Seriously. Fall. Am totally in love 🙂 I have missed you Fall. A lot.
So yes, I neglected my blog…biking…and running for all of August and part of July. You know how people get all sad and blue in winter? That is me in summer. I never realized until this year, how much I dislike summer. I’m sure an event this spring didn’t help the situation much, but let me tell you this – once I turned off my AC, I was beaming again and back on the saddle.
Fall. My favorite season. My one true love. The last time I enjoyed a stateside fall was in 2008, and then I only got about a month, if that. Thankfully I did get to head up to Duluth MN with the family and romp around the forests before I had to leave American fall for Afghan fall…followed by Iraqi fall….they just aren’t the same let me tell you.
Yes, I am STOKED about fall. Yes, I am one of the last humans remaining who still feels “stoked” is an appropriate and relevant word to describe one’s emotional status. Since this lovely fall has started I’ve not missed a bike ride into work, in fact I get sad that my commute is only 7 miles! I will soon need to take an even longer way home to just enjoy this weather more.
Another way I know I am over this summer funk, I’ve started baking. I found an AMAZING gluten free chocolate cake recipe, which I made entirely in my blender. I made it once with splenda, which was alright, and a 2nd time half sugar half splenda and in cupcake form…ah-mazing. and my gluten eating coworkers agreed! I bought yeast, so I can try making bread and other such things.
I feel alive again.
I feel happy.
I love life.
More posts to follow and I apologize for those who were/are following for my absence! It’s fall and Caribou is back!
Guess what happened going to work last night…you’ll never guess…I got a flat. Rear tire. >sigh< Cannot wait for my new tire to get here! My rear tire is seriously cursed. I’m too annoyed to even investigate the flat at this point, another slow leaker…these pin prick flats are killing me!!!! Tomorrow I’ll fill it up, go to my local bike store…invest in more tubes and see if they have any more thoughts on what to do. I’m contemplating tire liners, although they worry me, since they can actually cause pinch flats if not put in correctly. With my luck, even with good installation they would cause me flats!
Oh bike, why do you hate me so much??
On a positive note, I have started cooking again and playing my harp. Slowly but surely I’m coming out of my shell and back to life. Its hard to get started, but once you get going you just need to have faith in gravity and give yourself little reminders and pushes. A great visit with the family really helped to get me going again!
On the cooking side, nothing too crazy, just some good old quinoa pasta with cheese pasta sauce and a little bit of broccoli. Keeping it simple and getting the training wheels back on.
For the harp, I replaced the two strings that popped, courtesy of the humidity, re-tuned, and started playing songs I knew so many years ago…rather than look at where I should be if I didn’t take breaks, I’m focusing on the skill I still have and where I want to go in the future! It may not be a stage, but its never too late… 🙂
Here’s to dreaming, no more flats, and finding the strength and inspiration to live life to the fullest!
I came across a fantastic blog the other day – fantastic mainly because the photos capture the stark beauty of high peaks and the posts remind me of the importance to dream – dream of the journey. We hear it all the time, ‘life is a journey’ but far too often we focus and get sucked into either an end goal or a task that we forget to enjoy this grand experience filled with love, fun, hardship, tears, and everything else. I catch myself every so often getting caught up in the task that I forget to smile and enjoy.
Prime example, I was biking home this morning (on nights again…blah) and five minutes in, rain. There was a 20% chance of rain, so I was totally unprepared. At first I started to just bike faster, hoping to make it out before I was soaked, then it turned into a downpour – so I was soaked no matter what. As I kept peddling a little annoyed by the rain worrying if my stuff was getting wet, something clicked in my head. “This is awesome.” and then I smiled and enjoyed my soaked ride home. Why is this awesome? Its raining on a nice spring day and I get to play in the rain for my commute. I don’t have to worry about another driver doing something crazy, I get to, sorta, jump in puddles with awesome galoshes.
It just clicked and although it was nice to get dry back inside, I was happy that I was soaked riding through the rain. (it was also nice because there were no pedestrians out 🙂 )
Hope you enjoy this site – if for no other reason than the photographs.
I ran my first race of the year! A stellar 8k in which I placed 7th in my class and 57th out of 292 women! With a time of 43:28 I left the race feeling fantastic! I taped up my foot for the race and all was fine, it was a little sore yesterday and almost no soreness today, which is great – especially since I’ve not run for pretty much all of April. (You may have noticed a lack of my posting…)
Slowly but surely its coming back and I’m getting excited! The race was fun and reminded me to break out of a rut – my rut has been doing a lot of things on my own. I’m looking forward to going on some fun runs, joining a running group, and doing a midnight “summit” of old rag with some folks in a month. I also keep looking at adorable doggies that I may foster or adopt. Although that might be hard with the schedule I keep. Not sure how they’ll do with an owner who is nocturnal every 2 weeks! I’m not quite sure how I even do it!
April went by quickly, there were some ups, downs, and neutrals. I let some things get in the way of posting and doing what is best for me, but sometimes you need to be a little over-come to get back on the right path to happiness.
What I always remember and remind myself of is that being outdoors and active will always bring happiness in my life. A few times last month I was just feeling “blah” and took a walk outside and sat by the Potamac, looking at the Capitol building, watching the planes take off and land; before I knew it, I was in a better mood.
Just remember folks, a breath of fresh of air, really can be a breath of fresh air!
Whoa. Where on earth did the time go?? I owe some major postings!! So as they come out, here are some tid-bits to catch you up.
April 12: Changed my rear-wheel tire all by myself!! Super excited, a small accomplishment I know, but I feel a lot more self sufficient now. Time to read more about bike maintenance to learn about the derailleur and brake centering 🙂
April 10: Finished “Demon in the Freezer” can’t wait to read “Hot Zone”
April 9: Ran TO work (took lots of advil before hand) and high-fived the runner I see at 0445 each day.
April 4: Possible stress-fracture in my right foot, 5th metatarsal. Booh.
April 1: Finished night shifts coming off vacay. Ran HOME!! Slept for 2 days straight.
March 18-26: Traveling!! Paris, France followed by Northern and Central Portugal. Many tasty foods (and tummy aches – not even I can pass up freshly baked croissant, but so worth it!), minor dental emergency, one missed flight, lots of garmin lady being “douchey” (her words, not mine), and a little bit of french spoken. Even had time for a Parisian and Portugese run. Fantastic trip. Photos to come.
That’s it in a nut shell – seriously though, updates to come!!
Caribou is leaving the States!! I’ll be out on a little vacay – some well deserved rest and relaxation time. Look for new posts coming in early April. France and Portugal are on the menu!! Time to excited…but sadly time to put the smoothies on hold for a week.
The Quasi Cleanse has been amazing. I feel fantastic and am actually slightly nervous about eating regular food. My tummy has never been happier and I wake up energized and refreshed everyday. For anyone in a bad mood or grumpy tummy, turn up the dial on your fruits and veggies for a week – I’m serious.
Stay safe and happy trails.
p.s. I also ran 4 miles today, jogged 2 and walked another 2! All-in-all, a great day!!!