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Adjusting after crossing the finish line

Monday, September 29, 2014

Photo credits to SPINNINGJW. The finish line photos - they are on the front page, too.
Me - look at that grin. And look at those muscles in the legs "at work". Kinda gross, but proud of those old legs, anyway.

The mythical son - working to get back in shape, after "letting himself go" on return from a place where "edible calories were not guaranteed". I think he looks like an Irish poet, seriously... but he doesn't have the accent for it.

Saving our super-star for last, here's ALICIA363 with the finish line grin of her very first 5K event. I could NOT be prouder. She pointed out this was the same shirt she was wearing when she came through the chute with me at my first Olympic Triathlon last June. Doesn't she look great?

I think the first "finish line" blog I posted here on spark had a title something on the order of "I hate finish lines". I have since come to respect the process a little more. I like to think I am LEARNING about what is needed after crossing one. I still recognize them as holding some personal danger: some "what now?" thoughts are attached to each one of them.

Every finish line is an invitation to a transition. We all need something to strive for. The NEXT finish line. But we also need some time to adjust to the fact something about US has changed!

Yesterday, I bested my pre-40 year old time in a 5K. I'm still adjusting to that reality.

Yesterday, Alicia crossed her first 5K finish line. And she'll have some adjusting to do to THAT reality.

Yesterday, my son finished a 5K in under 30 minutes. This is NOT his distance, but he did very well. He critiques his finish line photo by saying he looks fat. Sigh - and we thought it was just us women. Well, yeah, he still has some work to do before he does the challenge races with his battle buddies next year, and running yesterday was a stake in the ground toward that goal. He has to adjust to where he is at this point in his life, too.

Whatever finish line you have recently crossed, may you have a smooth adjustment to the reality, and a smooth transition to the next phase. Because life doesn't stop at the finish line.

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when kindred spirits model and guide us as our journeys touch. Creatively, consistently, and consciously making choices that support the journey, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day.

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    You guys are awesome, your legs have carried you well, be proud

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    Hi Barb, I'm kinda feeling like I'm there now, in transition and the what now feeling. Great blog mom :)

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  Congratulations, great job and great legs, too! :-)

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SDEHNKE 9/30/2014 11:00AM

    Those are beautiful STRONG legs. Congratulations!

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BOOKAPHILE 9/30/2014 9:23AM

    Congratulations! All the photos are milestones of which to be proud. A running family...you've inspired changes all about you.

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KANOE10 9/30/2014 7:42AM

    You look great with those sculpted legs. I appreciate muscles! beating your 40 yr old time was amazing. Plus your son and Alicia also had significant celebrations. Well done. Now on to life beyond the finish line and on to the next event.

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SNOOPYLINKOS 9/30/2014 7:29AM

    "Because life doesn't stop at the finish line." I like that. Once again, congrats to all of you!

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BESSHAILE 9/30/2014 6:55AM

    LOL! Not gross at all. I thought WOW! Look at those muscles. strong strong strong.

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TWEETYKC00 9/30/2014 6:55AM

    Just being able to do this is a big deal, you should all be proud!

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PENOWOK 9/30/2014 6:51AM

    Thanks for the great photos and story!! Here's to the three of you...in your next go!!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/29/2014 10:29PM

    Great blog - love the analogy to finish lines :)

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DALID414 9/29/2014 9:33PM

    With that wind in her hair, she was definitely flying!

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DDOORN 9/29/2014 9:28PM

    What a terrific effort and yes, agreed those are some powerful set of legs to be WAY proud of!

Thx for being such an inspiration to SO MANY!

You ROCK the SPARK Barb!

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WATERMELLEN 9/29/2014 9:02PM

    You have AWESOME strong legs -- something to be proud of, you've earned 'em!! And: life doesn't stop at the finish line, absolutely . . .

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STRIVERONE 9/29/2014 7:26PM

    You should be proud of those legs. They look ready ready to carry you though several more decades.

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    emoticon to all of you and I think you ALL look wonderful....LOVE those smiles! You are all just too cute! emoticon

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    So proud of all of you!

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SEATTLESIMS 9/29/2014 4:41PM

    That is great to meeting new PRs! and having friends and family join you on the way! Thanks for sharing!

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    Congratulations to all of you for a great race and a super commitment to your sport!

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    emoticon to all of you. Job well done.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/29/2014 10:17AM

    You are a very wise woman.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/29/2014 9:54AM

    Great pictures! Astute observations!! You look strong and wonderful at the finish. What an accomplishment.

Reality is imposing some limitations. A specialist will tell if more running is in my future. Whatever the outcome, I am committed to live as fit as I can and eat as smart as I know how.

Never going back to a couch potato existence. Here's to living as a fit old lady!! -Marsha

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LINDAKAY228 9/29/2014 9:41AM

    Those are all great pics I think! You may think those legs are old but they sure are strong and that's what matters. Your son may think he's fat. We all have our areas we criticize. But I salute you all because you did such an amazing job and don't quit! Who cares about how we look! (Well I have to admit I did too LOL). But the point is that all 3 of you and the rest of the pack are such inspirations!

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MSLZZY 9/29/2014 8:46AM

    Transition slowly to the new goals you may have in your sights. Life is good and you well your medals well.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/29/2014 8:15AM

    Congrats to all 3 of you! AWESOME!

As for your legs, you should be proud of them. Look what they helped you accomplish!

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JEREMY723 9/29/2014 8:06AM

    Congrats! Glad you all had fun!

I did a HM on Saturday and had a ton of fun, my most fun out of 5 HM and 2nd fastest time. I didn't know anyone though, running or otherwise. That would have made it even more fun I suspect!

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Bonus Blog: How it Went

Sunday, September 28, 2014



Here we all are before the start of the event. Big smiles, hide under hats and sunglasses. Put on the sunscreen. Walk around to warm up.

I'm sure you're going to hear this race from three perspectives... ALICIA363, as her first 5K. SPINNINGJW as photographer and spectator (she has the finish line photos, you'll have to wait for her blog for those)... and of course mine, because I kind of ... um... can't shut up about this stuff, it makes me so bubbly.

You've heard before that this Run to Overcome is all about mental health support, and suicide prevention. Alicia was spurred to do this run because of Robin Williams' passing. My son, well, as he put it, this is kind of his wheelhouse, having been an Army reserve mental health specialist working suicide prevention. He was running for Glen Gildersleeve, a fellow mental health specialist who took his own life, post deployment, among others. And me? Knowing that today is Gold Star Mothers' Day... I was also running for all the moms who have lost children in the military!

Usual happy pumped up music, live band at the start, which was on a local high school track/football field. The kids did the 1 mile fun run first, and we observed them... including a couple of kids that ran that mile in 4:17 and 4:22, giving one another quite the race. Impressive, as Darth Vader would have it.

A while later Alicia and I warmed up by walking up and down the length of the football field. We stretched. Then we joined the crowd at the starting line, hunting for a spot that would be "near" those that might be targeting similar pace rates.

Yet, as always happens, when we started, it was heavy traffic, as there were walkers ahead of runners, and we were not well self-sorted. Around the track we went, weaving through traffic. Son and I were pacing one another until we left the track and were in the parking lot... then he pulled ahead. I just tried to keep him in sight.

He never got further than about half a city block ahead of me, never out of sight, and somewhere close to mile one, I caught up to him. I asked him was he slowing down for me, and he responded, no, he was slowing down for himself. We ran the second mile together until about 1.97 miles, at which point, he had to stop to walk as his foot fell asleep. I kept on, all the way to the finish. I did not take walk breaks other than walking through the water station. It felt like a short race to me. Back in the stadium, a really good runner (probably one of the 10K runners) sped by me in the final straightaway, and I sprinted for the finish line, trying to catch him.

In the end? I crossed the finish line first of the three of us. My son crossed about two minutes later (he only walked long enough to work out the foot issue). And Alicia came in according to doing her own race, run/walk intervals. When the official times came up, I was extremely gratified. This was a PR for me. I finished this 5K in 27:25, which bests my previous PR from Canton, PA in 1992, before I turned 40! Since I don't have my written record, I'm relying on the time burned into my memory from that day - 27:29. So I bested it by all of 4 seconds.

That prior PR, I was racing at about 25 pounds heavier than I am now, and 22 years younger. Needless to say, the competitor within (the one who competes with MYSELF) is very, very pleased.

My pacing him along pushed my son to a sub-30 minute 5K. 29:44. Ace finished her very first 5K with a very respectable time of 33:38. See? I TOLD her 32 minutes was possible for her. The real mystery now is whether she will challenge herself to prove that she CAN. Stay tuned to HER blog to find out where she goes from here.

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    That is a great person victory for you with that time. Congrats to all three of you!

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SANDICANE 9/29/2014 6:07AM

    It sounds like it was a truly exciting, happy day for you. A big WOO HOO to you!!!

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PMCOPPI10 9/29/2014 2:31AM

    Well, pretty impressive! YOU are an inspiration.

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GLORIAMAJDI 9/28/2014 10:14PM

    Loved both blogs, both the preview one and this one! Way to go on the PR, you rock! and congrats to your son and to Ace! VERY respectable times!

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WATERMELLEN 9/28/2014 9:30PM

    Wow, how cool is that? You are turning back the clock, no doubt about it!! You gotta be so amazingly proud and pleased!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/28/2014 8:12PM

    Wow, you are fast! Congrats to the whole family. You are amazing!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/28/2014 8:04PM

    Congrats! Great performance, Barb. Hooray for you!! Proud of you and everyone you've inspired. (BTW you just beat my PR by 8 seconds and I feel nothing but happiness for you.) Wow! Are you fit!! I'm sure you got some age group bling, too. Do tell.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon this was GREAT! So glad I got to read it now....and I can't wait for for SPINNINGJW's pictures to see it. But this picture is grand. I am always amazed at how much your family all favors each other...and I always think of Alicia as way younger since she is the youngest of you.

Have a GREAT week and rest tonite when you finally get down off that cloud! But you deserve you high!



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MOBYCARP 9/28/2014 6:17PM

    Thanks for the bonus. Love the mother-son consecutive bib numbers, and that's a nice looking beard my nephew is sporting.

Good job pushing him to a sub-30 finish! And you got a 22-year PR out of it, congrats! And of course Alicia was right on her plan; that's the way she is.

I do worry a bit about a foot falling asleep while running? Hope he knows what's going on there and what to do about it.

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    Thanks for posting the picture and sharing a broader perspective!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/28/2014 6:05PM

    good job all of you! LOVE the photo.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon job Everyone. What a great way to spend time with family and encourage each other.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines

Sunday, September 28, 2014

When I signed up for this race today, it was in support of ALICIA363 and her first 5K outing. It lands between two larger efforts on my calendar, the Last Blast Triathlon, completed two weeks ago, and the Governor's cup, three weeks in the future. I've also tucked in a Harvest Bash Bike ride two weeks from yesterday.

But a funny thing happened in the days leading up to this one. For one thing, I got a phone call from my son, and he mentioned two things: his target time, and that he'd only done a 2.4 mile run at most in his training so far. He's a former Army dude. He runs what they run for the APFT... 2 miles. Never been a fan of longer distances. Took up his mother's challenge that she could run farther than he could when he got back from the mountainous territory where he'd been deployed and that time he had to slow to a walk at 7 miles. Mom could have gone longer that day.

But today, it will be "just a 5K"... 3.1 miles. Longer than he's used to, shorter than I'm used to. The target time he gave me? 32 minutes. That's 10 minute miles. Not that much faster than I've done my fastest half marathon. Slower than my Buffalo run pace even this month... and that was a 5 mile race.

So... the inner competitor in me came out. But I'd thought I was going to be going at Ace's pace. Still... I want to push the kid. I think he can go faster than that. Having a mom to push him might just do the trick. Ace and I went down to packet pickup together Friday after work. I mentioned this competitor streak in myself, and wanting to "beat my son". She was immediately on board. She's into this "never too old" thing, having just passed her half century mark (she's a good deal younger than I). (And she says she's not a runner... HAH!)

So I emailed my son, told him I have his packet, and that I'd been released from my bond to stay with her... it's on. Mom is racing today. And then I kind of fell apart with my eating and attitude all day Saturday. Don't think I got 2000 steps in, and I made up for it with extra eating. Self-sabotage? Giving myself excuses in advance if I *don't* best the kid? Maaaaybe? Whatever... slept well. And in about 5 hours now... it's on. And whoever crosses first or last... we'll celebrate at the finish line. emoticon

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LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It's at its best when points on the journey touch with the journeys of kindred spirits. Creatively, consciously, and consistently (remember, not perfectly) making choices that support a healthy lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL, for each and every day. emoticon

  
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KALIGIRL 9/29/2014 8:45AM

    YOU go GIRL!

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CHRISTINEBWD 9/28/2014 5:20PM

    Good luck! :)

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MOBYCARP 9/28/2014 4:34PM

    32 minutes? The 30 year old should be able to do that by running his army 2 miles and doing a brisk walk for the last 1.1 mile!

Waiting to hear how it all turned out.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/28/2014 4:19PM

    A mother beating her son in a physical competition sets my Freudian nerves all atwitter. Eager to hear how it turns out.

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LINDAKAY228 9/28/2014 2:42PM

    Show your son that being older doesn't mean dead LOL! You can run faster than that for a 5k I'm sure. Anxious to hear who wins!

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OPTIMIST1948 9/28/2014 12:24PM

    Waiting to hear.....I'm all in support of family competitions! Everyone always wins!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/28/2014 11:49AM

    Whoop whoop! Show your DS what you're capable of!

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DLDMIL 9/28/2014 10:23AM

    LOL, Can't wait for the results. No competitiveness in your family at all. Hope you had a wonderful time. Go Barb Go.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/28/2014 10:04AM

    You are going to do great!! And, yes, it'll be great if you beat him -- winning one for the never too old group. And it'll be great if he passes you, because you'll just be so proud. And if you are feeling good at the end, go back and run it in with Alicia, too. Such a great family outing. I love them! Sure you will, too!!

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WATERMELLEN 9/28/2014 9:55AM

    How hilarious . . . . love your competitive streak. And thinking: you're all winners . . . no matter what . . . doing this together!!!

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Before I became a runner...

Friday, September 26, 2014

I wrote in my status that I had pretty much blogged my blog in my response to my sister ALICIA363's blog this morning. She titled it "Dreams of Quitting"

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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When I first read it, at bedtime last night, I did not immediately respond because it took me on a reverie back to when I did my very first 5K... which was in 1991. It was at Hickories Park in Owego, New York. A couple of my work buddies had encouraged my efforts at running, and they talked me into signing up for this one.

One of the fellows was doing the 5K, only he was a speed demon, compared to me. The other was a little older than us, and he was a regular runner, doing the related 10K, twice as far.

It was a BIG deal, this wearing a number on my front, and having an official time. It was old school, before things like bib-tags and timing mats. Instead, there was this little strip at the bottom of the bib that would be torn off was you ran through the finish chute. There was only ONE clock, and it was the stop watch at the finish line. You didn't get your official results until they processed through them all. Somebody was writing down the times as you came across. Somebody else was collecting the tabs from the bibs in order. Then clerical work was finished and results put up.

Nowadays the bib tags are read by the timing mats and you get individualized results based on when YOU started and finished, not when the gun went off. Somewhere in the archaeological dig that is my house there is an old runner's log where I have recorded my times from that season of running that got me hooked. But I could not lay my hands on it right now. It will take a major house-cleaning to find it!

The point was, new runners give experienced runners echoes of ourselves in the day before we became runners. Before we accepted ourselves as runners. Which is why seeing someone do their FIRST 5K, or 10K or any event where numbers are worn is so exciting... like seeing young children at play... it rejuvenates us.

Before I became a runner, I said "I could never..." about a lot of things that I have since done. I look forward to seeing the before/after in my sister, and in every "new" runner. Because once you become a runner... you will never NOT be a runner again.

You may stop running. You may never enter another race. But from this day forward, you are a runner.

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LIFE is good. It is better when I'm fit. It's at its very top when celebrating moments with kindred spirits. Creatively, consciously and consistently making choices to support a lifetime of fitness, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day!

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SWEDE_SU 9/29/2014 8:16AM

    i can *so* identify:-)

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1CRAZYDOG 9/28/2014 8:26AM

    I think life is like that . . . we pursue a passion, doubt creeps in, but we persist. That's what it's all about!

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MJREIMERS 9/27/2014 10:43PM

    I love this and of course, I can relate. I now feel like I can say, "I am a runner." Your support has been a huge part of that! I appreciate all you've done and do for me!!!! emoticon

Now you can say that you are a "Tri Athlete!"

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DALID414 9/27/2014 6:28PM

    I must admit, I'm a bit envious.
I know my only sibling can't run (foot surgery at age 1 left her ankle fused in a flexed position), so there won't be any together events. Not that I've evented myself....

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/27/2014 3:42PM

    We still have some of those "old school" races around here.
We have a saying that a woman is a runner when she takes her first step, but finishing that 1st 5k really makes it official.

So you don't remember the times of your early races?
I thought you always remember your "first time" (Mine - 30:51)

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SLENDERELLA61 9/27/2014 3:02PM

    With the day I've had, you blogged the magic words. You brought tears to my eyes. You said it. I'm a runner. No matter what, I'll always be a runner. How did you know? Thanks.

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JEREMY723 9/27/2014 1:55PM

    Thanks for sharing, but come to some smaller races near me (NE Ohio) and the tear-off, times written down, wait for results is alive and well. (wish it wasn't but anyway...)

On another note, glad to see Derrick win and Cody stay true to him, though it probably cost him the win.

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LINDAKAY228 9/27/2014 12:02PM

    Love the blog! I also read the blog you referred us to and it was great too. In New Mexico, when I was in some small races, they still used the tear off portions of the bib with someone writing the time down even last year. They aren't completely gone! But larger races do have the other timing. I'm talking about races that were 50 or 75 people or so where we had the tear off portion we used. Really not that uncommon in the rural areas.

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KANOE10 9/27/2014 9:48AM

    I never thought I would be a "yoga person." Now I know I will always be one. Being a runner gives you a wonderful healthy life. I am excited for your sister.

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LEANJEAN6 9/27/2014 8:05AM

    I love yer blogs--brings back memories of my very first 10K run and how excited I felt after-----and you just keep going--GREAT!-Lynda

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SKIRUNNER 9/27/2014 1:03AM

    Thanks for the memories!! I had forgotten the tear-offs!! You have it all so right. During my "before days" I remember once driving past marathoners and saying, "I wonder why they do that, they all look so miserable!" emoticon emoticon

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CHRISTINEBWD 9/26/2014 9:37PM

    I did a sloe jog during my walk today... I have dreams of running someday even though I am almost 62 :)

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/26/2014 9:35PM

    Or, as they say in the 12-Step programs, a butterfly cannot return to being a caterpillar.

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WATERMELLEN 9/26/2014 9:31PM

    Such a fun response -- every single thing we do has the potential to transform us . . . even the stuff we don't like or reject (for now)!!

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KASEYCOFF 9/26/2014 8:14PM

    You amuse - and amaze - me no end, Barb...
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Little things in a mid-week

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tuesday after work I ran about 3.4 miles, easy. It was cool and cloudy, and it felt good. That old "Pioneer woman against the elements" that I sometimes get in the Winter, battling snow... echoed in my head... just a bit. The seasons are turning.

I told myself I was running for my lunchtime friend... because she had been among my running mentors, and isn't currently running due to issues with body parts that don't approve. At lunch she had uttered, "I miss running." So this easy run? Was for her. I know she lurks and checks my blog, so now she knows.

Yesterday evening, it was strength training time. Like the last time I picked up the weights, this one wasn't a lot, it was at home with my ball, my dumbbells, and my body weight... just basics: pushups, crunches, squats, tricep extentions, and side bends. But I did it. Keeping that promise to "do something" is huge on the motivational front.

In the mail yesterday: my new USAT (USA Triathlon) membership cards arrived, good for another year. Now I have to find my 2015 target TRI's. Because this card says I'm a triathlete. emoticon

The Prisoner is now done with his antibiotics and has been released from house arrest. He stayed out overnight last night, and after coming in for breakfast, wanted out again... so he's back to full cat status.

LIFE is good. It's better when I'm fit. It is at its best when my journey touches those of kindred spirits along the way. Creatively, consistently, and consciously making choices that support a healthy lifestyle, I remain GRATEFUL for each and every day.

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DLDMIL 9/26/2014 3:31PM

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KALIGIRL 9/26/2014 9:00AM

    emoticon Life is indeed good - especially when you live it!

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KANOE10 9/26/2014 8:20AM

    That card is exciting and celebrates you as a Triathlon athlete! I did ST also yesterday. I am happy for your little kitty being back to cat status!

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LEANJEAN6 9/26/2014 7:58AM

    Its good to hear that Prisoner is happy and well again--You are a good Mom--LOL-

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/26/2014 5:35AM

    Perfect name for an outdoor cat.
Perfect membership card for this athlete I know.
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LJCANNON 9/25/2014 8:41PM

    emoticon Wonderful News for everyone. Praying that your Lunch Buddy heals quickly.

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BOOKAPHILE 9/25/2014 8:06PM

    Yay for both you and Prisoner!

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GABY1948 9/25/2014 7:46PM

    So glad about Prisoner! And your friend....what better thing can you do for someone that to run for them or in honor of them. They have to be honored!

Have a great evening!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/25/2014 6:03PM

    Glad you enjoyed your run. Glad your cat enjoyed his outing, too. Find a good tri or 2 for certain you are a triathlete! Good for you on the ST, too. Once again I've slipped a bit; let's blame it on the illness. But I will heed your words and start REGULARLY doing something. You are a motivator extraordinaire!! -Marsha

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LKWQUILTER 9/25/2014 5:00PM

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KASEYCOFF 9/25/2014 4:20PM

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 9/25/2014 3:07PM

    So good to hear you are back to 100%

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LINDAKAY228 9/25/2014 10:55AM

    So glad the Prisoner is back to normal! At least I think as long as he doesn't get into trouble again LOL. You do make some of these things sound easy, like running, biking, and swimming. I have an easier time sometimes with the weights than cardio. I'm procrastinating this morning on getting outside and walking although it's a beautiful, fall-feeling day. I think it's because I battle with balance issues. But that's not a good excuse for me. I miss running too, since I can't run now. I see others do it and wish I could sometimes. But overall I'm going to work to be happy with what I can do because I have to. It could be so much worse. But I can empathize with your friend and our missing things we could do. Have a great day!

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DALID414 9/25/2014 10:25AM

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NEW-CAZ 9/25/2014 10:21AM

    emoticon glad Prisoner is back! emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/25/2014 10:17AM

    Being fully what you are -- cat or human or other -- is the goal!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/25/2014 10:13AM

    Congrats on your renewed Triathlete status! Awesome.

Glad Prisoner isn't a prisoner any more!

HUGS

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GLORIAMAJDI 9/25/2014 9:43AM

    Yay, The Prisoner is back to catting! Glad to hear he is doing well. Do something...I love that. I am off from work tomorrow and that means no strength training class. Okay, so I need to do it on my own, which is always an epic fail. So what do I need to do tomorrow? DO SOMETHING! Yes! Thanks for the motivation!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 9/25/2014 9:00AM

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MSLZZY 9/25/2014 8:48AM

    emoticon Always doing something and
congrats on your renewed status as a triathlete!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/25/2014 8:45AM

    Yep, DO SOMETHING! Good advice

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 9/25/2014 8:14AM

    So you're a card-carrying tri-athlete. Woo Hoo!
Good to have a goal & target that inspire a plan of action.
Good to have a firm sense of identity that makes you stick with it.
Very motivating, I think. You are an inspiration !

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WATERMELLEN 9/25/2014 7:59AM

    All good -- "full cat status" is what we aspire to, right? (Human variant: tri-athlete or otherwise!!).

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