You haven’t heard from me much this past Winter because, frankly, I was taking a break from running.  It wasn’t planned, it wasn’t even enjoyed, but it was necessary.  After being diagnosed with a bulging disc in my neck last Summer I lost a lot of my running/exercise drive. I tried to keep up with my routine but sadly, it became a chore.  Just after the New Year I had a spell of vertigo.  It was short (one day) but super scary.  I had NO desire to take off on the pavement for fear of “spinning out”.  A daily dose of Claritin seems to have cleared up that little problem AND I am happy to report….NO PAIN in my neck!  I don’t know why, maybe the prolonged downtime, but I am stoked!

When you are underwater this is how you tell your guide that you are “OK”…..seemed appropriate 😉


I now need to start all over, but that’s ok!  I have already logged a few run/walk’s….slow progress is still progress right?  Something that has occurred to me lately is that I am no longer as interested in the organized race scene.  I have registered for a few and I may still take part in some.  There is a good chance that I will blow off some if not all of them.

The reason I am not interested in the organized races anymore is because I don’t feel that I need them any longer.  When I started running five years ago I used those races to prove to myself (and others) that I could complete the distances (5K and 10K).  Now that I have completed a number of races, I know that I am able and no longer feel the need to prove myself.  It’s all good!

Not all of the races that I run award medals….it’s a problem.


Where do I go from here?  THAT my friends is what I am trying to figure out.

Do you remember when you first started running? Or biking, dancing, mountain climbing….whatever your passion happens to be?  I do!  I was out taking a leisurely walk and for some reason decided I wanted to run…so I did!  That first step was easy because it was unanticipated.  I had no running goals, I simply enjoyed the run.

After years of organized races I started to feel burnt out, which is probably why it was so easy for me to take the long break that I did this past Winter.  I am looking forward to enjoying the run again!


Who knows….maybe you will see more pictures like this one!

Dana sent me some fantastic pictures from our last cruise.  This one made me laugh, we were mimicking the running shoe photo that we did a couple of years ago.

I am at six o’clock….do you like my shoes?

Now that April has arrived we are expecting snow…..welcome to New England!

A beautiful Azalea from Phil’s Mom!
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