In the November Issue of W magazine I was surprised to see a fashion editorial that featured the Florida Gator and Florida State Seminole Football team! How surprising that this in-state rivalry is featured in a national fashion magazine? The Sunshine State Rivalry between Florida and Florida state comes to ahead on November 26th. Unfortunately, the editorial never actually directly mentions either team, but each team’s colors, and school spirit shine throughout the 6-page spread. The caption read:
Fashion and football have more in common than meets the Eye: Strategic rivalries, and of course serious body armor. Whose colors will you be sporting?
I’ll proudly be wearing my Gator orange and blue. Well, not exactly the blue Piazza Sempione belted wool and silk jacket and matching orange pants that’s featured in the spread, probably something a tab bit more casual. But, orange and blue nonetheless 🙂
So… I’m flipping through the November issue of Vogue magazine when I came across the ‘letters from the readers’ section and a picture of two African-American women running catches my attention. Not because they are running on the beach (which I love to do), but because there is an older woman who looks to be around 70 right in stride with the younger woman. I read the caption: “Ida Keeling with her daughter Shelly”, which make me even more interested to find out more about her. So I continue to the reader’s letters, and apparently Mrs. Keeling is 96 years old!!! Yep, 96, AND a world record holder in the 60 meter sprint.
The Vogue Article, Runs in the The Family features Mrs. Keeling who, coached by her 60 year-old-daughter, started running at the great age of 67. I have always prayed and asked God to give me the strength to continue running until the day that I die. I have blogged several times before about my love, enjoyment, and need to run. I cannot imagine how my life would be if I could not run. Ida Keeling is a true testament to what anyone can do regardless of age, physicality, or obstacles when they truly set their mind to it.
Do you have an Ida Keeling that inspires or motivates you?
As long as I can remember I’ve been a runner. As a child I loved running and racing, and now as an adult I couldn’t imagine enjoying anything more except for being married. Running is hard, very hard a times. It’s much more mental for me than most would believe. The night before, I mentally set precedence for the mileage I will run the next day. If I’m feeling tired, then I mentally calculate how I will feel the next day during my run, and thus set a mileage goal. The same goes with being married. I decide if I want to get an attitude about something, or if I want to approach my husband as an adult and tell him what’s bothering me…it’s all mental.
Sometimes, I will have my mind-set on something, like what I think we should or shouldn’t do as a couple. Then a funny thing will happen, just like during a run I realize, I have sold myself short. Instead of only doing 3 miles, I feel good enough to continue and push through to 5 miles. Instead of being one tracked and thinking I know best all the time, I realize I have actually limited our growth as a couple because I was too stubborn to see past me. During those times, I reset my thinking to that which is essential to our goals as a couple and my growth as a wife.
So you see, for me running/marriage are both very similar. They are repetitive, pleasurable, and with practice you get better over time. Running/marriage feel great on good days, sometimes painful on those occasional ‘not so good’ days, and just right on those ‘in between’ days. But I stay focused and continue to progress as a wife and as a runner, because they are a part of who I am, what I love, and what I believe in.
What aspect of your life do you believe is similar to marriage?
but this week was pure genius!!!
Yes folks, our fantasy football team won again…by 41 points! Woo Hoo.
Our top scorer was Vincent Jackson.
He earned us 29 points!
We are actually home! I got this morning went for a bike ride and run while Dr. B took his car into the shop. After my workout I took a swim, followed by a soak in the jacuzzi (my legs were killing me). We actually turned down an invitation to go to the beach (I think were getting old)… Right now Dr. B is catching up on some work, while blog surf and shop online and watch football 🙂 It feels good to sit my butt home a relax. What are you up to today?
Apparently, my husband has it in his head that I’m a fantasy football prodigy 0_0. He joined the fantasy football league at his office, and bragged to everyone that we’re the team to beat. I don’t know where he got the idea that I’m some type of football savant. Granted I know alot about college football, but the NFL…not THAT much. He is so confident in my skills that he volunteered to have the draft at our house. Now, everyone is supposedly gunning for me, as if I’m the person to beat. No. I’m. Not. Any of you ladies play fantasy football, do you have some tips to help me out?