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Wisdom comes with age.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Today I went on my last "longer" run before my 1/2 next weekend. As I ran, I thought about how much I have learned the past few years in regards to my health.

When I was younger, I could eat anything I wanted and not gain an ounce. I was healthy, but not necessarily "in shape." I tried track and hated it, but I stuck it out for the season.

Then, came kids and my focus changed from myself to them. I always lost all of my baby weight, but over the years the weight crept on and the excuses were numerous. When others ate well and worked out, I always had some reason that I couldn't do the same.

Then, work had "The Biggest Loser" contest and I since I am very competitive, I joined. I won when I lost 40 lbs. in nine weeks. I used the money that I won for a tattoo. I lost the weight mainly for me, but also for my horse. I'm sure she appreciated the lighter load.

I lost that horse a few months later. To compound the loss, I lost my heart dog just six months later. Now I found that I had a LOT of time on my hands and I didn't know what to do with it. That is when I decided to give running another chance. I was already in pretty good shape after completing Insanity, but as we all know it's a different fitness.

Now I am 47 years old, as of today, and probably in the best shape of my life. I love how I look, but most of all I love how I feel. I've met many wonderful people on this incredible journey. There are still "haters" out there, but that is their issues not mine.

Wisdom does come with age. I'm glad that as I've aged, I've also gained a new sense of youth.
I've been told that "I'm aging younger." I hope that we all gain wisdom and youth as we age!

  
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KRISZTA11 9/15/2014 2:22PM

    I too find that this age, above 45, are wonderful.
Just like you, I know more about my mind and body than ever, I'm in my best shape ever... Who would have thought?
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 9/15/2014 11:06AM

    Happy Birthday, and congratulations on being so healthy. Good luck on your next run.

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KALIGIRL 9/15/2014 9:14AM

    emoticon So happy for you!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/15/2014 7:08AM

    "Aging younger - A song popped into my head - "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now"

Good for you!

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KPETSCHE 9/15/2014 2:02AM

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As usual, you've written a very heart-felt blog and I know it'll resonate well with lots of people. Thanks a MILLION - hope you had a great birthday!
It's a great day to be alive!
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/14/2014 4:16PM

    emoticon You're so right... wisdom comes from experience. Usually from doing dumb things when you're young!

You are among my own she-roes, and I look forward to seeing you next weekend!

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MEXGAL1 9/14/2014 2:28PM

    Happy Birthday and good for you being in the best shape ever!
Enjoy your day!

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KANOE10 9/14/2014 9:31AM

    I like that aging younger. That is wonderful that you are in the best shape of your life.

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LIMOM2TWINS 9/14/2014 7:01AM

    Awesome Blog! emoticon thank you!! These are the best years of our lives with many-many more to come!

Enjoy! next weekend! emoticon emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 9/14/2014 6:23AM

    well done! i know just what you mean - though i'm a bit older; both DH and i have said we're in far better shape now in our 60s than we were in our 20s or 30s. good luck on your half next weekend! emoticon

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BLUEJAY1969 9/14/2014 5:46AM

    Happy Birthday!! You are doing so great! You should carry yourself with great pride!
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123ELAINE456 9/14/2014 2:01AM

  Awesome Blog. Well Said. Full of Wisdom. WTG!!! Thank You. I LOVE SPARK!!!

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GHK1962 9/14/2014 12:36AM

    I totally love that "I'm aging younger" thing. I am soooooo going to steal that and make it my own. (Another person mentioned how great that line was...I am in total agreement there!)

And however you got to the healthy place ... damn awesome indeed.

And ... come next weekend ... I will soooo be cheering you on. YOU ARE PRETTY AWESOME!!!!



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KELLIEBEAN 9/13/2014 11:02PM

    You rock! I was the slim one in my family and could eat anything I wanted. That changed quickly after the kids came.

I think it's pretty awesome that we get better with age! In less than two weeks, I will be 49 and while it feels shocking to say that, I feel great and intend to stay on the path!

Thanks for your constant inspiration!

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KEEPITUP62 9/13/2014 10:59PM

    I like that expression "aging younger". I would like to think that all of us who are into healthy living fall into this category.

Great work on your runs and all the best to continuous health.

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/13/2014 10:43PM

    What a wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing! You put the Sparks in Sparks!
Hugs and love,
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Dog news and a run.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Our pup finally is out of his splints. Six weeks is finally over! He still has to be on crate confinement for another week and keep the donut around his neck, but he can walk on his own. He has a sore on his leg from the splints rubbing, but a few more days in the donut and he should be able to take it off. Yay, the end is near! I was told bones mended great. Now we just have to build the muscles back up.

Tonight was open house at the high school. The hubby and I went and spoke to the kids' teachers. Then, I ran home. It was about 4.16 miles and it felt like "an easy" run tonight. It felt great and the new shoes are feeling good.

Tomorrow is my school's open house, so another late night. I think I need one day off from exercise and an early bedtime.

Happy moving!

  
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LIMOM2TWINS 9/14/2014 7:03AM

    that is one lucky emoticon So happy he is feeling better

what a way to get some exercise in emoticon - there is nothing like new running shoes emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/13/2014 2:50PM

    Terrific all the way around.

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MEXGAL1 9/11/2014 6:01PM

    Glad to hear doggie is doing well.
also glad that your new shoes are working out for you.

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LESLIELENORE 9/11/2014 4:04PM

    Awesome news about your pup! I love it when running feels easy. Of course it did not feel easy for me today.

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JESS0107 9/11/2014 8:40AM

    I'm so glad to hear that your pup is doing great!! That is wonderful news!! Glad to hear that your new shoes are working out well for you!!

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BLUEJAY1969 9/11/2014 6:23AM

    Good news about the pup! Glad you had a good run!
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123ELAINE456 9/11/2014 3:04AM

  Awesome Blog. Glad that your Pup is doing Great too. WTO!!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/10/2014 10:28PM

    So glad to hear you're pup is getting better! That's awesome you ran 4.16 miles tonight in your new running shoes! Have fun tomorrow at your school's open house! "Sweet Dreams!"
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/10/2014 10:12PM

    So happy for your pup! And good plan to get that rest day in.

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Figuring it out.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I looked up the difference between the Asics 19 and 21. It looks like the 21 is the newest one and has more cushion. I'm ok with that. I was just concerned since I had Peak Performance analyzed my gait and pronation. They had recommended the Asics 19 so when I saw 21, I was a little worried.

It looks like it's all good. I guess I'll know for sure out once I can get out and run again!

  
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LESLIELENORE 9/10/2014 1:24PM

    Sounds good.

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JESS0107 9/10/2014 10:16AM

    That's nice to know!! I hope they work out for you!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 9/10/2014 9:46AM

    Since the 21 is the latest and the greatest I am sure this was a good choice - and more cushioning is never a bad thing!

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GHK1962 9/10/2014 8:03AM

    Yeah for more cushioning.

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KALIGIRL 9/10/2014 7:52AM

    Glad to hear it.

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KANOE10 9/10/2014 7:12AM

    I like more cushion in exercise!

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BLUEJAY1969 9/10/2014 5:08AM

    Sounds like nice shoes. Mine are the first cushioned shoes I've ever had and I simply love them so much! Feels like walking on air!
Hugs,
Jeanne

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123ELAINE456 9/10/2014 12:42AM

  Awesome Blog. Enjoy the shoes and they work out for you. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Have a Great Day. God Blessings Always. Take Care.

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/9/2014 11:02PM

    I think you made the right decision getting Asics 21! It's the newest one and has more cushion!
I hope you love your new running shoes!
Hugs and love,
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Breaking them in!

Monday, September 08, 2014

I went to the Peak Performance on 78th & Cass to get a new pair of running shoes. The lady helping me was super nice, but they didn't have the shoes I normally wear, but they found a pair out west. So later, I went out to the store on 168th & Center.

I went on a short run tonight in my new Asics. They felt pretty good. They have much more cushion than my last pair. I took them off and then I noticed they weren't my Kayano 19's. They are in fact Kayano 21's. I have no idea the difference, but if someone else does I'd appreciate some insight.

I sure hope I like them now that I've already ran in them. So far so good.

  
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MEXGAL1 9/9/2014 6:36PM

    Hope you figure it out but also hope the new ones are good!

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LESLIELENORE 9/9/2014 4:30PM

    New shoes are awesome!

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123ELAINE456 9/9/2014 10:52AM

  I hope that you enjoy and like your new running shoes very much. Have fun.

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GHK1962 9/9/2014 10:15AM

    Oh ... my first pair of running shoes is ASICS. (Ok...what i have IS my first pair haha ... but I really like them.)

I haven't a clue on how to shop for running shoes ... I just went to a running store and they did the gait analysis and took their advice. I've tried reading up on it ... but in reality, I have no idea what to look for in a shoe. Gimme some bikes to look at and I am all over it. Shoes though? Aiieeeee ... I need help.

However, I did do a quick online search ... there was one site I found that did a comparison of the Kayano 19 vs 20 ... and I could not make heads or tails of it as it looked similar to me. There was also a comparison of the Kayano 20 vs 21 ... and it does look as if they upgraded something with a sock liner ... though other things still look similar?

Here is a link to the comparison of the Kayano 20 vs 21 ... maybe it will help? (This is of the men's version but I think that part won't matter?)
http://www.comchoose.co
m/asics-gel-kayano-20-vs-21/>
And there is also the ASICS website ... here is the info on the Kayano 21
http://www.asicsamerica.com/g
el-kayano

They do look rather spiffy I must say. :)
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JESS0107 9/9/2014 9:49AM

    I'm not sure what the difference is but Asics is a good brand of shoes. I love the comfort!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 9/9/2014 9:19AM

    Yay, new shoes are so fun! I am looking at some new ones myself.

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SPINNINGJW 9/9/2014 7:54AM

    As quite a few have mentioned, I think the number is the model number, which changes from year to year as updates are made to the shoes. Basically the same shoe, but the 2014 model instead of the 2013 model. Of course, I am no expert, but my new dyad's are a dyad 8 - whatever that means. At first, I thought the guy had given me the wrong size as I wear an 8.5 - but realized it was in the shoe title, the size was listed elsewhere.

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/9/2014 7:45AM

    I'm in Asics for the first time this year... and they have me in Kayano 20's. Love them so far, I'd been in Nike Pegasus before, and I love them, too.

Not sure the difference in the numbers, just know that all the shoe manufacturers change up the models from year to year. Kind of like cars? Making little changes / improvements.

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KANOE10 9/9/2014 7:29AM

    I am an Asics fan. I love the cushion and colors. I don't know the difference except maybe the 21 is a newer one? Have fun breaking them in.

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BLUEJAY1969 9/9/2014 3:05AM

    I'm happy you got your new shoes! Wear them in health! I got a new pair with tons of cushion and now when I take them off I feel so odd walking around!
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KRISZTA11 9/9/2014 2:07AM

    Good for you! : ) Enjoy your new shoes!
From 19 to 21 probably means the more cushioning you noticed, and maybe some small design/material changes.
I have Nike shoes, and the number after the model name goes up every year. May be the same thing as with cars...
My first one was Nike Pegasus Trail 27 and I loved it, but when they got old I could never find the same model again, only 28 and 29, which were almost the same, except that the water resistant upper material I loved so much was gone...
I hope it will come back in style in the fullness of time ; )





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JANTHEBLONDE 9/8/2014 10:51PM

    So glad to hear you bought a new pair of running shoes "Asics". That is wonderful they have a lot more cushion then your last pair did! I have no idea what the difference between
Kayano 19's. and Kayano 21's. Sorry I'm not much help! Happy running girlfriend!
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New shoes?

Saturday, September 06, 2014

I was trying to think back to when I purchased my latest pair of running shoes. I know it was before my April 1/2 in Oklahoma. My daughter thought it was February and I thought March. Either way, my feet and legs are telling me it's probably time to invest in a new pair.

It's going to be a busy day, but I think a stop at Peak Performance is in order. I'm wearing my old pair so they can look at the wear and see if I need the same type. I'm thinking so, since I feel fine when they are newer.

Enjoy today and get out and move!

  
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SPINNINGJW 9/8/2014 8:08AM

    I headed to Peak Performance yesterday (at 78th and Cass) Had a little trouble locating it, but once I did, was very pleased with their service. Got myself a new pair of Brooks Dyads. Tried the Brooks Ghost, which I had before, but side by side preferred the support of the Dyads.

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KANOE10 9/8/2014 7:11AM

    Hope ypu found a good pair. I love new workout shoes.

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BETRHO48 9/7/2014 11:38PM

    emoticon Well-fitting correct type of shoes can make a big difference.
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~Beth

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MEXGAL1 9/7/2014 7:03PM

    Hope you got the right shoes. Sure makes a difference.

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GHK1962 9/7/2014 8:54AM

    I bought my shoes back in Feb/March this year too. It was my 1st pair of running shoes (I am a new runner.) And I was told about 300 - 400 miles is when I should get a new pair ... and was told roughly 6 - 9 months, depending how much I run. And while I try to run more nowadays, I know I don't run near the distances you do ... so at the moment I am only at about 200 - 250 miles I think.

Still, yesterday I went into the running store and spoke to someone about it again. They said that while the tops, and sometimes even the bottom of the shoes looked fine, it was the cushioning in the shoe that often gets flattened .. and you can't "see" it she said. She suggested in a month or so I buy a new pair, then run with it and compare and I would be able to tell if my current ones need to be retired. (Though I am not sure if I would be able to tell the difference ...we'll see in a month.)

Question - I know nothing about buying running shoes ... except what the sales people tell me. How do you know what shoes to try on? I see all kinds in the running magazines ... how do you know if you even want to try one of them? (With biking stuffs I know what I want or what I at least want to try ... but the running stuffs still eludes me.)

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LESLIELENORE 9/7/2014 12:08AM

    I bought two pairs last time I needed new ones. Still working on them.

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BLUEJAY1969 9/6/2014 11:49PM

    How awesome to have worn out a pair of running shoes! You go girl!
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JEANKNEE 9/6/2014 10:23PM

    Recently started tracking the mileage on my shoes and am paying attention to how I feel. Think I'll be working a new pair into the mix in about a month.

Enjoy your new shoes!

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BIGPAWSUP 9/6/2014 6:18PM

    Awesome! I always keep the box from shoes I like so I can bring it back.

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STEVEN2GO2 9/6/2014 5:43PM

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GLORIAMAJDI 9/6/2014 3:33PM

    The running coach that I work with told me today that I probably need to retire one pair of mine. He told me to wear them only for short runs and that I need to retire them within the next month. Doesn't seem like I have had them very long but I thought about it and it has been almost six months. Wow, where did that time go?

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/6/2014 3:17PM

    Have fun finding a new pair of running shoes today!
Hugs and love!
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123ELAINE456 9/6/2014 3:13PM

  Awesome!!!

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ALICIA363 9/6/2014 2:21PM

    Seems like a theme! Mine are only 3 months old and flagging--and I buy good ones! Enjoy finding your new kicks.
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ONEKIDSMOM 9/6/2014 9:21AM

    I'm sitting here giggling as I read this. I will be visiting my running store today for packet pick up for tomorrow's Buffalo run... and I'm contemplating what I'll pick up BESIDES the packet. Love it! Enjoy your shopping!

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HOLLYM48 9/6/2014 8:55AM

    I love new running shoes! I just wish they could make me run faster with all the colors, but I have to talk my legs into doing that! Have fun finding new shoes!

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LIMOM2TWINS 9/6/2014 8:47AM

    have fun! I just got new sneakers from a runner shop - so happy i went there instead of a big box store - it felt so personalized & the first pair they gave me were rubbing my toes - after wearing them for 2 week - went back go a different pair through their return policy. 2nd pair was cheaper and they gave me a credit - I will definitely be going back to them when i need another pair.

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