Friday, April 19, 2013

Won't you join me?

The terror of the Boston 2013 Marathon has not ended. 
This morning, I overslept. My alarm didn't go off. I mean, I set it, I just forgot to turn it "on". I awoke to my daughter, saying yelling, "Mom, I gotta go, NOW. Why aren't you up?" Oh, boy. I jumped out of bed, threw on my clothes, brushed my teeth, my hair, and ran down the stairs to see if the coffee maker went off as programmed.
Whew, the coffee was brewed!
Thank God for small gifts.
I poured some coffee. Girlfriend poured her coffee. We were off.
Every two years, the high school band and chorus take a trip to Boston. This year is my daughter's last year of high school, and as a senior, she was soooo looking forward to this trip. The group planned to go on a Duck Tour, have dinner at The Hard Rock Cafe, watch a Blue Man Group Concert, visit the New England Aquarium, and attend a dinner/dance on the Charles Riverboat.
It's a bus, no it's a boat. No it's The Duck Tour!
We jumped into the car, picked up Girlfriend's friend, and drove to the high school, where two large tour buses awaited for about 100 anxious high school teens. I kissed my daughter. Told her, "I love you. Be safe."  And prayed that she would be safe in Boston.
Some people might have thought I was crazy sending my daughter to Boston after this week's terror at the Boston Marathon, especially because we are a 9/11 family. It's true that I couldn't watch the videos this week on the news. I didn't look at the photo's posted on-line. And on Monday, when Side-Kick was texting and trying to get through to his daughter, who attends Boston University, I thought I was going to vomit.
But I'll be damned, if any terrorists think they are going to scare me, 
or stop me or my family from living!
Hence, the running in ALL 50 states!
And allowing Girlfriend to go on her class trip.
I came home after dropping the girls off, and called up to my son to make sure "Sleepy" was getting ready for school. Then, the phone rang, "Mommy, can you pick us up? Boston is on lock down. They caught one of the terrorists. They think there were two. The other one has escaped, somewhere around Boston."
So, I went back to the high school, 
picked up the girls, 
and brought them back home. 
On the way home, it started ...
Girlfriend was upset: "Mommy, I don't wanna go to school. I have an awful feeling, in my stomach. I just wanna stay home."
Me: "Oh, no. You are going to school."
Girlfriend: "But I told you. I have had this sick feeling, in my stomach since Monday."
Me: "I know. We all do, but you can't let them stop you. You must go to school. You can't let them stop you!"
Girlfriend: "I can't believe my trip was cancelled. And, they said a police officer was killed."
Me: "Oh, Lord"
It's very scary, but we can't let them stop us.
Side-kick is in Boston, today. That's where his company's home office is located. I called him when I got back to the house with the girls. Thank God, I got through. He told me that he saw the hi-speed chase last night, and the police boats on the Charles River. He was on his way back from having dinner with his daughter around 10/10:30 PM. Thank God she is safe. She cannot go to school, today. The university is closed. All the school's in the area are closed. The T is shut down. You can't get a taxi. Everything is closed.
It's frustrating. It's anger-invoking. It's emotional. 
C'mon, that little boy, was only 8 years old!
I don't understand. I will run for miles, and miles, my thoughts will wonder, and I will try to make sense of all this, in some sort of way. But I know, I will never be able to make any sense of it because it is senseless.
There is a sense of hope that I know my run today will give me. 
It will allow me the time to pray for the police officer killed last night, his family, and for Marty, the little 8 year old boy who was killed on Monday, and for his family, and for all those who were victimized on Monday, and for those who continue to be victimized, including the group of high school kids whose trip was cancelled, albeit whose disappointment is not nearly as traumatic as those victimized on Monday, but who are also victims of this act of terror.
For me,
running is a way to rise above, 
to move forward, 
to not be stopped.
Today, as I run, I will continue to pray for peace.
Won't you join me?
Train Smart Today!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Prayers

Yesterday's tragedy at the Boston Marathon is just awful. I just don't get it. I don't understand thoughts that could drive someone/people to want to hurt other people. I got a lot of calls, from family and friends, many text messages. So many people were desperate to find out if my family and I were still in Boston, and if we were okay. Thank you, everyone for your caring, thoughtfulness, and love. Thank you to everyone who asked how Side-kick's daughter, who is attending Boston University, was and if she were safe. Thank God, she is safe.

Hugs and love to my family, and friends, who still suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, having suffered from losing John in 9/11. I love you, all.
The Cecil & Ida Green Building at MIT,
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Let's remain strong, and pray for yesterday's victims, and their families.
Let's pray for peace and understanding ....

"Tick Tock"
Stevie Ray Vaugn

One night while sleeping in my bed
I had a beautiful dream
That all the people of the world got together
On the same wavelength
And began helping one another
Now in this dream universal love was the theme of the day
Peace and understanding and it happened this way

The sick, the hungry, had smiles on their faces
The tired and the homeless had family all around
The streets and the cities were all beautiful places
And the walls came tumblin' down

People of the world all had it together
Had it together for the boys and the girls
And the children of the world look forward to a future

Remember
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock people
Time's tickin' away
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock people
Time's tickin' away

I had a vision of blue skies from sea to shining sea
All the trees in the forest stood strong and tall again
Everything was clean and pretty and safe for you and me
The worst of enemies became the best of friends

People of the world all had it together
Had it together for the boys and the girls
And the children of the world look forward to a future

Remember
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock people
Time's tickin' away
Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock people
Time's tickin' away

Remember that, remember that
Remember that, remember that

Train Smart Today!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

OMG! How Cool Is This?

I was in Boston today.
Girlfriend is attending Berklee College of Music in the Fall,
and today they held a Meet and Greet Welcome Event.
I follow Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan on Twitter, so, of course I checked in to see if they Tweeted anything about Boston. Sure enough, Kara Tweeted that she would be by the Nissan Booth signing autographs. So where do you think I headed after that Meet & Greet?
Absolutely!
We were off to the Boston Marathon Expo.! The expo is huge! We walked around, and around, and around. My kids were getting hungry, they were starting to get on each other's nerves. Of course, I turned a blind eye to their whining. I was in running heaven. I could have stopped at every booth, and touched every running item being displayed, marketed, promoted, and sold. Talk about a kid in a candy store - Chubsy Ubsy from Our Gang had nothing on me!
And then, Side-Kick pointed and said, 
"There's the Nissan Booth"
Oh my gosh!
There she was!
But wait, it wasn't just Kara.
Shalane was there, too!
Two of my favorite, 
and two very awesome and incredible athletes,
simply standing there,
right in front of me:
Kara and Shalane signing autographs!
I actually got teary eyed!
And so, I ask you: How cool is this?

Train Smart Today!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Great News!

Okay, right now I am in the middle of writing a literature review for a project in my Nutrition Management class, 
but I had to take a break, and finally report the good news:
Remember I said I was interviewing for a dietetic internship
I know, me either.
I can't remember my last name, 
never mind what I posted in February.  
Well, I applied to two. 
I think between the two of them, 
they get more than 4-500 applicants, 
interview 160 students, 
and select 32. 
Well, I am pleased to announce that I am fortunately, one of the 32! 
YES!
I have been offered a Dietetic Internship at the university, 
which I am currently attending!
I start in September.
But for now, 
back to
writing the literature review!
I'm so excited!
I did celebrate with some speed work, today! And although I am sitting on an ice pack, while writing my lit review, I did skim off 3 seconds from my last weeks sprint time - and I wasn't even pushing!
Exercise is Medicine!
Train Smart Today!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Running Irk-isms

I'm tired of this head cold!
Last week it started. It was really bad. I believe it's the most congested I've been since elementary school!
And, I still can't breathe! 
The stuff coming out of my nose, 
well, 
let a picture stand for 1,000 words!
So nasty, right?
Which leads me to a running irk-ism. 
It seems everyone has this head cold these days. Yup, NJ runner's are not immune. Everywhere I run, I see other runners snorting back and spitting.
Just so YUK!
What's going on around here?
I can't stand it when a runner decides to spit. It's even worse when they snort back, and then spit. It's even more worse (now I'm even talking like I'm in elementary school) when this runner is next to you, in a race, and spits out a gross gooberous blob. You try to get away, in fear that this person will be making this a habit throughout the race, but the race is packed with people, and there is no escape. It really doesn't matter if you escape because this behavior seems catchy! You may be lucky enough to kick it in and run away from the throws of the snot spitter, only to bump into the next one a few meters up!

Yes, I run with tissues. 
Okay, I admit. 
My gloves have been coming in handy lately.
These really aren't my gloves!
Maybe I should be grateful it's still in the 30's, and I still need the gloves?

Have any runner pet peeves?
Perhaps one of them is runners that blog about boogers and snot?
Let me know, and 
Train Smart Today!