Coffee and Conversation

Meditations in Motion

It’s time again to have a cup our preferred hot (or iced) beverage and enjoy a little heart-to-heart.  I am linking up with Coco from Running With Perseverance and Deborah from Confessions of a Mother Runner for their Ultimate Coffee Date. Pull up a comfortable chair, pour yourself a cup, and let’s chat about all topics – running and otherwise.

Meditations in Motion

If we were having coffee, I would tell you about the only bright spot in an otherwise disastrous 15-mile training run I wrote about last week.

When we do long runs, my hubby Bill and I usually do multiple short loops from our local rec center for logistical reasons.  I was having an absolutely miserable run, both mentally and physically. Bill and I were at mile 14 and running on Main Street in Lititz, heading for the rec center for the final time when a funny thing happened and no one knew it except me.

Our route on Main Street takes us past three traffic lights. For some reason, the first two traffic lights are always green when we pass them. If we are having a good run, that is fantastic. We can cross the side streets without having to break stride and wait for a red light. I was not having a good run, however, and I wanted an excuse to pause for a rest.

As we approached the first light, I could see there were no cars on the side street waiting to cross Main Street, a bad sign. This light only turns red on Main Street if a car from the cross street trips the sensor.

In my head, I started bargaining with God. “If there is a God,” I thought “that light will turn red now.” I no sooner finished the thought than the light immediately turned red. As I stood at the corner, waiting for the light to turn green so we could cross the side street, a smile played at the corners of my mouth for the first time all run.

We crossed the street and ran two blocks, then came to another traffic light. As I approached this one, I thought, “I guess it’s too much to ask for this light to turn red too.” Again, as soon as my mind formed the words, the light turned red. We had another break. I was astonished. And grateful.

The third and final traffic light, where Main Street intersects a state highway, is usually red on Main Street. As we approached, however, the light was green. “Ugh!” I thought, “I ran out of luck.” Again, as soon as I finished that thought, the light turned red. Another enforced rest. I was three for three!

God does, indeed, have a sense of humor“, I thought. This was the only highlight in an otherwise dismal run.

Meditations in Motion

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am really excited to run the Flying Fish 5K this Saturday. It sounds like it is going to be a fun race, starting from the Flying Fish Brewery in Somerdale, New Jersey. There is a lawn festival after the race with live music, lawn games (Bill is an ace at corn hole), and, of course, Flying Fish beer. What a perfect way to spend a Saturday.

Meditations in Motion

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I am really excited to run the D&H Half Marathon in Forest City, Pennsylvania on Sunday. The course, a mostly flat out-and-back run on a gravel rail trail, is mostly shaded and a perfect tune-up for fall marathons. It begins near the site of my very first marathon, Steamtown, near Scranton, PA.

Uh, yes…I am running two races this weekend. Both of them were appealing and I couldn’t decide which one to do, so we signed up for both.

Of course, this is not the first time I have done a 5K and a half marathon on the same weekend. The last time was at the Bird-In-Hand Half Marathon and 5K several years ago. The 5K was run on Friday night and the half marathon on Saturday morning.

I promised myself I would take it easy during the 5K, but I broke that promise. The urge to run fast in the 5K was just irresistible. I did run fast in the 5K, then suffered through the half marathon as a result.

This time, however, I have promised myself I will take it easy in the 5K.

Race reports to follow.

Thank you for sharing coffee and conversation with me. See you again, same time next month, for coffee talk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

53 comments

  1. Wow, Laurie, how I loved the story of your need for rest and the cooperation of the traffic lights! Proof once again, that God answers little prayers as well as grand ones. There is never a small request when it comes to the Lord. He answers faithfully, even when the answer isn’t what we expect.
    Good luck on the upcoming runs! 🙂

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      • I really admire your intention to run a 5K and half marathon on one weekend. If you are were swapping stories over iced coffee in the California desert, I would tell you that i golfed 4 out of 5 days in the heat recently in 100+ temps recently. Normally I do not golf that much in a row — my body and lingering tendinitis can’t tolerate it.

        So when my friend wanted to add a golf outing next week that would have me golfing 4 out of 5 days again, I declined! I have to listen to my body and know when to say no, something I’m not always good at it.

        so good luck and do keep your promise to pace yourself and I’ll be curious how it goes 😄

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  2. I have never done back to back races. My guess is you’ll probably break your promise to yourself. Good luck!

    Our prayers aren’t always answered, of course, but I think the most important thing is to be grateful when they are — and you were! Good job there, too!

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    • I even have a time goal for the 5K to help prevent me from breaking my promise. I want to run it in between 28 – 29 minutes. I was younger and in much better shape when I did the back to back 5K and half marathon before. I shudder to think what would happen if I raced the 5K.

      Haha- I had to laugh when those lights turned red. I needed a laugh at that point too.

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  3. Way to will those traffic lights to be RED! Somebody’s smiling down on you! Look at you running #alltheraces this weekend! Have so much fun. I’m with you: I am incapable of running a 5k easy.

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  4. As an agnostic, intelligent design proponent, I have a hard time believing that any higher being is turning lights red on your behalf, but who knows. Either way, I’m sure it felt like providence to get those three breaks. I need some traffic lights in my run!

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    • Wait, what? How does that work? How can you be an agnostic and believe in intelligent design? Who was the designer? I have to say that you and I disagree there (which surprises me). I went to a bunch of intelligent design seminars 20 years ago but they didn’t convince me to be a believer.
      I don’t really think that God turned the lights red. I just needed a laugh at that point and got one when all the lights turned in my favor! 🙂

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      • The designer could be a supreme being, or an alien from a different universe or dimension, or maybe both. It really doesn’t matter. I’ve decided that while I’m a firm believer in evolution, it makes sense to me that whoever pulled the strings in the beginning intended for evolution to happen (the intelligent design). I also believe they walked away to other projects, but probably return periodically to see how things are progressing… I know I would.

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  5. Well, I think a lot of us have been guilty of multiple races over a weekend (while also in training for a marathon LOL). I found a half marathon (80 miles away) tomorrow that I almost signed up for…with the pretense I’d run the race then do two additional miles (to get my 15-miler done). Well, change of plans, etc., and it looks like I will be running those 15 miles on local streets. I’m not sure if it will happen Saturday or Sunday….

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    • Good luck on your 15-miler, Kim. I have done extra miles either before or after a race and I know it’s not fun! I have an 18-miler coming up this week. Hope it’s better than my last long run!

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      • Good to hear that Laurie – are you getting any walking time in to get geared up for the walking you’ll be doing? I am three days behind in Reader right now, in part due to the fact that I was gone a good part of the weekend and did two long posts over the weekend, a shorter one this morning. I will likely make just a small dent tonight. I have pictures from this Summer and posts still in my head – hope I get them churned out before too much longer.

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      • You know, I have not been getting much walking in, Linda. I figure I should be ok with all the running I have been doing. I am slowly getting caught up with blogging, but I have kind of just been doing the bare minimum. All of this traveling we have been doing has put me pretty far behind too. It’s kind of fun, though to have the experiences we can blog about. We will both get caught up sooner or later!

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      • You are right about that Laurie and once Winter is here we will have more inside time for sure. I still have not made it to Reader, hopefully a little tonight … I went to bed at midnight two days in a row – I can’t do that without having heavy eyes the next morning. 🙂

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