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The week after the race... a lot of little things

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Every day moving more normally. Wednesday after work back on the treadmill with a jog/walk interval 2.77 miles. Break walks Monday and Tuesday. Felt good to get past the Sunday "ankle complaints", and re-discovered that climbing stairs SLOWLY is more a weight training than a cardio exercise.

Monday after work I had stuff to do... my consultation, where I bubbled about the race, of course... but that meant I was late getting home and did not write a blog.

Tuesday morning was the Dr. appt I made a couple of weeks ago when I was so fatigued and dizzy, etc. He did some blood work, and I didn't have the results back, and then worked late, so again, no blog.

Wednesday I popped by the Running Company to pick up my award, and came home with two new pair of socks to try out... company called Balega. I could not resist trying them out. Then my son was on instant messaging and my neighbor called to tell me I'd neglected to close my garage door! Oops. It pays to have neighbors who will watch your back that way. Anyway, again, no blog.

Today the blood results back: thyroid level is fine on the current dosage... no adjustment, just renewed at the same; but vitamin D is low, so he wrote me a mega-dose once a week 'script.

Thus... it doesn't take a whole lot of "real life" to get in between me and the keyboard some days... just enough to throw me off stride.

But... I've been tracking the food, and my body feels like I got back what I left on the trail Saturday. Only I picked up a little something else either at work or at the Dr.'s office... and my nose is dripping like a faucet.

I may have mentioned this before, but when I'm feeling fit, even if I'm sick, it's not quite as horrid. This thought came to mind as I took the stairs at work, drippy nose and all. This evening's plan is an early bedtime, because tomorrow... I'm the only one on my work team who is NOT on vacation!

Oh, and meditating when you can't breathe through the nose? Not so much fun. But doable. And the cat curled up and warmed my lap the whole time. Yes, I live my life with passion and enthusiasm, as today's centering thought told us.

And tomorrow is Friday... Good Friday, to be precise. A Blessed Easter weekend to all my Christian friends... may the promise of Christmas be fulfilled in the resurrection in your heart. emoticon

  
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ROXYZMOM 3/29/2013 8:10PM

    Sounds like you got it all under control and together. Awesome!

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LEANJEAN6 3/29/2013 7:50PM

    Happy Easter to yu!-=-Yu have the thyroid thing too---Good it is in a normal range---- Do you have allergies already?--Lynda emoticon -

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LESLIELENORE 3/29/2013 6:32PM

    Hope you have a happy Easter!

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ANDI571 3/29/2013 6:04PM

    Glad your blood work was good. I notice I feel better when I take a Vitamin D, but the stomach won't let me take it to often, so I guess that is also a good thing since your sister's was to high.

Hang in there, each day brings a new beginning. emoticon

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SPINNINGJW 3/29/2013 5:17PM

    I saw my doctor on Wednesday, and he had his nurse call me to tell my my vitamin D was too HIGH. Of course, I have been supplementing due to the lack of ability to get outside.

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MOBYCARP 3/29/2013 4:50PM

    Mega-dose of Vitamin D? That's spooky weird. Buried in my February blood results was a low Vitamin D, and the doctor sent a note that I should take a supplement that I suppose amounts to a mega-dose. Check again in 3 months.

As Mom said, getting old is not for sissies. Nor is it for people who blow off the details of taking care of themselves. Be healthy!

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LINDAKAY228 3/29/2013 4:24PM

    Glad you're feeling much better and hope the nose dries up soon. I love the blessing at the end. You have a wonderful and blessed weekend too!

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MIRAGE727 3/29/2013 12:57PM

    A cornucopia of excellent thoughts, Barb! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the Easter weekend!


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ANOTHERMOMOF2 3/29/2013 11:29AM

    It is nice to have neighbors that watch things for you! Glad your doing better.

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GABY1948 3/29/2013 8:49AM

    I feel for you with the cold...Hope you feel better fast! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 3/29/2013 8:47AM

    That Vitamin D deficiency is a wide-spread problem in the US, especially in Winter. I'm glad you're recovering from the race and sorry your recovery is hampered a bit by the sniffles. Just one more benefit of being fit and healthy -- recovery is more swift!

Spark on!

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KALIGIRL 3/29/2013 8:34AM

    Sounds like a emoticon week (even the drippies makes you stronger). Glad they found the D deficiency - I take a high dose just as matter of course and my blood work's been fine.

Enjoy the productivity of the 'singles' day!
Happy Holiday! emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/29/2013 6:11AM

    I'm glad you're feeling improved.
I've noticed...at my age...I have had to change my timelines for that improvement. I no longer recover like a 20 year old.
Nor would I want to be one! emoticon

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SEABREEZE64 3/29/2013 4:48AM

    I have one pair of Balega socks. I love them. Pricey though.

Sorry about the cold, but glad you are recovering from the race.

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NEW-CAZ 3/29/2013 3:54AM

    damn colds are such a nuisance! emoticon
Happy Easter emoticon

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DLDMIL 3/28/2013 10:03PM

    Sorry to hear that you have a drippy nose. Hope you get better soon. Vit D will definitely help, it helped me. I now take a liquid Vit D everyday.

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DALID414 3/28/2013 9:43PM

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MSLZZY 3/28/2013 9:32PM

    The vitamin D should give you the boost you need to be that cold and get back to feeling 100%. Hope it is not too bad of a day by yourself. Take care and have a wonderful Easter! HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 3/28/2013 9:25PM

    Now the sunnier weather is coming back those Vitamin D levels should get a boost . . . hope the nose drippies stop soon!!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/28/2013 9:13PM

    Oh glad the thyroid is good. I had low Vit. D. too (not uncommon during the winter season for sure!) You should feel a little better in a couple weeks if it goes for you as it did for me (of course, everyone reacts differently).

HUGS and a very Happy Easter to you too.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/28/2013 8:40PM

    Barb, Sorry you got the nasal stuffiness and drips. Bet you'll shake it off fast because you are so very fit!! Interesting observation about the meditation when you have to breath differently. YES. You are filled with passion and enthusiasm!

I wear Balega socks and have since I started running in Jan 2011. Love them. But I've never tried the brand you were wearing. I did try a cheaper pair and believe me the good socks are worth the price!! -Marsha

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SPINNINGJW 3/28/2013 8:34PM

    Hope your day at work goes smoothly tomorrow.

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MAJONES1225 3/28/2013 8:32PM

    I say welcome back too. I think that you are also doing great. Keep up the positive attitude and you will succeed.

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PATRICIAAK 3/28/2013 8:26PM

    Welcome back.
Hope the nasal congestion is short-lived.

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Aftereffects... the importance of training well.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I got up this morning feeling like I left something on that trail yesterday. Yep, bit on the stiff side, and moving slowly. An ankle that wants to be favored a little, and legs with some delayed onset soreness. So, taking the steps very easy as I work on the laundry. My pedometer count is very low so far... just not hopping up and bouncing around like I normally do of a morning.

What I perceive I am feeling is the difference between "pushing it" which I obviously did yesterday, and a training long and slow. Racing, you see, is different from running. In an organized "race", I'm wearing a bib, and getting an "official" time, and the adrenaline, camaraderie, and competition kick in.

So as people would draw up beside me, I would kick the gear to keep up with them, even for a little while. It puts the intervals on a different schedule, not the clock, but the people around you pulling you forward. Or the enticing chance to catch up to someone who is just a shade slower than you.

One thing I noticed, the guy I have long admired at work who runs (and has for years) passed me again, him past the halfway point, me still on the way out. Seems like each year, it's CLOSER to the halfway point when we meet this way!

And here's the deal: I love it. I train so that I CAN race. Some folks running for the sake of running is enough. MOBYCARP has as his goal to be able to run three times a week, because that's what he loves. His goal is to not injure himself so he can keep on doing this.

But I'm wired enough differently that I seem to need the upcoming race to get myself out to run. Because face it, without training, there is no racing.

I didn't mention it yesterday, but my time was good enough to give me 2nd in my age group. There's a 63 year old woman in town who ran about 20 seconds a mile faster than I. And a 70 year old gal who beat us both! Anyway... 2nd place for 60 - 69 gives me a gift certificate for the running store in town. Enough to cover a couple of pair of my favorite running socks. Almost. But of all the little luxuries? Good athletic socks rule!

Life is Good. Get out there and live it well. Spark on! emoticon

  
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OPTIMIST1948 3/27/2013 6:38AM

    I race because its the stick that keeps me going when I would rather settle on the sofa with cookies and the remote. Racing = training= weightloss = health. So happy to know I have a spiritual sister!

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LEANJEAN6 3/26/2013 3:16PM

    Hiya Barb------It's plus 6 C outside-- emoticon --can't believe it!!!I hope that yer day is going well-Lynda emoticon

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MIZCATHI 3/25/2013 9:02AM

    Exercise is like money in the bank. You are spending it wisely - you go woman!


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KALIGIRL 3/25/2013 8:48AM

    emoticon on your training and the emoticon is coming sooner than you think!
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LEANJEAN6 3/25/2013 8:09AM

    Life is great-----and yu sound good Barb! Keep it up--Lynda emoticon

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SPINNINGJW 3/25/2013 7:52AM

    I love my feetures socks. Just got a new pair when I got my new Keens. If anyone had told me 10 years ago that I would be buying $15+ socks, I would have told them they were nuts! Now, those are the ones I pull from the drawer each morning.

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SEABREEZE64 3/25/2013 6:51AM

    Congratulations - one can never have enough socks.

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PMRUNNER 3/25/2013 5:48AM

    Well done!

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PATRICIAAK 3/24/2013 9:52PM

    Congrats.
Enjoy the socks.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/24/2013 8:32PM

    Nice job! Hardware is nice, but those socks will be a great, warm memory for a long time.

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LINDAKAY228 3/24/2013 7:25PM

    Awesome job!! Congratulations on 2nd place and a great job! Whatever it is that motivates you is the important thing, not what motivates someone else We each find what works for us and you know what works for you!

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ONMYMEDS 3/24/2013 7:10PM

    I'm with you, I train so I can race. Since I race almost year around, I'm always training. I love running, and training is just running with a purpose, although I'm pretty sure I would be out running even without an upcoming race.

Great job on your 10 miler!!

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DLDMIL 3/24/2013 7:01PM

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MAGGIE101857 3/24/2013 6:49PM

    Treat yourself tenderly this week - you deserve it!!! Congratulations on another wonderful accomplishment!

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SIMONEKP 3/24/2013 6:38PM

    Congrats

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MOBYCARP 3/24/2013 6:37PM

    OMG, go for the good socks! I have 4 pair of wool socks from the local running store that cost me over $50 on a 4 for 3 sale. They were worth. every. penny. I expect I'll be back for summer weight running socks this year, even if they are pricey.

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DOGLADY13 3/24/2013 4:33PM

    Well done. Very well done. I don't like being sore, but it's a badge of honor the day after a race when you've done your best. My employees get a charge out of me on Mondays after a Sunday race because I have a hard time walking down the stairs from my "penthouse" office. They take pride in my running, too. Glory in your soreness and start planning for the next race.

Spark on, chica!

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NEW-CAZ 3/24/2013 3:43PM

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MNTWINSGAL 3/24/2013 3:38PM

    Well Congratulations! Not only a personal best on this race, but some new running socks to boot. What more could a gal want?? (Other than to beat that 70-year-old, lol!)

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LESLIELENORE 3/24/2013 3:23PM

    emoticon on doing so well in the race. New socks are wonderful!

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GABY1948 3/24/2013 2:13PM

    emoticon on the race AND the socks!

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RUN4FOOD 3/24/2013 2:11PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! Quite a success and a very good time.
I'm more in the same camp as MOBYCARP. I run because I enjoy the run and the self challenge. I like to run races for the camaraderie not the competition. This is a good thing since I am usually at the bottom of my age group.

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LJCANNON 3/24/2013 2:10PM

    emoticon Great Job on the 2nd Place AND the New Socks!! Training IS Important, and so is Listening to Your Body as you recover!


emoticon I am so Proud of You and Happy to be sharing your park Journey with you!

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EBEAMS 3/24/2013 12:36PM

    Good socks are a MUST!!! Congrats on your race! I love that you use things around you to help motivate yourself instead of just plodding along. You are constantly amazing! Hope the soreness and the ankle are both fleeting ... Hugs!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/24/2013 10:56AM

    Way to go placing 2nd in your agr group! Wonderful. Keep going. Glad you're taking it easy today.

HUGS

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DALID414 3/24/2013 10:55AM

    Congrats!!
Good shoes and good socks makes running less tortuous. I think people underestimate good socks. Your feet hold you up, socks are an easy way to pamper them.

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-STARRYEYED- 3/24/2013 10:27AM

    I am just like you whrn it comes to training so I CAN race. You are such an inspiration. Way to go on your 2nd place finish. emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 3/24/2013 10:23AM

    Enjoy those socks!! Well deserved. CONGRATS on your award!!

Yep, I kind of like that competition and kind of don't - ambivalent, mixed feelings about it. Last week I swam with a man who at 79 years old has chosen not to compete in the Senior Games. He says he gets too "keyed up." Yet I saw him beat this year's gold medalists' time for a 200 yard individual medley by 18 seconds. It was important to him to beat it and prove to himself he could have won, but he didn't want that adrenaline and the competition. I do like having a race to train for. Right now I'm aiming to beat my 2011 time for the biggest 5K in my community and I'm continuing to run 10+ miles at least monthly so that I'll have the conditioning to do the half marathons in Nov 2013 and Feb 2014 thata I'm planning to run.. It does help me train to have those races coming up. I'm not crazy about the nerves at the beginning of a race and would like to take it on calmer, though. Wonder if I can avoid that too keyed up feeling in order to keep competing??

Again, congrats on your great run. Happy recovery day!! -Marsha

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JANEMARIE77 3/24/2013 10:19AM

    awesome incite into what works for you congrats on both a great race and knowing yourself a little better each day

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DAWN14163 3/24/2013 9:31AM

    Big congratulations! I'm never going to be placed in a race, a definite "middle of the pack" runner, but I'm satisfied with that. I so know what you mean about needing target races, though!

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State Farm Ten Miles

Saturday, March 23, 2013

It was 27 degrees Fahrenheit at the start of the race, cloudy, light wind. Not really too terrible for a "long, slow run". Footing was a little dicey in a couple of spots, and I found it the better part of valor to move to the edge of the trail where the ice was not hanging on.

As with two years ago, colder waiting to start than once we got going. I wore my Isis winter running tights, my Feetures socks, the New Balance shoes I had worn at last Summer's Color Run (because I didn't want to get my new Nike Pegasus ones muddy), an Impact Fitness tank top, covered by a long sleeved cotton t-shirt (courtesy of the blood bank), and then an Impact Fitness Wasatch running jacket over that. And a home-crocheted cap. Sorry, didn't take pictures... the goal was to finish... in an upright position, smile on face. Remember?

I still had my little belt from the St. Petersburg women's HM last November, so rather than safety pins I had something to hang my race bib on. And I had my runkeeper on the Smart Phone, along with the tunes to play through my bluetooth headset. And although I probably would not have needed it, I wore the camelback water supply... the advantage to that is that I can drink during walk breaks of my own choosing rather than at the race provided stations.

In short... old lady has spent money over time to help motivate and equip herself for this sort of thing. Just about every time I follow through and do something fitness related that I have committed to, I reward myself with a little something to make it easier or more fun next time.

Anyway, before the race I went hunting for names of people I knew, and a lot of them were not doing it this year. Life changes. It was really too cold to expect anyone to come freeze their tushies off watching, and that expectation was met. Ten miles is a long time to wait around at the finish line, even with coats caps and gloves!

I also looked up last year's time before I went to the start... last year I did this race in 1:47:28. Which was respectable, in my book. But it was a hot day last year, which probably slowed everyone down a bit. In the freezing temperature? I ran a bit faster (or more consistently)... 1:42:47, official time.

Am I happy? You betcha! Life is GOOD! Spark on. emoticon emoticon

  
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SEABREEZE64 3/25/2013 6:53AM

    Good for you. What a great time!

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ONMYMEDS 3/24/2013 7:00PM

    Wow, outstanding job!!

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LJCANNON 3/24/2013 12:44AM

    emoticon Awesome Run, and what a Great Reward System!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/23/2013 10:29PM

    You are the best: and what a pleasure to run your personal best!! Yay you!!

Love the idea of you rewarding yourself in a way that enhances the whole experience for next time!!

Glad to introduce you to the redwing blackbird song . . . such a great sound of spring!!

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ROXYZMOM 3/23/2013 8:06PM

    Congrats on your time! That was great! I don't know how you can run in that kind of weather - I am so wimpy when it is that cold.

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LINDAKAY228 3/23/2013 7:55PM

    WooHoo! Congratulations on the great time and for braving the cold to get it done! You are a warrior!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/23/2013 7:24PM

    Congrats on a great time!

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DALID414 3/23/2013 7:20PM

    emoticon Congrats!!

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DOGLADY13 3/23/2013 7:06PM

    Excellent race! Ten miles is terrific. I'm not sure I would have gone out on such a cold day, but I'll remember you should the opportunity present itself to me!

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LEANJEAN6 3/23/2013 5:35PM

    emoticon OMG--Yu did a better time Barb!!!!-Amazing!!! You mst be proud!!----I see more of Spring here than I saw in Ohio---but--we did enjoy our few days with daughter--Nice to be home tho!---- I missed yu girl!-Lynda

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CONCHA77 3/23/2013 5:05PM

    Another Great Race, Barb. You ROCK!! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 3/23/2013 5:01PM

    Super

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MNTWINSGAL 3/23/2013 5:01PM

    Great time! Congrats on a race well run!

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DEBRITA01 3/23/2013 4:59PM

    You are amazing and always an inspiration! As the rest of us complain about the cold spring weather, you are out there running. You can be proud of your accomplishment today...I am (and still amazed). emoticon

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ALIWVU121 3/23/2013 4:52PM

    Great Job! I have a 10K tomorrow and I'm expecting rain/snow, but if you powered through I guess I can too ;) Keep up the great work!!

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OPTIMIST1948 3/23/2013 4:33PM

    Ye-hah! What a great race! Go you!

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MRS.DOYLE 3/23/2013 3:38PM

    Very well done!!!!!!!
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KRISZTA11 3/23/2013 3:36PM

    Congrats to your 10 miler, and the personal record!
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RUN4FOOD 3/23/2013 3:30PM

    Congratulations! Sounds like you had a very good run. Taking 5 minutes off your time is quite an achievement.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/23/2013 2:49PM

    CONGRATS on a very good time and beating your last year's! Great Job!! Sounds like you had just what you needed and ran a smart race!! Good for you!

I ran 1o miles here today, too, in a little bit over your last year's time. However, it was 63 degrees here. There were a few raindrops, though. Now, don't feel sorry for me ---

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Getting too old? For WHAT?

Friday, March 22, 2013

This morning when I read OverworkedJanet's blog, she used the phrase "I'm getting too old for this!" It resonated with me because I have used that phrase myself several times since the onset of the current work project.

What Janet was referring to was 12 hour days and scrambling through an urgent work situation. What I was referring to was the size of the work effort and what it will take to bring it in anywhere close to on schedule. I was thinking of all the "mandatory unpaid overtime to meet a date" bludgeons that people have hung out there as what, fears? Threats? I have strong memories of projects worked under those kinds of conditions... when I was younger and willing to sacrifice my body and my health for the sake of the puzzle.

Bottom line, YES, I am getting too old... but for WHAT? I am getting too old to NOT take care of my body! I am ALSO too old to either cower under the implied threats or pout and be passively aggressive. Those would be childish responses. Turning the feelings inward and compulsive eating would be comparable to an alcoholic drinking over the situation, or an addict getting high. If I'm NOT taking my walking breaks, the vending machines tend to call my name.

So, yes, I'm too old... no, let's make that too WISE to respond that way. I shall do what I can and take care of ME... because only then can I do my part. My PART, not the whole thing. And that is what I can expect of me... WISE behavior!

We can do this, Spark-friends. And while it's hard, it is so very worth it. As are WE!

Pep talk done: Life's good. Spark on. emoticon emoticon

  
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OPTIMIST1948 3/23/2013 8:31AM

    I love this sentiment!

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DOGLADY13 3/23/2013 7:05AM

    Excellent. Your health must be a priority.

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PATRICIAAK 3/22/2013 11:07PM

    priorties are so important

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KARIDIAN1 3/22/2013 10:28PM

    I worked PT at an insurance company years ago that occasionally would have mandatory OT. Now everyone in our area (proofreaders) were PT, so we were just asked to work some extra hours. Not a big deal, was maybe like 5-6 hours on top of the 20 hours most of us worked. I did an hour a day extra, no sweat.

One young college student did not work the extra time and no one really seemed to get upset. (We were not really under the gun) We were not paid for it unless we worked it. A few months later he decided to quit and he was asked when he was going to work those missed OT hours before he left. He never worked them and it seemed to through the supervisors in a tizzy.

Must have messed up their budget or something pretty bad. in stead of saving money they wanted to spend it to make everything look all nice and pretty.


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MSLZZY 3/22/2013 5:49PM

    With age comes wisdom but why does it take so long to get here? Stick to your guns and don't let anyone push you into unhealthy choices. Have a great weekend. HUGS!

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SUSANNAH31 3/22/2013 4:38PM

    I agree that being too old for something really does mean that you are too wise to put yourself through it.
Great blog!



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ROXYZMOM 3/22/2013 3:11PM

    I love this blog! Excellent job!

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MRS.DOYLE 3/22/2013 3:10PM

    Another way to look at it is we are becoming old enough to realise that almost nothing really matters. Seriously. I have seen some terrible things and just thinking about them puts everything else in perspective.

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LILPAT3 3/22/2013 2:42PM

    As my 50th birthday is coming incredibly close...I prefer the too wise! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 3/22/2013 2:29PM

    Very wise!

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KALIGIRL 3/22/2013 1:49PM

    Like it - too Old = too Wise

Sorry for the pressure particularly with the 'delay' in spring weather.
Namaste my friend.

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LINDAKAY228 3/22/2013 1:41PM

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DLDMIL 3/22/2013 11:22AM

    "To Wise"! Yes we are to wise to let otherthings stand in our way of being healthy. We have learned our lesson and we know better now. Great blog, Barb. Keep pushing, you will get through this project, by doing your part with your health and you head held high. emoticon

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DALID414 3/22/2013 11:14AM

    I've used the phrase even in my early 20s! Too old to feel like a scolded child, too old to feel bullied....

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-STARRYEYED- 3/22/2013 11:11AM

    emoticon in making the choice to take care of yourself. emoticon

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MIZCATHI 3/22/2013 10:09AM

    I really love this blog because of it's trueness. Too old doesn't mean not young enough to take the beating, it means doing what you should have done a long time ago. Take care of yourself first, and the rest will get done. My last job was froth with this kind of overall beating of it's employees, and it ended up kaput.

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ANDI571 3/22/2013 9:41AM

    I love love love the statement, I am to WISE. Let's get that negative word "old" out of our vocabulary. emoticon

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LJCANNON 3/22/2013 9:37AM

    emoticon We are Too Old to take Our Health for granted, We are Too Old to be Bullied and we are Too Old to believe that We Are Indispensable to The Job. And those are ALL Good Things! I am going to enjoy being Older & Wiser!!

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DEBRITA01 3/22/2013 8:30AM

    Since we are older and wiser, we know that some things just aren't worth risking our health for. When we were younger, we thought we could/should do it all. Dealing with stress is tricky, but I always remind myself that if food isn't the problem, it isn't the answer either. Good pep talk, Barb...stay strong!

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KANOE10 3/22/2013 8:11AM

    It is hard when you feel pressure to perform. You are right. Be wise and take care of your body. We are never too old to work on staying healthy!

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1935MARY 3/22/2013 8:08AM

    To old for this. We say this allot, but you are right. What are we to old for? I can name one thing off the top of my head, to old to bear children, but I have already accomplished that. lol. I am not to old to lose weigh, it just takes me longer, not to old to learn new things, not to old to have fun. I am older, but I am not dead. I can accomplish most any thing, at least try. I may never have the body I had when I was younger, but I can have a better, healthier, smaller one then I have now. I am worth it. We all are. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/22/2013 8:03AM

    Well, I might be considered in the "old" category too (at age 59), but I consider myself wiser, too Barb. Wiser in that I have learned ways to deal with stressors that DON'T include food. That is huge. And probably more importantly, to stick up for myself -- not aggressively, but assertively. So, that's a good thing! That's a good lesson to have learned.

HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 3/22/2013 8:02AM

    Absolutely agree: we're too old to be bullied!

And since I'm my own boss: I'm too old to bully me!!

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If I wrote the blog that's in my head...

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I would be late to work this morning. You see, I went to watch my baby sister walk across the stage last night and receive her AAS degree. This is about her "3rd degree" (I'm sure she'll correct me), having a bachelor's from the first time through college, then retraining not once, but now twice.

This, of course, got me to thinking, in Sparkly ways: for some of us, it takes multiple trips through the learning process related to self-care, nutrition, exercise, and getting the balance we both need and desire in life.

One of the speakers talked about the graduates having set a goal to obtain their education, and achieving it. I thought about how important it is to both recognize achievements, and move on... because you all know how I feel about finish lines. They are dangerous beasts that can lead to let-downs. In fact, one of the featured blogs in this morning's Spark mail talked about that "what now?" that happens when achieving one goal leaves you still not satisfied. (He actually termed it unhappy.)

Anyway, I have to get moving now, but that's the start of the blog that had been in my head... that we keep moving forward, while celebrating and recognizing how far we have come.

Congrats, Jen and good luck with the exam next July... and all the positive changes you are making happen in your life.

Life is good! Spark on! emoticon

  
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ROXYZMOM 3/22/2013 6:08PM

    As Miley Cyrus sang ... There will always be another mountain to climb!

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_LINDA 3/22/2013 12:30AM

    Congrats to Jen! Looks like she is a seeker of the what comes next goal ;)
Keep on moving! Keep on moving forward!

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RAINBOWMF 3/22/2013 12:22AM

    Thanks for sharing

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KARIDIAN1 3/21/2013 10:58PM

    Congrats to your sister!

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MIRAGE727 3/21/2013 7:37PM

    Love what you shared, Barb! Thank you!


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DEBRITA01 3/21/2013 6:45PM

    We never stop learning and can train for new interests...and that's a beautiful thing. Congrats to your sis! emoticon

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DLDMIL 3/21/2013 3:19PM

    emoticon to Jen

emoticon to you, Barb for another thought provoking blog.

emoticon emoticon YOU are so emoticon

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DALID414 3/21/2013 3:00PM

    emoticon I see she corrected you on something

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LESLIELENORE 3/21/2013 11:42AM

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SPINNINGJW 3/21/2013 11:11AM

    Actually, it is JULY before I get to take my board exam. I don't know of this other "retraining" you speak of, unless it would have been my CNA class. High School, Nebraska Wesleyan and now Southeast Community College. So, as soon as I pass the board exam, I can state my name as Jennifer Williss, BS, PTA


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MEXGAL1 3/21/2013 11:05AM

    Congrats to Jen
have a terrific day!

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MSLZZY 3/21/2013 9:57AM

    Congrats to Jen but also to you. You mad some very valid points today. Thanks for sharing! HUGS!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 3/21/2013 9:04AM

    Whether it's setting a goal or keeping my eye on the prize, it's very necessary and beneficial. For me, it's so easy to get side-tracked; and when that happens I also get derailed. Going through that now. But I am pulling my eyes back to the road/prize and as I get closer to the finish line ( a LONG way off) I'll have to figure out how to deal with that and set a new goal. Nice blog.

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LJCANNON 3/21/2013 8:36AM

    emoticon Congratulations to Your Sister, and WTG You for recognizing the Danger in "Finish Lines"

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GABY1948 3/21/2013 8:30AM

    Great words this morning...thanks for sharing and getting us to think yet again! Have a great day!

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KALIGIRL 3/21/2013 8:25AM

    " that we keep moving forward, while celebrating and recognizing how far we have come..."

Well said, my friend.
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LEANJEAN6 3/21/2013 8:21AM

    why am I not surprised that your sister is a high acheiver?--LOL---So nice!!!-----We are still at daughters--- reverse the whole trip to-morrow--certainly is snowy and cold here in Ohio!--- Lynda emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/21/2013 8:17AM

    You and your sis sound like 2 peas in a pod! Both go after what you want and don't stop till you've done it! good genes on that one!

HUGS

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