Saturday, December 20, 2014

Scenes from my Saturday Run

A long time ago I embraced living in the moment or as some people like to say "the now."

As cheesy as it sounds, you never really know when will be your last on this glorious earth. I was reminded of this earlier this week when I was tasked to write about three young people who were killed on an Alberta highway. These kind of stories are always difficult to write. (Believe it or not reporters are humans too.)

I started thinking about life and what matters to me. I took stock of a few things in my life and I made some decisions. (More in another post)

This morning when I set out for my 10-mile run, I decided I would take in all the beauty. Lately I have been running on autopilot because I just wanted to clock those miles. But today I took my time to marvel at my surroundings because you never know when you might get smacked by a car.

I am not trying to be funny. Ask any runner. Drivers can be real assholes. I didn't many brushes with death today because I stuck mainly to the trails. I ran to the Stone Circle in Coronation Park. I always love to come here and take a minute to regroup. Usually there's not too many people there. But this morning there were a few teenagers who were climbing a tree nearby. 

And well if you have been reading this blog long enough, you will know I have a thing for bridges especially small wooden foot bridges. (Yes I remember I said I wouldn't take my iPhone with me on my runs but I couldn't resist it today. It was so BEAUTIFUL outside.) 

Sometimes it's important to just stop and take a look around. There was beauty in every corner that I turned. I lost the stress of the week and my feelings of sadness. This time of the year can be a downer for me but when I start feeling those old nagging feelings I just put on my sneakers and run.

Happy Saturday. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Work Hard, Run Hard

I ran hard tonight. It's been a stressful couple of days (weeks really). I felt the weight lift off my shoulders with every step I took. I'm so thankful that I have a found an outlet to release my stress. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed with everything that I just don't know what to do (other than cry). But tonight I ran and I ran hard.

And I felt truly awesome.

My theme song tonight was Dog Days are Over by Florence + The Machine.  I like to pick a song for my hard runs and hit repeat. It never gets old. This song is so awesome that I may have played it over and over again for 10kms. It's that awesome. (And yes, somethings I get fixated on a word like "awesome.")

Happy Trails! 

Not running but surviving

When I'm not running, I like to read about running. I mean, doesn't every runner? We're kinda obsessed that way.

I bought the latest Runner's World today. I haven't bought a running magazine in a really long time. I usually get my fix online. But since I am trying to reduce the time I spend online I thought I would pick up this month's edition. 

So why haven't I run since Sunday?

Long story short: I was sick on Monday and on Tuesday I thought I was to die. Okay maybe I am being overly dramatic. But I ended up in the ER where I underwent a few tests. It all came back good on the health front. (I don't really want to get into it.)

I am looking forward to running long this weekend. I made it to crossfit twice this week before my body decided to revolt.

On another note ... I decided to slightly revamp my blog. I asked the lovely and talented Kelsey at Kreated by Kelsey to give my colour scheme a Bohemian makeover to fit my personality. (Seriously I do not have the time to mess with colours.) I think she did a fab job.

What do you think?