|More PQ preserve|
|Max, just because he is so darn cute|
Super bowl day was hard for me though. Not just because it was a horrible game. Who cares about that anyway? And yes, the halftime show was good. It was hard because of the food served. And it was at my house! We had a lot of chicken. Chicken wings. Not even organic or cage free because I couldn't find any. And that depressed me. I hate to complain because really my life is awesome and there are people with such larger problems. But, it is hard being a vegan. It is hard being in the minority. I just wish everyone was a vegan. The world would be such a better place. For me, for the animals, for the environment, for every one's health. Oh well. I can dream.
|Love this thing|
Back to running. So as I mentioned in my last post I am now seriously contemplating and planning on a marathon in the next year. After such a great experience at the Carlsbad Half Marathon I decided I was ready to go for the full in May. However, since then a few things have come up. One, I poured over the details of different races in May and June and could not come up with one that fit the bill for what I want. The things important to me are crowd support, no super big hills, no heat, and nice terrain/views. Second, a few little nagging injuries are coming up making me think I need to stick to my original plan of the full Marathon in 2015 right after I turn 50 (!). The physical issue I am dealing most with right now is a mild case of plantar fasciitis. My heels hurt, especially at night. So, I am doing a number of things to help with this like icing the bottom of my feet (not very fun when the house is already 60 or so degrees), rolling my feet and stretching my calves. The one thing that would really cure my feet I am not doing and that would be to take a week or two off from running. But that is too painful. I have cut back a little on the length of my runs and also have avoided hard surfaces more consistently. So, with this new foot issue and not finding the ideal race I have decided that I will spend the next 11 1/2 months really getting in the best possible physical shape so hopefully that 26 miles next January at the Carlsbad Full Marathon will be the best it can be for my first marathon experience.
|My new medal hanger in my office|
There are other things that I want to write about. I have been thinking about body self image issues and how we are all hurt so much by our negative thoughts. I have been reading and listening to pod casts about nutrition, specifically the book Eat to Live. A colleague at work lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks after reading Eat to Live. He was telling me how great he feels being mostly vegetarian. (He was raised on a farm in middle America so this is a big switch for him). And I want to answer the question a friend posed to me in a letter, "What does running do for you that you like it so much?" But this post has gone on long enough so I will save these topics for later. One last thing though. A few days ago I went for a run right after it had rained all night. I ran out on the Penasquitos Preserve trail. The air was clean and crisp after the rain. The stream was flowing way more than normal and the "falls" were big for Southern California anyway. I was one of only a few runners out there. I felt such bliss to be alive and to have the opportunity to experience these moments. When I finished the run a woman was getting ready to take her bike out for a ride on the same trail. She asked how it was and I told her how great it was. I felt my positive energy flow to her too. It was sweet, that's all. Maybe I just answered that question from my friend though of course there is still more to say.