Work started out GREAT today. We were treated to a performance by Molasses Creek a band out of North Carolina. Most of them live on Ocracoke Island which I have had the good fortune to visit the last two years. They must perform for a lot of school groups because they had it down pat. It was a perfect mix of songs, instruments, stories and jokes. They got the humor of 9 - 12 year olds perfectly. All the students were totally entranced with these performers as were all the adults in attendance. It lasted only about 40 minutes but what an enjoyable 40 minutes it was. The last song/story was about Blackbeard the pilot and it was just gory enough to thrill the audience as was intended. Very good times.
One story that a band member told really resonated with me. He was telling about a teacher he had who said she hadn't sung since she was a young girl because someone made fun of the way she sang. He was of course telling the kids to always sing and not to let someone have that power over you to make you stop doing something you love.
It made me remember a time in high school when I was playing field hockey, one of the few sports teams I ever made. A "teammate" made fun of the way I ran. I was very self conscious about running from that day forward and didn't start running until I was almost 50. Would I have started sooner if this remark wasn't floating around in my head? Who knows? But it is tragic how much we can hurt one another. I am glad I finally got past that remark and began running because it has added more to my life than I ever could have imagined when I didn't run. I have worked out off and on for years and I do believe I would be doing something if I wasn't running.
But nothing else would bring me the pleasure running coupled with racing does. I did LOVE biking last fall but missed the racing element immensely. I know I could bike race but I don't think bike racing is as forgiving to beginners as running is. (Although I do plan to test this theory, more on that later.)
Another early morning thing at school today that I got a kick out of is that a 4th grade boy brought his new sneakers into my room to show me. They were a kickass black and VERY bright yellow! I love that the kids are seeing me as someone who appreciates wild shoes!
And lastly, I am trying trying trying to decide if I want to register for the Mount Desert Island Marathon. It is one I want to do. Will I be able to train for a whole marathon? Will my heal cooperate? Do I want to travel that far? I don't know anyone else doing it. I can probably talk my husband into going with me but it would be a quick hurried trip. I need to decide as it is filling up. Last year I missed getting in which was okay in the end since I couldn't run anyways. I am not good at quick decisions. My guess is I won't register. I also have it in the back of my mind that I still want to do Hartford Marathon and someone is trying to talk me into doing Philadelphia. Too many marathons, too little time, too little money.
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