Thursday, June 21, 2012

"And the Tree Was Happy"

I think I am finally ready to deconstruct my last couple of weeks. They have been a blur but totally worth it. 

My buddy enjoying life!
Anyway, about a week and a half ago I spent a day floating down a river on an inner tube with a couple of friends, I traveled to Cleveland, ran at Sharon Woods for the first time in months (forgot about the hills), rode my bike 36 miles around Columbus in the middle of the night in support of my friends who were running Relay Around Columbus (you can read one friend's account of the event here), went fishing, walked around one of Dukie's favorite metro parks, etc.

It is interesting. We all have indicators of success. Take the children's book the Giving Tree for example; In the book, the tree is happiest when he is giving himself to the boy. The boy swings from the tree's branches, carves his initials in the tree, builds a house with the branches and makes a boat with the tree's trunk. The tree basically gives himself to the boy because, for the tree, the boy's happiness is the tree's indicator of success.

And the tree was happy!
I have blogged about the moment we all get to experience from time to time. It is that moment of pure contentment and bliss. I recently started saying in those moments 'And the Tree Was Happy' because it is the best way to explain how I am feeling.

So in thinking about the Giving Tree, I have also reflected on my indicators of success.

In the past couple of weeks, I have logged over 100 miles on my bike, more significant miles running and a few miles swimming. I haven't been the best at logging my workouts lately. I am trying to remind myself that it is not all about the numbers but instead about how I feel. It is a newer concept I am working on so as not to sustain more injuries.

Contemplation on a mountain!
When I evaluate my success, it is less centered around how many miles I ran/biked/swam (sure crossing the finish line is the best feeling in the world), but instead about where I am and how I am feeling about life. Often times, my happiest moments are when I am doing things for others (without compromising myself) because I want to, or even when I am doing the RIGHT things for myself or simply doing pretty much nothing but enjoying my surroundings. The key here is doing things because I want to, rather than what I might get out of it. I am realizing that rewards sneak up on you and you don't even realize it; sometimes you don't even realize it might be a reward until you are in the moment...

What does this all mean for today? Right now, I am sitting back, putting my feet up, with my arms crossed behind my neck...

And the Tree Was Happy!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Writers Block

Yep, I am having writers block. I have plenty of stories that I could share but I simply don't have the ability to put it all into words on a computer screen.

All I can say is I spent a lot of hours on my trusty bicycle this past weekend to support my friends who were Relaying Around Columbus. So, yes this is a lame post but I am still recovering from an amazing, entertaining and fun filled weekend full of new experiences, laughter, funny stories and excitement.

Here is a picture pre-ride, with one of the many amazing runners:

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Why I Love Fleet Feet Columbus

I have finally embraced the idea that I need new shoes. If you recall, I shed some tears over my shoes some time ago but still had not given in to the idea that I needed to upgrade to a model that is currently being manufactured. Stress fracture = Lesson learned.

I went to Fleet Feet last weekend, was fitted by the the shoe technician (I feel like they need a good title, I mean subway staff get to call themselves sandwich artists; let's give a cool title to the shoe guys and gals, after all they are there to make our feet happy, theoretically). He gave me two pairs to try on, the first? A pair of Brooks. I shook my head the minute I saw the Brooks box knowing my feet are too wide for every pair of Brooks I have tried. I know a lot of people love their Brooks, they just aren't right for me. I humored my shoe technician and tried them on anyway. Instantly, everything started poking my feet in all the wrong places. Big fail there.

The other pair? Mizuno Endurance 11. I took a spin around the parking lot. I wasn't convinced these were the correct shoes as they were hard and very inflexible. I, on the other hand, was trying to be somewhat flexible with my shoe technician and because the shoes didn't hurt, in fact they felt good, I purchased said shoes. These shoes were going to create new memories for me.

Or so I thought...

As of yesterday, I had gone on three runs with my shoes and after EVERY run I have barely been able to walk. I had major pain in the heel and the outside of my foot. I know that you are going to have some soreness after a run with new shoes, but I don't think I should be in so much pain I can't walk. Yesterday I hit my wall with these shoes...

I called up FF and talked to another shoe technician who told me to come on in to swap out the Mizunos...

Here is where my love for FF continues. I went in there and my shoe technician spent almost forty five minutes fitting me, showing me the various plates in the shoe, showing me how the soles of the shoe should look in the mirror, explained to me why my feet hurt with the other shoe, showed me how I should tie my shoe, etc. FF exchanged my the Mizunos for a pair of Asics and my feet are happy!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Oops, Missed a Week

Somehow I missed a week of blogging. My apologies to my faithful readers. All I can say is that it has been an extremely busy week. One that I am happy to say is in the books. Nothing particularly bad, nothing particularly great; just a week. I will be back with my random Sarahisms this weekend. Plan on hearing a lot about my new shoes. There might be ANOTHER new pair in my future. We will see...

For now, I just want to update you on a few of my goals:

Giant Eagle Multi-Sport Series:

I am going to attempt my first Olympic distance triathlon in about 7 weeks. I am totally looking forward to it!!! I think with all the cycling I have been doing, I should be good in that department. I should be up to 10 mile runs again by that point but cross your fingers. I kind of had a panic attack yesterday; not enough swimming lately. I am going to have to do something about that this week. Wish me luck! Not how I planned to train for this event, but my body had different plans for me. Not bad, just not ideal.

Chicago Marathon

It's about 18 weeks away. I only ran about six miles this week. Adding in tomorrow's mileage (I will be up to a 50 minute run!!!!!!) I should be at about ten miles. Now, that is worrisome, so much so, Dukie came over and put his head on my leg. Pray, chant, sing, dance, yoga or simply think good thoughts for my training. I am dedicated and will do it! I just need to stick with the Doctor's plan and keep truckin! I am going to get there, and when I do it will be the best success EVER!

Ride to DC

Yep, this is still on the table. Ericc and I (once we both get through our chaos) will spend many days in the middle of nowhere, enjoying a bike ride! I should probably hit up some more Ohio hills to get prepared but for now am trying to stick to my recovery plan. I am looking forward to a great story to share about me, my bike and a great friend in the wilderness for a few days. Perhaps I should write a book called A Ride in the Woods! Watch out Bill Bryson, I'll give you a run for your money! In all seriousness, he is a funny author and worth reading.

Anyway, this is just a realignment of my goals for the remainder of the year. Tomorrow I will yoga for the first time in over a year. I might make this a weekly thing, I might not. What I do know is that I feel good, I feel fit and I am happy. What more could a girl ask for... Well there is something, but that is not what this blog is about!