Times… They are a-changin’

One constant I have in my life is running, but everything else seems to be changing and moving at a fast pace these days.  I’m getting older, and sometimes that really bothers me.  I’ll be 46 in a little over a month, and that’s closer to 50 than 40.  What’s happening?

Time just seems to be slipping by.  My oldest son is just a few months away from graduating High School, and moving on.  It scares me a bit.  What’s a bright and wonderful lifetime ahead of him, means leaving the nest.  For me?  I am experiencing some sadness and loneliness already, and he’s not even gone yet.  I’m sure this is normal, but I have not adjusted in my head yet what my new normal will be.

The decision was made a few weeks back to sell the house, and move closer to work.  I’ve been busy decluttering, donating to charity, and sprucing up what needs to be presented well when the house goes on the market.  Hoping to be ready in about 4-6 weeks.  Organizing, painting, fixing that stuff that should have been already fixed.  I got comfortable, and let go of the proactive when it comes to the house years ago.  I’m paying for it now.  So, when I’m not at work, or out on a run, I am busy in the house.

It’s a major change.  The next few months are not going to be easy, but times, they are a changing.

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I have to come to terms with change.  I’ve had a kid in the house for the last 20 years.  Soon, this will be over.  Time to move onward and upward.  I just have to work my way through this, and embrace the change.  I moved to my current house almost 17 years ago, this too, will be a tough transition.  Leaving a house, for an apartment or townhome.  Different space, different surroundings.  I need to look at it with zeal, change can be good.

Luckily I have my health, and feel good.  I need to look at a move as a change of scenery.  New things to explore, new paths to run.  New faces.  Ok, I’ve given myself a pep talk for the day, now I have to get back to painting.  This house isn’t going to spruce itself up.  Down to the nitty gritty.

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Don’t just visit happiness, LIVE IT!

It’s a plain and simple truth…

Life is not always easy.  It is never certain, most times unclear.  We live in a world of earthquakes, floods, war, death, inequality, racism, hunger, divorce, poverty.  Many aspects of life challenge us as human beings every day.  We must push through and persevere.

Isn’t life full of amazing wonders though?  Sunshine, family, nature, love, warmth.  The list is endless.

Sometimes it is very difficult to watch the news these days.  It seems that most of the time the world is focused on what’s wrong.  I wish we could focus more on what’s right with the world.

We need to smile, and laugh, and love.  Hug your loved ones.  Be polite.  Care for your neighbors.  Reach out and help strangers.  Uplift, and enjoy life.  We only have one life to live, and doesn’t it make more sense to be kind?

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Let negativity go, or use it to inspire positive change.

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if more of us smiled?  Live in your happy place today, and every day.

108 Amazing Miles

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July was a great month for me!  I managed to run 23 days, with 8 rest days.  I ran distances ranging from 3.1 miles, up to 11 miles.  I ran one race this month, back on Independence Day.  That race, a 5k, was my fastest paced race in the last year.  I finished with a 7:03 pace.  I am still chasing the sub 7 paces I ran a few years ago.  My average pace during training July was 8:13.  I am very happy with all of my stats for the month.

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I love the photo above!  It has determination written all over it.  Running takes determination, will and heart.  I am feeling good, and have had a really good year so far.  Being determined, and chasing after my goals has a lot to do with my positive outlook.  Running really does make a body feel good and feeds my soul.

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I don’t run with music.  I focus on my surroundings, and take in the views and experiences that running and racing can provide.  I would rather remember the views, not the song, the cadence, that helped get me over that hill, or to the finish line.  Just look at this photo.  As runners, we have so many amazing opportunities to take in the beauty that is our world.  I breathe it in, the air and the scenery.

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Our community, a strong family of runners, look after each other.  We were strong before, but as Boston taught us recently, we all care for our sport and our fellow runners.  We take pride in what we do, the goals we set for ourselves, and we relish in the run, the race, the finish.  We celebrate ourselves, and just as importantly, we celebrate others.  We are strong!

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As July now is over, I begin a new chapter, a new month.  I look forward to continuing my training, and my racing over the next several weeks and months.  I look forward to stepping into the mass of runners at the starting line, and seeing what I can accomplish.  Bring on August!