Thursday, October 27, 2016

So About Turning 50...

I've decided to get over that 50th birthday thing. There's enough drama in the world without adding my own drama over something that in the big picture isn't that big a deal.

And besides, I think I'd rather look at it as an occasion to celebrate, not dread. We got that celebration off to a wonderful start on Saturday, when Jim and I went out to dinner with my lovely sister and her terrific husband. Instead of an unwrappable gift, I wanted to have a grown up dinner and THEY DELIVERED BIG TIME with an evening I will cherish. Great food, even better company.

I'm pretty freakin' lucky and that's what this whole round number birthday is reminding me about.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thank Goodness for Nuisances

I've been blog slacking lately but of course got my act together to take part in the Wednesday Word.

This week the word is nuisance, and I will be honest: nuisances are not something I like to think about because, you know, by definition, they are a pain in the rear.

So I started thinking about nuisances this morning and categorized a couple of different kinds. There are the nuisances you can't do anything about. Like humidity that makes your hair do disobedient things. And then there are the ones that you'd better do something about, like the mild pain in your heel that tells you to take a break from running before it turns into full on plantar faciitis and puts you on the couch for six months.

And then I decided that both kinds of nuisances serve their own unique purpose. The latter kind are warnings, little pokes from the universe that something is amiss, which arrive in time for you to adjust your course. And the former type? The ones like sharing a locker room with a bunch of high school swimmers who leave it looking like a hurricane came through?

Those are really excellent nuisances, because they bring some perspective. They remind you to look at the big picture, and maybe even give you a chance to practice your patience. That's a really good thing.

Another good thing about nuisances is that you generally don't have to wait too long for a new one to come along.

Want to read some fine bloggers' takes on nuisances? Just click the link below to visit Deb's blog.

Deb Runs

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Partial Course, Fully Ironmen

Some of my favorite triathletes are in North Carolina today doing either the 70.3 or the 140.6 mile event. Unfortunately, some horrible flooding from Hurricane Matthew affected our North Carolina neighbors pretty badly, and the condition of the roads shortened the 112-mile bike ride for the full-on Ironman event considerably.

People are disappointed, of course. But I'm particularly in awe of two racers with amazing perspective on the change.

Ann Marie is running her first full Ironman today. Her husband, Sean, posted on Facebook this morning: "While disappointing that the full race distance of 140.6 miles has been shortened to 84.6, our thoughts go out to the people of this area that have suffered loss in this disaster. The race seems small and insignificant compared to the challenges these people face. After watching her train for 28 weeks, and not miss a single day of training, it's obvious that the journey defines an Ironman, not a mile total."

And Joni ("Iron Pinkie"), who is doing her fifth Ironman race today, simply said, "I will race the race that's been placed before me."

I don't care who ends up on the podium, those people are winners.

Friday, October 21, 2016


Clear blue skies are terrific, but you've got to admit, clouds do make the sunrise much more interesting.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

When an Opportunist Knocked (Me Down)

It's Wednesday and I'm linking this post up to and the Wednesday Word. I'm having a little trouble with the word today because it's OPPORTUNIST. That's someone who takes advantage of a situation, usually at the expense of others.

I'm sure I know people who are opportunists but I don't even want to think about them! So instead I'll give you a quick cautionary tale about a run-in I had with an opportunist of a different sort.

When I was in my second year of law school, I woke up one morning with a sore throat. It was a terrible sore throat. It didn't want to go away. But because I Was So Busy Being an Important Law Student Doing Important Things, I took my sweet time getting over to the clinic on campus. When I did, sure enough, I had strep throat.

(And for the record, none of my friends seemed to come down with strep throat, so I wasn't THAT selfish!)

I took some medicine and took care of that strep throat and went back to Doing Important Things. But then one day I noticed a speckly rash on my stomach. The next day it was on my back. The next day, it was all over my thighs and it was no longer speckly. It looked like raw hamburger. And it itched outrageously.

This time I did not hesitate to get to the clinic (because, hello, disfiguring). They said, ew, and sent me to a local dermatologist. Long story short, I had psoriasis. It quickly spread all over my body and it was months before I got rid of the rash. The treatment was this coal tar/salicylic acid cream that was gooey, yellow, and smelly. I went to the dermatologist a couple of times a week so he could expose my rash to a low-level UV light. It got into my scalp and looked like the worst case of dandruff imaginable. I itched like a flea-infested stray cat the whole time.

Evidently, it never goes away. I haven't had an episode like that since I was 22, but every time I see a red speck anywhere on me, I freak out a little.

And the thing was, it never had to happen. I learned that psoriasis is an opportunistic disease, and I picked it up as a result of that strep throat that I failed to treat in a timely way. So take your sore throats seriously! You are never Too Important to take care of yourself.

And I am looking forward to seeing what our team of bloggers is writing about opportunists! You can check them out with this link right here:

Deb Runs

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Fine Alternative

I can't always convince myself that cycling class is a better option than running. But when the instructor turns it into a Beyonce Power Hour, there isn't even a question. Those ladies got in formation!

Monday, October 17, 2016


I'm trying to add weights to my weekly routine.

It's really not an easy sell, because you want to get all that cardio in a limited amount of time (this is one reason I did next to no strength training while I was running). But I think it's important for my knees, and also because as people get older we're supposed to lose all that muscle mass.

So today I got to the gym and went through the little circuit I've worked out for myself (I've done enough of this stuff in my past that I am reasonably sure I'm not going to hurt myself):

  • Leg press
  • Seated hamstring
  • Inner-outer quads
  • Seated fly (then you turn around and work your back on the same machine)
  • Shoulder press
  • Seated lats machine
  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep dips
  • Some abs down on the mat including a plank, of course!

At the end of it you leave feeling pretty good, even though there's no mileage to add to your Daily Mile page. Maybe one of these days I'll even treat myself to getting one of the folks at the rec center to work out a real weight plan for me.

I chalk it up to changing things up and if I get some cute muscles, too, that is the icing on the cake!