Friday, January 24, 2014

I'm still running ...

Boy!  Time slips by when you have a lot of projects underway!  It’s time for a Running Granny update.  Yes, I have been running, but I am in that lull between Cross Country season and Race Season.  Cold weather can be a deterrent, but that’s not my excuse.  I usually don more clothes and brave the cold.  It’s all the other distractions that make me struggle.  The Christmas season is always a distraction – busy, busy, busy!  I kept running, mostly out of fear that I would expand like a balloon what with all the reasons to celebrate with food!  I’ve been writing and editing and publishing.  Finally!  I took a little trip to the tropics.  You can get a brief overview with photos HERE.  While in Maui I found time for two runs.  I even used MapMyRun just to prove I was there.  We also managed to work in a nice hike to this waterfall.  Beautiful! 
Now I am back in the saddle again, as the old cowboy sang - still running, hoping to be skiing, marketing this new book, and gearing up to write the next one.  Readers of this blog might look forward to it.  I haven’t determined a title yet, but runners will be able to relate and I hope that non-runners will enjoy it, too.  I am hoping that it will inspire folks to push through pain a little more and learn from the uncomfortable experiences they have already endured.  I will keep you all posted on the progress. 
In the meantime, Happy Running!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Runner’s Greetings

Music in my ears!
I went for a run today all by myself. I do that often this time of year, mostly because I can’t commit to a time frame. I am too busy waiting for the weather to improve or my courage to build. When I run alone, I use music to keep me company. When I run with friends, they keep me company. There is too much chatting to be bothered with music.
I am a rural runner and therefore I don’t encounter too many others afoot. A few autos passing by get a nod or a wave, but for the most part it is usually a solitary run. On the occasion that I do see another individual out and about there is always a friendly exchange. At least, I think it is friendly. My music muddies the waters a little. The exchange goes something like this:
The passerby smiles, waves and moves his lips.
I reply, “Yes, it is nice to finally see some sun,” or “Thanks! I will,” or some other comment that may or may not have anything to do with what they said to me. 
I pondered this while on my run today, mostly because it happened today. When the fellow with the white beard made a comment I replied with, “Yes, it’s great to see the sun,” and then wondered if he had asked me how far I was going or if I was crazy. (The crazy question comes up a lot!) I came up with a solution to my communication problem. It’s kind of like being prepared for unexpected company – but different. Whenever I meet another walker, runner, or farmer that slows down to chat, I am going to smile, wave, and say … “Great day for a run!” How can they argue with that?

Question:  Do you have a generic comment you use when you didn't really hear or weren't really paying attention?  Share it in the comments below.

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green

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