is getting flushed down the *&^%$!
while my friend Ron here is training
Barefoot in WINTER for his very first
half-marathon and he challenged me
and so I made sure he knew that was
a BIG MISTAKE by starting to train
for my OWN RACE which, since
i didn't exactly check the difference
between a 5k and a 5 Mile race, is
a 5 Mile race (however it starts at
a decent time in the morning:
10 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. - WHO
IS AWAKE AT 8 a.m. - and in
the mood to RUN? SERIOUSLY!)
So! In between days in bed and
doctors' appointments and the inevitable
brain thingy's - who
CARES AT THIS POINT?! - because
it's always DARK, GREY, AND so COLD,
YOU'D BE DEPRESSED EVEN IF YOU
WERE TOTALLY HEALTHY every time
the radio station airs its ad for our little
airline that has now has flights directly to
HAWAII, LIKE ENOUGH ALREADY
WITH THE ALOHA, can't they see we
are ready to shoot ourselves?! So, Ron and
I are training. Not together. He lives up
north and does this "running thing" like
what is THAT ABOUT? but, hey, on days
when this carcass can drag its ass outta bed
it is sooooo Exerstriding (the name of the
special training poles, in case you are also
inspired, they are not only great for balance
but upper body strength, cardio, endurance,
and if you live in a place where people
cross-country ski, they think you're
"dry land training" and a real, elite athlete!)
Badda BING - Badda BOOM!!!
So, doctors, don't bring me down.
I gotta race to
and Ron has also been warned:
used sideways, these babies can take out a
fancy, barefoot marathoner at the Start
of a Race so fast...S.M.A.C.K.
(did I say that out loud?
'scuse me. uh, thoughts
like that never enter
my brain, nevah!)
The name of the Race?
"The Race Beneath the Sun."
well, HALLELUJAH, BABY!
to Mike & Dylan, my "brothers"
at Fairhaven Runners Store in
Fairhaven: You guys saw the
Competitor in me and gave me
the Courage and Inspiration to
really buckle down and train
BELIEVING that it actually is
POSSIBLE TO CROSS THE
(o.k. i MIGHT just draw one
in the dirt half-way through,
but still, it's all good!)
Props to Fairhaven Runners Store
and owner, Steve.
I love you guys.
Seriously, what an amazing
EXPERIENCE to come in with
the blues and leave with
NEW SHOES, filled with
Hope, Enthusiasm, Joy,
Fire, Determination, and all
the Good Stuff sick people rarely
receive...you rocked my world.
No words, man, no words,
so this smile's for YOU!
Meanwhile, back home at the
"I not only approve this message,
I'm the one giving her tips called