Thursday, November 15

My (other) Girl

This afternoon amid grey, wet and dreary conditions, Ally and I went to the ultrasound clinic. Minutes after arriving, we were ushered into a very comfortable room with soft indirect lighting and a warm soothing colour on the walls; it was a room that couldn’t be more conducive to long winter naps. A moment later Ally was up on the bed, after which all I could think of was one of the original episodes from Star Trek. My center of attention on a monitor showing glimpses of white among a black background and then… we had contact. A human head, mouth slowly opening and closing, the unhurried raising of an arm followed by a indolent stretch only to recoil into a position that would make a sleeping cat envious. I don’t remember talking for ten minutes, my world full of pictures of our daughter; even now you might think I’m blasé but you’d be mistaken, for an endless reel of images and corresponding emotions is running through my mind.

My run this evening was good although my right calf remains a little to-ight! I decided to wear a small headlamp, which interestingly enough turned yesterdays Sleepy Hallow into today’s Creepy Hollow. I followed the Lochside trail out into the farmland perusing my 1’ intervals, the rate of the first few akin to my 800m pace (standing tall, long relaxed strides with an effortless turnover)… this changed, my pace settling, but my form remained true. I’ve been very happy with how my body is responding but the real test will come next week.

Training: 1:22:23 with 20x1’ hard (1’)

6 comments:

Brad Cunningham said...

Congrats Liam! Call me in 16 years if you need an extra baseball bat....

Lawrence said...

There's *nothing* like having a daughter. My first was a girl as well.

Jarhead said...

Daughters should come with 'Caution' labeling, because if you're not already, that little girl will have you wrapped around her little finger in an instant : )

Congrats!

Thomas said...

I remember being totally transfixed to the scan as well. It's magic isn't it?

Sleepy Hallow into Creepy Hollow - great expression, and exactly what I experienced the other night, too.

Mike said...

Makes it pretty real, doesn't it?

Nice post, had me reminiscing as well.

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