It’s Hard To See

I really, really, really dislike fog.

I prefer being able to see what’s in front of me and knowing what’s ahead. But when it’s really foggy, that’s not possible. Instead, I’m left moving at a slower pace, being quite cautious of what I might encounter.

So, the last few days have been less than ideal in my world, as far as the weather goes. The thick fog has not lifted for 3 days. Yes. Three days straight of not being able to see much of anything besides pure gloom and dreariness.

Luckily, the temperatures were warm enough (49 degrees!) to motivate me to do my Saturday run outside. But it was a real struggle. I even text my sister beforehand telling her that I didn’t think I was even going to try and do a pace run because I was feeling so down and unmotivated. But, I put one foot in front of the other and got my run done at a much faster pace than I had planned! I still didn’t love the fog, but it did make for a cool picture and the fresh air felt good for my soul.

Enter today.

I had checked the weather and it was supposed to be partly cloudy with a fog advisory until 10 AM. Finn and I had plans to head over to Stony Creek so he could roller blade with me while I ran the 6 mile loop. I was really looking forward to it! Then, I checked the weather again and the fog advisory was extended to noon. So we decided we wouldn’t head to the park straight from church. Instead, we’d come home first, eat lunch, wait for the fog to clear, then head out for our fun.

But instead of the fog clearing, the fog advisory got extended a couple more times, and it is currently in effect until 10 AM TOMORROW morning. (Insert loud noises and angry, angry faces.)

For a little bit, Finn and I actually thought about skipping our whole outing all together. Looking out the window was just so depressing and neither of us really wanted to go out in the fog. Thank goodness we shook off our disappointment in the weather and went anyway.

Finn and I making our way around the 6 mile loop at Stony Creek in the fog.
Because goofy pictures are more fun…

We had an awesome time. And took a lot of breaks to snap pictures and relax and enjoy the views.

I sure do love pine needles.

But there were also times on our journey where we really couldn’t see very far ahead of us and Finn was a little nervous. And of course, since I really dislike fog and it creeps me out, I felt exactly the same way. But, instead of showing that fear, I assured him that everything was going to be fine and I held his hand tight until the fog eased up a bit.

And that, my friends, is what we all need to do right now. In our world at this moment, it’s very hard to see. It’s hard to see the good. It’s hard to see how anyone could think that hate and anger and violence could be the solution to anything. It’s hard to see how we’re going to get ourselves out of this mess and back to a world where our words and our actions are full of kindness and empathy and a concern for the well being of those around us.

But, until this fog lifts, we really do need to stop showing fear, start showing love, grab a hold of someone’s hand, and assure each other that everything is going to be okay.

Love Will Win.

Kendra

Give Credit…

Every year around this time, I spend a lot of time reflecting on the previous year and mapping out my plans for the coming year. According to my Facebook “memories”, I generally sign up for the majority of my races sometime between Christmas and the first week of the New Year. For me, this helps me find the motivation to get back on track after a month or so of indulging in all of the goodness of the holidays and taking a break from my usual training schedule.

This year was no different. Over the last couple of weeks I have done a lot of reflecting on things I can do to be a better version of myself in 2017. And, one of the things I’ve realized is that I need to work harder to give credit where credit is due.

Each and every day, I work hard to live life to the fullest. But, what I often neglect to mention is that I wouldn’t do a lot of the stuff I do without being inspired and motivated by the people around me. So, this year I’m making it my goal to show more gratitude and make sure people know when they have helped me out, in big ways and in small ways.

For example, when I see fitness posts on Facebook, I generally have one of two thoughts, depending on my mood. First, I might think, “Good for them. That’s awesome that they are getting/staying in shape. They look amazing and so happy!” Or, if I’m feeling a bit crabby, I might see a post and think something like, “Must be nice to not work full time and be able to work out whenever you want…” Or, “Do they do anything besides workout?!”  I know, I know…harsh. But, that’s the truth of it. HOWEVER, regardless of my instinctive reaction to said post, whenever I see fitness posts it ALWAYS gives me a little bit of motivation to get my own workouts done. And, I am incredibly thankful for that! Even if I’m crabby and jealous for a minute…I’m always thankful in the end.

Another thing I’m super thankful for is the fact that my sister is just as crazy as me and immediately signed on to my idea to run a marathon in all 50 states! Seriously. There’s ZERO chance I would be working towards that goal by myself. AND, to make it even better, my other sister and my parents are on board to be our amazing support crew! I definitely do not thank them enough for these things and many more. Without them, this goal would not exist.

Next, I am soooooo incredibly thankful for everyone that has and continues to support me on my journey to the Boston Marathon with my fundraising for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society! From the very beginning when I decided I was going to apply for a charity spot, to today when I have nearly $6,000 already raised, I have been humbled by the amount of support that I have been given. There are no words that can express how truly grateful I am for every single encouraging word that has been spoken, texted, or posted and every single cent that has been donated. And all of the effort that people are making to not only attend my fundraisers, but to help me organize them is amazing. From people signing up to play in the alumni basketball game, to registering to bowl, to helping me get items donated for the silent auction…the list seriously goes on and on!!! There is ZERO chance I could do this on my own. I have SO many people to give credit to for helping me make this dream a reality!

Another HUGE goal that I have for 2017 is to finish a 100 mile ultra marathon. Although this is something I have been thinking about for a couple of years, I never really had the confidence to give it a try until a close friend of mine decided that she was going to run it. And then, just like that, my mind was made up, and I decided this was the year I was going to give it a try. Because big, scary things are a little less scary when you’re not alone. And I’m really lucky to have some amazing friends in my life who do incredible things and inspire me to go out of my comfort zone.

I could go on and on with the list of people who deserve more credit for the roles they play in my life. But in the end, what it boils down to is that I realize more and more every day just how much I appreciate everyone who helps me get through this life and inspires me to make it great. And, this year I’m going to try really hard to show all of you that appreciation and give you much deserved credit!

Here’s to an amazing 2017!

Make it great!

-Kendra