The Upside of Slowing Down

Still recovering from the tendonitis in my knees, I’m training with 30-40 minute run/walks. Although this isn’t exactly what I’d like to be doing less than a month before the marathon, I’ve decided to take this opportunity to incorporate something else into my routine – photography.
You know what they say about life – you need to stop and smell the flowers every once in a while. Now I’m able to do this – quite literally – at my new “run/walk/photograph” pace. With DC’s trees coming out in full bloom this past week – I’ve been able to capture a few nice shots to share with you today. 
Now, DC’s famous cherry-blossom season is just around the corner, so I hope to take some more photos to share here soon.  


  1. Anonymous on March 28, 2010 at 10:22 am

    wonderful views of spring in Washington, DC

    thanks for sharing.

  2. tflygare on March 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Great pictures. Will you take your cameral on the marathon route?

  3. GS on March 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

    julie, i just saw your profile in the Boston Globe. i saw that you were having bad reactions to medications. undoubtedly one of the medications you have tried is provigil. i used provigil a few years ago and had terrible reactions with dryness of the mouth and eyes and headaches. then about 2 years ago, i eliminated caffeine on a whim and found 2 things: first, my morning wakeup was 100 times easer. second, i re-tried my old provigil and found it worked awesome. net-net, if you haven't tried it yet, cut your caffeine. it takes about 5 days to leave your system and you will experience headaches and withdrawal symptoms. after you are clean, notice the difference and see if it helps.

  4. meg on March 29, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Julie — I was so amazed to see your piece in the Boston Globe. I, too, have narcolepsy. I am 31 years old, in graduate school, working full time, and just trained for and completed my first marathon (Chicago in October of 2009).

    I take provigil (and a lot of it) on a daily basis. It has definitely changed my life dramatically. I have no idea how I managed to graduate from college in 4 years without being able to complete any reading assignment or remain awake through any class…I honestly figured that everyone was as tired as I was – it was college afterall. When I enrolled in graduate school I couldn't take it anymore so I went to the Dr. After a sleep study it was easy for my neurologist to determine that my narcolepsy was significant/dangerous if untreated.

    I am really looking forward to reading your book! I. too, am not ashamed at all by the fact that I have narcolepsy. Thank you so much for being so public about your struggle. Good luck with Boston!!!!! There is NO feeling in the world like completing a marathon.

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