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Monday, June 18, 2012

It's been a crazy couple of weeks, but somehow I've managed to stay pretty calm through it all. I've been crossing stuff off the to-do list, kept up with my fitness, and haven't broken down and ordered Chinese food in a moment of weakness. My running miles have increased, and my times have improved.

Tomorrow hubs has a day off - we're going to run some errands, go through some house stuff, and have some good meals together. In the morning I'm scheduled for a run - I have a wonderful little route right by my house. Four miles: downhill for two, turn around at the post office, and uphill to come home. I think the hill running is really good for me. On Saturday morning I did a longer run (6 miles) on a flat trail, and I was really happy with my time.

It's time for a hot bath... I need to relax before bed.

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EATNBOOGERS 6/19/2012 11:32AM

    Good for you! Your attitude is inspiring.

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COOPSM 6/19/2012 7:48AM

    Love that you are not letting this get you down!!! Enjoy that run today and the day with hubby!!!

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CFMOSS 6/19/2012 7:02AM

    Glad for the good things going on for you; helps to get around the elephant hiding under the carpet - prayers that it will resolve and perhaps the budget will be better than expected. Anyway, you are worth treating well whether that be a good time on a long flat run or a good time on a shorter hillier run or Chinese food. Blessings on your day.

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/19/2012 12:05AM

    Great job with your running and staying active. emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/18/2012 10:49PM

    Sounds like a great day. Enjoy!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

I knew today was going to be a good day because I managed to sleep in until almost 8:00. The woodpecker didn't wake me up, and the neighbor's dogs weren't barking and baroo-ing.

Today was a scheduled rest day. I wasn't sure how my body was going to feel after doing six miles on Saturday (I haven't done 6 miles in over two years!) but it felt great! Knees are happy, hips are happy, calves are happy... I can't tell you how good it feels to finally feel like I can push my mileage! Yay! On today's rest day I:

- finished mulching the front garden
- painted our downstairs bathroom
- talked to my dad about babysitting our piano while the new carpeting goes in and we try to sell the house

Yes, I did type "sell the house." Most of you have read that from me so many times it's probably getting to be like the boy who cried wolf. Up until now, we haven't really had a real reason to move... I mean, we both want to live in a city, but we were doing well up here, so no real rush.

But that all changed when I got laid off. There are just about NO positions in education where we are right now - this means that right now it would be about impossible for me to find a job around here. We wrote up a list of things we need to do, and we're doing them! Painting the bathrooms, getting new carpeting, talking to our realtor... I think that the silver lining around my furloughing is that it is the kick in the butt we needed to really deal with this house.

Sigh... so much to do! Tomorrow is another day.

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MUFFIY831 6/18/2012 2:24PM

    Here's to new beginnings in fun places! Cheers!

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TIGGER622 6/18/2012 9:08AM

    Awesome plan!!! So exciting!!! And a great run to top it off, things are good!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/17/2012 11:57PM

    Sounds like a good plan. Any ideas about where you want to go from here as far as a job goes?

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EATNBOOGERS 6/17/2012 10:16PM

    Wow.... it sounds like you are going to make lemonade from lemons. I really do hope that this leads to you living where you want to live.

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More than pounding the pavement.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

One of my very favorite times of the day is in the morning, when I have on my running gear and there's just enough chill in the air to throw on a cozy sweatshirt before I get out on the road. It's at this time where I feel the most reflective and most able to set goals for the day.

Earlier this week I was writing in my journal - I was feeling a little sad about my job - but not for the "losing it" reason. Instead, I felt as if I had lost a little part of my identity. I expressed this to one of my friends last week and he said "you are the same person you were yesterday." Good advice and i think of it often.

But as I wrote in my journal, I discovered that there is another part of my identity - one just as big, if not bigger, and certainly just as important. And this one, nobody can take away from me.

That's my identity as a runner. As a triathlete. As someone who works on her wellness. This immediately gave me a sense of calm. No matter how bad things get, *that* is the part of me that can't be taken away. It felt really good to know that I *hadn't* lost all my identity.

So running has really kind of saved me - if this would have happened just three or four years ago, I don't know that I would have been able to handle it half as well as I'm handling it now. I'm looking at bigger and better opportunities, and I continue to train for, and sign up for events (my next triathlon is in July!).

The whole of me is bigger than just my job... and if it took losing my job to realize that? Well, I'd call that a really good life lesson.

Now excuse me, but I'm off to run.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/17/2012 8:30AM


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COOPSM 6/16/2012 11:53PM

    Love it!!!

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BOBBYD31 6/14/2012 8:49PM

    love it carrie!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/14/2012 1:03PM

    emoticon emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 6/14/2012 11:28AM

    emoticon You rock lady!

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STLCARDSFANS05 6/14/2012 8:51AM

    amen spark sister!

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EATNBOOGERS 6/14/2012 8:37AM

    Woo hoo, girl!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/14/2012 7:41AM

    That is how I felt when I lost my job but truly it wasn't who I was at all. I am happy you discovered who you really are as well. The right job is out there for both of us! Keep up the good work!

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CFMOSS 6/14/2012 7:30AM

    Enjoy the run - it's a beautiful crisp morning in western PA too.

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MUFFIY831 6/14/2012 7:24AM

    Sorry to hear about your job, but *LOVE* the attitude. I find myself reflecting on life during morning runs, too, and agree you can't beat the clarity that comes when you spend time with just your brain and the pavement. Hang in there.

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Juuuuuuuuuune 11th

Monday, June 11, 2012


Woke up early for waffles and an egg.

Went for a bike ride with my bestie - trying to get her more active. Fun time on local Rails to Trails.

Stuffed my face at Friendly's - YUM. I like to think I biked enough to make a dent in this, but I think it's just wishful thinking.

Took a nap like a champ.

Did some schoolwork and watched Breaking Pointe.

Earned three points.


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RUNNERRACHEL 6/12/2012 10:27PM

    Sounds like a relaxing day! emoticon

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TIGGER622 6/12/2012 9:29AM

    nice day girl!!! keep smilin! HUGS!

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CFMOSS 6/12/2012 7:15AM

    liked your professional naptaker comment. nice work on a nice day.

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PATSYB7 6/12/2012 6:57AM

    Rail trails are great! Here's a great link for figuring out your biking calorie burn!


Keep on biking!

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COOPSM 6/12/2012 12:44AM

    Sounds like a great day!!!

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DRAGONCHILDE 6/11/2012 11:58PM

    Woohoo! Go blogging!

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Short for three

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Today was a pretty fantastic day! The sun was out, I went to the chiropractor and got a great massage, I was at the gym working my butt off, and hubs had a day off. Don't think I had enough water, but I'll work on that tomorrow.

Not much else... I'm going to take a hot bath and go to bed.

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TIGGER622 6/10/2012 2:10PM

    Mmmm sounds perfect!!! Hope you're having a great weekend!!! MUAH!

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CFMOSS 6/8/2012 6:45AM

    Smile to you; glad you enjoyed the sun!

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PATSYB7 6/8/2012 6:40AM

    Glad you had a great day yesterday! Here's hoping today is another super one for you! Being aware of water intake is awesome! Keep going--you're on the right path! :O)

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