Archive for May, 2009

Friday

Posted in quotes, random with tags , , on May 29, 2009 by afuntanilla

It’s also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that’s sitting right here right now… with its aches and it pleasures… is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive. -Pema Chodron

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Southern Rain

Posted in random, road with tags , , , , , , , on May 28, 2009 by afuntanilla

If you have never been caught in a classic southern downpour, i think you might be missing out on one of the best things in life.

This afternoon, I parked my car, changed my clothes, and just as i was about to begin the run, big drops began to fall from the sky. Our first rain of the day. The sky had been closed up all day, but now, she was ready to burst open. The drops were big, yet few, at first, but after the first half-mile, they gained steam and soon it was as if buckets were pouring all around me! A classic springtime southern downpour. 

Rain coming down on you when the temperature is about 70 degrees is not a bad thing at all. In fact, it’s pretty neat; the warmish water falls on your skin and it’s kinda soothing. The sky is a bit darkened and there seems to be an aura of mystery out…

The puddles were bulking up and before long, i was smacking my feet and legs into them, water completely filling my Saucony shoes. Squish. Squish. 

The best part of the run probably came when i turned onto a stretch of Ponce de Leon. Traffic was getting heavy and the cars were swooshing by and as the came upon the growing puddles, I got waves of splash on me. It was DAMN FUN. It was like I was playing. 

And even though I had my cap on, my glasses were toast. i couldn’t see a thing. i didn’t care. I just kept runnin’.

What a great way to spend some afternoon time. 

Cheers!

blood donation: the good with the inconvenient

Posted in gym, road with tags , , , , on May 27, 2009 by afuntanilla

I donated blood about 2 yrs ago when the red cross had a blood drive at my office. I was happy to do it except that the lady nearly killed my arm. My arm were seriously sore & bruised for at least a week afterwards. Of course, this type of experience doesn’t want to make one run right out and donate again. So. Red Cross has been leaving me messages to donate for about 1 year now and I FINALLY DONATED again! Again, happy to do it and i was hoping whoever was gonna take my blood didn’t kill me arm. Well, SHE DIDN’T! It was a very pleasant experience and I got nice little snacks afterwards. I love snacks. I left feeling all that much better…knowing that i did just a little something for someone else. 

So, I realized my energy level would be low for the rest of the day. What I did not expect was to feel WINDED after walking up some stairs. WOW! Seriously! The next day, I slept late and then went for a run. Well, I made it exactly one and a half miles before nearly collapsing. (ok, maybe I’m exaggerating) But, seriously, my heart rate was in high gear. I had to stop. After being a bit concerned, I looked online and found others who had similar experiences and got some more info. WHEW! Everyone’s body is different, but when those oxygen carrying red blood cells leave your body, it makes a difference! I went out again on sunday and ran 3.3 then walked/ran another 2.4. Again, i felt the high level of exertion, especially on any sort of incline. i rested until later in day and then went back to the treadmill in the evening. Felt much better! ran a good 5. Rested yesterday and ran another short one today. felt pretty good. Bottom line, if you donate, don’t plan any races near the donation day! And don’t have any heavy training planned. But, I will give again and I hope you will too. Someone, somewhere needs us. 

I gotta start boosting my mileage. 

May 26: 3.1 miles – treadmill

May 24: AM run, 3.3 miles & 2.4 mile walk/run outside; PM run, 5 miles – treadmill

May 23: 1.5 mile run — first run after blood donation. killer.

May 21: 3.1 miles 

May 19: 3.37 miles

Posted in motivation, quotes with tags , , , on May 25, 2009 by afuntanilla

“The idea that the harder you work, the better you’re going to be is just garbage. The greatest improvement is made by the man or woman who works most intelligently” – Bill Bowerman

“Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it’s hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time.” – Monte Davis

yesterday at the coffeeshop

Posted in random with tags , , , , , , , on May 23, 2009 by afuntanilla

A song comes on my iPod – something soft I found recently – always makes me feel softer, as if i’ve taken a deep breath and am calming down.

And, its wordless melody plays in such a way that I feel my heart breaking. 

I notice one of the items on this small, round, well-worn table where I sit — my black wallet. Its rectangular shape lies atop a copy of today’s New York Times yet to be read. A white receipt peeks out along with the small edges of cards from my life; Delta SkyMiles, Healthcare, ATM. 

What I’m struck by most is the wallet cover; its many creases & markings from my years with it. Looking at it, I am suddenly aware that I’ve owned it for as long as I have known you, 16 years, or thereabout. And just as suddenly, my heart sinks and tears swell at the flashes of our history. My friend, I miss you.

sweet caroline…

Posted in road with tags , , , , , , , on May 17, 2009 by afuntanilla

I downloaded this song yesterday by Neil Diamond. been singing it LOUDLY in my car ever since. It JUST MAKES ME FEEL GOOD> HAPPY. Ah….NEIL…

Was a pretty good week, overall. 

Got 3 short runs in mid week. one with intervals so that was good. today, i did a AM and a PM run. Felt awesome. 

As you can see from my 2 earlier posts, i did dip into the junk w/ some cookies. But, it has been VERY moderate. to say the least. I’m quite proud. and here is the weird thing; i went out for mexican on Friday and ordered a margarita. get this. I could BARELY drink it. I finished maybe 1/3 of it. WTH? I have no idca. Maybe my body is just in a different place. It was only my second taste of alcohol in about 2.5 weeks. Hmmmm. 

Saturday (yesterday) got up very late and just felt tired all day. was kinda a BLAH day. Crappy weather. I did get out and buy a BED. I’ve been sleeping on a blow-up bed for 6 months(by choice) (ever since I moved) I went to Sears and got a great deal. Other than that, i did nothing. was very lethargic. had a hard time relaxing. 

today was a different story, thankfully. woke up early and had good energy. went for a 6 miler around town. love the quiet sunday morning runs. looked like it was gonna rain at any second, but it held off til later in the day. i got in another 3 miles on the treadmill this early evening. feel great! 

Cheers! Keep Training!

congrats, roger

Posted in motivation with tags , , on May 17, 2009 by afuntanilla

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Federer beat Nadal today in Madrid Final. Maybe good things to come in the French Open!