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April 22, 2012

Feels Like Flying and…Oh…

Feels Like Flying and…Oh…

Since I took up running in June of 2011, I have been fascinated with the experience of “runner’s high.” When I was first looking at making a commitment to running, the question I posed to many runners was “how long did you have to run before you experienced this magical thing?” – I never once got an answer of less than a year. Most in fact, seemed to agree that you would have to run for a while and you would have to run often. As I have run longer and more often, I think I have had glimpses of this self-induced state-experience. But I am not sure. My real runner friends assure me that I won’t mistake it when it happens. Ok. So I asked a few of them if they would be willing to describe their experience of runner’s high such that a novice like me might be able to better be able to identify the feeling when it strikes. My friend Ted volunteered. Before he sent me this post, he said “I hope you won’t be offended by my analogy…” All I can say is that if it’s really that good it explains why I have heard people say they would give up sex before running. May I also add that this surely motivates me to keep going – how about you?

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes” – Andrew Carnegie

Last week Jacqueline and I were running at a very reasonable pace along the beach, and on the return portion of our run, I suddenly turned to her and said, “Sorry, but I have to fly.” And with that, I took off with longer strides that somehow felt lighter, a fast pace, and a huge smile on my face. The world had seemingly become more beautiful, and I was feeling wonderful!  After a short while I turned around and ran back to Jacqueline, who was also smiling. Although she encouraged me to keep going, I was still experiencing that “runners’ high,” and wanted to continue our run together.  I tried to explain what I was experiencing, and promised I would blog about it….about this so-called “runners’ high” that so many of us who run just love to experience.

(Really, he did try to explain it, but he was doing better at smiling than talking….) Continue reading…

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April 11, 2012
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Gone, Gone, Gone

Gone, Gone, Gone

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

~Douglas Adams

I have not written in nearly a week which seems terrible. It also seems  – well – like a real demonstration of my life.

Last week at this time I was returning from a conference in Lake Louise, Canada. Right now I am sitting in the United Lounge at LAX with my 2 boys – ages 10 and 12 – while we wait for a flight to Australia. We are on our way to the OSSANZ meeting in Darwin.

Sometimes, I feel like all my running is training for weeks like this.

I used to make excuses for the insane pace of my life. I also used to try to control it a lot more. but at some point I realized that it did more harm than good – I was living in a sort of constant state of struggle against what was. I spent a lot of energy trying to change thing and hoping that they would be different, and it often kept me from enjoying what was right in front of, me.

Who would have ever thought that letting go and succumbing to chaos would not only make it more tolerable, but might even make it fun? Continue reading…

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April 1, 2012
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March 7, 2012

Oh, My Aching Calves!

Oh, My Aching Calves!

For those of you who have been following along, I live at the beach in Southern California, and since I run these days, I often run near the sand. Did you catch the word “near” in that sentence? I discovered through early attempts that running on sand (even the hard packed stuff down by the edge of the water) is nothing at all like running on a hard/solid surface. Since I have great access to paved paths and trails near my house that parallel the river and the beach, I had just sort of decided that sand was not for me.

But at heart, I am a beach girl. More and more often lately I was putting on my running shoes and thinking “maybe if I just do a little run on the sand….” And then I found myself doing, say, a half mile on the sand and the rest of my run on pavement…and then I was wanting more. We are approaching daylight savings time and the days are getting longer, so when I run in the evening there is the call of sunsets and ocean breezes.

I tried running barefoot on the sand. Isn’t that what we all did as kids? Isn’t that all the rage right now? Not for me. But it did put the idea in my head that my current shoes were pretty heavy with a thick tread that felt like it sort of stuck in the sand.  Maybe new shoes would make the difference.

Besides, who doesn’t want new shoes? Continue reading…

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March 1, 2012

Give Up To Grace

Give Up To Grace

Give up to grace. The ocean takes care of each wave ’til it gets to shore. You need more help than you know.
~ Rumi

 

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February 22, 2012

Where I Run (8)

Where I Run (8)

Sometimes I just have to believe that there is someone up there with a giant paintbrush, painting the sky just for me.

These are from my run last night.  Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next post from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jacqueline

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