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Last year's alphabet

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Last year I did the alphabet blogs, with the following words:

A - Assimilate, Adapt, Accept
B - Budget
C - Consistency, crazy, compassion, compulsions
D - Diligence
E - Experience
F - Fellowship
G - Genuine
H - Honesty
I - Inspiration
J - Just
K - "kit"
L - listen and learn
M - Mastery living
N - No!
O - Observe
P - Play
Q - Quest
R - restore
S - "should"
T - Time
U - Usable
V - Vitality
W - Wholeness
X - Xenophobia
Y - Yield
Z - Zeitgeist

I am re-listing them here, because I am beginning to think about blogging another alphabet, and my goal would be not to repeat any of the words I used last year (if you want the whole of last year, you have to go 24 pages back in my blogs).

So, fair warning, the pen is getting warmed up for learning my ABC's of maintenance, all over again!

As for today's best news: I gave donating blood another try... and this time, success! Woo-hoo! I was rewarded with my four gallon prize - a black "I bleed Husker Red" T-shirt. Yeah, I have a whole closet full of comfy cotton T's, courtesy of my activities of the year.

Life is indeed good... allergies are simmering down (two days post race)... flu shot is out of the way (last week)... and the running season ended well. emoticon emoticon

  
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GOHUSKERS2 10/20/2011 4:16AM

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_LINDA 10/19/2011 2:10AM

    Awesome list!! It will be intersting to see you try top that one! Good for you for donating blood! In spite of all the major surgeries I have had, I have never needed any blood. My blood is very healthy, too bad its so full of chemicals to donate, although someone with RA might benefit..
Nice to hear your allergies are settling, mine sure are showing no signs of getting better :( I have bridge on the day my building gets flu shots :( but I am required to get it, so I will have to make the trip somewhere else to get it..
Keep up the awesome work!

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WATERMELLEN 10/18/2011 11:43PM

    Looking forward to your "new" alphabet . . . and: from all of us who've needed transfusions, thanks for donating!

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KARIDIAN1 10/18/2011 11:26PM

    Sounds like you have a project on your hands.

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MSLZZY 10/18/2011 9:04PM

    Love your list and looking forward to the new one. So glad you could donate blood and get another T-shirt. You can never have too many LOL! HUGS!

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SUNNY332 10/18/2011 7:45PM

    Bring it on....I am ready!

Sunny

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Reflections on training and racing

Monday, October 17, 2011

In the past year I have "done" several road race events, some of which I was in good training for, some not so much. This morning I was reflecting on the fact that my training has really fallen off in the past couple of months, and yet, I put in the fastest 5K of my athletic year yesterday afternoon.

I don't care to do it again (race without training better), and I have to wonder if I would have done better with regular training runs, or if I did better becauses my body had more rest time? I will probably never know.

I signed up for the Governor's Cup the same time I signed on for the Buffalo Run. I knew I was not training for the 5 miles for Buffalo Run and was very happy with my time for it. But I figured (back then) that I had six weeks to resume proper training before the Governor's Cup.

Then "Life" intervened in the form of overtime and a rebellious attitude, and that proper training didn't happen. The Susan G. Komen run got "tucked in" to the schedule, and rebelliously skipped. I half-heartedly did some run-walk workouts on the treadmill, but more on the order of once a week, not three days.

I kept walking on my work breaks, and I did the occasional strength workout, but seriously, I was more focussed on just keeping my head above water. I had my little tantrums, my scary food binge thing, and a lot of second-guessing along the way.

Then, for better or worse, I went out and did it. This morning? Still sneezing. Some muscles reminding me they would have liked a better prep for what they need to do. But overall, not too bad.

I am not signing up for the Jingle Bell (arthritis 5K, November) or the Holiday run (December, track club 5K). I don't want to run if I'm not properly training. And I have to figure out just how much training time I have room for... either that, or an event that grabs my vision enough to make training a priority. But you never know... a last minute change of heart?

And that will be the focus of this week, figuring out "what's next". Life's good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon

  
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SUNNY332 10/18/2011 5:05PM

    Life is good and you have added to your life by your running and fitness training. I agree with you that a person needs to be "ready" for a run. Keep up the great work and can't wait to see where you go from here.

You are my SHERO but I think you already know that!

Hugs, Sunny

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WATERMELLEN 10/17/2011 9:05PM

    I no longer run because of hip/knee problems when I try . . . use the elliptical instead. And golf, weight lift, cross country ski, hike etc. etc. But: I like your careful weighing and the process/project distinction. This fitness thing is "for life" for me: so about process. Even when I was running 10 km probably more times a week than I should have done -- I very seldom entered a race. Just not my thing. There seems to be a lot of pressure to sign up for races as fundraisers etc. But there are other ways of making charitable donations and running was for me more of a meditative thing

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MOBYCARP 10/17/2011 8:36PM

    This blog makes me think of the project/process tradeoff. I've signed up for a small organized 5K, because I want to see how well I like it; but I'm really looking forward to just running off-program, when whatever run fits into the schedule is OK.

A few weeks ago at the gym I overheard a couple of guys talking. One was saying how he ran a lot of road races over the past year, and he was tired of them. He didn't want to race very much, just train. That's the tradeoff. Train for the race = project with defined goal. Train for fun, for fitness, with no particular end in sight = process.

I'm thinking I'll settle down more on the process end of the spectrum, but I'll take a look at some races just to see what happens. It's possible that I could surprise myself.

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KALIGIRL 10/17/2011 1:20PM

    Here's to "what's next". I know it will be grand.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/17/2011 12:00PM

    Thanks for this honest blog. I agree with you that I only wnat to run when I've trained properly.

I've tried to train regularly, but 3 colds this summer have just messed with my plans. This last cold - worst cough of my life - has lasted more than a month. I don't know if my training ran down my immunities, or if it would have happened anyway. It's hard to know. Looks like my plans for a 10K on Nov 12 isn't going to happen. Darn.

Best wishes for finding an inspiring goal that gets your training going!! -Marsha

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DEBRA0818 10/17/2011 11:41AM

    This time of reflection will allow you to sort out what you genuinely want to do, and I hope will also allow you to tap into your genuine wants and needs. So often I get caught up in an ideal only to realize that the ideal far outpaced my actual wants.

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/17/2011 10:24AM

    It is so important for us to Count the Cost before making commitments ... And too often we just jump in without thinking. I like that you are going to evaluate what, when, why! Have a blessed day, Barb!

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SJSLOWRUNNER 10/17/2011 8:50AM

  I completely understand. The past two races I've done I've signed up way in advance thinking I have all this time to train - and then two weeks before I ask myself where all the time went. After my last race I said "I'm not doing another race without training" and resolved to run consistently after that so I'm always ready. Of course I still haven't run again yet - but I haven't signed up for anything either.
But good job on your run.
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MSLZZY 10/17/2011 8:11AM

    You did awesome but a time of reflection is always good. Do what is best for you.
HUGS!

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CIRANDELLA 10/17/2011 8:09AM

    Training is such a key element, isn't it? Your experiences underline that.

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The Governor's Cup... and why I should not try to race in the Autumn...

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Ah-choo! Ah-choo! Ah-choo! I went running drugged with Zyrtec, which I took this morning.

I got through the race, and in good time, too. 5K in 30:53, for a sub-ten minute mile pace. I am thrilled with my performance... I did not run the whole way, dropped to walk multiple times throughout the course, but to finish with an average 9:57 mile, that means I was pushing it when I *did* run, and those walking breaks were power walks.

However, all that leaf mould and dust? My goodness... I was sneezing up a storm on the way back to the car. And all the way home. Still draining now, two hours later. I just hope I haven't damaged myself for the work week ahead.

And this wraps the season of Barb's athleticism. No more 5K's this year. Gotta start thinking about what's next. But for now? Endorphins rule. emoticon

  
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SHELL- 10/18/2011 10:33PM

    Very inspiring! I try to never miss your blog!! emoticon

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FIT4GOOD3 10/17/2011 10:48PM

    Congratulations!! It will be another month before I can run 5k, but I'm inspired by your example! Way to go!
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ANDI571 10/17/2011 4:08PM

    That's awesome you went ahead and did the race in spite of your allergies, and finished on top of it. Good for you! I don't know if I would have. That is so awesome!

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DEBRITA01 10/17/2011 1:59PM

    Good job completing your 5k goal despite the allergies... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUGGYS 10/17/2011 11:49AM

    Nice time, Barb despite the allergies...congrats on going out and doing it!!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 10/17/2011 8:49AM

    I know all too well about allergies as I have had a bad weekend too.

All in all - you had a great time on your 5K and need to be proud!

Take care and Hugs, Sunny

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GOHUSKERS2 10/17/2011 7:22AM

    When you started this journey did you ever think you be able to do this? Look what you've accomplished. I think it's awesome. Great job even with the allergies. You can be proud!!

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_LINDA 10/17/2011 2:47AM

    That is amazing you were able to run like that with nasal problems!! Well done!! You rock!!
I am so struggling with mine, nothing seems to stop them :(( Maybe I will have to look at this Zyrtec..
Hope you recover soon..

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SUNNYWBL 10/17/2011 1:41AM

    The best part about allergies is they don't last as long as colds do! At least, not for me.

What a wonderful pace! That must feel very good.


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KARIDIAN1 10/16/2011 11:38PM

    Nice time! Winter will be here soon in MN, so we will need to change it up too. Hope your allergies calm down now.

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MSLZZY 10/16/2011 9:38PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonEnough of the allergies!

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MOBYCARP 10/16/2011 8:33PM

    Good job getting the race done under adverse conditions! emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 10/16/2011 7:30PM

    emoticon Wowzie woozers, Barb! You RULE!!! Congratulations on completing the 5K; that's quite a feather in your dusty/moldy cap! Plus, you managed it while dosed with Zyrtec - a real trouper :) I imagine that running this time of year, with the fall allergens just burgeoning, is an extra challenge. We've got some serious air filters in the house, but even on days I don't leave home, I've had a little "drippiness" :) Three cheers! And every good wish for a great week ahead. P.S. - Thanks for the update on LGH and their expansion! I got such a kick out of that :) - Susan

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MNTWINSGAL 10/16/2011 6:44PM

    This is the worst time of year for me, and for that very reason. My head plugs up, and I feel like I've been on a crying jag. The power of self-persuasion....I actually start feeling sad because something in me thinks I've been crying.

But you got out and did it anyway, so kudos to you! Congrats on a successful season of racing, and good luck coming up with something equally challenging for the long, cold winter. Whatever you put your mind to, I've no doubt you'll succeed. WOO HOO!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/16/2011 6:42PM

    Congrats on your great time, Barb! Sorry you got the allergies triggered. I'm off running due to lingering cough/cold. Darn. Hope we both perk up soon. Take care. -Marsha

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A good day

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The body was ready to be up at the usual time, despite my having turned the alarm off. My Saturday early morning tradition has become watching the streaming video of the most recent "Biggest Loser" show, and usually working out while they work out.

I varied this today, as I didn' t want to overdo workouts today, since I have decided I really do want to do that 5K tomorrow afternoon... so kind of tapering? Or, just putting rest at the top of the list.

Did a bunch of Saturday errands, tucking in getting my bib and timing chip for tomorrow's event. I also bought replacement batteries for my digital food scale... who knew I'd wear them out... I can't remember exactly when I bought this scale, but I'm thinking five years. Not bad for battery life.

I got the car's oil changed. Hacked a bit more at the shrubbery. It keeps coming ba-ack! Rewarded myself with a walk with my book before supper. Food was good and healthy... I made my fat free cream of tomato soup: Chobani greek yogurt (plain) stirred into low sodium tomato juice, and zapped in the microwave. Yum!

To put just the right end on the day, I'm thinking early bedtime. Life's good. Last weekend's rebellion is a distant memory. Feeling good again! Spark on.

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LEANJEAN6 10/16/2011 4:59PM

    I love your newest puicture! So much enthusiasm--Hope yu do well in the "'run""--

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/16/2011 4:19PM

    I love "hearing" the spirit back in your voice/blog. Pushing through the difficult times is always so worth it. Way to go, Barb!

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KARIDIAN1 10/16/2011 4:11PM

    You got alot accomplished! Great feeling isn"t it?

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CIRANDELLA 10/15/2011 10:28PM

    Now, there's an energizing idea - working out with the people on The Biggest Loser! That's one of the most creative ways I've heard of to fit in one's exercise - well done! I used to put in time on the treadmill while watching "Carol Burnett Show" reruns. It was a perilous undertaking, especially since I laughed so hard, I nearly fell off the treadmill more than a few times ;) I love your tomato soup recipe, too! Sounds fresh, tangy, and tasty... and Chobani's my favorite yogurt. Sooo creamy...and packed with protein. Spark on, my friend! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/15/2011 8:34PM

    You did great!

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SUNNYWBL 10/15/2011 7:59PM

    Good for you, a most productive day! Be well for the race tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 10/15/2011 7:21PM

    Glad to hear it - spent the day in the yard, raking leaves and staining the deck - not perfectly even, but protected. Love relaxing with what's important.
Namaste my friend.

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Leaders and followers

Friday, October 14, 2011

I'm in the midst of reading one of those great big books: a historical novel, set in the days before Henry II took the throne of England. The author, Sharon Kay Penman, is a historian in her own right, so her books are full of fact and flavor mixed in with the surmise. She always explains at the end which was which, in her author's notes. I have enjoyed her works.

Being me, I have to project from what I'm reading into the Sparkverse... I'm reading of a struggle for the crown. Of men and women who lead and those who follow. It dawns on me that we are much the same in our struggle for any prize.

Take fitness and weight loss (after all, this is Sparkpeople), for example. Often we are taken by an inspiring story that we see around us. A friend or family member has enjoyed success. We might be among their supporters and cheerleaders. And then it hits: the realization that we could have this prize for ourselves! And we follow their lead.

We have some success, perhaps, and suddenly, one day we find there are others cheering us on, and following OUR lead!

The really neat thing about this particular prize? It's not a one-winner prize. Everyone who enters the struggle to achieve it is a winner to one degree or another. This is a crown we all can wear.

The people struggling for the crown in the historical novel are doing so because of their lineage and claim. They are limited to some degree by the strength of that claim, yet still, they enter the battle, and find their place in their world.

As human beings, we have the lineage to claim mastery of our own bodies. We may be limited somewhat by circumstance or genetics... after all, we've got what we've got to work with. But we have the choice to strive to make it the best it can be.

So go for it... follow the ideal, or follow a friend... and lead yourself to your crown. Because you're worth it. emoticon

  
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NEWKAREN43 10/15/2011 2:03PM

    It's not a "one winner prize"...I love that line. Thanks for the perspective...it's nice to lead and follow and lead again...

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COMPUCATHY 10/15/2011 10:28AM

    I like your thinking! As I was reading your take on this and how we can all wear the crown, I envisioned a beach where people are standing on the beach and calling out to the swimmers and encouraging them to "come on and join us" and giving them a hand up out of the waters onto the land. We can all succeed and be a part of that crowd...and become the ones on the beach calling out to the rest who are headed our way. It is so awesome. You are one of my encouragers on the beach! Thank you! Keep up the good work! I'm swimming your way! Thanks for the encouragement! Hope you have a great weekend! Spark on! emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 10/14/2011 9:00PM

    What an exciting blog entry! And yes, we're all vying for that magical, mystical One-Size-Fits-All SparkCrown! I must say, you wear it exceedingly well, too.. It was finally, at the ripe ol' age of 59, that I "got it in gear" and finally - permanently, I really hope - rid my body of its extra weight. I'm finding that weight loss and a reduction in pain from arthritis and other chronic wear-and-tear ailments *alone* is the best incentive I've found for keeping off the pounds. So glad to meet you here, too! emoticon - Susan

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WATERMELLEN 10/14/2011 5:18PM

    There is absolutely unlimited success to go around here . . . not a "zero sum game" at all!!

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LEANJEAN6 10/14/2011 5:11PM

    True!!! There are "'pillars"" and there are "'Cater-Pillars""-------Your book sounds interesting!--Great inspiring blog! Lynda

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BUGGYS 10/14/2011 2:59PM

    Life is all about the choices we make and how those choices may influence others along the way. I have learned so much from my friends here on SP and hopefully they have gained some insight from me as well...it's all about putting one foot in front of the other and making it the best life it can be! Great blog!!! emoticon

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TISHTOES 10/14/2011 2:06PM

    Yes, ties to SparkPeople everywhere you look. Maybe that should be a new topic.

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Oh! Remember the old TV show, Queen for a Day? I'm going to start a new topic, Crown of my Day.

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LJCANNON 10/14/2011 10:38AM

    emoticonGood Blog!! And Good to Know that I am not the only one who sees Ties to SparkPeople every where I turn!!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/14/2011 10:06AM

    Very inspirational. And isn't it nice that we've found a website where we can both lead and follow comfortably. It's a nice ebb and flow.

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_LINDA 10/14/2011 8:47AM

    Great tie in! I love historical novels too. Just read a sweeping one on the history of London from its very beginnings. The characters were a fascinating read as they were touched by fame, fortune and misfortune and the right of birth sometimes meant nothing at all and your line went a different way just by chance. But each person made the best out of what they could of the fate they were given. As Yoda said there is no try, only do! The army has it right with their slogan be all you can be.
Here is to being the best we can be!

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DEBRITA01 10/14/2011 8:27AM

    emoticonHere's to being the best that we can be! Good blog.

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