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Ariel, the siren treadmill

Saturday, March 17, 2012

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Two teams that I have sentimental ties to are playing one another today... Syracuse Orangemen versus the Kansas State Wildcats. So Ariel, the siren treadmill whispers to me, "you can watch the game if you just hop up here and put in your miles... no leaving the house... no worrying about uneven footing... no allergens..."

And I listened and followed the song. And rooted for both sides for 121 minutes. Mostly walking. A few jogging intervals. Total miles 8.65. Happy endorphins as I stretch and prep my lunch. Stress management program in action!

Happy St. Patty's Day everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Life is good. Live yours. And Spark On! emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 3/18/2012 7:15PM

    Sounds like a great day to me! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 3/17/2012 9:57PM

    Great- you got your walking in and got to watch your teams.

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LJCANNON 3/17/2012 7:26PM

    emoticonThat's a Siren Call worth listening to!! Good Job!

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MSLZZY 3/17/2012 6:52PM

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_LINDA 3/17/2012 6:42PM

    Wow! Fantastic!!
Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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SUE_2U 3/17/2012 6:13PM

    A new form of having one's cake and eating it too???? Only a very healthy one! Fabulous idea! emoticon

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COMETER 3/17/2012 5:39PM

    Sounds like a great start to your day! Is the photo on your page from Friday's fog in Lincoln? It was pretty spooky looking for a while.

THANKS for your upbeat updates! I look forward to them.

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MNTWINSGAL 3/17/2012 5:29PM

    Good for you, Barb! You turned what could have been a sedentary afternoon into an almost 9 mile walk-run! Way to multi-task :)

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1CRAZYDOG 3/17/2012 3:09PM

    The siren Ariel is worth the endorphins, isn't she! LOL

Glad you got to listen to your games.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Missions accomplished

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mission one: getting the mileage building in. Walked 6.15 miles at sunrise. I had intended to "sleep in" but the body and the brain had other ideas... I guess I did sort of sleep in... 'til 5 a.m.

Then I was intending to walk on the treadmill before my son was to come over late in the morning, but it was mild outdoors, and the sun was coming up... and I went out into the fog to walk.

The sun was rising over the suburbs before I got to the bike path. And I got to the park before it got too high. I figured the fog would burn off soon, but it got thicker as I walked instead of thinner.
Normally you could see the dam at the end of the lake, but it was shrouded... the background shot shows the foggy path.

I ended up going all the way to the hardware store, picking up something I needed, and taking a different route home, not quite as pleasant as the park path, mind, but totalling up those miles.

My son arrived as I finished my post-walk shower, we had coffee then accomplished Mission #2: a visit to my sis in law, his dad's sister. We stayed longer than I normally do, as his cousin came over and I wanted them to have a chance to visit, too. His aunt demonstrated her sense of humor, despite her body not working well, saying she couldn't give him as hard a time as she normally would. I feel really good that we got this visit in.

I took son out to lunch/breakfast for him, but at 1 p.m., it's lunch for me! I had a couple of things that aren't normally on my menu, there was bacon on my salad, and I did a cream based broccoli and mushroom soup, and it tasted completely decadent.

Mission #3: he got a haircut. It brought back memories of his very first haircut. Even for that very first hair cut he had opinions and dictated them to the girl that did it. Today it was interesting seeing him explaining the Army version of "high and tight", compared to the Air Force version, which is more common around here. I hear there is also a Marine version! Who knew? Always getting an education, that's me.

When we ran out of things to say, and the cat got tired of being harrassed, son headed home to pack and re-pack, as he does. And here I am, Sparking away and assimilating the day.

Basketball is on the tube, Vermont and North Carolina. Pleased that Creighton made it through round one. I see both of Mary's teams made it, too (Wisconsin and Marquette). emoticon

Life is good and precious. Live yours. And Spark on! emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 3/18/2012 7:21PM

    What a beautiful day with your son, Barb. If you had been here that fog would have been pollen. It is everywhere here in NC. I will be glad when it calms down. emoticon

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/17/2012 11:59AM

    You had a beautiful day, Barb. Lot's of memories to treasure until your son comes back home and you can make some more together.

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_LINDA 3/17/2012 2:35AM

    Love the foggy photos! I have always enjoyed walking in the fog, kind of peaceful -and of course means a rare break from the incessant winds around here. Also, all my favorite sci fi and horror movies always had fog in them :)
Glad you got a great visit in with your son and sister-in-law :)
A really nice day -hope your weekend is as lovely!

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MNTWINSGAL 3/16/2012 11:00PM

    About the Marine "high and tight"... heehee, *I* knew! (always a mom...always informed...that's what we do!)

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KARIDIAN1 3/16/2012 10:10PM

    Sounds like a really nice day with your son and your walk.

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CONCHA77 3/16/2012 9:46PM

    We also had a very foggy morning. the sun did come and show it's face and it ended up to be a beautiful day here.
Glad you get those moments with your son. Priceless, I know. How is your SIL doing?
Rooting for my fav basketball team right now~ MICH STATE UNIVERSITY, hoping they make it to the finals. Keep a eye out, hugs, Connie Go Green!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/16/2012 8:47PM

    Glad you had such a good day. Hope the fog burned off later. I'm really enjoying the sunshine we've had for 2 weeks ... After our super grey, cold, snowy February. But hear now there's a chance of snow Monday night. Colorado weather is so changeable! Enjoy your weekend! God Bless & protect your son through every day of his service for our country!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/16/2012 8:14PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Hmmm.... must be in the air, becasue I woke up @ 3 am, tried to go back to sleep . . . didn't work. Laid in bed til 5 am and got up finally. Had plenty to do today, so that wasn't all bad.

glad you got to visit with your son!

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It's all my mother's fault...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Gotcha! It's all my mother's fault that I know that the "Ides of March", of which Julius Caesar was warned to beware (at least according to Shakespeare...)... is not always on the 15th! So, why is it my mother's fault that I know this? Because she subscribed for a while to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and there was this story that revolved around that bit, that the "ides" was in fact the 11th that particular year...

Now, I have no clue when the Ides of March really is/was this year... but that's my nod at the date. emoticon

Last night I hopped on the treadmill to do my target five miles. All virtuous here... and tonight says "off" on my training plan. I have emoticon VCU/ Wichita State on the tube, though, and it's hard to sit still. Nonetheless, I promise to listen to my knees and behave myself.

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MOBYCARP 3/16/2012 8:02PM

    . . . and you didn't comment on Pi day for 3-14. Though I suppose we need to wait almost 3 years to make a big deal out of Pi day on 3-14-15.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/16/2012 10:16AM

    Well I learned something new today. I thought the Ides of March was always on the 15th. Interesting. Enjoy the NCAA tournament. I'm cheering for Wisconsin and Marquette!

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SUE_2U 3/16/2012 3:32AM

    Beware the ides of March" is because that is the day that the nobles banded together to assassinate Caesar.
Don't assassinate those knees of yours! emoticon

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_LINDA 3/16/2012 1:44AM

    One thing about cheering on a sports team -you can windmill and pump your arms all you want, no knees required ;)
I never put any thought into this Ides of March or what it means, but I imagine a quick Google search would tell me the date this year and what its significance is..
Have a Fantastic Friday!

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/16/2012 1:26AM

    Aha - so yet another year I survived the Ides of March... time to celebrate!

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MSLZZY 3/15/2012 11:00PM

    Enjoy the game! HUGS!

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NETOPIASGAL 3/15/2012 10:19PM

    Ides of March was a celebration/festival for the god Mars. According to the historian Plutarch, Julius Caesar was warned by a seer that he would meet his end by the Ides of March. That was the day he was killed in the senate. So... beware of the Ides of March! And it was fairly fitting as Mars is the god of war. (I'm a home schooling Mom and we were just studying ancient Rome....)

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KARIDIAN1 3/15/2012 9:38PM

    What exactly is mean't by the Ides of March? I haven't a clue.

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COMETER 3/15/2012 9:24PM

    We're watching the last few seconds of VCU/Wichita State. Great game! Enjoy your off day!

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PATRISNA 3/15/2012 8:59PM

    I never knew what they meant by the Ides of March, maybe I was supposed to study it in school, but I must have been asleep during that lecture and assignment.


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MAGGIE101857 3/15/2012 8:48PM

    Life is good! And St. Pat's day is just around the corner!!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/15/2012 8:40PM

    OOOohhhh, I didn't even pay attention to the date today!

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Pep talk for a Wednesday?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Halfway through the first week of Daylight Savings. More tired today than I've been up until now. It is an adjustment, that much we know for sure.

Last night after work I put in a gentle 4.25 miles on the treadmill, as I cannot ignore the need to keep building my weekly miles for the 10 mile on the 31st and the Half Marathon come May. I may not get a lot of strength training in, but I will build those miles. Not quickly, mind, that's not the essential. Endurance is. Speed, what there will be of it, comes on race days. The legs are feeling tired, so I jolly them along by going slower, and ususally by the end of the workout, they are moving better as well as faster.

Now you might ask, "why the treadmill, when your weather outside was so gorgeous?" Well, two reasons. One, allergens. Two, it's part of that jollying along... if I start, I tell myself I can stop any time... and then I end up hitting my target distance while distracting myself with a TV show or music or something. Ah, the mind games we play to keep us going!

Speaking of the treadmill... got to lubricate the belt again... I had put enough time on it that it nagged me. Interesting process, and not difficult... the guys at the shop I bought it at sold me a do it yourself kit and gave instructions. The hardest part was figuring out how to get rid of the nag message, and thankfully I remembered which button they really meant this time and got it, first time out of the chute.

Lunch is packed, and the clock is saying it's time to pack up, but I had to say a quick "Hi" to my Spark buddies. And remind myself that life is good... let us Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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BARBAELLEN 3/15/2012 3:07PM

    I sure hope you never stop your blogs. They're always a pick-me-up. You're reminding me that I've got to stop dwelling on this spring-fever stuff and do what I gotta do anyhow!

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KALIGIRL 3/15/2012 8:44AM

    Whatever works - right?
So glad to hear about your 'bonus' walk with DS.

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/15/2012 3:02AM

    It seems to me that you have a good plan emoticon

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COMETER 3/14/2012 9:04PM

    Good luck, allergen-wise. I'm sorry that you can't be outside comfortably--which is pretty funny coming from me. I get a little put out when it's really nice out, and everybody acts like it's a sin to be inside, because sometimes I WANT to be inside, like with a good book. But not to have a real choice--that's not so great. I admire your can-do about doing what you can.

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_LINDA 3/14/2012 7:38PM

    Good for you to find a way to work around your allergies.. I am stuck between a rock and a hard place right now. Outside, a lot of the ice has melted, but the high winds are stirring up the dust and snow mold so I can't tolerate being outside in spite of the warmer temperatures. Meanwhile, inside my apartment, the cigarette smoke is pouring in thanks to the wind and I am so stuffed I have to mouth breathe :( Not something I want to inhale working out either..
I am with you, they should leave the clocks alone. Why bother? Its a big hassle for everyone, from businesses on down..
Hope you can adjust soon to the difference..
Have a Terrific Thursday!!

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SUE_2U 3/14/2012 7:33PM

    emoticon Just keep away from the pollen!

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NETOPIASGAL 3/14/2012 2:47PM

    emoticon If I just go downstairs and get on my Wii and tell myself I ONLY have to do 10 minutes, I usually end up doing 30. But if I'm in a certain mood and think I have to do 30 I may not make it downstairs. So, yea, I understand.

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ANDI571 3/14/2012 2:09PM

    I don't even work outside the home, and I have a hard time adjusting to DST. I really wish they would leave our body clocks alone.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/14/2012 11:44AM

    Oh, the allergens are kicking butt! SHEESH and it's only MARCH! Not a good sign. BUT it beats Winter, so I'll deal.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/14/2012 9:54AM

    I do the same thing with the elliptical. I'll set a low target for time and then when I reach it I know I can quit but I tell myself to try another minute or two, and so and and so forth. Whatever we have to do to trick ourselves is fine with me. Have a good day -- it's going to be sunny and 73 today. I think it's time to get my bike out of the basement. . .

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Here's hoping you enjoy lots of sunshine today! I am not able to walk outdoors yet as we still have snow and ice and water all over but it is on its way out. Love the picture of your kitty! Great job on the treadmill! Keep up the good work!

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Monday's reward wasn't the swim...

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

which I never got to. Phone call from son changed my plans. Instead, I got a bonus visit. I had been carefully managing my mom expectations to not see him until Friday, but he called because he was "in my neighborhood" about the time I got off work, and he caught me before I headed over to the gym.

So I drove on home instead and took a little stroll around the neighborhood (weather was great, shirt sleeves) with my son while he broke in his new boots. This is the last week this year that we'll have him, and this is a leave he didn't get the last time he deployed.

I'll still get my visit on Friday, but it was so nice to have a bonus visit and extra hugs. We moms live for this, you know! We now return you to the regular training plan... which today includes a little bit of walking on air? emoticon emoticon

And of course remembering each and every day... to take care of ourselves... so we *can* be there for our loved ones! Life's good. Spark on. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/14/2012 3:02AM

    It seemes like a true walk on sunshine...

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ANDI571 3/13/2012 11:21PM

    So glad you got that extra visit today. Let your son know someone in Ohio really appreciates and thanks him for his service for our country. I also appreciate mom. I think we sometimes take our military for granted. I don't want to ever do that. emoticon

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COMETER 3/13/2012 9:54PM


And I wonder what kind of calorie count there is for walking on air??

Spark on!

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KARIDIAN1 3/13/2012 6:24PM

    What a nice surprise for you. And you still have Friday to look forward too.

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SUE_2U 3/13/2012 5:18PM

    What a wonderful surprise, and I am so glad you got time with him! Wishing he was home more but oh so very thankful for what he does. Bless him! And keep him safe, always! emoticon

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MIZCATHI 3/13/2012 4:34PM

    Awesome that you got to spend some bonus time with your boy!

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_LINDA 3/13/2012 12:17PM

    So wonderful you got this perk! Just what you needed to make a perfect day!
The guys are starting to wear shorts here, a sure sign of spring. The sandals are coming out. Temperatures are 39 + and as long as its sunny and the wind not too much, it feels warm! We are actually supposed to hit 57 by Friday! Bathing suit weather!! ;)
Have a Totally Terrific Tuesday!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/13/2012 10:57AM

    Sooooo glad you got the bonus visit with your son. Prayers for his safety and for YOU.

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MSLZZY 3/13/2012 10:24AM

    Awesome! What a bonus! HUGS!

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SHARON10002 3/13/2012 10:12AM

    You are so right . . . Those are some of our most cherished moments!
Oh, I'm so very happy for you right now! I can feel your happiness!
Wish him Godspeed for all of us Blue Star moms!

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SUNNY332 3/13/2012 9:56AM

    How wonderful for you to have this time with your Son.

God is good. Know Barb, that not a day will go by that I don't pray for his well being. Do tell him thanks for his service.

Hugs to you my friend.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/13/2012 9:46AM

    God always gives us what we need, when we need them. I'm happy that He blessed you with a bonus visit. And yes, we moms do live for those little moments with our children. SO glad you had that time with him yesterday.

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