Saturday, August 2, 2008

Knock knock knockin

Dad and I are knocking on the door of mile number 18!  Today we spent 2:50 minutes on our feet, pounding pavement.  Today, my hips and feet felt that 2:50--which is a good thing, I think?  I was tired at the end of the run, but I still had just enough in me to pick up the pace and finish strong.  Dad and I actually picked up our pace during the middle of the run today as well, so that was a nice little change for my legs.

What did I learn today?  Today dad and I talked very little about running, but I did use that time to talk to him about some of my "me junk".  The past couple of days, I was in a sort of funk with my job.  My job satisfaction level was kind of low...and being human, I wanted to blame it on anyone but me.  I had a very REAL realization that I was being sort of selfish (okay really selfish) and lost my focus quite a bit.  I really need to work on disciplining myself to keep in mind that no matter what I'm doing during my day with my sweet little Layla, I'm doing each and every (sometimes mundane...sometimes exhausting) chore for God...and not for a "thank you" or "you're doing a great job".   Aghhh..but is is SO much fun to be selfish and whiny from time to time.  HA!  

So dad listened and reiterated what I great friend Anna is to me.   She more than listened to my whininess this week...she encouraged me and that means the WORLD!  And he reminded me of the importance of keeping my heart in a Godward orientation...easier said than done sometimes.

Okay okay okay...so the run...
The last two miles were not very easy.  We decided to plant more sports drink at mile 12 and not just at mile 6.  Believe me, the potassium cramp in my rear and my calf at mile 16 reminded me of how important fluids are.  I'm actually thinking of trying some Nuun next week?  We'll see.  I did do the Gu Roctane at mile 9 or 10 (thanks Cindy) and the blueberry was really not so bad.  

Well, I'm off--with a very happy heart, actually--to make a cake for tonight--yeah...I don't know how I get myself into these things.  I decided today would be perfect for making a cake, doing laundry and changing sheets.  Probably would have been a better day for a little nap.  ANYWAY,  we get the pleasure of  FINALLY meeting the guy who has stolen Neil's sister's heart (okay so maybe he didn't really steal it...I'm thinking maybe she's giving it willingly) ;-)  So exciting!  And tomorrow I'm having my recovery run with Toddy.  Her and her husband are coming over for a run and ice cream--so much to look forward to this weekend for sure!


4 comments:

Natasha said...

Great job Lupe!!! Almost 18 miles...you are doing awesome!!! :) And, yes, I cannot wait for our recovery run, ice cream, and small talk on the front porch. What a weekend...start it with a great run and end it with ice cream and buddy time. Fun, fun!!

Beth R. said...

18 miles....geez! I'm so proud of you! I'm sure that time spent with your dad is equally rewarding!!!

Lauren has a man??? Do tell....

Lindsey said...

um yeah...ALMOST 18 but not there yet...next weekend will be 18...I can't wait..for some reason that's been some sort of crazy "marker" for me? Strange.

I'll write a blog about the new guy if I get the appropriate permission..HA ;-)

Michelle said...

i think discontentment is something EVERYONE goes thru, no matter what they are doing in life. of course, I look at your life and it seems idyllic to me - you have a loving family, you live near your folks, part time (engaging) work, friends, etc, etc, etc! man could I talk about discontentment... grr. i always try to keep the gratitude attitude flowing though! :D i have soooo much to be thankful for.