With 13 days to go until Mississauga, I am continuing to stay focused, driven and reminding myself of my goals at every opportunity possible. The countdown continues...with a longish run of 16K and some runs here and there. Time to get rested, well fueled and keep reminding myself that I CAN DO THIS! The long runs, the weights, the hills, the yoga, the swims are behind me now it is all about my will to succeed.
"The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy...It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed." - Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon champ
This morning on the street car on my way to work I received the below email which made me laugh largely out loud.
I am passing this on to you because we all could use more calm in our lives.
Dr. Phil proclaimed that the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started. So I looked around my house for things I started and hadn't finished; and, before leaving the house this morning I finished off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Pinot, a bottle of Baileys, a bottle of Kahlua, a package of Oreos, the remainder of both Prozac and Valium prescriptions, the rest of the Cheesecake, some Saltines and a box of chocolates.
Please pass this on to those you feel are in need of inner peace.
No need to thank me.
Thanks Kiki for sending this through...you helped me start my day with a large laugh!
OMG...I found the link for one sentence on another bloggers site. This site is a list of one sentence stories and they are abs increds friends. Pure hilarity and quite facinating...Go my friends and check'r out and write your very own one sentence story--But one vingnation stipulation...Please make me laugh!
"I've been roaming around, I was looking down at all I see, Painted faces fill the places I can't reach...You know I could use somebody..."
Ummm ya I have had that song in my head all day today and why you ask? well because last night I rocked the night away at the ACC to none other then the Kings of Leon, who Rock my little World by the way! Not only do their songs send shivers of sheer excitement down my spine, the lead singer is officially my pretend boif. Can you say HOT? Hells ya and yes pls! I grooved away, with beer in hand, surrounded by good peeps! I forgot how amazing it is to be at a concert...there is nothing quite like live music--and when it is amazingly good it's even better...
The Kings of Leon killed it yos and I was so lucky I got to stand there among the others and fist punch in the air, groove, move and sing along! My Sex is on Fire...Hells Ya to the Kings of Leon. Can I be your queen? Oh pretty please??
It is with great sadness I write this post. My heart hangs heavy in my chest. A week ago Friday a terribly tragic thing happened to an awe inspiring, amazing, full of life person. Heather Menear whom I knew from Camp Tanamakoon was taken from us. She had so much love and life to give--she brought sunshine and rainbows wherever she went. I did not know her that well but I knew her well enough to realize what we as society have lost. Heather will be cherished and remembered always. In my minds eye I will always remember her with her red hair, freckles, in her tan shirt and green shorts, walking excitedly to her next activity in and around camp. A gaggle of gals also accompanying her and always smiling. There is no doubt in my mind Heather and I will meet again someway, somehow. Heather was one in a million and shall always be missed--by so many. My heart goes out to her family and close friends.
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
OK the stars are definitely on the Bang Bangs sides today! WOW! May mean nothing to you but to us pseudo sisters they mean the world...
Thought for the Day: The calendar indicates the moon reaches fullness tomorrow afternoon, but the full moon magic is upon us this evening. If you don't have a reason to be merry, make one up. Keep your thoughts spirits high. Kitty-Taurus (April 21 — May 20) The best things in life rarely happen quickly. Instead it occurs drop by drop over time. Like a musician learning scales, there must be extensive repetition. A determined approach will achieve perfection. Kiki-Pisces (Feb. 20 — March 20) Some people don't mind going round in circles for their entire lives but you need to travel down a road that is actually going somewhere. Mars is pushing you there. Vingies-Leo (July 23 — Aug. 22) The bad always tends to fascinate us more than the good. Do take a good look at certain good things in your life right now. They're going to get even better. Virgo (Aug. 23 — Sept. 22) A juicy carrot is now being dangled before you. You are fascinated by a new possibility that has come to light during this Venus retrograde period. Feel free to explore it, but be aware that success will require a lot of donkey work.
You only get one shot at today so revel in, friends! Check out your horo at THE STAR ONLINE
If you do not have a reason to be merry--make one up yo! Loves & Daffodils--more like Loves & Flurries, V. xo
One bad idea can slow a person's progress for years. One good idea can change one's life overnight. Your perspective on life is going through a positive process of transition. Everything is changing for the better.
"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power."
When skimming the internet for motivational and insipirational quotes and imagery, I came across this Nike ad. It holds so much truth and is more relatable then you could ever imagine. It states the following: You pretended the snooze button didn't exist. You dragged your butt out of bed while others slept. While others ate their pancakes. You had a feast of protein, glucose and electrolytes. You double knotted. You left the porch light on and locked the door behind you. You RAN 5K's, 10K's, 26.2 Miles. some days more, some days less. You rewarded a long run with a short run. And a short run with a long run. Rain tried to slow you. Sun tried to microwave you. Snow made you feel like a warrior. You cramped. You bonked. You paid no mind to comfort on weekend. On Holidays, you made excuses to keep going. questioned yourself. Played mind games. Put your heart before your knees. Listened to your breathing. Sweat sunscreen into your eyes. Worked on your farmers tan. You hit a wall. You went through it. You decided to be a man about it. You decided to be a woman about it. Finished what you started. Proved what you were made of. Just kept putting mile after mile on your internal odometre for 25 years you ran. And we with you. How much farther will we go? As far as you will. There are a few lines in this copy that I can relate to.
The first: While others ate pancakes. You had a feast of protein, glucose and electrolytes. So true. There have been numerous Sunday mornings when I have been out running for hours. While passing peoples homes I picture them just waking, in dark robes, pouring coffee, reading the paper and eating fluffly pancakes on their couches while relaxing music played lightly in the background.. All the while I am on the road refueling my body with electrolyte jellies of some sort, metabolizing them with water and rocking out with one of my many power songs--perhaps Eye of the Tiger or Heartbreaker!!?? HA!
The Second: You rewarded a long run with a short run and a short run with a long run. 100% truth. Weekly this is a funny game that my mind plays with my body. I have said it a million times and I will probably say it a million more. I love running. But sometimes the body is not feeling the love. Whether its sore, tired, the weather is sucky--either way my mind tricks it by reminding the bod how effing great I will feel after a run. One of the ways it does so is treating each run as though it as a reward for the last! It probably sounds abs ridic to you but it makes more then perfect sense to me. Loves!
The Third: You hit a wall. You went through it. You decided to be a woman about it. Yep, verifiable. Been there, done that and will probably be down that road a few more times. I have hit a wall. It hurts and it is frustrating but there is nothing quite like proving how kick ass you are by being a woman about it and running through it. There is nothing else I do in my life that makes me feel as confident or as strong as running, especially when you kick it up a notch and run through it! Indeed.
The Fourth: You finished what you started. Factual. Growing up my rents would NEVER let my bro and I not finish something that we started. As a child everyone in my hood played soccer. So I was signed up. Had to go with the flow. It was evident from the first practice, that soccer was not really my sport AT ALL. This became even more evident when we started playing actual league games. All you had to do to find me is look for the ball and then look to the exact opposite of the field-oh yes there I was, rolling around in the grass, doing cartwheels. And when I asked to maybe quit the team, pleading that it was obvi that soccer was not my thing--My dad looked at me and said point blank-The Vingoe's finish what they start. Period. It has been engrained. That was a long soccer season where I must admit my cartwheel was almost perfected by the end. Practice does make perfect, ya know.
The Fifth: Put your heart before your knees. BONAFIDE. My heart smiles big and sings the happiest song when I start putting one foot in front of the other and run. My heart is light and weightless when my runners are neatly double knotted and on my feet. It is all about my heart. And my heart always seems to win. When I am hurting and tired and my body is in "can't" mode. My heart calls the shots, makes the rules. When I ran the ottawa marathon my pelvis and legs were screaming NO louder then you can even imagine but the yes in my heart won that one. I put my heart before my pelvis.
That inspirational piece of copy that Nike put together to advertise the 25 year of the Pegasus spoke to me. I believe that was the idea but in this case it truly worked. It stopped me in my tracks. It was truth, verifiable, bonafide and completely relatable. For that well it had to be shared.
I abs love looking about on the internet and checking out what other bloggers are dishin' and dashin' about and my latest obssess over blog is BRAS AND RANTIES. The blogger of this masterpiece gives it to you straight, gives it to you raw, rips it, rolls it but most definitely ROCKS IT! My morning routine now includes a gander over to her site for my daily fill of what she has to offer. i just cannot get enough of Bras & Ranties cheeky je ne sais quoi! Check it out...I promise you will not be disappointed in the slightest. Keep'er coming "THE NEWTS"!
April is a promise that May is bound to keep. ~Hal Borland
VingNation has her arms wide open and welcoming the promise that is April! In my mind, April means spring which brings us that much closer to summer which we all know I adore with every ounce that is me! Yay to today and Yay to Spring! Though it is a tad rainy outdoors we must remembs--April Showers Bring May Flowers! I can hardly wait!