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yes, I do still like to run bleachers!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

My running partner (Carmen) thinks I'm out of my mind. I love to run bleachers. It's not an easy thing to get to do any more because most stadiums are gated and locked these days. The ones that I know I can get into have those crappy aluminum bleachers.

so Carmen and I signed up for Boot Camp at the beginning of the year. The class is held in an old basketball gym and we get to run LOTS of bleachers. As I mentioned in a previous blog, vampires took over the gym for about a week so we had Boot Camp outside. The vampires did some serious damage to the floor so it had to be varnished again. Monday the fumes were too strong so we used the football field for Boot Camp. That's some SERIOUS bleachers! After class Monday night Carmen asked if I still enjoyed running bleachers. Of course I do!

Tonight the gym was fine, but the instructor decided to use the football field again because it was so nice outside. More running bleachers.

yes, Carmen (and anybody else who is interested), I STILL LOVE TO RUN BLEACHERS. It's great exercise and gets intense very quick.

What's not to like??? emoticon

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TORIAMAE 3/26/2012 11:36AM

    Awwww...I want to run bleachers! Kind of jealous...

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DRAGONCHILDE 3/24/2012 10:40PM

    That's crazy, and awesome, all at the same time! emoticon

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JECKIE 3/23/2012 3:39PM

    I'm DYING to find a stadium that is open to the public. I want stairs, not bleachers (the bleachers scare me. I'll fall on my head).

Every time I see that scene in Lost I get the itch to run! And sweat. Lots of sweat. lol

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CURVYELVIESAYS 3/23/2012 12:31PM

    Your workout is truly intense. Very inspiring! emoticon

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CHATELAINE19 3/23/2012 8:46AM

    WOW- that's a high energy blog! What a workout!

Hope your week is finishing strong.

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Nobody on their deathbed ever said...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Nobody on their deathbed ever said, "Gee, I wish I'd spent more time at the office."

You know what else people probably never say on their deathbed? "Gee, I wish I'd eaten more unhealthy food." or "I wish I'd spent more years obese/overweight." or "I wish I'd spent more time sitting on my butt doing nothing." How about, "I wish I'd wasted more hours watching TV." "I wish I'd spent more time at the computer." "I wish I'd spent more time angry at my friend/relative over something that was really nothing." "I wish I hadn't wasted my time telling the people I care about what they mean to me." "I wish I hadn't spent so much time outdoors enjoying the world." "I wish I'd spent more time looking like a slob." "I wish I'd spent more time being bitter about things I can't change." "I wish I hadn't made my health a priority."

what changes will you regret not making? As long as you're still breathing, you still have a chance to make the changes!

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MY1FAN 3/21/2012 8:12PM

    So true.

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IWILLICANIAM 3/21/2012 1:50AM

    Wow.. I will need to think about this, and blog about my reaction to your blog.. Thanks for it!!

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BJPENNY70 3/20/2012 6:07PM

    Wow Debbie this is a great blog. A wake up call. Something for all of us to think about everyday. God bless you. emoticon

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    LOL I love it and so true! emoticon

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KATIAT325 3/20/2012 4:44PM

    Love it!

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KNITTINGNAN 3/20/2012 4:41PM

  very inspirational!!!

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Vampires have taken over the town!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Not too long ago during boot camp a film crew for Vampire Diaries came in to measure the gym we use for the class. It's very old (the manager at the Y describes it as 'right out of Hoosiers'). I guess they liked what they saw. Friday night they had taken over the gym. Monday they were still there so we had boot camp outside.

Today seemed like a good day for running and I decided to start my run from the office. Sure enough, when I turned to make my way back from the town square both sides of the street were lined with cars. Then I saw the tents. There are lots of lovely old houses in town so it's a favorite filming location. I ran thru and headed back to the office.

And I just happened to be wearing my favorite t-shirt

I guess I can outrun the vampires (at least during daylight hours) emoticon

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DRAGONCHILDE 3/22/2012 4:14PM


Have you seen the Zombies, Run! app? *dies*

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DOGSTARDADDY 3/14/2012 2:03PM

    Kill them all. Fast.

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CCASKEY37 3/14/2012 6:07AM

    Drink lots of vervain. I think it has antioxidents and natural energy boosters.


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EDO-CHAN 3/13/2012 10:29PM

    I hadn't considered the possibility of zombies AND vampires. All the more reason to get our runs in before night starts to fall....

I love that zombie image, by the way. Very motivational.

Best of luck as you dodge the remaining vampires! emoticon

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IOWARHINO 3/13/2012 10:04PM

    Your crazy!! Hope it was that good of a day!!!

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MARVEEME 3/13/2012 9:55PM


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March devotional and other stuff

Sunday, March 04, 2012

so here it is...First Sunday again. I didn't find anybody to do the devotional today, so it's all mine. That's okay, I'm prepared (for once!)

This is what I have planned:
When you re-read something or watch a favorite movie, what you get from it will differ based on your perspective at the time. If you really LISTEN to the words, the same is true of the prayers and oaths we say over and over as Christians.

The Lord's Prayer is a good example. We had a previous pastor who always put emphasis on thy in two places: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. THY kingdom come, THY will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” That helps me realize that no matter what, God is in charge. Things will be done His way, in His time. I still hear that emphasis when I say the prayer.

Another part of the Lord's Prayer that stands out to me is, “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” How terrible would it be if God really was as bad at forgiving as we are?!? When we accept Jesus, our slate is clean. God's forgiveness is perfect and unconditional.

It is very difficult for us to forgive AND forget, but if you manage to do so the freedom from those hard feelings is glorious. Buddha said, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at some one else; you are the one who gets burned.” The person you feel has wronged you has moved on and forgotten the slight. Holding on to your bitterness gives them power over you. Take control! Let it go. As Bernard Meltzer said, “When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.”

How can you tell if you've truly forgiven? “You will know that forgiveness has begun when you can recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.” (Lewis B. Smedes)

our bad weather has cleared with no serious injuries or deaths in GA from what I've heard. Just some property damage and lots of debris. Other states have had it really bad.

Yesterday while I was out my boss called to let me know that a client had passed away. The man who died has a son who is a college sophomore. The mom died right around Thanksgiving. I feel so bad for this young man! When you say your prayers, please say a prayer for JT. I cannot imagine what he's going thru. His parents were both wonderful people.

I'm happy I did Pilates this morning. I really needed those stretches. I have a 5k this afternoon. Looks like the weather will be perfect. I hope I can improve on last year's time. I think I placed in my age group last year. It all depends on how many REAL runners my age show up. I can only compete with the beginners!

happy Sunday, Spark friends emoticon

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BJPENNY70 3/5/2012 7:58PM

    Hi Debbie,

So glad you were not affected by those storms. They came over us, but we only got rain. A really bad storm was headed right for us. I was talking to my sister and watching the doppler report. I prayed and ask the Lord to place a dome of protection over our area. Within a second or two I notice the storms dipping below us. We got the edge of the rainband was all. I was reporting it to my sister as it dropped below our area. God is good!

I loved what you blogged about forgiveness. It is so true. I am glad God is merciful and loving. As humanbeings sometimes it is very hard to forgive. You made a wonderful point of how great God is and His forgiving grace.

Let me know how you do with the race. You go girl! Very proud of you. Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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CCASKEY37 3/5/2012 1:14PM

    Enjoy your run. I don't know if you'll place but I bet you could beat me.

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IOWARHINO 3/4/2012 10:33AM

    You don't have any twin sisters looking for a good man do you. I love how you think.

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DOOBIE893 3/4/2012 8:31AM

    I really enjoyed your blog. I just started reading, Let it Go by TD Jakes.'. Forgiveness is the key. Enjoy your run.

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The end of a long day

Saturday, March 03, 2012

I was at the Y when they opened this morning at 8. Usually I meet my running partner but it was still raining this morning so I did a free weight workout and LOTS of time on the stretch trainer.

After my workout I went to the office to change clothes and go to a baby shower at church. Lots of yummy looking stuff that I've given up for Lent, so I stuck to the veggies and fruit. I made guacamole (the mom-to-be's favorite). I used veggies for dipping so I could save my calories for more guacamole!

By the time the shower was over and the clean-up was done, it was close to 1. I went back to the office to change into my running clothes and veg for an hour then headed for my race. It's a 6k. I was pretty happy to hit 1 mile at less than 9:30 (a 10 minute mile is a tough pace for me to maintain). At the 2 mile I was still under 20 minutes. At the 3 mile I was right at 30:30. The last part of the course is uphill. I crossed the finish line at 38:01. Pretty good for me on a 3.75 mile race. (And a big "THANK YOU GOD" for stopping the rain!)

oh...and I was first in my age group emoticon My award is a ceramic arrowhead (the race is to support a middle school swim team, the Red Skins).

I was STARVING on my way home. I had some Chick-fil-A coupons from previous races but I couldn't find them. I guess that was a sign to skip the fast food (even though Chick-fil-A does have some healthy options that I love). I came home and ate some of the rice and beans I made earlier in the week. The rice is actually Kashi 7 Whole Grain Pilaf...really healthy and YUMMY!

I was so tired after I ate. All of my muscles felt tight and sore. I soaked in a warm bath with some Epsom salts. After that, I couldn't keep my eyes open. I fell asleep on the sofa for a few hours and woke up about 9:30. Still had enough time to get to CVS before they closed and make a Kroger run to get the weekly specials before they end. I thought about taking care of that on the way home from the race, but I try to avoid the grocery store when I'm hungry.

now I'm sipping some chamomile tea and watching The Glenn Miller Story. I need to go back to sleep and be ready for another busy day tomorrow (that includes a 5k).
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EDO-CHAN 3/4/2012 9:50AM

    Congrats on your age-group 1st place!

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IOWARHINO 3/4/2012 12:38AM

    Wow I don't even know if I ever want to be as active as you. Holy cow!!

I hope you have a great tomorrow.

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