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Appalachian Trail and Sunshine Today!

Monday, March 04, 2013

We are "White Blazing It" today.
Take a hike with me on this glorious day! Wear layers because although it is cold and very windy, we will work up a sweat and need to shed a layer or two. It's will be a bit tough but it will be worth the climb. Follow me....

It's a beautiful day to be out here taking in the fresh air and sunshine. What great exercise.

Watch your step this part is a little slippery and muddy. (Good balance practice)

The rocks can be ankle twisters and make the climb more challenging. (Better workout)

Sometimes the trail might be hard to follow. Keep an eye out for the blazes, keep looking up and keep making the climb.

Stop for some air and take a look behind you once in a while.

Almost there now...just over these boulders. Wait until you see this view.

We made it! What a beautiful view up here! Will you just look at that blue sky! I never get tired of this hike or this view.

Now we can take a well deserved rest for a snack and enjoy the view, the peace and the sunshine!

What a way to brighten a girls day! Smiles! emoticon

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ANDY_54 3/6/2013 4:04PM

    LOVELY pictures! I have to laugh about the trail markers. My husband and I were back east (we're in OH) last summer to visit Acadia Nat'l Park and Katahdin in ME. Along the way, we stopped and did a section hike of the AT around Franconia Notch, NH. It was fantastic, but if he wasn't there I would have gotten lost! Again, thanks for taking me along on this hike of yours, just love it!

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BOILHAM 3/5/2013 8:26AM

  Gorgeous hiking trail. It reminds me of the hiking trail at Big Meadows Campground on Skyline Drive. DW and I love hiking when we are on the road in our RV.
Thanks for taking me along for the hike, I did okay but it was slippery in places.

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CASEYSAUER 3/5/2013 6:59AM

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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GREENGENES 3/4/2013 9:10PM

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing!

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PMRUNNER 3/4/2013 7:21PM

    I have done about 10% of the trail over the years, I would love to go back and finish the rest! Thank you for sharing!

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ALWAYSROSY 3/4/2013 7:02PM

    OH MY GOSH! I'm so very jealous!!!

Good for you!!! I aspire to do this hike some day . . . I'll be like Grandma Gatewood!!!


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I ran this morning!!!! Woohoo!!!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I am so excited! I have been having problems with my asthma all winter long and it really put a dent in my running. Some times I can hardly even walk or hike up a good hill without having an attack. But I am determined to keep going and doing the best that I can in hopes that it will get better again in the Spring.

This morning I was once again tapping into that hope and determination. I used my inhaler before starting out and told myself that I will go easy. Of course my favorite 3.1 mile course that I chose is not the easiest choice for running (with or without asthma). It is a little over a mile uphill very steeply and a rolling mile up top and then back down the steep again.

With some preventive measures and walking when I really felt my breathing was getting labored, I did it without having an attack! Not only did I do but I am very happy with my time of 35min.

Oh, I can't tell you all how much this made my day. I so desperately want to continue my running and get to point of doing a half. It is cloudy, windy and flurrying but right now I feel like the sun is shining!

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ANDY_54 3/6/2013 3:59PM

    Aw, I can feel the good vibes coming thru the page! That's smart running! Congrats!

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CASEYSAUER 3/4/2013 7:33AM

    emoticon I have asthma also! When we are relieved of it's affects, it is a wonderful and freeing feeling! I'll bring my inhaler with me when we hike!

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ELISADENK 3/3/2013 8:31PM


However, you need to get your asthma under control... b/c it is not. (this is from another asthmatic). emoticon

Do you take Advair? If not, PLEASE do!

I am also discovering that eating tons of veggies help.

Keep us posted, please.....we care!

Glad you are doing emoticon otherwise. :-)

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BOILHAM 3/3/2013 4:49PM

  Glad you had a good run!

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COOP9002 3/3/2013 3:02PM

    Awesome job!

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MJ7DM33 3/3/2013 2:50PM

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CAROL494 3/3/2013 11:15AM

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Winter Blues...

Friday, March 01, 2013

I forced myself to go out for a walk today. I have a serious case of SAD. I grumbled, kicked and screamed literally all the way up the hill! I am absolutely sick of clouds, snow and wind!!!! It is only a 3 mile route but at least I can say I did something.

Funny thing happened once I got to the top, the sun came out for about 5 min. I actually stood in the middle of that sunny spot in the road until it went back behind the clouds. I put my face towards the sun and felt the warmth on my cheeks, oooooh.....I closed my eyes and listened to the birds chattering around me and I was in a happy place. At least for a little while. Then I felt something else on my cheeks....snow.

I had the sun for moment. Everything else stopped and I truely was in the moment. I believe the universe was giving me hope. I am closer to Spring and more sunshine everyday. We have changed into a new month and with it comes the promise of new beginnings and renewal. I am experiencing some personal new beginnings and as much as they may be welcomed, they are not easy to take. I have to believe that the sun will find me and the blossoms will begin.

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ELISADENK 3/3/2013 8:17PM

    LOL! I grumble etc when I'm out for a walk, too!!

I even wrote a song about it. (Gave me something to focus on while walking.)

You can the song, in a blog on my SPpage. Written a while back. Maybe it will help you?

Your sun moment sounds like a rainbow moment, too. :-)


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CASEYSAUER 3/3/2013 8:24AM

    I know the feeling! I am so ready for spring!

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KAPELAKIN 3/1/2013 8:05PM

    Spring is just around the corner! I am actually starting the first of my veggie seeds tonight and seeing those first little leaves poke through the soil is always rejuvenating. Maybe treating yourself to some flowers could brighten things up?

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Time for some self-love.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I have not been treating myself very well these last couple of weeks and it's time to change that. This is embarrassing to admit but I was laid-off from my job and I will not be getting it back. I have never been unemployed before in my life and the occupation that I have been in is slowly dwindling. I am thankful that I had the job for as long as I did but I am a little worried about the future. WTH am I going to do now?

I am going to put the focus back on myself and try and figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. I want a whole new occupation, but what? That's the kicker, I have no real idea what exactly I would like to do. I think that I will NOT find the answer in food or beverage. I need to take some time and show me some TLC. Maybe some nice long walks and runs to have some good chats with myself and my HP to find some guidance and direction towards my future.

I have to be super aware of my food and beverage intake and pay special attention to why and when I am eating. Feel the feelings not stuff them down with items barely touching my taste buds. I have to acknowledge the process that is happening and learn to go with the flow. Have faith in myself and life.

I will start the next part of my life's journey with extra special care and attention to what my thoughts, feelings and needs are. My first step is this blog and to tell you all that this is not going to be a setback for me. It will be a rocket to send me to higher places!

(((Changinghorses))) again

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ANDY_54 2/14/2013 7:32AM

    Great attitude! I had the same feelings when I retired, kind of adrift and lost not knowing what steps to take. I ended up going to some classes and am currently looking for part-time as the employers seem to like that here where I live. So, good luck and I can only believe you'll do okay with your thoughts here in the blog.

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CASEYSAUER 2/14/2013 6:32AM

    Hey! Hang in there. Where there is a down, there is an up right around the corner!

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BERGBA7 2/14/2013 3:00AM

    Sorry that you lost your job. your attitude is the right one though! Try to find out what you want to do next, take care of yourself and something new and positive will come your way!
I go for runs and walks too when I need to think! Great tool and it keeps you from overeating!
I saw you are planing on doing a half marathon this year. I am trying to do my first HM this fall too. Wish you luck and lots of fun preparing for it!
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MJREIMERS 2/13/2013 11:24PM

    It's good that you are taking the time to step back and re-evaluate your situation. Life's journey can be bumpy with big hills. However, those rough roads make the smooth roads and down hills more enjoyable...and appreciated. Hang in there! emoticon

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PMRUNNER 2/13/2013 3:47PM

    Good luck! It sounds like you have some big challenges ahead, I hope you can stay positive and focused as you move forward!

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BARCONIUS 2/13/2013 3:46PM

    I've been there. A little different. I attempted to affect a career change back in 2011. My first job in my new career lasted 7 weeks. I was devastated. I wish I'd had your presence of mind.

The problem I faced career-wise was that my education (I returned to college at 47) had not prepared me for an entry level position (they warned us about that). I ended up going back for some additional training and was eventually able to land my current position.

No matter how dim things may seem, there is a tomorrow, and you will achieve it. I've found that it's in these greatest challenges that our greatest opportunities hide. Have a wonderful adventure! emoticon

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It's not all gloom and doom, come run with me.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

What a dreary day for a run. Today was one of those days that I just didn't want to do it. I want sunshine and blue skies everytime I go out. Okay fantasy land is not here. I had to choose to look for the pleasant and good along the way to make my run a positive experience not a cranky negative experience. First thing I did was drive to a place that I always have enjoyed no matter what the weather. Then I chose to find the pleasant things along the way.

I saw lots of friendly faces.

I was able to find some color to appreciate on such a gloomy day.

I had some time to reflect and enjoy natures beauty and creation.

I enjoyed the peaceful serenity of my surroundings and realize that it's not all gloom and doom after all. The sun is still above the clouds and it will return another day.

I can really appreciate how Mother Nature decorates her Christmas Tree. I wonder who she gets to put them up so high.

I was so very happy to have a snow pile still left on the ground so I could get the dog poo off of my sneaker. Poo begone! I feel much better now.

Now that was not so bad. How do you think I feel after 5.88 miles?

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CAROLCRC 12/3/2012 8:38AM

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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BOILHAM 12/3/2012 8:25AM

  What a beautiful run. Love the bison! I want to run with you there.

Off topic, but one of my favorite moments on my RV travels was when we had a hundred or more bison walk by our RV while in Yellowstone Natl Park.

Your blog made me want to go back there.

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GREENGENES 12/2/2012 10:28PM

    Very nice. Way to find your motivation.

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-AMANDA79- 12/2/2012 8:40PM

    Your friendly faces made me lol. Nice work on the run!

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KANDOLAKER 12/2/2012 7:40PM

    Looks like a beautiful run! Way to make it happen, even when you didn't want to!!

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MARZIPAN22 12/2/2012 6:23PM

    Great blog ! Your photos are wonderfully fun. It's raining really hard here and I just am hoping that it stops long enough to have a dry walk. Had planned to go out into cattle country myself, but there won't be anything more exotic than that.
5.88?!?! I love it!!

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