(I spent a lot of yesterday feeling sick, horrified, heart-broken, and teary-eyed. I am certainly holding my loved ones even a little closer than usual. I am not going to write much about the tragedy that happened yesterday - for me it is enough to say that my thoughts and prayers are very much with the survivors and the families of the victims. And that despite the fact that such unimaginable, truly horrible things happen, I refuse to give up my belief that the world we live in is full of countless GOOD people who do good things every day. I believe in love, hope, faith, kindness, and peace, and that is what I lean on when scary, sad, awful things happen.)
Now on to some good things.
- We had a fun family movie night last night, and I have really been enjoying time with my kids this week. I love watching Christmas movies with all of us snuggled up in blankets around the Christmas tree.
- Yesterday I ran 22 miles. Since this is a high mileage week I didn't have any super fast paces, but I ran an average 7:39 pace. And it was all on the treadmill. I had run 12 miles outside the day before and it was pretty much a mix of running and ice skating because things are so slick out there. I can manage a slow, easy run in the snow and ice that is out there right now, but nothing at a faster or steady pace. As much as the treadmill long runs are tough, it does feel good to get them done. I try to tell myself I am building mental toughness!
- After this morning's 10-mile run, I successfully wrapped up my first 100 mile week!!! I know it's just a number, but it is exciting to say and has been a big confidence booster for me. I feel SO good right now. My energy level on my runs and in general is good (I am even waking up before my alarm most mornings), and my body feels great. I don't have any aches, pains, soreness or niggles. Being able to run 100 miles in a week with a decent amount of "substance" in there, and to keep up on my core/strength training, and to feel so good and be injury free makes me feel like this IS something I am good at, something I am meant to do, something my body thrives doing. It makes me feel like progress is coming. It makes me feel excited and hopeful. It feels good. Really good. And I am super grateful for Coach Sage. Things have been going really well since I started working with him. The right training plan and mix of intensity and recovery has made all the difference in how I am feeling.
- Last night I got a wonderful piece of news. I am being sponsored again by Brooks in 2013! I was so excited when I got the email with the offer and contract that I couldn't stop smiling. I have been so grateful for the support I have gotten from Brooks and the Inspire Daily program community, and it is a company that I represent PROUDLY and HAPPILY. I think that their running shoes, clothes, and gear is the very best. I love to Run Happy!!
I have been running in the PureFlow 2's for a week now (including my 22 miler on the treadmill yesterday) and will be doing a full review on them in the next few days. (Spoiler alert - they rock).
"No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible." - George Chakiris
"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope." -Mahatma Gandhi
human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or
patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our
common suffering into hope for the future."- Nelson Mandela
And here is an AWESOME post to show you some of the beautiful, GOOD side of people. Love this!