“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things……I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.”
Do you ever feel like life is going by so fast, that you have to stop and catch your breath? It feels like yesterday that my two boys were tugging at my pant legs, looking up at me, but now, I’m the one looking up. Before I know it, my oldest will be off on his new adventure….college., and my youngest will be headed into high school. I vow to focus on the little moments everyday with my family. It’s the little moments that pass us by in a blink of an eye.
Just last night, I had one of the best times. My family and I were playing “Bonus Ball”, a game invented by my three amigos. Everyone shoots a basketball from different areas on the court, half court shot being the final one. Each player gets a turn and if one person makes it, you all advance to the next shooting spot on the court, you’re a team. If you all make the shot, you get a bonus round of four extra shots, one per person. I was a bit confused at first, but my boys kept me up to speed. As a whole, we are a very spicy family, we feel deeply, we are uber competitive at times and a wee bit loud when we are playing games. My grandma shooting technique gained us advancement late in the last round, and since we had a few bonus balls, we had eight tries to get the half court shot. Swish…..the crowd goes wild….well the four of us hollered around the gym like we had won an NBA finals game. It’s the little moments spent with the ones you love, not doing anything spectacular, just being goofy together.
This past week was a much needed recovery week with training. Preparing for two 100 mile races this year, I’m working on training smarter. After three heavy months, with many long back to back runs, hubs and I are looking to shake things up. Incorporating the much needed recovery weeks into the schedule, and pushing ourselves with some speed training. Speed work, say what?! I haven’t thought much about speed training, since my high school cross-country days with Coach Burg. We’re looking to keep training “fresh”, while pushing us out of our comfort zone too. Getting our ole’ tickers working.
My main goal for the upcoming season is to finish. First and foremost, I will try my hardest to get to the finish line. As always, we need a little luck on our side too. With more effective training, it would be sweet to shave some time off my previous race finishes, but again, it’s not about the time for me, more about the experiences along the way. Chatting with fellow runners, getting to know other runner’s why, and soaking up the whole adventure, one mile at a time. I have such gratitude for what my body does for me, where my legs take me, and the little moments I gain along the way.
What are your little moments?
Happy Running….hope to see you on the trails. If you need some inspiration, be sure to check out our stories of the everyday runners on our website, http://www.bluecollarrunners.com