Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Tuesday Morning

I am feeling oh-so-much-better today. Yesterday after the 6:30 a.m. meeting, I went to Clement Park (sound familiar? think Columbine), strapped on my yaktrax, and started to run. I ended up running
TEN MILES!!!!
I didn't intend to do that, I just felt good and kept going. It was amazingly wonderful. And the thing that tells me that I am meant to be a long distance runner is that the tenth mile felt infinitely better than the first one. This morning my heart is full of hope that I will achieve my goals this year. If I can run 10 miles on January 1, barring injuries (Please, Dear Lord), I can think of no reason why I can't run a half-marathon in October - or even the one in May.

Getting sick and injured in December gave me a new appreciation for my life. I often focus on what I don't have - particularly a romantic relationship - and fail to notice what is great about my life. There is a lot that is very great about my life. I am so blessed with long-term sobriety, great AA groups, good friends, a wonderful family who love me, and good physical health. I am amazed that at the age of 55, I am considering running a half-marathon, and I actually think I can do it!

Yesterday at the meeting, I sat next to my friend Mike, who had a #27 Broncos jersey on. I thought it was somewhat odd since their season had untimely ended the day before. But then he told me it was the jersey of Darrent Williams, and he had been killed early that morning. How sad to be 24 years old, have the world by the whatever, and then end up dead. I pray for his family.

"Moments of perception can build into a lifetime of spiritual serenity, as I have excellent reason to know. Roots of reality, supplanting the neurotic underbrush, will hold fast despite the high winds of the forces which would destroy us, or which we would use to destroy ourselves." -- As Bill Sees It, p. 173

14 comments:

NMAMFQLMSH said...

Yes, very sad about Williams...so young, so full of life with a future ahead of him.
Your running is still killing me...10 miles...OMG...I don't think I can even walk that..lol.
JJ

Anonymous said...

Run, MC, run!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Ten miles.
That's nearly 1000 feet for every year of your life.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Hon. I needed a little extra oomph to go to the gym. "I don't have time" is not a viable excuse anymore. Glad you got in a good long run.

daave, those fingers flying on that keyboard are freaky!

Designer Girl said...

10 MILES!!! You completely rock, MC! I will NEVER catch up with you now, but you sure do inspire me! Congratulations, and may you be protected from any further injuries. You are SO gonna do it, girl!! :D

P.S. That's so sad about Williams. So senseless.

Meg Moran said...

how exhilerating that must feel...like you have been lifted up and are soaring. I just think you are amazing. YOU GO GIRL!!

BigSkymAAck said...

Wow Lady 10 miles on January 1st you can probabaly do the half marathon in May, an a full marathon in October. I am cheering you on.
Hey whats this deal with no romantic relationship. Does that mean we are not an item anymore?????????? I thought everyone loved ol SC.
I would like to be in Denver next year to celebrate my 30th in November. If it is going to keep snowing like that though I am not sure I would want to go to Denver in July. The streets could still be full of snow and ice.
FAEA

Trudging said...

10 miles wow! On snowshoes right?

Sober Chick said...

10 miles is wonderful. Sounds like a spiritual experience in itself!

lash505 said...

You are a unbelievably active person. That will keep you sane.

Sober @ Sundown said...

Congratulations on the ten miles. You are 3/4's of the way to a half marathon.

Shannon said...

OH MC, I say this all the time.. you inspire me soo much.. I feel good and sore.. and all I did was 20 minutes HA! ITs a stsrt!

I am sad to hear about your Bronco... God Bless him and his family.


PS I am sooo glad you are here

Grace said...

Thanks for calling in! Wow, a half marathon, I'm impressed!

"I often focus on what I don't have - particularly a romantic relationship - and fail to notice what is great about my life.".....this is the same for me, I really need to keep looking at the positives. Thanks for reminding me!

Christine said...

oh shit I missed your birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY belated

Hope it was a day you enjoyed!