Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Don't listen to me, I'm high on corn

Today I returned from a whirlwind road trip from Colorado to Iowa, via Omaha, Nebraska. All I can say after roughly 2,800 miles on the road, 13.1 of those miles spent running and yet another reminder of how blessed I am to have wonderful friends is I'm exhausted and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

It was the change in scenery, the miles put on the car, surviving a half-marathon I was entirely unsure about and being around running friends (with whom, you know, no subject is off limits) that put me right where I needed to be. I wasn't sure about this trip, for many reasons. One, of course, being the running but also being so unsure of the steps I've been taking in other parts of my life. It turns out packing a lot into the last bit of Summer is just the thing to remind yourself that those steps, both running and otherwise, are inevitable.

And there's nothing like being with people who accept you, your choices, and your bad jokes just the way they are to reassure you that by taking advantage of every minute, you are doing just the right thing. Because when I think about that inevitable "end" we all will reach one day, it will not matter that I ran slower than I should, or that I passed up a chance for promotion because it didn't feel right or that I put off getting the carpets cleaned. Yes, all of those things might bother me, but it really doesn't matter.

So after an all-too-fast weekend and keeping myself up late tonight to do homework that I just didn't seem to get to before now, I can at least be assured of a few things: we really do only race one person, weekends and life go far too fast, and you shouldn't wear a skirt in a cornfield.



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P.S. I am so sorry to my Minnesota and Iowa blogging friends. There was just no time for an extended visit. I totally think this should be in my life plans soon, though. Believe me, I need no excuse to meet strangers from the Internet. Heh.

17 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That is a pile of travelling, missy. I'm pretty much exhausted thinking about it.

Great corn field shot! I've forgotten how easy it is to get list in one of those.

Airam said...

"we really do only race one person"

I think that it's so important to remember this. It's easy to forget when we compare ourselves to others.

I'm glad you had a good time!

Sempre Libera said...

I can't think of a better way to spend the end of the summer. That picture says it all!

Backofpack said...

What fun! We used to play in the cornfields when we were kids. The corn mazes will be popping up around here soon.

Great trip and great end of summer!

Sizzle said...

sounds like a fantastic time. i think we all should cultivate living a whole lot more. way to embrace it!

Bre said...

Haha "Children of the Corn" is currently on TV... that picture adds a lot to the flick, I must say!!

GirlGoyle said...

You can run and talk ("with whom, you know, no subject is off limits")??? You never cease to impress me! And a skirt in a corn field sure sounds like OUCH!

Jen said...

I'm glad it went so well and I love the "we really do only race one person" bit, so true : )

e.b. said...

2800 miles!!! That is a helluva lot of driving. Glad it was all worth it though.

And that corn is insane - i love it.

Enjoy your next vacation.

Danielle said...

That is a whirlwind trip...now info on the race itself, including what race it was please! :)

And nope, skirts in the cornfield (or shorts, or short sleeves, or tanks, sandals, flip flops...all bad ideas!) not a good idea!

sue said...

That's okay... I'll just have to have patience...

If I squint real hard I can imagine you're in my front yard in that picture. :)

justacoolcat said...

Welcome back and I see you've learned a valuable lesson; never wear a skirt in a corn field.

AaroN said...

You're so corny!

I wish I'd been able to do my road trip this year. :(

runliarun said...

This must have been really fast. Even you account is kind of breathless :).

Tom said...

You're kind of "high on corn" exceeds what most people are running on. Great post and like others, I sooooo appreciated your insight "we really do only race one person." I'll carry that pearl with me for a life time.

Sorry you didn't stop in Iowa to see us (Amy & me)

Keep up the great work!

Josh said...

cute pic.

Database Diva said...

I was at The Runner's Lounge, which is one of my daily obsessions, and I decided to surf into some of their favorite sites, because more is better. So I'm reading the item about soup, eggs and rum for dinner and thinking this could be my new best friend. Then I read the next story, about driving from Colorado to Iowa via Nebraska. Hey wait a minute, how many people could have done that last weekend?

Hope you are having fun on vacation!