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What Kind of Race Is It?

In Fitness Bliss, Mental Bliss on October 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I woke up at 4:30 in the morning on Sunday  to do the Adidas King of the Road race. I was not particularly enthused because I was not prepared—to be honest, I have not been prepared for ANY road race I have done for the last few years! However, I really wanted to follow through and earn a decadent lunch with friends, so I grudgingly got ready. I had also just turned 34 a few days ago, and for some reason it always seems appropriate to do a road race around my birthday. My main fears were coming in dead-last or my muscles—which have been tight from my new strength-training regime–making the run a miserable ordeal. In a move out-of-the-ordinary, I decided not to bring any hydration and rely on the provisions of the course—I realize I am probably making some people cringe with this statement! I was just in a lackadaisical state of mind!

As I sat quietly in the runners’ tent at dawn, I decided that I had to reframe my thoughts to make the next few hours bearable. I fired up my inner-dialog—and asked why. Why was I running this race? Yes Yes—yummy decadent lunch BUT what else could I get out of this experience?  Was it going to be another run where I lamented my lack of training and the fact that changes in my life have not let me focus on running as much as I have in the past? Would I bemoan my slower pace and curse myself when my legs did not do what I wanted them to do? I continued along this train of thought as I strolled to the starting corral. As the announcers attempted to fire up the reserved crowd—it dawned on me—this is my first Singaporean road-race.  I was going to go into this race with the mind of a journalist, philosopher and sightseer. I was going to do what my body told me to do, and see what happened.
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The Poseidon Adventure..and Running

In Fitness Bliss on March 30, 2011 at 1:11 am

I accidentally started watching “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972) in the early 90’s on TV one day. I was SO confused! Leslie Nielsen– who I knew from ” The Naked Gun”– was a part of the cast and so was the nice man who played Grandpa Joe on “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. I honestly thought I was in for a zany caper aboard a boat– no not so much. Instead I got a (well-done) disaster movie about a cruise liner that rolls over– I just wasn’t mentally prepared for this movie– but it was really hard to stop watching!

The one thing I always remember about the film was Belle,  the character played by Shelly Winters. She was this really sweet, plump grandma who joined the group trying to make it to the hull of the upside-down ship. There is a scene where she performs an underwater rescue after revealing that she was a competitive swimmer when she was younger– and everyone is like whaaaaaa? Youuuuuu?

So ever since leaving California, I feel a little like Belle– except change the swimming to running. Don’t get me wrong, I was never a champion runner the way Belle was a champion swimmer, but I had a decent go at it. When I got back home, and had some sedentary time, and got progressively softer around the belly, I felt when I mentioned running to people, they would be like whaaaaaaa? Youuuuuuu? Thus the Poseidon connection for anyone wondering.
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