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Pushing Through

Saturday, October 13, 2012

So for the last couple of days, I'm been feeling a little under the weather. Nothing major but, I can tell that a cold is lurking near by. I'm been diligent about taking my vitamins and have boosted my vitamin C intake but, I'm afraid the cold virus is going to be winning this round.

With rain in the forecast for the whole weekend and temperatures hovering around the low 40's, I had planned on running my 8 miles on the treadmill. I figured by breaking it up into two 4 mile segments (taking a short 5 minute break in between) it wouldn't be too bad. If I'm going to do that kind of distance on a treadmill, I prefer to go the gym and use theirs as they have a lot more cushioning than mine. When my alarm went off this morning, I had the best of intentions of getting up and arriving at the gym at 6:00am when they open. Well, the alarm went off at 5:00am, I knew at once that I wasn't going to be able to make 6:00am gym opening. My throat was just a little bit more sore and my chest felt just a little bit tighter. So I slept. I'm getting better at listening to my body and what she's trying to tell me. When I finally woke up for good at 7:00am, I felt a little bit better and knew that I was going to attempt to get my 8 miles in on my own treadmill. I figured I was going to be walking a whole lot more than running but, you know what. That's ok! I took a lot of breaks. Probably more than I would have had I gone to the gym but, I set out to do 8 miles and I did just that. I'm never sure if I should be exercising while I have cold symptoms but, I figured, I'd give it a shot. I didn't have a fever and I wasn't short of breath. What do you think?

Well, I have a kitty that is trying to get some cuddle time while I'm typing so, my priority for the next few minutes is to give some furbaby lovin'.

Have a wonderful day..

Peace!

  
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ROCKETGIRL229 10/14/2012 1:57AM

    Congratulations on your positive day, and listening to your body. (So glad you found time to give your 'babygirl' some lovin too)! Have a great day tomorrow!

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TDEMAIO2 10/13/2012 12:44PM

    You did the best thing you listened to your body : )

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I'm not ready for this!

Friday, October 12, 2012

So for those of you who live in a northern state, what I'm about to write about you will totally understand. For those of you, who are able to bask in 50+ degree weather year round, will not have the faintest idea about what I'm complaining about.

In Wisconsin about this time of year, the weather is transitioning from summer to winter. What that means in terms for a runner is that you will be soon developing a love/hate relationship with your treadmill. Especially if you work during the day and have limited opportunity to get out during the day and run. Don't get me wrong, I love fall, it's my favorite season. It's the season that follows fall, that I really don't like; WINTER! Daylight becomes almost non-existent (8 hrs, tops!) and between sub-zero windchill, ice, snow and wind, outside running becomes a challenge.

Yesterday, really reminded me how quickly winter is approaching and soon my outdoor runs will be limited to just the weekends. By the time, I got home from work and dressed and out the door, I was down to just about an hour of 'runnable' daylight and this was at 5:30pm! If I want to get my goal mileage in, there will be no walking today. As, it is I'm just going to be squeaking in 5 miles as it is. I also, underestimated how chilly it was outside. After a summer of 90+ degree weather, 40 degrees is quite a stark contrast and with a nice chilly wind I didn't dress warm enough. Dang, should have put another layer on. Oh, and it's harvest season around here, so there were a few bigger tractors that I also encountered on my route.

It was a challenging run but, the thought of doing 50 minutes on a treadmill or 50 minutes outside with all that goes with it, I'll take the outside run any day of the week.

  
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SHAMROCKY2K 10/12/2012 6:47PM

    brrr.. it's cold here and windy in Maryland. Enjoy the weekends when you can get them. Maybe for your treadmill you can position it differently so that you're seeing different scenery.
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DDHEART 10/12/2012 10:29AM

    Well, I'm smiling right now since I know exactly how you feel and I must admit that I have not been embracing this cooler weather lately especially the wind! But...the only good thing...if there is a good thing...is that the weekend runs become ever so much more enjoyable. I remember a winter snow run...had to push myself out the door on that one, but I vowed to go at least a little bit since I had been stuck inside for days...I took the camera and got some absolutely AMAZING pics...running in a snow globe...with those big snowflakes falling, my feet leaving the only marks in the snow covering the road.....it was a slow run..safety you know...it was shorter than I might have gone...wet feet aren't fun...but it was something I am so glad I did...I'll never forget it! I am hoping that one of your fall or winter runs gives you some unexpected joy. It'll make all the dreadmill time worthwhile!

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WONDERWOMAN 10/12/2012 10:13AM

    I know exactly what you're talking about. Luckily I head South in January and get to run in their "winter" which is 60-70 most days. :) But I do endure the treadmill for a few months too - like yesterday. I believe it makes us stronger (mentally) runners, though.

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MYBULLDOGS 10/12/2012 8:14AM

    I moved to florida from buffalo because I hate the weather

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81MSMITH1 10/12/2012 8:10AM

    I completely understand what you are talking about. I am dreading the winter.

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ELRIDDICK 10/12/2012 8:08AM

  Thanks for sharing

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For the Love of the Kids

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I'm so excited. I was talking to a fellow runner at work and she told me about this wonderful concept - virtual running! You register, just like a real race. I'll get a bib number and tech t-shirt sent to me and on the schedule day(s) of the race, I'll run the distance that I signed up for. This is such a bonus for me as than I don't have to travel anywhere. I can run my favorite routes right where I live. I'll keep track of the number of hours, minutes and seconds that it will take me to finish my route and I'll log in my results. A few days after the race, I'll receive my certificate and finisher medal. There's actually a 'series' of races called the Holiday Hustle. If you complete all three races, I'll get an additional medal. This is such a great motivator for me and 100% of the proceeds go towards a charity started by Paul Newman called the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

Here is a link for those that would be interested in this unique way to participate in a race without leaving the comfort of your hometown.

www.fortheloveofthekids.com/Home_Pag
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Have a wonderful day!

Peace be with you...

  
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REBECCAMA 10/11/2012 1:05PM

  Very cool! Of course Sparkpeople also has a virtual race. No tshirt or medal but it's free. I'll be doing the Sparkpeople one.

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DDHEART 10/11/2012 10:32AM

    Great idea and thanks for sharing!

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NUTRON3 10/11/2012 8:23AM

    That is so cool!

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WELLNESSME09 10/11/2012 8:23AM

    Good luck on your race! emoticon emoticon

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Mistakes?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Last night, I was asked by my supervisor if I would be able to stay over at work and help out with a meeting. Needless to say, the meeting didn't go the smoothest. I don't do enough of these meetings and I missed an important part of setting up. It all worked out in the end. Now normally, I would have re-played the whole meeting in my head for the rest of the night and gotten down on myself for being 'stupid', a 'failure', not 'good enough'. I also would have taken my frustration and embarrassment and all those other emotions and would have numbed them by eating (a lot!).

But, I didn't... when I got home, I talked to hubby about the incident, got on the treadmill and did my schedule 45 minute run. I was able to objectively look at what happened, took it for what it was worth, learned from it and I was able to file the incident away. I didn't let that one 'hiccup' dictate my day.

I'm learning that I need to be able to feel emotions for what they are and to not hide them and bury them. I consider that a valuable learning lesson and a successful meeting!



  
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BLUE42DOWN 10/10/2012 5:34PM

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A very good lesson to come away from that meeting with.

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DDHEART 10/10/2012 10:26AM

    Good job of learning to feel and move on! I have found the same to be true for learning to taste and truly enjoy some of the foods that I formerly would have scarved & not even been aware of.

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Blessings

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

I'm trying to focus on the many blessings in my life. I found this image and it really made me take a step back and really focus on how truly blessed I am.

  
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DDHEART 10/9/2012 9:44AM

    A good exercise! We all have blessings/things to smile about that we often ignore in the crush of daily life.

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WIDARLING 10/9/2012 9:34AM

    Have a fantastic day, God is so good.

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NUTRON3 10/9/2012 8:24AM

    YEA!!!!

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ELRIDDICK 10/9/2012 8:15AM

  Thanks for sharing

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08ESCAPE 10/9/2012 8:09AM

    Very true! emoticon

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