Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Smiling on the run again


I’ve got this road race coming up at the end of August. It seemed like a good idea when I registered and paid the pretty hefty fee months ago. But now August is sneaking up on me and I’ve been away from home for weeks at a time not training.

Oh, I took running clothes with me wherever I went. I’m sure they were quite comfortable sitting nice and secure inside my luggage.

Meanwhile, I need to get back on track. I’ve given myself permission to walk as much of the ten mile race as I need to. I’ve never run the whole thing, and I’ve run this race a bunch of times over the years. But still it would be nice to finish in a reasonable time. At least within the same day. Walking is sooooo slow!

A running friend and I are planning on doing the race together, at least part of it. Funny, we are both worrying about whether or not we can stick with each other. She’s training by running 4 minutes, walking 1 minute. I’m training by running a quarter mile, walking a quarter mile.

I think my run portion likely is about 4 minutes, though I’m not sure. It’s a proven fact that it is impossible to do math in your head while you’re running and this morning I was trying to divide my average time into quarters to get some idea of my pace. I definitely know that my walk portion is way longer than her one minute walk break.

Today I did six miles, at my favorite park, trying to get a feeling for my speed, or lack of it. I tried to find the stopwatch on my phone app, but realized pretty quickly that I can’t actually see my phone apps without my glasses. So I don’t know if I’ll be able to stick with Betty at our race, but I’ll work between now and then to run her style, 4 minutes of running, one minute of walking.

We’ll see how it goes.

Meanwhile, here’s a montage of pretty things I saw on this morning’s run/walk.

So…how does all of this fit Trent’s weekly smile? Well, it felt great to be back at my favorite park, one where I used to run long every Saturday with a multitude of running friends. Lots of beautiful things to see, so I took photos during my quarter mile walks.

During one of those walk breaks a beautiful doe stood just behind a bush, she stared at me, I stared at her. Would have been an amazing photograph, but my phone didn’t have enough storage to take one more image. So she and I just watched each other for a long time. Made my mile 5 extra long, but extra special. So it all balances out.

I think I was smiling the whole six miles. In fact I was so happy to get the six miles done that I pulled into a cupcake place on the way home and bought a lovely lemon creme cupcake.

No I did not!! But I did look longingly at the cupcake place as I drove past. Hope the thought of a lemon cupcake made you smile!

But really, please write a post about what you’ve smiled about this week and link to Trent’s blog. He’ll recap all the smiles next Monday. It’s always good to begin Monday with a bunch of smiles!

Can’t wait to see yours!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

22 thoughts on “Smiling on the run again

  1. I always smile when I get back into my running routine after being off for a while. And seeing a deer is special, even if it slowed down your average…


  2. I’m not a runner, but I fast-walk every day. I wish I liked to run. I wish my back would like me to run! You’ve captured some pretty things on your walk. Best wishes for successful training!


    • I wished I liked to run too. I really like to walk…but not even a fast walk…just a ramble. But it takes so long to cover any distance at that pace. After this race, though, I don’t know if I’ll keep the running part up.


  3. Yes the thought of a lemon cupcake made me smile. Not a bad thought for late in the day on a Monday. Best of luck with your walking/running plan. Somehow I hope it includes a lemon cupcake. For health reasons, of course.


  4. This cracked me up: “Oh, I took running clothes with me wherever I went. I’m sure they were quite comfortable sitting nice and secure inside my luggage.” LOL! My exercise clothing takes comfortable trips with me, too. It rarely leaves the suitcase.

    So, yes, your post made me smile. 🙂 Judging from your images, it was a beautiful run/walk. Deer always insert a bit of magic to outings.


    • Once on a trip decades ago I actually put on my running clothes and ran down the highway and back. Even know I remember that particular stretch of road when we come to it. I think, other than a hotel treadmill or two, that’s been the only time the running clothes have seen anything of where I’ve traveled.


  5. Your training schedule so made me laugh….and then you had a cupcake. Oh, yes, I will train with you! 😀 Have fun!

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  6. I’m not a runner, or even a fast walker… health issues prevent a fast pace. But I do try to walk some every day. Helps my fibromyalgia, arthritis, and mental health. Just being out in nature, somewhere, makes me smile on the inside, and sometimes on the outside. I take loads of photos on my walks… and I, too, have had that “no more storage room” message for that one last picture I really wanted. The area you walked is sooooo beautiful and peaceful! I’m sure you will do quite well running with your friend! Hugs and blessings, Dawn! ♥


    • Thanks Diana! I prefer a slow walk with a camera myself. I have the best time when I’m doing that, no matter where I am. But yes, this park is one of my favorites for a run or a walk or a photo shoot. It’s just beautiful. And so many different areas with totally different looks.


  7. Such wonderful views as you ran! I used the Strava App so I could hear how far and in what time I was running. I found 3 miles a challenge!! I have read about interval training in order to build up resistance. I think there is something to it.


    • Three miles of straight running is a real challenge. I haven’t done that in decades. I swear by the walk break. I can never seem to get out there long enough to fit in an interval training, a speed training, a hill training and a long run into each week. But many friends that run do that. I think about it which has to count for something.


  8. good fur u. that sounds like a lot of exercise. you will do pawsome in the race


  9. You are kicking some serious butt, so happy to read this! I miss running and will vicariously live through you until I’m cleared to run again. Where we going next?


  10. Pingback: The Weekly Smile Recap 7/29 – 8/4/2019 | Trent's World (the Blog)

  11. Good luck for the race – and enjoy training it for it. All you can do is your best.


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