Thursday, June 10, 2010
I celebrated another birthday yesterday. The whole getting older thing doesn't bother me in the least. I embrace each year of life, as I see life as a gift. As I get older I actually find myself more comfortable in my own skin. As comfortable as I am with aging, I have a friend who is constantly hung up on age. I love her to death, but every year since we were about 16 she has given me birthday cards, which I appreciate, but she always has to comment about age. Always. When we were younger it was all about her being a whole whopping 11 & 1/2 months older than me, and she constantly threw that in my face. I just didn't understand it. She made a big deal about turning 16 and getting her drivers license before me, turning 21 and being a legal adult before me, and so on. The comments were always snarky and a bit on the degrading side. Around the time we reached our 30s it all changed. Every year she never fails to remind me how old I am, writes that number in the card, makes another comment about how OLD we are getting, and "Oh my, we're sooooo old." Every year. I never think much about age unless it's age group placing in running, when I'm at the doctor, and when she reminds me. To tell you the truth it all has to do with how I feel. Some days I feel like I'm 12, other days I feel like I'm 100. I think it's wonderful that my friend remembers my birthday and takes the time to send me a card every year. Not many people send cards any more. Even more impressive is that we've been friends for 36 years, but who's counting?**
Yesterday morning I had a session at RU. Bryan was impressed that I actually ran the entire half marathon, considering my lack of mileage prior and that I'm still recovering from injury. After a really good and hard workout session (a lot of pylo, running, lunge/squat matrix, etc.) we sat down and discussed my goals for the rest of the year. I was thinking about running 3 half marathons in the fall, but he talked me out of it. He wants me to select 2 half marathons instead, just so I don't get so beat up and re-injured, and consider looking at running shorter distance races such 5k and 10k distances. He also said he would write my training program for those two half marathons, which would be different than the generic training program he gave me before. He believes that I could have a sub 2 hour half marathon, just based on what he's seen me do at my workouts. I also believe that I have a sub 2 in my future. I'm not sure when that will happen, but I know it's mine for the taking as long as I put in the work.
I spent time with just my little family for a simple dinner out last night. We just had the party for our daughter's graduation, and we're still a little worn out from the marathon/half marathon festivities. I didn't ask for any birthday gifts, but Hubs gave me Photoshop, which we've never EVER had on our computer before -- and that boggles the mind since my family is of the artsy nature and you would think Photoshop would be in our arsenal of art supplies. He also surprised me with a glass heart pendant and matching earrings, and the kids also surprised me with some goodies as well. The best part is always letting the kiddo put out the fire, I mean, blow out my candles...
Today I ran just a little over 5 miles at Mission Bay Park. It was a slow 5 miles. I found myself intensely disliking the concrete path after about the first mile, and ran on the grass or asphalt whenever possible. My left foot was so uncomfortable, and feeling sore in new places. Yeah, yeah... I hear you all. I'm still recouping. I'm being conservative. I promise. Really. I iced it when I was finished. It feels better now, well, except for the sunburned parts of my feet that I'm still dealing with from after the half marathon.*
I just wanted to point out that my past San Diego Rock 'n' Roll experiences have been good ones. I felt like some of the kinks of the early years were worked out by the time I decided to run in it, but with this new route and a different company running things, there are new kinks. I love that this event is in my city and I just want to see some improvements. Each run event I've ever been a part of, 5ks to marathons, has quirks and kinks to work out. I was happy with my day this past Sunday, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Sunburn - Owl City
**My friend is counting. She wrote "36 years" on the card, too.
*I brought flip flops to wear after the run. I didn't think to put sunscreen on my feet.
PSS - Cake photo credit to my friend Christopher from CT. Not sure of his source, but he posted it on Facebook for me. ;)