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The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Friday, July 14, 2006
I don't know whether it's patience or understanding, or I am simply like Rob trying to prioritize my life and take a break from hard goals, but this seems to fit me these days. I am bit cooled off from crazy "go to all races" and want to stay near family and do house stuff (Oleg is amused). May be I will get more excited if I don't run so much. So today I went to the gym and did a spin class and weights.
Speaking of weights, I also did it on Wed, and since I haven't done any lifting for almost a month (you know, taper, recovery, vacation), I was sore! It was a good feeling. I bumped the weights following Julie Berg's training a bit, and am trying to lower the calories from her link of leannesslifestyle journal. Thanks, Jul! You are a truly inspirational woman in your adhering to fit lifestyle!
We are finally going to get that room painting job done tomorrow. It is also going to be a fun Russian weekend - we are invited to two Russian parties here, and we were BAD friends the whole year with weekends taken by either racing or climbing. Time to step back! Next weekend is also shapes up to be native-speaking - we have another Russian family coming from Seattle for a visit.
So here is my short update on life. This weekend is Hardrock 100, Tahoe 100 and Vermont 100, and I'll be checking progress of my friends there. I read Jeff Browning's report on Bighorn 100 and am inclined to do it next summer if I don't get into WS100. I think I need a break from that one, but will keep applying as I have a wish to get 10 year buckle, and if I don't apply, I'll never get there:)
Oh, and it might just happen I will get to meet Mr. Mental Runner in two weeks!
p.s. Shoot, one more exciting thing! I got to return to happy memory of my first 50 miler today! I ran Canandaigua lake 50M in NY to qualify for WS100 (I am even on the front page there:)), and for the first half ran with John Hemsky (and it was his first as well). We talked quite a bit and our crews helped us both, before he took off to win it in 8:01 (and I slowed down to 8:41). Since that time I followed his races, and he rocked every time he showed up! Massaneutten, Bighorn and HURT 100s come to mind as examples:) I even tried to find him through ultra list, but no success. This morning I got an email from him - we are both on Montrail team now and he sent a few nice words. How cool!