Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring may spring...eventually

House on a hill along my route last weekend

I know I've been delinquent. It wasn't deliberate. It's just that life has felt so damned overwhelming lately with work, volunteer commitments and training. At this point, what I want most to sleep for week.

Alas, that's not in the cards. There's far too much to do  over the next few months. Added to which, I've been trying to find time for some new things lately - painting and working on my novel.  How I wish I could retire - or had a rich spouse, at least. (No, I'm not serious. I'm very happy with the one I have, thank you very much.)

In addition to the frenetic activity levels, there's the little matter of the weather - which has been APPALLING.  Snow, rain, sleet, and hail for days on end. It could be worse. It's much colder in Alberta than it is here, and Newfoundland won't be dug out until August at least. But still...

I want to run on dry pavement, in shorts and a singlet. Two years ago, I did that on March 21st - which was surreal and kind of scary, but also pretty awesome. Here it is April 4th, and I fully expect to be wearing long tights for both my runs this weekend - not least because there's more rain in the forecast.

On the upside, I'm sure all this cold weather running is making me stronger. Strong enough to crush those Cabot Trail hills. Strong enough to run two legs of the relay if I have to. Strong enough to handle whatever else life throws at me over the next few months.

Which is a good thing because my spidey senses are tingling. There's stuff coming at me. I can feel it. And I want to be ready to face it is with as much strength, compassion and wisdom as possible.

Okay. That's enough for one night. I've blogged. It's not articulate but it's all I've got at the end of a crazy busy week.

For those who are curious about how my training's going, I've been running LOTS of hills.  Hill repeats during the week coupled with hilly runs on the weekend. Here's the elevation chart for my 18k LSR last weekend. Not bad for an old lady.

Oh, yeah, and I had another birthday. Fifty-friggin'-two. Lovely. On the upside, a kazillion people sent me birthday messages, which was wonderful and very much appreciated.

More posts soon. Promise.

Happy running and writing, friends. 


  1. Omg! Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a great day!

    On the cold: I know it's not the same, but we were just in Minnesota visiting Nick's family and the highs each day were low 20's at best, with wind and overcast skies. 2 years ago, when we were there at the same time, it was in the 70's! I was so glad to get back to Colorado's 50's! I'm ready for warm weather for sure.

  2. Thanks, R. I had a very nice birthday indeed. Hope the weather improves there soon as well. In any case, there'll be lots of warm weather in Australia. :-)

  3. Let's hope your spider senses are wrong, Janice! Good job on crushing that hill - and running in the crappy weather. More crap coming at us - just in time for your visitors!! Today was beautiful - I actually got out and ran!! Woo hoo - hard work, though.

    Love the picture :)