Banner photo courtesy of: Edie Mahoney Melson at The Write Conversation
Listening to the ocean as I write allows me to be grateful for everything I have and everything I can do. Although I can tell my body is aging, I’m in great spirits. The same can’t be said of many people my age.
Growing up, I wasn’t the most active kid. I did bike ride often once I learned to do so, and I jogged once in a while with my dad whenever we found ourselves at the track. I played basketball (in 7th grade) and volleyball (8th grade and all thru high school and college). Until high school, I was always the slow chubby kid on field day events.
For the past 3 or so years I’ve become a more active jogger. When I finished high school 30 years ago, if you would have told that I would complete a marathon, I would have laughed in your face. ME, a Marathoner?? You’ve got to be kidding, right? Fast forward to 2014, as of the end of the year I’ve completed 9 marathons (26.2 miles), 4 ultra-marathons (anything over 26.2 miles), 11 half-marathons (13.1 miles), a 10K and a 5k. Of the four ultra-marathons, 2 had 24-hr duration with the longest distance completed of 43.64 miles.
“Stop bragging!,” you may say, but I’m not. I’m just sharing how someone that is average at best can do anything with motivation and determination. My husband and I changed what we eat and how we exercise. We made an insane lifestyle change in order to have better health and longevity. And if we can do this, anyone else can too.
We are not saying it’s easy, we are saying it’s doable!
Enjoy the journey, have fun! It’s all play!
First I should explain the title! After taking the writing course The Moo of Writing by local author Nan Lundeen (www.nanlundeen.com), the class continued as a writing group that meets twice a month. Recently we created a cyber community, mooing around.com where we can share our works. This post first appeared there…
I often wonder what other runners think about while they run. Ruminating while running is a common occurrence for me. Lots of times, as I get into the cadence of running, my mind also gets into the rhythm of providing creative ideas.
I run with my husband, Don, and because we both keep a slightly different pace, the longer the run, the more time I spend training alone. Most runners these days use IPods to keep their mind occupied. My playlist usually helps, in my case, it helps keep my mind from concentrating on something other than the pain I feel or how tired I am by the distance.
On race day, because of our pace differences, even though I run surrounded by others, I’m always in my own world. It is inspiring when someone passes by and tells me “good job” or “keep it up, you’re doing great,” especially when I’m trailing behind the average runner. And although inspiring, most runner’s pet peeve is the dreaded “you are almost there!” or “you are half way there!” especially when one is struggling to put one foot in front of the other.
This is when inspiration sets in for me! Sometimes, I wish I could stop to write what floods through my mind, however I have to keep in mind the task at hand. My priority is to complete the training or, most important, finish the race. Once past the finish line, I can worry about putting pen to paper and jot down the ideas that visited along the way.
Back in February during a 15-mile training run, while listening to my IPod, a song came up that stirred memories from the past. Lucky for me, I was able to remember the poem that came to me during the run. “The Best of Times” is the product of that run.
To complete the journey for this poem, later on, I was able to find a picture taken during a visit to my hometown. I believe that my memory of our walking that trail says it all! And it is also another example of “The Best of Times” shared not only with family, but especially with friends!
It’s been more than a year since we started this site and the journey has been difficult but fun. Since June 2011, we have been eating a plant based diet, participated in a 50 day juice fast, became marathon runners, and started the Power90 exercise program.
So far my experience has been one of much fun and learning. There are still everyday challenges on the road. There are mornings when we battle to get out of bed, however once we do and turn on our P90 video, we move thru the motions and wake up.
My marathon journey began in 2008 when we walked the Kiawa Island, SC Marathon. On Valentine’s Day 2009, my husband and I celebrated the occasion walking the Myrtle Beach Marathon. In June 2012, I officially completed my first marathon as a runner, the Hatfield and McCoy in KY/WV. In September I ran my second marathon, Air Force in Dayton, OH.
As of today, we are preparing for the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of this month, and my challenge has been getting the first 20 miles accomplished in less than 5 hours. And in November we are schedule to run Space Coast.
And the journey is just beginning!