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Lost! Joie de Vie

Monday, April 21, 2014

Answers to the name Mojo..... please return to owner ......have a marathon in 3 weeks and need it desperately!

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RACEWELLWON 4/23/2014 6:05PM

    That Mojo is in you and has never been lost ! You'll kick butt - you always do !! Just Breathe - ham se !! I will be rooting for you ! Hugs k emoticon

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GENRE009 4/22/2014 6:22PM

    Sounds like you need a lucky charm. This mojo that you have mislayed, it seems, did you always win races with it. I would just pray that God gives you the strength to do well without it. I thought at first you wanted the definition of mojo. I guess I didn't understand. But here it is.mojo is made up of both happiness and meaning. Although when you look it up, there seems to be an association with it being African, and casting spells from an amulet, or having power.,what Marshall Goldsmith, one of America's top executive coaches and bestselling business authors, wants you to bring into your professional and personal life. As defined in his latest book Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, and How to Get It Back If You Lose It, "Mojo is that positive spirit toward what you are doing now that starts on the inside and radiates to the outside."
In other words, mojo is made up of both happiness and meaning. "One without the other just does not seem to work," says Goldsmith.
A longtime executive educator, ranked in the world's top-15 most influential business thinkers by Forbes and The (London) Times, Goldsmith is basing his conclusions on research into thousands of people's personal and professional experiences with happiness and meaning.
"Decisions aren't made on the basis of logic. They're made based on human emotions." —Marshall Goldsmith
"No one can define happiness for you but you, and no one can define meaning for you but you," Goldsmith says. Goldsmith divides mojo into four parts: identity, achievement, reputation, and acceptance. While his study did not examine the importance of one element over another, he does know that all areas must be addressed to achieve optimum mojo scores. That's not always easy, since tensions can flare among the elements.

"[Mojo] is a different way to look at achievement," he adds. "Historically, people have looked at achievement as just half of that model—the professional side or 'What am I bringing to this activity?' … But in the new world of work, where work is such an important part of people's lives, it's important to look not just at what you're bringing to it, but what it's bringing to you."

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MBTEPP 4/22/2014 6:16PM

    Trust in your training. The taper is a real powerful tool. Do not underestimate the strength of less training (is more) just before your race. I completely know what you are going through.

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ANDREWMOM 4/22/2014 8:51AM

    It is probably with mine!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/22/2014 7:10AM

    there seems to be a lot of that going around!

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EACHMOMENT2 4/22/2014 6:41AM

  Go about your business and like a cat, comes home when it's ready. A little self love can help too. Take a deep breath and do something for yourself that you find restorative. Good Luck! There are many of us who look up to those of you who can run.

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MOBYCARP 4/21/2014 8:57PM

    Gut through this week in training, and you may find your Mojo coming back during the taper. Anyway, I hope you do.

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CATLADY52 4/21/2014 3:28PM

    emoticon Sorry but I haven't seen it anywhere. emoticon I hope so.

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Portland Water District Full Moon Snowshoe Trek

Friday, March 21, 2014

2 hour hike at Sunset on Tuesday!

This picture was taken at Snake Pond - Nope no snakes around that night!

PS I am the second from left - with the reflective gloves

PSS no it isn't cold when you are working hard!

PSS It IS nice to go in a group and there is no way I would EVER be out in the wooded trails by myself at night..... Just requires keeping your eyes open for these opportunities. I found this in a local newsletter published y the Portland Water District. I actually learned a few things as well!

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GENRE009 3/23/2014 11:20PM

    It's nice to have a group to do things with.

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SMITTY4RL 3/21/2014 2:44PM

    Cool! Was it very cold out?

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Official Bad @#$!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

To win the highly coveted title (and the hat) you have to run all 3 of the Snow shoe races hosted by the Trail Monsters. The first was 3 miles in January the second was 4.6 in February and the third was last Sunday (March 9th) and it was 5 miles.......I figure that the snowshoe races time wise are at least 2x the effort of a road race .....

If you did not have "racing snow shoes" you could borrow a pair (with prior notification) to the race director. Racing snowshoes are lighter and narrower than traditional snowshoes. The most notable mfg is Dion out of Vermont.

Each race was held at Bradbury Mountain in Pownal Maine.

A lot of fun and so glad I participated and pretty happy with my hat!

I guess with the winter we have had you've just got to make an effort to enjoy it!

Oh yeah legs were stiff on Monday - and helpful tip kicking yourself in the ankle with your snowshoe is not fun!

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BLITZEN44 3/19/2014 7:06PM

    I've never heard of racing snow shoes! Sounds like they would be fun to try. Congrats on your victory! emoticon

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PDQ1203 3/15/2014 8:50AM


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TXPATRIOT 3/15/2014 12:37AM

    Racing snow!

So cool!


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GARDENCHRIS 3/13/2014 8:28AM

    Well now we can claim to have official bad a$$ and smart a$$ awards on this team! emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 3/13/2014 7:35AM

    If you must seek out the title of "bad $#!" this would be the way to go..........glad you enjoyed it!

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SMITTY4RL 3/13/2014 7:07AM

    So cool! You are a bad a$$, lol. How are the legs? Are they sore from the strange way of running?

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GENRE009 3/12/2014 4:46PM


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BOILHAM 3/12/2014 1:58PM

    I went to the website and checked it out. Very fun looking race.Glad you made bad @$$.

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CATLADY52 3/12/2014 1:56PM

    emoticon on getting your hat. Sounds like fun, but I'll be staying indoors for a while longer. emoticon

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LEWILL1982 3/12/2014 1:34PM

    Sounds like fun! That is definitely extra effort worthy, running in snow, congrats on being a bad a%$!

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Midwinter Classic 10 miler

Monday, February 03, 2014

This is one of those races that sells out in a few hours! Seriously .... a hilly course - 10 miles - in Maine - in February! ...and a thousand of us could not wait to do it!
Nice to know if you are nuts that you have lots of company.

Race time 9:45..... approx 40 degrees out - cold for a lot of you and for some of us a welcome relief from the single digit temps that we have had. The running outfits ranged from tank tops and shorts to many layers with a warm hat and gloves. I was in the middle, over the calf compression socks, long running pants, silk long underwear top - a mid weight running jacket running gloves and a headband.... it was a little cold at the start but you know the old adage.....if you are warm enough before the start of the race then you are overdressed.

logistics were good - 3 water/Gatorade stops loots of volunteers to direct traffic... and a nice warm gym to warm up in before and after the race. yogurt, bagels, pizza , coffee and enough water.

Last year I came in second in my age group - this year I did a little bit better and came in 5th! Tough age group!!! Still I was happy with my time and managed to have fun.....FUN???? did I say 10 hilly miles in Maine in February?

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AMANDANCES 3/7/2014 10:17AM

    That sounds AWESOME! I'm getting over my aversion to running in the snow, so this sounds like it was a lot of fun!

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    Way to go! I agree "just signing up makes you a winner". This time of year can be brutal.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/6/2014 7:52PM

    Wow, just signing up for that makes you a winner in my book (says the weather wimp).
Good for you!

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MBTEPP 2/6/2014 9:51AM

    Great race! 10 miles is a nice length, hills would make it a challenge. Wow, did you luck out with the weather in Maine, in February, during the polar vortex! Lucked out!!!


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GENRE009 2/5/2014 7:24PM

    wow, you are truly a champion. great job. I feel like a winey waiting for summer, and it's sports. emoticon emoticon

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SHARON7464 2/5/2014 8:04AM

    Sounds like a total blast! Great job emoticon

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SMITTY4RL 2/4/2014 7:23AM

    emoticon! Congrats on the race!

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ONMYMEDS 2/3/2014 7:47PM

    Sounds like fun to me. Nice job!!


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TAICHIDANCER 2/3/2014 6:29PM

    Congrats on a great race.

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RACEWELLWON 2/3/2014 4:04PM

    Good for you - nice turn out for crazy runners - lol - I would Welcome 40 above opposed to 40 below as it has been lately - Great job !

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LEWILL1982 2/3/2014 4:03PM

    Sounds like a blast! Congrats and way to get it done! I think I'd still be out there on a hilly race. I did a 5.5 mile relay over the weekend, but it was flat, and a lot of fun!

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My Thoughts and Prayers

Monday, January 06, 2014

Are with my Spark Buddies across the country...... stay warm stay safe.......we can make up for the outdoor running miles and getting out to the gym later..... right now take care of yourselves!

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SMITTY4RL 1/6/2014 9:21AM

    Yep, it's a chilly one out. Minus 3 so far and that's the high where I'm from. lol

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MARGARITTM 1/6/2014 9:04AM

    Yak trax are my friend it is a sheet of ice out there

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TAICHIDANCER 1/6/2014 8:18AM

    Of course your Spark buddies in Australia are wondering "What is she on about?" emoticon
~ TaiChiDancer (inside in frozen New Hampshire)

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GARDENCHRIS 1/6/2014 8:09AM

    Goota drive in it this morn :((

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ONMYMEDS 1/6/2014 7:30AM

    I already went to my gym, and it was closed!! Didn't realize I belonged to such a wimpy gym.

It's -15F here in the NW suburbs of Chicago and that's the REAL tempurature. The wind chill is -37F.

"insert frozen smiley emoticon here"

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AZMOMXTWO 1/6/2014 7:10AM

  thanks for caring
you do the same

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SUZIPAM1 1/6/2014 7:09AM

    how considerate of you for caring

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