Day 153: On the Other Hand…

Yesterday I wrote a rosy-sounding post about the benefits of not running CIM. Nothing I wrote there is untrue, yet I would be lying if I said I haven’t been having a tough time of it, especially going into race weekend… you know, without being in the race. I live here in Sacramento, so everywhere I go I am reminded of the marathon, from the street signs about road closures to seeing runners out and about. Even the leaves on the streets now make me think of the race. I…

Day 152: Benefits of Not Running CIM This Weekend

Yesterday was my “D” Day. As in, I made my Decision NOT to run the California International Marathon on Sunday. I will have a “DNS” on my running record for “Did Not Start” 🙁 Obviously I feel sadness and a sense of loss about this. It sucks not being in the event. However, I also see benefits of my decision. And since I would rather be positive than negative, I shall list them: The Benefits (So Far) of Choosing Not to do CIM this Weekend And with that, I would…

Day 150: More Comfortable With My Humanity?

So here I am in an uncertain situation. Will I be doing a marathon on Sunday or not? It looks doubtful, but I do have a couple of medical appointments this week, one with a chiropractor and one with a physical therapist. I’m keeping an open mind and very glad to be getting help. In the past, I would probably have gotten frustrated at myself, as if I was breaking a promise: “You hypocrite! You said you were doing a marathon, and now you aren’t even sure if you are…

Day 149: Chinks in the Armor

Sadly, I’m not sure I will be running CIM, after all. It feels really awkward to write this, especially since I just posted two and three days ago about running it. However, this has always been the blog where I write about growing and changing. I also get to be honest, and even reveal chinks in the armor. Most of all, this is the blog where I write about my personal happiness journey. And happiness sometimes requires changing one’s plans. So there you go! Meanwhile, I’ll fill you in: It’s…

Day 147: Redefining Victory

In eight days I will be running the California International Marathon for the second time in as many years. Last year’s experience was amazing, triumphant… and totally burned me out in ways that I’m still not sure I understand. The physical act of running the marathon was the triumphant part. For a variety of other reasons, including the intensity of training itself, I had a bumpy experience after the marathon was over. As much as I loved last year, I realized I needed to shift things this time around. I…

Day 145: Today’s “Run to Feed the Hungry” 5k

This morning I ran the “Run to Feed the Hungry,” a local family run here in Sacramento that literally attracts tens of thousands of runners. There are both 5k and 10k options– I did the 5k. I ran the event virtually in 2020 and 2021, but this was the first time doing the event in person. This was also my first time doing a 5k in a public event. To say I had fun is the truth, yet it was more than that. Since time is of the essence and…

Day 144: My 4-Million View Video

So my Charlie Chaplin video has reached 4 million views. The magical fireworks were from May through July, where I got tens of thousands of views on an average day, and as many as one hundred thousand. The views started to drop in August, and recently they have been a trickle compared to the previous flood. No matter. This has been a great experience. It is an affirmation of “If you build it, they will come.” It might take four years from when you first post, but they will come!…