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Virtual Race day minus ten and counting

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The greatest news I could have was my son's agreement to run with me. He gave that today. So, on November 6th starting at 8:00 a.m. CDT... I shall run to remember, accompanied by my son, who has made me promise not to give him crap for being the "young fit guy who's out of shape". Truth? He's being nice to his old mom. And I know it.

For him, too, this is a marker, and a honoring of those with whom he served and continues to serve.

I'm hoping for good weather this weekend, to go hunting for the distance markers, as I am pretty well settled on the venue, which is a local bike trail that I figure I can measure for an out and back. If you can't FIND pre-made markers, set your own, right? I'm picking a trail with a pea gravel surface, to be easier on the knees. And praying for good weather that day as well!

Preparations underway. Resolve in good shape. Fitness plan in place to maintain up to that day. I did my upper body workout tonight... jogging every other day to stay ready.

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KALIGIRL 10/28/2010 1:34PM

    So cool!
I am delighted to hear it and will pray for good weather for you both.


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WALKINGANNIE 10/28/2010 4:47AM

    How wonderful that you and your son are supporting each other - and many others - in this way. There are so many positive possibilities that can come from this and I'll bet that you will experience a special endorphin boost when you finish.

Glad that your feeling better and heading towards fitness for the run.

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MT-MOONCHASER 10/28/2010 1:00AM

    Do you have or can you borrow a GPS unit to help you mark out your trail? I've read of several runners who use them.

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MSLZZY 10/27/2010 10:32PM

    You are so committed and you are preparing so well! Good luck! HUGS!

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MNTWINSGAL 10/27/2010 10:19PM

    How awesome, Barb! What a special day this will be for both of you!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/27/2010 9:59PM

    Your determination and persistence is inspiring. Good luck finding just the right route for you and your son to run.

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CONCHA77 10/27/2010 9:44PM

    This is great news. I always wanted my son and I to run together. Seems like there is always snow on the ground when he can get up here to visit...
Some day though! You GO Girl!!!
Happy for you, Barb. ;)

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REJ7777 10/27/2010 9:40PM

    I'm so glad your son can join you! I know you would have run anyway, but his running with you will make it fun! I hope the weather cooperates.
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Enough of that! Let's start again!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Last week I thought I got over that cold/sinus headache thing nice and quick... still had some stuffiness over the weekend, but then yesterday! Ugh! Anyway, feeling somewhat better this morning... steel cut oats simmering on the stove, a mug of coffee in my hand... and I'm dressed and ready to head out to work. I don't know whether this was all part of the same thing, or two separate things, but I've had ENOUGH of it!

Time to get back to "normal", whatever that is. The end of the month is coming up... and I have the remote Run to Remember to look forward to. This little side trip has really consolidated the decision to not add the extra energy stress of a 13-hour drive each way road trip. I talked to my son last night about doing the remote with me, saying it would be an "easy" run for him, as he'd have to slow down to his old mother's pace. Don't know if that will work out or not, but I'm hopeful. Kind of depends on his schedule.

By the way, my sincere thanks to those of you who asked for the link to help the wounded warriors get to the Run. I'm touched more than you can ever know. I've Spark mailed it to several folks... if I missed you and you wanted it, let me know. I'm trying not to use my blog as a solicitation or advertisement, but I really do appreciate the desires to help! And of course, y'all know I appreciate the prayers.

So... to a Tuesday of one day in front of the other... of nurturing ourselves well, of listening for our bodies' true needs, and responding appropriately. Because we're worth it!

  
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TURTLETALK 10/26/2010 11:16PM

    I am glad you are feeling better and I am rooting for you to out pace your son and show him what this "old mother" is made of.

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REJ7777 10/26/2010 8:01PM

    Glad your feeling better! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 10/26/2010 1:25PM

    I'm so pleased that you're feeling better.

How cool of Becky to make the kind offer of support in that way.

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BUGGYS 10/26/2010 10:58AM

    Glad you're feeling better today!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 10/26/2010 10:15AM

    I'm glad you're feeling a little better again today. Those sinus issues can be a real pain. Take care!

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FITAT50 10/26/2010 9:27AM

    I just got over a bad cold and layngitis that lasted almost two weeks. I'm with ya, ready to begin again! Have a great Tuesday!

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SUNNY332 10/26/2010 8:59AM

    Yes, we are indeed worth all the effort....

Have a GREAT day. Begin again...

Sunny

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KALIGIRL 10/26/2010 8:53AM

    Glad you're feeling better and please let me know if you need company. While I couldn't begin to run, if you'd like I could bike if your son's schedule doesn't work out.

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MSLZZY 10/26/2010 7:50AM

    Very positive attitude! Have a much better day today! HUGS!

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Lost Monday

Monday, October 25, 2010

Well, as for "taking care of ourselves"... apparently I must not have been doing such a great job... as I woke this morning with swollen sinus passages and nausea and headache. I tossed cookies that weren't there, ended up calling in sick to work and putting myself back to bed, sleeping in short snatches of an hour or two all day. Kept waking up to try to hydrate, but the old body didn't even want to keep water down.

Finally came around enough to check online about time to get off work, but have been treating myself with a lot of TLC. About 8 p.m. I had a little breakfast, and it seems to be sitting OK. Maybe this episode is over? I sure hope so!

This is after a Sunday when I went to visit flylady.com, and shined my sink. What I found interesting about that order of doing things? Maybe it was instinct, but I had never heard of her site when I first shined my sink... and I don't even remember exactly when that was, but I kept it up for some time... it made me feel better to know that sink would be clean. I just started going downhill with that mid-son's deployment. Now it's shiny and clean again... with fresh resolve to keep it that way, not let things pile up for a day or two at a time. "Finally Loving Yourself"... great acronym!

I still feel very good and at peace about the run decision. More than ever, given this little side trip. I think it's time to start digging in for Winter, nesting, and caring for myself by taking care of what I already have, and loving it.

  
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WALKINGANNIE 10/26/2010 1:22PM

    So sorry that you have been unwell Barb and hope that you are on the mend now.

I'll have to visit flylady.com to see if my house can shine too!

Be kind to yourself while you're under par and enjoy the comfort of your nest and your good decision.

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KALIGIRL 10/26/2010 8:59AM

    Here's to nesting in!

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MSLZZY 10/26/2010 12:15AM

    Taking care of yourself is a very good plan. Feel better soon! HUGS!

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MNTWINSGAL 10/25/2010 11:35PM

    Sorry you haven't been up to par....hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. And a shiny sink to boot!

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THIAGRAM 10/25/2010 10:29PM

  I sure hope that this episode is over too. No fun being sick. I love your background picture! Have I missed something important? I hope you recover quickly! Hugs!

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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!"
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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 ---


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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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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.

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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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