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Devotion to Children 4 Miler - Race Report

Sunday, May 08, 2011

I had decided to do this one mid week last week because I had always wanted to do a Mother's Day race. Yesterday's 5k was very last minute...but I figured that the distances on each day would be doable. One I could do at race pace, and one I would not press so hard. So yesterday's race I gave it my all. I came into today a bit tired. Mostly from the pollen. This pollen is unreal! I had trouble with it during my first months of running. I broke out in hives and all kinds of crazy issues. You would think I would take off from Spring running ;)

Yesterday's course was rather flat compared to today. Some moderate hills on the course but lots of shade. That was nice. I think my pacing could have been slightly improved if I had breakfast. I wanted sleep last night and gave myself just enough time to get ready this morning. I had an hour drive to the race. Sadly, Starbucks doesn't open as early on Sundays and I needed to make it in time for packet pick up. The coffee would have to wait until the race was over.

I felt pretty much akin to a brick during this one, but was grateful that I was capable of doing it. I was in much better control of my breathing today than yesterday. I brought my water bottle today (very good idea and helped me as I could sip when I wanted it).

I don't have my formal chip time, but finished it in just over 45 minutes. Grabbed my much needed cuppa joe on the drive home and ate a lovely tofu quiche for breakfast :)

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Frederick Running Festival - Mid Day 5k Report

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I decided to do this one yesterday afternoon as my husband was picking up his half marathon race packet. I saw there was 50 slots left for the 5k and thought 'why not?'

By the time of the 5k (started at noon), it was warming up. Also, we start and finish this on the racetrack (horses, mind you) of the Frederick Fairgrounds. Very well attended race. This is good and bad when you are packed into an area on a racetrack. I think I was in a good spot. I had brought my insulated water bottle, but worried it would slow me and I didn't bring it. HUGE mistake.

I wanted to just run my race and get home because we had a family reunion/bday/mother's day gathering, so not much time to fool around. So...I started up my running playlist (thank you, Adele, for starting it off right!) and took off. I was not pleased with all the dried indentations from horse's hooves on the track. And man alive...when I took throat was on FIRE from the pollen (perhaps the dust too). That is why the lack of a water bottle stunk the big one. Would have helped me a lot. Then I worried and couldn't recall if they had water on the course. Thankfully, halfway in...water. I took 2 cups at each stop and walked those. Had I brought my water I could have kept trucking.

I tried to focus on my breathing because this is a big thing for me. But the throat hurt so bad and my chest tightened a little so it took some time (probably after I got water) to settle down. And the breeze on the way back was very appreciated.

I really loved when this was a twilight race. I hope they reconsider and make it a twilight race again. But all in all...I was happy with the finish. Chip time was 33:25. My best 5k yet.

I absolutely must wear the tighter ACE bandage for the knee. When I do, the knee is happy. The other flimsy ones I have can go to the garbage!

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Z0RCHED 5/7/2011 11:11PM

    Good job! Was this the race in MD? If so - I absolutely loved that race as a twilight run and hope they change it back! I ran that a few years ago and enjoyed not being in the blistering sun. When I ran it, it was from the road, twice around the graveyard and then ending on the baseball field.


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Strong Emotions On This Day

Monday, May 02, 2011

I think I am still in shock, to be honest. I went to bed early last night because I was very tired. I didn't sleep well at all (and to be honest I sometimes have very spiritual thoughts about that and wondering if I am being called to get up, but that is another thought trail). I don't know what time I really laid in bed and didn't move. So annoying.

So I get up to finish prepping the kids to eat and catch their bus. I had not been on my computer or turned on the news (don't really watch news here...just read online). My oldest son stops me (he's 11) and says 'Mom my friend on xbox just told me that they killed Osama bin Laden'. Of course I instantly responded that I had heard Ghadafi (sp) had lost his son and grandchildren in gunfire, and I told him I had heard of that but nothing about bin Laden.

Then I head up to the middle level and my husband tells me. I was really caught off guard. And then I think, for the rest of the day, I have been cycling through a grief process. I am really surprised at it myself, but I have gone from being excited (more at the thought of the potential for the war to end and my brother in law is currently deployed and I hate deployments), to sad. The denial came first. I cannot really say I have felt anger. I have felt more disappointment in some of the responses and postings I have seen from people today.

Yes, he was a bad man. Yes, he made me cry many days in sadness over the loss of innocent lives. I will never forget that horrible day and the days thereafter.

I am sad and solemn about so many lives lost over these years. I am grateful for the courage of our servicemen and servicewomen. And I stand behind our country's leader. That has truly been a point of concern I have had today. The lack of respect, pardon me...I don't care what party line any one person is registered to. There is something that I think has saddened me more than anything today. The true lack of respect for our country's leader. I am not asking anyone to embrace and approve of any one person. But there is respect. It has been fading in my generation (and others) over the years and I just shake my head. I remember being in a public high school (having come from private school) and was appalled at the lack of respect with kids, teachers, and otherwise. It was unacceptable to me, and it still is today.

Perhaps it was the way my parents raised me. So thank you, Mom and Dad...for instilling in me the importance of being respectful, even if you couldn't put your whole heart into it...but because it was the right thing to do.

Please don't post an explanation as to why disrespect is okay. Because it isn't.

There are people who feel relief today, but still have empty arms and homes due to what happened on 9/11 or the resulting war. For them, and for so many other innocent lives lost, I pray for them. emoticon emoticon

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DAS92687 5/5/2011 6:14AM

    I was also taken aback by the news. DH told me at 5:30 that morning when I was waking him up, and I said "What? You must have heard that wrong. If that were true, it would be on the news." And I turned the TV on, as if to show him.

...And there it was.

I also don't watch the news ... so probably for that reason, I haven't seen the "party line disagreements," although I DID see Cheyney give credit to Obama. And, that was an unexpected pleasant sign of unity during such an emotional time.

I'm glad it's over. I do believe that the man was the devil himself, so I am not sad that he is dead. But the party & cheering over his death is a little uncomfortable to me.

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NURSESARAH03 5/5/2011 12:57AM

    Julie, I have to agree with you. The things people have said over the past few days have really appalled me. I feel that whether you agree with what is happening in policy, etc or not the President is our ELECTED commander-in-chief deserves some respect, not the total lack of disrespect and degradation that he has gotten. Our leaders do what they believe to be the right thing to do (mostly, anyway, I like to believe) just like any of us would do when we do our appointed duties. I worry and fret every day for the servicemen and women who protect our basic freedoms every day, my Father, Brother-in-law, and Cousin, to be specific....along with many other friends and aquaintences. Your blog truly hit home to me.

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    bin Laden deserved the death penalty, but so may of our loved ones continue to fight and give their lives to protect our daily freedom. I am grateful all my deployed relatives are home now, but regardless of the death of a heinous terrorist we are still not safe and possibly will never feel safe again. emoticon

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PATTYOMALLEY 5/2/2011 6:29PM

    I can relate to your sentiments, on so many levels. I am not one to revel in anyone's death. Regardless of who the person is/ what the crime is the person committed. Death saddens me. The enormity of the senseless deaths of the 9/11 victims; the tragedy of a single life lost to a criminal act, a convicted criminal put to death to carry out his sentence.

It is all sad, and it diminishes us as people. This is not a perfect world, and there is more than enough violence, destruction and death. That we can live with- but rejoicing at someone's death? Not for me either. It saddens me to think that the human condition is so flawed as this.

I miss the days gone by as well, when values were stronger, personal responsibility was paramount, and morals were more clearly defined. I'm not sure exactly when the change happened, but it is measurable and it is a sad commentary.

I can certainly understand that there was a military mission that was carried out, and the reasons for that. I can not reconcile the gleeful comments by some (and disrespectful comments by others) that followed. This was a somber mission, with a somber result.

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Has Somebody Seen My Mojo?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Seriously...I'm on the hunt. Perhaps I am being hard on myself. I did endure a good wind whipping, rain, and hail on Saturday. I did suck it up and got my 'last chance workout' in. But that has been it. My only saving grace is my significant change in what I choose to eat. Ever so carefully knowing my range and portioning. Hey I did mow the lawn yesterday and I did attempt to open (very very sad attempt due to the weight of it) the sewer grate. Does that count for something?

I am feeling a need to change how I approach fitness. I do not have any new goals. I am still stuck in goal limbo. Do I train up to the half distance to get my base back, or do I appreciate running whatever I choose...even a 5k and nothing more? I do not know. I am not normally indecisive on these things. Part of it stems from the fact that I feel much like a single parent due to my husband's schedule. The scheduling part of goals like training for a half seemed so much easier when I didn't have to take into account that I would be the one doing everything (truly everything) in the household.

I don't know if part of this muckity muck feeling has to do with my job...the fact that I work at home. Ugh and grr.

I'm stuck in the 'I just don't know' rut and I am not liking it. Maybe I need to challenge myself differently...not with running or biking. Maybe in toning? Focusing on strength for a while? It sure would be something, right? I cannot find my kettlebell DVD. It's driving me batty. I am thinking about getting Kettlebell's for Dummies (I tried the pilates one and I really liked it). Perhaps if I am engaged in something then I might want to transition to a quick run and get the heart pumping.

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GSDMIKE 4/24/2011 11:37AM

    Speaking of mowing the lawn, I probably need to get in some lawnmower cross-training today myself.

If you are feeling pressured for time, I agree that putting together a 5K training plan may be just what you are looking for. You can make it every bit as challenging as a half marathon plan, though in a different, less time consuming way. No need to plan out multi-hour long runs. Plus you get to mix it up with an assortment of speed training workouts if you have the base to support them. I was having a blast with my training plan before the wheels came off with my health issues.

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    I found Bob Harper's Kettleball DVD at Target if that helps.

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NURSESARAH03 4/23/2011 2:37PM

    You can do it, Julie. Like you told me before...we all get in these "ruts" sometimes. I know you have the strength and determination to work yourself out of it. Maybe you need to try something new?? Like kickboxing or zumba to give yourself a little "flava" ? emoticon

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FITNESSFOODIE 4/23/2011 1:17PM

    I too get the "what is it all for" blues from time to time. Strength training can be a fun goal if you want to make some advances. emoticon

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MK_MONKEYTOES 4/22/2011 12:38PM

    Sounds like now would be a great time for a change. If you aren't doing much strength training I would say that would be the best place to start! Depending on your cable/satellite system you can look at video on demand under the free category. I have a whole slew of workout routines there...anywhere from pilates to yoga to strength with cardio intervals. Another option is using the Fitness Generator here on SP under the fitness tab under healthy will spit out a workout routine for pick up the intensity you can add weights and 2-3 minute cardio spurts in between sets. Pick out some up beat music to do it to and presto a complete workout for free!!

Good luck!!!

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SHELLEY81 4/22/2011 10:15AM

    I too have been looking for my mojo. Try switching it up and trying something new. The strength training sounds like a good idea. Try doing a mini fitness test, how many puch ups, squats etc and then set a goal of a managable increase in a month and then recheck. I do find that to be very motivating. Best wishes to you! emoticon

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BLC 16 - Monday

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kids are home today. My legs finally feel like I did not attempt anything terribly athletic this past weekend (LOL). That is usually when I would feel the most comfortable exercising again. I know I know...exercise and you will losen up.

Today has been okay. I feel like I have had enough calories. We'll see if I feel any pang of hunger later. I have a way of knowing that I am in range but if I went for anything else I'd fall off the map. Although I must admit that I am having a sensation that I'll be up instead of down or even for Wednesday WI. We shall see.

Work is going to be intense for the rest of this week. I can just tell. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we get an extension on a deadline, but I feel like I need to get some things in order for a work project so I feel somewhat better. Some of it will be a scramble and that is just the way it will be.

I did have a smoothie for lunch today, so I got a nice heaping helping of freggies today. I drank straight H20 (some days it is a true struggle to do that and I cannot explain it). I was going to make this dish for dinner but I think I will make it for tomorrow. Hoping it turns out okay.

Need to research some things and decide what event I will do next. Just not sure right now.

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