Archive for the 'Celebration' Category

06
Oct
12

Reflections On A Year Of Running

The Al Buehler Trail at 7am on a sunny fall morning.

A year ago I joined the Run/Walk Club at work. I’m not one for joining social groups in general, but I needed to do something to kick-start my desire to get back into shape and lose a little weight. So, stepping boldly outside my comfort zone, I signed up and started the beginners walk-to-run group. That group basically follows the Couch To 5K program where you run a little then walk a little, gradually increasing the run time and decreasing the walk time.

When I started, I couldn’t run three minutes (1/4 mile) around the flat East Campus wall trail without feeling like I was going to collapse. Today, a year later, I ran for an hour (5.6 miles) on the Al Buehler Trail, which is a cross country trail that circles the Washington Duke Inn’s golf course. It includes long low hills and steep short hills, mud, rocks and the occasional snake. A few things I’ve learned this year:

  • I still hate running, but now I hate it only about 50 seconds out of every minute. What keeps me going is how much better I feel afterwards.
  • Most running days I wake up whining a lot on the inside, but I know that not going will just make it worse next time.
  • It helps knowing that a lot of my friends are also out there starting/continuing to get fit. Knowing that I’m not the only mid-forties slowpoke huffing and puffing their way around the trail keeps me going. That, and being lapped by the two 70+ year olds that I routinely see on the trail.
  • I don’t care how fast I run, I’m out there to better myself. If I run faster today, great. If I run farther today, great. If I run at all even if it is short/slow/long/fast/easy/hard, yea for me!

Finally, the two mottos that keep me going:

Turtles run faster than couch potatoes.
If you are tired of starting over, don’t quit.

28
May
12

Remembrance

Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave. –Muhammad

02
Jan
12

Beam Me Up Scotty

Time to put the Captain back in the ornament box. Christmas is over and it’s time to move forward into the new year. Happy New Year to all!

25
Dec
11

Merry Christmas To All!

My favorite tree ornaments are those homemade ones that my mom made, or that we made together. They make me smile every year as I carefully unpack them and hang them on the front of the tree. Merry Christmas to all. May your day be filled with good memories, good food, and friends and family around your table.

24
Dec
11

B.Y.O.S.

19
Dec
11

a good day

Today I wrote reference letters for two very bright and promising young professionals. I thanked a couple of people for their kindness during my recent injury by brightening their desk with these cheery flowers (I love mums and daisies, they always make me smile). And I “graduated” physical therapy today. It was a good day.

02
Dec
11

to the end of a long week

It’s been a long, long week. But, I got a big thing done, on time, and that deserves a cold drink. Cheers!




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