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One more week to go...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Today starts my last full work week of the year, and even though we are not going any place special, I am looking forward to no alarms for an extended period of time (11 days to be precise!). Plenty to do around the house, plus I have a 5K race to run on 12/31, but am going to make an effort to carve out some "me" time so that come 01/05/2015, I am ready to and excited to face the new year!

  
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PDQ1203 12/20/2014 9:21AM

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JIBBIE49 12/17/2014 9:40AM

    Happy Holidays.

How wonderful that you have kept the weight off. Few people do that.

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ROXYZMOM 12/16/2014 8:34AM

    Enjoy!!

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GULP!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Over the past few years I've done some pretty "interesting" things, many related to a healthy lifestyle. But I have to admit my latest decision is clearly encroaching on my comfort zone -- running my first half marathon!

The facts: 52nd Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, Wilmington, DE, Sunday March 22, 2015

The factors that drove me to this: 1) A conversation I had back in December 2012 at the Tucson International Airport. It was the Monday following the Tucson Marathon. There is a Marathon, a half, and a 5K. I ran the 5K, my first race outside of Delaware. I ran my first sub 30 minute 5K that Saturday, which at the time seemed like an amazing feat! Anyway, there were a TON of runners at the airport heading home, most who had come to run in the full or half marathon, as it is a Boston Marathon qualifier. So I was chatting with a woman who had run the full marathon, and of course I was awe struck! I told her my story, which was quite limited. But she reassured me -- I'd get the bug, move to a 10K race, then a half, then a full. At the time I thought she was insane. Little did I know that she was right! I got the bug! I did 3 10K's this year!
2) The 10K's! My first was in May -- and I LOVED it!! I loved the distance, the inner peace, the joy! The July 10K was tough -- warm -- but I proved I could do it, in spite of the heat! Then came what I consider my "perfect" race -- my first sub 60 minute 10K at the end of November! It was that race that convinced me that I could do a half!
3) Training. One of the things I was so proud of leading up to my "perfect" race last month was sticking to my training plan.

So I've already established my training plan for what I consider my biggest physical challenge in my entire life! I have a 5K coming up on 12/31, then it is full steam ahead in getting ready for my first half. I'll get in at least one 5K during that time -- I won't miss running in the Delaware Special Olympics "Run to the Plunge" on 02/01/2015, but my focus will be getting ready for the half. The nice part -- it benefits the American Lung Association! So you can bet I'll be doing some fund raising, and I'm betting some of my usual contributors will be shocked to see what I'll be up to!

So yeah, a big GULP, but surprisingly, I am confident that I can achieve this goal. Because I am sure come 2016 I'll be thinking -- how hard can a full marathon be??

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PDQ1203 12/11/2014 9:42AM

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MOBYCARP 12/9/2014 9:10PM

    Pay attention to where the training plan says that training for a half is different from training for a 10K. Somewhere between 6 and 13 miles, the game changes. Experienced marathon runners tell me it changes again between 13 and 26 miles, but you don't need to worry about that just yet.

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TXHRT4U 12/9/2014 5:58PM

    emoticon follow your training plan and you will do great! If you need any help, let me know!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/9/2014 9:02AM

    Fantastic! Focus on enjoying the distance, don't worry about speed. It's a different ballgame entirely but the feeling of accomplishment is immense. Go for it.

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ROXYZMOM 12/9/2014 6:06AM

    That is fantastic! You are going to do great! That is supposed to be a nice HM

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SHRINKYDINKAMY 12/8/2014 10:11PM

    Awesome!! I'm in my week 7 of the Couch25k app and planning on moving to the Couch210K app next! Also wanting to run my first 5K this upcoming year. I've already got a friend pushing me to run a 10k and I haven't even done the 5k yet. I bet I'll be following in your footsteps!

Best of luck in your running endeavors and elsewise! Thanks for sharing!
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WESAPHILLIPS 12/8/2014 10:10PM

  Awesome...Good Luck!!!!

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Thanksgiving leftovers are FINISHED!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Even though we bought just a turkey breast and cooked for 5 people last Thursday, we did end up with a fair amount of Thanksgiving leftovers, so my wife and I decided we'd be vigilant and not waste them. We achieved that, but I am sure tired of the same kind of food for 5 straight dinners!

I usually hit Subway for a 6" sub prior to my league bowling night on Tuesday, and that sub will taste VERY good! Of course, I almost always get a Subway Club, which has turkey on it, but it will at least have some ham and roast beef to go with it!

But at least we did not waste some very good food!

  
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COOP9002 12/2/2014 6:44PM

    Glad to see you were able to stretch out the food for a while.

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"Greyt" News!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Got a call from our vet this afternoon to give me the results of our greyhound Gigi's biopsy on the growth on her ear. It was benign!! She has bounced back so well from her procedures, and this is just icing on the cake!!

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PURPLE0906 11/13/2014 5:46PM

    emoticon Congrats, so glad to hear that

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ROXYZMOM 11/13/2014 5:42PM

    Congratulations! That is awesome! Roxy's had a growth removed (from her paw) and tested to this week - it was cleared as well.
yippee!!

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Yes they are family...

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Tomorrow we take our oldest greyhound, Gigi, in for two procedures. One, to remove a growth on one of her ears that blossomed up in the past few weeks. Two, for a much needed dental cleaning. We decided to do both due to the growth, which absolutely needs to be done. The issue is she is 12.5 years old, and in for just about any breed, this can be risky with the anesthesia. But she is in great shape otherwise so we decided to accept the risk on her behalf.

So I made a point to tell her this afternoon that I expect her to come through with flying colors. As always she looked me in the eyes and told me to expect no less! What a champ!

  
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SPEEDYDOG 11/9/2014 2:06PM

    Hi Patrick,

Of course you lovely hounds are part of your family. My Beagle is also 12.5 years old. Like all hounds, he has to have his teeth cleaned regularly. He also had to have a growth removed. He came out of the anesthetic just fine. My Vet says he does not worry about dogs that have a whole family that loves them. These loved dogs have too much to live for.

Gigi will be fine.

Thanks, Bruce

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    Hope all goes well.

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RASPBERRY56 11/7/2014 5:19AM

    Here's hoping for the best for Gigi!

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