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Monday, May 06, 2013

"to your regular programme. This has been a special endorphin bubble."

So, following the high, finding the balance point, that's the regular programme. But with just a little lingering over savoring why I still do these things.

My kid sis, SPINNINGJW, dropped over this morning and we went for a gentle walk through the neighborhood. As has become my habit, I took the day after the marathon as vacation, same as I take the Friday before. It keeps the focus on the specialness of this event in my heart.

At noon, I donated blood. Successfully. This says I have been hydrating appropriately. It flowed smoothly, and she got the stick on the first try, which is sometimes a problem with my rolling veins. I bubbled all over the crew there, then took my celebration with me to my JC center, where I bubbled all over the staff, and showed off the finishers medal and bragged on my PR.

Now it's time to come back to earth. But first a word from my alternate sponsor... I signed on for a 10K on June 1st, just to keep myself in the game. This week, in my mind, is the opening week of triathlon training. Today is a rest day.

I have come to believe that to keep my balance at work, I have to have these events as rewards. Anyway, that's the way it's going to be... sunshine and running shoes. emoticon emoticon

  
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MIRAGE727 5/7/2013 1:16PM

    IRON GIRL!
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Sept 7 & 8 DOUBLE HALF MARY! You can do this! If I didn't have a Tri here in Paradise, I would come up to do it...just for the super bling!
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Love the idea of events as 'rewards' as opposed to 'goals' - all in the perspective of life!
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LEANJEAN6 5/7/2013 7:21AM

    love to read about yer adrenalin rushes---- so happy for yu! --Yu are always so happy after a run!!! Spark on my friend!---truly my inspiration!-Lynda emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 5/6/2013 11:29PM

    It's great that in your joy you think of and share with others. Great you are able to give blood the day after the HM.

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KELLIEBEAN 5/6/2013 10:40PM

    Congratulations!

Sunshine and running shoes are a great combo!

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MSLZZY 5/6/2013 10:34PM

    A perfect reward for a winner like you!

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_LINDA 5/6/2013 10:12PM

    It is so uplifting to read these bubbling blogs :) You have found and can do what truly makes you happy!
May the sun always shine,
And the winds stay away,
May the temperature never go below 55 or above 70 on race day,
May your roads always be smooth,
And your shoes find the groove,
To keep you running healthy and happy,
And rocking all those races,
Beating all the best pacers,
Enjoying all the bling
That just wants to make you sing,
I am a runner!!
And that a done 'er!!

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LEWILL1982 5/6/2013 9:40PM

    I like your idea of events as rewards, in my mind, events keep my head in the game, give me something to work towards, a way to make sure I'm improving. I love having goals to work towards. I have a run June 1st, only 7k but building up from there. Here's to you, sunshine and running shoes!

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MOBYCARP 5/6/2013 9:14PM

    emoticon on the successful blood donation! We may figure this out yet!

And a 10K as a reward? You're beginning to sound like me with running. I'm getting tired of limiting myself to half an hour.

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EBEAMS 5/6/2013 7:42PM

    That's awesome! Nice job!

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MJREIMERS 5/6/2013 7:42PM

    emoticon Someday, maybe someday...... I'm glad you take time for you and for your body to rest. I love that you have "special time" with your sis, too!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/6/2013 6:28PM

    You really ARE a runner Barb! For a day off sounds like you were pretty busy! Good job.

HUGS

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DESERTJULZ 5/6/2013 6:15PM

    Wow, rest-run-rest-give blood....

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-SHOREIDO- 5/6/2013 6:15PM

    Sunshine & Running Shoes sounds like a GREAT plan and is plenty of motivation for my Spring!!
Thanks Barb!!
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LESLIELENORE 5/6/2013 6:13PM

    I can't donate blood anymore which makes me sad. Glad you got a chance to bubble over about your PR and a day off to relax after the race.

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DLDMIL 5/6/2013 6:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I agree rewards are extremely important. Triathlon training here you come. emoticon

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DEBRA0818 5/6/2013 5:27PM

    emoticon I can feel the grin from here!

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DALID414 5/6/2013 5:04PM

    Work hard, play harder!

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SLENDERELLA61 5/6/2013 4:55PM

    Events as rewards! Sunshine and running shoes!! Barb, what a great way to live!!

Savor that awesome time and incredible accomplishment. Glad you've been bubbling and sharing and enjoying. I would love to accomplish a HM in 2:19. WOW. Maybe, maybe someday. We'll see. Best wishes on the triathlon training. If it helps to balance an incredible workload, what a plus. At this point I'm not thinking about a tri, but I'm not ruling it out either. I admire you greatly. Go, Barb!! -Marsha

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Race Day report (you know you want to read it)

Sunday, May 05, 2013

After all that whining and moaning (which obviously I tend to do, along with the second guessing about whether I've trained well enough), I reached the point of "what will be, will be". Those of you who asked what my target time was? I was rebelling against setting one... but in my little heart of hearts, I could not resist wanting to shave a couple of minutes off my best time, and with humorous intent, had a fellow racer snap my photo with the "dream" time pacers, before the race.



I was chatting before start time with a lovely lady named Dora... we picked each other up on the way from where we parked our cars to the start line, and became immediate buddies, the way one does on race day. She's a breast cancer survivor, having just been cleared about a month ago to start exercising again, and GET THIS... had not specifically trained for this race at all, but since she'd already signed up for it, there she was. She would walk it, and her goal was under 4 hours.

We encouraged one another and said farewell at the start line. Most important item of the day: I did NOT trip this year on country club hill, so do not anticipate losing a toenail like I did last year. Most fun visual was on the drive home, which I deliberately took along the route of the full marathon... seeing the 4 hour marathon pace group passing the 5 hour marathon pace group... 4 hours were on their way back, 5 hours still on the way out to the turnaround point.

But I digress: back to how the race went. Weather report. I felt COLD before the start. I never got overheated, even though I was wearing three layers on top, including "sleeves" and two pair of gloves. OK, I did take off the outer pair at about mile 4, and never put them back on.

Fun bits: as always the spectators... it was COLD for them, but with their blankies and coats they came out, as they always do. And since our names are on our bibs the past couple of years, they could actually cheer you on by name... so totally cool to have someone you don't even know shout your name & say "you're looking good" or "strong" or, the funniest one: "Look at Barb, she's walking faster than some of these runners". The illusion of intervals. He happened to see me in one of my walk intervals.

When I realized I was running really really well: at about mile 5 - 6, when Runkeeper kept telling me I was on a 10 minute mile pace. That's a minute slower than my 5 mile Buffalo run last September, but VERY fast for a HM for me. Another "a-hah" moment that told me I'm in better shape than I thought, was when on the bike path I kept jogging rather than using those walk intervals "so I don't block the folks who want to jog who are behind me". And had the gas to do so.

Missed all the relatives who were trying to chase me down, but saw a few folks I work with that I didn't realize lived "there" along the route.

And in the end, as I was turning onto Stadium drive, a whole slew of full marathoners were finishing same time I was finishing the half. The gun clock read 3:01 as I passed under it. My official time? 2:19:17. I am in awe... I left it out there on the course. I have become willing to do so.

If I never run another step, I think I have turned a mental corner: I AM a runner! And what's really amazing is that when I write those words, I tear up. Carol, this one's for you. Kathy, this one's for you. Anybody who really CANNOT run, this one is for you.

I run because I can. I run for those who cannot. And God willing, I shall continue to run, for as long as I can. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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COMETER 5/9/2013 8:28PM

    Hey, I saw you, and shouted hello, even though we haven't met. Even being a spectator was VERY exciting!

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WILMASOTO 5/8/2013 7:50PM

    How awesome BARB!! Congratulations! I am so proud of you!! First blog i read after sparking again and a great motivation!! You are truely a runner and I can tell you love every minute of it!! Thanks for being my inspiration,

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CAROLCRC 5/7/2013 8:09AM

    Wow! Loved your blog. Congrats on the great PR - sometimes the best ones are unexpected. So affirming of all the work you've done to strengthen your body - love it when you find out you've got more power to draw on than you expected.

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CELIAMINER 5/7/2013 8:01AM

    So happy for you!

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AMSPARKER 5/7/2013 3:21AM

    beautiful!!! you've made my morning!

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I'm so very happy for you, Barb! I can only imagine the emotions that have been flowing in and out of you as you look at the wonder of where you were, what you[ve done, and how far you have come! You deserve a big ATTA GIRL!!!!!!!!

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_LINDA 5/6/2013 10:05PM

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Hello emoticon ! We always knew you were one! Those walking intervals were just giving the others a chance to catch up ;)
You go girl!! Catch the wind!

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CEHALLA 5/6/2013 6:31PM

    You motivate me to sign up for a race and get my focus back on what I CAN DO! How fabulous are you!!

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BOILHAM 5/6/2013 6:12PM

    What a great job! Congratulations! emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 5/6/2013 6:11PM

    emoticon You are amazing!

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STRIVERONE 5/6/2013 5:54PM

    Very uplifting. There's a bunch of us basking in your glow.

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LEWILL1982 5/6/2013 4:24PM

    I've been thinking about you today, congrats for getting out there and doing it and congrats on that fantastic time! So inspiring!

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NEWMOMOVER40 5/6/2013 10:51AM

    Awesome post! Awesome run! I can't run now, but I want to run again, and when I do I hope I can be half as inspirational as you are to me right now! Thanks for posting this.

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JANEMARIE77 5/6/2013 7:30AM

    way to go awesome time the spectators really make it fun

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DEBRA0818 5/6/2013 6:44AM

    Congratulations on a well run race, on proving something to yourself and, most of all, for honoring those you loved so well.

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GOOBERIFIC1 5/6/2013 6:43AM

  way to go!!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/6/2013 6:17AM

    Amazing fabulous and wonderful!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/6/2013 6:11AM

    You are awesome.
Thanks for running. emoticon

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MRS.DOYLE 5/6/2013 3:28AM

    You look wonderful in that race photo......just like a real runner. I never doubted you could do it. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/5/2013 11:47PM

    Wonderful! I am happy for you, you are an inspiration! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/5/2013 8:46PM

    Barb's Excellent Adventure! Great job and so very proud of you. You did a fabulous job.

HUGS!

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-SHOREIDO- 5/5/2013 8:35PM

    emoticon I am PROUD for you!!!

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PATRICIAAK 5/5/2013 8:25PM

    Stupendously fabulous!

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EBEAMS 5/5/2013 8:20PM

    Well done! Love it!

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MDOTZERO 5/5/2013 7:37PM

    So happy for you Barb! Great job!!!

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MIRAGE727 5/5/2013 6:55PM

    This IS the Lincoln Marathon/Half right? Outstanding Half PR, Barb! A true testament to your training & lifestyle! Brava!
I wanna be like you when I grown up!
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SHESMITH1 5/5/2013 6:16PM

    So proud of you! So inspiring for me. Thank you.

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KALIGIRL 5/5/2013 5:37PM

    Here's to you - the RUNNER!
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LEANJEAN6 5/5/2013 5:01PM

    Whatta awesome day you've had!---You ARE a runner!!!--You sure have worked hard at it---Jusat look at you Barb!!---completely different person to yer "fat lady" person-So happy for yu!-Lynda emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 5/5/2013 4:58PM

    Awesome!!! congrats and I can imagine the emotion!!! YAYAYYAYA you are a runner!!! You run for me, cos I can't and used to think I would like to but with my back and waiting on a new knee know I can't. BUt I walk and am walking the 5k for arthritis in June.

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CASEYTALK 5/5/2013 4:56PM

    You made me cry there at the end. Thank you.

Yes, you are a runner. How wonderful that you beat your goal so handily. You impress the heck out of me and you inspire me, too.

Keep going strong, Barb! You're FANTASTIC!

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LJCANNON 5/5/2013 4:53PM

    emoticon You really are a Fabulous Inspiration to ANYONE who reads your Blogs or follows your Training!! Just kick those Doubts and Worries out of the way and Keep On Running!!

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SUNNY1432 5/5/2013 4:21PM

    Congrats!! You did emoticon & you weren't too far behind me. We will DEFINITELY have meet up next year! emoticon

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MOBYCARP 5/5/2013 4:03PM

    Awesome. Just plain awesome, that you can turn in a PR on the half with all the stuff that didn't go as planned leading up to race day. Way to go!

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MNTWINSGAL 5/5/2013 3:48PM

    Awesome story Barb -- but then, I expected nothing less. You inspire us all. Congrats on your time too!

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Congrats to your HM, you ran an awesome time!
You are an inspiration to me.
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WATERMELLEN 5/5/2013 3:03PM

    Wow! You are fabulous!! What a race, what a feeling!!

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    Outstanding job!!!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 5/5/2013 2:46PM

    Woo-hoo! Congratulations, Barb! Way to go! What an inspiration you have become to so many people here in SparkWorld. Keep up the good work!

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DALID414 5/5/2013 2:29PM

    I have a knot in my throat!
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DLDMIL 5/5/2013 1:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are a very special person and thank you for running for all those (including me) who can not run. You are a true inspiration to all of us.

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BETHV61 5/5/2013 1:46PM

    Congrats! I bet you're feeling so satisfied :)

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SLENDERELLA61 5/5/2013 1:39PM

    CONGRATS!! I skimmed this blog but will be back to savor it. Congrats on the 2:19 or about. That is absolutely awesome!! -Marsha

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LLREED 5/5/2013 1:35PM

    emoticon Thank-you! I'm one of those who really can't.
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May the 4th be with you

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Gotta love "Star Wars Day". We have so many quirky days on the calendar... year after next we'll get an extended "Pi Day" on 3.14.15, going to have to take note of the time 9:2... something.

Yes, the pre-race mild insanity goes on. But it's really not that different from my every day geeky mild insanity, is it?

Yesterday's version brought not just the going in to work (and yes, I did have them modify my vacation request to allow for the fact that I was in the office for 3 hours, since my particular employer does allow taking "hours" of vacation, not just full days). Other insanity yesterday found me loading the non-working lawn mower into the back of my little Honda Fit and taking it to a repair shop. If they can get it working, I might just fire the lawn service and mow for myself this year, changing directions from athletic events to bonding with my yard again.

In that same line of mild insanity, I also stopped at a hardware store to get: Sprinkler hose! Remember this stuff? It's flat with pinholes along its length? My dad used to use this to water the lawn, back in the day. I figure, for 15 bucks (as opposed to hundreds for the "irrigation system") I can do what needs doing to maintain the investment in seed.

And... today is the Marathon Expo, when I get to go drool over vendor offerings related to athletics. Just to keep my now TOTALLY splits in personality confused. Work... athletics... nesting... let's see if we can get a realistic balance in 2013.

Today's pep talk:
* Hydrate
* Toe the line with food... enough, not too much!
* Keep yourself loose... maybe a short swim?
* Prepare yours "stuff" for tomorrow morning and lay it out. Remember the enhanced security at the event, and make things easy on yourself and others by packing light.

Hope everyone has a great today! Because LIFE is good. Spark on!

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/5/2013 8:44AM

    Here on the East Coast it was Kentucky Derby Day!

And of course, today is wear stupid sombreros and drink until you vomit day in some of the local places Sometimes being a college area has it's down side. Within 20 miles I have Rutgers, Ryder, College of New Jersey, 3 County colleges and Princeton. Yes, even the Princeton has it's revelers.

I am contemplating wall repair, cement mixing, furniture moving and cooking today. I may try to locate a Mexican craft beer to hoist for Cinco de Mayo....please no Coronas.

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_LINDA 5/5/2013 1:17AM

    Love the blog title! Huge fan here. Saw the show 27 times when it first came out -in the theatre.
Remember sprinkler hoses?? That is all we have ever used and are still using here. In Mom's yuppy neighbourhood we probably seem quaint -they hire landscapers to look after their yards and shovel their snow, while my Mom and step dad get out and do it all themselves. We also always have washed and dried our dishes by hand, are we in the minority?
Nothing like marathon goodies to get you in the mood! Hope you get a great night's sleep!

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LJCANNON 5/4/2013 8:52PM

    emoticon I like your kind of Insanity!! I loved the Sprinlker Hose back in the day.

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MOBYCARP 5/4/2013 7:44PM

    I not only remember sprinkler hose, I own one! I used it last summer when what passes for drought here threatened to kill the grass where the soil is thin over the storm sewer. This, after the sprinkler hose sat unused for most of two decades.

My daughter told me she just recently "got" why your blog title only works in May. I told her it was a line from Thtar Warthe.

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DLDMIL 5/4/2013 6:34PM

    I love your geeky blog titles, they make me laugh. I also remember the sprinkler hoses that my mother used. We had a great time running through them. What great times kids today miss. Have a great day and a fantastic tomorrow.

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LESLIELENORE 5/4/2013 2:26PM

    Good luck tomorrow!

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KALIGIRL 5/4/2013 2:07PM

    Excellent prep day!

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PATRICIAAK 5/4/2013 12:50PM

    I've been writing 'May the 4ce be with you'.

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DALID414 5/4/2013 12:47PM

    Same insanity, just a bit heightened.

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RUN4FOOD 5/4/2013 11:28AM

    Hope you have a great day today and tomorrow.

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WATERMELLEN 5/4/2013 11:14AM

    I remember sprinkler hoses very well -- mostly running through them in my bathing suit on hot July days!! (Don't remember my Shakespeare nearly as well . . . . sob sob. Getting elderly!!)

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MSLZZY 5/4/2013 10:53AM

    Putting the changes in motion-more cardio for you and less money spent of lawn services. This should work out just fine. Good luck tomorrow!

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/4/2013 10:08AM

    Have fun! Sounds like a great plan!

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MRS.DOYLE 5/4/2013 9:10AM

    Oops. I just put that title in my status. It tickles me whenever I hear it.
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1CRAZYDOG 5/4/2013 8:53AM

    Love your blog title! LOL

Oh my gosh, my Dad used that sprinkler type hose too! Worked like a charm. Did the job on the flowers and garden.

Well, good luck with all your endeavors today! HUGS

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KELLIEBEAN 5/4/2013 8:48AM

    Love it! emoticon

I remember the sprinkler hose! Way to make great changes and get in balance.

Good luck at your event tomorrow!!

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CASEYTALK 5/4/2013 8:45AM

    Laughing! I hadn't heard 'May the 4th be with you!' That's fantastic!

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A slight insanity

Friday, May 03, 2013

Sometimes stress comes out in snapping at folks, sometimes in hasty decisions, sometimes in giggles... and sometimes on the racecourse. Sometimes it comes out in bad behavior with food. So far this week not... because I know I have to go those 13.1 miles come Sunday, no matter what!

So... it leaked out in other ways. Since I couldn't snap at folks, I decided to relieve my stress by working more not less. It all started when mother nature refused to cooperate with my grand plan to get my air conditioning "Spring check" done today, when I had a planned vacation day. I got the phone call at work yesterday that the weather just wasn't going to do it for the company that does this work, and they needed to reschedule. So much for THAT use for my vacation day.

I already knew there was a work meeting this morning that I really did *not* want to miss and I had been grumpy about missing it because without a technical voice in the room, business people too far away from the process can really get weird expectations of what "the system" can do for them and "when"... (you've all seen the cartoon, I'm sure). I had one more set of contract folks coming to the house today... to look at my "irrigation" system (read as the broken underground sprinkler system).

Well, since I first set that appointment, I've been thinking and totting up my budget and becoming more and more rebellious about the whole idea of wasting my resources on the grass. And that's how it came out: I called and canceled this appointment. I'm just NOT going to do that this year. Doesn't mean some year I won't succumb to the perceived social pressure to maintain a better lawn. Doesn't mean I won't put a little more effort into manual watering this year. But it does mean, NO! I will NOT do this just to employ more lawn services!

When I got home and found the bill for the "overseeding" in my mailbox, I felt justified. Enough is enough. Before:


This morning:


So, there is visible progress. And today, on my planned vacation day, I shall sneak into work for that meeting. I forewarned the meeting holder and my boss... and at least I'll have ears in the meeting. Then I shall leave and go do my pre-HM "stuff" and get my mind better suited.

It is a slight insanity. But it is NOT going to be buried under inappropriate types and volumes of food. Not this time!

Pep talk reminders:
* HYDRATE, already, the race is two days away.
* Eat what's in the bag, it's why you packed it.
* Remember to breathe
* Walk gently throughout the day
* Be true to yourself, as Shakespeare wrote, for thus you cannot be false to any man. (We won't go into the use of irony here... it's good advice whoever gave it out...)

LIFE is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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CASEYTALK 5/4/2013 8:42AM

    HM day tomorrow -- take care of YOU today. How about a massage or a soak in the tub with a good book? Re-read Harry Potter while soaking? Plant tomatoes? Meditate? Whatever works for you.

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. You are so amazing that you will be doing this. You are an inspiration to me and always will be.

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EBEAMS 5/4/2013 8:22AM

    Social "expectations" can be so heavy to shoulder, can't they??? It's grass ... it comes, it goes, it gets mowed! In the big scheme of things ... really ... It's grass! Your choices, on the other hand ... now those were golden opportunities to invest in what has true value and worth. Good luck on your race tomorrow ... I'll be cheering you on from here! emoticon


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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/4/2013 7:42AM

    Hooray for natural lawns!



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PATRICIAAK 5/3/2013 11:59PM

    IMHO, you should get 'credit' for a couple of hours of future vacation since you went to the meeting today!

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WATERMELLEN 5/3/2013 9:01PM

    Loving your Lawn Ranger rebellion!! Yeah!!

Always enjoy listening in on your pep talks: all best Sunday (you'll be great) and I'm thinking Shakespeare meant women too . . .

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_LINDA 5/3/2013 4:58PM

    Good choice! The meeting is more important! Now you can focus on what is important -getting lots of rest and fueling up properly for your race.
Getting ever closer..

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KALIGIRL 5/3/2013 3:51PM

    Here's to being true to yourself and may that grass grow!

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DALID414 5/3/2013 3:12PM

    Knowing me, I'd show up to a meeting on a vacation day too!
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DLDMIL 5/3/2013 3:10PM

    Great pep talk and setting your priorities. Have a great day and concentrate on YOU.
Can't wait to hear about the race. Good Luck.

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GABY1948 5/3/2013 2:15PM

    True wisdom speaking to you about the grass! Great peptalk you have given yourself! Have a great HM

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CONCHA77 5/3/2013 12:56PM

    Have a great race on Sunday! I am rooting for you as always :)
Enjoy your day today. Hugs.

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MNTWINSGAL 5/3/2013 12:49PM

    Good choices all around! Now....best wishes for a good race!

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LESLIELENORE 5/3/2013 12:27PM

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1CRAZYDOG 5/3/2013 12:14PM

    Good for you for making your decision re: the lawn service. Hang in there! Today's at least Friday. Good luck with your 13K on Sunday. You can do it!

HUGS

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GALINAZ 5/3/2013 11:32AM

    As a former business person I know what your saying about imagining systems beyond reality! I had a huge front and back grass yard and could not justify it living in the desert. We converted it to desert landscape and cut our water bill in half. I'm still working on converting plants so I can care for it all myself and get rid of the landscape service

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DEBRA0818 5/3/2013 11:15AM

    Good luck to you, Barb -- you're going to be a happy camper this weekend!

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MSLZZY 5/3/2013 9:19AM

    Great pep talk and cutting things from the budget that are not necessary to sustain life is the way to go. The grass will grow and life will go on. You need to focus on Sunday and stick to the plan.

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LEWILL1982 5/3/2013 9:12AM

    Great pep talk, I need to get you in my head. Good luck on the race, can't wait to read about you on Monday!

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MJREIMERS 5/3/2013 8:07AM

    Yes, yes, YES! Great attitude and way to use that "energy" more efficiently! I snap at people when I am stressed, too. I think it's because so many of us try to fit so much in a limited amount of time.

Good for you for keeping your goals in focus. Hydrating for Sunday, eat what you've packed and keep the focus on you. emoticon

Good luck on Sunday. Let us know how you do!

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LEANJEAN6 5/3/2013 7:58AM

    Be true to THYSELF--You said it all Barb!--Forget the grass and get some shrubs and flowers in there----Lynda emoticon

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CASEYSAUER 5/3/2013 7:41AM

    I like your pep talk!

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Time and weather

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Remember my yard (how could you forget it)? This is what it looks like This Morning, May 2, 2013!


The weather geeks like to make a big deal out of the fact that it's the latest calendar date snow fall in over 40 years. To those young pups 40 years sounds like a long time. I count back and yikes! I was already a couple years past high school 40 years ago!

Anyway, the white stuff will soon melt, and by Sunday (race day) we should have perfect weather for the HM.

Today I have meetings back to back all day and am bracing myself for that, because it usually means I make little if any progress on the REST of everything that needs to be done. So, today's pep talk:

* Remember to breathe
* Think of this meeting day as the equivalent of one of those four days "cooped up in a car" while driving to Florida last November for the HM there
* Drink your water
* Eat what's in the bag, it's why you packed all those healthy things!
* Do not be tempted to work through lunch (like you did yesterday)
* Or skip your breaks, even if you don't get them at the "normal" times
* NOBODY dies with an empty in-box

Whatever is left at the end of the day will simply have to wait for Tuesday.

Because LIFE is good. Spark on my friends! emoticon

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 5/3/2013 5:35AM

    STOP LIVING MY LIFE!
Does it ever slow down?
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PATRICIAAK 5/2/2013 8:54PM

    Focus on doing what is best for you.
The rest is secondary.
Excited for you re: the upcoming HM

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LESLIELENORE 5/2/2013 7:54PM

    Ew, snow! At least you don't need to worry about what your lawn looks like when it is snow covered. lol

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DLDMIL 5/2/2013 5:09PM

    At least the Spring snows hold more water and melt faster. Work will always be there waiting for you, and you need to take your breaks to refresh your mind and spirit. Eat your lunch and enjoy today. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEWILL1982 5/2/2013 4:56PM

    Love the empty inbox reference. Stay warm! Florida's not so bad, make the drive down here, it's not snowing (though it has rained heavily and steadily all day long). Go girl, you got this!

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MSLZZY 5/2/2013 3:10PM

    Love your pep-talks. Guess I should be doing much of the same. Hope the rest of your day is awesome!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/2/2013 2:32PM

    Oh Barb, do take care of yourself! DON'T skip lunch. You need that nourishment . . . your body needs it.

SNOW. UGH that's all I can say about that one.

HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 5/2/2013 2:09PM

    You are becoming a coiled spring!! Again..... Don't skip that lunch. Take those walks. You know what to do, now do it!!!-Marsha

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_LINDA 5/2/2013 2:07PM

    I got you beat -I have had snow on my birthday (May 31) and its been as late as June 1st too :P But looks impressive anyway -can't see those bare spots ;))
Good luck in your meetings -I have trouble trying not to fall asleep while attending them :P
Getting closer.. getting more excited???
Time to find your Spark On!

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DALID414 5/2/2013 11:56AM

    Hmmm... 'Nobody dies with an empty in box' I have to remember that one!

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GALINAZ 5/2/2013 10:23AM

    Just mother nature washing everything down before the race!

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BANDMOM2012 5/2/2013 10:12AM

    Smart thinking, I loved this blog today!

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GABY1948 5/2/2013 9:57AM

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SUNNY332 5/2/2013 8:46AM

    Life is good.

Have a GREAT day.

Sunny

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KALIGIRL 5/2/2013 8:08AM

    Here's to excellent decisions and allowing the NUTS to wait until Tuesday!

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CONCHA77 5/2/2013 8:01AM

    Have a great day! Work will get done.
And yes, that snow will melt very soon. emoticon


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BUSYGRANNY5 5/2/2013 7:55AM

    Snow in May!!! Gotta love it! Have a great day!!

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