Fall Already?

I realized… ohhhh, probably last Friday… that I have a 10K at the end of this month, so it might behoove me to get out on the trail sometime really soon.  Mind you, I haven’t been sitting on my posterior this whole entire time… last week just so happened to have been filled with rainy days, so I kept my posterior inside on the treadmill.  Do you have any idea just how non-exciting writing about treadmill runs really is?  Not to the mention the pictures you would get:

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Borrrrring.  Yeah, that’s what the treadmill does for you… zaps all your creativity while you suffer endless minutes of mind-numbing drudgery.  But it has to be done, what can I say.

However, we got a break in the rain today, so out I went on the trail for a 5K.  And I saw this:

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Leaves on the ground!  Yes, I do believe autumn has begun here in the Pacific Northwest, if for no other reason than the week of rain we happened to have.  September is actually still supposed to be sunny here, with the rainy season not really starting until mid-to-late October, but things may be different this year… we’ll see.  I may not get my chance to go for the 50-mile bike ride to which I had given some serious thought.  Again… I guess we’ll see.  I do need to go tackle that dreadful hill though before winter just so I can get past it (and then probably follow that up with saying “never again”).

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I have to give a shout-out to the man in the above picture, in the orange shirt, bless him.  He’s probably 70 to 80 years old, and I see him out running every single day, just shuffling along. Sometimes alone.  Sometimes with his daughter.  Every.  Single.  Day.  He impresses the hell out of me.

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My picture… okay, AJ’s picture taken last week in Sequim, but this bear’s mannerism describes the people I’m admiring this week… fierce!

I would also like to give a shout-out to a blogger friend, “Lucy” from Losing Anonymously.  I started following her last year as she began on her healthy journey to lose weight and get in shape.  In that time, she lost 74 pounds and became a runner.  Today she completed her very first half-marathon, with a damn good time, I might add.  I am just thrilled for her.  She is proof-positive that with hard work and determination, one can achieve their goals.  Never give up… she never did.  She had personal challenges that she had to overcome, but she never quit.  She is truly an amazing person and such an inspiration.  Well done, “Lucy,” well done!!

‘Cause sometimes you just feel tired, you feel weak

And when you feel weak you feel like you want to just give up

But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength

And just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up

And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you want to just fall flat on your face and collapse.

–Eminem, “Till I Collapse”

Hope you have a great week!!

 

 

 

 

38 thoughts on “Fall Already?

  1. 50in50marathonquest

    But, that is an ifit video enabled treadmill so technically you can run anywhere the world anytime…imagine 🙂 Great week getting back to business and congratulations to Lucy!! Yeah, that bear was a bit grumpy but at least you didn’t post the one that turned his back to us and took a big…nap. I’m looking forward to the trail and autumn running though with a couple super events in Bellingham and Tulsa to look forward to…cheers, hugs, kissies!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hahahaha, it’s still a freaking treadmill, I don’t care what pictures you put on the screen, :D. Actually I feel truly blessed to be able to run anywhere in the world, :P. Yep, a great training week! Now may the rest be just as great!! Hugs and kissies!!

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  2. lynne hoareau

    Hahaha yes treadmills suck ! but you have got to do what you have got to do (well that is what I tell myself) I put on the radio and music for some distraction, but my word, even after all these years it still is BORING !!! Great that you could get out and do a ‘normal’ run and take some pics on the way 🙂 Wow, well done to that man, now that is pure inspiration 🙂 Have a great week 🙂

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  3. Janet wilson

    A very autumnal morning here, wet & misty as I sit on the train to Cambridge. Well done to the lady losing weight & running a half in a good time. Positive thinking and hard work does pay off, I will think of that as I peddle away it can be done!!! Jx

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  4. Lucy

    Ug, the thought of my treadmill makes me tired. I think this year I’ll just run on the ice, in the snow, and through the rain! We have leaves starting to fall here too, and the nights are getting chilly (low 50’s). It’s funny how much more I notice the seasons change now that I run in them.

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Older people who run totally inspire me. I want to be like that when I’m 80, so hopefully I’ve got a good start! And I cannot believe you’ve never run on a treadmill! Wow! Good for you for always braving the elements!!

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  5. runningtotravel

    I have a love/hate relationship with my treadmill- love still being able to run when it’s nasty outside but don’t have nearly as much fun as I do running outside. I’m so happy about the cooler days of fall and running outside when it’s so pretty with the red, orange, and yellow leaves.

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  6. Lady G

    I can’t do treadmills! I hate ’em.
    But the idea of walking or running in Fall just tickles my fancy.
    By the way, I sent a link of your blog to my friend in Seattle.
    I wanted her to see all of the beautiful pics and scenery.

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  7. Rebecca Royy

    Oh lord I agree with you on the treadmill!! It’s just awful. We are SOOO lucky, we have a little gym in our neighborhood. So usually when I go in, there will be friends too. We spend the time chatting. And before we know it, an hour has passed!

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  8. Susan Leighton

    So envious of that trail picture, Paula! That trail seems to be screaming, “Go for a run, a bike ride or walk your dog!” You are right. Treadmills are boring but sometimes necessary. You might as well get that hill out of the way. 😉

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      1. neveradullbling Post author

        Oh, this one is a life suck. And I’m talking for the bike. It’s a 2 to 3 mile gradual uphill, lol! People have been seen walking their bikes up it, hahaha! And that’s probably going to be me! But you’re right, I just need to do it!! 😀

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  9. Antonia

    I’m glad you could finally get outside 😀 Wow, how impressive…to be that age and exercise every day. I hope I can be that active when I’m older. Congratulations to your friend Lucy! That’s a great achievement!

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