Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Leading the Horse to Water

Hi Ladies-

Well, we've met some resistance. Although we've enjoyed the benefits of running/walking in our lovely community, a small minority view "road runners" as a a group similar to "spoiled-rotten-four-year-old brats."

Let's regroup-our purpose is to provide all women in our community a FREE, SUPPORTIVE group of women to exercise with. ALL WOMEN, ALL ABILITIES, ALL AMBITIONS! We want to be seen and enjoy the town we live in. We wish to be recognized as people who are reaping the benefits of living in a small community.

I truly believe we do consider safety at all measures when we run. And frankly-pedestrians do have the right of way. But with that being said, we don't surge in front of cars in blind abandon. We use reflective gear-run facing traffic, and run with a group if it is dark.

I know for each of you-when you exercise-you feel happy. Obviously, this writer does not know that or he would not condemn and attack it.

With that being said-BE SAFE-I am attaching a link for safety considerations when running on the road.

Hope to see you on the road-SOON!



Thursday, May 13, 2010

It Changes-But It's Still There!

Hi Ladies-

Spring, Spring, Spring! It's here! Several of us have attended some really cool races. Some of us are gearing up for the season-but race season is here! I'm looking forward to reconnecting with my running friends as my schedule is more forgiving. As Pat would say- "Whoo Whoo!"

You know, life is a cycle. We begin it and transform. And as we get older we go through periods of being docile and inactive, or energetic and motivated. We hit surges and slumps-the constant teeter-tottering. And frankly-it gets old and a little frustrating!

It reminded me (dorky teacher!) of Newton's Law of the Conservation of Energy. Energy isn't created or destroyed; it just changes form.

So what does that mean for us?

Well, I would like to think that we don't "lose it" as we would think when we fall off the exercise wagon. It just changes form. Sometimes, it might show up in the form of tending our children. Other times it might be in focusing on our homes or careers. Then, there are the unforseen instances, where we need to send immediate and focused care to loved ones in need. The sick and the suffering, or just broken-hearted.

As women, we are the caregivers. So many, many, many times our energy is diverted from a workout to those we love. It drains us-it occupies our time-it consumes us. I guess that's life. As Forrest Gump, a very respected runner would say, "Life is like a box of chocolates-you never know what you're gonna get!"

Don't be fooled: Just because you haven't expended it running/walking-you've been using it.

That energy is not created, nor is it destroyed.

It just changes form to fill the needs of those we care about so dearly. It isn't gone. It just changes.

So when you get the time to get back on the street-you WILL have the energy to do so-remember-you had it with you. It didn't leave. Maybe that's why women are built as they are-so they can give immediate abandon to pay full attention to the needs of the circumstances that are on the frontburner. I think somebody had a pretty good plan with this! ;)

We all have a fire within us-it is always there. It might dwindle and fade, but it isn't dying-it's just sending it's light somewhere else that is dark at that moment! So stoke it-build it up-and get recharged! WOW is here when you're ready!

It's a beautiful spring-and I hope to see you all on the road or hear from you soon!