Hello, blogworld. My name is Linda. I usually blog in this space, occasionally even writing something of depth. I realize you wouldn't know that from looking at the last several weeks of posts. It seemed important to remind you. :)
Today was one of those days where I had a deep sense of the fullness and beauty of life. Though the weekend was marked by the obvious absence of someone who has become very important to me (I have no idea what to call her, other than by her name, which honestly seems just fine to me). L. has been off reuniting with her college pals for the weekend. Judging from the time of the text messages I've gotten this weekend, I'd say she's had a great time. I'll get the whole scoop later tonight. I have plenty to fill her in on myself.
Yesterday, I ran the farthest I've run so far: 3.25 miles over a 4-mile course. Distances have improved steadily this week, after a near meltdown early in the week because I wasn't where I thought I should be. I got my expectations in check and thought back to advice given me by coaches in the past. The bottom line: I have to pay close attention to what my body is saying and not push through on sheer will. Some people can do that. I can't, but when I work with my body, I do fine, better than I expect most of the time. The end goal in all of this is a half-marathon in December. Right now, it seems daunting, but I keep reminding myself that the months ahead will grow cooler, and as they do, I'll improve. The heat and I don't get along especially well.
After my morning run, I went hiking for an hour and a half with a friend. When I got home, I ate a big breakfast and collapsed in bed. I spent the afternoon with friends, came home around 6:30 and managed to stay awake long enough to get some laundry done, but not much else. It was that good kind of tired, physically worn out from working. I slept really well and woke up refreshed this morning.
This morning was filled with great food, good friends, and a wonderful church service. I feel full, satisfied with all that makes my life so good here. I missed all of this so much during July. It's good to be getting back in to the old routine again.