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It's taper week... the last week before the HM!

Monday, April 25, 2011

You want to know the thing that I was most concerned about for the half marathon? Don't laugh: parking. Seriously, the starting line is just outside the football stadium, and parking on campus, in my memory, is a nightmare. Since I'm local, this is something I have to consider. There is no bus service on Sundays, and certainly not in the hours preceding a 7 a.m. start!

I have a pre-paid parking spot in a downtown garage, but the walk to the starting line is a little over a mile. Not a bad warm-up, really. Not a bad cool-down, either. So, maybe that will be my plan. I reserve the right to change it.

As for the training plan, I'm looking at the forecast and seeing Thursday as the best day to do my walking as transportation bit, my last "long" walk before the event. Today's rest and strength training. Tuesday and Wednesday will be treadmill medium distances. And then some strength training on Friday, a rest day on Saturday and SUNDAY, May 1st... the half marathon itself.

I'm pumped for this. I bubbled at my sister over Easter brunch about it... we also oohed and ah'd over photos of her grandchildren... the latest addition only a couple of weeks old now. Gotta love kids. Anyway, that's it for me this morning. Now it's off to work with a fresh energy that comes from a good weekend.

Here's wishing all my Spark friends a happy and healthy new week!

  
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MSLZZY 4/25/2011 10:15PM

    The week will fly by and you will do great in the HM! HUGS!

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SUNNY332 4/25/2011 5:53PM

    You too, Barb. Best wishes for a great week.

Sunny

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KALIGIRL 4/25/2011 1:09PM

    Great plan - You will do fabulous!!!!

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CASJ57 4/25/2011 12:25PM

    I am another one with parking anxiety - your plan to walk from the garage sounds pretty good. Beautiful flowers! And YAY for taper week!

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DEBRA0818 4/25/2011 11:15AM

    Love the photo and excited for you Barb!

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CONCHA77 4/25/2011 10:06AM

    I am excited for you, Barb! This is going to be a great week. emoticon

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_LINDA 4/25/2011 9:13AM

    Beautiful flowers there! A mile walk is actually a great warm up. University parking is really bad. Doesn't seem like you have a lot of choices, unless you can find some nice person to drop you off and pick you up.. Enjoy your week!

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REJ7777 4/25/2011 8:10AM

    I know what you mean about parking at big events! I've sometimes not gone to an event because I didn't want to deal with the hassle of the parking. It's nice that you have the option of your paid parking spot.

Things are really coming together. Pretty exciting! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 4/25/2011 8:03AM

    Your flowers are beautiful---- Good luck with the race! I know you will enjoy it!--- You are my inspiration!-Lynda

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Camera walk on Easter afternoon

Sunday, April 24, 2011



Wanted to show you what my allergies are up against, right in my own little neighborhood! emoticon emoticon Yup! Flowering tree city... one of the major boulevards is lined with flowering pear. And we love Spring around here.

Thankfully, I remembered to take the Zyrtek before facing the bank of Easter lilies at the front of my sister's church. Lovely service... moving music... and rejoicing. I love it when Easter is later in the year, as it is this year... because more things are in bloom and I don't freeze quite so much wearing a dress!



And someone in the neighborhood put up their own bunny on a bike... have I mentioned we are a cycling town?



Hope that everyone had a great day.

  
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LJCANNON 4/25/2011 9:42AM

    Poor Allergies!! Bless the people who make Zyrtek!!! emoticon

Our church used artificial Lilies at Easter for many years because of so many people who had allergy issues.

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REJ7777 4/25/2011 8:11AM

    Beautiful blossoms! This is such a beautiful time of year, except for the allergies, of course. emoticon

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_LINDA 4/25/2011 2:09AM

    Awesome flowering trees! Sorry about your allergies..
Fun bike photo -that is great your town is more fitness focused!

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SUNNY1432 4/24/2011 10:31PM

    The trees are lovely!! Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter!!

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MSLZZY 4/24/2011 9:28PM

    Love the pics! And I did have a wonderful day! HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 4/24/2011 9:11PM

    What a pretty neighbourhood you live in! Loved the biking bunny too!!

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DEBRITA01 4/24/2011 8:37PM

    Achoo! Our flowering trees are in bloom, too. Despite the allergies, I love this time of year...so pretty! Thanks for sharing your photos...

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HANSRICO 4/24/2011 7:08PM

    Trees are pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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I was bubbling with endorphins earlier today...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

they've worn off by now. They were at their strongest after my 8 mile treadmill workout. While I was doing my thing, I channel surfed and found an interview of the Marathon organizers on the government access channel... lots of good information for folks in town about what to expect next Sunday. Our town's really got pretty good at this over the past 25 years or more they have run this race here. I've always loved going and watching the runners, giving them a shout out as they approached mile 20 and turned for home.

This year, I won't be there doing that... because I'll be on the half marathon course myself. emoticon

I've been to the library to pick up a new book, been to the grocery store, and on impulse picked up a half dozen regular real hen's eggs. Four of them are now boiling. Don't know if I will color them. But it's tradition, right? emoticon I remember as a kid we colored a dozen... that was four eggs apiece for the three kids participating. And mom would make entrees that featured the eggs later: Welsh Rarebit, anyone? Tuna and noodles with hard boiled eggs? Packed 'em in our lunches, too.

Anybody else boil eggs for Easter this year?

  
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LINDAJOYWK 4/25/2011 5:42PM

    Got a craving for hard boiled eggs myself today-bought a nifty egg cooker a while
back-love that thing!

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THISYEARSMODEL 4/23/2011 10:15PM

    I didn't dye eggs this year, but even though I don't have kids I often do! My mom always made potato salad and deviled eggs and egg salad out of them. Happy Easter to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 4/23/2011 10:02PM

    I don't boil them specially for Easter. I have boiled eggs on hand about half the time. I have some ready to boil right now. Thanks for reminding me.

Happy Easter!!!

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DEBRITA01 4/23/2011 9:39PM

    emoticonI have a grandson so I got to color eggs with him this year. Last year, he was too small. It was fun and at 3 years-old he was totally amazed, especially when he cracked them a few days later and they were colored inside!

Happy Easter! emoticon

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SHARON2014 4/23/2011 9:04PM

    My mom boiled a dozen and made deviled eggs for Easter (mmm mispelled as Eater till I caught it...some slip huh?) Anyway, she makes them Southern style, just vinegar, salt and pepper. Love em! Happy Easter!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/23/2011 7:23PM

    Glad you had such a good day! GD and I dyed 10 dozen eggs for Easter breakfast and about
10 years ago, we would dye 30 dozen. The congregation is getting smaller. The extras
that are not eaten will given to those who want them. I usually have about 1 1/2 dozen to
take home so that's okay. Have a great and glorious Easter! HUGS!

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MNTWINSGAL 4/23/2011 7:15PM

    Oh yeah.....DD Lisa and I still do them every year. We make about a dozen and then have egg salad sandwiches, hard boiled egg lunches, etc. Love the tradition. DS Jeff quit helping a couple of years ago, but even my big tough Marine enjoyed it until he went away to school, and now Hawaii.

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_LINDA 4/23/2011 5:54PM

    Great workout! I used hard cooked eggs for only one thing -egg salad! Yummy!!
My Mom did something different. She took a large goose egg that had been left alone, cooked it up and decorated it and gave it to her son-in-law as a gag :)

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KIMFISH76 4/23/2011 5:45PM

    I'll be doing it later today, all 12!

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FRAN0426 4/23/2011 5:24PM

    I will be boiling eggs, but not to color. Instead boil them for potato salad for Easter main meal, it's a tradition in my family. If I plan anything else, someone is bound to ask about potato salad, so stick with it. It seem to be one of the few times I make it each year, the amount gets smaller each year, now that I try to stay away from eating to much of mayo based foods.

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FITFABJENN 4/23/2011 5:23PM

    I sure did! And we are going to color them as soon as my son wakes up from his nap. We'll color Easter eggs while we barbecue. I cannot wait!

Kudos on that 8-mile treadmill trip! My longest is 5 miles. You inspire me so much!

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What's with this

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sheesh... it was bad enough when we wimped out on Merry Christmas, but when I went for a little stroll in my neighborhood after work tonight, I found this sign on the nearby park: Spring Egg Hunt, Saturday, 2 p.m.

SPRING Egg hunt? Enough already.

Happy Passover to those of you who celebrate that. Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate that. Happy Spring to the skeptical and non-religious among you.

May we all recognize the spiritual meaning of whatever holiday or holy day we celebrate... for me Easter is the fulfilment of the promise of Christmas... the overcoming of evil with supreme love and forgiveness. May its blessings be upon all.

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REJ7777 4/25/2011 8:13AM

    I sure do agree with this blog! Thank you for posting it. emoticon

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THISYEARSMODEL 4/23/2011 2:33PM

    The egg is a symbol of life in most spiritual beliefs, not just Christianity, and it has been depicted as such in art throughout the ages, long before Christianity, so if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. For this reason I like egg hunts and bunnies and celebrate them as a renewal of Spring, but I don't celebrate Easter as a religious holiday. I think including everyone is always the way to go.

Edited to clarify: I truly don't think anyone is trying to take anything away from Christians, and are instead trying to find a way to include more people and spread more joy.

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KARENE10 4/23/2011 8:34AM

    Happy Easter!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANDI571 4/22/2011 11:45PM

    I agree. I did notice on tv today how everyone was talking about it being Earth Day, and hardly any mention that it was Good Friday. (even though school children was out of school today for it)

Happy Easter! emoticon

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_LINDA 4/22/2011 11:25PM

    Enjoy your day how ever you choose to celebrate it!
Have a great weekend!

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HONORINGGOD 4/22/2011 11:06PM

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DEBRITA01 4/22/2011 10:26PM

    emoticonHappy Easter!

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SHARON2014 4/22/2011 9:39PM

    Well said. Have a blessed Easter, or Resurrection Day as my friend Marien says in Germany. emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 4/22/2011 9:37PM

    To each his own but for me, Easter fulfills the meaning of Christmas! HUGS!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 4/22/2011 8:47PM

    Preach it Girl Preach it!!!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 4/22/2011 8:44PM

    amen

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777GRACE 4/22/2011 8:33PM

    preach it girl, I'll help ya and get the soap box. Good for you for saying it!!!

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New Shoes

Thursday, April 21, 2011

No one would ever accuse me of being a fashionista. I have trouble identifying with the stereotype of the female with thousands of pairs of shoes in her closet... Imelda Marcos or Cathy in the comics... it's just never tripped my trigger, sorry. If someone were to say "cute shoes" to me, I would automatically thank them, but it wouldn't give them brownie points.

In my mind the purpose of shoes is to protect my feet and give me a solid basis for standing and walking. I'm not into the torture that comes with most women's shoes. About two years (maybe more) ago, I just flat out stopped buying shoes other than New Balance or Sketchers. Even men's dress shoes now hurt my feet. I still have a couple of pair of heels that I can pull out of the closet in a pinch for special occasions (read that as Weddings and Funerals), but I'm even wearing my New Balance to the office.

With that background, though, I have to say I just bought a new pair of shoes... Sketcher's Shape-Ups. They arrived on my doorstep yesterday. First time I've bought shoes on line. Love 'em, walked my five miles in them on the treadmill. May wear them in the half marathon (or their matching pair in a different color that's well worn in).

See? There is a tiny bit of the shoe thing in me...

Anybody else have a thing for shoes?

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SHARON2014 4/22/2011 9:36PM

    Support for my high instep is key. Found Baretrap and a pair of
Clark sandals on sale - hope they work out...I just started wearing Skechers this week as well...great feeling and a bit more strenous to walk which is good. I did get a cramp in my thigh and knee tonight so am hoping it is not the shoes. If so, I'll send you my size 8's if they fit!!

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KALIGIRL 4/22/2011 1:20PM

    So glad you love them - I've been meaning to try out a pair!
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GRYPHONQUEST 4/22/2011 12:29PM

    I'm on my last pair (*sniff!*) of New Balance 560s - for no discernable reason, a whole bunch of size 8s showed up at our local TJ Maxx two years back. I got four pair, and each has lasted about six months (of full-time use!).

I'm going to have to find new shoes in October... may try this "on-line" thing of which you speak!!

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REJ7777 4/22/2011 7:56AM

    I started wearing comfortable shoes to the office a couple years ago too. Because of that, I'm more likely to walk to work, and to do more walking at the office. Before that I always wore low-heeled dress shoes. I do buy good quality shoes, but I only have the very basics.

I'm very grateful for my hard-working feet that support all my weight and get me where I want to go! emoticon

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_LINDA 4/22/2011 1:31AM

    I wear nothing but running shoes because of my foot problems. When my feet are fixed, I will once again purchase hiking boots which I used to wear year round. Dress shoes have never touched my feet.. Comfort is first and only priority. Glad you like those Shape Ups -I tried them on, but they felt too weird to me..

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MNTWINSGAL 4/22/2011 12:20AM

    I love 'em too...and like you, I'm not much of a shoe snob. I've been known to pop into Payless for a quick "occasion" pair of shoes, because I don't consider myself cheap, but I can't believe the price of shoes these days! I do have a pair of the shape-up shoes though (knock off brand, but still very good) and try to do all my walking in them.

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MSLZZY 4/21/2011 10:47PM

    I gotta get a pair of these! HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 4/21/2011 10:08PM

    Love love love shoes -- incorrigibly girly shoes (pink quilted kitten heels with tulle bowes??) and cute shoes (bright red rubber ballet flats?) and all manner of shoes (over the knee black leather stilletos?).

Just a frivolous type, I'm afraid. And: your Sketchers sound lots of fun!!

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DEBRITA01 4/21/2011 6:37PM

    emoticonLove, love, love shoes! DH doesn't get it and always questions why I need so many. I like New Balance for fitness and have some Sketcher's for every day casual (won't say how many pairs...lol). Let me know about the Shape-Ups...there may be a new shoe purchase in my future... emoticon

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GRACEZN 4/21/2011 5:23PM

  My 'daughter' who is a Hospice nurse bought a pair of those shoes a year ago and loves them-wears them most of the time. She said that the following week a number of the other staff memberrs went out and bought a pair. Hope you enjoy them!

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DEBRA0818 4/21/2011 10:17AM

    Comfort is king in my shoe decisions; love Merrell sports sandals at the moment (Merrell Via III)! So great for long walks even the treadmill, not to mention every day and the beach.



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KIMFISH76 4/21/2011 9:53AM

    I have not jumped on that bandwagon yet, but I still haven't written them off. But I LOVE a good pair of shoes!

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SUNNY332 4/21/2011 9:49AM

    I have 5 pairs of New Balance in my closet - all 845's and I love them. I have seen advertisements for the Sketches but haven't tried them. The concept of them "shaping my bottom" has me very interested. Hehe

Other than the occasional dress flat I wear to church, I am not a "shoe person".

Off to the treadmill.

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FITFABJENN 4/21/2011 8:44AM

    Like you, I am not really into shoes. I'm pretty practical overall...like to wear things that are comfortable, especially my shoes. I do own a pair of Shape-ups, though.



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KALIGIRL 4/21/2011 8:23AM

    So glad you like your Sketcher's Shape-Ups. I've been thinking about purchasing and your testimonial did it for me.
BTW - have you thought about seeing a podiatrist? My one visit did worlds of good for me.
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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/21/2011 8:07AM

    I got a pair of Asics "Rockers" and i love them. My knees don't hurt and the shoes tone my calves and butt.
How are you?

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