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More to add to the perfect day!

Monday, September 01, 2014

I'm not sure how everyone feels about "life" and the circumstances that come with it, but yesterday had a great ending to a near perfect day!

My friend that I walked the 1/2 Marathon with, met me at "coffee shop church." She had been wanting to come for most of the summer, but never could get there. She made it last nice and the sermon was all about pregnancy. (It was from the book of Samuel.) I won't go into great detail, but it was soo weird.

She was elated with how it all worked out. It made me say a verbal, "Thank you, God." It was a perfect day and it was worthy of gratitude. emoticon

  
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BLUEJAY1969 9/1/2014 8:51PM

    I think moments like that are completely emoticon in the truest sense of the word!
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JANTHEBLONDE 9/1/2014 7:40PM

    Just reading your blog today makes me smile! I'm so glad you had a perfect day yesterday! I hope you have a nice relaxing evening!
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A perfect day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

It couldn't have been a better day for my friend's first 1/2. It was cloudy day and the storm that went around us took all the humidity with it. She wore appropriate clothing and looked cute with her now 4 month baby bump.

We started out slowly and jogged down a large hill. We passed two women that said they are normally the "butt end." We chatted briefly and kept going. The first turn brought the first hill that we walked up. The two ladies behind us caught up and passed us.

Fast forward. We ran maybe a total of a mile. We did lots of "deep discussing" about everything under the sun. I really think we fixed the world's problems. emoticon At least in our little world!

My friend did awesome. She really listened to her body and adjusted her pace accordingly. She apologized a couple of times and I assured her all was good. (Besides being pregnant, she has asthma and really wasn't able to "train" since she has gotten sick just about every day. She's actually lost weight since she got pregnant.)

This was so good for us both. The team mentality was awesome. I was over my normal competitiveness, with myself, even when we were a mile behind the slowest 1/2 marathoner. It was all good.

I actually found muscles that I forgot about, which really surprised me. Walking definitely uses different muscles or uses your muscles differently. I think this 1/2 may really help me in the next three.

We did great, but the last two miles were tough on my friend. She was starting to get leg cramps. I told her as long as it wasn't in her abdomen, I was fine with that pain. She had already battled shortness of breath, a side cramp, a cramp in the hip area, her hips popping, and calf tightness. To say the least she didn't let the mental get to her. She is one tough cookie!

We finished in 3:23 which was about 15:30 minute miles. Normally that would be agonizingly slow for me, but we had a great time.

The one disappointment was that they ran out of 1/2 marathon medals and will mail ours. I really wanted her to feel that sense of accomplishment when that metal is hanging around your neck. Delayed gratification, I guess.

We started for home and the rain began. A quick stop for lunch and then we parted ways. She ended up joining me at "coffee shop church" where the sermon really hit home with her. To say the least, it was a perfect day!

  
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BETRHO48 9/1/2014 4:55PM

    Awesome! How fun to have a fiend run your 1/2 marathon with you!
Congratulations.
~Beth

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BIGPAWSUP 9/1/2014 10:58AM

    Sounds FANTASTIC. Congrats. We want to see your medal when you get it.

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KANOE10 9/1/2014 9:31AM

    What a great day and such fun to share it with a friend.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/1/2014 8:41AM

    Awesome, awesome race report! Considering all the things going on with your friend, it was just as you said "perfect"! And what a great friend YOU were, sticking with her, and supporting HER. So proud of you AND her!

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HOLLYM48 9/1/2014 8:30AM

    Great job! Way to go. That is a lot of walking at one time. What a great friend you are to do that with her and go at her pace!

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ALICIA363 9/1/2014 7:09AM

    So proud of and happy for both of you!
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PMRUNNER 9/1/2014 6:49AM

    Sounds like a great way to share a half! Hopefully you continue to inspire your friend to stay active and healthy too.

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123ELAINE456 9/1/2014 4:59AM

  Sounds like a Wonderful Day for the both of you. That was very nice of you supporting your friend in this. You are a very Good Friend. Keep It Up. Congrats. to the both of you for finishing the Race. WTG!!! God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!Take Care.

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BLUEJAY1969 9/1/2014 3:54AM

    What a wonderful day you spent supporting a friend! And who knew walking and running used different muscles?
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KRISZTA11 9/1/2014 2:48AM

    Sounds wonderful, you both did great!
You are a good friend.
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JANTHEBLONDE 8/31/2014 10:11PM

    That is so awesome that you walked and ran a half marathon with your friend! I have always thought you were a wonderful person on Sparks but this blog sums it up.... You are absolutely a beautiful person inside and out! I am so glad you had a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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LESLIELENORE 8/31/2014 10:10PM

    What a great experience for both of you!

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MM11113 8/31/2014 9:48PM

    wow is all I can think!
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GERRYH2 8/31/2014 9:43PM

    I saw your blog the other day where you talked about the 1/2 marathon walk. So glad to see this follow up. It must have been so much fun to see the expression on your friends face when you both crossed the finish line. Way to go! I'm sure she appreciated your support and friendship.

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Packet pick-up!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

After watching my oldest play soccer at her college, we drove out to pick up my packet, and my friends's, for tomorrow's 1/2 marathon. It was in the country with lots of beautiful hills. The ladies working the table were so friendly! This race is for Logan View School, which is very small. I love the thought that I am supporting a small school.

I'm not stressed about this "race" since I am walking it with a friend. This is her first and she had planned on running it, but several factors prevent her from doing so. 1) She's not in "shape" enough. 2) She has a bulging disk in her back. 3) Her doctor said that he'd rather her not run.
4) She is pregnant after being told she'll never have children.

All great reasons to just go out and help a friend accomplish a goal that she wants to obtain. It will still be a nice workout with all the hills, but it will be fun and full of good conversation. (I secretly hope she'll walk a little closer to my walking pace, but I also realize that I walk MUCH faster than most when I'm just going from A to B, let alone when I power walk.)

I am ready to set aside my competitiveness and support a friend that I call my soul sister. Here's to a great long walk! emoticon

  
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STEVEN2GO2 8/31/2014 5:28PM

    It is great you and your friend are doing this for a good cause. Hey congrats to your friend on her pregnancy. Enjoy the emoticon with your amazing friend! Good luck that Mother Nature gives you both a decent day for the event!

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LESLIELENORE 8/31/2014 4:51PM

    You are a good friend. Have fun!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/31/2014 12:22PM

    There is nothing wrong with supporting a friend instead of going for another PR.

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/31/2014 11:14AM

    Enjoy your walk, can't wait to hear about it!

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BOILHAM 8/31/2014 11:11AM

    Have fun, and enjoy.


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KANOE10 8/31/2014 8:24AM

    Have a great long walk with your friend!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 8/31/2014 7:00AM

    A great cause and supporting a friend, how nice! Enjoy your day.


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PMRUNNER 8/31/2014 6:49AM

    Enjoy!

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123ELAINE456 8/31/2014 2:58AM

  Have a Great Time with your Friend. Good Luck.

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MARGARITTM 8/30/2014 10:03PM

    Some things are more important than RUNNING a race supporting a friend, is one of them!

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HOLLYM48 8/30/2014 9:52PM

    Have a great time! Good for you walking with a friend! That is awesome!

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GERRYH2 8/30/2014 9:25PM

    Wow! Best wishes on a fun (and long) walk with your friend!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/30/2014 8:48PM

    That is so wonderful that you're going to walk a 1/2 marathon with your friend to help her accomplish her goals! Enjoy your beautiful walk in the country! I hope you have an awesome walk!
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BLUEJAY1969 8/30/2014 8:35PM

    Have a terrific walk! You are so nice to do that with your friend!
Hugs,
Jeanne

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ONMYMEDS 8/30/2014 8:30PM

    Enjoy!

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BHENDRICK2 8/30/2014 8:18PM

    good luck

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JCLJR4547 8/30/2014 7:54PM

  GOOD LUCK

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21 years

Friday, August 29, 2014

Yesterday was my 21st anniversary. My hubby put a really cute picture and sentiment on Facebook. I know that I am really blessed with the man that I married. He's put up with me and all my "busy." Over the years I've stayed busy with horses, dogs, kids, and now running/exercising.

We have common ground when it comes to the kids, but the rest were/are all my interests. I like to stay busy and I hate to sit around. I can't help it, it's just the way that I am.

Even yesterday, he came home for his lunch and I was out running/working out. We went out for dinner tonight and I did indulge just a little. I had a plain dinner salad without dressing, but did have the dinner roll. I also ate some spinach/artichoke dip with bread. The main course was chicken primavera with marinara sauce and I only ate half of it. I'm sure I was really close on calories and maybe went over a little, but it's only once in a great while so I'm ok with that.

I hope everyone is doing well! Keep moving!


  
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PMRUNNER 9/1/2014 6:51AM

    Happy anniversary!

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MARGARITTM 8/31/2014 8:19PM

    Happy Anniversary - here's to another 21

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BOILHAM 8/31/2014 11:10AM

    21 years. Guess he's a keeper.
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GLORIAMAJDI 8/30/2014 12:56PM

    Sounds like the two of you balance each other out very well! Glad you had a nice dinner, it sounds like you made good choices and I think it is good to have those indulgences every now and then! Congrats!

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STEVEN2GO2 8/30/2014 12:52PM

    emoticon emoticon 21st!!!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/30/2014 11:12AM

    I say anyone that stays married that long and is still in love, deserves some overindulging! I'm very happy for you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/30/2014 8:14AM

    Awwww! Congrats on your anniversary and on having a great man who supports all you do. emoticon

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KANOE10 8/30/2014 7:48AM

    Happy Anniversary and congrats on 21 wonderful years. My husband does not do my exercise routine also!



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KRISZTA11 8/30/2014 5:07AM

    Happy 21st Anniversary!
I wish you many more years together in peace and harmony.
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123ELAINE456 8/29/2014 11:30PM

  Congratulations and Happy Anniversary.

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LESLIELENORE 8/29/2014 10:17PM

    Sounds yummy! You are blessed.

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    Congrats and Happy Anniversary emoticon emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/29/2014 9:40PM

    I love to hear and see people that are in it for the long haul. It's great that you found the love of your life and that you are still happy with your choice! I'm so happy to hear you had a wonderful Anniversary dinner! Happy 21st Anniversary! Wishing you many more years of happiness to together!
All my love,
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Great minds think alike!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Before I got a chance to read the responses from my lost blog, I decided to change up my workout. After talking to other healthy people, and now reading your responses, that is what I thought I should do.

So I did my normal 40 minutes walk, but did go faster as my "partner" wasn't at work today. I then ran over to the closest high school and did a cross fit routine up the stadium stairs. Part of it was one that my college daughter did with me, but the rest was all made up by me. I figured as long as I was moving, sweating, breathing hard, and my heart rate was up, I was doing well. Then, I ran home. Besides 30 minutes of stair cross fit, I also ran 30 minutes.

I do see that great minds think alike!! emoticon I'll continue to run as I have four 1/2 marathons in the next five weeks. (Oh, that just sounded crazy!) I'll throw in some elliptical workouts in there as well and maybe some cross fit, too.

Don't worry friends, I'll taper before I run the "races." Thanks! You all are emoticon !

  
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JANTHEBLONDE 8/29/2014 8:19PM

    Way to go girl! I am so proud of you! You are doing awesome! You put the Sparks in Sparks! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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KALIGIRL 8/29/2014 8:23AM

    Excellent!

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KANOE10 8/29/2014 8:00AM

    Good luck with the training and changes.

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BLUEJAY1969 8/29/2014 12:57AM

    emoticon GMTA! Good luck on your half marathons! You have a whole lot of get up and go! Hope your change up in routine works to break your plateau!
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123ELAINE456 8/28/2014 11:35PM

  WTG!!!

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GHK1962 8/28/2014 10:11PM

    4 Half's?!?!?! In 5 weeks?!?!?!

I bow down to you!

And it sounds like you had an awesome workout too.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/28/2014 9:47PM

    Sounds great! Know you are getting very fit!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/28/2014 9:34PM

    You are rockin' it! Way to go!

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JCLJR4547 8/28/2014 8:58PM

  go for it!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/28/2014 8:45PM

    Excellent! Shake it up baby!

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BOILHAM 8/28/2014 8:38PM

    Wow a lot of races coming up. Rest up and have fun!

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STEVEN2GO2 8/28/2014 8:23PM

    Have fun with your four emoticon over the next five weeks! emoticon on a great day of exercising and mixing your workout up!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/28/2014 8:22PM

    So... you have a plan. Have fun with changing it up! emoticon

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