They say you don't get to pick your parents. But when it comes to Mothers, God definitely blessed me. Yes, she it the typical NY Jewish Mother...advice on life, loves to talk and a bad cook. Listening to her Brooklyn accent (which I've basically worked hard to lose--though I still have some words I have to concentrate on--> arrow, orange and kaufman) warms my heart and she is a wonderful role model on how to enjoy your elder years. She is always telling me of the museums, operas, books and lectures she has gone to/read. I'm just so proud of her.
What I could have done without, though, was her thighs. It was always a challenge in my life to lose them, and I finally got to a point a few years ago of accepting them. Well, guess the freakin what??!! They are disappearing!! Right before my friggin eyes!! Go figure!! Oh running gods out there---I do so love and adore you---thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed on me!!!
I ran 12 miles with me ol running group, The Alpine Runners, back up in the NW suburbs on Saturday. My first time back there since I was recruited to the lakefront for the Half Marathon Program in July. It was great to be back running with my pals. These runs are all on the streets, different than the lakefront which has a nice trail path, but my legs had no problems. The orthotic I got made last year has been one of the best investments so far! That, and of course, my shin and calf exercises/stretches which I consistently do.
We caught up on all the gossip and on each others lives. I miss these gals. Though I'm still waiting for Rene and Todd to return. And, of course, one day even Haight!!!
I ran 5 miles this morning down and up the ravines. I'm walking less and less up these hills, feeling stronger and stronger as each week passes. I'm supposed to be tapering now for the Chcgo Marathon, but I'm doing some nice strong runs--only 3 times this week though. I think I'll get myself back into swimming between the runs to make sure my body stays put together. I havent hit the pool since my triathlon back in July! And I will add a Vit C tablet along with my regular Multi Vitamin, just to make sure no viruses get thru.
This Sunday I have an 8-mile Trail Race 3 hours south of my home. My precious lil daughter said she'd go with me...."We have to leave at 4am" I told her (she's 19--she'll probably be coming home around that time!).....but she's still in. Soo, I think I'll ask the RD if she can volunteer at a water stop....who knows, maybe she'll get the bug to get into shape (a mother can dream.....I'd really be happy if she just shows up!!)