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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

I don't know how this will fit into my spark tracker, but I decided to use the two training links that FitAt50 shared to help me train for those sit up and push-up goals.

Both are six week programs. They may not be directly aimed at passing the APFT, especially as the two hundred sit ups one trains for crunches, not military style sit ups. But they are nice, structured, easy to follow programs. Kind of like the couch to 5K thing was. So, worth a try as a means to an end.

hundredpushups.com/ and
www.twohundredsitups.com/

Last night before supper, I did my baseline initial test, and came up with 12 or 13 push ups and about 25 crunches. That puts me at a pretty average place for my starting point. Wish me luck on the journey, I will of course provide accountability posts or status from time to time - three workouts a week, six weeks, right on track for that first of the year goal!

Meantime, back at the running game: I bought jingle bells yesterday. I don't know if they pass them out at the run, and I wanted to be prepared, in case they don't. emoticon

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 11/14/2010 9:58AM

    How fun to do a jingle bell run! I wonder if we have one around here!! And you got me thinking about this APFT challenge. I looked it up and voilá! Everything I needed for my age... Hmmmm. This is starting to take shape. I'll be 52 in January. I wonder if I ought to try to join you. Wanna partner?

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WALKINGANNIE 11/9/2010 3:15PM

    emoticon Woohoo!

You don't rest on your laurels between goals do you Barb?!

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GOHUSKERS2 11/9/2010 9:17AM

    Get those bells and wear them proudly! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/9/2010 8:25AM

    When I taught aerobics in the '80s we wore jingle bells all through the holidays! Your comment brought back fun memories! May have to pull the old bells out this year!! emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/9/2010 8:04AM

    We have a Jingle Bell Run here too. Good idea to get your bells. What fun!

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Have a GREAT day.

Sunny

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Last day of vacation

Monday, November 08, 2010

What a difference from last Wednesday (first day) to today (last day)! From the initial panic of "how will I survive all this unstructured time" to picking one thing to do at a time, to performing the one thing I was committed to do, to assessing new goals... to this morning of the last day, sitting in my warm fuzzy sweats and feeling... relaxed and victorious.

Yesterday afternoon was sunny and I finished taking down the last stumps from the corner of the house... this is not to say they won't grow back next year, but I feel better for now.


This was earlier in the summer, when everything was in leaf... ugly.


This was "in progress", quite a bit done, but not yesterday's final take-down. Today is supposed to be warm again, so I may do more in the back yard. I'm thinking anything more I cut down will build a brush pile in the back yard because I figure I'm taxing the trash man's limits of what they will haul away in a single week.

Later I took leave of my senses and signed up for the Jingle Bell Run 5K on November 20th. I am convinced this will doom our local weather to snow. emoticon emoticon However, it will fulfill my 2010 promise to myself to wear an official bib in an official 5K this year, leaving only the "ride a horse" one unmet.

OH... OH... OH! I forgot to mention that I got a nice FB message from Kerry Cahill down in Fort Hood... they will mail me my "real" T-shirt from the Run to Remember. Nothing could make me happier. I was willing to live without it, knowing in my heart that I participated... but you know me, I like those symbols!

Tomorrow it will be back to work, which of course has its own set of challenges and distractions. But there are things to work toward again. Those push-up and sit-up goals are calling.

  
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KALIGIRL 11/8/2010 9:00PM

    Sounds like a great time 'off'.
Yard is looking great and glad you will get your t-shirt.
I'm amazed the weather has been so wonderful, so won't blame you if we get some snow this month.
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REJ7777 11/8/2010 6:49PM

    You had a very productive vacation! emoticon

I'm so glad they'll be sending you that t-shirt! It's a confirmation that they recognize your participation and it will give you a symbol to commemorate the event. emoticon

Now, on to new challenges! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 11/8/2010 2:14PM

    Well that was certainly a memorable vacation.

Glad that you're getting the t-shirt that you thoroughly deserve and congrats on the outdoor work. You can go back to the day job with a sense of achievement and with new plans in place.

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FITAT50 11/8/2010 11:36AM

    Since I'm new to your blogs I'm not sure what everything means, lol. I workout with a trainer on Monday's and she just started running and is planning on doing the Turkey Trot this year. That was my first 5k in 2008 at age 53 (if you can't tell, I am quite proud) so I may run it again with my trainer. Good luck with your 5k on the 20th!!

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ANDI571 11/8/2010 8:53AM

    I am so excited that they are sending you the t-shirt. You earned it my friend. I agree with Mslzzy, we want pictures when you get it.

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SUNNY332 11/8/2010 8:43AM

    How exciting to be getting one of the t-shirts from the race. That is awesome!!

Now - look in your yellow pages and see if there is a Stable close to you so you can ride that horse before 2011. Wish you were close, I know of a place I could take you this afternoon.

Enjoy your last day off.

Sunny

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PATRISNA 11/8/2010 7:36AM

    It is so nice that Kerry is sending you the t-shirt. You did the run and you were there in spirit. I hope you have a great time on your next 5K.

You got a lot of chores accomplished on your vacation. Knowing you felt relaxed at the end is the best part.

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MSLZZY 11/8/2010 6:48AM

    You've done so much inyour week off and have such good plans in the works! Yahoo on the t-shirt! Takd a pic when you get it! HUGS!

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New goal - son inspired!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

You know I always have to have a goal... especially after a "finish line" like yesterday, it's important to have something to avoid the big let-down. Based on my son's comment about the two-mile time, I have decided this is my next personal fitness challenge:

Pass the Army physical fitness test levels for a 58 year old woman by New Years 2011. I need something to keep me motivated during the months of growing darkness. Baseline on my birthday in two weeks (when I turn 58).

Here's the test:
Time in 2 mile run.
# of situps without stopping in 2 minutes.
# of pushups without stopping in 2 minutes.

A score of 100 for my age and gender - 19:42 for the run; 64 sit-ups; 28 push-ups.
Passing (60) - 24:48 for the run; 27 sit-ups; 8 push-ups.

My weak area, the one I need to work at most: sit-ups.

Then be able to pass it on significant dates throughout 2011:
New Year's Day
Valentine's Day
Mother's Day
July 4th
Labor Day
Next Veteran's day

Yep, gonna be a real "Army mom"... or at least try.

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 11/14/2010 9:52AM

    Ok.. so how did you figure out the Army target for a 58 year old woman? I can probably google that, huh?

THIS is awesome!

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PENNYAN45 11/8/2010 7:57AM

    What a great idea! Go for it!!

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Your son must be very proud of his Mom!

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KALIGIRL 11/7/2010 9:28PM

    Fabulous goal - sit-ups are my downfall too - can't imagine one every 2 seconds, but if anyone can...
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MSLZZY 11/7/2010 9:27PM

    GO FOR IT! emoticon emoticon

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SROUS1340 11/7/2010 7:11PM

    You go girl!

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SUNNY332 11/7/2010 6:27PM

    Wow - am I impressed? You bet I am.

You go girl! You are definitely working on being a REAL army mom.

Hugs, Sunny

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DEBRITA01 11/7/2010 1:19PM

    Ambitious goals, but you can do it. Your idea to keep setting measurable goals for yourself is great and I admire your determination. Good luck...

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REJ7777 11/7/2010 1:03PM

    emoticon Great goals! And I'm convinced you can do it! You're so right about the importance of having something to aim for, even after "maintenance". Nothing is ever stagnant, so it's important to continue to progress, in order to not regress! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 11/7/2010 12:45PM

    Wow! That's quite a goal Barb!

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MNTWINSGAL 11/7/2010 11:49AM

    Great idea, Barb! You are going to be so toned you won't recognize yourself!

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FITAT50 11/7/2010 11:34AM

    Oh, I really love this Barb! How would I find out what my fitness level is for my age? I will be 55 on November 17th and would love to see where I rank!!

I like the key dates also, a great goal motivation!

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SWELL10 11/7/2010 10:58AM

    Cool idea! You can do it! Rock it army mom emoticon

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ANDI571 11/7/2010 10:56AM

    Oh my, what a goal. Good for you. emoticon emoticon

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The blog after the run

Saturday, November 06, 2010



This was the starting point marker. What I didn't realize was that the markers were only miles, no Kilometer markers, so we ran out two miles, ran back one, and then ran an "approximate" tenth to the next road crossing. Then we walked the rest of the way back to the start, climbed into the sunshine and released the balloons. Freedom for them... hearts lifting as they flew away.

After that, I took my son out to breakfast and now am home. It was a good thing to do.

Oh, and because I really wanted to wear a bib, I made my own, and picked my own number, 1908, his unit number.



Second "Oh, and..." at the two mile mark I noted we'd been jogging about 20 minutes. Son said that I would have passed the running portion of the Army Physical Fitness test for my age / gender. Feels pretty good to know that... even though they probably wouldn't want to recruit a 58 year old gal!

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 11/14/2010 9:37AM

    This put a big smile on my face.. Talk about inspiration!

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PENNYAN45 11/8/2010 7:54AM

    Congratulations on observing this day in such a meaningful way - and with your son!

What an emotional time it must have been for both of you.

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FITAT50 11/7/2010 11:29AM

    Awesome day with your son!!

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KATIE33MAHALA 11/7/2010 1:28AM

    You are doing so good! I bet your son is very proud of you, and you must feel fantastic that he joins you.

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KALIGIRL 11/6/2010 10:51PM

    I think they'd be delighted to recruit a 58 year old gal if she was you.
Sorry I wasn't there to send you off or welcome you back, but so glad you shared this with your son.
Namaste my friend!

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CONCHA77 11/6/2010 4:59PM

    Great Day for you!!!!!!! and your son!!!!! Such wonderful memories and for such a great cause. I am so proud of you. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 11/6/2010 4:27PM

    emoticon Barb. emoticon to you and your son.

I can't imagine the mix of emotions that you have been through today but I am sure that you found a very healthy way of dealing with them.


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MNTWINSGAL 11/6/2010 4:13PM

    This was an awesome thing to do, and all the better for doing it with your son. What a special day for you both. Congrats!

And if the Army is ever looking for a few good women in your age range, it's good to know you have options, lol!

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VALERIEMAHA 11/6/2010 3:49PM

    WOW! WOW!! WOW!!! What an auspicious beginning to the weekend!
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REJ7777 11/6/2010 1:33PM

    You did it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
It must have been so very special to have your son run with you!

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SAMI199 11/6/2010 12:51PM

    Beautiful...

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GOHUSKERS2 11/6/2010 12:48PM

    Wonderful! I'm sure he is very very proud of his Mom, for many reasons, but what you did today is very special. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/6/2010 12:32PM

    Awesome! I think running it with your son was better than being there.

Love the photos of the balloons being released and wqy to go on choosing your son's unit # for your running # today. You definitely made some great memories.

You ROCK!



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BESTSUSIEYET 11/6/2010 11:50AM

    emoticon Hooray for you, Barb! Sounds great to me! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

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The blog before the run...

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Since I'm an early riser, here I sit with a couple of hours to rub together before race time. Yesterday throughout the day I was checking FaceBook for updates from my friends who were actually at Ft. Hood for the medal ceremony and memorial unveiling of the monument. And I was out building the brush pile in the yard... physical activity helps deal with emotions.



In the afternoon, I walked a mile and a half to a local party store, and bought not one, but it turned out four gold star-shaped balloons, and wrote the names of the fallen on them, three to a balloon, with a fourth one added to the fourth balloon. I have decided to release at the end of our run this morning, as it will be lighter then. Hope to catch their picture as they fly away, but even if not, I have them as the background shot for today, and maybe the next week or so.

I've said it before... we cannot change what happened in the past. No matter how good or how bad. It happened. What we can do is live our lives into the future, preserving, protecting, nurturing, and thereby honoring the sacrifice of those who have gone before.

This morning's run, as it happens in disparate locations, is a part of that honoring. Today I think especially of these 13 people, but I broaden my prayer to include all those who put their own lives at risk for a cause greater than themselves. And further, to include their families, who live with the knowledge that their loved one has made such a choice.

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 11/14/2010 9:40AM

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KALIGIRL 11/6/2010 11:22PM

    I first recognize your wonderful nature pile - lots of work from lots of time not spent in the yard.(My struggle was similar this year...)
I next recognize your wonderful early bird nature - I believe those who are blessed with an internal clock timed to nature have a special insight.
I last recognize your blessings on the 13 and their families, but more importantly (for me) those still in harms way.
Blessings on you, blessings on your son, blessings on those families who lost loved ones, and blessings on those serving abroad and their families at home.
I thank you for your dedication and commitment.

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ANDI571 11/6/2010 10:49AM

    Good luck with your run. I hope you know how special you are doing this for our fallen. You are not only doing it there, but here in our hearts that we may remember also. emoticon

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PATRISNA 11/6/2010 9:52AM

    Thinking of you and the 13 fallen that you are honoring with your run and those beautiful gold balloons.


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WISEONE68 11/6/2010 9:42AM

    Love the balloons, love your heart to do this, and I pray all who are "remembering" today find some peace and comfort!!
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SUNNY332 11/6/2010 9:22AM

    You make me so proud, Barb. Know that I will be thinking of you today as you make your run and also thinking of the 13 who lost their lives a year ago.

I love how you are honoring them with the gold balloons.

Take care and best wishes on a successful run.

You are my "SHERO" today!

Hugs, Sunny

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CONCHA77 11/6/2010 7:53AM

    Oh,and that is quite a pile of branches and such you worked so hard on! Whew! I would say you burnt quite a bit of calories and did some major strength training!
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CONCHA77 11/6/2010 7:52AM

    Today is your day to shine, Barb, for the 13 heroes and their loved ones.
Have fun with your run, your son and do have fun. I love the balloons. Perfect!
I am with you in Spirit and will be thinking of all of you today.
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SAMI199 11/6/2010 7:36AM

    I,too, will be running beside you...my prayers today will of be with all of you who are honoring these men& women today.

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LEANJEAN6 11/6/2010 7:33AM

    Oh I hope you enjoy the run--I shall be with you in my thoughts and prayers--- Hugs to you! Lynda

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MSLZZY 11/6/2010 7:23AM

    Remembering all affected by this tragedy and running beside you in my mind! HUGS!

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