The voice of the everyday athlete who faces her own struggles, but continues to have faith in all things. Training, tips, and product reviews provided to encourage you to live the sweatfilled, soulful life you deserv (6)

Christmas List

Another beautiful run at the Oceanfront today. BEAUTIFUL! If I was to make a Christmas list, I think it would include the following. Sunshine, sand, great food, great company. I believe I got all of those things today. A great run on the sand with my cousin Kelsey and a wonderful lunch from one of my favorite delis at the beach! We even had some good rays of sunshine this morning before the day turned cloudy. Remember the reason for the season and remember the reason you run. Whatever the reason is for you, don’t ever forget the joy of it. Also remember the joy of the season.

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It’s A Beautiful Day

Yesterday was not my “scheduled” work out day, but I seized the moment. It was 60 degrees in December at the oceanfront! It was beautiful. I bypassed the boardwalk all together and went straight for the sand. It was low tide and the beach was wide. The weather and the scenery was a nice reminder of why I fell in love with this city. I need to remember that feeling the next time I feel this city has beaten me up.

I found myself running very childlike. Almost skipping and jumping. I even drew messages in the sand. Hoping the waves would come in to shore and grab my wishes. Somehow I felt that if they were sent out to sea they may be more likely to come true. It was a beautiful day!

(Below is a link to an article this morning about running groups)

http://m.pilotonline.com/po/pm_17814/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=aBq5H0Op

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Well, I had every intention of getting up early today and running my 3 miles. Little did I know how much I would need that run as the day went on. Unfortunately, I awoke to the sound of rain. I couldn’t do it. Instead I settled for an extra cup of coffee in bed and Matt Lauer (not in bed, but on TV). (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/)

When I miss one of my weekly runs, a few thoughts go through my head. Guilt and disappointment, or…I could forget about it and realize life is too short to beat myself up that much over missing a workout. So I went with the later.

The day started great (except for the rain). I began by volunteering at an elementary ( http://www.rif.org/) . I was given the privilege of hearing a second grade class sing me Christmas Carols.

Then back to the office to sort out an advertising dispute…(still raining) this is when I wished I had gotten my run in. STRESS RELIEF needed here.

But the day ended nicely with a holiday get together and several glasses of wine! (still raining, but not bothering me as much for some reason)

Running will resume later in the week as usual.

 

Jess

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Take Notice

When I run, I wonder if anyone is ever taking notice of me. Maybe someone is thinking “Wow, look at that girl running even though it is so cold out.” Or maybe “Gosh, that girl is really slow.” At least I am out there doing something. LOL

Tonight I couldn’t help but take notice of all the people and things I was passing. Of course the boardwalk Christmas lights were coming on. I noticed a boat directly offshore. I noticed bottle caps and cigarette butts on the ground. I noticed some tourists admiring the views from their hotel. Also, dozens of other runners. I took notice of them, and nodded in respect. I noticed the lyrics in my iPod soundtrack as well. Flo Rida, Good Feeling was blasting. Perfect track for the moderately paced run, 3 miles. I have listened to this song several times before and missed the symbolism in the first line. Positive lyrics start with “Yes, I can !”

As you run, take notice of what is around you. Find the fun in your surroundings and your environment.

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The Voice

Every year around this time, I begin to hear the VOICE. Usually it says the same thing to me. “Shamrock 8k is around the corner.” Not much effort on my part, I sign up and run the race without much preparation. This ritual of completing the 8k, followed by breakfast at Mary’s, has occurred for 15 years. This year, the message from the voice was distinctly different.

Sometime earlier this fall, I began to hear a voice calling to me from within. The voice was pushing me and urging me to run the half marathon. The past few years I have fought several injuries and fatigue. Even though I never stopped running, I started to accept the fact that I just wouldn’t be able to run like I used to. But then, the voice. It wouldn’t stop. I ran a few 10ks earlier in the fall and felt pretty good, better than I expected. Then, I figured after running those with no significant battle wounds, I could run twice that far. The voice was louder and more clear. “You are ready to run.”

14 weeks and counting. That is the thing with time, it doesn’t stop. 14 weeks is how long until the Shamrock Sportsfest here in Virginia Beach. This will be the 40th year of the event. I look forward to this event every year. Last year at the Shamrock, I was able to witness my cousin run her first 8k. She was 15 years old. Around the age of when I ran my first Shamrock. Now she has completed several 5k’s and 10k’s. She must hear the voice also.

Thousands of runners everywhere must hear the voice. How else can you explain the urge to run for extended amounts of time like we do?

That is how I came to be here. 8 miles completed yesterday I am well on my way to completing the Shamrock Half Marathon on March 18th. This will be my 4th half marathon, but the 1st at the Shamrock. I am excited about this challenge!

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