Saturday, February 28, 2009

Mile 4 again ...

OK - this one was too easy ... Life is Like a Box of Legos because sometimes they get STUCK. So, now I'm stuck at Mile 4 ...

One of my most favorite people sent me an email comment which was:

"I can identify with mile 4 – that point that takes that extra amount of effort – but oh so worthwhile when you push through it. A lot about learning I think. "

I was unable to do my 8 mile run this weekend ... so I feel compelled to stick around at Mile 4 for a bit ... I did 6 miles, which should count for something, but it rained on Friday and Saturday - and I just didn't visualize myself running in the rain (literally or figuratively). So what did I learn? Well, um - I think I learned that I have to keep learning to push through. Oh wait, I forgot to mention that it SNOWED on Sunday - yes, here in the deep sunny south, it SNOWED ... we built a snowman ... we used our sleds to slide down the hill, we made and served 7 little boys hot chocolate & marshmellows ...

So about pushing through ... sure, I could have pushed out those 8 miles on the treadmill - but that would have required more sacrifice ... I don't think I was quite in that frame of mind. Did I mention it SNOWED? It rarely snows here - and hey, I have all week to make up for not running those 8 on Saturday or Sunday. Maybe I'll do it today ... or maybe I'll just stick around at Mile 4 for a bit longer.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mile 4

OK - it's back to the drawing board for me. I have hoards (and I do mean hoards, but not necessarily mean hoards) of murmurings and musings in my head and they must be organized. So I'm starting from the beginning ... again.

Which happens to be one of my most favorite Taoist premises ... "there are no beginnings and no endings" ... so , drat ... now I'm confused ... how can I start from the beginning "again" if there are no beginnings. I guess I'm coming full circle. Oh wait, that's it ... doh.

I started this blog to journal my training experience for running a full marathon. Been there, run that ... (which is the motto on my new favorite dry fit, running shirt). It was an "Achievement" <---note the capital "A". I didn't "run" the whole thing, I walked some, but I finished and I have the medal and it's the same freakin' medal that the runners got who finished in 3 hours less time than I did. Which led me to doing a half marathon - which seemed so "easy" compared to a full one ... so I did another one ... and another one ...

I encountered a lot of personal angst during my marathon training. There was drama, there was pain, there was encouragement, but over all there was satisfaction in achieving a goal. So, I said to myself recently (myself and I have a lot of conversations ... but that's another story),

"Self, you need to rethink your blog."
"Really? Just because NO ONE reads it doesn't mean it should be redone."
"Well, it is a journal of sorts, that's true, but it's not serving a PURPOSE any longer."
"Huh, good point."
"It doesn't even go with the title of your blog any longer - you don't talk about LEGOS much."
"Huh, another good point."
"Thanks, I thought those would resonate with you."

And so the conversation went, until we (myself and I) decided to get more coffee.

With that, there will be a few changes coming up. First, more about my thoughts on why I think "life is like a box of legos". Second, more about running ... and finally, more posts in general. I have to learn how to stop blogging in my head - which makes it less convenient for those of you who have direct telepathic connections to me, but should be better for those with just mere internet access.

So on to mile 4.

Here's the thing about mile 4 for me. I'm used to running 3 miles two or three times a week and then I run 6 miles at least once, sometimes twice. When I'm training for an endurance event, I attempt 3 consecutive days at 4 miles, 6 miles, 4 miles, respectively, and then 8 - 12 miles after a day of rest, with a cross training day shoved in between somewhere. I do this for 4 - 6 weeks before the "event".

The first time I hit "mile 4" after a comfortable time of doing only 3 -- well, there's no other way to say it, it just sucks. Even though I am used to runing 6 at least once a week, there's something about mile 4 that first time that's difficult.

Maybe it's a mental "beginning". As in, "great, now I have to start training AGAIN and do 4 miles instead of 3 and it's going to take longer and I have a lot to do, and "fill in the blank with dozens of additional complaints". I'm not sure what the problem for me is with mile 4, but there's a definite mind shift. I'm not "DONE" after mile 3, I have to keep going. It's the same when I get to mile 10 ... but I'm not there yet in my training this time, so I'll keep that for later. Mile 4 is the "first step" of sorts and like most "first steps", it's the hardest to make. There's a level of commitment that has to happen, which comes with some type of sacrifice. And sacrifice, at least for me, is hard.

So let's consider this post, my blogging Mile 4 ... it's a new beginning, a commitment to make a change (hopefully for the better). Oh, and how is that comparable to Legos? That's an easy one ... you have to open the box to find out!!

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Stones ...

Stones ... they come in all different shapes and sizes and can be both tangible and intangible. Stones ... as in naturally occurring pieces of minerals or an individual piece of rock.
Stones ... as in those found in rivers and streams, worn smooth by water.
Stones ... as in Stone Mountain (hey, I live in Georgia ... what do you expect?)
Stones ... as in "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw them."
Stones ... as in Rolling - aw, common, you knew it was coming. There must be a Mick Jagger fan out there somewhere ...

Yes, I know I wasn't even born when this video was recorded, but I "you-tubed" a more recent version of a concert in Rio, and well, it just wasn't the same.

Stones ... as in an obstruction - like a stone wall or stones blocking your path. Feel free to get metaphysical here. Thoughts and sentiments always welcome.

Which leads me to ...

Stones ... as in gallstones ... which apparently, I have.

Although thrilled to have a diagnosis, I wait anxiously for the bills for said diagnosis to arrive - one just never knows EXACTLY what insurance will cover. And, lucky for me, it's not over yet. Fortunately, the gallbladder itself seems to be fine as are the surrounding organs. So, yay. And, as a bonus, those pesky little buggers aren't obstructing anything at the moment. Another yay. I've been referred to another doctor who actually "knows" about these types of things, as opposed to my GYN who ordered the ultrasound in the first place, which I still think is funny. A few more weeks, and time enough for the first round of bills to come in, and we'll see what the new doc has to say. I'm hoping for a non-surgical option. You know, a lovely cleanse or something, as opposed to having the organ ripped from my body. Although, I've been told by many friends that all the cool people don't have gallbladders and they don't miss them. But it begs the question, what happens when it's function isn't performed? So naturally, I googled
gallbladder. Apparently, it's a non-vital organ. But then why do we have it? Ahhhh, so many questions. No doubt the new doctor will adore me.

I've also been googling gallbladder cleanses ... depending on the doctor's methodology (he happens to be a surgeon), I'm guessing this is going to go over "big", too. But hey, it's my gallbladder and my stones (oh, and my annoying pain - that currently is barely existant because I haven't been able to eat anything since I'm dealing with some type of fun respiratory malady - congestion, coughing). But, the neti pot seems to be doing the trick on that one.

Back to the Stones ...

So, when I was thinking of this post, I thought of some fun titles like, "I have a stoned gallbladder" or "Gall-stone henge, the mystic monoliths" or "My gallbladder is stoned, but I promise officer, I had nothing to do with it".

But, for some reason, I just couldn't get this song out of my head ...

... and after watching the video of it, it seemed oddly appropriate. Must be all that salt I'm snorting.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A timeless classic

Today's post is prompted by the Tuesday meme, Heads or Tails. Today's prompt is: "A love story". To join the fun, click here.

Quite frankly, I don't feel like writing about love stories today. I love my husband, he loves me - it's a lovely never ending story. Our "love story" is more humorous than "romantic" - go figure. But, since I am still waiting to find out if I can keep my gallbladder or not, and I have a cold, with a nasty cough, and I just feel like sleeping, writing about my own love story or anyone's love story is not in the cards today.

So I chose another timeless classic. The perfect combination, as it were ... a duo of incomparable magnitude and one that will certainly stand the test of time, even when threatened by current external forces.

Enjoy ...

... once I can taste again, I will too. Only the non-tainted versions, naturally. Click here for the latest recall news, it's depressing for those of us who are peanut butter lovers.

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