a lot of miles, a lot of thoughts…

On this day 12 years ago, I had just dropped off my 4 year old at preschool and was hanging out with my one year old at home. The TV was playing in the background and then I became glued to the TV. At first I didn’t get it. I wasn’t alarmed. I was more… perplexed. I didn’t comprehend what had really happened. I thought, that happened so far away… New York (I live in California). It took a few days, really a few weeks, for it to sink in. And now… it makes me sick to my stomach when I think about what happened, how many people were tragically affected in those few moments, and how their families’ lives changed forever.

Our country changed that day. In so many different ways. So… today we honor the fallen, lift up those who lost loved ones and empower those who were in the midst and survived.

And, in light of that… I know this may seem trivial but I did run today. I ran 11 miles in 3 runs. 5, 4 and 2. The last one was not really a run, more like a fast limp. My right calf is on fire singing “wild thing!” and needs to be either cut off and replaced or iced til its numb and I no longer feel it. I guess I’ll be icing. Anyway… here’s today’s before and afters…

I know… its dark. I’m really in there. You can see my shadow. It was EARLY in the morning, no flash on my phone! 🙂
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After the run. I took a new route, new streets, new hills, new leg pains! See how bright I am i the morning light! 🙂
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Afternoon run with the high school. Also a new route, 4 miler. We started off at a good pace but then slowed. Everyone was in good spirits. One runner even claimed he had a “runner’s high”. There is some hope yet!
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When we finished this run I headed straight to the trainer. I asked for a bag of ice. Seriously, me ask for ice? Yeah, my calf hurts that bad. 😦
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And finally, the last run of the day. The Cheetahs did 250s and 150s so I waited to run my final two miles after their practice.

Cheesy smile cuz I just want this to be over. 🙂
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8 times around this track. The last 3 laps were “limped”.
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And, its over. Painfully, over.
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But today is the 11th. (Someday I’ll post about the significance of the rose on the 11th.)
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I ran my 11 miles and look forward to my 12 tomorrow. Don’t worry about me, I got this. I’ll ice, tape and walk/limp when necessary. If this was easy it wouldn’t be a challenge, right?
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