Wednesday, January 28, 2009

6 Miler, Lost & Found, and The Reader

Lost & Found went down much smoother than Edgar Sawtelle. Today is my day off so I had some time to read. I finished it this morning and I loved it. It is overall a feel-good book but it has some serious themes woven in, and the main character is pretty deep. It tells the story of Rocky, a psychologist, who loses her husband to a heart attack at a young age. It is about her journey to heal her broken heart. Mix in a big black lab, a few other lovable main characters, a bit of mystery, a new love interest and you've got a great story. It was a very quick and easy read, I'd give it a 3.7/5.

After I finished reading I headed out for a 6 mile run. I ran the same loop that we used for our 12 miler last Saturday. Whenever I have a bad run, I always look forward to re-running the same route so that I can have good associations with it instead of bad. My goal was to finish in 66 minutes, and I ended up finishing in 62:25. Wahoooooo!! I was very happy with that. I had 2 pieces of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and homemade (by my granny, love her) strawberry jelly and a cup of coffee beforehand and I think it was a good choice. It was in the low 60s and damp/misty out so I was able to wear shorts and a tank top. I listened to Nickelback almost the whole run. They have several songs that I love to run to. There is a song on their newest album that I love, it is called If Today was your Last Day. I want to post the lyrics because they wonderfully reiterate the "seize the day" motto that I think we all want to live by but it so easily forgotten in the daily grind:

My best friend gave me the best advice. he said each day's a gift & not a given right.
leave no stone unturned. leave your fears behind & try to take the path less travelled by
that first step you take is the longest stride
if today was your last day & tomorrow was too late could you say goodbye to yesterday?
would you live each moment like your last? leave old pictures in the past? donate every dime you had? if today was your last day
against the grain should be a way of life. what's worth the price is always worth the fight
every second counts 'cause there's no second try, so live like you're never livin twice
don't take the free ride in your own life
if today was your last day & tomorrow was too late could you say goodbye to yesterday? would you live each moment like your last? leave old pictures in the past? donate every dime you had?would you call those friends you've never seen? reminisce old memories? would you forgive your enemies? would you find that one your dreaming of? swear up & down to God above that you'll finally fall in love?
if today was your last dayif today was your last day would you make it up by mending a broken heart you know it's never too late to shoot for the stars regardless of who you are
so do whatever it takes 'cause you can't rewind a moment in this life
let nothing stand in your way cause the hands of time are never on your side
if today was your last day & tomorrow was too late could you say goodbye to yesterday?
would you live each moment like your last? leave old pictures in the past? donate every dime you had? would you call those friends you've never seen? reminisce old memories? would you forgive your enemies?would you find that one your dreaming of?swear up & down to God above that you'll finally fall in love?if today was your last day

I think my favorite line is "don't take the free ride in your own life." This song is my favorite song to run to at the moment.

After running I went to the movies and saw The Reader. It is excellent, but be prepared for lots of naked Kate Winslet with her 15 year old lover. It is a very touching story about love in various forms and how 2 people can impact each other for a lifetime.

Ok, enough of this deep post, time to take the dogs out!

6 comments:

Marlene said...

I love that song. Greta job on the sixer!!

Caitlin said...

Thanks for sharing those lyrics, very powerful, I can see why they get you going on your runs!

Alisa said...

Woo-hoo for your great run! Wayyyyyy below your goal time.

I may have to look into "Lost & Found." You certainly read a TON of books! I love that!

lindsay said...

nice job on the shorter run! you really pushed it in under your goal time. i hope it erases all the cruddiness from the previous 12miler. great song lyrics - i'm going to have to check out the tune!

Carolina John said...

haha, you know the best part of any kate winslet movie is all of the full frontal nudity!

Brian said...

Totally agree with re-running a route, puts some much more confidence back in your future runs. I had a crappy run on a oute and a re-run always makes it better.