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Running with the round-ballers, too!

Sunday, June 06, 2010

The NBA Finals are in action, game 2 is happening as I type. As it started, I hopped up on my treadmill, and determined that I was going to do my training run for real... let's get serious!

emoticon Maybe it was in honor of Rawlings (remember the basketball I tried to flatten to ship to my son?)... maybe it was memories of watching NBA finals in the past with my boy... or even memories of dribbling down the court and playing in the driveway as a kid...

But I jogged my intervals and pulled a full three minutes off yesterday's time. 37:32 for the 5K, covering 3.57 miles in the 45 minute program. And stretching. And feeling positive! Don't you just LOVE endorphins?

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WALKINGANNIE 6/7/2010 4:55PM

    Crikey ! I hope there isn't a documentary coming up on trapeze artists if you're going to keep on joining in from home!

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Seriously though, very well done. You're an inspiration!

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SUNNY332 6/7/2010 9:32AM

    You are doing AWESOME. emoticon Way to go....

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CONCHA77 6/7/2010 8:25AM

    emoticonSend some of your energy this way!!! emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/7/2010 8:07AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a great week!

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KASEYCOFF 6/7/2010 3:45AM

    Now there's no mean feat, shaving three minutes off from the day before! And yep, I'd say watching the game must've given you an adrenalin rush - good reason to watch athletics while you're involved in athletics, lol... emoticon

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KALIGIRL 6/6/2010 11:40PM

    WTG!!!
You've got a handle on this!

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LJCANNON 6/6/2010 9:56PM

    I LOVE My Endorphins!!! emoticon emoticon

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SMARTIEBEE 6/6/2010 9:22PM

    Endorphins are a wonderful thing! You are doing so well! November will be here before you know it and you will have a new PR!

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THIAGRAM 6/6/2010 9:20PM

  Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Happy to seeing you loving your endorphins!

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Running with the ponies - Chapter 2

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I wrote about running with the Kentucky Derby... today I ran with the TV coverage of the Belmont Stakes. I missed the Preakness this year, as that was the weekend I was in San Antonio!

Of the three triple crown horse races, I admire the endurance race the most. And that would be Belmont! And it got me moving. emoticon

  
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WALKINGANNIE 6/6/2010 3:43PM

    I bet that this as at least as good as music to keep you moving!

It's great that you're able to combine an interest with your fitness regime.



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THIAGRAM 6/6/2010 3:28PM

  Love your excitement!! Have a great time!
I love your lacey background picture!

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KASEYCOFF 6/6/2010 4:11AM

    Is there a 'Belmont julep,' lol? On a different note: I love the picture of your ginger kitty in the background. What captured her (his?) interest? :-)

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KALIGIRL 6/5/2010 10:29PM

    Endurance without a doubt.


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ANDI571 6/5/2010 10:08PM

    You are so commited. I see why you are at goal. You are an inspiration. emoticon

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SROUS1340 6/5/2010 9:37PM

    Sounds like a marathon!!! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/5/2010 8:49PM

    Fantastic! What an inspiration you are!!

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MSLZZY 6/5/2010 8:38PM

    emoticonWhatever it takes! Have a great Sunday! emoticon

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SUNNY332 6/5/2010 8:16PM

    emoticon Good for you...

Hugs, Sunny

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Feelings I am working through today

Monday, May 31, 2010

This is the first Memorial Day I have lived as the mom of a deployed service member.

I don't even know how to open up the inner space full of my feelings about my son's service. Nearly four years ago, when he tried to express his own feelings about signing up, the words were conflicting: "I don't want to go, but I also don't want to be the one who sat out my generation's responsibility. Do you know what I mean, Mom?" In every young man or woman is an inner drive for honor. And there is an inner drive for self-preservation. The conflict between these drives must be resolved, somehow.

In this nation, service is not compulsory. It is a choice. Some places this is not so. While I do have deeply locked away anxieties for his safety, I am so proud that he chose the high road. Less than 1% of our citizens do! My inner fears are balanced by my desire to also live with honor. How selfish would it be of me to keep him from living his life with honor or to dishonor his choice?

We also serve who stay at home and wait. Those of us who love the men and women who have chosen the path of service and honor owe them support and honor, too. We can be no more selfish than they have been.

Today I stand as a proud mom of a U.S. Army Reservist, who is serving with honor on foreign soil. Stand with me. Whether you agree with the conflicts or not, respect that those who serve chose a path of honor, courage, sacrifice.

I pray that my son comes home safe. I know he came all too close to NOT being safe, less than seven months ago, while right here on US soil. I have names and faces etched in my memory of those who were not. My broader prayer includes every mother's son and daughter, on all sides of every conflict. May our strength lead to peace, to go along with that honor. May our leaders make careful decisions, and weigh the costs... for Freedom is not free... may we live our lives here to show our freedom to be worth the price that's paid for it.

And to those who have paid the price... a humble and heartfelt thanks.

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THIAGRAM 6/2/2010 11:13AM

  Thank you for sharing your feelings about your son and also about serving for country! Because we live in such great abundance it's not easy to see the things that are happening and have happened to give us this great abundance. So I would thank our great God and all the men and women who are willing to fight for the peace and abundance which we enjoy!

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KALIGIRL 6/1/2010 1:13PM

    emoticon to you and your son.
He is a shining tribute to his mom.
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SMARTIEBEE 5/31/2010 10:36PM

    Barbara, thank you for that wonderful blog! My son-in-law, a Marine reservist, is now in Afghanistan, after having served 3 tours in Iraq. They say this will be his last deployment, and he should be home by Christmas. We feel like we are holding our breath every day. But we know, this was his choice, and we are so grateful for his contribution to our freedom here in America!

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CONCHA77 5/31/2010 6:48PM

    You surely have a wonderful way of putting thoughts into words, I thank you for that. Well said. I really do enjoy reading your blogs,
Happy Memorial Day to you and yours, I include your son in my daily prayers.

Connie-Navy mom.

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LJCANNON 5/31/2010 6:27PM

    Your Family, and your Son's Comrades are in my prayers today and EVERY Day. AS are our Leaders as they make Life Changing decisions.
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ANDI571 5/31/2010 5:56PM

    As a mother, my heart goes out to you. I can't imagine what goes through your head. I am sure it is worry one minute and pride the next.

Your son sounds very special, and is very special to do this for our country. We had 2 young men at church yesterday. They are getting ready to head out for their training and they were dressed in uniform. The pastor had them come up to pray for them, and the one's mother was there. He prayed for both of them. I watched during the service as the mother had her arm around her son, and I had to fight the tears back.

You had a very nice, well written blog. My sincere gratitude goes out to your son. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 5/31/2010 5:13PM

    Amen, Barb.

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SROUS1340 5/31/2010 5:01PM

    Thank you. That was a really special share.

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NELLIEC 5/31/2010 4:27PM

    Tell him thank you from a grateful citizen! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 5/31/2010 4:16PM

    What a sensitively and beautifully written piece Barb. You honour your son with your pride and your anxiety.

Like you, I hope that nations' leaders make careful decisions and weigh up the cost of their difficult choices in terms of the human lives affected. Every life lost in conflict affects not just those who make the ultimate sacrifice but also those who care about them.

I wish your son and his comrades a safe return home.

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SUNNY332 5/31/2010 4:08PM

    My Military Momma's Heart thanks you so much for a beautiful blog today.

I too am praying that our soldiers return home safe and sound.

Joshua 1:9 - "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." (NIV)

I also believe that He is with us as we go about our days. Let us also not be discouraged as he walks with us also.

Hugs, Sunny





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MSLZZY 5/31/2010 3:59PM

    A very profound blog from a courageous mom! Thank you for sharing this and your son!

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Memorial Day Weekend... what it means to me

Sunday, May 30, 2010

This is a weekend rife with tradition for me. One of the traditions is the Indianapolis 500. My dad was a big fan. When he was a kid, sitting in a grade school in Omaha, Nebraska, his teacher caught him gazing out the window and gigged him for day-dreaming. He told her than one day, cars would go by that spot at 100 miles an hour. He wasn't far wrong. The school he went to is long gone, and Interstate 480 goes right by where it was. OK, the speed limit isn't quite 100, but he had the vision.

Anyway, before I even learned to drive, I knew that the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend was for church picnics, a little pick-up baseball and the radio broadcast of the 500 mile race at Indy. AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti, Al Unser... big names. I was listening when Janet Guthrie broke the gender barrier by simply qualifying and starting in the 1970's, and I was rejoicing the other year when Danica Patrick got the first lap lead for a woman driver!

So, that's one part. The day before or after that was the trip to the cemetery, to visit the graves of relatives, and hear the war stories. We always decorated my grandfather's grave with his own hybrid iris (by the way, that is his "Age of Innocence" in the background of the page at the moment), carefully preserved by his widow. We'd hear the stories of how he was taken prisoner in the same battle in which his brother died. We would finger the flag that had been his honor. Now, with my son in the service, it takes on a different flavor, but the same meaning. Memorial Day is a special time to recognize those who serve, and especially those who gave their all in doing so.

So, iris, racing, and honoring those in service. Today I honor them all. And keeping myself as fit as I can, that's a part of it all.

So, in honor of Dad and Mom: ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

  
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SUNNY332 5/31/2010 8:20AM

    Beautiful tribute to all - past and present Heroes.

Thanks so much and have a GREAT day. Enjoy the race.

Sunny

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KALIGIRL 5/30/2010 9:58PM

    Honor.

How fitting.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/30/2010 8:56PM

    Way Cool!

Great Blog!

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MSLZZY 5/30/2010 8:39PM

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NELLIEC 5/30/2010 6:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Vroooom!

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KASEYCOFF 5/30/2010 5:30PM

    Wonderful blog, Barb, and especially lovely with the iris. My grandmother always called it 'Decoration Day,' and for us too it was 1) early in the day was a parade, which would start in the middle of town and wind to the cemetery, where someone would play 'Taps' and the VFW and American Legion would put flags on all the veterans' graves; 2) time for US to go clean up the graves of relatives and plant some flowers; 3) picnic, and if the weather wasn't very good we would eat on the back porch. Thanx for sharing your memories, and bring my own to mind. :-)

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THIAGRAM 5/30/2010 3:02PM

  I love your background picture! Hooray for our Veterans and men in the service!
God bless you and your family!

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MT-MOONCHASER 5/30/2010 2:27PM

    As I read your blog, I am sitting here watching the Indy 500. It is kind of a tradition for me, too. I really should be outside working in my yard as it is (finally) a pretty nice day, but the yard will still be there after the race.

My dad was in WWII stateside as a Navy flight instructor. Before he joined the Navy he was a ferry pilot for Pan Am from FL to South America to Africa and across the middle East to India. I have one son who is retired Army and his wife is still in the Army with 3 tours in Iraq under her belt. My brother is also retired Army after most of his time spent in the reserves.

For some years I was caretaker at our local cemetery and Memorial Day was one of my favorite times to work there. It was quite a bit of work getting it shaped up for Memorial Day, but it was so green and pretty with all the flowers and flags. There is a high proportion of military veterans from this area and there are flags on every veteran's grave. I think it is the local American Legion that puts them out. I miss working there, but I got a full time year around job and didn't have enough time to do it justice.



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WALKINGANNIE 5/30/2010 2:03PM

    You honoured them and we honour you Barb, as a strong and independent woman with a lot of spirit.

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JUDITHANNIE 5/30/2010 12:45PM

    Loved your blog. My late husband and my husband both served in Viet Nam. Bless all the vets, serving now and the fallen ones emoticon

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CORKYTHEMOM 5/30/2010 12:42PM

    Thank you for posting your blog about what Memorial Day Weekend means to you. My beloved father was a Korean & Viet Nam war veteran. I grew up as a military family. I will be forever grateful to my dad, your son, your family's support and future service volunteers for their continuing fight for our Freedom. God Bless Our Troops and families of the these inspiring soldiers ..... past, present & future. Have a safe & wonderful Memorial weekend.

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Time for monthly progress photo!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

I updated the one on the front page... putting in Rawlings, of course, but here's another from this morning:



Maintaining and grinning! Life should be fun. Make it so.

(You can't see the taped up stitches on the photos... they're on the outside side of the right upper arm.)

  
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DHENDLER 5/30/2010 9:30AM

    Wooooo Hooooo Barb! You look Fabulous!

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MSLZZY 5/30/2010 7:55AM

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Thank DS for all he's done and is doing! I know you are proud of him and you should be!
Have a great weekend!

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SUNNY332 5/30/2010 7:22AM

    You look Awesome and your son is going to be so proud.

Tell him Thanks for his service and know he is appreciated.

Sunny

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/29/2010 10:06PM

    Nice job!!

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THIAGRAM 5/29/2010 7:24PM

  Congratulations! You look great! Keep up the awesome work! Love your cool Rawlings background!

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REJ7777 5/29/2010 6:24PM

    emoticon You really look great! emoticon Congratulations on your success! I find that losing weight is even easier than maintaining because it's so easy to take our health off the front burner (so to speak). We need to be ever vigilant!

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WALKINGANNIE 5/29/2010 4:51PM

    Wow!!!

Just look at the before and after on your main page. Just wonderful.

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Hope your arm is well on the mend now.

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MARENAMOO 5/29/2010 10:59AM

    Wow - just wow on your progress. That Rawlings is a good looking fella. A little round in the middle though!

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    What a difference! emoticon You are dooing a wonderful job! emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 5/29/2010 10:23AM

    Wow, Barb, you have done just amazing! You are a real inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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ANDI571 5/29/2010 10:20AM

    Well, don't you look right down skinny. Way to go! emoticon
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