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A Beautiful Sunday

Sunday, June 09, 2013

This is a great way to start a Sunday... enjoying the sunshine with my Labrador, a beautiful breeze, coffee, sparking and looking at the results of yesterday's pedicure.



I was never into what I considered "high-maintenance" activities such as manicures, pedicures and massages. I always thought that was for women with nothing better to do.

DH started buying me gift certificates a couple years ago for salon services and I came around. I don't go often but it's a nice mood lifter once in a while.

The plan for today is to take the dog for a walk, plant some flowers and maybe hit the elliptical later.... of course after I enjoy the quiet of an early Sunday morning!

Happy Sunday!

Edit... I've tried this twice, not sure why the picture looks correct when I upload it but goes upside once I post it. Oh well. The world can be an upside down place.

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MAGGIEVAN 6/10/2013 1:51AM

    You dog will have a hard time walking on it's head! Ha- ha. Silly me.

Pedicure etc. It is bliss. I love all the titivating. It is just a pity it don't last. Enjoy it while it is still perfect.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/9/2013 8:47PM

    Enjoy your day and get a good laugh out of the though of all us craning our necks to see the picture correctly.

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SUGAR0814 6/9/2013 6:55PM

    Enjoy your day! emoticon

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SYDLETZIII 6/9/2013 1:31PM

    The nails look great

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SUSUSUZZZIE 6/9/2013 1:05PM

    I love the upside down pic! :) Your toes are cute! Have a wonderful and beautiful Sunday!

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TDEMAIO2 6/9/2013 11:17AM

    Enjoy your Sunday :D having pedicures are GREAT! I am older and just started about a year ago and WOW was I missing out :O

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/9/2013 10:13AM

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Look @ you and your darling dog!

I've not yet had a pedicure - maybe one day!

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FUNLOVEN 6/9/2013 9:29AM

    What - no run !

Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday. Love the color on those tootsies emoticon

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Being Tested

Friday, June 07, 2013

Hey there! TGIF!

I always tell people about a quote I read once (forgot where, by who and the exact wording), "you're not having a bad day, you had a few bad moments that you held onto all day".

Today is one of those days where I feel like telling anyone who looks in my direction what a bad day I'm having. I have resisted that urge so far. There's nothing I can do about it. I can't change people, only my reaction to them. So I keep repeating that thought in my head, that I'm not having a bad day, just a couple bad moments. Gotta let it go!

So some movie lines I found online to lighten up a Friday afternoon............

"You havenít seen enough movies. All of lifeís riddles are answered in the movies." Steve Martin - Grand Canyon

"Iím on this new diet. I donít eat anything and when I feel like Iím about to pass out I eat a cube of cheese." The Devil Wears Prada

"You see, the most fantastic, magical things can happen and it all starts with a wish!" Jiminy Cricket - Pinocchio

"You know, it's moments like these when I realize how much of a superhero I am." Robert Downey Jr. - Iron Man 3


So everyone, go forth and be a superhero today!

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FUNLOVEN 6/9/2013 7:59AM

    I loved "The Devil Wears Prada". Hope you have a fantastic w/e and put those "bad moments" in their place emoticon

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MJREIMERS 6/8/2013 8:07PM

    I love your favorite quote. I'm going to remember that the next "bad day" I have. I'm sorry you are having bad moments today. Your positive attitude is catching, though. emoticon and I hope tomorrow is full of good moments!

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TDEMAIO2 6/8/2013 7:40AM

    Sorry you had a few bad moments :O Thank you I am going to remember that one " not a bad day just moments" BUT today is SATURDAY WOO HOOn :D I hope you have a GREAT day :D

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MAGGIEVAN 6/8/2013 4:59AM

    I love the super hero stuff! Thanks for sharing.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 6/7/2013 8:02PM

    Sorry you were having some bad moments today. I was too but you've made me smile. Thank you. emoticon

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BARCLE 6/7/2013 7:46PM

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SUGAR0814 6/7/2013 6:29PM

    Today will get better!! emoticon

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MADEIT3 6/7/2013 5:59PM

    I'm sorry you had a bad few minutes - I really like that and will adopt it for myself! I'm also glad you found a way to make your day brighter.

Take care!!



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SYDLETZIII 6/7/2013 5:12PM

    Life is about choices, you can chose to have a good day or not (from the book "Fish"). You managed to make a day that could have been worse, into a better day-congratulations.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/7/2013 4:36PM

    Woo Hoo! You are pushing through and keeping your head up and your attitude on target. That is AWESOME!!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/7/2013 4:26PM

    Kudos to you on being able to resist the urge and pushing forward with your day! You are right - you do have to let it go!

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LORILEEPAGE 6/7/2013 3:11PM

    I liked the Devil Wears Prada one! I dieted that way when I was a teen. It was called anorexia! Not too funny I guess. I've come a long way!

I bet your day feels much better now. The weekend is here! WooHoo!

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PICKIE98 6/7/2013 2:53PM

    A bad day is a choice. Not talking about a car accident or heart attack.
If things start to sour, just re-start the day, leaving the past in the trunk of your car to let loose on the road on your way home.

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What did I just say??

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

!Happy Hump Day!

Earlier this morning I posted a message on one of my SP teams that I committed to a group motorcycle ride tonight before I knew it was National Running Day. I said I'd rather run tonight but I need more motorcycle time to get ready for an 8-day trip next month.

Wait, stop, back that up, what did I just say???! "I'd rather run". That came out of me??

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Some people who know me are still in shock (after four years) that I ride a motorcycle but I think the most shocking thing in my life now is "I'd rather run". Those are words I would have never imagined would exist in my vocabulary.

How bout that?!

Two years ago, I downloaded the Get Running App and started this running journey. I remember one night, it said I was supposed to run for five minutes and walk for two I think. I grimaced the whole five minutes.

Fast forward, I am currently pushing myself and finishing five miles. FIVE MILES! Not five minutes, FIVE FLIPPIN MILES! Whodathunkit?

So Happy National Running Day. I may not have time to run later but today has brought me a running revelation!

Someone run a mile or two for me today.

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This just in..... plans changed, DH is sick so no motorcycle ride. I quickly changed my clothes after work and ran 3 miles, then walked the dog. HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!

Thanks to those of you that maybe thought of me when you ran and thanks for all of the encouragement!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 6/8/2013 10:21AM

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You give me hope that I can also get there eventually! Love how your priorities have shifted!

Hope your hubby feels better so you can fit in the motorcycle ride too!

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TDEMAIO2 6/7/2013 6:26AM

    WOW!!!! AWESOME emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 6/5/2013 2:17PM

    You are awesome! I am impressed!! emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/5/2013 11:09AM

    emoticon Go get 'em!

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FUNLOVEN 6/5/2013 9:52AM

    Looks like you have had plenty of people offer to run for you tonight, Kelli. Whew emoticon that took a load off my mind.

What I am more interested in right now is knowing where your 8 day trip is to?

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FUNLOVEN 6/5/2013 9:51AM

    Looks like you have had plenty of people offer to run for you tonight, Kelli. Whew emoticon that took a load off my mind.

What I am more interested in right now is knowing where your 8 day trip is to?

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FUNLOVEN 6/5/2013 9:47AM

    Looks like you have had plenty of people offer to run for you tonight, Kelli. Whew emoticon that took a load off my mind.

What I am more interested in right now is knowing where your 8 day trip is to?

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FUNLOVEN 6/5/2013 9:46AM

    Looks like you have had plenty of people offer to run for you tonight, Kelli. Whew emoticon that took a load off my mind.

What I am more interested in right now is knowing where your 8 day trip is to?

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FUNLOVEN 6/5/2013 9:45AM

    Looks like you have had plenty of people offer to run for you tonight, Kelli. Whew emoticon that took a load off my mind.

What I am more interested in right now is knowing where your 8 day trip is to?

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CELIAMINER 6/5/2013 9:42AM

    Way to change your brain! I celebrated National Running Day by *walking* 3.8 miles.

Have fun on the ride!

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DARLY55 6/5/2013 9:23AM

    Wow, that wasn't even a slip of the tongue! Who said people can't change?
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SUGAR0814 6/5/2013 9:13AM

    Women motorcycle riders ROCK!!! WE ROCK! Women runners ROCK!!! WE ROCK!!! Have a great time riding! Be safe!! emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 6/5/2013 8:57AM

    I'm planning 4 tonight, so you can have 2 of mine!

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TATERCAT 6/5/2013 8:56AM

    Happy National Running Day to you too!
So, I have to run 2 miles for you, 2 for me emoticon
I'll try!

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MSMANDYLEE 6/5/2013 8:28AM

    YAY! Good for you!

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Chip time vs Gun time?

Monday, June 03, 2013

The weekend that was....

Friday night was dinner out with co-workers at a Mexican restaurant. I was proud of myself; only ate half of the taco salad, had a skinny rita and lots of water. I headed home early to get to bed in preparation for Saturday's 5K.

It was a great day in the cool, rainy Chicago area weekend. People that lived along the race route were outside their houses with their coffee cheering everyone on. Little kids outside in their pajamas high-fiving runners. It was a feel-good morning for sure.

Later I looked at the race results and noticed they posted chip time and gun time. Gun time showed I was about 20 seconds slower than my last 5K. I thought I had done better, only slowed down to a walk for two sips of water and one incline toward the end. Chip time showed my best time ever!

So I googled it and found that gun time is the time between when the race officially started until the time I crossed the finish line. Chip time is the time between when I crossed the start line until I crossed the finish line. I usually run between a 10 and 11 minute mile so lining up behind the faster runners, it takes some time to get across the start line.

It made me wonder about the other 5Ks I have run. They were all chip timed but I never saw gun times posted. But hey, I was off the couch and being active so it's all good! I came in 18th out of 66 women in my age group. I'll take that!

Later I ran some errands then picked up my daughter at the train to go visit my mom and dad. Then she took me out for a belated mother's day dinner while watching the Blackhawks game (YAY !! Go Blackhawks!). We had a great time.

Sunday was cold and dreary here but we had planned a group motorcycle ride. Eight hours. OOF!!! We had a great time despite the weather. Bless whoever invented the heated jacket liner!!!!

After the ride, DH and I got in comfy, warm clothes and sat down to watch the Blackhawks game. We were both asleep shortly after the first goal was scored. I am SO beyond tired today! As I drove to work, a local DJ said something like "It's Monday! Come on, what's the matter with you, you're alive aren't ya, let's go!"

So I'm going to try to channel the energy I felt just before the 5K started on Saturday and dig into the day. So everybody else that is dragging out there today, "You're alive aren't ya, let's go!"



  
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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/10/2013 10:41AM

    Good for you. In the end we're only competing against ourselves.

Sometimes when races use chips but never post the gun time, the chip has recorded the same start time for everyone and the chip only comes into play at the finish line. This is often the case in small races where everyone crosses the start line within 30 seconds. The chips make it easier for the record keeping, but if you start far back in the pack (as I usually do) your REAL time is slightly faster than the chip time recorded.

In huge races with thousands of participants the gun vs chip times will have great variation.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 6/4/2013 9:26AM

    I'll admit that I'm less focused on finish time that I used to be, but it still really bugs me in a big race when race times don't reflect the chip time. To combat that problem, I don't start my watch until I cross the starting mat, so I see my actual finish time on my watch...that is when I remember to stop it when I cross the finish line.

Either way though, it's an accomplishment to just cross the finish line, so embrace the experience. And congrats on your PR, which you had because, at least in my opinion, your official time is your chip time!

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FUNLOVEN 6/4/2013 8:39AM

    I think that would make a great motto !

Sounds like you had tons of fun over the w/e.

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/3/2013 8:41PM

    emoticon Woot for you!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 6/3/2013 8:30PM

    Love the idea of channeling pre-race energy to times where we are dragging! What a great idea!
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I hope your day went well!

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SUGAR0814 6/3/2013 3:16PM

    O wow! You did great in the 5K! emoticon emoticon emoticon I need to sign up for another run. You've inspired me! emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 6/3/2013 10:43AM

    good job on your run, my friend just did one yesterday in San DIego 26.4 miles I think, she did it in 5 hours and 3 minutes, not sure what place but pretty far down the line, but I would still be running (crawling) busy weekend, and it is funny, when I have a fun plan, I am full of energy, it is that other time, I am pooped.

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PMRUNNER 6/3/2013 9:50AM

    The addition of timing chips makes tracking runners and their actual times much easier. There are races where it takes a few minutes to cross the start line and you wouldn't want that time to count against you. I believe for the bigger races with cash prizes, your official time is your chip time, but the time that they use for awarding prize money is the gun time.

Way to go on your race and your results! Keep it up!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/3/2013 9:31AM

    Glad you had a good run Saturday. I don't ever both with "gun" time. Not accurate. If I do a race without a chip, I keep my own stop watch!

Glad you had a good ride on Sunday and that the rain held off.

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What a long, strange trip it's been!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Sunday to all. I hope everyone is having a safe and mindful weekend. Thank you to all of you that have served or loved, supported or lost someone who served. Words to express gratitude for that service have not been created!

I'm going to have a kick back and relax day. No festivities planned. Yesterday was full enough!

Stupid GPS! Stupid me for not reading the directions first like I normally do. DH had to work so I was going to make the 2 1/2 hour drive each way to his aunt's memorial service. I had only met her twice but she was a lovely woman.

DH loaded the funeral home's address in the GPS before he went to work. I got myself ready in time to leave a smidge early just to make sure I got out there in time. Right out of the gate things went wrong. It took me in the wrong direction right away but me being horrible with directions and not having been out that way in a long time, I gave it some time to see where I was heading.

I decided this wasn't right, pulled over and started over. I wasn't thinking when it asked me to start at the beginning of the route that that meant it was going to take me back home. So I pulled over again and started over again.

I'll spare you the details of all the weaving it took me through and all of the foul words I said but after 2 1/2 hours in the car, I was weaving through tiny, uninhabited, gravel roads. Farm land as far as the eye can see and I am now a half hour late for the service. I felt like I had been cut off from civilization with NO sense of direction. Then the rain started and I got a little panicky and said that's it, I'm going home!

I pulled over again and hit "home"on the GPS. That finally got me back on a main road. I then remembered there is GPS on my iPhone. Duh. Wish I had tried that sooner. I pulled over , fired that up and decided to see how it went with both guiding me.

I could see the interstate to get home was a couple miles ahead. Hear the angels sing! Just then the stupid GPS told me to turn left. WHAT? The GPS on my cell phone did not so I said something not so nice to the GPS and headed for the interstate.

I had planned to run after the service then go grocery shopping but as I got close to home, I told myself I'm not doing it. It's raining and I've been driving for 6 hours for no reason. Then I remembered SP member PUPPYWHISPERER blogging about running in the rain the other day so I quickly changed after I got home and headed out.

It was only sprinkling by then and the sun came out a bit so I took that as a sign....let's see how far I could go. I took it at a leisurely pace, ran a little further before heading back home and it felt good, I didn't get winded at the usual spots.

I passed four miles and was still doing okay. Three months ago I was struggling to finish three miles. As I got close to my house I saw I had .2 miles to go to reach five miles. The thighs were burning and it hurt to pass up my house. When the nice Map My Run lady announced five miles, I slowed down to a walk pumping my arms in the air Rocky style! FIVE MILES! No fargin way! OH YES I DID!

Next up the Warrior Dash on June 15 then I think it's time for a 10K soon!

Thanks to all my spark friends for inspiration on my runs!

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FUNLOVEN 6/4/2013 8:33AM

    I am so directionally challenged that I couldn't imagine leaving home without it - LOL ! Our GPS has taken us on some pretty stupid routes over the years.

Great job on getting out there in the rain/sprinkle for your run. I think one of the best parts about SP is the friends and support we have here. It did me good, Kelly, when you wrote that 3 months ago you were struggling to finish 3 miles. There is hope for me yet !

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AM_MORRIS87 6/2/2013 1:39PM

    Omg that's incredible!!!!!!! Your running has really progressed and I am SO freaking proud of you!!!! :) I'm glad to hear you're doing so well (except for that awful GPS mess.) But I hope you have a great rest of your weekend and a wonderful week!

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BESSHAILE 6/1/2013 6:36AM

    good for you to get your run in anyway.

My GPS is a DeLorme's Atlas - big red paper map booklet. I buy one at Walmart for DH about every third birthday.

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/29/2013 7:49PM

    that was a strange trip so glad you got your run in

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TATERCAT 5/28/2013 12:03PM

    Great job on the 5 mile run! You are my inspiration. You know how to channel your negative days and emotions into something positive. Good Luck at The Warrior Dash and let us know how it went. I am intrigued in it, but not sure if it is my thing.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 5/28/2013 10:45AM

    emoticon run in the rain! It's not so bad once you get started, and it's always so quiet.

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SUGAR0814 5/27/2013 11:19PM

    Those GPS can be a pain! I swear my GPS keep saying recalculating one time too many this weekend. I almost threw it out of the window!! Great job on your run in the rain!! You are totally emoticon!!!!!

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DARLY55 5/26/2013 7:25PM

    Way to go! emoticon

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ELVISINTHEHOUSE 5/26/2013 7:09PM

    After all those frustrating hours behind the wheel of a car I imagine your body was longing for a run. When your body got what it wanted it rewarded you by giving you something you wanted. That's some very good symmetry!
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BIGPAWSUP 5/26/2013 3:00PM

    Depending on the GPS they can be tricky.

glad you had a great run.

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MJREIMERS 5/26/2013 9:44AM

    emoticon emoticon job using that "frustration" energy for something positive! I bet it wasn't easy to get out there, but you did it! emoticon

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