Monday, August 30, 2010

Just getting it done.

Another week has passed, and here we are. I'm not really sure if it's a major case of writer's block, or something else all together. For some reason, the motivation/urge/however-I-classify-it isn't there.

And that's okay!

Because (and I know that I'm not "technically" supposed to start a sentence with 'because'. But I will anyway, because we're friends). Because that's just how life rolls...and if it's one thing I've learned through past trials and tribulations: don't force it.

So I'm not.

(But that doesn't mean that you STOP all together or give up - no, no, no - not at all.) In the end, we take the good times with the bad and simply roll with it. Which is exactly what I'm doing.

So now, I'm literally - just hanging out. Waiting for the symphony to start up again (yea yea yea!) in a few short weeks, looking forward to a few camping trips (yea yea yea!), and training for this awesome half marathon (yea yea yea!).See - here I am "just hanging". Okay, okay - it was a kids rock wall and the holds were HUGE. But - as I sometimes feel like a big kid at heart, well - I see things like this and can't help myself. Oh - and apologies to the small child or animal that I plowed over in my haste to reach the rock wall.

On the training front - I'm back to zone 1 and zone 2 only (mixed with the occasional 30-second burst of speed OR hill). I'm not bored - grateful for the ability to run and train the way I want (mostly!).

However. But. However.

I'm convinced that zone 1 and zone 2 are the "purgatory" parts of training - you're just there. Zone 3, things are heating up, zone 4 you feel like you're in hell, and anything harder than that - well, my friends, it hurts so much that, by that point, endorphins have kicked in and hallucinations of the Pearly Gates may dance across your vision.

But that's just me.

Yesterday I did my longest run-to-date (well - since Kona last year and then this year of continual illness. Ugh). It was a 1 hour and 45 minute monstrosity. And I just did it. Ever have those days? Silly me - of course you do.

The run just needed to get done: It didn't have to be pretty, I didn't need to over-think the darned thing.... it. just. had. to. get. done.


Just 1:45 of putting one foot in front of the other.

Heading south down Pacific Coast Highway from Carlsbad to Leucadia, I felt like I had to force it... I felt slow (okay - I was going slow, but s-l-o-w-e-r), and the time that it took me to reach one geographical feature to another seemed infinitely longer.... even though (according to my watch) - I was going at my normal space.

Somewhere Einstein just smiled and muttered, "Relativity, Marit."

But I told myself that - as long as I could get through the first 1:25 (don't laugh) - the final 20 minutes would be GREAT.... I would hit that runner's high, endorphins would kick in, and all that other good stuff. No hallucinations of heaven (thank goodness - because after everything this year, I'm not sure I want to experience that!), but those final 20 minutes did feel pretty darned good.

Somewhere Jen just smiled. But I have no idea what she would say.

And finally - because at this point the cat is out of the proverbial bag - my living room looks like a scrapbook store threw up. For real. Part of me is embarrassed to admit it. Because (whispered) I'm not the scrap-booking type. Seriously people, I'm not.

I'm an artist.

(And yes - you can laugh all you want).

But, between the packets upon packets of stickers, different colored paper, photos, newspaper clippings, hole punchers, staple removers, various types of writing utensils, and (the kiss of death) - the paper cutter - I think I'm getting dangerously close to crossing that fuzzy line from "creative" and "artistic" into "scrapbook-er."

In my defense, it's a birthday present for Someone Special. And as that Someone Special was either on duty or flying all last weekend, that Someone Special has no clue. But there were a lot of people who contributed something special for Someone Special - and I would just like to say THANKS (you know who you are). So by the time he gets home this afternoon, my living room will no longer look like this:
Yes, cringe all you want. It looks like a paper store exploded.

And with that, I need to attend to my "project". And then do some violin work of my own - September is just around the corner... and I can hardly wait.

Here's to getting the job done, plodding through, and keeping it real. Congratulations to ALL who raced last weekend. AND the families and friends of those who raced - because in order to do the things we want with this amazing sport, the support of friends and families is instrumental.

Oh, and House Monsters - yes, those as well.


cherelli said...

How could I laugh at a 1hr 45 run?? I haven't done one of those since....oh since my IM last year. Kudos to you for getting 'er done!

Beth said...

It looks like a scrapbook threw up in your living room!!! :) Hope the project is going well and GREAT JOB on that run Marit!!

Kim said...

Hanging out is good sometimes!! For sure!! I hope the scrapbooking fro someone special is going well! What a cool project. I'm sure they will love it :)

MaineSport said...

1:45!! That's great! I've limited myself to 5 miles so far. I think it's time to go a bit longer. Thanks for the inspiration, and keep it up!

Mike Russell said...

Go with the scrapbooking thing. You need one more hobby to take up your time anyways...

Kim said...

marit - 1:45?! awesome!!!! i am so excited that you cranked through that! (p.s. can i tell you that i think 1:45 was my longest run this season?!) you are a rockstar! and happy scrapbooking! that is one hobby i can never do and am always impressed with people who can.

Jennifer Harrison said...

You are doing great, Marit! Take a pic of your final scrapbooking birthday project. I'd love to see it. That is one hobby I wish I did too....all the kids pics before we had digital cameras and all (eeks!). :)

Angela and David said...

You sound so upbeat and happy! Hooray! And you are most definetely now a scrap booker.

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