Friday, May 26, 2023

Friday Musings

After spending a week teaching in Wake Forest it feels oh so refreshing to be back on the farm, probably the one place I'd rather be than anywhere else on the planet. There's always something going on here. 

Alas, my stay will be short-lived as (Lord willing) I fly to Denver tomorrow. The meteorologists that I've read all seem to agree that the next few days ought to be partly cloudy but dry for the most part in Boulder. I'll take that as good news any day. As you know, I usually try and plan a year of races well in advance. But this trip was a spur of the moment thing. I'm still very very very much on the fence about my next marathon this year. I was thinking about doing the St. George (Utah) Marathon again, but then a friend told me he was running the Greensboro Marathon (also in October) and invited me to run it with him, so I am still undecided. Stay tuned. 

By the way, I am tired of eating out, so much so that I couldn't wait to cook some stir fry for dinner when I got home. 

The truth is, I usually gain weight when I eat out too much. My body type is large to begin with. I can't really afford to engage in too much unhealthy behavior. Yet you will never hear me say "diet." I just try to use common sense. Avoid as many processed foods as possible. Eat real fruit, real vegetables, eggs, dairy, and healthy fresh fish and meat. Don't try to be perfect. Think about the quality of the food you eat, not just the amount. 

I like to state the obvious.

This book was waiting for me when I got home today. One of my former students wrote it and I liked it so much I wrote an endorsement that appears on the inside cover. 

At any rate, tomorrow my trip kicks off, which means I won't be blogging for a few days. I'm staying at an Airbnb out in the country. Here's what my room looks like.

Furthermore, as you can see, the place has great views of the famous Flatirons, which I wish I could climb before the race but that would destroy my legs. Maybe next time. 

Pretty nice, eh? Check in is tomorrow at 3:00. By the way, my youngest grandchild had his 2nd birthday this week. 

Just had to get that little burst of Ira cuteness out of the way. I love those curls. 

So much to be grateful for. I enjoy my life, including my running. My body lets me do this. My family and friends support me. My mind is strong. Be thankful for all of it.