Day 96 – 40 days

6 04 2010

I woke up early this morning to rain pattering on the roof – a great, soothing spring sound that is good for my tulips, but not what you want to hear when you need to get outside for a morning run. By the time I got downstairs, it had turned to SNOW — just when I thought my frozen runs were behind me.

I waited a few hours for the sun to peek through and then the only element I had to face was crazy wind. A friend told me yesterday that April is the windiest month in Colorado. You don’t need a kite to prove it, and I was happy I only had to run 2.6 miles per my trusty half-marathon plan. On my run I was thinking about my dear college friend Roshan (who turned 40 today!) and that it must be close to 40 days until my race and 40th birthday. Turns out it’s exactly 40, so the true countdown begins… in Rick Dees fashion (stay tuned!).

I had fun tonight visiting with another friend, Sylvia, who let me tag along to a reception for her friend Dimity McDowell, co-author of Run Like a Mother. Dimity was so nice — cool to meet her in person after getting to know her through her book! Any mom and/or runner can relate to her brilliant — and hilarious — essays about the highs and lows of running, kids, work and life and how they fit (or don’t fit) together. She and her co-author have a fun blog at that link too, where they are building a community of running moms. (See my family photo under “K is for kickin’ a@# moms.”)

Great catching up with Sylvia, who I haven’t seen in a few years. We talked in the car about birthday milestones and how we’ve approached them. When I met Sylvia 10 years ago, SHE was 40 and I couldn’t believe it. She seemed so young (I was just a spring chicken about to turn 30)… Now, at 50, she’s still just as young and more than keeping up with her teenage son with her energy and outlook. She even trained for a marathon last fall – making it to 20 miles when she, sadly, injured her foot.

We agreed with her mom’s shared wisdom that you never feel on the inside the age you are on the outside…as long as you are healthy and have the right attitude. Thanks Sylvia for sharing your famous friends and your inspiration as you run into the next decade so gracefully!

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