expression often comes out of my mouth when I discover that someone else has a
piece of information that would make my life better in some fashion and I feel
cheated that I had not known about it sooner.Such was the case when I recently visited friends/relatives and my
friend was carrying what looked like a large hook for a hanging pot.I paid little attention to it until a noticed
she had it slung over her shoulder while sitting on the sofa watching TV.Now I was curious.
that?” I asked.
chimed in, “It’s a TheraCane.”
… for massaging your back.”
I finally understand the Amazon smile. I was SO HAPPY to get this box!
I watched as
she held one end of the cane and worked a knob on the other into the knotted
muscles in her back. I have a pretty good massager of my own (Hubby), but his
hand tires quickly and he can’t always find the right spot between my shoulders,
so when she offered, I jumped at the chance to give it a try. Incredible!I shopped Amazon and bought one of my
own.I really hate to deny Hubby the
chance to serve, but it is easier to find the knot than to explain to another
where it is AND I get to control the pressure. My TheraCane has become a
permanent fixture in my living room this week.I highly recommend getting one of your own.If it doesn’t work for you, you can always use it
to hold a hanging pot!
P.S. Runners: The shorter knobs work great for massaging arches!
I use my
iPod for two purposes. One is to pass the time on long airline flights (they
are few and far between) and the other is to keep me running when I don’t have
a running buddy along for a chat.Some of the music is slow and I have to skip
over those songs. I like Alan Jackson, The Beatles, Jason Aldean, and Broadway
Soundtracks.I use the shuffle mode
because I like to be surprised when a new song begins to play.
that frequently tumbles in is “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?”
by Alan Jackson.(It’s an old album.) I
remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the Twin Towers were
hit. I was in my lab bending wires for retainers while my children were getting
ready for school. I remember it like
yesterday.So too, I suppose, shall I
remember the Boston Bombings as Monday’s attack has been dubbed.
morning I was very interested in the Women’s Elite race. I had been casually
following Shalane Flannagan and Kara Goucher as they trained for Boston.I had a friend visit just as the race was
ending.She isn’t a runner, nor is she an
avid fan, but I forced her to watch.Congratulations
to those two American runners!
Later in the
day I was once again I my lab bending wires when I received a call from my
still watching the Boston Marathon?”She
asked.She then informed me of the
blasts that had occurred.I turned on
the TV and began watching the coverage.Here are some observations:
·Innocent people always suffer from selfish acts
·Heroes always surface in the face of tragedy.
·There is more goodness in the world than bad.
·The world doesn’t stop turning. Our understanding
of the world changes.
·Boston Bombings did not have the magnitude of
9/11, but for a few the pains and suffering are greater because it affected
·Everyday people suffer tragedies and nobody
knows.The rest of us go on our merry
Boston will remain vivid in my memory
as does 9/11.I am certain I will
consider both when Alan Jackson begins to croon, “Where were you when …”
Ah, the beauty of a run in the sun!The weather has been wreaking havoc on my
training as of late.I am afraid I will
have to postpone my next half marathon for a bit. The cold temps and wind,
coupled with a gimpy knee have really slowed me down.Today was warm and sunny and I was determined
to go for a run.I chose to leave my
watch and music home and attempt to run in tune with my body – most particularly,
my knee.Rather than attack the run
(This is relative.My “attack” compares
to most runners “recovery run.”) I would take it slow and easy and pay
attention to twinges so as to stop before they became full blown pains.As I was preparing to step out the door, my
Running Buddy Julie messaged me, offering to run along.Julie has also been treating some injuries,
so she made for a good partner today.
We took it easy, only running (slowly) until the first
twinges manifested themselves.Walking
for a bit, we resumed running when the twinges subsided and ran again until
they whispered their presence once more.It wasn’t much of a run, but we covered a good three miles in the sunshine.We caught up on our visiting as we hadn’t
seen each other in a couple weeks.It
felt good to be outside and moving.It
is encouraging to know that the running isn’t over, it has just tapered off for
a bit.I still want to run that half
marathon sometime – I really want a do over after the High Desert Half – but for
today, I am happy that I can run, that the weather is nice, and that I had a
buddy to run with me.We will see what
I try to be patient.I really do!It isn’t something
that I was blessed with.All of the
patience I ever exercise requires effort.That’s why I struggle when exercising requires patience!Last week it was my back.This week it’s a knee.It is hampering my half marathon training and
I’m beginning to worry that I may have to reschedule.I don’t want to do that!Last time I rescheduled until the half
marathon available was this one! I would rather opt for a road race this
Fortunately, the weather is nice enough to bike
(easier on the knees), so today I donned my biker gal gear,