On Friday after my 4 miles I was down to about 11 miles needed to achieve the goal. I knew if I put up 6 both weekend days I could make it with ease. Saturday 6 didn’t happen so I put up 3 which forced me to do 8 today. Now I haven’t run anything over 5.5 in two weeks. I hate jumping in and doing lots more miles than where my routine finds me at the moment. I just feel like it’s begging for injury and I definitely don’t want to be injured because not running would be really bad for my psyche and well, my progress at staying as fit and trim as possible. Anyway, as Genie said I don’t like doing it:
But I set out today knowing I had to do it because I wanted the 100. Off I went on a beautiful day running a pace that felt actually slower than it turned out to be. I tried to just enjoy the day remembering that todays run was simply about putting up miles and not about speed. My legs protested a teeny tiny bit in the beginning because they were tired from yesterdays up and down at my son’s car wash fundraiser but they didn’t complain long or hard. They must have known that I wanted 100 badly and they carried me the whole way home finishing 8 to make just over 100 miles for the month. Funny how something you’ve done before can be so rewarding when you want it so much. So I did it! I ran 100 miles this month and I am one happy camper! I don’t know if I’ll have goal for May or not. I haven’t had a monthly goal like this one before but it was fun trying to achieve it so perhaps I’ll have a new monthly goal going forward. Who knows. You’ll just have to keep reading to find out what happens. What goals have you set for yourself? Tell me in the comments and please share this blog with friends.
My son, , you graduate today. All the days that I said to myself that there was all the time in the world before now have faded away and here we are just hours before your moment in the spotlight walking that platform. You are so ready like we all were to be “outta there!”. Headed off to college your perspective will soon become what each of us has said to our children on countless occasions…”I would not go back for anything”. You worked so hard to get here doing your best in just about everything and I am so proud of you. You got all A’s this year so you didn’t have to take finals. You were inducted into the National Honor Society for music and will wear your pink cords to commencement. You finished your cap with a little more drama than I’d like but it’s done and you like it. You have been accepted to a good school in a program of your choosing and an opportunity to study in Germany for a year making 4 years into 5. Totally worth it for you. I’m filled with pride today that you made it here. I’m proud that I helped get you here and that you are an adult that I am fortunate to know. As with any child, there are still so many things to learn but that is the game and we all are playing still. I am looking forward to seeing how you unfold your life as you are away. Looking forward to watching how your values grow and how you employ what you know and what you will learn. At the same time I still see the little boy with conjunctivitis sitting on my hip watching TV so many years ago and I want to scoop him up and hug him tight and go play ball with him in the back yard. Those days have gone and here we are standing in the doorway to your future and it’s so bright Johnny. I wish for you all the things I didn’t do and don’t have. I wish for you joy and happiness and serenity. I wish you fortune of all kinds and more happy days than not. So as you go, know that I will always be standing behind you watching you experience life. Know that you can always come back when you need even if that is just to sit quietly with no words. Know that you will never have a bigger fan than me nor will there ever be anyone who loves you more. I am so proud of you so as you go, go with pride and a smile. Hold that beautiful head up high and your face to the sun and remind yourself that you did it. Know that you can do and be anything you want because this is your life. As you go, go with faith and perseverance and never ever give up who you are or what you want for anyone or anything. Stay true to yourself. As you go, go with hope and optimism because they are sometimes the silver lining that you may cling on to if things get hard. As you go, remember the lessons you were brought up with that make you the good person that you are and be as good to others as you would want them to be to you. As you go, go with determination and always keep putting one foot in front of the other because that’s how you eventually get to the other side even if the path is a bit winding. As you go remember that your family is your foundation and you can always count on us to see you through hard times and share the best of times. As you go, go ostentatiously because you were never average, never settled, never quit and never thought for one minute that you couldn’t because you always did. So as you go, and your life develops and you become busy and involved in the life you are about to begin building, remember to turn around now and again. I’ll be there…always.
I love you John!