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Feeling good about yesterday

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Having made the decision, yesterday was a day of action. I canceled the hotel reservation. I made my donation and sent notes to affected people, and posted something on FB for the friends who've been tracking my race plans there.

And I went out walking on the bike/hike trail seeking the markers that would give me a measured 5K. Unfortunately, the trails here in town are an interconnected bunch, and I did not find consistency in the markers. I ended up with about five miles of walking, but no measured route. Today I might be doing a bit more hunting. Or not... no recriminations from myself if I don't. Yesterday's meanderings seem to have kicked in the Autumn outdoor allergies... we still haven't had a hard freeze.

I have nearly two weeks, and the last couple days of that I will be off work (I scheduled vacation for drive time), so plenty of time to find a route.

Here's to inner peace, clear direction, and taking care of ourselves... one day at a time!

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REJ7777 10/25/2010 6:42PM

    "Here's to inner peace, clear direction, and taking care of ourselves... one day at a time!"
I'll toast to that! emoticon

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BUGGYS 10/24/2010 5:09PM

    No matter what you do, it is all about inner peace, isn't it? emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 10/24/2010 3:13PM

    I'll join you in a toast to "inner peace, clear direction, and taking care of ourselves" and I'm sure that your plans will work out.

Sorry to hear about the autumn allergies though and hope that they don't cause too many problems.

Looking forward to your next update on your plans and progress.

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/24/2010 1:33PM

    Barb -- I googled 5km races in Nebraska and here is one of the results I came up with ---


Maybe one of these would fit in with what you had in mind?

Good luck!!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/24/2010 12:33PM

    Good for you -- have a GREAT day!

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SUNNY332 10/24/2010 9:31AM

    Your last paragraph says it all, Barb.

Best wishes as you work towards mapping your route.

Hugs, Sunny

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LEANJEAN6 10/24/2010 7:44AM

    Good For you!!!--You made up yer mind to do it!!!! Its good to read yer blog!!-I enjoy all yer comments!--- Hava great Sunday! emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/24/2010 7:13AM

    Your last sentence says it all-inner peace, clear direction and taking care of ourselves! Perfect! HUGS!

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Do one thing - reprise

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I have made my decision. This morning I made a paypal contribution to the cause of supporting the families of the fallen and wounded, and posted on the FB site about the run of my plan. Perhaps it will inspire others who are not as directly involved and would be traveling from a distance to do the same. I wrote the race organizer, telling her of my decision.

Today I will map out my own 5K route if the weather's decent to do it outdoors. I will encourage my son to join me if he's not ordered to the memorial stuff down in Texas. I will make this run meaningful to deal with my own emotional needs. And I will feel good about helping others while I'm at it. This will be my weekend to prepare local logistics.


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REJ7777 10/25/2010 6:39PM

    emoticon It sure would be nice if your son could join you! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 10/23/2010 5:15PM

    Great plan in so many ways Barb.

This will help others and be good for your own physical and emtional health.

You are such a continuing inspiration.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/23/2010 11:58AM

    Wonderful plan -- way to go! It will be awesome if your son can join you and share the moment with you. Good luck!

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STEPHIEKNITS 10/23/2010 10:22AM

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ANDI571 10/23/2010 10:22AM

    I think you made a wise decision. Good for you. Have you thought about posting the site on here for others to contribute? I guess you can do that on here, not sure.

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SUNNY332 10/23/2010 8:56AM

    emoticon I think this is a great plan, Barb.

Keep us posted on your run. emoticon

Hugs, Sunny

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CONCHA77 10/23/2010 8:49AM

    We will be here cheering you on, Barb. And we won't forget why!

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KALIGIRL 10/23/2010 8:46AM

    Thanks for the website. Let me know when you plan to run and I will try to be there to cheer you on and buy you a cup of hot coffee when you finish!
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JHADZHIA 10/23/2010 7:36AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon This is a very special idea you came up with! Very well done!! I hope you can get out and enjoy your run, although it will be bittersweet for the reason..

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MSLZZY 10/23/2010 7:00AM

    You are doing the right thing and planning ahead to participate in a very special way. You are an inspiration! HUGS!

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GOHUSKERS2 10/23/2010 6:46AM

    Awesome!!! What a great idea! hope is goes perfectly for you.

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Reality check

Friday, October 22, 2010

Analogy: if I were binge eating, stopping would be a good thing, wouldn't it? No matter who baked the goodies and would be "disappointed" if I didn't eat them?

Honesty, this one's about money. I know, there's another whole Spark site that's all about money. But this one crosses over because I've been talking for so long about this 5K, the Run to Remember. I've been thinking about it, planning for it, training for it.

But... my financial alarm bells have been going off, loudly, for several months, and for several reasons. Furnace and wedding trip being the most recent. And now, I'm asking myself some hard questions about this run:

"Who am I really doing this for?" And I have to wonder if I'm not just doing it because I said I would and if it hasn't become more about me than about the people it is supposed to honor: the fallen and wounded. I have seen pleas over on Facebook for financial support to get the wounded and their families traveling expenses to be at the run. Isn't that more important than me going? I'm not that important to the day... and to spend $500 or more to physically get me there and back... not nearly as important as some Gold star family. There will be plenty of local runners there.

So... thinking about an alternate plan that won't make my own alarm bells go off so badly:

1. I will still run that day, just not in the real event. I'll run here at home. I will think of the honorees.

2. I will contribute something to the fund for travel expenses for the families.

3. I will deal with the "pride" issues associated with having talked it up so much... that's probably the biggest hurdle.

What do you think, Spark friends?

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REJ7777 10/25/2010 6:37PM

    It's obvious you've taken time to think this through carefully and I personally think you've made a decision that honors your original intent. I find you're wise not to cave in to self-imposed pressure to spend money you do not have. It's also very generous of you to help a family with their travelling fees, in spite of your own financial challenges.

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SAMI199 10/24/2010 8:14PM

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MSLZZY 10/22/2010 11:34PM

    This tells me you are a very giving person with a true sense of
honor and dignity. It is the most unselfish thing to do and I applaud you for putting others first! HUGS!

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MNTWINSGAL 10/22/2010 7:59PM

    Barb, I've said it are a very wise woman. I know you wanted to be there, but if finances are an issue - and let's face it: everybody is feeling the strain these days! - then I think it's a great idea to honor your pledge to run that 5k while at the same time honoring that little voice in the back of your head that's telling you to keep an eye on the pocketbook too. Run on your own, and in the peace and solitude you can remember the fallen and wounded in a more spiritual way than if you were there in the commotion of the event anyway!

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KALIGIRL 10/22/2010 4:10PM

    I think HOORAY!!!!!
Would you do me a favor and point me to the facebook site, so I can join you?
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STEPHIEKNITS 10/22/2010 3:44PM

    I think you solution is a win for everyone. It matters not where you run, but why you run that day.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/22/2010 11:01AM

    I think your new plan is admirable and if that makes you feel best, then you should do that. That being said, I also think you need to focus that while you're running for the memory of those lost and injured, you're also running for you. If being at the actual event helps you deal with some of the emotions you've been feeling about it, then perhaps you deserve to give yourself that gift. Yes, you've had expenses, but if you really want to go (and it does appear to be important to you), then you should go. Consider it a reward for all of the hard work you have put in. Is there a less expensive way to travel? Train or bus? Would that be an option? Or maybe carpool with someone else who's going? If you could find a less expensive way to travel there, then you'd have a little extra left over to contribute to the fund for other families. There are all sorts of options. In the end, though? You need to do not only what you THINK you should do, but what you REALLY WANT to do. I know you'll make the right decision.

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BUGGYS 10/22/2010 10:37AM

    You are running for YOU and nobody else and you will get your run in where ever that may be...I think you made a wise choice and in the long run, will be happy that you made it!

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ANDI571 10/22/2010 10:29AM

    I think you are being very wise. I had the same issues when I had it in my mind to start the C25K program. I was gun hoe. It didn't take me long to figure out, my feet are not cut out for running and I could do more damage than good. Just because something sounds good to us, doesn't mean it is meant for us or feasible for us to do. Your heart will be there, and that is the main thing. You have every right to keep the pride going. Good for you for making wise decisions.

I didn't know there was a site on here about money. I need to make that a goal also.

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SMARTIEBEE 10/22/2010 10:23AM

    I agree with the others, Barb. Do what your heart tells you. If you think you would enjoy the thrill of competition, you could find a local run to participate in. Above all else, run for YOU!

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SUNNY332 10/22/2010 8:28AM

    I am with Connie on this one - I think you should do what your heart tells you to do.

I think a contribution will be an honorable thing to do. Where you run does not matter as much as why you run and your heart is definitely in the right place.

You have the bestest heart emoticon my friend and I am proud to know you.

Hugs, Sunny

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CONCHA77 10/22/2010 8:13AM

    I don't think if matters WHERE you run, but WHY you run. Do what your heart tells you, Barb. Whatever and where ever you decide to run we are right behind you. Either way you make us proud!

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TEACHINMOM 10/22/2010 8:10AM

    I think if that if you feel at peace with that decision then you should go with it. Were it me, being a financial issue, I know it would give me peace. It is a wonderful, selfless thing to do to go ahead and still help others out and would truly be honoring to them. As far as the pride issue, you should still have pride in what you do and don't worry about what ANYONE else thinks about it!!! I think it is an awesome alternative! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Couch to 5K... it works!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

For those of you contemplating taking up running, for the sake of some special event (like I was), I can testify to the fact that the Couch to 5K plan, in fact, will get you to where you want to be. In nine weeks. Remember NOT to try to take it faster (OK, I counted 6 day weeks, and did crunch it a little... but that just means I'm ready early and have to maintain now for a couple of weeks).

Anyway, I'm still working on recuperating, but I took a Zirtek last night at bedtime and woke ready (and anxious) to get back to exercise, so I chanced doing that final workout, and felt good. Now, post-work, I'm a little wiped out, but that's at least partly attributable to the workday itself, not the workout beforehand.

Sixteen days 'til the Run to Remember!

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SHARON2014 10/23/2010 10:21AM

    This sounds great. Is there any type of plan like that for walking? I really don't want to run at this point...Love your backgound picture!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 10/22/2010 7:54AM

    emoticon What a huge Achievement!

You can do it and we will be here to help you celebrate.

Hope you even feel better today.

Hugs, Sunny

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LYNNEJ5 10/22/2010 4:41AM

    Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonLove and God Bless Lynne

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FITAT50 10/22/2010 3:13AM

    I did the couch to 5k plan and ran my first 5k at age 53. It really does work, it's an incredible feeling crossing that finish line. Good luck and have fun!!

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MSLZZY 10/21/2010 11:11PM

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DTCATSPARK 10/21/2010 8:39PM

    Sounds like a good plan, heard about it .... Need to give it a whirl.

Thanks for pointer

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NJJAZZ 10/21/2010 8:35PM

    I am seriously considering doing the couch to 5k process. if my knees cn take running - this looks like a good way to approach it.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/21/2010 8:04PM

    Your determination and commitment are phenomenal. I can only imagine how proud you're going to be when you cross that finish line.

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Staying home yesterday was a good call

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I say that because this morning, even though I'm still "draining", I feel so much better! I pretty much laid about the house glassy-eyed, trying not to feel the sore throat, and "fed" it chicken soup and whatever I felt like. It was over the calorie range, but not extreme. I don't keep really horrible stuff in the house and some of the healthier things just don't go down well when your throat hurts.

Anyway, today's point is this observation: I was feeling very sorry for myself yesterday because for all my fitness efforts, I still got sick! Warped. There is no guarantee that because you are fit, you'll never catch a cold or over-extend yourself. And I did all the preventive things I could think to do when I felt it coming on: made sure I went to bed on time, kept vertical so things wouldn't clog up, etc.

The GOOD part of the observation is this: when I am fit, and have been giving my body nutritious food that supports the immune system, I may not avoid catching whatever it is, but I seem to bounce back better and faster!

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MSLZZY 10/21/2010 8:01AM

    Very positive attitude. Sometimes you just can't avoid getting sick but then you will appreciate good health all the more. HUGS!

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WALKINGANNIE 10/20/2010 3:57PM

    Glad you're feeling better today and you're right - we do bounce back quicker when we are well-nourished and active.

Hope you keep on feeling better.

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REJ7777 10/20/2010 2:12PM

    "There is no guarantee that because you are fit, you'll never catch a cold or over-extend yourself." Oh no! emoticon
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SAMI199 10/20/2010 1:56PM

    I hope you are feeling much better now!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/20/2010 11:30AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better today. And you're right -- the more fit we become, the better we bounce back. Way to go!

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ANDI571 10/20/2010 10:45AM

    Glad you are taking care of yourself. Bouncing back quick means so much.

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BUGGYS 10/20/2010 9:19AM

    I totally agree with you,Barb, about the exercise and your immune system...I have watched kids in my home for the past 30plus years and have only gotten really sick a couple of times and I give exercise all the credit...I do try and get in some form of exercise every day. Glad you are feeling better!!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 10/20/2010 8:36AM

    Glad you got some rest and hope you have a GREAT day. Glad you are feeling better. Staying home was a good call.


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KALIGIRL 10/20/2010 8:30AM

    Glad to hear you are 'fighting' your cold/flu with good food and rest.
Hope you feel better soon!

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CONCHA77 10/20/2010 8:23AM

    Glad you are feeling better, Barb.

I also went to a wedding this weekend and I felt yukky the next day just because I didn't get my normal amt of sleep. Gets me every time. And of course the few drinks didn't help either, that also gets me every time. (I didn't have the sore throat, just really tired)

Again, happy you are feeling back to yourself, Hugs

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