Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hello - is anyone there?

I have been wishing this stupid chest cold away, pretending that it didn't exist. While my little ones are hacking and gurgling away, I keep thinking healthy thoughts. As my hubby went to help move my in-laws into their new house this morning, I found myself surrounded by germs, runny noses, boogers, hacking coughs, and what-not. I found it harder and harder to keep that chest cold at bay and at about noon, I gave in. Cough Cough Cough. Nap Nap Nap. Happy that the littlest one also fell asleep, I know I'd be safe to nod off for a little snooze. This came with a price, however, because I skipped lunch. This would have been okay if I didn't have to run 12 miles today. I had considered putting it off until tomorrow, but I have never cheated on my long run and I didn't want to start today. So, the energy that I acquired from my early morning bowl of Rice Crispies would have to make do. I put a pack of Jelly Belly Sports Beans into my utility belt, filled my water bottles, and headed out for my run. Not surprising, the energy wasn't there, but my pace was as predictable as ever - 9:33 the entire time. Today was the first time that I decided to stop and chat with a few people that I recognized along the route. I don't usually engage in such pleasantries while I am running, but my body needed those two breaks, and I felt better for it. In all honesty, if it weren't for those two small breaks, I think I would have found a way home at mile 9. So, while I didn't feel great, my pace was good (by my standards) and I didn't cheat. I may even feel a little bit better than when I started the run....Maybe!

Is anyone else noticing the days are clicking away? What are you going to be doing in 14 days? I know where we'll be, but what about you? (come on, a few of you have been absent in your comments - we want to hear from you)


  1. Hey there, it's me Anna, one of your crusty exchange mates from Belgium. I've been reading your posts for a while and will be thinking of you both on the day. So exciting and what an amazing accomplishment! You've inspired me to get my ass into gear and start exercising again. I used to row full-time but after I retired I relished the lack of early mornings, the lack of dietary restrictions a little too much:) Your blog has inspired me to get back onto the water for me so this season, instead of coaching, I'm rowing! Thanks to you ladies!! Have a wonderful countdown. What an amazing experience. I wish I could be there to share in the excitement of it all with you both...I think we would leave our 17 year old selves to shame with partying and eating on the night in question. Have an absolutely fabulous time and lots and lots of luck (although I know it is hard work and time put in that will get you there). Is there a web site that we can check on the day to see how you both went? Annaxo

  2. Anna - thanks for the comment. I can't tell you how much it means to Kari and me to have people like yourself read our posts and encourage us through kind words. I am constantly impressed with how many people say the same thing as you - that we have inspired. I assure you that wasn't our intent, but it is a great feeling to know that there are so many more people out there getting up and doing things rather than sitting on their duffs. SOOOOO wish you could join us in Paris (or me at L'Aquarelle a week later...sob) We'll be thinking of you, and the fond memories of our year in Belgium - thank you.

  3. Laura, Once again you have inspired. After lunch today Melissa hit the treadmill for 3 miles while I went shopping! It was good to meet your family today. Thanks again for the shirts! I'll let you know how we make out with them.
    Russ (Lima Rotary)

  4. ANNA, welcome!!! Thanks so much for your awesome comment. Send us pictures of your rowing! How neat! YOU're inspiring! xoxo. I'm not sure if you can follow us on the day of the marathon on the Paris marathon site, but we'll put up our bib numbers anyway, just in case...xoxo! Next reunion in your neck of the woods??!! :)