When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Saturday, October 14, 2006
Thanks and random morning chatting.
On the running note: I was wondering why in the world my hamstring and my chronic compartment syndrome has gotten so much worse lately, to the point I only ran once this week so far, and it wasn’t a pretty time. I can’t sit in the car again, and it is just not nice…then George (my RDL crew) mentioned his hamstring injury kicked back, and proposed it might be due to cold front coming. I guess it could make sense – seems that I always have more shin pain attacks in the winter despite running somewhat less off season, and then it subsides, and I used to credit my summer relief to going to different medical wizards. May be it’s because of the weather? Interesting concept, and since I am out of “take care of myself” money, I might try and see next summer if I have less pain without doing any Graston or Rolfing. Kind of scientific experiment.
The RD of Autumn Leaves 50/50 had emailed me yesterday and said that I am appointed a Captain of Race Central before I even sent him an email about volunteering – this is the “job” I had been doing the previous 2 years. It’s so cool he wants me back! I love doing it. Autumn Leaves is a 5M loop course, and at the Central, besides serving usual AS supplies, I am responsible for time keeping of runner’s loop time. Basically, you get to make sure I see you to get credit for your run, and it is so much fun to cheer everyone on so many times! It’s also a quite local race for me, so I’ll only be away from home for a day, always a good thing for family. It will rain, guys, dress up in layers!
I had been contacted by Connor from home-made energy bars company to be a tester for their product. It is so exciting! I will make sure to post a review on it here and on ultra list/Maniac board, but for now you can read the recipe here. It seems to be a great alternative to those already on the market by nutrition, but it’s softer and cheaper. I can’t wait to get a sample!
Montrail’s rep has gotten busy with sending us updates and shoe review questions, so life is stirring up there for the next year’s team formation. If you ever wore Continental Divide and Hardrock, I’d like to hear from you how it worked, opinion on what is better and what would you like to improve/change/add/eliminate. You can email me off-line too.
Back to home life. My dear son Alex had forgotten about my birthday. I waited till Wed to hear from him by letter or at least from his rep – but nothing. He also didn’t “work” hard in school (by whatever they mean). Sad, as in “two steps forward, one step back”. I cried, but then – what can I do? Things do get forgotten (although it hurts), and as for not-moving-ahead – it is his life, and he needs to be accountable for every action. I will not be able to baby-sit him his entire life (as much as I’d love to, it just doesn’t work like that). I am not loosing hope for his change, but though he is definitely more open, sensitive and talking about not ever using drugs again, the peer pressure is still a major factor in his life forces. If he is accepted – he is happy. From one stand-point, I would like to do what I can to surround him with “working” teens so that pressure is positive, but from another- it’s a scary world out there, he will need to find strength to stand tall no matter who he meets on his way. Nothing is simple, is it?
Our house is on the market as of yesterday, and we might get a showing today. OMG, we haven’t even started looking for the future home! We did outlined the area that is closer to work, belongs to best school district and is very green with access to trails almost next door – but we also have an appetite. Meaning that even though the market for buying is huge, and there are houses in our price range, but things like “dead-end street vs road” are hard to fit in. Stephen needs to play somewhere, right?
There is a “Russian girl’s night” that I never went to before, and I plan to go today. They want to put highlights in my hair – should be fun, it always is. I'll make sure to post pictures.
Somewhere along the years, we grew up and not young anymore, and have adult problems and need to accept mature challenges and make mature decisions. Bummer! I didn’t expect it to happen, I am still stuck at been a 20 yo.
On that note I am off to soccer game with Stephen. Smile!