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Keep spreading the spark!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today I went for a nice easy 7.65 mile run. It was humid, but not too hot. I did lots of sweating anyway, but it wasn't bad.

After that the day became frustrating. Insurance companies, people that were rude, college student loans, family members sleeping on my couch, etc.

There is more, but I need to remind myself that MOST of life is "good." Sometimes it's hard not to think that most humans are just plain idiots and that everyday life just isn't fair. I know this is a little harsh, but uh!

That's another reason Spark and all of you mean so much to me. You all GET IT! There is no judgement. There is no taking things for granted. There is only appreciation and thanks.

We know how it is and how it feels. We share the frustration and we share the "glory." We simply get it! Together we can make ourselves better and this world better. Keep spreading the spark, friends. Keep spreading the spark!

  
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SPINNINGJW 7/25/2014 7:49AM

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MEXGAL1 7/24/2014 5:43PM

    Awesome blog. Yep, for sure we at sparks sure do get it! And this is the best place to vent and get things off our chest. Such a trusted safe place with tons of good information and support.
I will always keep on sparking.
Have a great evening
Sallie

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ARCHIMEDESII 7/24/2014 1:46PM

    Filling out the paperwork for a college loan would drive any sane person INSANE !

but yes, I've found that Spark People is one of my "happy" places when the walls seem like they're closing in around me.

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JESS0107 7/24/2014 10:05AM

    You are right, we all are in this together!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/24/2014 9:03AM

    That is fabulous you went for a nice easy 7.65 run today! I am so proud of you! You are truly my inspiration! You put to Sparks in Sparks! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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GLORIAMAJDI 7/24/2014 8:52AM

    Sounds like you got a nice run in, way to go! But sorry about the idiots - I completely understand. Hope that today is better!

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KANOE10 7/24/2014 8:32AM

    Sorry you had a frustrating day with rude people. Spark is the perfect place to vent and be supported.

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BETRHO48 7/23/2014 10:41PM

    If we didn't have the challenging times, we wouldn't appreciate the good times.
Hang in there! You are doing great!
~Beth

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KELLIEBEAN 7/23/2014 10:07PM

    Couldn't have said it better! Spot on!

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AJB121299 7/23/2014 9:51PM

    Nice

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Aging younger.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Last night a friend of mine told me that I was "aging younger." What she meant by that is, as I get older I actually look and act younger. Part of this is due to Spark and being committed to getting healthy and staying healthy.

The other side of that is being true to myself. When we try to act a certain way, be someone we aren't or just ignore the person that we are meant to be, we are cheating ourselves and those around us.

I believe that we are each meant for a purpose. What that is we may or may not ever really know. That's ok. We just need to be us. Some of us are made to be outspoken, some quieter, some are athletic, some are artistic, some love people, some love animals, etc. We ALL have value and are LOVED! Each of us are somebody's "someone."

We just need to value and love ourselves! Here's to aging younger!

  
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MEXGAL1 7/23/2014 1:00PM

    Woo, I like that...aging younger. I hope I am doing that as well.
great blog
Have a great day
Sallie

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KANOE10 7/23/2014 8:42AM

    I like that idea..ageing younger. A guy from my college saw me and told me that I looked so much younger. He had not seen me since I lost weight. I feel younger with this healthy body. I also like the term of being the person we were meant to be.

Nice blog.

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BETRHO48 7/23/2014 1:04AM

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SparkCheers!
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HOLLYM48 7/22/2014 6:04PM

    What a great comment! Good for you for getting younger as you age. That is the way to do it! Keep up the great work!

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/22/2014 4:58PM

    Wow! That is an awesome compliment someone can give you! Way to go girl! I am so proud of you and all your accomplishments! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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ARCHIMEDESII 7/22/2014 4:04PM

    that's a totally awesome compliment ! I like that, aging younger.

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PMRUNNER 7/22/2014 2:58PM

    Great compliment!

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/22/2014 2:58PM

    You do look terrific! I think that healthy living is key to being youthful. And I love what you said about having value and being loved. That is so important and I think that is why so many of us have weight issues...we just fail to see that. Thank you!

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MAGGIEVAN 7/22/2014 2:32PM

    What a nice compliment. Good on you and congrats with your achievements.

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MANDELOVICH 7/22/2014 2:31PM

    I love most that you said you are now being true to yourself. Bravo!!

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The day after.

Monday, July 21, 2014



The day after my 1/2 marathon I feel pretty good. I did my "normal" Sunday routine which may have helped. I did some work at the barn for an hour or so and took the dog for his walk. I'm a little stiff and my legs are complaining a little, but to be honest, I like that feeling.

Strange to like being sore? To me it's proof that I put it "out there" during the race. I am learning that time doesn't matter, but the effort does. Some runs will be faster and others will be slower and it's all ok. The main thing is that we are out moving!!

Another great thing about yesterday was meeting the people. I really enjoyed getting to know my Canal Run friend. I probably will never see her again, but the camaraderie we had will remain with me forever. I love hearing the cheers for those that are finishers. That is the most IMPORTANT thing....finishing. I know that I will always finish.

Keep moving today but, stay cool if you are in the Midwest! It's going to be a HOT one today!

  
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KELLIEBEAN 7/23/2014 5:57PM

    Great picture. I am also a fan of being a little sore. It tells me I'm getting stronger.

Congratulations!

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MARGARITTM 7/22/2014 11:48AM

    Great picture

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KANOE10 7/22/2014 10:44AM

    That is a lovely picture of you. It is fun to meet fellow athletes.

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PMRUNNER 7/22/2014 7:20AM

    Glad you had such a good race, enjoy the post race recovery! Keep up the Spark!

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KPETSCHE 7/22/2014 5:12AM

    Yeh, you're right about the hotness! I walked at 7'ish and it was 94 degrees but felt like 110!! Ugh!
Congrats on your half marathon!

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WARRIORFIT1 7/22/2014 12:15AM

    Sounds like a great day! you look fantastic!

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MEXGAL1 7/21/2014 9:48PM

    You look so darn cute.
congrats and good for you!
Sallie

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ALICIA363 7/21/2014 6:20PM

    Thanks for making me think differently about sore.
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JANTHEBLONDE 7/21/2014 12:36PM

    I am so proud of you running your marathon! You are such an inspiration! I think you're awesome..... and you look fabulous! You are with Sparks is all about! I hope you have a wonderful Monday! Hugs and love!
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MANDELOVICH 7/21/2014 11:08AM

    Woohoo!

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The Canal Run and my numbers!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I ran the Canal Run in Hancock, MI yesterday. It was a beautiful run with trees, the canal, a wide variety of houses, and a nice overcast sky. A lot of cool things to look at during the run.

Most of the run was a nice gentle downhill grade. The very beginning was a nice downhill run, but the last 1.5 miles was just the opposite. A "gentle" uphill grade to the finish line. That "gentle hill" was quite challenging and I wasn't the only one that thought so.

I ended up running a 2:03 and was second in my age group! I chatted and got to know the lady that was third in my age group quite well after the race. It was really fun. (The lady that got first in our age group came in 5th overall and ran it in 1:42. Impressive!)

My new Canal Run friend is doing a run in every state. At least that's her goal. More power to her! We shared some of the runs we've done and just had a nice time supporting each other after the run and during the award ceremony. I'll post pics later.

I was really pleased with my time! Not a personal best, but a great time for the course. I'm probably will never beat my first time of 1:55 and that's ok with me. (It was a very cool day with a perfectly flat, yes perfectly flat course.) My body is holding up pretty well and if a slower time means I can keep running, then that's what I'll do. I ran MY race and it was a good one.

I hope everyone is happy and able to do what they love. Happy moving!

  
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KELLIEBEAN 7/23/2014 5:56PM

    I'm getting caught up on your blogs. I was thinking about you Saturday. Sounds fantastic.

SO happy for you!

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TATERCAT 7/21/2014 11:35AM

    Great job! So proud of you.

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MARGARITTM 7/21/2014 10:36AM

    I have not broken 2:00 since I turned 60 - but I hope to on my next half.


Your race sounds great..... enjoy the run!

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KANOE10 7/21/2014 8:58AM

    What a good race! You are doing something that you love and that makes you happy.
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PMRUNNER 7/21/2014 6:50AM

    Way to go!

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KRISZTA11 7/21/2014 2:42AM

    Congrats to your time, I'm glad you had such a nice race!
I can imagine that "gentle" uphill last mile, must have been very hard on everybody.
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MIRAGE727 7/20/2014 9:49PM

    Outstanding time & that PR, Rock Star!
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WATERMELLEN 7/20/2014 9:18PM

    Sounds terrific!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/20/2014 8:59PM

    Congrats on your run - sounds like it was a very nice route! Good job on the hills, I am a fairly new runner and right now hills are my nemesis!

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MEXGAL1 7/20/2014 7:53PM

    Good for you! Nice going! And nice that you met a new friend as well.
Keep up the good running!!!
Sallie

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awesome time!!! way to go on coming in 2cd!!! I am very impressed!

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FORZACHANDMATT 7/20/2014 3:27PM

    Wow - good for you

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ONMYMEDS 7/20/2014 3:09PM

    Great job!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/20/2014 3:00PM

    Congratulations on the great time and the award.

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/20/2014 2:39PM

    I am so proud of you running the Canal Run in Hancock, MI! That is fabulous you ended up running a 2:03 and was got second in my age group! Woo hoo! You are such an inspiration! You put the Sparks in Sparks! You rock girlfriend! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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BIGPAWSUP 7/20/2014 2:34PM

    that is fantastic!! I'm so proud of you.

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MANDELOVICH 7/20/2014 2:30PM

    Way to go and I love your attitude!! Beautiful!!!

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Tomorrow is my race.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Today was a pretty low key day. A walk with the dog, mindful eating without obsessing about calories, and a little last minute Yooper food.

Tomorrow is my next HM. We drove the route and it is beautiful! It should be a nice run with lots of scenery to look at. Then, it's in the car for the 13 hour drive home.

Here's to happy running!

  
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MANDELOVICH 7/19/2014 9:46PM

    I hope the run today was fantastic. You've trained so well for it, I'm sure it was great! Way to go!

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MEXGAL1 7/19/2014 10:26AM

    Hope your run is awesome!
Enjoy the rest of your week end.
Sallie

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KANOE10 7/19/2014 10:17AM

    Have a great run today! I wiil be cheering you on!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/19/2014 7:45AM

    Enjoy! And Good Luck

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/19/2014 7:29AM

    Ah yes, a beautiful route does help a good run. Good luck!

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SPINNINGJW 7/19/2014 7:11AM

    Nice to preview the course. Glad it looks like a route you will enjoy. Have a great race! Take care to stop on the trip home and get out and move around every so often so you don't stiffen up.

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PMRUNNER 7/19/2014 6:41AM

    Hope you have a great race, looking forward to hearing about it!

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SWEDE_SU 7/19/2014 1:01AM

    have a great run - enjoy that beautiful course!

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MIRAGE727 7/18/2014 10:39PM

    Wishing you a safe and fun Half!
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FORZACHANDMATT 7/18/2014 9:50PM

    Good luck

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JANTHEBLONDE 7/18/2014 9:02PM

    I know you're going to do awesome running your race! I'm so proud of you! You are with Sparks it's all about! You rock girlfriend! Have a wonderful run! Hugs and love!
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GLORIAMAJDI 7/18/2014 8:51PM

    Best wishes for a wonderful run!

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BOILHAM 7/18/2014 8:39PM

    Sounds good. Enjoy.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/18/2014 8:27PM

    Happy running to you. Happy swimming to me! May tomorrow bring us joy in being active and healthy!

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ONMYMEDS 7/18/2014 8:25PM

    Enjoy!!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/18/2014 8:21PM

    Have a fantastic run!!


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