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Well, I DID that thing!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Monday, December 31, 2012

In 31:30 or thereabouts... my official chip time hasn't been posted yet.

I walked more than I wanted and still was only 49 seconds off my fastest time, so considering that along with the cold, snow, and inclines, it was a GREAT run!

I plan to run a 5K about every other month throughout the year and go to Chicago to run the Chocolate 10K.

It was neat to run with the snow coming down. The roads were clear, so there was no danger.

After the race was over, I met up with NITTINNANA for a coffee... it was really cool to meet a fellow SParker...

After getting acquainted and talking about mid-MO team, we parted ways and I came home for a nice quiet evening of tasty snackies... and watching some favorite movies, "Enchanted" and "Smoke Signals".

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2013 is a wonderful year for you all!

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JLEMUS1 1/8/2013 1:46PM

    Way to go!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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KAYOTIC 1/1/2013 9:18AM

    emoticon What a way to end the year on an upswing! Happy New Year!

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ANNIEONLI 1/1/2013 8:32AM

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I was going to do emoticons all the way, but it's early and I'm not 100% caffeinated yet!

You did great!!! OMG So frickin' proud!!!! That is GREAT time!!
What a way to end a year!!!

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JULIERAE41 12/31/2012 11:45PM


Happy New Year! May you reach all your goals!

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Okay, Let's Do This Thing!

Monday, December 31, 2012

I am sitting here watching the snow come down and knowing that in a few short hours, I will be out IN it, RUNNING-WALKING-ENDURING for 3.1 miles. I am approaching it with more anticipation than trepidation. I am committed (and prob'ly SHOULD be, committed that is). But there is something symbolic in completing this bit of insanity that I can't quite put my finger on... and yet I know exactly why...

This is sort of my "I am home" milemarker. I have been home exactly one month as of yesterday. It is the gateway to a new year of challenges, many of which will be so far outside my comfort zone as to make me very queasy... but I am going forward, I have committed myself to them. I will persevere, no matter what.

I almost feel the challenge rising in my soul to do this thing, to the best of my ability, with every flake that is falling. I have traction devices for my feet... I have a hydration pack... I have energizing music... why CAN'T I do this.

Somehow, losing 60 lbs and joining the Army in my 40s has allowed me to realize dreams and to accomplish goals that I would never have done before. I am looking forward to grad school and possibly PA school if I can get in. I may be 47, but that is only a limiting factor if I let it become one.

I am a recently promoted Captain in the US Army Reserve Nurse Corps, I plan to reach Lieutenant Colonel if I can. I have made Captain, I will go as far as I possibly can.

So, snow... BAH! If I have to walk this race today, I will walk it and ROCK it!

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ANDY_54 1/4/2013 2:02PM

    Just wanted to say congratulations on the promotion, from one military nurse to another. I'm a retired AF nurse, but spent 6 years in the Army fresh from Nursing School. Keep on charging, you have a magnificent attitude and drive!

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JLEMUS1 1/4/2013 12:54PM

    Hurrah!! Awesome!!

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COOP9002 12/31/2012 12:38PM

    Great attitude. Let us know how it goes.

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/31/2012 10:40AM

    Awesome! How inspiring!!

Thank you for your service to this wonderful country of ours!

Happy New Year!

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Readying for the race...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I have my race packet picked up. I have Yaktrax for my feet. I have a Camelbak. I have a long-sleeved outfit. I have a packet of Gu. My GPS watch & MP3 player are charged. I ran 3.1 miles straight on the treadmill 2 days this week. I think I am as ready as I can be considering that I haven't trained outdoors or on any inclines.

Last night running the treadmill was fantastic. It felt so wonderful to just fall into the music and let my body move. I have a poster over my treadmill with an optimistic word for each letter of the alphabet. One that has caught me is "H: Happiness is the journey, not the destination."

So I am now 25 hours out from race start... I am getting the jitters... worried about the weather forecast and what is going to happen between now and then and the conditions that I will face at race time. I have heard everything from cold rain to 4 inches of snow. We will see!

Embrace the Adventure!

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ANNIEONLI 12/30/2012 7:55PM

    And be careful with the snow!!! I will be sending safe running vibed your way in the morning!!

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JANEMARIE77 12/30/2012 7:17PM

    Let it be about the adventure grab it and run! have a great race

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NITTINNANA 12/30/2012 4:10PM

    Yeah, the weather forecast leaves a lot to be desired! Barring too much snow for safe driving, though, I do plan on meeting you at the East Broadway Starbucks after the race.

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Much better today! So up & at 'em!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

No signs of sore throat or headache today... so staying home yesterday was a good idea. Today hubby and I went out for breakfast (about 9:30), which was nice and then went shopping for a new dishwasher (the old one has been filming up the dishes for a couple of years and we are tired of it).

I also purchased a set of Yaxtrax for my shooz (I just love spelling it that way) in case of ice for Monday's 5K. The current forecast is 1-3" of snow and about 35 degrees, which should be really interesting.

I never did get on the treadmill yesterday, but I did stay in calorie range. My steps were way down too, but I hope to fix that somewhat today. I am only at 60% for my weekly goal of 70K steps so far this week... whoops.

My bigger challenge has been the eating more than exercise. I will be TM'ing today... I am going to try to run 3.1 at 6 mph. That will be my last run before Monday. I will try to get some crosstraining in tomorrow... some Jillian Michaels or Wii stuff for a change and fun.

What are everyone's NY Eve plans? What about goals for the new year?

I plan to come home after the race and chill out, we will have shrimp and little smokie sausages, cheez-its and squeezie cheese... tradition. I will throw some veggies in too, with tasty hummus. That should make for a decent feast.

My goals for 2013, increase exercise, decrease evening snacking or controlling what I snack on! Run a sub 30 minute 5K, and possibly get a 10K under my belt.

UPDATE 1645: An exhilarating Treadmill run today! My 5K time was about 37 minutes. I am not looking at breaking any records Monday, my goal is to run the whole thing. I think that is a good one considering my lack of acclimatization to the running in the cold and possible snow on the ground... and the lack of incline training. I also hate it when I am running along at a good pace and my thumb clips the string attached to the safety key... pain in the behind!

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ANNIEONLI 12/30/2012 7:49AM

    LOL And then the treadmill stops and everything gets erased! LOL Well, at least it does on my old beast!

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Home sick... my body said, "Stop!"

Friday, December 28, 2012

I'm really not feeling that bad, but I decided to hedge my bets when I woke up with a headache and scratchy sore throat, especially since I have been on the edge of it all week. I don't get headaches or sick very often, so this is a sign for me to slow down.

I am really not very surprised since I haven't really had much of a chance, or let myself, slow down since I went back to Texas from leave. From my return, everything was pretty much geared to packing and coming home. Every weekend since I have been home, I have pretty much been feverishly cleaning and unpacking. The house, is still a mess, but is starting to gain some semblance of order. It was so nice to live alone for a year and know where all my stuff was... and to know that it was right where I left it. I established good habits like doing dishes, making the bed, putting stuff away... and it was very nice. So, coming back to chaos and having to live with 5 other people (one being a baby) has been very difficult.

I have, at least, carved out a bit of a sanctuary of order in the bedroom. We just have a under the bed and behind my nightstand to be done. So I at least have a quiet place to escape to.

My exercise time is becoming a lifeline too. I can just go jump on the treadmill and sink into the music and the movement of my body. It's pure, sometimes I think, sometimes I zone out and just watch the miles tick up. I wish the incline was working, but right now I'm fine just going. The part should arrive next week and then we can call the repair guy to put in the new circuit board.

I almost feel like in my coming home, I am continuing the process I started in 2008. I lost the weight, a bit of which has crept back, but now I want to shed other unnecessary extras in my life and get back to basics. I live a lot more "basic" in 2012 down in Texas and I liked it ... A LOT! I have already Freecycled a bunch of things... and I need to get some more done. I cleared out 7 bags of clothes and shoes that I'd not seen, needed or worn in a year... and I feel so much lighter.

In the year I was gone, I also had to rely on myself almost entirely for things to get done. I like that feeling. I have never liked depending on anyone (except for my hubby when I am really sick, ie puking my guts out).... and now I loathe it.

So my goals for 2013 are beginning to take shape. I plan to lose those few pounds that have crept on, get myself ready to go back to school... if not go back, get rid of the crap I just don't need, make more plans for the long term...

The Army will be sending me off for 3 weeks in the summer and I will be taking over as XO (executive officer) of my unit... and that is a huge challenge and honor... basically becoming 2nd in command of my unit. So a lot to learn, prolly mostly by the seat of my pants... but I learn the best that way.

So another goal for 2013 is continuing to figure out discerning what I NEED v. what I want. And full of new lessons, I am sure.

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NITTINNANA 12/29/2012 2:17AM

    Sorry you're under the weather, but glad to hear about your recent accomplishments. Hang in there! You can do it!

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KAYOTIC 12/28/2012 9:01PM

    Take care, I have a scratchy throat and tiny headache today too...you're smart to rest up with that.

Lots going on with your move back, and getting used to a new way of life, it's wonderful that you have some escapes to go to!

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