Tuesday, April 12, 2011

At it Again

It is no secret how much I LOVE Team in Training. I have also made it clear to many people I had no desire to do the Portland Marathon. (Could be the route is similar to many training runs I have done.) Fall season for TNT begins May 21, and sure enough....I volunteered to become a mentor, for the Portland Marathon.

The NYC Marathon drawing is April 27th, and I am hoping to get in. Of course I will not be too disappointed if I don't get in. But if I do get picked my plan is to train for the Full Marathon and race the Half Marathon. If I don't get in I will most likely do the Full. I am also registered for the Girlfriend's Half Marathon the following weekend, so that may play a part in the decision.

I have a little itch to attempt the Goofy Challenge at the Disney Marathon Weekend. It would mean a half marathon on January 7th and then a full marathon on January 8th. The 8th will also be my birthday. I am not sure what I am thinking.....or if I am thinking at all :)

So the I am throwing it out....check out my fundraising website at  http://pages.teamintraining.org/oswim/portland11/mmoss4 if you have a little extra money burning a hole in your pocket. No amount is too small, and each donation is tax deductible. Also, if you are interested in finding out more about Team in Training, check out www.teamintraining.org. There are many rewards that come with being a TNT participant, from helping find a cure for cancer to building life long relationships! (And getting in shape is a great perk too!) No experience is needed, and it is a great program for beginning runners (and walkers!)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Running Naked

Get your head out of the gutter! I ran today without Garmi and without my iPod. Both of which decided to run out of juice before I started on my run. It felt invigorating listening to only my thoughts and nature around me. Of course I am pretty sure that I would not be able to do that with every run, but every once in a while I think this would be great.

I ran about 3 miles (since Garmi didn't join me I don't know for sure). Since the last run I did was a few weeks ago, I figured this was a good distance to start with. With the stress I have experienced in the last two weeks, I was able to let go. My mind was clear, and I felt free. I have been trying to meditate these past few days, but my mind just will not empty. I can't meditate like a "normal" person, running is my meditation. It has become where my mind, body and spirit are all able to free itself. I feel good while running, no matter what else is going on.

This week the little one is with the grandparents, so I am going to use this week to refocus on my running and finding my inner runner again.