6 last night. Snow showers the whole time but not windy. I overdressed a bit. About 8 this evening.
For some reason, maybe because the end of the year approaches, I was thinking about my favorite moments from the last year. One was seeing my cousin, who I was very close to when I was young, for the first time in many years this summer. I ended up writing this a few days later.
August 11- Seneca Lake
I watch the sun rise across Seneca Lake
The birds skimming just above the surface in search of breakfast
I think of other sunrises on other waters
And my heart fills with such love for those then and those recently returned
Who've known me since the beginning of the long road
Who remain at my side
It doesn't matter that years have passed
That there have been long silences
The shimmering gold thread stretching from the sun to the dock where I sit is picked up
And the weaving begins anew
I look behind to the weather worn steps rising to the cottage
Gaze back to my feet in the water
Lift my eyes to watch the sun ease through pink clouds
With the happiest of slideshows playing in my head
I am right where I am meant to be
And I am not alone
That is beautiful!
2018-11-29 10:07 AM
That made my morning. Thank you.
By Xtreme Taper
2018-11-29 10:09 AM
2018-11-29 10:12 AM
That is a very beautiful thought and writing.
I completely wimped out yesterday and decided not to run in the cold and the gusty winds. Granted, work interfered with my regular running windows but I could have gotten a few miles in up on the local trail at dusk and into darkness. But I passed on that and went to the gym instead. I did 30 minutes on the bike to nowhere. I wore one of my laurel highlands shirts to counteract my lack of hardcoreness. The shirt is pretty unobtrusive, just shows a simple pattern of hills and mountains, and the name of the race. It doesn't shout or brag. Very low key. Anyways, spinning away on the bike, a woman came up to me and told me she had ran the race back in 2014 and I think she was probably as surprised as me to find someone who had done the same. So that was the interesting part of my workout yesterday.
Oh, and I ran on the treadmill. 30 minutes only. That is only interesting is because I never do that. After getting over the feeling of getting flung off or tripping on the contraption, I sort of settled in and ran "miles" at 9:15, 8:30, and 7:50 pace. It was as tedious as I remember but I did not hate it at least, and did work up a nice sweat.
I owe the Lady a run today, but won't be able to fit it in until late afternoon. It's sunny at least today, and not grey and depressing like yesterday.
That's really cool there was another Laurel person there
Do you find your stride is different on the treadmill? The one or two times I tried it, years ago, it felt very different on the treadmill.
Even in the crappy weather, I have found myself eager to go out because the butt thing is no longer bothering me. I really hope the PT is strengthening the area so I will no longer have this problem. I already feel more "stable" running. Not sure if that is just my head or whether my muscles are responding to the PT stuff which I have only been doing for a week so far??
Yes, it felt fairly strange, especially at first. It does not feel the same to me at all, but it actually felt/seemed more normal when I sped up the damn thing. I was sort of watching my stride and foot strike and it seemed ok. With the Altras I am more of a forefoot striker and at least I wasn't slapping the belt with my heels. Funny though, I'd notice my feet wandering a bit on the belt, sort of side to side at times. I guess I am used to doing that on the trail to avoid obstacles.
2018-11-29 10:37 AM
I tend to have the same feeling about the TM: that it's just tedious. But cool that you bumped into someone who recognized your shirt!
Nice job on the TM! And yay for sun!
Does the Lady let you know that you owe her a run!?
Ha, yes she does sometimes. She will wonder into my office, give me the look, tail wagging non-stop, and put her nose on the arm of my chair. Crazy, she did this just 10 minutes ago.
Olive stalks me when she's ready for her walk and I haven't taken her.
Apollo does that when he wants a walk
Thank you for sharing
Thank you for this.
6.25 with my neighbor on a chilly morning. It actually felt great once we were warmed up but we both admitted we might not have gotten out there if not for the other one. When she heads to Peru for Christmas I might become incredibly lazy.
this is beautiful, and made me smile. thank you!
2018-11-29 12:37 PM
this is great piece! thank you!
oh, that is just wonderful. thank you for sharing with us.
2018-11-29 1:40 PM
That is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for sharing this. It is lovely
2018-11-30 12:46 AM
Nice to relive moments from the year...
My favorite moment from the past year has to be the week spent at Bass Lake during 4th of July, we had a family reunion with my elderly mom leading us, rented a 6 bedroom house on the lake, spent time showing the youngsters of the family that I still got it when on the lake. The best part of the trip was 2 day trips to Yosemite for some hikes, didn't make it to half dome but sure brought back great memories...
Or maybe my favorite moments were with my wife for a long labor day weekend to Niagara Falls for 2 nights and then to NY for another 2, and being able to run around Central Park and across the Brooklyn Bridge (been a dream of mine for years), then bike riding to the 9/11 Memorial Museum and hit the WTC for sunset, only to finish off the night running the streets of NY looking for the Charging Bull, then taking the subway back to the Times Square area to the hotel at midnight for NY style pizza and beer...
Didn't do much today besides the daily grind, but luckily the rain cleared for a bit at lunch and was able to get a brisk walk in around the Ring...
Oh, how nice all that sounds
10km with Molly who was oddly sitting on her couch this morning with 2 frisbees in her mouth. It made me think do I now have half the dogs or twice the toys! Anyway, it warmed my dark little heart!
smiling at the image
What a good girl
the link doesn't work for me
Is your pup telling you that she's ready to share her toys with another dog? How much time do your hearts need before you can bring another into your fold?
Everyone has their own pace.
Molly has never been an "only dog" so she shares with all pups. We were going to get a puppy in September but the litter died. It was a plan because Milo wasn't going to last forever and I didn't want Molly to be a only dog. So after the litter crashed we have been trying to adopt a rescue puppy for a couple of months. I even have all the shots from a vet sitting in my fridge in anticipation. This was also something that was supposed to happen soon.....but so far nothing.
So the short answer is...we have wanted a puppy for weeks now....mainly so Molly isn't alone.
As for getting over losing Milo....I think it's really hard losing a dog when you have only one but when you have at least one left you just continue on and the distraction of worrying about their well being works wonders!
(I have my poopy moments though ….but that is okay!)
aww, she's a frisbee dog!
I love playing frisbee with dogs.
dogs are so goofy!
(photo link requires registration which hell no not another registration!
2018-11-29 2:52 PM
I have to admit I read this and thought: better two Frisbees than two shoes!
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-11-29 9:52 AM
5.5 miles on my favorite gravel road this morning. I had thoughts of going 3x as far when I started out, but bailed after the first out-and-back. I'm blaming the gray (grey) skies, damp air, and below freezing temps, though I was dressed plenty warm enough. Maybe I'll try again this afternoon.
I'll spare you my thoughts. They're pretty dark these days
hope you feel better and some happy thoughts
Sorry about the dark thoughts
I get it with the dark thoughts. Glad you got a run today.
The dark season is rough. Be thankful you have time to run in the light.
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-11-30 8:22 AM
I am. And DW reminded me that 5.5 miles was better than 0 miles.
glad you got 5.5 miles in at least. That certainly helps.
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-11-30 8:23 AM
2018-11-29 2:57 PM
It doesn't work for everybody, but I often find that keeping going is a great way to clear my head.
Psst... LDR has been known to keep going for 24 hours, 48 hours, 6 days, and across the entire state of Tennessee!
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-11-30 8:22 AM
Is your head clear yet?
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-12-04 11:06 AM
I thought of you during my run this morning! One of those random-shuffle sorts of thoughts. Think you'll ever come back to Indiana and run the IT100?
I would like to. I have been thinking maybe I should run that rather than Vermont next year.
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-12-08 6:06 AM
Sorry you're fighting against the dark side right now. Hope you find your way through soon.
2018-11-29 10:07 AM
14.11 mi this morning. Pretty nice: chilly, no wind. When I headed out, I caught a deer eating the shrub in front of my neighbor's house.
Good memories from this year, so far? Running-wise, knocking off six more states, and getting to see Blazer at two of them and Nooner twice as well, plus getting to run a few miles in Olympia with PuddleThumper. My solo road trip to Iowa was also a fairly good time as I got to see two of my nieces and some high-school friends along the way, plus got to see one of those nieces again in South Dakota! RTB is always a good time, although this year was a little bittersweet. The scenery at Lake Tahoe was amazing; I won't forget that. Non-running stuff: seeing Taylor Swift in concert twice in one week was pretty awesome, even though Herself and I sat in the rain for one of the shows (plus MetLife Stadium -- what a hell hole). Also, getting a recipe
published makes me feel all
. (I fully understand that would never have happened were I not doing what I do.
Lots of great stuff
Those cookies look amazing
Thanks! I have a cookie party next week and those sound perfect!!
I can't wait to make those cookies!
Wow, nice run! We've had big problems with deer this year terrorizing our back yard. Not only the tomato plants in the garden, but hastas and day lilies too.
Lots of good stuff this year!
oh yeah! i forgot about Olympia! that was a good day.
congrats on the recipe! I helpfully pointed out your byline to my baker.
what did you do with that deer you caught?!
So awesome about your recipe!
I gave a heartfelt THANK YOU to DH this morning. He kicked me out of bed at 4:30. I forgot to set my alarm!
I’m usually heading out at that time. I skipped all my gazillion stretches and was out the door to the gym at 4:45. I am also *really* missing the stairmonster. I don’t want to run as much as I’ve been lately, but the bike seems to activate the quads that pull my kneecaps out of alignment, and I just don’t like the Arc Trainer and hate the ET. The stairmonster isn’t only a break from the pounding, but it also doubles as my hard aerobic workouts. I guess I’m just basebuilding. Blech. They said 6-8 weeks and it’s been 6.5 I think. Anyhow, I ran very easily this morning. A bouncing walk might have been more like it. I didn’t feel that bad, just don’t want to overtax anything. And I braved the trail. It’s still covered in sediment/mud in several, but it was at least frozen. And no worries about spiders and snakes now! 60 min and then my Shoulders & arms video. That hour flew by.
Wow! Great job getting out there and then the workout after. I'm impressed!
Hope the stairmonster comes sooner than later!
nice job getting out of bed and out the door so fast!
2018-11-29 11:42 AM
I cannot believe you got out the door that fast.
I couldn't do it. I seem to need at least a half-hour to get moving and out the door.
My alarm goes off at 3:47 and I'm usually doing well to get out by 4:30
do you just do a spin bike in the gym? I wonder if bike fit could play a part in that quad dominance. Or if you use the clipped in (called clipless
pedals) where your bike shoes are attached to the pedals? Focusing on the up part of the pedal stroke can help. Hmm. Good that you can feel it though and understand that it's not for you! I cant stand the ET. it totally bothers hips and my lower legs fall asleep. I've never tried a stair monster.
It more like a lifecycle than a spin bike. It has the straps over the feet. I'm sure it's not adjusted real well. After 15 min on the ET the bones in my feet and ankles and shins feel like they are on fire. Blech!
Hmmm interesting idea. DH loves spin classes at our gym, but has stayed away b/c his knee complained recently. I'll suggest he use his bike shoes!
A bad fit on the bike can cause knee pain. There can be issues if the seat is too high or low (leg should be fully extended when at the bottom of the pedal stroke with a slight bend in the knee and not locked). Similarly with the fore/aft position of the seat (when the foot is at the 3 o'clock position, there should be a straight/plumb line from the front of the knee to the middle of the pedal). A good, certified indoor cycling instructor should be able to make sure his fit is correct if he goes to a class.
This year had many little moments that were wonderful, and we are lucky that we could take wonderful trips and enjoy some nice time with our family and extended family. But overall this year has felt really hard. And I say that knowing I am really lucky-we have everything we need and are in a safe, stable place.
There were some wonderful things-the birth of my baby nephew, seeing my daughter's joy when she played in the ocean this summer, our trip to London and introducing her to a new culture.
Run was 7 miles. Lunch will be salad, dinner will be pasta.
That's good stuff
i feel like there is a low level of gut clenching anxiety that pervades everything. Sometimes it is higher.
Yay for the wonderful things.
exactly. I feel like the current political situation in the US, world events, climate change, waiting for the next mass shooting just have me at a higher level of anxiety than I have been at other points in my adult life.
2018-11-29 2:53 PM
Lots of good stuff this year! Is it too soon to hope, though, that 2019 will be better?
2018 was a good year full of memories. From the kids sports successes, Jack's First Communion & Brett's first reading at school mass, to our California trip and Colorado road trip. Lots of good memories made.
8 miles for me - thought we could cross the river by now but it's still high so we had a bit of a detour but it worked out. It was warm and windy ... so salty.
do you cross the river on a bridge or?
I'm picturing you wading through it on a morning run.
It's a low river crossing. Typically it's dry but today the water is covering it so yeah, we didn't want wet feet for the second half. Do you have strava? I posted a pic on there.
our river basin is still wet/swampy and with standing water in places. We got a LOT of rain
2018-11-29 3:17 PM
Family trips are the best!
It's still incredible how much rainfall y'all got this year
morning! 2018 has been a good year! Lots of highlights and thankfully, there haven't been too many lows especially with elderly parents. At this point, no major crises is what we hope for. I was happy to complete the whidbey marathon in april. that was a beautiful hilly course and proved that i could manage the distance and the hills even with a wonky hip if managed properly (and giving up any sort of time goals) which led to doing teh wonderland trail around mount rainier over the summer. Spectacular. Looking at the photos seems like a dream. And then our trip to Paris was even better than i had hoped. Personally i've made some conscious choices about what i want to focus on and that has helped with some stresses i was feeling about work/fun hobby work and life balance.
This morning was 30 minutes on the roller bike trainer and then a RUN!
Actually it was 8 minutes of running broken up with a 4 min walk/2 min run pattern for 2 miles. Yay! Foot felt great. yesterday was a complete rest day and of course, my HIP was bugging me. So I am very happy that I've made the decision to get this figured out (again). the MRI yesterday was very relaxing.
By Xtreme Taper
2018-11-29 12:45 PM
2018-11-29 12:48 PM
The few times I've had an MRI I feel like I'm in one of those elaborate scenes in a James Bond film where they are trying to off him. Those loud noises... reminds me of Dr No. etc.
Wonderland trail sounded so awesome!
yay! you got to run! I am so happy for you
2018-11-29 1:48 PM
That Mount Rainer run was very cool!
Great moments! Yay
Glad the MRI went well. I feel the same way about them..kinda relaxing.
2018-11-29 2:53 PM
Glad you could run!
I told you MRIs are relaxing
I'm so happy you got to RUN !!!
Working from home today, I'm going to eye dr. later today, just a routine check up and getting new set of contact lenses. We got some rain, no mud slides reported yet. I'm planning to go for a run at lunch.
Crossing fingers for no mudslides
2018-11-29 3:17 PM
Working from home! I'm usually too distractable to do it (esp if I am trying to work in the kitchen ...).
Those contact lens appointments are kind of annoying. Of course, I know they're necessary, it's just that my prescription seems to run out when I'm at my busiest.
And then there's that decision-making !!! A or B? Number 1 or Number 2? Green or Red?
2018 has been a good year. While my hip surgery was in late Oct. 2017, it was early in 2018 before I was completely recovered and the change was so dramatic, it was only then I realized how bad I was before.
But the best thing about 2018 was finding out on Father's Day/our 40th wedding anniversary that our daughter is going to make DW and I grandparents either just before 2018 ends or very shortly into the new year! The little baby now needs to realize she'll be coming into the world in a month or so and it's time to reverse her position to make for an easier delivery!
My workout will be teaching spin class this evening. Pizza & beer with the guys afterwards.
Looks like there might be a "window" tomorrow when it's dry and neither too cold nor too windy so I'm planning for some outdoor Christmas light hanging. I skipped hanging them on a higher part of our roof last year (see hip surgery above) and had enough working strings to cover the rest. I tested the 5 strings this morning and 2 of them have sections of lights I can't get to work
Those have been trashed and I'm heading out this afternoon to get some to replace them and what I didn't cover last year.
Hey lucky you... you found the bad strings of light before putting them on the house.
This! And never buy a prelit tree. They are nice until they go out!
2018-11-29 3:49 PM
^^^^^ been there, done that!
happy to see thursday pizza and beer is still a go!
grampa soon! turn around baby!
oh boy, is she breech? flip, baby girl, flip! E was breech until 35 weeks and then flipped, thankfully.
2018-11-29 1:58 PM
Yeah...for now. Beth's due date is 1/2/19 so there's still time for her to flip!
That's a great thing
2018-11-29 2:54 PM
You definitely had good news in 2018!
Best Fathers Day ever, right? Did DD do anything special make the announcement?
Good luck with the Christmas lights!!!
Since her due date is 2 days before her mother's BD, she asked her if she shares her BD with anyone in the family (she does, her last living aunt in Wisconsin). So then she asked if she would like to share it with someone else...hesitated a bit...and then added "in the family".
Then it was all tears & hugs!
5 miles before work.
I was able to see my ART Dr. yesterday afternoon and she worked on my knee and quad and I was able to do the whole riverfront path this morning. I could feel it towards the end but it was much better than earlier in the week. I already booked another appointment for Monday morning so we’ll see how things are doing after that.
I have to pull together all of my thoughts for 2018 so I can do our Christmas letter. It’s been a good year with 2 of the kids buying their first houses. Having the youngest only 30 minutes away is a nice bonus as he was about 3 hours away for the past 2 years. If we could just get the oldest a little closer than Omaha, it would be great.
Glad the ART helped!
That's a lot of new house stuff.
That is awesome and encouraging that the one session helped so much! It sounds like she found the root cause and that's the hard part!
I have to do my letter too. I only send out maybe 10, but I mostly do it for myself and the kids. It makes me reflect on the year, and I always print out extra copies (of the letter and the Xmas photo card) for the kids. Right now they're separated into two envelopes, but someday I'll put them into a binder or book for them. They can read what their mom was so important in their lives when they were two.
2018-11-29 2:55 PM
That's pretty amazing results for one session of ART. Is Kiawah a week from Saturday?
Don't forget that you're probably going to go back to Omaha at some point in the next few years!
Yes, Kiawah is a week from Saturday. I’m going to see how a longer run goes on Saturday and if the half down there is still a possibility. I have until Wednesday to switch races.
It’s going to be a while before we all have to go back to Omaha, and we hope our daughter is a little closer to SC by then.
2018-11-29 3:19 PM
I've gotta say that I'm a little sad about the prospect of Herself moving farther away than where she went to college.
OTOH, it opens the door for races in new locations!
That is a nice change with your kids nearby!
Is Kiawah back in the possible column?
2018-11-29 3:46 PM
The half at Kiawah might be back on the table. There’s still a lot that will need to fall into place, but I’m more hopeful after the run this morning.
It’s really nice having 2/3 nearby and we’ve done pretty well at getting everyone together for dinner almost every week. We’re all singing in the same group so see each other every Monday evening.
My year was actually pretty great. My honeymoon: kicked off by running Big Sur, then a 2-week road trip from CA back to NJ. Just an amazing trip.
Attained Marathon Maniac status for running B&A, Big Sur, and VCM within a 7 week period.
Meeting Meb at VCM.
Asked for and got a huge raise and promotion at work. RTB.
Ran Steamtown in October and finally vanquished that DNF demon from 2004. Although I didn't PR this year in the marathon (I came
at B&A), I have achieved things with my running that I never thought possible (multiple marathons in a year) and that has boosted my confidence and my drive to see what I can do in the future.
My run today will be 4 miles after work before corporate vball.
2018-11-29 2:58 PM
Definitely a good year for you -- big events and a lot of fun stuff!
what a great year! I am so thrilled for you, you deserve all the happiness and success.
Nice! Lots of great stuff!
You had an amazing year!
You really have had a great year!
That elusive PR is gonna crack very soon
Thank you for that piece. I admire and enjoy that you connected the beautiful surroundings with the renewal of old and valued friendships
Strange day in these parts It was time for a follow -up CT scan .I’ve had many , but I am very claustrophobic , so that adds to the anxieties.
So I sneak in my anxiety meds and about 1 hour before the procedure ,I take one pill. The CT tech was running late and by the time I was called in, I was asleep
.As I was rather loopy , I had no problem with the scan, but when I got off the gurney I fell on my arse,:
.Anyway, then I walked the short distance home with a huge smile . DW said “get yer your arse in bed “. Yes ma’am
I think I understand the attraction of drugs .
Later will do 3 miles with best buds and stop. 1/2 way for a cold IPA
I hope your arse didn't suffer any adverse effects of your loopiness. I'm kind of
where was the tech when you stood up after the procedure? Hope you get a good report from the follow-up
Drug free and proud, puh-leez. Not when there's time to be spent closed up in a tiny space. Oh no, no, no.
Hope your head's cleared up for a fun 3 miles with your pals. They'd better keep a close eye on you!!
Doing three miles with arms linked at 20 deg was what I needed to clear my head
CT, nap, run, and beer. That is some day you had there.
Hope the scan is clear.
2018-11-29 8:28 PM
2018-11-29 8:32 PM
XT—that is poetry
The sky has turned to a patchwork slate
As the wind howls through the golden gate
But I’m safe inside from the slanted rain
As I make a treadmill howl in pain
4.0 miles with pickups. I'm out of shape was looking at an uninspiring wall so I'm afraid my poem suffers in comparison to pooped colts, but both the run and the poem are a strart.
I Love it!
... as the treadmill numbs my brain..
Good that there is rain in CA again. Hopefully no major mudslides though.
Lol! If I ever write a beautiful poem, you'd better check for plagiarism. I'm essentially a female Spock. The poem is cowboyjunkie's
But nice one yourself!
2018-11-29 7:02 PM
2018-11-29 7:04 PM
Quiet, easy 4.5 mile run today. I tried to be more courageous with my running gear and dang! I regretted it every time I turned and ran to the north
After the run, I spent some time with DIL and GD for an EI visit. The baby is only 5 months old, but the school system already sends early intervention specialists to the house regularly - physical therapy, speech therapy and a special ed teacher. I am so happy to pay property tax to finance this assistance for my kid and all the others who need it.
She got a good review from PT. Tomorrow is a neurology appointment in Portland that should be OK though I suspect an EEG or MRI will be ordered as she approaches nears six months old.
When I got back home, we took a look a the weather forecast and decided to spend an un-rainy day at a nearby wildlife refuge for hiking and birding. We did see a pretty good variety of birds, but not the species we expected. Most impressive were the hundreds of sandhill cranes that I did not know were in the area. They were cleaning out the cornfields. I located a red breasted sapsucker that was beautiful and a lot of fun to see up close. The hike was great -- not very strenuous and a nice treat to walk through lots of late fall colors before serious winter sets in.
Winter winds from the north are the worst.
Cool that you have found new birding places in your new home in Oregon.
I know those darn birds are out there, but we haven't found the hot spots yet or other birders to show us around. All in good time, I hope.
What a fantastic system! Are you sure you still live in the US?
Sounds like a beautiful hike
From her own experience with a special-needs child, my sister tipped us on Early Intervention. The trick is to live in a good school system. It's kind of nice, too, because the therapists seem to really enjoy their work and give DIL good re-enforcement for her parenting skills. She deserves the good feedback and it's nice that she can get information / pointers from a non-family member.
I'm sure you will find your birding people at some point.
Really glad that you have support, I am amazed with the EI support that is available, and am so glad it is there. it is also nice to hear that your GD is doing well.
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