This is just wrong…

•October 22, 2012 • 2 Comments

As I looked through my stats today, I saw this short list for my search engine terms:

The one that gets to me is the last one “deer scared of runners”. Obviously, this person has never been out running in Richmond Park during mating season.

Obviously, it should read “runners scared of deer”. 🙂

As I was walking and chatting to a fellow runner on Saturday after the 5K, I might have freaked her out a little. ‘Cause every time we passed a couple of male deer, I stopped in my tracks and in my conversation.

So, whoever you are, looking for information on deer that are scared of runners, be aware that you may be the one being scared. 🙂

Happy Monday!

•October 21, 2012 • 1 Comment

I just saw this blog and thought how fitting… I am glad that I lived the positive attitude yesterday by getting out of bed and running my race! 🙂

Trisha Faye

Saturday, October 13th: Too happy to permit the presence of trouble … October is POSITIVE ATTITUDE MONTH. This month is dedicated to establishing, boosting or forcing ourselves to adopt positive attitudes and discovering and/or creating positive self-images. The month was originally sponsored by Sylvia Henderson, of Springboard Training.

Are you in need of an ‘attitude adjustment’? Check out this site where they share five tips to implement for 21 days to a positive attitude habit.

http://lifeorganizers.com/cm_articles/115_21_days_to_a_positive_attitude_habit_773.html

Perhaps one of my own personal favorites is The Optimist Creed. (Yes, there is an Optimist club!) The creed is recited at every weekly meeting. The words are good to apply to every day of our lives, inspiring a more positive attitude and life.

The Optimist Creed (by Christian D. Larson)

Promise Yourself – To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and…

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•October 20, 2012 • Comments Off on

I posted this today on my Run Eat Life blog about a 5K I ran today. Enjoy!

run eat life

I ran a 5K today.

Big deal, I hear you say… Yes, it was a big deal! Somehow last night, I opened a bottle of wine and decided to skip the race. I had a weird day, a busy week and I just felt exhausted.

This morning, however, I woke up early and as I was assessing if I wanted to get up after all and run the race, I had this thought:

How will you feel after the race? Will you feel happy that you stayed home? Or will you feel happy that you went out, ran a race and spent time outside in the park?

I knew the answer. So, off I hurried out of bed, packed my bag, ran out of the house, caught a bus, walked 1.5 miles to the start line, made it to the start line with 5 minutes to spare, ran a…

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Cologne Half Marathon – DONE!

•October 16, 2012 • Comments Off on Cologne Half Marathon – DONE!

It turned out to be a great race after all (despite lack of training and all).

I ran my second fastest race ever. YEAH! The full race recap is on my new blog. Check it out there.

My next race is on Saturday, running the Shock Absorber Women Only 10K Run in Richmond. Is anyone else running it?

First fall colors in Richmond Park

•October 7, 2012 • 5 Comments

Oops – amongst all the excitement of the deer yesterday, I forgot to share the photos of the fall colors.

Richmond Park was surprisingly green, actually, for this time of the year. Maybe not quite that surprising. Summer started late, so that probably may allow fall to get a late start, too.

I did get to catch a couple of colorful photos though:

I love how the colors move from green to yellow to red. It’s such a beautiful sight and made me smile. I took these photos with my Blackberry camera. I hope to be able to go out there on another sunny day and take my real camera.

Fall colors make me happy! 🙂

Scary 11-mile run

•October 6, 2012 • 6 Comments

I ran 11 miles today. APPLAUSE! 😉

It was the long run I should have done last weekend in preparation for my half marathon race next weekend. I decided to make it a slow run as to not power myself out too much.

I have seen a lot of posts of people showing fall colors, so I thought to myself, let’s see what colors Richmond Park has to offer today. I got sidetracked pretty early into my run.

As I entered the park I saw these innocent looking deer:

innocent looking deer as I entered the park

As I was running along the trail minding my own business, I heard something moo at me. A little confused I looked around: where are the cows? Well, it was a male deer. This one was looking straight at me showing off his antlers. My inner dialog went like this:

“Hey deer! I am on the trail minding my own business. Why don’t you mind yours? I am not going to come any closer as your antlers are pretty impressive!”.

Needless to say, the answer was another loud “Moo!”

Carefully, I moved forward on the trail looking out for runners who may be able to come to my rescue.

About 2 miles later I joined the path of a 10k race (now I believe there is a race each weekend in Richmond Park). Happily I thought, “at least there are plenty of people around me now”.

Within half a mile we came across an open field to our left of the running trail. Two male deer with impressive antlers were fighting it out:

not so innocent looking deer anymore

I figured they were busy fighting, so I slowed to check out who might win. That’s when they stopped fighting and one of the stared at me and barked a loud “Moo!” at me. Then he took a few steps towards me.

My inner dialog:

“There is about 30 meter between me and the deer. To my right is a street. There are plenty of runners around me. Hang on! Where are the runners??!?!! Anyway, I have a plastic water bottle to defend myself, that’s good, right?”

“Are you supposed to run away when a deer chases you? Are you supposed to lay down?”

Then the deer started running. Kind of in my direction. But with a huge sigh of relief I noticed a female deer on the other side of the street. That’s what the male deer was eying all along. I was never in danger (please let me believe this!).

I should really wear glasses or contacts while running….

London Marathon – how to get a charity place

•October 3, 2012 • 2 Comments

As I said in my post yesterday about how not to get a place in the London Marathon, I am not looking for a charity place for the London Marathon, but nonetheless I came across this website yesterday that pairs up runners with charities. (I think fate is tempting me here)

JustGiving recently launched a charity clearing house that matches runners with charities. The web page – find a London Marathon charity place – shows plenty of charities, how many race entries they have left and what the minimum fundraising is to get a London Marathon place through the respective charity.

This is a great idea by JustGiving. I hope they’ll extend on this for other races in the future, but now, all of you who want to get into the London Marathon, go check it out: http://www.justgiving.com/en/marathon-places

Happy Wednesday and Good Luck!

 
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