Monday, February 20, 2017

Small things

I felt a tiny bit good on a small portion of my run this evening. This is a glorious development because I've been thinking lately that I really don't like running anymore. It's all sweat and labored breathing and slow agony. So the smallest of victories today was meaningful. Yesterday I did the same 3.5 and it sucked. Saturday I didn't spend more than 3 consecutive minutes away from my couch. That's life I suppose. Now for the Bachelor and all praise for small pleasures. Also, I listened to a podcast while running today and yesterday. I think that's going to be my new thing instead of music for awhile. It's a nice distraction. Like an episode of dateline in my ears.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Leave me alone, I'm busy!

I only got three in this week and I barely made it today, so it could have been worse. First the dog needed a hair cut. Then I needed a hair cut (and highlights). Then I had to procure food for the bottomless pit that is my 15 year old boy. Then I had to take a nap. Then I had to read an essay that made me cry. Then I finally made it to the gym, and now I have a movie to get to. I barely had time for a short hot tub, which is where this missive comes to you from. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mmmm breakfast

You say I got a problem
Baby, I ain't trying to solve them
I started from the bottom
And I'm up right now, yeah
I like to go where they know me
Where I ain't never feeling lonely
 - Life of Dillon, Sex for Breakfast 

This song had me laughing walking home from the gym tonight. I'm feeling good about my Monday night yoga routine, and tonight I got home in time to run there because my office closed all the bathrooms and sent us to port-a-potties in the parking lot. I wish I was joking about that. Not gonna lie, the run sucked, but I think it's getting incrementally better. I've been trying to eat well and make sure I'm getting a lot of protein. I know it will be easier to run once I've shed a few pounds. I blame my kidney for not working hard enough. Tonight I got to do yoga next to a good looking dude who took his shirt off about ten minutes in. Usually I take exception to that, but in this case I was overjoyed. And I spent the rest of class sneaking glances. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Born ready

I do t believe in no devil
Cause I done raised this hell
I've been the last one standing
When all the giants fell
I won't shiver, I won't shake
I'm made of stone, I don't break
Start me up, open my eyes
Turn me loose and you'll see why
I was born, born ready
Starin at that pressure now
I won't quit, not backin down
- Zayde Wolf, Born Ready

I wish my run was as good as this song makes it sound, cause this is a fierce running song. I did the mountain today and it was tough. I struggled on the way up, legs and bootie weary. I did 3.5 around the neighborhood yesterday afternoon so maybe I was still tired this morning, but that run was also difficult. One thing I've learned over the years though, if you keep going it gets better. I won't quit, not backin down.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Way Our Bodies Used To Behave

'Cause I know the old you
And you know the old me
When we were both lookers

          - The Menzingers

Chris has a few gray hairs at his temple, which I just gleefully noticed today and promptly pointed out to him. I've had gray hair for years now, it's high time he started catching up!!

Anyway here is my week, much better, no? Yes. These were all elliptical miles, for whatever that's worth (or not worth). The last run outside I did was so awful, I just wasn't up to my confidence being beaten up to try it this week. This week it was much more important to show up and have some wins. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What is that song

That you just posted by the Dunwells? I had no music tonight as I ran on the treadmill at 9:20 pm in my hotel in Georgia after a dinner of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and pie. An awful and victorious two miles. Also I did a barre class last night which I rather disliked but fills in for yoga this week and tonight my abs cry out every time I sneeze. Now I'm listening to the rain and thunder outside my window in the dark and it's beautiful.

We Are All Just Falling Stars

This picture in my mind
That I thought was lost in time
It reminds me of who I was
And saved me from a life
Of the dark days
Against the dark days

              - The Dunwells

It's taking me a minute to come back from this recent spate of illness and laziness, but I have worked out three times this week so I'm confident it'll happen. It's still harder than it should be, but what are you gonna do. On Monday I was even happy with anticipation to get to the gym. 

Last night I had a late meeting so this morning I went to the gym in the morning which I don't usually get to do on weekdays. I like it there during those times. The gym is full of the older set and I find their company pleasing most of the time. The locker room is full of women doing their hair, make-up and going through rituals of women and it's comforting. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone?
You're whole life waiting on the ring to prove you're not alone
Have you ever been touched so gently you had to cry?
Have you ever invited a stranger to come inside?
Pink - Glitter In The Air

I got this song from my Sista Lo - as I recall we were sharing our personal sad songs while drinking up in Pinetop.  This song happened today when I let my Fitbit app control the music. It's beautiful and sad. The part about waiting for the ring to prove you're not alone resonated, but really only as echoes of last year. I ha e friends and I'm happy. I'm alone when I choose to be, as in today watching the game. And I hang with friends when I choose to. And always I have fat dog.  Today I ran the mountain and it felt damn good. I ran almost all the way down and no lung pain. One hour and fourteen minutes. Not bad I say. Happy I say. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

I'm Made of Stone, I Don't Break

I don't believe in no devil
'Cause I done raised this hell
I've been the last one standing
When all the giants fell
           -Zayde Wolf

So, this here is my week. About the best that can be said is that it was better than last week. I've been quite ill. 

But today I went running, and while there was admittedly a lot of walking, it did get done. My chest still hurts though and I'm still coughing from it. 

Tomorrow is my birthday and I have avowed that I am going to the gym!