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On Not Letting Shin Splints Ruin Your Day – #ONLSSRYD

I should be out running right now, but I had the most painful shin splints I’ve ever had during yesterday’s track workout. I hadn’t had shin splints in almost two years, but they sporadically started reappearing over the past month or so. I’ve tracked when I’ve felt them and haven’t been able to pinpoint any specific culprit or pattern. They’ve never stayed for an entire run but yesterday I felt them from the first step till the last. And like I said, it was the most painful I’ve ever felt them.

This morning I woke up and went straight to my phone to see what today’s workout was. Instead I got this message…

Buckeye fail.

Buckeye fail.

I guess the site is down which I took as a sign. The leg feels a lot better but it also feels hot, like it really wants to be iced. Does that make any sense? I took that as another sign that I should just make today a quasi Rest Day. Meaning – I’m planning on going to the gym or taking a yoga class later so I guess it’s more of a “non-running day” or #NRD.

I’m currently reading a wonderful book on the gifts of imperfections. Among the themes it discusses are courage, compassion and “things that get in the way”, like fear.

Well right now I am scared sh*tless to run SFM in 17 days (!!!). The course is hard and unless you’ve actually run it yourself, you really have no idea. I feel like I’ve had more bad long runs then good ones and I really want this weekend’s long run to be a good one. I suppose this is yet another thing that I’m letting “get in my way”, but by taking this #NRD I feel like I’m being courageous and compassionate to myself (well, my leg).

Not really sure where I’m going with this, but I suppose its an attempt to be more “open” and “vulnerable” (other themes that the book discusses).

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In other news yesterday I got to spend the day with one of my favorite people! #oomff

With #OOMFF

With #OOMFF

She had a special event going on in her office and invited me to participate. I had my own cubicle to work from and everything!

I think I got more of my work done in her office than in mine!

We dubbed the day “Bring Your Friend to Work Day”, or #BYFTWD.

{Side note: I don’t know why, but I am on a big #hashtag kick right now. I usually roll my eyes at blog posts that include screenshots of the blogger’s tweets or hashtags…this one included.}

Anyway, not only did I get to spend the day with A, I also got to see another favorite friend at lunch! And then another Twitter friend happened to be walking on by and I got to meet her in real life for the first time!

Best Day Ever with Bay Area Running Friends (or #BDE with #BARFs)

Best Day Ever with Bay Area Running Friends (or #BDE with #BARFs)

For the most part, I work from home. Even when I’m in the office it’s rare that I see another human being (long story). I run 99.9% of the time alone. So after yesterday’s bitter run it was a real pick-me-up to be around other (running) people (#ORP).

The end.

If I Am Who My Friends Are, Am I The Person I Want To Be?

I’ve had few interesting days last week where I was able to reconnect with old friends. Friends that I haven’t seen in, well…decades.

First I had lunch with a former colleague that I worked with back in 2000 – during the dot.com era. Ironically we worked at a company called Startups.com. And like the dot.com era, that company didn’t last long. Over the years we sporadically kept in touch through email but not much else. A few weeks ago he contacted me through LinkedIn and we discovered that we were located just a town apart. We finally met up for the first time in 12 1/2 years. I really enjoyed catching up and sharing what direction our careers have taken.

Over the weekend I was able to spend some time with friends visiting from out-of-town. We lived on the same floor in the dorms during our freshman year of college.

I don’t get to see these girls very often and it was so much fun to spend the day together. Of course reminiscing about the past was so much fun, but what I loved even more was discovering how strong, loving and confident they’ve become.

I walked away from both reunions feeling thankful to be able to call such wonderful people my friends. At the same time I was little sad that I hadn’t made the effort stay in closer touch over the years. There’s so much I could have learned from each one of them.

The experience reminded me of this article I read a couple of months ago.

If I am who my friends are, am I the person I want to be?

I reread the post and asked myself, “When I take inventory of which friends I spend my time with can I say that it was time well spent?”

Are they people who support and influence me for good? Or do they have a negative energy that makes me be a person I don’t want to be?

I feel fairly confident in saying that right now my time is spent with people who I admire and aspire to be like.

People who are:

+ Dependable – they follow through on their commitments
+ Uplifting – they celebrate each others’ successes without jealousy or envy
+ Fun – they are joyful and exude positivity

I am so grateful for these relationships that teach and inspire me to be better.
(and I know I have a loooong way to go….)

Amidst the daily “busy-ness” that we call life, it truly is important to invest the time and energy with the people who’s attitudes and energy brings us joy and inspiration.

After all, isn’t that what life is all about?

Running with Friends at the DSE 6-hr Endurance Challenge

Truth be told, last Thursday’s run was more of a struggle than I let on. I saw my PT the next day and she thought I might be fatigued since I’m still building back into the swing of things from an extended rest period. So I took last Friday and Saturday as rest days. Normally I hate to take 2 rest days in a row, but it gave me the perfect opportunity to work on the new blog design, so I didn’t mind.

Sunday I joined my Bay Area Running Friends at the DSE 6-Hour Endurance Challenge.

DSE is a local running club that holds low-key races around the City almost every weekend. I joined the club in January but this was my first event of the year. This particular Sunday marked 2 weeks till the San Francisco Marathon, so this 6-hr Challenge provided the perfect opportunity for runners to have their last long supported run before taper.

It was held at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the course was a 1.1-ish mile loop around Crissy Field. When I first ran this last year I thought it was insane to keep running in a circle (actually in this case, a rectangle), but it turned out to be so much fun — especially if you have a group of friends running it with you! It’s the only event (that I know of) where you get to see everyone along the route.

This year there was a bunch of us who participated. Since we all run different paces, we normally would never see each other during a race. But at this event, at some point we all crossed paths. It was fun to high-five each other, or even run for a few minutes with someone who is faster than I me who I would usually never run with. This never happens in traditional races.

Actually, I wouldn’t even call this event a race. There was a clock, but no timing chips. Instead, the organizers tallied the laps of each runner as they started a new loop. It was so much fun – you could start at anytime, run however many laps you wanted, and hang out on the grass with friends for a rest break while snacking on the food from the amazing aid station. Then if you felt like it, start running again.

I ran 8.35 miles. It wasn’t the best run, but better than the previous Thursday’s. It was also the longest run that I’ve done since the Portland Half-Marathon in mid-May. Ideally I would like to have been able to run longer, but it’s progress, baby steps, but still progress. I’m just happy that I was able to run with my favorite running friends – who could ask for more?!