A Different Person

April 17, 2008

I’m feeling a little different these days.  A little faster, a little more focused, a little more at peace.  I did a quick brick workout last night and was feeling like ass during the run.  My stomach was upset and my body was just plain protesting.  I felt slow, fat, and grumpy.  (It cracks me up how I can be totally happy or totally miserable with my body without it changing at all, just depending on my mood!).  But I kept going because it was only 15 minutes.  This morning I woke up and felt great.  Not especially tired, not sore at all, and very happy to be alive.

This is really an awesome time of year.  Birds are making bird-noises before I even wake up, the screen door that we locked open for the winter is now in use and makes that awesome creaky summer sound that screen doors in the country should make;  People have put their kayak roof racks on their cars;  I rode downhill at 46 mph last night without getting cold hands;  I swallowed my first bug of the year; the dogs are constantly wet and muddy from playing in the pond.  Life is good. 

All that and this morning I measured the run I did yesterday and realized WHY it was so painful.  I was shocked to see how far I ran in those fifteen minutes.  I was thrilled to see how far I ran in those fifteen minutes – those fifteen minutes OFF THE BIKE!  This bodes well for Sunday.  It bodes very well indeed.

Finn and I went for a run this morning.  I had pick-ups to do and he’s especially good at those.  I say “ready??” and he perks up.  Then I say “Let’s GO!” and he starts into his cute little doggy canter.  He gets pretty excited but I think is a little disappointed I can’t go as fast as he can.  So we did pick-ups this morning and Finn was SO brave on the way home.  Usually he freaks out when he sees a storm drain but today he calmly (okay, he was a little tense) ran past giving them only a few extra feet of berth instead of the usual 20 feet and eyeing them sideways.  I was a very proud Mom. 

I’m fired up for today.  I have a solid list of things to accomplish both personally and professionally and I’m going to execute these things IN SHORTS!!! (Did you hear that, Beth?).  I’m wearing shorts to work today!!  Anyway, that said, I’m going to go about my day and get started on my list.

Happy Spring Everybody!


4 Responses to “A Different Person”

  1. Beth Says:

    YEAH FOR SHORTS!!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!! Life is good.

    46 MPH downhill?!?! Man – I want to be able to do that. I seriously can never go faster than about 32. And that’s when I’m like laying flat on my bike and going down a HUGE hill. What’s the deal?!

    Regardless, great work on the training!! Are you racing this Sunday?

  2. finness Says:

    Beth – we probably have bigger hills than you and I’m likely a little more gravity-friendly than you too. 46.6mph to be exact! 🙂

    And yes, I’m racing a duathon on Sunday. The season has officially begun!

  3. marit c-l Says:

    The image of the screen door said it all. Spring and Summer (eventually) have arrived. You said it BEST!

    Happy training, happy wearing shorts, and happy Sunday RACE!

    You’ll do great – I have no question, absolutely no doubt. Just don’t stop to watch cows having babies. Or monster poops! 🙂

  4. Beth Says:

    Good luck Sunday!!!! GO NESS GO!! You will rock it. I can’t wait to hear how awesome you do! 🙂

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