I know two spirited local coaches here in San Diego, Sheri and Teresa, who write a fun blog called Gals Who Run. In September, they issued an October challenge to "find your fast this fall," a four-week program of speed training, online coaching, and group accountability. Still quietly in the slumber of my period of hibernation, I scanned their posts and then happily ignored them. Even with a December marathon on the horizon, I was perfectly content to plod along, get in a few long runs, and just show up on race day and see what happened. And then Sheri reached out to me personally, and with a gentle poke of her coaching stick gave me the nudge I needed to shake off my lethargy and sign up.
We each started with a one-mile speed test, to establish our baseline, and then worked a four-week
While I was in New York City last week, I got to spend a day with one of my oldest and dearest friends. (We met on the school bus, on the way to our first day of junior high school, and have been close all our lives.) I watched Blur - a band I've madly adored since I was 16 years old - play Madison Square Garden. I visited with friends from my early adulthood - a fellow graduate school survivor, and friends made at my first "real job" - and went on a long Sunday morning run with a favorite former colleague who runs a care management business in NYC similar to the one that I recently sold. A few days ago, the happy occasion of an old high school friend's book launch in Los Angeles brought me together with him and several others, some of whom I hadn't seen in over two decades. Having lost my stepfather this summer, who has been drowning in the depths of dementia for many years, I found it powerful to be with old friends who remember him. It is a very important thing indeed, to be known. To oneself, and by others.
It's been a great week of putting my current self into context, through a good look at my former self. I'm now seven weeks out from my next marathon, and inspired to give it an honest go, and see what I'm capable of. As in running, so too in life.
Come back baby
Fight off the lethargy
Don't go quietly
Said you would never give up easy
Combat baby come back
- Metric, "Combat Baby"