Hello there! How are you guys doing?! Good, I hope! Yesterday was kind of a busy, but pretty awesome at the same time!
Lunch was tomato soup with laughing cow cheese, kashi crackers and a pear. It was the perfect soup day, raw and rainy. The soup warmed me up.
Around 4pm I got a little hungry and I needed a snack. So I pulled out the cashews from breakfast.
Ok, these are so much better solo than with oatmeal. The oatmeal kind of took away from the favor. The vanilla coating on these was perfect, not super sweet. I don’t really have a sweet tooth so most things taste way to sweet to be to begin with with.
After work I hustled home and changes for a longish run. It was raining, but I didn’t really care. I hate running the the heavy rain, but I loooove running in drizzle. Julia has been encouraging me to join the Boston LUNA Chix Running Team for a run, but the timing never workout out until last night. They meet every Wednesday at 6:30pm at the end of the Mass Ave bridge on the Memorial Drive side. I ran to the meeting spot (about 2 miles) and was excited to see that where was a small group out brave enough to run in the rain. I ran the roughly 4 mile loop with them and chatted with a few different ladies along the way. It was so fun to meet new people and everyone was so sweet and welcoming. It is just nice to be around other like-minded ladies, ya know?
Here are the beauties I ran with last night! 🙂
If you are looking to run with others, make new friends or have fun and are in the Boston Area- I really recommend joining these ladies for a run. There are people of all different levels and speeds so everyone is welcome and they are all super sweet! Oh- and they give out luna bars at the runs, pretty sweet, right?! Who knows, you may bump into me there 🙂
After finishing up their loop, I ran the 2 miles home. I finished up at 7.75 miles in 1:13:50.
- Mile 1- 9:23
- Mile 2- 9:21
- Mile 3- 9:26
- Mile 4- 9:25
- Mile 5- 9:33
- Mile 6- 9:20
- Mile 7- 9:35
- .75- 7:42
When I got home all I wanted was cereal, so that is what I had. Yes, sometimes even food bloggers eat cereal for dinner.
1 cups of kashi golean crunch, 1 cup pf organic fat free milk, a handful of blueberries.
In other (very important news):
I have been truly inspired by a co-worker of mine. Last week, he sent me a letter to edit for him (you know since I am a writer in all 😉 ). When I opened it and read it is was actually difficult to look at it through editor’s eyes, I was so inspired and touched by the actual works in the letter nothing else really mattered. The letter reads as follows (he has given me permission to share):
Did you know that in the United States someone is infected with HIV every 9 ½ minutes? Or that every half hour someone in the U.S. dies due to HIV/AIDS?
Far too often, we only donate to events like this because someone we know has been struck by cancer, diabetes. These diseases and conditions become real only when their presence becomes real in our lives. I’d love to say that I’m only walking in order to help raise awareness and money that will make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS in our community, but there is a more personal connection to this cause for me.
Eleven years ago, on July 11th, 2000, I was taken by ambulance to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital with a very high fever and severe dehydration. Although I was released several hours later; I was sick for several days. There were a number of possibilities but one week later, my worst fear was confirmed: July 11th now stands as the anniversary of my seroconversion to HIV positive status.
The next several months there was a lot of praying, crying and searching for catharsis. But, really, the last ten years have also included a lot of running from my condition, secrecy, depression, self-loathing and alcohol abuse. The fallout I allowed myself doesn’t really need to gone into in detail, but suffice to say that years between then and now have been a roller-coaster ride filled more with fear than excitement.
When I returned to Boston last July, I made a promise to myself that I would take the next year FOR myself. I vowed to take the year to focus on my personal life, my internal demons, and focus on my health: mental, spiritual, and physical.
Over the past ten months, I have begun retroviral therapy, started counseling for depression and substance abuse, and have begun to change the way I eat, work and exercise. I can choose how I react to my life and my situation. And I have the power to change my life.
Where in the past, I have often responded to challenges in my life by running or by hiding; I have lived in secrecy and within the darkness of fear. I have made terrible choices and I have damaged relationships, some of them beyond repair.
But this year, I have finally chosen to step out of the darkness and reclaim my life. I would like to know and love the same person that many of you see; I am working on reaching that potential that many of you have talked to me about over the many years of our relationship. I am determined to step out of the darkness and enjoy the light.
This is really why I will be joining over 15,000 other people on Sunday, June 5, 2011 for the 26th AIDS Walk Boston: so that AAC continue to offer the services that I should have taken advantage of years ago. Perhaps my life would have been different; in fact, I’m sure it would have been different. But then, I wouldn’t have such appreciation for the life I have now. Through my experiences, I have grown rich through the love and trust of my friends.
By walking on June 5th, I hope I can inspire you to contribute to AAC, a wholly worthwhile cause.
I was so inspired by him that he and I decided to create a team for the Boston AIDS Walk/Run with the goal of raising $4,000. His amazing story and spirit has already compelled people to donate and I am so happy to report that we have already raised 1/4 of our goal! If you are interested in donating as we run for this important cause you can donate to team “Divas Doing Good” (don’t you love the name?) by following this link. Every little bit counts and I appreciate your support so very much!