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From the Past Until Completion

Monday, May 06, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftJZomwDhxQ

I ran my 40th 5K a few days ago, on Saturday. I shaved over 4 minutes over last week's time and came in nearly exactly the same as when we did this race last year (this is the third year of doing this race), when I weighed 11 pounds less.

Wait, what?

Yeah. Wacky, eh?

Even wackier when you consider how I was 5 1/2 years ago.

Anyway, I had thought of more to write, but the Internet gods ate it and I've gotta get some work done. :)

So enjoy New Order and please support brain cancer research, which is what I was running for. www.milesforhope.org/index.php/bosto
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Saturday will be my 41st 5K. :)

  
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MARCHMAIDME 5/7/2013 7:38PM

    The 11 pounds must be muscle. ; )


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PHEBESS 5/7/2013 12:43AM

    You are the racing queen!!!!

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WOLFKITTY 5/6/2013 10:55PM

    Congrats!


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WUNMURRA 5/6/2013 5:23PM

    Loved your blog
I too have lost much of what I have typed over the time to the 'internet gods' appetite.

Well done on the run

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WENDYSPARKS 5/6/2013 5:09PM

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THINAGIN2 5/6/2013 4:24PM

    Fantastic!
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DDOORN 5/6/2013 4:10PM

    Energizer Bunny of the 5Ks! Kudos to ya!

Don

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JMB2LOSE 5/6/2013 3:39PM

  Great job! 40 races is ALOT to be proud of!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/6/2013 3:15PM

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We may get older but we also get better. emoticon

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You Feel Joy, You Feel Pain 'Cause Nothing Will Be the Same

Monday, April 29, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pav2f4b-1ZE

This peppy song is a part of my 5K playlist. I don't listen to this playlist unless I am running, and we ran a 5K on Saturday so it came up.

It is one of those songs that gets me moving, and it's set at a time during 5Ks when I am not at the start and not at the end, and the runners have spread out and sometimes I wonder what the heck it is I am doing there, and why I do a dozen of these every year. This year, it was even more meaningful, as this was our first race since the tragedy at the Marathon.

It was a charity event, for PKU awareness. www.necpad.org/ If you've ever read the fine print on a sweetener packet, you've likely seen the phrase: phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine. That's a substance that these folks can't metabolize. Intaking it will (eventually, as it builds up over time) kill them. It is a genetic disorder. I don't know anyone who has it. But it's of course an area where people could use support, so we ran.

And I heard that song, as I was huffing along, and had the same old conversation in my head -

Why are you doing this?
Wouldn't you rather spend your Saturday sleeping in?
Or, better yet, going out for brunch?
Pancakes sound nice.
You haven't had pancakes in a while.
Ooohh ... pancakes.

And then I remind myself that, if I am ever going to see a pancake again, I still need to finish the race. So I continue plodding along.

This time, I found myself getting bad fatigue and shin pain when I could see the finish. And that's always ironic - I like to pour it on at the end, and my body was telling me not to.

And then I remembered that there are people who, 2 weeks ago, lost their ability to run or even walk or stand, without help.

So I said, what the hell and I ran anyway.

My hips hurt today, 2 days later. My shins are on and off wonky. Advil is only working sporadically.

But I don't care.

We spend so much of our lives trying to avoid pain. And it is normal and natural to do that. After all, even the tiniest of animals will move away from negative stimuli. It seems foolish, unless you're some sort of masochist (and I am not, in case you were wondering), to go in the direction of pain, and do things, repeatedly, that hurt. Repeatedly.

But as I think about this, and I grab another pair of Advil, I am again reminded that I have shins at all.

So who the hell cares if they hurt a little?

I feel both joy and pain today.

But I feel more joy than I do pain.

Come join me for joy and pain this Saturday. It'll be my 40th 5K. :)

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/6/2013 3:18PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I have aches and pains, but you're right, I can run. So I will, and will just pop the Ibuprofen!


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PHEBESS 4/30/2013 9:53AM

    You truly inspire me. I know you don't think that you do - but you do.

Not sure what I'll be doing Saturday, we're currently in Singapore - but I'll think of you on your 40th 5K.

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CAROLISCIOUS 4/29/2013 8:39PM

    Here's to #40...the joy and the pain.
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BLUEANGELLK 4/29/2013 2:31PM

    Good thoughts. Without pain, we wouldn't know how good joy is. Congratulations on #40!

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CDCSMITH2013 4/29/2013 1:25PM

    You are totally my inspiration for my 5K in June (assuming my PT guy give the okay).

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QUAIL75 4/29/2013 1:22PM

    Wow! Your 40th 5K?! That amazing and so motivating! emoticon I'm doing my second in June and I will run it for those who can't.

I love that song! I haven't heard it in a long time and it brings back great memories. emoticon



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SHEENADEE 4/29/2013 12:56PM

    Wow! #40! emoticon

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MS.ELENI 4/29/2013 12:18PM

    emoticon 40 - 5Ks So very awesome. I just think it is so great.

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DDOORN 4/29/2013 11:32AM

    OUCH to your shin pain! I have my one & only annual 5K @ the Binghamton Bridge Run this coming Sunday. Have been out doing some practice jogs and am gearing up for it. Not my thing, but I like committing myself to at least this one 5K a year to mix things up. I like to pour it on at the end too. Doubt I'm going to do as well this year as others...have had a consistent 11 min. mile pace...no speed demon, and slowing a bit: But we're OUT THERE and DOING IT! Yeah!

Cool song...hadn't heard before. Thx for the tip! :-)

Don

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Tell Me Friend - Why Do You Stand Aloof From Your Own Heart?

Monday, April 22, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pk7FBT4U3g



You hardly need for me to rehash the incredible series of events from the past week. What is perhaps most extraordinary about how Boston has been is that we are still - as of this very moment - 2 hours away from it being a week.

A freakin' week!

It boggles the mind.

Friday was a forced rest day. Why? Because we were in the initial lockdown radius. Looking at a map, we were less than 10 miles away from ALL of it. The Thursday night shootout was within walking distance.

It feels like a movie that you would never believe. It would be incredible, and it would never, ever be greenlighted. Producers would take one look at the script and trash it, saying that an audience would never buy it.

Yet it's all true, from the heroism of ordinary people to the swift response of law enforcement to the overwhelming social media juggernaut that helped with the manhunt to the outpourings of love and support for the injured and the bereaved. Hell, people are even giving money to help David Henneberry buy a new boat.

It is an unpredictable world we live in. I feel it is more beautiful than ugly, righter than wrong, warmer than cold, sweeter than bitter, kinder than cruel.

On Saturday, we were already planning to run a 5K. Now we will still do that, at 10 AM. And then, at 2 PM, my husband and I will run The Last Mile. I hope the Hoyts come with us. www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2013
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It is so easy to stop, yanno? It is easy to let stress and despair and fear lock us not only in our homes but lock our spirits away.

Run, crawl, walk or wheel that last mile with me, will you? Do it for the child in this picture, Martin Richard. For Krystle Campbell, for MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and for Lingzi Lu.

Do it for Jeff Bauman, and Celeste and Sydney Corcoran, and Patrick and Jessica Downes, and Boston Police Officer Dic Donohue.

Do it for yourself, and for love and hope and justice and mercy and goodness and freedom and kindness and charity and any other wonderful things you can think of, the things that make life worth living, and that make and keep this world beautiful.

Do it for peace.

  
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CAROLISCIOUS 4/23/2013 8:46PM

    Doing a 5K Sat morning...definitely with Boston on my mind. Our town had a run yesterday specifically to raise money for Boston...really sad that I didn't know about it.

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 4/23/2013 5:41AM

    Fitting tribute. Healing run-walk-crawl. Skillful words.

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PHEBESS 4/22/2013 9:01PM

    It's so so sad, so unbelievable, and it was such a pointless act on the bombers' parts.

And yes, I will walk that Last Mile with you - well, maybe 12 hours earlier, but still.

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DDOORN 4/22/2013 2:47PM

    Such sorrow all the way around, including even for the perpetrators. How the world can warp persons toward such behaviors...so, so sad.

But yes, one foot ahead of the other, we move forward as best we can!

Locally we have our Binghamton Bridge Run coming early May...my one & only official 5K...will keep Boston, victims & perpetrators in mind!

Don

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MS.ELENI 4/22/2013 2:14PM

    How scary that must have been. I am glad you are safe. emoticon

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QUAIL75 4/22/2013 1:58PM

    It's been very surreal. My gym is a block from Copley Square and that's where I take the T to or did until last week. I was in that area at least twice a day and while it's still cordoned off, streets are starting to open. It was nice to see the Duck Boats back in front of the Shaw's on Huntington yesterday, instead of the National Guard.

After all the horrific events of this past week, the importance of family and friends has definitely been reinforced as you never know what might happen. It has shown the fragility of life but also the beauty, compassion and strength that people show.

I'm so glad they caught the second suspect so now we can start to heal.

I'll see you at the Last Mile on Saturday! emoticon

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CDCSMITH2013 4/22/2013 1:50PM

    You said that so well. I was just typing a request for the 5K I was planning on doing before my knee issues. I still wanted to participate, but I was starting to become less intent on it. Until the "Run for Boston" mantra I started to hear. I am litteraly, while you were posting this, working on a rough draft of a sign I am hanging for work essentially saying what you said and asking people to support the spirit in which I plan on running, walking, or hobbling, by making a donation to One Fund Boston. You rock!

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I Love That Dirty Water

Monday, April 15, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqKHqWaTv9g

If you have not yet heard, I will tell you what happened today.

It is the Boston Marathon today. And it is a sweet and lovely and fun event where people show homemade banners and buy and hand out their own water and cups and bottles and orange wedges because they feel like it. Heartbreak Hill is a few blocks from my home.

And today it was the scene of horror and devastation, as two explosions rocked the finish line about 3 hours after the start. boston.cbslocal.com/2013/04/15/sever
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There are newer news stories and they are horrible. 2 dead? 3? 12? 64 injured? 107? I just don't know, and it will be a while before things are all sorted out. Reports of a suspect in custody proved to be false. People are talking to the police. The local hospitals have their collective hands full.

All that someone like me can do is pass on the best possible information, as accurately and unemotionally as possible. And I can donate blood - which I will do on Thursday. I can offer positive thoughts, perhaps prayer.

It is shocking and frightening. And it hits home not because this literally WAS at my home, but also because this is the kind of thing that I do.

It is easy to put our heads into the sand, and say that, well, if we stop doing such things, we will be safe. It is far easier to sit at home and munch and fret.

Or we can be out there, and thumb our noses at it. Not forget the victims. Not forget that these things, sadly, do happen.

But to reaffirm that we are going to do for ourselves and our loved ones.

And we shall be unbent.

And we shall be unbowed.

This is my home.

This is what I love.

And we shall be unbowed.

  
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PICKIE98 4/17/2013 1:32PM

    Senseless, sad and a tool to make us more determined to help each other whenever possible, ,we never know ,, lief is not day to day, it is second to second..

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 4/16/2013 9:31PM

    Well said Jes. Good healthy words. Cant let the b*****ds get us down.

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COWGIRLUPINOK 4/16/2013 9:24PM

    My heart breaks for the victims, their families, and the City. Praying!

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CAROLISCIOUS 4/16/2013 8:56PM

    I was happy to see you post and know you were ok yesterday...and all my other Boston sparkfriends. This is just beyond belief. My heart is deeply saddened....but I put on the running shoes and got out there today...for Boston.

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MADERINERUE 4/16/2013 7:29PM

    I have been thinking a lot about this, and how lucky I feel that I haven't had to live my life waiting for a bomb to go off. I go to sleep at night reasonably sure that I will still be alive in the morning. In some parts of the world, this would just be one more thing among so many...but here, it is terrifying, and we will collectively do our best as Americans to make it stop.

Thanking God (or gods, or the FSM if that's what floats your boat) that you are ok.

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CDCSMITH2013 4/16/2013 4:32PM

    I'll admit I'm having a lot of trouble keeping upbeat. We were camping and my husband's phone alerted that the local news said a bomb had gone off at the finish line. Couldn't get to a tv fast enough at that point. So, so sad. So angry at whoever did this.

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THECITYMOUSE 4/16/2013 12:39PM

    There are no words, really, are there?

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MARCHMAIDME 4/16/2013 9:34AM

    I am just so angry at the stupidity of this act. Glad you're OK and my sister in law and niece and lots of friends in Boston. I'll be at Legal Sea Food next week and go t a play. Damned if I'll let some nut case scare me away from a city I love!




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PHEBESS 4/16/2013 12:00AM

    So insane! obviously not you - just why anyone would do this!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/15/2013 10:40PM

    Thanks for your perspective. I was wondering about you. While I'm terribly sad about the people who have been hurt, I'm also grateful you're ok.

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REBECCAMA 4/15/2013 10:23PM

  So sad. I was at Old Sturbridge Village today commemorating Patriots' Day and giving our daughter a history lesson. When we left we got the news, around 5:30pm. Absolutely shocking. :-(

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/15/2013 8:14PM

    Amen sister, Boston You're my Home!

Let's also remember, "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm"

We'll get them!

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JACKIE542 4/15/2013 8:06PM

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MS.ELENI 4/15/2013 7:01PM

    It is so sad. And scary too

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I Don't Care if Monday's Blue, Tuesday's Grey and Wednesday, Too

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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Oops, I'm a day late with a blog. So sue me. Life is busy/I was getting up awfully late. Yesterday, I got up, er, right about now. But today's been different so far.

I am, I think, getting some of my disciple back. It had been somewhat lacking with the lousy weather (a poor excuse, I know) and now things are finally improving and so that is extremely helpful. As in, yesterday I finally did not wear long underwear, for the first time all year. Yeah, it's been that disgustingly chilly.

I was also getting up late, in part, as an avoidance mechanism. I was/am still working out, eating right, etc. I just didn't want to face the days quite so much, for reasons that I will not go into here. But things are improving. And I am tired of missing the morning, and finally getting everything rolling at 11 AM. So I will try to do better, and seize a more sunlit part of the day.

Assuming the sun comes out.

  
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QUEENOTHEFOREST 4/10/2013 4:32PM

    Nothin like discipline.

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PHEBESS 4/9/2013 10:15PM

    Some of us are night owls - which means sleeping a bit later than the morning people of the world.

My DH is a morning person - up by 5 AM most days - while I sleep until at least 8 and sometimes 9. Can't help it, he's asleep by 10 or 11 PM and I'm wide awake til at least midnight or 1. Last night 1:30. Because there are noisy people at the hostel next door, and I had coffee at 1 PM. Yup, that'll do it.

So - upshot is - if you need to sleep a bit later to get enough sleep, well, don't worry about it. We don't all have the same Circadian rhythms.

Mornings are over-rated.

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CAROLISCIOUS 4/9/2013 9:34PM

    I love the mornings!
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MS.ELENI 4/9/2013 7:07PM

    I get up late for same reason some times.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/9/2013 4:39PM

    Gee whiz, long underwear still?! Hope this burns through it soon. emoticon

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MARCHMAIDME 4/9/2013 4:31PM

    I have plenty of excuses myself--both weather and health related--but it's time to buck up: the groundhog is back trying to chew up my herb garden. : (

It's global climate change, Mouse. Expect weirdness in the foreseeable future.

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LALMEIDA 4/9/2013 9:45AM

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THECITYMOUSE 4/9/2013 8:56AM

    This is how Spring rolled in to the OBX....Saturday we were doing yardwork and it was so cold our breath was visible in the air....Sunday it was tanktop weather. Go figure?!
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