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Life in the slow lane.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

I have been in the slow lane this week and I don't like it. I have been fighting a cold and it is quite a battle. I thought I should just take it easy and let it take it's course. Rest would be good for me and maybe the rest would make the cold go easier and faster. Well it did not.

I have Asthma and I am very susceptible to Bronchitis. I know that I need to take it easy or I could be in trouble. I have lost my voice and I feel like doggie do-do. I did go for a nice easy hike yesterday for about 2 hours with my son and that was real nice. The sunshine and fresh air felt great.

I have a 5k coming up on Saturday and I wanted to try to PR but it looks like I may just have to settle for finishing. Oh well, I guess all things considered, "just finishing" isn't so bad.

Please pass the tissues. Sniffle.

  
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SLIMSTRONGSTAR 12/5/2011 1:51AM

    You are a fighter :) Even with all that, you managed to go hiking?!

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ELISADENK 12/4/2011 5:28PM

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Today I am a runner!!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The boss let us leave 45 minutes, Woohoo! What do I do with my extra time? I quick change my clothes and go run 3 miles while it is still daylight! Yes! I totally enjoyed my run on a cloudy, windy, cool and dreary, almost dark day. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I was actually bummed that I had to stop running after 3 miles because it was getting dark and where I was running you mustn't be after dark.

I'm not sure when this happened to me but I AM A RUNNER!

I have also decided that I am going to train for a half marathon that is in September. I am open to any ideas or suggetsions to "get it done".

You go girl!!!!

  
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SLIMSTRONGSTAR 11/28/2011 7:59PM

    Wow!!! I can't wait for that to happen to me. You are a runner! emoticon emoticon

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FREECLOUD 11/26/2011 7:43PM

    Sounds like that awesome 10k time got to you ;) Really happy for you - can't think of a better way to end a race than to find out you've beat your expected time! Agree with the Hal Higdon recommendation for the half. You can absolutely do it!

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SUZWARNR 11/24/2011 5:45AM

    Thanks awesome! Congrats! You'll love the half-marathon. Check out Hal Higdon's plans. I think they're great. :)

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KGLOVER71 11/23/2011 9:13PM

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ELISADENK 11/23/2011 8:31PM

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I ran my first 10k race!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Don't ask me how I did it. I have to say this about that, IT WAS THE WORST RUN that I ever had!!!!!

BUT, I did it! I started out feeling pretty good even though I was tired from events of the day before and a lack of sleep. I was about a mile in and I started getting side stitches that lasted for 2.5 - 3 miles. But my leags felt good. My breathing was out of control and I kepy hearing that little voice telling me "I can't make it". Oye, I hate that voice.

I actually stopped at the half-way point and had a sip of water hoping that I could recover fast and get going again and be okay. Well, that didn't wotk. My stomach got so tight that I thought I was going to vomit. But my legs felt good. I just kept moving forward and then I heard someone say you only have a little over a mile to go. "OMG, I can't make it". Yes you can. No you can't. Yes you can. No you can't. You do it!! You can do it!!!

UGH! I looked up and saw the hill and suddenly felt a head wind that I thought would knock me down. I could not run the whole way up the hill. (Bummer) Once I reached the top of the hill and looked out on the horizon and saw the steeple of the church that I started at I mentally felt like "Yes, I can finish". My body was arguing the point though. I just kept running.

As I got closer to the finish line I could see the time and I thought "How the hell did I do that?" I woulda bet money that I was over my goal time of 70 minutes and I was actually under it! I crossed the line at 63:40. Yahoo!!!! 2nd place in my age group!!

Push your limits to go beyond them!!!! Do not stay where you are.

  
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MACILINN 11/20/2011 8:28AM

    loved the commentary! way to go girl!

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AIMLESS07 11/19/2011 3:41PM

    Way to go!! I still remember my first 10K.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/19/2011 1:23PM

    WOHOO!! Congrats!!! My first 10K is Jan.1st...can't wait!

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STOCKSROCK 11/19/2011 11:53AM

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Nice job! Now take the rest of the weekend and recover!

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Only another runner knows

Saturday, October 08, 2011

why I have that look on my face when I am running up that last hill at the end of 5.5 miles, 60 minutes. Other people think "why do you do it?" or "it's not worth it" or "she's crazy".

There is a thrill unlike any that I have ever known to complete a run. It challenges me in ways that are different from other challenges. To know that it is purely my own determination and will power that gets me through to the end. My mind plays games with me and tells me I won't make it or I can't do it. But somehow I make it to the end of my running route.

When I crest that last hill and the sun is shining through the trees on me at that moment I have a sense of satisfaction like no other. I am proud of myself for sticking with it and not giving up. I am proud of myself for pushing myself to the next level. I feel good knowing that I am doing what I never in a million years would have thought I would or could do.

Funny how sometimes we become people that we never even dreamed we would become. Runner, physically fit, healthy, proud, happy, just some words that describe who I am today.

I "PAID THE PRICE TODAY". It was so worth it.

  
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FREECLOUD 10/11/2011 12:24PM

    Great description of why you run. It's really difficult to put into words, but you've done it beautifully.

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SUSIQZER 10/8/2011 4:47PM

    Awesome... and so true!!

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SAPHRAEL 10/8/2011 11:04AM

    Awesome! Way to go!

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We all do it.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

We all fall down once in a while don't we?

I was reading a few blogs this morning and it seems that quite a few people have "fall down and go boom". Some are pretty good at beating themselves up over it too. We can be our own worst enemies and that does not help at all. So let's put the 2 x 4's away for today and give ourselves a pat on the back and a hug.

We all fall and really, we all get back up. The question is how long do we lay there on the ground crying in a mud puddle? What can we do to help pick ourselves up? What can we learn from the experience to help us stand again and keep moving forward even though we are wet and full of mud. (Don't worry it comes off easy once it's dry)

I over ate yesterday and I drank a few glasses of wine to boot. I could beat myself up today but I won't. Just because I didn't do yesterday perfect doesn't mean that I should quit trying. It means that I have got to try and be more aware of my present moment. I have to practice mindfulness and look for the warning signs before I fall again. Maybe I can avoid the mud puddle next and just have a scraped knee.

Time for a group hug! (((( Me, myself and I ))))

  
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FAERY_FACE 6/20/2011 6:35AM

    Loved it! Thank you for posting emoticon

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TEDDYBABE 6/19/2011 4:52PM

    YAY!!!!! I LOVE THIS BLOG! Thank you thank you. I so agree. Life just happens. And there we go off and running again! Yippeee!! You are awesome Dee. Thanks for reminding us all! Have a good one friend!

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SPIDERGIRL502 6/18/2011 8:29PM

    So true!!

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JUST-AMY 6/18/2011 9:28AM

    Oh, this is soooooooooo true! I used to use one bad choice as the finest excuse for another! Now it just "is what it is!" I suppose that was perfectionist thinking: If I couldn't do it 100% right, I would just do it100% wrong! Now I accept that 90% right is still pretty darn good! And so is 80% decent.....

So I celebrate your overnight recovery celebration, and am very grateful for you posting this. I guarantee you that this speaks to every single reader! And the next time I take a bite I shouldn't? Well. It won't be permission to carry on....I will think of this blog, and plan on climbing back on the plan and out of the piddy puddle!



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MALEXANDER4 6/18/2011 7:04AM

    I loved your blog. Thank you. I have fallen and at first thought I couldn't get up either...nope i'm standing and i'm strong and I will conqur myself. Have a great day.

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PICKLEDGINGER2 6/18/2011 6:28AM

  One day at a time!

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