Happy Birthday to Me!

Birthdays aren’t really that big of a deal for me. But unlike many people in their 50s, I’m happy for each one that arrives. Consider the alternative. I spent the weekend just the way I wanted to as well….quietly, enjoying some nice peace, quiet and stress free living.

I was invited out last night, but I changed my mind and decided not to go. One of my new rules this year is to not do things I don’t want to do that I don’t have to do. Sometimes, I wind up doing things or saying yes to things that I really wind up not liking or enjoying, merely because I think I “have to”, but that’s not true at all. I’m saying “No” more. And I’m happy for it. There is nothing wrong with saying no if we don’t wish to go somewhere that isn’t required or where our presence isn’t needed, such as an emergency or something of importance. Rest and quiet and peace of mind is just as important as filling up our social calendar with unnecessary engagements.

Rest, eating and running. That’s what I’ve been doing today. And I’m enjoying every moment of it.

So, I have this SF Rock & Roll Half Marathon coming up in early April and the first 4 miles is nearly all uphill. and it’s not gradual up either; they’re steep and nasty. I got a good 3-miler in yesterday and today I ran the first 4 miles of the course before turning off for 2 miles.

I only have 6 weeks until the race. I’ll run a large portion of the course before the race, especially the uphill part and get more comfortable with it. I’ve run that part before, but going downhill. It’s absolutely beautiful, but so hard. At least after today I’m least afraid of it. Now I just need to keep up my hillwork and get the distances down.

And it’s OK that I turned 55 today.

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The view of the Pacific and Seacliff from the Presidio

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