Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Things I am Thinking About Today

*It seems like all these horrific stories of child abuse and kidnappings are all over the news. How heartbreaking! I can't imagine my child being kidnapped....and I can't imagine how someone could abuse a child physically or sexually. How disgusting and heinous these people are! My heart goes out to these mothers and fathers that lose their children. That kind of heartbreak and uncertainty just...well it's just beyond words.

*I am trying to slow down my running. I know I shouldn't complain about being fast....but I think it's hurting my training in a way. I have looked at multiple half marathon training schedules and every single one talks about this conversational pace. My normal runs aren't conversational I am trying to change that. Today I ran 6.3 miles and REALLY REALLY had to think with every step about slowing down. My longer distance pace should be 8:58-9:05. At some points I felt like I was shuffling along which was uncomfortable and felt harder than running fast. All in all it was a great run though. I worked up a nice sweat, and I felt good afterwards. I didn't quite run as slow as my pace should have been, but I did my best.

*Last night I was reading Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong (sadly I am in the last chapter) and she had a great section on gratitude and being thankful. I realize that I am prone to looking at the things I don't have....or the things I don't do, instead of being thankful for what I have and what I do. I am in no way perfect, and my life is in NO way perfect. But I have SO much. I have a beautiful daughter who is healthy and the happiest little thing I have ever known....I have a husband who is loyal...I have more than is necessary in regard to material things, I have a job, and above all I have my health. Really I should never complain, and I never should feel down about what I don't have. There are so many people who have so much less...I really need to remember this and be thankful.

*It's freekin hot lately. I am sick of every day being 100 degrees with nasty humidity that has me sweating within seconds of being outside. Don't get me wrong I love a good sweat....but I also love being able to get out of the shower having rinsed that sweat off...and not be sweating again the moment I step outside while exerting no effort. There are things I like about Texas....and there are things I miss about California/Kauai. I miss the ocean breeze...I miss dry heat....I miss Santa Anas....I miss mountains...gosh do I miss those mountains!

Thanks all for reading, and I hope you have a great Wednesday!

Another one of my favorite running spots...Hanalei Bay, Kauai Hawaii

And I am loving this wine lately. It's a chilled red and very refreshing.


  1. You're on the right track with the runs at conversational pace. I usually do one LSD run (long/slow distance) once a week where I am running at conversational pace (and my recovery runs are at conversational pace as well. It's during your LSD runs that your body develops endurance. I know it's hard though to slow down sometimes though - you'll also notice that as you get faster, you're LSD will also get faster so you'll have to adjust that pace a little. :)

  2. Barefoot is a great wine... I like their whites really well.

  3. I find slowing down challenging as well. And I love your reminders to be grateful and thankful for what we have and can do... very timely reminders.