Friday in Yoga Heidi talked about what we learned from Superstorm Sandy. She asked us: "From this experience what have you gained." I like that she asks to seek out the positive in experiences, what should we be grateful for? While the devastation was horrific, I saw people and neighborhoods pulling together, and that is wonderful, I am grateful people can pull together. I also am grateful to have made three new friends, fellow runners, female runners, who get each other. Glorious.
Monday I was supposed to be on Amtrak heading back from DC to RI. That didn't happen. In fact it NEVER happened. By Wednesday, my three new friends and I were ready to head back home. MAC lives in New Jersey so we rented a car on Thursday and drove. A and G were able to get their flights re-booked to Denver for Thursday.
We had a fun week. Tuesday I went for my first run, post Marathon. I intended on going for 3 miles and went for 5. I'm slightly directionally challenged and altered my course a bit. After running into the wind for about a mile I remembered that I ran into the wind away from the hotel so running into the wind wasn't going to get me closer to the hotel. I got myself all unturned around and back to the hotel. It was cold wet windy run and I enjoyed it! Later on, MAC and I went exploring and shopping and picked up a couple of Italians. I have a hand bag problem and of course MAC has one too, go figure.
|What sort of Italians were YOU thinking?|
|The past and the future, in the present|
Thursday MAC and I got in the car and drove her to New Jersey and then I got myself to RI. The national news wasn't exaggerating about the gas lines in NJ. There were lines on the thruway service areas backed up nearly a mile, amazing. In town most of the gas stations were closed and had a police officer standing guard.
Friday I went back to work, medal in hand! Due to power outages and possibly lack of interest the office was sparsely populated. I was able to get out for a 5 mile run in the morning and check out the damage along my route. Wow.
|The tattered American Flag moved me|
Saturday was a dog focused day. Took my eldest to the trail to hike, not a lot of damage, all the trees that fell across the paths had been removed and Gizzy enjoyed mommy and me time. Took the girl to do a beach survey. Wow. Lost a lot of sand. It ended up behind what used to be big dunes at two of the beaches we went to.
Sunday was a long run, I went out to Watch Hill to see what there was to see there. The sand that used to be under the cabanas was in the parking lot. It was a nice run. I wore my new bright orange "Runner 4 Life" long sleeve shirt, I am sure I was visible to the awful drivers out here. My IT band was acting up by the end of the run, but a little ice and stretching and being kind to it will be back to normal soon.
|See the daylight under the cabanas? You didn't used to be able to see it.|
Today I went on a short run during work, 3 miles. It was slow, my legs felt like lead. I think it is time to take a couple day break and let them heal. They gave me a lot of good miles in the last week, they need a rest. I am fearful of getting soft, but that can't happen in 3 days, can it???
NONE my Garmin is acting pissy... maybe later... I really really want to see my MCM splits!!!
Beth who now has internet access and can blog more regularly about running