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We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things.

(Doctrine & Covenants; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints scripture)

Hello double-digit land, nice to meet you!

I did it!!

Under heavy skies (that thankfully held up for the most part), after a sluggish 10k (believe me, it felt very far from strong especially at the end) the week before, after a long (but amazing) weekend…

10 miles. And I am not exaggerating when I say that every single one of them felt wonderful and I finished tired but completely alive and energized. I guess somewhere in there, I hit a runner’s high (first time!). I am (still) positively grinning. Yes, my knees are making themselves known and my poor feet are screaming. But I’m so energized and so so proud of myself, body and mind.

See, I’m not a runner. I’m not. I’m a swimmer, yes, and have always thought of myself as rather athletic, but running has always alluded me.

And even as I have started logging runs, I still had my ruts, my limits, 95% self-imposed, psyching myself out limits, and to race 10 miles strong, heck even to run 10 miles at all, when for so long 2 miles and 5ks and finally 5 miles seemed daunting on the other side.

10 wonderful, challenging, empowering, soggy miles. In 1:35, with a couple of walk-through the water stop breaks. Well under the nose of my secret 1:40 goal (which I revised after last week to: uhh, finishing would be awesome. Maybe under 2 hours? Maybe just finishing, period)

Like I said, after last week’s race, I like the challenge in my body and mind after mile 5… and this race has me curious to discover what’s beyond 10.

Yep, curious… not scared, not anxious, not overly in awe of… curious and believing in that possibility as something to be realized.

Hope all things, believe all things. Today, I have to thank running because it has been challenging me and inspiring for these last few months in ways I never thought possible.

I have endured a few races and challenging runs this month, and I am so eager to try to endure many more…

In short: 10 miles; 1:35. Goodness. (I “forgot” my watch for splits… on purpose because I didn’t need to get anxious about it. I stayed pretty steady in pace across the miles according to the race clocks)

Cheers!

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“My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” (Psalm 62:7; Hebrew Bible)

So this will be quick, because I’m really loving no computer time at home. So nice to disconnect. It actually has me even more excited for Europe(!!) trip this summer because I’m envisioning lots of sunshine and walking and no sore eyes from work computer all day. Eek! That reminds me… should blog about trip… 🙂

Picked up new running shoes and did a quick 2-mile test run in them.
Mile 1: 8:50
Mile 2: 8:25

So far, so good. I think it was just in my head, but I felt like I could move faster and a little easier in these shoes. Awesome.

The endorphin high inspired me to sign up for … more running races. Oh goodness. A big huge historic 10-miler in the fall, real excited for that, and a neighborhood 5k. Excited for both of these… though I’m getting really nervous about my 10k and 10-miler this month. I’m definitely feeling stronger, but nervous about my knee!

Goodness, anyone who says that running is a ‘free’ sport… I’ve spent way too much money on running and races lately. Yikes!

Did a wonderful hour long swim today too. (Definitely doing the weekend warrior thing today, that’s for sure!) Must say, that in the spirit of disconnecting, I have absolutely no clue how many laps I did. Swam for about a half hour straight through, did 100m kicking, swam for another 20 minutes, and finished off with sprints off the blocks, which reminded me of high school swim practices. It’s kinda fun to end up with a little heart-grinding sprint!

Well, receding back to my no-computer cave (rather, the sun-filled outdoors!) Hope ya’ll have a lovely rest of the weekend and happy Easter to those celebrating and Passover too!

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lost in sunshine

Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? (Luke 2:49; Christian Bible)

So I’ve been a little absent. Blog entries gone unwritten, poor unoccupied swim lane, empty yoga mat, vacation still lingering around in planning stage. It has just been so gorgeous outside that it seems so absurd to tuck myself away inside to do anything besides the essentials.

Thankfully my job took me outside all day yesterday, and it was glorious.

Haven’t been running, but I’m realizing that that 10-miler is in a month(!!!), and my legs are definitely not ready. I have been running solid 5-milers, and usually feeling like I could give a little more… but I don’t. I have been wrapping up at 5. So I could run today…

But my bike… poor little neglected bike. You deserve to enjoy some sunshine today!

You too, go enjoy the sunshine… get a little lost and enjoy the day that He/She/Whomever gave.

Go get lost, run amok!

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acclimating

And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. I want to repeat one word for you: Leave. (Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance, by Donald Miller

Quick bit just to report that wonderful day lived up to expectations. Chai tea mug morning, then rode train to beautiful historic Gothic-architecture gorgeous church in the city, tiny cup of coffee after service, lazy art museum (my favorite) going–also nice to go alone so you can leave after the modern art gets too much (I studied art history in college so I feel alright judging, haha), probably about 4-5 miles of walking sprinkled.

Then a perfect sun beginning to dip cool run in the new neighborhood:

Mile 1: 9:17 (dodging snow piles)
Mile 2: 8:52 (flying down hill and over this gorgeous bridge and back)
Mile 3: 10:09 (ugh back up that gigantic hill and more uphill for quite possibly the whole mile)
Mile 4: 9:21 (almost stopped at 3 but just felt like I wanted to keep going)
Mile .25: 9:14 (mile pace) (same, stopped at 4 but ran a little up and back to even it all out!)

40 mins total, I think?

Stating the obvious…but I am totally WIPED OUT. Happy Sunday night, all.

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God is always changing the way I think of him. (Searching for God Knows What, Donald Miller)

Sun is shining, and this is my first morning in my new home. Closer to the city but farther from the familiar for sure. Going to try for a big city day with lots of walking around and then maybe if the sun’s still shining I’ll hit the pavement for a few more miles.

Was feeling a tiny bit lonely but now feel a little blessed to have this quiet sunny Sunday to explore my new surroundings.

Maybe I’ll trade my coffee-rush-to-gym weekends for black-tea-long-walks-everywhere days.

Cheers!

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All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending. This is elementary. (The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis)

Although this quote stood out to me when I was reading this earlier (just found Screwtape Letters recently on a whim and so far it is so fantastic and so spot-on) for a less positive reason, it has an interesting implication for some of my goals.

“Runner”

For whatever silly reasons, I’m not comfortable calling myself a runner. Some reasons– I haven’t logged enough miles, I haven’t collected enough race numbers, I haven’t run far enough or fast enough, what have you. I’ll say, “I run” but rarely, “I am a runner”, and I find myself working towards running goals with the side benefit of, I’ll-be-able-to-call-myself-a-runner-once-I…

But, what if I play the part until then?

Tie my runner store shoes, tilt my wrist up to the sky hoping the clouds peek through and send GPS to my overly technical timer wrist-watch, wear the running gear, all with the spirit and confidence of a real runner.

Maybe this sounds a little silly, but when I see a runner when I’m out, and I wave and they wave back, I run with a little more… swagger? to my step. (Also, I listen to lots of egregious music when I’m running that puts words like swagger into my lexicon!). I’m sure that if I could convince myself that I am a runner, or even just play the part, I’d be that much more motivated in my runs, and maybe I’d finally start chipping away at my goal distances.

Pretend to be a runner, move like a runner, become a runner? We’ll see!

P.S. Snow melt and knee heal. I’ve got some miles to swagger through!

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