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Bonus blog: Meditation - I am ageless and timeless

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I really felt the effects of this morning's meditation, and when the soft bell rang to stop repeating the mantra and open my eyes, they opened to see three generations of art.

I meditate different places different days, but in my multi-purpose room I have hanging a water color that my grandmother painted, a poem that my mother wrote, and a crayon drawing that I did myself a few years back. It was so apropos that on a day the meditation was on agelessness, these works of art would greet my return from the meditation.

I pondered whether my grandmother and mother, both of whom are deceased would know how much their art still touches me. And I have to feel that they somehow know they lived life well, and left bits of themselves for others... they touched the world and somehow made it better.

May all our lives do the same... leave something that makes the world a little better, in how we interact and bless one another.

Namaste. emoticon

  
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MEXGAL1 3/31/2013 11:57AM

    wonderful

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SEABREEZE65 3/31/2013 6:15AM

    A great reflection....

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SPINNINGJW 3/30/2013 10:44PM

    Is the crayon drawing the boy and his dog? Because I love that picture.

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MSLZZY 3/30/2013 9:35PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 3/30/2013 8:35PM

    Art matters! And one of the ways it matters is extending the life of the artist . . .

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LINDAKAY228 3/30/2013 8:29PM

    Beautiful!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/30/2013 7:34PM

    Beautiful! Thanks. Treasure your art. Cherish your meditation.

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ROXYZMOM 3/30/2013 6:31PM

    I felt calm reading this blog! Nice!

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LEANJEAN6 3/30/2013 4:26PM

    Nameste-----and you are a part of yer Grandmother---She lives on in yu!----Happy Easter Barb-Lynda emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 3/30/2013 4:19PM

    Fabulous. Thanks for the multi-generational share.

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DLDMIL 3/30/2013 12:32PM

    Namaste

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_LINDA 3/30/2013 12:21PM

    Beautiful. Awesome memories. My grandmother leaves us her one of a kind beadwork, very precious. Unfortunately, my Mom wasn't into anything at all so there is nothing of her. I would say her gorgeous garden, but when their house sells, the property will be raised to make way for those huge houses the well to do seem to like. They are in the only bungelow in a court of large two or more story dwellings.
Enjoy your Easter weekend!

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JUDY106 3/30/2013 12:04PM

    A wonderful blog. Enjoyed my read. Have a Happy Easter.

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GEORGI1832 3/30/2013 11:48AM

    Loved this blog and am finding the meditations the piece/peace that I needed to make the difference. One of things I know but seem to have to relearn periodically.
Namaste

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1CRAZYDOG 3/30/2013 11:12AM

    Barb, I'm sure they DO know! I love meditation as well. Just so calming and centering.

HUGS

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DALID414 3/30/2013 11:01AM

    Namaste emoticon

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I didn't want them to take this photo... BUT...

Saturday, March 30, 2013

It shows my last "big" shirt. I have the classic red drippy nose, but decided to share this one. It was taken on Thursday at a farewell "food day" for some staff that are moving to a different building. They forced me into it, so I'm grinning and bearing it.

About the shirt: It is comfort clothes. It fit me at my heaviest, and it is soft and I love it, and when I'm feeling particularly low (as I was that day) I will pull it out of the closet and wrap myself in it.

But the camera really shows how HUGE it is on my frame as it is today.



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MARGARITTM 4/1/2013 4:09PM

    Beats my old "gramma sweater" on the back of my work chair - love it but there is a missing button and holes in both elbows

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MIRAGE727 3/31/2013 11:58AM

    Comfort clothes gooood! I still have sweat shirts that feel like blankets now...won't get rid of them!
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SEABREEZE65 3/31/2013 6:29AM

    I love comfort clothes!
You have done so fantastic. Keep it up!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/30/2013 8:37PM

    Pretty spring green: and comforting.

A little Chapstick or Lypsyl can do wonders for the red nose if it's still sore . . .

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LINDAKAY228 3/30/2013 8:30PM

    Yes it really does show that you've lost so much! You're such an inspiration!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/30/2013 7:31PM

    Absolutely huge!! What a great momento of a different time in your life. Wish I'd have kept a thing or 2 in really big size just to remember.

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ROXYZMOM 3/30/2013 6:46PM

    Good for you! You did great. I still have some pajamas that are way too big now - makes me feel skinny and proud of how far I have come.

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DEBRITA01 3/30/2013 4:46PM

    Nice to have something comfy to wear on those days when it's most needed...also reminds you of how far you've come.

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CONCHA77 3/30/2013 4:43PM

    You look great, Barb. Keep smiling.

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ARCHIMEDESII 3/30/2013 4:39PM

    I love your photo !! I love wearing comfy shirts. I have a fleece top that I wore when I was 50+ pounds heavier. I can't bear to toss or donate it because it's still incredibly comfy !!



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PATRICIAAK 3/30/2013 4:28PM

    At least, the smile is marvelous. Congrats in the changed body!

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LESLIELENORE 3/30/2013 1:40PM

    It looks comfy. I have a sweater like that.

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DLDMIL 3/30/2013 1:07PM

    I also have a couple of large shirts that I wear because they are comfortable. You look great.

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_LINDA 3/30/2013 11:29AM

    I have a huge fleece jacket that I have kept, my very first one, a heavy duty blue one that they don't make that kind of quality anymore. I imagine everyone has that one special article of clothing..

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DALID414 3/30/2013 10:42AM

    The camera doesn't know how to lie, it shows it like it is.

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RUN4FOOD 3/30/2013 10:39AM

    Glad that shirt is too big for you now. You have accomplished a lot.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/30/2013 10:34AM

    Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do, right!?! Sometimes even though something is large it is hard to get rid of because of the memories attached (kind of like food I guess! That emotional connection). At least it helps you smile! HUGS!

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MNTWINSGAL 3/30/2013 10:29AM

    It's good to have something like this for those uncomfortable days....kind of balances it out. And it does look cute and comfy!

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NEW-CAZ 3/30/2013 10:25AM

    love the colour!

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LJCANNON 3/30/2013 10:24AM

    emoticon I have a couple of Comfort Shirts too! I think you look adorable!

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MEXGAL1 3/30/2013 10:12AM

    I think you look nice and comfortable.

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ANDI571 3/30/2013 10:04AM

    Better comfort clothes than comfort food. What a good reminder of where you have been and what you have accomplished.

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In case you want to see the ten mile grin...

Friday, March 29, 2013

www.flickr.com/photos/ltcphotos/8586
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It is a copyrighted photo, owned by the Lincoln Track Club, so I didn't copy it... but you can see it on flickr via the link above.

Added commentary: notice the racing bib doesn't show? It got covered up by the shirt almost from the start. When I saw the photographer ahead, I had started trying to free the racing bib so that it would record going over the finish mats (about half a mile to go at that point in the race)... the grin is at least in part laughing at myself.

  
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CASEYTALK 4/3/2013 3:13PM

    I love it!!!!

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ROXYZMOM 3/30/2013 6:57PM

    Nice picture!!!

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PATRICIAAK 3/30/2013 5:12PM

    Great grin. Looks like a cold run.

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MOBYCARP 3/30/2013 12:40PM

    Very stylish, but I'm not sure how the scarf fits with the running image.

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WATERMELLEN 3/30/2013 9:34AM

    Super grin AND no icicles hanging from the nose!!

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-STARRYEYED- 3/30/2013 8:57AM

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MSLZZY 3/30/2013 8:03AM

    A very satisfying day-the grin says it all. HUGS and Happy Easter!

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GABY1948 3/30/2013 7:29AM

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DEBRA0818 3/30/2013 7:04AM

    Lookin' good, Barb!

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SEABREEZE65 3/30/2013 5:44AM

    Love it!

You look cold though......

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MRS.DOYLE 3/30/2013 4:17AM

    emoticon Grin all you like. You deserve to, and it uses fewer muscles than frowning.

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NEW-CAZ 3/30/2013 4:03AM

    emoticon lovely pic! You go girl! emoticon

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MNTWINSGAL 3/30/2013 1:12AM

    Cute! That grin is downright devilish!

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DESERTDREAMERS 3/30/2013 12:36AM

    Go, Grrl!

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DALID414 3/30/2013 12:24AM

    I don't think I could muster up smile at mile 10, ever!
You always make running look fun. I think I look grouchy and frowny emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 3/30/2013 12:17AM

    Awesome photo! Love that smile.

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_LINDA 3/29/2013 11:40PM

    Great photo! Winning smile! Shame about the wardrobe malfunction! Didn't realize it was that cold to need a toque and gloves! Good on you to race in such conditions!

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KARIDIAN1 3/29/2013 11:01PM

    Styling as always! Looking good.

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SUNNY1432 3/29/2013 10:55PM

    emoticon looks great! emoticon

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EBEAMS 3/29/2013 10:46PM

    Good for you! What an inspiration!!! And stylish too!

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DLDMIL 3/29/2013 10:33PM

    Great smile and picture. Have a wonderful weekend, & Happy Easter emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANDI571 3/29/2013 10:09PM

    emoticon Love the grin emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 3/29/2013 10:01PM

    Now that looks like a happy, content smile! Wonderful!

Happy Easter. Hope the Easter Bunny is good to you.



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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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SEABREEZE65 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.

emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Easter and get well soon

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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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SEABREEZE65 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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