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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!!

 

 

 

 

Tuney Tuesday — Till I Collapse

Not long ago, I used to play a game on Facebook with some of my high school friends for which we created a little group, Tuesday Tunes.  We would pick a theme each Tuesday and post a song related to the theme throughout the week.  I’m no longer on Facebook, but I do miss playing that game.

Today I ran across Kelly’s blog, honestme363, and she’s created a recurring weekly post known as Tuney Tuesday!  I was absolutely thrilled to discover this!  I love music, and music motivates me during my runs.  Some people prefer the quiet when they run, but I don’t want to run if I can’t have my music.  Some of the songs that come up I can actually pace to, while others I can just simply drift away.

I told Kelly I wanted to be a part of Tuney Tuesday, and she asked me about songs that motivate me.  The first and foremost song that comes to mind is “Till I Collapse” by Eminem.  But it’s not just the song… it’s this particular video behind the song that keeps me going, posted below. The first time I ever heard the song, I watched this Ironman video.  These super-athletes keep going no matter what, no matter how they feel.  They let nothing stop them to reach the finish line. It’s inspiring.

I make sure to put this song in the middle of any of my running playlists, right about when I know I’m going to start feeling sorry for myself, thinking how bad I hurt or how tired I am.  My pain is nothing compared to what these athletes go through.  This song comes on, and I find the strength to suck it up and carry on.

And FYI… this is the song that was playing when I ran across the bridge that terrified me in the Bridge of the Gods Run…  I hope you find as much inspiration in it as I do.

(Warning:  Explicit lyrics, so not for sensitive ears)