Happy Full Moon Monday

Sunday I had my “long” run.  There was so much going on in my brain while I was running… great thoughts for my weekly update, random silliness, and so on and so forth, but when I finally sat down to write it all out, I drew completely blank.  The only explanation I can come up with is because that’s pretty how much last week went for me… the sooner forgotten the better!

Not that anything majorly bad happened… I’m healthy, no injuries, I have a job and a home, and I have a wonderful family (blessings counted every single day).  However, I was tired.  Like crawl into bed and sleep for 2 days tired.  Is it because my mileage is peaking as Lake Sammamish is only 2 weeks away?  Have I not eaten enough hamburgers recently?  Maybe not enough chocolate?  Perhaps it’s the effects of the impending full moon…

Anyway, for whatever reason, I did not have a good week.  But I won’t dwell on the negative… only the positive, so I’ll see if I can highlight something happy…

Oh, wait, I’ve got it…

  •  One happy thing that happened to me last week… I won $11 in the lottery!  I can now say “I’ve won the lottery,” because I won more than I spent.  Yay!  Happy-happy-joy-joy!  (yeah, stretching it, I know)
  • Also, I have streaked for 53 days now, a total of 121 miles, and last week I ran a total of 17 miles, so that’s a positive, although my long run on Sunday didn’t quite go as planned.  I got up at 7, with plans to be out of the house by 9.  However, I lolligagged around and didn’t leave until 11.  By then the energy I got from my peanut-butter bagel had diminished, I was feeling lazy, and I was super tight when I hit the trail.  I took my GoPro out to record my run, but I only got about 20 minutes of footage as my memory thingamabob stick was full, so that didn’t work out.  And then it started raining and hailing on me… I swear it felt like it was going to snow.  No, it didn’t snow, only a downpour of rain, but I had to call it after 5 miles.  I just wasn’t feeling it.  Best to have a bad run before the race then on race day.  We’ll chalk it up to that and just aim for better next time.  I’ll go ahead and get a 10 or 11 miler in this coming weekend and I should be good to go for the race.  (wait… I’m supposed to focus on the positive, aren’t I…)
  • James decided we needed to do an ultra event… Hamster Endurance Run in August.  I get to thank Rebecca from Travel, Running, and a Little Bit of Style for putting that little seed into Jamesy’s head.  She signed up to do one, James read about it, thought it was super cool, and voila!  We will now be doing one (it’s okay Rebecca, really, it’s okay, ;D).  As this is our first endurance run, we’re choosing the 6-hour option… a chance for James to get his 50K sticker and for me to run past my half-marathon distance.  He has it all figured out for me… all I have to do is circle the course 10 times plus an additional 0.2 miles and I will have completed my first marathon distance (rrrrright).  Regardless, it looks like a fun event, lots of social opportunities (eat, drink, and be merry) and we’re looking forward to the challenge.
  • We decided that not only are we going to go see Adele this summer, but we are also going to snag tickets to see Howard Jones, OMD, and Barenaked Ladies on July 16.  Back in the Eighties, I had 3 groups/musicians that I loved… Tears For Fears, Wham!, and Howard Jones. So this is kind of exciting for me to actually get to see him perform after all these years!  I wonder if he’s as “out there” at 60 as he was 30 years ago!
  • While it rained every day last week, the sun still came out every single day.

Huh!  Go figure!  I guess last week wasn’t such a bad week after all!  I guess when you start writing out the positives, the negatives quickly go by the wayside.  Lesson learned!

thumbs up

James has a new thing he’s doing on his blog every Monday.  If you’re a music lover, go check it out!  Motivational Music Monday!  Post some songs that inspire you and get you to move, or songs that just make you happy (or sad if that’s the way you roll)!

And as it IS Motivational Monday, I will leave you with a thought:

persistence

… and I am that river…

Have a great week!

Anything you’re looking forward to this coming summer?  Race?  Concert?  Major life-changing event?

 

42 thoughts on “Happy Full Moon Monday

  1. 50in50marathonquest

    what an awesome post, always thinking on the bright side and staying positive with a great quote to finish…you’ll be finding that most appropriate on that 6 hour event 🙂

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  2. Tasha

    I dont know how you keep up with all of this running and streaking but you’re doing it and getting it done!!! I swear Howard Jones sounds so familiar, unless I’m getting him mixed up with someone else….will have to google him. Keep looking at the positives in life Paula because that will bring on even more positives!!!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you Tasha! That’s so wonderful for you to say! I just really tend to go with the flow, really. Whatever happens, happens, hahaha! Yes, google Howard Jones! My mantra back then, “Things Can Only Get Better!” Now I’m going to have to go listen to it!! 😀

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    2. neveradullbling Post author

      Okay, so I went and listened to “Things Can Only Get Better.” I just realized he started my whole “positive thinking” quest! Whenever I felt down in those teenager years, I listened to it over and over again until I believed that things would get better. I just had to share that with you because, well, you’re you! 😀

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      1. Tasha

        haha! Thanks Paula…and I just realized where I’ve heard of someone named Howard Jones…. he’s someone mentioned in a book that I’m currently reading…The Immortal Cells of Henrietta Lacks. lol 😀

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  3. watermark17

    I really love how positive you are, Paula! I am sorry that you didn’t have a good last week, but I read so many more wonderful and positive things than the bad. I think anyone would be tired if they were training for a half-marathon and a 53 day streak is AMAZING!!! Sounds like you have lots of good things to look forward to in the near future and you are already on the right track with training for your endurance event. I am SO impressed!!! Yes, when I feel down it always helps to count my blessings. Then I realize that I am too blessed to be stressed! May this week be WAY better than the last! Xoxoxo.

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  4. Chocolaterunsjudy

    I usually do a race on the 4th and we’re talking about maybe taking a little vacation around it. Except for a few days here & there around my halfs last year, I haven’t had a vacation in a YEAR. And it was a hard year!

    I often think of great things while I’m running, I’m usually composing blog posts if I’m running alone . . . heck if I know what they were by the time I’m done! You are not alone.

    An ultra? Wow. Just wow. I have one friend who does them. You guys are cray-cray!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hahahaha, yeah, I’m beginning to think we are cray-cray!! 🙂
      I hope you do get to take your vacation around the 4th!! You deserve it indeed!! Do you do the same race every year for the 4th? Or are you thinking about a destination race-cation?

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      1. Chocolaterunsjudy

        It’s a 4 mile race I’ve been doing on the 4th for the last couple of years. You have to leave super early because parking is cray-cray & this year I thought wouldn’t it just be nice if we stayed there (it’s only about 30 minutes away) & it’s a very dog friendly town (where we live, not so much).

        We’ll see a lot could happen between now & then. At some point we’ll need to go see my MIL again & we should get together the next time we do!

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  5. arunadayamy

    I hope this gives you a boost: I love reading your blog and hearing more about your neighborhood and family. You all seem so close-knit and full of fun, it always makes my day! An endurance run will be a whole lot of fun! When I did my 50k, the atmosphere was so much different than a marathon; more relaxed, real food at the aid stations, people willing to walk and have a conversation with you. It was great and I wish there were more opportunities to do them. I really think you will love it! Chin up and I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures!!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Oh that does give me a boost!! Thank you so much!! That’s nice to know that the atmosphere is different! It definitely seems much more relaxed as they will have tents in a field set up for socializing, and eating, and resting! It truly sounds like a fun day out!!

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  6. wanderwolf

    Well, I’m sorry you initially felt like you had an awful week… it was definitely lack of enough chocolate 😉
    but, now that it’s out of the way, I’m glad you saw how good it was! Maybe you were just bummed about the shortened run (though with hail, it’s good you cut it short). There will be more long runs! One really long run, it looks like! A 6 hour event is more than I’ve ever considered doing… but so exciting! A marathon may be in it for you, for sure. 😉 It sounds intimidating, but if you’re running 6 hours, any distance you cover is impressive.
    and now you’ve planted a seed… in my head too. Hopefully it doesn’t grow too quickly.
    And so many possitives are a great way to start the week. !
    Hope this week ends like it started!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you so much for the pep talk Dorothea!! I always appreciate you!! And yeah, the event sounds super fun!! And we’ve actually been around that loop, so we know what to expect! I see trail shoes in my near future!! Yay!! As for you, you should try and find one!! Or come here and do ours, hehe! It just looks like one big running party, and I’m all for a party!! 🙂

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      1. wanderwolf

        ha ha. Well, unless I’m driving to the other side of the country… (which may or may not be happening)…
        but yeah! If you know the trail, it should be fun! Party party (but save the alcholo for afterwards).

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  7. The Happy Healthy Kiwi

    It’s amazing how looking at the positive can change our perceptions. Exciting about your concerts and all your plans! As you know I have something big to look forward to this year, it’s the reason I have no other plans!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Your upcoming event is by far the best thing ever!! The anticipation and waiting are going to drive you mad, but so totally worth it!! Yes, we always need to focus on the positive because life in general is never as bad as we perceive it to be (and I had to throw in life in general because that earthquake was just… wow…but it doesn’t fit under the aforementioned category, :D).

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      1. The Happy Healthy Kiwi

        I absolutely can’t wait and I’m only halfway through! I know what you mean about the earthquake, it was awful and unfair and there has been so much red tape and suffering since, a lot of people feel like not enough progress has been made in the five years following. But there were positives, the communities banding together and strangers helping strangers. It’s hard but I think there’s always a positive, sometimes just masked but too many negatives.

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  8. Janet wilson

    Hi Paula we have a full moon, lots of stars & a very frosty night this side of the pond.🌚 Hope this week is positive we all get down times. Hang in there. Jx

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hi Janet! We’re actually clear and frosty here too… maybe icy in the morning, but oh the sun comes out for a beautiful afternoon! I’m all good now… yes, it was just an off week. 😀

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  9. Stephanae V. McCoy

    I had to chuckle when I began reading this post because I can so relate to all these phenomenal ideas floating around in my head (I’ll even jot down notes) but when it comes to writing a post…crickets, zip, zilch, zero, nada! Love how you got on a positive roll and ended on such a high note. 😀

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