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Brookfield Zoo Run Run!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I have had this run planned since my birthday in April. Up yesterday I wasn't certain I was going to be able to do it.
Hubby could take me to the race, even stay to take some pictures, but he had to leave for work. Talk about adding to the bad mood!!! But my buddy (who was walking the course) said she could get me home! WOO HOO!!

So up early and dressed. Hubby made us some awesome omelets for breakfast (I had spinach and feta). Then out the door, but not without the standard picture!



My buddy met us before the race and we had some fun taking pictures and chatting. I almost missed the call to line up. OOPS!! I did forget my headphones when I took off for the start. I'm certain I would have had a better time with them but I would have missed the animals and their noises (more on that later).

The course was weaving through the zoo. We got to run past every outdoor exhibit. The male bison were snorting at the fence when I passed. I don't think they appreciated the amount of movement. Either that, or they couldn't understand what the odd stampede was all about. It was funny to have them watching us.

We got to the painted dog enclosure and we were running along the back/fenced side so we couldn't see the dogs. However, I was in a fairly large group when we got there and you could really hear all the foot pounding. From the other side of the fence you could here the yipping of a hunt! I was laughing with the guy next to me, they hear prey and someone is gonna fall. He laughed back that we just had to stay in front of the walkers!!!

Next was the "hooved" animals. I tried to thumb a ride but no one was taking me up on it. The camel was the only one paying any attention. I think to everyone else this was normal! The rhinos and elephants didn't seem to notice as we passes. The hippo didn't wake up.

After weaving again through the center of the zoo, we headed towards the big cats. The lions were sleeping as usual. However the tiger was up and very alert. He was making a noise I was familiar with from went I lived by the zoo. We have a male tiger and we'll just say he was looking for a female. The kids were thrilled. The adults that know were snickering. Ya I'm 5.

We finished up and looped back to the finish. It was a great course. I wish I had been in better condition for it. I have to admit I walked about a mile to a mile and a half of the race. With everything going on, I have done any training, running, or much of any hard cardio in a while. It was quite evident in my breathing. Just after mile two I must have had an asthma attack. I thought I had out grown it but obviously not. I had two runners and a zoo worker ask if I was ok. I walked but finished. I was able to get my breath back to run the last quarter mile. So at least I finished strong.



Hubby left and I hung out and waiting for my buddy to finish. We got to take a bunch of pictures:



We watched the award ceremony. A girl my buddy knew took 2nd place in the 20 to 25 year old group. We also got to see some animals that they had out to "say hi". I got a picture with the hawk and I got to feed the less anteater (I was pretty much the only girl in the group not afraid of holding meal worms).



Then it was off for home. We had a great chat and I was home before boy child. So I've had the afternoon to just chill with my girls. It was a great day. I needed today and it really came through for me.

  
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1CRAZYDOG 10/7/2014 6:37AM

    LOVE the Zoo. Awesome run. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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52BINCE 10/6/2014 7:29PM

    Right on!!

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JUMPINJULIE 10/4/2014 3:10PM

    Sounds like a awesome race.

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CATIATM 10/4/2014 9:12AM

    Oh my goodness! This looks like it was mega-fun! Thanks for sharing - love the pics! emoticon

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/26/2014 4:42PM

    Awesome, looks like you had a great time sweetie.

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CASEYSAUER 9/26/2014 1:58PM

    That looks like so much fun!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/25/2014 5:11PM

    TWG! emoticon Looks like so much fun!

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MAVERICKDR 9/23/2014 9:13PM

    I'm so glad you had a good time.

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FLORIDASUN 9/23/2014 11:07AM

    Soooo proud of you Kitty and your commitment to your races! That takes a LOT of dedication to get up and out that early and then fight the masses to finish.

I'm just proud of me own self when I can get myself up and out in my own neighborhood for walking...that's a BIG accomplishment on my part! Day 4 today of the streak...hope I can keep it up!

Hugs to you and congrats on a FUN healthy day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALEWINE 9/23/2014 8:54AM

    Sounds like a fun run! Sorry about your asthma.

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/22/2014 6:26PM

    Sounds like you had fun. Hope your asthma is better today.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/22/2014 4:07PM

    Sounds like a great run!

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/22/2014 3:56PM

    A wonderful adventure!

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JUSTME29 9/22/2014 8:46AM

    It really sounds like you had a great time. A run through the zoo sounds fantastic. Asthma is nothing to mess with, I hope you are recovered and it doesn't happen again.

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GARDENCHRIS 9/22/2014 7:07AM

    sounds like you had fun...... haven't been to Brookfield in awhile.

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CIPHER1971 9/22/2014 1:57AM

    Awesome, your runs continue to inspire me to push my own envelope, and makes me more determined to do the Longleat Half in March next year.

I hope your life is getting better, I am missing your blogs.

Take care

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JAXMOMMY 9/21/2014 10:41PM

    Oh Kitty.... What a great idea to run thru the zoo! I bet the animals were wondering about the human stampede! Glad it worked out for you to be able to do it! To me, it sounds like a race right up your alley! Sometimes just finishing is a victory in itself! Yay!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 9/21/2014 9:35PM

    That look like so much fun ! It is great to see you looking so happy!
I have been to Brookfield Zoo many times and love it.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/21/2014 8:48PM

    Looks like fun. Used to belong to Brookfield Zoo when we lived in IL. Wonderful zoo.

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MJREIMERS 9/21/2014 8:37PM

    I love the painted dogs! I would have held the meal worms, too!! I'm so glad you had fun! Thanks for the pictures. It made me feel like I was there.

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LESLIELENORE 9/21/2014 8:27PM

    Wow! Awesome! Glad you had fun. I love the pics.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/21/2014 7:56PM

    What a cool place to run.

Good job, Kitty!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/21/2014 7:37PM

    We'll definitely meet up next year. I should have thought to ask if you were going to do that one. Very cool you got to meet some animals close up!

Love your skirts! I'm glad you got through the asthma attack. Nothing keeps you down!

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Warrior DAY!!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Yesterday was my scheduled Warrior’s Dash. I do the one in downstate Indiana. Hubby and I usually make a day (or weekend) of it. This year he was offered a chance to pick up and extra day of work. We are short on funds (who isn’t) so he took the work. I wasn’t upset. I encouraged it. Just meant I was on my own for the race. No biggie! Packed all my MCR cd’s for travel with my changing bag and figured good to go.

We took a few pictures before I left.



Shared some scrambled eggs with provolone (hubby makes the world’s BEST egg and cheese scramble). I would be using gear check for the first time ever, so I made certain I had a small, closeable bag that would hold a towel, flip flops, and car keys. Everything else would be locked in the car. I wrapped my fit bit in plastic and clear duct tape, put it in the holder and wrapped that with plastic wrap. Woo – Hoo, out the door on time.

Now I had to leave at 5:30 am as my wave time was 10, I have a 2.5 to 3 hour drive and they are on EDT not CDT time. So I knew hubby was going back to sleep for a while (he didn’t leave for work until 10:30). In went May Death Never Stop You and I was off. Fast forward to south bound I-65. The speed limit is 75 (those who know me know what this means I was doing). Traffic was very light but still present as I was going along next to a semi. I was in the left lane.

Next thing I knew it sounded like a cannon went off in my trunk! The car was being surrounded by black smoke and I was losing control. I heard the semi next to me lock up his brakes and I used the car’s momentum to cut in front of him and on to the shoulder. He whizzed past me just as I crossed the line (I think). I locked my arms on the wheel and slammed the brakes. As I stopped I saw a tire rolling down 65. Everything smelled like burnt rubber.

I opened my door and was greeted to this:



I had just completely blown a tire at 80+ mph, cut passed a speeding semi, and managed to get onto the shoulder without falling into the ditch all in about 5 seconds. I opened all four doors and started to shake. I got out and looked at it again. “Dammit Kitty, it’s a flat. A priceless flat, a missing flat, but JUST A FLAT!”

So what do you do with a flat - you change it. I got the jack and lug wrench out of the trunk along with the donut. At first it was too hot to touch but after a few minutes I was able to break the lugs, get the car jacked up, but the stupid thing wouldn’t come off!!! I had to call hubby. Who was jumping into a car we had borrowed for him to go to work to come get me. I was furious at this point.

I was obviously “displaying” my “frustration” – I was jumping up and down, kicking the wheel, and cussing like a drunken sailor with tourettes. When a farmer in a 1980 F-150 pulled over. He and his wife got out (they were at least mid sixties).

Farmer: You ok?
Me: yea
Wife: ya hurt?
Me: no
Farmer: Got a tire problem?
I pointed. “Got one missing”
Farmer: You got it up, what wrong?
Me: it won’t come off!
Farmer: I can fix that.

He pulled out an old fashioned flat steel pry bar, the straight kind with flat ends you could use like a spear. Walked over and after three different tries – POP! The wheel came off! I went to work, getting the spare on. He and his wife just watched me. Once I had everything done, he walked over and check the lugs.

Farmer: You got that done good
Me: Thanks
Farmer: It wasn’t much
Me: But it was what I needed.
Wife: You be safe and here – you’re gonna want this when you start to calm.
She handed me a glass mason jar. “It’s just some sweet tea, but you’re gonna need it”
I laughed and shook their hands.

I called hubby who was just getting ready to get on the expressway and told him to go home.

Hubby: You coming home?
I thought about it and answered “no, I’m going to my race”
Hubby: You ok?
Me: Actually, yeah. As long as the car feels fine when I get back out on the road, I’m going to race.
Hubby: Ok, call me.

I got back out on the road and continued south. I should have been shaking. I could have been a wreck. Old Kitty would have gone home and cried about how I almost died. Instead I popped open a mason jar from a stranger, blasted “Fake Your Death”, and drank sweet tea (awesome sweet tea mind you). I did let it stop me or define my day.

I got to the Warrior’s Dash 35 minutes late. Got into a wave 45 minutes after my original start time. I had an awesome run. I laughed and joked with everyone on the trail. I actually teamed up with a woman a bit older than me and her son (who is a year older than my boy) for the last 1.5 miles. We helped each other over obstacles and cheered everyone on. It was awesome. We finished in 1hr, 22 minutes. A time I’m quite proud of for that run. This was the only picture I got at the race:



I cleaned up, got changed, and headed home. Everything felt new and better and right. My car still smells like burnt rubber but that’s the only thing really wrong. I’m proud of me and I feel great (if a bit sore today). We’ll get the tire replaced on Tuesday.

  
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CAT-IN-CJ 9/20/2014 2:39PM

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You did it Kitty!!!!

Glad you're safe :)

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NHES220 9/15/2014 4:35PM

    That is quite the warrior story, but you prevailed! Nicely done. Great handling of the vehicle - that in itself is something. Awesome farmer and his wife too. Well done!

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FLORIDASUN 9/11/2014 7:48PM

    Wowy...Warrior Kitty...you absolutely were SO lucky! I'm thankful for that...it's all those good deeds you've done for others coming back to you and well deserved!
I'm thankful and proud you went forward with your race you absolutely prevailed! emoticon emoticon

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PUPPYWHISPERS 9/10/2014 10:41AM

    I'm so glad you weren't hurt and I'm really, really impressed by how you handled it all. And great job on the race! I'll bet your adrenaline was really flowing when you started.

You're my kind of woman--you're strong and you have guts! Good for you! And how nice of that sweet couple to stop and help. Sometimes I think God puts people in our path for a reason.

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LOSER05 9/9/2014 10:45AM

    leave it up to a nice Farmer to pull over and help, how sweet emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 9/8/2014 4:26PM

    I present to you, the most Awesome Kitty! What a nice couple if a bit on the side of pointing out the obvious! But, they stopped to see if you were not hurt and then they helped! Congrats on the race and the new attitude! Blowing a tire is wicked scary and I applaud you and your determination!

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LWADE1963 9/8/2014 12:55PM

    Glad you were safe and that the farmer came along. Good going on your warrior dash and your persistence

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MAVERICKDR 9/8/2014 9:39AM

    This is an outstanding victory for you. Way to go, Kitty.

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CASEYSAUER 9/8/2014 8:28AM

    WOW! You are truly blessed! What an incredible story!

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CIPHER1971 9/8/2014 6:15AM

    Wow -glad you are okay - me I would have been a shaking wreck.

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Have a great day

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DARLENEK04 9/7/2014 10:33PM

  Way to go Kitty....just keep on keepin on...

Glad you are okay.

DarleneK

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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 8:37PM

    Glad your all right. I'm impressed I would have been shaking.

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/7/2014 8:05PM

    Yikes!! That is really scary! I'm so glad you were able to control the vehicle and are ok. I'm also glad that the semi-truck driver was paying attention and noticed that you needed to get over even if it was close. That's so nice that a good samaritan came to help you. You really are a strong woman! You handled the whole situation really well. You are a force to be reckoned with. I'm amazed you still went to the race and did well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 9/7/2014 8:03PM

    wow, what a day!!! you are just pure awesome to have gone through all of that with the tire and pulling in front of a semi, changing a tire and going on to the race! You are made of steel, you really are a warrior! Congrats!!!!!

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/7/2014 7:58PM

    Good for you Kitty! Glad you pressed through and carried on! Doesn't surprise me... you're a strong woman! emoticon Proud of you! emoticon emoticon

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BOILHAM 9/7/2014 7:53PM

  Love the good Samaritan helping out. I know lots of women who could never change a flat tire -- good job! Love your determination, but I always knew you had that.
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LESLIELENORE 9/7/2014 7:52PM

    Holy toledo! Scary, but you are one strong woman. Glad you felt steady enough to complete the dash and drive home. Take care of you.

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2BDYNAMIC 9/7/2014 7:46PM

    OMG ............. This was horrific! ............ I am glad you are ok and that the farmer and wife stopped ............. Whew!! emoticon ...Stay safe ok? .... we need you around!

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REGILIEH 9/7/2014 7:24PM

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KALEWINE 9/7/2014 7:02PM

    Wow! You had quite the morning! I'm glad you were okay and even made it to your race. I might have headed home after that. And congrats on your awesome time!

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CHANGINGHORSES 9/7/2014 6:46PM

    Wow! That woulda scared the hell out of me. I am so glad that you are okay and made it to your run. ((Hugs))

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JUSTME29 9/7/2014 5:57PM

    That's really scary, and you handled it perfectly. I'm so glad the semi was paying enough attention to slow down so you could get past him - close, but safely.


And a great run to boot!

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OHANAMAMA 9/7/2014 5:38PM

    I would have cried and went home. You did GREAT, Kitty! I"m so proud of you for owning the situation, handling it, then proceeding with your planned day. You Rock... and so does your music, btw. :) emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/7/2014 4:25PM

    Oh my goodness, that's scary! Great job keeping enough control to get past the semi and safely to the shoulder! Great job! Chris says he's impressed too :)
I'm glad your race went well too!

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NILLAPEPSI 9/7/2014 3:53PM

    Oh my gosh! I'm so glad you're ok. Man! That tire looks like a shark chewed on it. emoticon

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MAWMAW101 9/7/2014 3:11PM

    I'm so impressed! Good for you..... emoticon

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_JODI404 9/7/2014 2:58PM

    You should be so proud of yourself Kitty!!

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This is a true example of exactly how TOUGH you really are!!! You are a warrior, and you do things that exemplify that all the time!

Kudos to you for going to the race and enjoying yourself and cheering others on. Such a better choice than a pity party. Brushes with death are very serious, and give us lessons, but you chose not to create suffering out of it by accepting it and moving forward to what's next, then what's next.... and getting it done!!

So proud of you!! You are one serious bada$$ girl! Spark on and stay strong!
So glad that no one was hurt! That is a horrible thing to have happen, I can't even imagine. I KNOW I would not have reacted like you did....but maybe now I will think of this and make better choices for having heard this story!

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/7/2014 2:29PM

    What a blessing that you are SAFE and well, that your angels stopped and gave you exactly what you needed, that you got to race well and have fun, and that your hubby got to work! You are a champion!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/7/2014 2:14PM

    Glad you're all right! And glad you got to do the Warrior Dash.

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GARDENCHRIS 9/7/2014 12:40PM

    Wow scary ! SOOOO glad your ok! SEE you are a strong woman and you should be proud of your ability to handle anything!

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ICECUB 9/7/2014 11:05AM

    WAY TO GO. YOU DID GOOD. WHAT AN INSPIRSTION.

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ISLAMOM 9/7/2014 10:16AM

    WOW!! Way to go Kitty. I'm really impressed and inspired by your determination to make the day a success!!! You did great!! How awesome was that! When I saw the picture of your wheel, I couldn't believe it. Glad you're safe and that you had a triumphant day!! Congrats!!



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Weekend

Monday, September 01, 2014

Spent the weekend taking some me time. Saturday, I went and had my hair done for the first time ine two years. The selfie is REALLY bad, but you can get the idea. Color came out all wrong in the picture, I'm black and red. Hubby says it looks good, I just really needed to have something different.



Then yesterday we spent the day at Brookfield Zoo. I love the zoo. If you need to go on about animals on display, please don't. Przewalski's horse. I say no more.

So we had a great time. Stingray bay was open this time and we got to pet the rays. Hubby commented on how much they seem to like me. They have had this exhibit for the last 4 years (I think). I always end up with a swarm around my hands. They are such awesome creatures I love it. However they always find a way to soak me, and yesterday was no different. I was petting on and another tried to push in. The one I was petting went for a wind slap, I ended up with a face (and mouth) full of salt water. I also had one of the southern rays mistake my pinky for a shrimp. They might not have teeth but those dental plates can crush. I've got a bruised pinky today, but nothing that is all that difficult.

Today, we have errands and getting things back in order. Oh well, guess I have to get back to real life eventually.

Speaking of real life, I'm trying to get back to my healthy eating and exercise plans. I've looked at all my past logs, I've made my plan - and I've done nothing about it. I'm not happy with myself about that. So here we go again. I see the train tracks, I want to get back on track, and I honestly don't know what keeps stopping me. I don't have time to figure it out. I need to just do it as the phrase goes.

  
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LOSER05 9/9/2014 10:41AM

    you look very pretty.

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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 8:33PM

    Love the zoo you can do it.

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JAXMOMMY 9/4/2014 5:57PM

    It is obvious to me that stingrays are like dogs and sense who loves them! On our honeymoon I kept getting approached in the sea by wild stingrays! Here's hoping you find yourself back on track real soon!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/4/2014 12:58AM

    You can do it!

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/2/2014 2:35PM

    It would be so much easier with a drill sergeant bossing us around all day!

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OHANAMAMA 9/2/2014 2:32PM

    you and your hair look great! Sounds like a great time you had. We're in the same boat, Kitty. emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 9/2/2014 11:30AM

    making plans and falling short is a battle we all have to overcome...

now let's go face that challenge head on girl!!

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APED7969 9/2/2014 7:44AM

    Your hair looks great! You're not the only one who's just been planning to get back on track but not quite doing it! I've decided September is going to be my month to do it. I'm sure it'll be yours too!

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CASEYSAUER 9/2/2014 7:33AM

    You look SO beautiful!

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GARDENCHRIS 9/2/2014 6:47AM

    your hair is awesome and so are you.... as for the rest just do it! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/2/2014 3:27AM

    I think you look great!! I like your hair! Glad you are finding some "ME" time. It sounds like fun visiting those rays. Animals know whether someone is a good person or not. I know you'll get back on track. emoticon emoticon starts tomorrow!

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CIPHER1971 9/2/2014 2:44AM

    Lovely pic and I love rays too.

the old saying goes fake it till you make it.

Have a great day

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STARTINGINLIMBO 9/2/2014 12:17AM

    Your hair looks really good! Wow, a mouthful of that stuff? ewwwww heh
Yep, start again, it's great we can!

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WARRIORGIRL121 9/1/2014 11:35PM

    Glad you had a good weekend... I love your new hairstyle... I think it looks fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I always love how light and soft that hair feels after a trip to the hairdresser's... a fresh cut always gives a new bounce and shine to it! emoticon

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 9/1/2014 9:22PM

    Hairstyle/color is very flattering...looks great!
I love the zoo....Brookfield Zoo is a wonderful place.

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MJREIMERS 9/1/2014 7:39PM

    I'm glad you had a good weekend. I agree with your hubby, your hair looks emoticon I love the color!!

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JUSTME29 9/1/2014 7:09PM

    You look great! Your hair looks fabulous! and it sounds like you had a great weekend to boot. You rested, rejuvenated, seen some animals, petted some rays, and now you'll have the spark you need to carry through with your plan.

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ICECUB 9/1/2014 6:04PM

    GLAD YOU ENOYED THE ZOO. I WENT ONCE AND LOVED IT. YOUR PICTURE LOOKS GREAT AND I LOVE YOUR HAIR.

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MAVERICKDR 9/1/2014 5:45PM

    Glad you enjoyed the zoo; I love 'em (especially since I'm close to the Philadelphia Zoo, first zoo in the US). Hope you have a nicer week.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/1/2014 5:42PM

    You look fabulous!!!! I like it.

Wow! I don't know why, but I'd have to get my courage up to pet the sting ray.

I love Brookfield Zoo. When we lived in IL, we had a family pass. Went all the time. Awesome place.

HUGS and hope that pinky feels better.

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ISLAMOM 9/1/2014 2:19PM

    Love your hair!! So happy you got some "me" time....we all need it!!

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NILLAPEPSI 9/1/2014 1:54PM

    You look beautimous!!! Your hair looks fantastic! Sounds like a fun time with the rays. emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 9/1/2014 1:34PM

    Well I think your hair looks pretty darned cute! ........... emoticon ........ Glad you are finding ME time ...... ME too.............. resting today and getting ready for a very big work week! ............ The zoo sounds fun! ........ Hope all goes well for you in September! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 9/1/2014 12:48PM

    Those rays know you are good people! I am still floundering a bit with getting back on track after my vacation this summer. Time for me to get to it!

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Too Hot for my girls to walk today.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I was horribly hot and humid again here today. I had wanted to take a long walk with the girls but it was just too much once we got out there. They were both suffering after a bit over a mile. We did our normal 3 mile route and then headed back into the house. They have both just been laying in front of a fan for the last two hours.

We had a friend follow us for a bit while we were walking along. When you see this picture, remember this is only about 5 to 6 feet from me and my dogs.



  
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LOSER05 9/9/2014 10:40AM

    awwww.

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JUMPINJULIE 9/1/2014 1:16AM

    Great picture I hope it cools down soon.

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/31/2014 7:33PM

    I understand. I don't like hot humid weather either. Poor you and poor puppies!

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SOULFISH80 8/29/2014 9:08PM

    It is a shame when the weather gets in our way. Usually for me it's will power, but the weather has interupted many a good work out. Glad you and your girls are still sparking away.

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KALEWINE 8/27/2014 10:58PM

    Hot and humid is a way of life where I live. I'm totally over summer.

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OHANAMAMA 8/26/2014 2:02PM

    super hot and humid here, too.
but very cool about y'all's tag along. :)

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MJREIMERS 8/25/2014 9:32PM

    It's been very hot and humid here, too. Too hot for any creature.

How cool that you were that close to a Heron. I'm surprised it came that close to you and your dogs! Very nice.



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JUSTME29 8/25/2014 9:25PM

    Very cool company on your walk. It should be cooling down pretty soon, and then it'll be too cold. Sigh.

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/25/2014 7:25PM

    very cool!

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STARTINGINLIMBO 8/25/2014 7:22PM

    Nice picture!

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/25/2014 4:22PM

    The birds are such a welcome surprise on our walks!

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MICHELLE_391 8/25/2014 10:00AM

    Ugh. I know. Punim barely made it a mile. Heck, I barely did. 5K steps for the day yesterday. Pretty sad.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 8/25/2014 7:11AM

    It was roasting around here too. We went swimming in the river for the afternoon!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/25/2014 4:10AM

    At least you got 3 miles in. Better than none at all. I think that bird is a crane can't tell for sure but it looks like a blue crane. Beautiful either way!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/25/2014 3:52AM

    Hot dogs. I'd have been in front of the fan, too.

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CIPHER1971 8/25/2014 3:29AM

    Lovely bird.

Hope you dogs feel cooler.

Have a great day

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DARLENEK04 8/24/2014 9:40PM

  Well if you have to be followed, a big bird is a nice follower....

It is hot here also, too hot to get the bikes out and ride...

Darlenek

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MAVERICKDR 8/24/2014 9:15PM

    Nothing to say about the ankle so it must be feeling a little better. Take care in that heat and humidity...no more bronchitis!

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JAXMOMMY 8/24/2014 7:51PM

    I'll take some of that heat, thank you! It really cooled down here! Tell me who the friend is!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/24/2014 7:42PM

    Water, water, water!!! And glad you relaxed after your walk.

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LIMOM2TWINS 8/24/2014 7:35PM

    Good for you for sticking it out - water please emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 8/24/2014 7:24PM

    Wow--this guy followed ........ Amazing! Sounds like the girls are glad to be back home w/ a fan cooling them off .......... Good work on getting 3 mi. in! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 8/24/2014 7:15PM

    Good for you to get 3 miles in. Cooper didn't want to walk today either.

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ALICIA214 8/24/2014 7:11PM

 

I Love those birds,the first one I saw was so motionless I thought it was a statue on a
man made island in one of our beautiful public gardens ...
Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me..

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HOLLYM48 8/24/2014 7:01PM

    It is so hard to walk when it is hot and humid but good job for sticking it out for 3 miles.

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UMBILICAL 8/24/2014 6:58PM

  Ouch

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Epic Fail was an Epic Success!!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Today’s race was unplanned. See I had registered for 2015 Foam Fest when I complete this year’s. It was my favorite race. However, I guess it wasn’t high on everyone’s list as the organization went bankrupt. Red Frog events offered a free registration to one of their other events. I looked at the five choices with hubby. He thought that Epic Fail looked promising and it was close to home (soldier Field). It was a bit close to my Black Light race but I figured why not, it was inflatable obstacles (which I like) and was free (aweseome). So with less than 2 weeks to prepare I registered.

Got up this am and got ready. I really didn’t have an outfit set for this one. I knew there would be water – so no tutu. Like I said, I had not planned on this race and after last week’s horrible experience I really wasn’t in the mood. I knew I would be dealing with walkers and hot humid conditions. However, when I say I ‘m going to do something – I’m gonna do it.

We had breakfast and headed out. The fog was thicker than pea soup this am; you couldn’t even see the lake from LSD. It was so humid and muggy I knew I was going to have breathing problems. We got there uber early, so we took some pictures and just hung out at the field. I actually ended up sneaking into an earlier wave. Somehow I don’t think I’m the only one.



They were only letting us go in small groups at a time, 10 to 15 people every 5 minutes. It was really different from most starts. It kept the pack very spread out – very nice for an obstacle run. There were 12 inflatable obstacles, several hills on the lake front, and up and down the stairs of Soldier Field. As I approached the first obstacle I was alone. It was those bouncy balls that we used to ride on hanging from ropes. I started teasing with the guys swinging the balls by dropping into a boxing stance. They laugh and one yelled “Jab”, so I did. So they were yelling jab or cross as I went through 12 rows of swinging balls! We were all laughing by the time I got through.

Next we had walls to go over. They were only 4 foot walls but it was fun. Then under a cargo net. I love these obstacles – good use for a commando crawl and I actually know how to do it!!!

It was so hot I was dying before mile one. I noticed that most people were slowing jogging at BEST. There were several people who had been pulled out or stopped the race. The EMTs were very busy. I heard at the end of the race that 4 people had gone down and the race was less than an hour over. It was supposed to go on for 5.


There were climbs and slides and an awesome foam block pit to wade through. The staff was great! They really kept a good look-out on people and were a ton of fun in the foam pit. There was one problem with this obstacle though; the foam blocks were sticking to sweaty skin! It was so humid there was not evaporation of sweat, just more water. I had blocks stuck to my legs and arms.

We then had a short run back to Soldier Field, we hit mile two and they had a horrible trick on us. Two balance beam obstacles. My legs where trembling from the heat and strain of keeping up a slow jog. I wasn’t certain I could handle them but somehow I kept my balance. Normally I can barely walk a straight line but somehow I did a 6 inch beam and then a 10 floating buoys.

Then it was up the stairs of Soldier Field. We had a slip-n-slide at the top. Then an inflatable bouncy house with a crawl tunnels. We ran around Soldier Field and down the stairs. The last obstacle was a 4 story inflatable slide. It was awesome!!



I crossed the finish in 47 minutes yelling: “AGAIN”. It was horribly hot and sweaty but this was the most fun I’ve had in forever! It really was an Epic race. I so hope they come back to Chicago next year, I will gladly pay for this one!!


  
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JUMPINJULIE 9/1/2014 1:15AM

    Sounds like fun.

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WARRIORGIRL121 8/31/2014 7:34PM

    Looks like it was fun!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/27/2014 9:01AM

    That sounds like so much fun. I have a cousin in Chicago and would love an excuse to come and visit and do something fun like that. SparkMail me next year so I have an excuse to call her and go.

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CAT-IN-CJ 8/25/2014 7:24PM

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STARTINGINLIMBO 8/25/2014 6:47PM

    So cool! Good for you!

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CIPHER1971 8/25/2014 3:23AM

    WOOT - looks glorious, I am so glad it was fun after the last one

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MAVERICKDR 8/24/2014 9:13PM

    You needed some fun like that. Glad you did iit!

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JAXMOMMY 8/24/2014 7:56PM

    Sounds like awesome fun! So happy for you after the very disappointing black light run! What a way to bring out the inner child! Yay you!

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HOLLYM48 8/24/2014 7:26PM

    Great job! I hate it when it is the hot and humid, so hard on the body but you did it and even made it sound fun! Way to go!

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CATHYGETSFIT 8/24/2014 6:39PM

    Wow! You are amazing!! I can't believe you managed that race with the all of that heat and humidity! It sounds like you had fun though. I hope that they do come back next year so you can do it again. Glad this race was the complete opposite of your last race. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHAPING-DESTINY 8/24/2014 5:54PM

    emoticon You go with your good self girl!

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NILLAPEPSI 8/24/2014 2:56PM

    So glad you had a great time!! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 8/24/2014 2:36PM

    Beautiful lady, you really deserved something SO well paced and organized after that last snafu.

Sounds like it was sweaty enough that you could have really used a water obstacle in the middle or near the end!

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JUSTME29 8/24/2014 1:38PM

    That sounds so great! I hope it makes up for the one it replaced. Kinds of refreshes your faith in race organizers after the last disaster.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/24/2014 12:57PM

    seriously this is beyond awesome! I'd almost want to get on a plane and do it with you. LOL

Great job Sparkie :o)

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NOLABUG79 8/24/2014 12:43PM

    That sounds like a lot of fun.


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GARDENCHRIS 8/24/2014 11:34AM

    glad you had so much fun..... the humid weather here has been stifling ..... so I am impressed! Your crazy! But I'm impressed!

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MJREIMERS 8/24/2014 11:32AM

    It sounds like a riot!! I love when good things happen out of not-so-good circumstances. emoticon

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KALEWINE 8/24/2014 9:53AM

    Awesome! I'm glad you had so much fun!

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LIVINGFREE19 8/24/2014 1:06AM

    That is super that you had so much fun!

Woo hoo!

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BOPPY_ 8/24/2014 12:50AM

    You actually made Chicago, in the summer, sound like fun.

But, I know better. ;-)

Thanks for the nostalgia w/o the heat and humidity, :-|, 8-)

Nice work on the race!

Lee

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_JODI404 8/23/2014 11:39PM

    That sounds totally cool!! Glad you did it!! Awesome recap & pics!

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MICHELLE_391 8/23/2014 11:13PM

    OMG - I can't believe you managed all that in this humidity! Congratulations! It sounds like you had a really good time - I hope it makes up for the nightmare run.

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LESLIELENORE 8/23/2014 10:55PM

    That is so awesome! I am glad you had this fun experience to balance your previous bad experience. It was hot and sticky here today as well. Glad I didn't go for one of my long runs today!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/23/2014 9:42PM

    Sounds wonderful! ! I'm glad you were ok in the awfulness. I've been afraid to try to do my walk/run, let alone an obstacle course! !

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KELLIEBEAN 8/23/2014 9:42PM

    Awesome. I'll have to watch for that one if it comes back next year. Looks super fun!

I bow down to you doing that this morning in this heat and humidity. I had planned a run around my neighborhood this morning but taking the dog out in the humidity this morning ended that idea. You are amazing!

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STARPESCADO 8/23/2014 9:34PM

    OMG U ROCK!

I live here too and U were running in a sauna it WAS SO HOT AND HUMID TODAY!!!!! :)


So happy that you accomplished this!!!

Congrats!

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PMRUNNER 8/23/2014 8:58PM

    Woo hoo! Sounds like a blast! Hopefully it won't be so hot next year.

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ISLAMOM 8/23/2014 8:50PM

    how awesome!! that does sound like fun! good for you for getting out there and getting it done!! way to go, girl!

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COOLRAIN 8/23/2014 8:49PM

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