Hello again, hello.

It’s been a while since I’ve written, so let me pick up where I left all so many months ago in 2014.   I’ve lost a total of 30 pounds so far!   It’s been a long road, sometimes a little tougher than others, but there’ve been many little victories along the way.   Each time I lost a few more pounds, it got easier to run a little farther.   Last year I completed two half marathons, a ten-miler, a 10k and a 5k.

At the last race, the 5k, I ran a PR.   For the first two miles of that race, I ran a 10:30 pace.   Now, although that might seem slow to some of you reading this, for me it was a victory.  The final mile was 11:00.   I really have to say I enjoyed passing people!   I had to keep myself from apologizing to them for passing them and maybe making them feel bad about being passed by me.

I have always entered races thinking I was slow, slow, slow, what am I doing here, I’m NOT REALLY a runner!   The night before the race, I told my husband, who was entered also, that I was going to run as fast as I could for as long as I could.   I had run all year, and before every race I entered I was thinking these negative thoughts.   Really?   Didn’t all those days of logging miles mean something?    Why would I go out in the morning in my running pants and wicking t-shirts, running socks and shoes if I wasn’t a runner?    Why did I join a local running club if I wasn’t a runner?    It wasn’t a knitting club I joined!   It was a running club!  And the other people had on the same type of clothes I had on!!  I even started hanging out afterwards to talk about running!!  One of my new running friends even ran in a half with me to keep me running and on pace.    I AM A RUNNER.

And that is precisely why the night before the 5K I told my husband – I am going to run as fast as I can for as long as I can.  And that’s what I did.   Wow, what an amazing feeling!   And so this year, as I stand at each start line, I will say to myself, run as fast as you can for as long as you can.  You can do it.  You are a runner.

So here I am writing my blog again, putting this out for all to see   My weight loss journey will continue.   I will run and eat healthy (and occasionally not eat healthy).  I’m already entered in one half-marathon in June and plan to register for a full marathon in the fall.   I hope to enter some shorter races along the way to gauge where I am and to pass some more people!   Okay, that’s not the real reason, but for this long time back-of-the-pack runner, it felt really good to be in the middle of the pack.

For those of you interested in what’s happening in the garden, well, it is winter, so the plants are resting and waiting for spring.  I would love it if we would get one really good snowfall.  I truly believe a good snow pack that thaws in the springtime is the best thing to get those plants waking up and growing and spreading good root systems.

Here’s a view of the mini meadow in the summer and again in the winter.  I probably should have mown it, but I wanted to leave seeds there for the birds for the winter.

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IMG_1010The stems of the joe pye weed turn this neat white color in the winter, adding some interest in the garden.

I’ve been getting garden catalogs galore and planning new things for the coming year, which include some new cutting gardens for some future plans that I have for myself.   I hope to harvest the first of the horseradish come spring and continue on a family tradition of grinding my own horseradish.   That is about as close as I can get to vegetable gardening.  I’ve tried in the past to grow veggies, but I’m just not cut out for it!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this update.  I promise to write once a week from now on.

Happy Running and Gardening!

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