Marie, Judy and I’ll be among competitors in Music City Half Marathon in April.
I hope your New Year is clipping along smoothly so far.
I dutifully had my peas and cabbage, and already experienced a bout of good luck. My Sirius radio has been broken since my trip to Nashville, but my son fixed it today simply by inserting a new, old fuse he had laying around. Martha Stewart’s baaaack on my air waves and I can enjoy my trip to Birmingham tomorrow.
I’ve just got a good feeling about 09. I was thinking about some things I’d like to add to my life – not resolutions, mind you. Just ideas on how to jump the rut I’ve been traveling in.
I’ve decided to do one thing each month that I’ve never done before. That will make twelve new experiences in the coming year. They don’t have to be earth shattering or particularly exciting – just new to me. This month has already been taken care of. My friends Marie and Judy and I are running (well, I’ll be more like limping along) in the Music City Half Marathon on April 25. That means we must start training this month. I haven’t trained for anything since my mother took away my training cup.
I downloaded a plan which requires sixteen weeks of an incrementally stepped up walking/running program to be ready for the 13.1 race. Can you believe it! Tomorrow marks exactly 16 weeks to April 25. If anyone else wants to try it with us, I’ll tell you how to find the training program. It’s pretty simple and involves walking four of five days a week with an extra long walk one day a week. I note by February that long walk is 10 miles.
Second, I’m going to try having a real conversation from time to time.
So much of our everyday activities are driven by things outside of our perceived control — going to school, work, or taking care of business. We seem to be pawns in a life not of our own making sometimes.
One way to regain a little sense of control is to stop and have a real conversation with someone about something meaningful. Not every day. Not every conversation. Maybe just once a week, with a friend or family member. We’ll talk about something important, something meaningful.
That leads to plan three. I’m going to listen more carefully during those meaningful conversations. I find that I talk way too much and often interrupt my fellow converser.
We all think we listen when others talk to us, and most of the time, we do. But in this fast-paced, multitasking world, we often don’t really listen when someone speaks to us. The closer the person is to us, the more we often don’t really listen to what they’re saying.
Okay, so what can I do in February? I’m thinking of taking a course in knitting.