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So, it's supposed to be Christmas season...

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I noted to some of my Spark friends that I'm having trouble getting my Cratchet on this year. Seriously. I haven't decorated at work OR at home. I've been doing all the healthy Spark things, of course: nutrition, exercise, sleep. But... between the weather not hollering "Winter" (it will soon, they promise, starting with a downward slide in temps today and tomorrow)... having had a southern trip in November, missing Thanksgiving dinner with the family... oh, and lest we forget, my son's overseas and my daughter in law doesn't "do" Christmas.

Anyway, my personal internal calendar is stuck at about Halloween. I'm working on it, really I am! It has been my observation in years past, though, that regardless of my personal circumstances, Christmas *will* show up on schedule, right in my heart, where it belongs.

Meantime, my apologies for not being a particularly festive blogger! Despite this, life *is* still good. Spark on! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 12/8/2012 8:50AM

    Just hang a decorationn on a plant Barb! Who needs a tree?-----Lordy Lordy! Xmas will be in yer heart--You are so good! Forget emoticon mm emoticon emoticon mm emoticon m emoticon m all the hooplah and do as yu please!-lynda

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ASHPATCH11 12/7/2012 10:41AM

    once you get that tree up and start listening to the holiday tunes you will so be in the mood!! werid that ur daugther in law does not "do" xmas.

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MOSTMOM1 12/7/2012 8:00AM

    Getting your Cratchet on--ha ha, love that! We're easing our way into it too. Doesn't look like Christmas at all in our house yet. It looks like Science Fair Project Time. Really. Doesn't Christmastime seem to be the perfect time for Science Fair? Nothing says, God rest ye merry gentlemen, like the weeping and gnashing of teeth from middle schoolers and their parents. LOL. Thinking we will attempt mildly decking our halls this weekend. Have a good one!

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    Kind of how I feel. I'm still waiting for the Trick or Treaters to show up since Halloween got hurricaned this year! And yes, I did manage to eventually eat the candy.
Thanksgiving was empty as I was missing Dad.
The rest of this years personal tragedies have knocked my Ho Ho Ho down to an alltime low.

For me giving to the Red Cross (hmm, I work there) or another humanitarian organization may bring me a better lift than evergreen and tinsel.

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PATRICIAAK 12/6/2012 11:09PM

    Jesus is the reason for the season. The decorations aren't.

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KARIDIAN1 12/6/2012 10:56PM

    Don't feel bad, we don't do much for the holidays either. Too busy with work and stuff. I work retail and right now am getting holiday overload. So looking forward to January and the slow time of the year for us.

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MSLZZY 12/6/2012 10:48PM

    Tree's up, lights on and that's it. You and I need
to get together LOL!

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DOGLADY13 12/6/2012 9:43PM

    Even when I am at my lowest points, I always know that life is *still* good! sparkin' on with you, Sister!

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MNTWINSGAL 12/6/2012 6:12PM

    I'm having just the opposite experience from you this year Barb...being out of work has given me plenty of time at home to be festive....I've decorated, shopped, started the wrapping, and I'm trying to rein myself in with the baking -- it's too early for that, except what I'm sending to Jeff & Abbi. But I've had years like what you're having....and I've no doubt you'll be feeling Christmas-ey before you know it!

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MOBYCARP 12/6/2012 6:09PM

    Does it help if I tell you I have a tree up? It's small, about the size of Grandma Dottie's artificial tree when we were kids. And it's likely the only Christmas decoration I'll do at home. At the office, there are two ornaments, red and purple, taped to my door; but somebody else put those up. I can just enjoy the decorations other people put up at work.

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SUSANNAH31 12/6/2012 5:47PM

    It can be somewhat liberating to not have all the holiday obligations using up your time and energy.
Besides, you are feeling festive just from your own life these days. How terrific is that!!

Just think, this year when it comes time to make the New Year's resolutions, you'll be feeling very good about this past year's accomplishments.

It's all good!!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/6/2012 3:41PM

    Wishing your heart full of Christmas joy shows up sooner rather than later!! Now get a few of those decorations out, have a hot apple cider (maybe sugar free), and put on some Christmas music. How about dancing to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree or other upbeat carol?? You'll get there!! -Marsha

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PATRISNA 12/6/2012 2:16PM

    This year I have been thinking of getting one of those Charlie Brown Christmas trees. All the decorations are in the attic and I don't want to drag them down. Just not feeling like all the work.

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MIRAGE727 12/6/2012 2:04PM

    No apologies needed, Barb! You blog on anything you feel like! I've got immediate family issues but I'm just focusing on DSSECRETS & Gianna as my priorities! And your heart is definitely in the right place!

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LESLIELENORE 12/6/2012 11:28AM

    I just started decorating.

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_LINDA 12/6/2012 11:26AM

    Being single in a bachelor apartment, I don't bother decorating either, especially as I have no visitors and face north where few people walk behind. I do kind of miss the blinking running lights I used to put up, but they wouldn't work well with vertical blinds on my windows. But a bridge partner of mine said one should always have a tree and she gave me this small wooden one painted green and she put rhinestones all over it, looks great and is on my shelf year round as its kind of artsy!

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DLDMIL 12/6/2012 11:17AM

    I haven't decorated my house or my office for 12 years. Now as an empty nester, I really don't miss the hassle of it all. I still spend the holidays with my kids and grandkids and that is what is important to me.

The spirit of the holiday is the most important whether you decorate or not.

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DALID414 12/6/2012 10:10AM

    Some years the holidays seem to come all at once!

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SHESMITH1 12/6/2012 9:45AM

    In your heart is right where it should be! You can then "give it back" ....

When I was 5, the recitation I did in our church's Christmas program was:

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I'd give Him a lamb.
If I were a wise man, I'd do my part.
But what can I give Him?
I'll give Him my heart!

After 50+ years, I still remember that verse. Maybe the purpose of that memory was to share it with you today! (I'll let you know if I don't remember it tomorrow :) )

Have a joyful day, OneKidsMom! I KNOW you deserve it!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/6/2012 8:27AM

    Maybe just do the Christmas stuff you love the most and forget about the rest or experiment with doing things differently this year?

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AMSPARKER 12/6/2012 8:00AM

    I just wanted to tell you, I had a particularly bad yesterday, had a call with my MIL that really upset me, routine problems with the teenagers that are so disheartening...I told myself, I'm going to handle this with grace. I mentally ran through all of the people in my life that I know, and whom I would like to emulate during all of this really, unremarkable, day to day stress and your name came into my mind, I thought that's it - I will try to handle this the way I think ONEKIDSMOM. Although this has absolutely nothing to do with your post, it reminded me about yesterday and I wanted to let you know how AWESOME i think you are!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/6/2012 7:55AM

    Sometimes a simple Christmas is the best. We can get so caught up in doing everything perfectly that we forget what it's really about. It sounds like you remember where the spirit belongs - right in your heart. emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/6/2012 7:45AM

    I think it's harder to get in the Christmas spirit when it's unseasonably warm. Snow would go a long way in helping the mood for me. Maybe Sunday.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/6/2012 7:44AM

    Oh I'm right with you. Did get my miniature nutcracker ornaments out on the kitchen shelf and the cards and shopping are done. But no tree . . . yet.

You're right, though, that the most important place to feel Christmas is in your heart.


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HEALTHY4ME 12/6/2012 7:37AM

    My life is good too, but I am not festive. I am so tired I feel as if we are living in limbo, still have dads stuff partially unpacked, part up here part down with him. Still have stuff to reno up here but have to finish down there.... I have no more interest in "doing" Christmas and especially this year feel as if it is all for 2 days. We haven't many friends here, that just drop over one sister in law will come.... the kids usually come xmas eve, but dil stopped that when she wasn't able to bring a bby to the house and now that there is a 3 year old almost, and a 1 year old, I can only imagine. But do know that dd friend has invited herself and family over for xmas eve as she has no family and considers us her family. Great when I feel like it LOL
SO yes life is going along, but I will join you in being late on getting ready for the season. HUGS

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CSDAYS 12/6/2012 7:29AM

    We got behind too and put up just a small tree.

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Playing with the techno-toy

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I did well with my "line in the sand" today, and went above and beyond that... lured onward by the techno-toy. There is this little GPS enabled app called RunKeeper... perhaps some of you have heard of it / used it... but I've been having serious techno-envy over MobyCarp having it, and his daughter, and my son (although he can't use it where he is at the mo...), and a brother in law... the list goes on.

Here's the deal... you head outside, tell it to start your activity, and it maps your route and calculates your distance and pace. Perfect for those long weekend training runs that are involved in marathon / half marathon plans!

So, today, I went outside to do my break walks. After all, we won't have this unseasonable weather for-ever! And tried it out. I know I walked faster knowing it was clocking me. When the little voice in my ear announced in that slow machine voice that it had been 5 minutes, 10 minutes, how far I'd gone, and my average pace? Kewl!

However, this time of year... when I really need to put in four miles after work... it's dark. So... my evening workout was on the trusty treadmill. And it felt good. Tomorrow... strength.

Now off to the showers and bedtime!

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LEANJEAN6 12/6/2012 6:45AM

    emoticon very interesting little gadget Barb!--Glad it worked for yu!

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LESLIELENORE 12/5/2012 2:51PM

    I'm still low tech, but I know I go farther when I wear my pedometer.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/5/2012 2:15PM

    Cool! HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 12/5/2012 11:15AM

    Kewl indeed! Hey, does this toy work in the water and on the bike, too?? Some day I'm gonna get me some cool toy, too! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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LINDAKAY228 12/5/2012 10:38AM

    I love runkeeper. I use it for walks, running, and for hiking. I've changed the setting so they don't speak to me so often, and now I get a verbal message at every half mile when hiking, and a little more often if running. I like to look at the online reports too after I save it and look on my computer at the webpage. And I have the free version. I've tried several apps but this is the one I really liked the best and continue to use.

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/5/2012 7:54AM

    Technology can be fun. Have a great day.

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MSLZZY 12/5/2012 7:41AM

    Ahh, technology! Enjoy your new friend! HUGS!

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DEBRA0818 12/5/2012 6:39AM

    It's like a little coach in your pocket! Way cool!


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DLDMIL 12/4/2012 11:17PM

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COMPUCATHY 12/4/2012 10:41PM

    Sounds like the techno toy is a hit! I love Runkeeper! It's very encouraging. Sounds like you had a good day! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 12/4/2012 10:41PM

    toys are fun and they keep us moving and motivated!

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KARIDIAN1 12/4/2012 10:37PM

    Very Nifty tool

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ROXYZMOM 12/4/2012 10:33PM

    Don't forget to put your future races in it - it counts down for you! I love Runkeeper!!

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_LINDA 12/4/2012 10:24PM

    Nothing like having fun with a new toy! Talking to you should keep you on your toes for sure!! Enjoy!

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MIRAGE727 12/4/2012 10:14PM

    Before I got my Garmin (Thanks, Laurie5658!), I tried several apps. RunKeeper was one of them and also one of my faves. Wring that thing out, there are a number of cool things you can do with it. You can also log and post on their site too! Have fun, Barb!

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MOBYCARP 12/4/2012 10:02PM

    Before getting RunKeeper, I posted on the Daily Mile site. As a site, I like Daily Mile better; but my daughter was on RunKeeper, and it turns out that the RunKeeper app is the best of the free running GPS apps I tried. It's possible that the paid version of Kinetic might be better, and that one claims to interface with Daily Mile; but with family on RunKeeper, it's an easy call to stick with that one.

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PATRICIAAK 12/4/2012 9:54PM

    Keep it up!

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Didn't post a pep talk this morning, but managed to give myself one...

Monday, December 03, 2012

In the car on the drive to work I usually keep the radio off. I've been doing this pretty much as long as I've been Sparking actively. Why? Radio is a distraction, a shiny object that pulls one away from the focus of the morning.

I often write blogs in my head during that fifteen minute drive. And I definitely give myself pep talks about the day ahead. Since I was a bit rushed heading out the door and I knew I had a week packed with meetings once again lined up, it was important to keep my focus on my "line in the sand" challenge... not skipping those all important break walks, even on a "rest" day in the exercise cycle.

Those break walks are what keep me sane through my work day. I have a schedule to keep. If my meetings interfere with the "normal" time for my walking break, I take it earlier or later. Walk, eat healthy snack, go to next meeting. Lunch time? Eat healthy lunch, then go for walk. Afternoon, repeat. If a meeting encroaches on lunch break, shift lunch time earlier or later, but don't skimp on it.

Today I had a new techno-toy to try out with the walking breaks. You see, I have been slowly dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I resisted the iPod. I eventually got an MP3 player, but hadn't done a lot with it in a while. I resisted the Smart Phones. Until yesterday.

With my marathon dreams, my envy of those who have the RunKeeper app (or other similar training appication) on GPS enabled phones got the better of me. It was time to get my cell phone minutes for the next year anyway... I only had 25 days left on my plan.

So... I walked into the techno-store, and found that the sales person was also a runner... he recommended a package for me that includes this really comfy headset. I tried it out today, and I have to say I am impressed. Now to rip the music I really want to be my sound track!

Because life is good, and active life is better, and music along the way keeps us moving. Georg Frederick Handel, here I come!

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COMETER 12/5/2012 6:22AM

    Hey, I needed this!

I've fallen way off track, and your mentioning walks in the middle of the day may be my perfect solution for re-calibrating myself.


And I agree about the giddiness of a new gadget that works well--love!

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CEHALLA 12/4/2012 10:40PM

    Handel??? I love "Messiah" but never thought about running to it. Sounds really nice.

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MNTWINSGAL 12/4/2012 1:13PM

    Have fun with your new toy! I never wanted a smart phone, thought it was a waste because I'd never use the apps. Boy, was I wrong! Getting my Android was one of the best decisions I've ever made!

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DEBRA0818 12/4/2012 6:21AM

    I resisted the smart phone for a long time too and have been impressed by its many advantages since acquiring one.

P.S. Love your kitty photo!


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15 minute commute.

Enjoy the new gizmos. I embrace them all.

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DALID414 12/4/2012 12:46AM

    Welcome to the 21st century emoticon use it to your advantage

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KARIDIAN1 12/3/2012 10:04PM

    We don't listen to any music when we walk. We usually use the walk to catch up on our day and any plans for things coming up. Not often that we walk alone, at least I don't. Jim does sometimes on weekends when I'm at work.

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MSLZZY 12/3/2012 10:02PM

    I am so jealous! Enjoy the new technology!

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_LINDA 12/3/2012 9:50PM

    Way to go keeping to your walk breaks at work, nothing more refreshing and rejuvenating after being stuck in a stuffy building on your butt all day.
Congrats on taking the leap into the 21 century! You are going to enjoy tracking your run statistics.
I know I would do a lot better with my speedwalks if I could listen to music, but headphones make me deaf :( I used to have a walkman and even on its lowest setting a few hours use and I couldn't hear anything. I wish there was another way to listen to portable music.
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ROXYZMOM 12/3/2012 9:50PM

    Congrats! I love RunKeeper - greatest app ever!!

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COMPUCATHY 12/3/2012 9:22PM

    Yes, music and walks and pep talks! So funny...I blogged about music and pep talks today, too! Guess we are on the same groove! Keep up the good work! Enjoy your new toy! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 12/3/2012 9:15PM

    Congrats on your new techno-toy. It sounds wonderful.

Your commitment to getting your walks and healthy food during the work day is great! Sounds like the most sane way to work there is!!

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MOBYCARP 12/3/2012 9:09PM

    That's quite a swing, from the economy-model prepaid to a smart phone! I hope you find that what it does for you is worth the money to you.

I cheaped out and went with an iPod first . . . then became convinced that the apps would be ever so much more useful with a better GPS than the iPod touch and with continual network connectivity. And they are. I could see myself backing off from the smart phone, in a situation of severely reduced income; but I don't see that happening from different priorities for the income I have right now.

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LESLIELENORE 12/3/2012 9:00PM

    I almost always have company on my walks, either human or canine, so I don't usually listen to music, but I have been thinking about giving running an honest try (I've been playing around with it for months), and if I get serious I will probably want music.

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DLDMIL 12/3/2012 8:44PM

    emoticon . I am still resisting the smart phone at this time. I refuse to be that attached to my phone. Eventually I will probably have to get one because they will stop making the simple ones. Let us know how you like the GPS apps for your runs.

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KELLIEBEAN 12/3/2012 8:39PM

    I also try to stick to walking breaks at work no matter the schedule! So important to keep moving more than once a day!

I like that you don't use the radio driving to work. I'm not sure I could give up that habit. We shall see.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/3/2012 8:37PM

    Oh boy, my walks are like my therapy! I SOMETIMES listen to music, but that's very rare, because I like the time to just think and mull life over, too! My best thinking and planning are done when I walk. Wouldn't give it up for the world!


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Why I keep my gym membership

Sunday, December 02, 2012

I have a treadmill at home. I have free weights at home. I have stretch bands, a Suisse ball, a weighted ball, a balance board, a step, DVDs... you know the drill. I am all set up to do weight training and basic cardio. And there is a bike in my garage for decent weather. But there is ONE thing my at-home equipment just doesn't have, and for this reason if no other... the gym membership will stay in the budget.

1000 yards, mixed strokes, 37 minutes. Need I say more? Oh, yes... "ahhhhh!"

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KANDOLAKER 12/3/2012 8:20AM

    emoticon Good enough reason! Welll done.

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LJCANNON 12/3/2012 8:14AM

    emoticon Sounds like a Very Reasonable Expense to me!!
I know that - for me - just paying that Monthly Bill keeps me Motivated!

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LEANJEAN6 12/3/2012 8:06AM

    --You are so good--Keep it up--You will never be a "'cake lady"----Lynda emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 12/2/2012 10:04PM

    Glad you enjoy your gym, too. Love the picture! Your gym's pool looks a bit classier than mine. Yet I love my gym for many reasons: the pool, great child care for Gwen, great people to sip coffee (no extra cost) with, Zumba and the variety of classes, weight machines, elliptical, foam rollers, kind and knowledgeable staff, warm showers, etc. I don't have as much exercise stuff at home as you do, but I have a bunch. If I could never get to the gym again, I'd still have no excuse not to exercise. But I am glad to have the gym. If I didn't need the pool and child care there is a gym much closer to my house and cheaper, but I do need the pool and child care.

Spark On!!

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MSLZZY 12/2/2012 9:36PM

    Put one of those in the garage,LOL!

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WATERMELLEN 12/2/2012 7:22PM

    I love my gym mostly for the people . . .anyone who gets up at 5 am to exercise is generally a little quirky, hightly motivated, and the kind of person I'm going to like!

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DOGLADY13 12/2/2012 7:18PM

    Gorgeous pool. I've been dawdling about getting back in the pool at the Y. I really don't like swimming laps. But I need to keep swimming so I can do the open water swims when summer comes around again.

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KARIDIAN1 12/2/2012 6:16PM

    Looks like a good reason to me.

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LORILEEPAGE 12/2/2012 4:49PM

    That is a great workout!

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_LINDA 12/2/2012 4:12PM

    Wow! Well done!!
Yep, bummer we can't afford those pools in our backyards, isn't it ;P

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1CRAZYDOG 12/2/2012 4:11PM

    You betcha that's a great reason to keep the gym membership up! good job.


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DALID414 12/2/2012 3:21PM

    I need to learn to swim.

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PATRICIAAK 12/2/2012 1:51PM

    yep! good reason.

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AMARILYNH 12/2/2012 12:37PM

    Good reason!! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 12/2/2012 12:27PM

    I miss swimming. The pool I use is closed until the new year.

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December 1st? Running outside?

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Yes! It was a misty, foggy morning, but the temperature was over 40 F, and it just pulled me out the door. I let my feet take me where they wanted to go. When I got home I mapped it out and found it was about 6.6 miles, in the 79 minutes I was moving. It was a walking warm up and cool down included interval run-walk-run. The walks were mostly a minute. The runs varied from 1 up to 4.

Overall average pace was 12 minute miles. I'm quite content with that.

I'm even more pleased that I ran just because I felt like it. No races on a schedule, no training plan... well... except...

You see, it's December 1st. Traditionally, December 1st has been when they opened up registration for the Lincoln Marathon, which is held the first weekend in May.

This year, they posted on their website that they will open registration for the FULL Marathon only on December 8th. They will defer opening registration for the HALF marathon until December 21st. This is to allow more of the full marathon runners to get in, because we all start at the same time, and they cap the total number of runners at 10,000. The half had become so popular that full marathoners were not getting in, it filled up so fast.

Which of course makes me think: is this MY year to do a full? And you all know where I'm going with this. I'm in better shape right now than I have EVER been at this point in a calendar year. It takes 20 weeks on the training plan I have found on line for a full marathon beginner... which would mean I'd have to start training the week of December 17th!

And my mind goes to the "if not NOW, when?" place. I'm 60. First (maybe only) full marathon at 60? Am I that crazy? Maaaaaybe. After all, would I regret more trying and not being able to complete it, or never trying and wishing I had?

So... I have a week to ponder the question. My niece who ran her first full marathon this Autumn is saying "go for it". My inner dreamer is saying "go for it". The training plan looks do-able, although it's a huge time commitment.

I shall of course, keep Spark friends posted as to what I decide to do. The other dream goal was an olympic distance triathlon... which is more balanced activity... and I'm thinking the two might not both be do-able in the same year for this crazy lady. Committing to a full marathon will likely cause me to defer deciding about the olympic tri... maybe do the same sprint tri I did last year, but sign ups for that don't open until after the marathon.

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DOGLADY13 12/2/2012 7:16PM

    I'm with the crowd. Sign up. What's the worst thing that can happen? You don't stick to the training regimen and you ran the half instead.

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MOBYCARP 12/2/2012 7:15PM

    You had better weather for your December 1 run than I had for mine, and I'm glad you took advantage of it. Over 10K on a run when you're just running because you feel like it? Maybe you do have a full marathon in you. I don't know, but I trust you'll figure out what you can do and whether you're willing to commit the time to it.

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_LINDA 12/2/2012 5:02PM

    Awesome morning run -I have always loved getting out in the fog -is usually peaceful and quiet with no wind -a rare occurence here! Great time!
News Flash! 60 is the new middle age -we are living longer these days and if we keep our healthy lifestyles, that will be even longer! The full marathon sounds good to me. You are strong, injury free and very motivated! Got to admit -10,000 people running a race?/ That is a small city!! Mind boggling to be sure! But that is how popular running is!
Enjoy your Sunday!

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KANDOLAKER 12/2/2012 9:02AM

    Just read this on Runner's World Facebook posting, had to come back and share it with you:

Runner's World:

"Have a dream, make a plan, go for it. You'll get there, I promise." - Zoe Koplowitz

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KANDOLAKER 12/2/2012 8:41AM

    You can do it! Great blog and how neat to get out and run just for the heck of it, with no time, pace, goal, etc. We should all do that more often. Best wishes on your decision!! Kathy

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LEANJEAN6 12/2/2012 8:29AM

    Well, only yu know if you have that time commitment--but I think you will do it--LOL--That's YOU Barb!!!---Lynda emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 12/2/2012 3:25AM

    60 years young. Your blogs are very motivating.

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KARIDIAN1 12/1/2012 11:17PM

    You should go for it. That would give you a good training goal and it sounds like you would have the time to train properly for it.

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MSLZZY 12/1/2012 10:54PM

    Go for it! You never know until you try!
I am sure my SIL will be running the FM
with the National Guard so I will be sure to ask
him if he registered.

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WATERMELLEN 12/1/2012 9:58PM

    Very interesting decision-making process going on here!

You could sign up, start the training, decide later . . . just keep your options open!!

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MNTWINSGAL 12/1/2012 9:07PM

    I'm pretty sure I can read between the're probably going to do it, and at the very least, you'll be training for it.

You Go Girl!

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    I say you go for it while you are young. And since I live vicariously through you...I'm not getting any younger either.

I may even get off my butt and fly out to cheer you on if you do it!

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HEALTHY4ME 12/1/2012 7:14PM

    WOW is all I can say and if you think you can do it and manage the training then Go for it. I can easily tell people to go for their dream but am having a hard time debating about mine/ours ( hubby's) and if I want to do it.

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DALID414 12/1/2012 6:31PM

    Live the dream!!

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KRISZTA11 12/1/2012 6:12PM

    That misty morning run sounds great!
I love these foggy autumn/winter mornings so much...

You are fit and strong enough for the marathon training, and once you get beyond the distances you ever ran you'll see if you want to run the whole distance within a year, or you need longer time.
It should be safe if you have a good plan and take good care of yourself.
I'm dreaming of running a half marathon within 1-2 years, and of running a marathon within a few more years, but I'm not there yet.

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DLDMIL 12/1/2012 4:24PM

    That is a hard decision and a long run. I say go for it, but that comes from someone who has only done 5k's and one 10k this year. emoticon You inspire so many of us and we will be here to cheer you on whether you do it or not.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/1/2012 3:48PM

    IF you can dream it, your heatt does believe it, you can achieve it! YOU GO! As for the tri, well . . . your brain and heart will tell you. For sure, so will your body.


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ROXYZMOM 12/1/2012 3:44PM

    Go for it! I want to cheer you on!

You can do this!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/1/2012 2:37PM

    I had a 4 mile Jingle Bell race this morning. It was overcast and about 55 - 60 here in Kansas. Pretty nice for Dec 1.

Good luck with your decision!

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BOILHAM 12/1/2012 2:34PM

    You sound like you are ready to me. Towards the end of the training, you will need to free up from a few to several hours for your long runs. Add in two days during the week for you shorter runs, (3 days is better, but not absolutely necessary) and you are good to go. The more miles you can put in the better will be your outcome, but fewer hours/miles are okay if you just want a "to finish" marathon. Good luck!

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LESLIELENORE 12/1/2012 2:27PM

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SLENDERELLA61 12/1/2012 2:21PM

    Yes, I love your dreaming! And mostly because you have the grit, integrity, and character to make those dreams come true. I already wrote my comments about the full on your SparkPage. You certainly can do it, if you choose. I'm betting on you!!

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DAWN14163 12/1/2012 2:19PM

    Marathon training is a huge committment and very time cosuming - but if yuou don't do it now, when will you ever? If you're fit and healthy enough, go for it! Or be prepared to live with possible regrets and "what if?"s.....
(note I'm very good at talking other people into running marathons haha!)

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PATRICIAAK 12/1/2012 2:02PM

    If you can dream it, you can do it!

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