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Am I CrAzY?!?!?!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Well, yes, I am most certainly sure the answer to that question is a big, fat, "Y.E.S!"

Yep, and this is my second blog for the day.... =)

So, DH & I spent the weekend in a mountainous area here in Germany just a few hours away from us. It is really gorgeous there, btw!! I am signed up to run a marathon there in October, a marathon which climbs to the top of the biggest mountain in that area!!! EEEEEEP! Needless to say, there is NO time goal for me on this one!! Finishing is ENOUGH for me!

While we were there, someone who saw me go running decided to tell DH about a marathon in the area...

...a very peculiar and unique marathon... (My FAVE!)

... a marathon that is run in an old mine shaft, 700 m underground!!!

Ok, I love running. I don't just run to reach some certain time, so I can reach some status symbol, and say, "OH, look at me, I can run a marathon/HM/10k in such-n-such time." No I run because I love it, and I love joining these races that are really unique.

So, of COURSE, now I am ITCHING like CrAzY to sign up!! This is the kind of race that really appeals to me! DH has given me the "ok", but we have to organize a few things first... one of those things being childcare, or at least help with the kids.

In the description, it says that it is recommended only "WELL-TRAINED" marathon runners sign up! Because under the earth, it is very warm (not too bad, right?), but also VERY dry! Because of this, and the extra pressure from being underground, it makes the run more difficult.

Out of curiosity, I then looked up the results of last year's race - the fastest man finished in 3:20, and the fastest woman finished in 4:04. Those times are not terribly fast at all in comparison with other races I've seen.

In other words, this marathon would be a REAL challenge!! I'm ALL OVER a good challenge!!

The other good thing is that it is 4 laps... I'm not psyched about running laps for a marathon, even though I did that with my first marathon. But in this race, if you want to bail after 2 laps (a Half Marathon) or 3 laps even (making it a 3/4 marathon), they still give you an official time for those distances!! This takes a little of the pressure off to finish, just in case I find it is much harder than I anticipated.....

Anyway, I am SERIOUSLY contemplating this one..... Haven't made up my mind yet though.... I will definitely keep my lovely Spark Friends posted.... emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 8/17/2011 6:11AM

    That sounds AMAZING! You know... you are one of those runners I can live vicariously through, because truthfully, if I didn't have a screwed up leg, I'd be having "CRAZY" thoughts probably bi-weekly-LOL! Why the heck not, right?

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MICHSTATE 8/15/2011 8:25PM

    Interesting!!!! I would think it would be cooler underground!!!! I would do it!!!!:-)

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APIRLRAIN888 8/15/2011 2:20PM

    WOW that is sooo aweesome!!!!! very very cool!!!

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ROCKINMOM77 8/15/2011 2:14PM

    Y.E.S. You are CrAzY!!! emoticon BUT, emoticon

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*ERICA* 8/15/2011 1:44PM

    That really sounds awesome! And it will be a great story to tell your kids and grandkids when they are older!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 8/15/2011 11:13AM

    You are just the crazy person for this run!!! :o)

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ICKA_2 8/15/2011 11:06AM

    That sounds like so much fun! I love unique races too, just did the Warrior Dash a few weekends ago! I think you'll do great and finish!

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MAJTMS 8/15/2011 10:54AM

    That marathon sounds awesome! I love doing quirky races also. At least you won't have to worry about reapplying sunscreen! I hope you are able to do it.


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ERIC_ANDREW 8/15/2011 10:39AM

    Do people actually go into this underground race with the intent of only running a half marathon? That could be a happy medium if it really is that challenging! Are you able to find the entire results from this same race in the past? That does sound really, really tricky if the top male and female are coming in at 3:20 and 4:04!!!!

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TERRIPAL1 8/15/2011 10:31AM

    Well sounds like you're excited about it to me,so what do you have to lose!! emoticon

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Fellow Sparkers, UNITE!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

My hubby just signed up for his first EVER 5K!!! He is not an athlete, and certainly not a runner at all, but he really wants to start being healthier!

PLEASE, PLEASE add him if you can, and cheer him on!! His screen name on here is Macmeister... =) Here is the link to his page:

He has signed up for the 5K run at the marathon I will be doing in October. I am really excited for him, but I know for him, running does NOT come easily. He has tried to start before, and just didn't have the motivation to stick with it, but I think he is really getting serious now. This has all come without ANY prodding from me. He has decided this all on his own!!

Please help encourage him, and support him during this time!! Thank you all!

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SEEHOLZ 8/17/2011 6:12AM


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WONDERWOMAN 8/15/2011 7:57PM

    I love the family "spin offs" we have. Yay for your hubby.

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ROOT4HOME 8/15/2011 12:38PM

    What can I say, you're an inspiration, Darcy! Will add him!

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AMOHAME2 8/15/2011 11:38AM

    Will definitely add your hubby! Congrats to him for taking on his first 5K!!

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PIXIEMOM13 8/15/2011 10:52AM

    Will add him right now.. and you know what - because he decided it on his own, he is more likely to succeed!

edited to add: well, I tried to search for him and didn't find him. :(

Comment edited on: 8/15/2011 10:55:42 AM

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KKINNEA 8/15/2011 10:41AM

    Sure, can do!

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ERIC_ANDREW 8/15/2011 10:40AM

    Yay! I will absolutely add him right now.

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Saturday, August 06, 2011

I set out for 16 miles for a long run today, and bailed at 11 miles. First time I have EVER bailed due to just feeling absolutely crappy. I felt like I was going to barf the whole way (and NO I am not pregnant!)!! It was horrible. I took a week and a half off during my little vacation to the UK, but seriously?!?!?! Does my body have to move fully into lazy and unconditioned mode so quickly??? GRRRR! That run was a total bomb on my confidence!! I kept thinking it would get better/easier as I went, but it didn't.... booooo.

I will get around one of these days to posting blogs and photos about my epic vacation to Scotland and London. My friend and I had a blast. We laughed so much and so hard that our stomach muscles hurt after a few days. I have so many really funny stories to tell, and took over 800 photos!!

But those are for another time... if I can regain any sort of sanity to my life in the near future..... Things are a bit rough right now, and out of sorts.

Now for me to go wallow in self pity about my horrible run today.....

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SUKOTO 8/9/2011 11:50AM

    No need to be so hard on yourself. I know how completely frustrating it is though. 11miles is still a long distance. Keep your head up! Glad you had a good vacation and enjoyed yourself!

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JUNEBUGABEE 8/9/2011 10:28AM

    I understand how that feels! Don't beat yourself up about it too much. Tomorrow is another day, another opportunity for a great run.

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IDOLIKESUSHI 8/6/2011 9:55PM

    I know you`re a marathon mom and eating miles for breakfast but don`t bring yourself down for a bad run ... 11 miles is a lot of running!
Time off can lower your stamina. Crazy sometimes how far behing it throws you just a week ... I have often rough patches home & at work. My eating gets out of control, my motivation is dropping, I`m missing workouts and runs :( The week I return I sure feel it! Took off some unwanted 6-7 days and my first run after (just this Thursday) or a lousy shuffle/walk with a bad side stitch.
Our pride pushes us to go far. Maybe 16miles was an unrealistic goal for this day. Other factor can drag your performance, you know better ...
Pfew, I wish I could run tomorrow 11miles :)

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RUN2BEFREE 8/6/2011 8:02PM

    Everyone has bad runs every once in a while - don't sweat it. Celebrate your 11 miles!

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MICHSTATE 8/6/2011 4:25PM

    Hey! Don't feel so bad!!! If we never had "bad" runs then maybe we wouldn't appreciate the "good" runs!!!! Your next run will be better!!!!!!:-)

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BARRONVC 8/6/2011 4:09PM


Smile, you tried and learned something. Put it behind you and chill out 11 miles is a huge effort.

You are a rock star. It was a tough training day and correctable.

Now what did you learn? How will you change what you did.

1. Try to do something while on vacation.
2. Don't go nuts when you get back from vacation. Maybe a 5 mile run to check out your fitness and go from there.

Last! Thanks for being a rock star.

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 8/6/2011 3:45PM

    Everyone has a bad day! Congrat yourself for getting through the 11 miles!!

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LOSE4LIFE47 8/6/2011 3:37PM

    Don't look back just move forward!!

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Today, I fly...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

.... TO LONDON!!!!

It is only a hop, skip, and a jump across the pond for me from Germany. The flight is only an hour and 10 minutes long or something. But this will only be my second time being in England!

I will be meeting my friend from Alaska at the Whole Foods Market on Kensington High Street this afternoon... emoticon

But unfortunately, any goals to lose some weight before my trip have absolutely gone south. Yes, that is right... no progress. No progress AT ALL. In fact, I have gained a couple of pounds.

I have kept up with my workouts, except for this week. (I slacked on 1 ST and Ab Ripper session with P90X this week, but got in a TON of cardio!) This next week while I am in England will be a recovery week with P90X, which works out well. I am taking running gear, but I don't plan to do any long runs, just 30-60 min or so.

But my eating, as always has been my biggest problem. And it's been WAY WORSE the last couple of weeks due to all of the new, exciting changes that are starting to take place with us!!! With the whole prospect of a new job here, I have been really nervous and excited and unsettled.... Which has been leading to BAD eating - lots of calories, sugar, and fatty foods. Each day, I say, "Ok, I will do better today..." and each day, I just bomb out!!!

This week, I will really shoot to make healthy choices, I will enjoy my trip with my friend, TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS, and when I get back, it will be high time to get serious. I keep saying that, but for reals.... time to get serious!!

Have a great week, Sparkers!!

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MICHSTATE 7/24/2011 11:28AM

    Have fun with your friend!!!!
I have felt the same way as you many times!!! So frustrating!!!! Don't give up!!!!

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RDARLING 7/24/2011 11:13AM

    Enjoy England and meeting up with your friend. Figure out the eating and other stuff later!

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LOREENYK 7/24/2011 11:13AM

    All kinds of excitement! Enjoy the trip remember...moderation is the key emoticon
Happy Running,

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MOMONTHERUN1 7/24/2011 8:21AM

    Have a wonderful time visiting with your friend.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/24/2011 7:56AM

    I hope you have a great time!! You so deserve it!!!

The weight will come off:) Enjoy your time with your friend!

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LAURIE5658 7/24/2011 5:29AM

    Have a great time! What an adventure!!

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KITTEN0908 7/24/2011 5:25AM

    Have lots of fun in England !!!!!
And don't worry too much about the weight. You are doing great!

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Germany, My Home!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I guess I can call it that now that it seems we will be staying here indefinitely!! My hubby was offered the job yesterday!

I have lived in Germany for almost 5 years now, but always felt that things were a little uncertain, mainly because of the horrible job environment that my husband faced day in and day out (as mentioned in my other blog.)

But now....

All of the job uncertainty for the past 4.5 or 5 years, and wondering what we are gonna do in the future, if we will stay here, if we will go, if my husband will take the stupid family car business over, if we EVER should have come here in the first place.....

All of these questions seemed to be getting settled!!

My husband went in and worked at the new potential job place. The position? A project manager for a company that translates large documents or even websites into different languages. It is IT heavy, which is perfect for my hubby. He's a computer nerd.... emoticon DH really liked the work, and he felt it was something he is going to be really good at.

They were super pleased with his work, and feel he would be a GREAT addition to their team. Plus while offering the job, they even talked about a long-term FUTURE with the job!! This is just GREAT!

The pay is good, and promised to be even better within the year. NO WEEKENDS, and it's pretty much simply 9-6 job. DH is not even gonna know what it's like to not have to leave for work until 8:30 in the morning, and having EVERY Saturday FREE!! Plus he will get at least 28 days vacation a year!!

We are really thrilled, both of us. My husband is very nervous about putting in his resignation with his aunt and uncle. They are the type of people who are very vindictive and nasty when they don't get their way. They think they are such wonderful people to work for, but I have never seen such horrible management skills, and even worse, their treatment of employees (their horrible treatment of my husband included). It's disturbing that they have kept ANY employees over the years. Why would people tolerate that sort of a work place?? I have no idea. But as much as he wants out, he is still very nervous about facing them. We could be in for a real crap-storm!!!

But I know that one day soon, we will look back and all of that will be a distant memory. And we are both certain (through much prayer!) that this is the right move for us! We were so certain we would be heading back to the States, but sometimes God has other plans! And if my husband hadn't come to the point mentally where we were really ready to leave, this job opportunity may NEVER have presented itself to us, or he may not have seriously considered it.

It all started with someone asking us WHY we wanted to move back to the States..... Weird how these things work out, huh?? Just like my good friend Wendy said, it wasn't a coincident; it was a God-incident!!

By law, DH has to give a 30-day notice to his current employers, so he will be obligated to work until the end of August. It could be that they spitefully tell him, "Don't bother coming back!" or it could be that they simply use the last 4 weeks to just pour out their anger and nastiness on him.....

So, the next several weeks of transition may be quite rough for us!! I know it will pass, but it is a bit unnerving! Any prayers, happy vibes, wishes for serenity and peace, or WHATEVER in the next few weeks would be greatly appreciated!!

Happy Sparking, everyone!!!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 8/6/2011 3:47PM

    Some say that everything happen for a reason... Sometimes we just have to be patient! Happy that you are emoticon

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AQUAPOWERS 7/24/2011 8:52PM

    Great news! Congratulates! I hope the next month goes well and you have happy sailing after that. I am so happy for you.

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NYC_NATIVE 7/24/2011 4:27AM

    I just saw this, and wanted to congratulate you and your DH for this! It's wonderful news.

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ROOT4HOME 7/21/2011 1:09PM

    Congratulations to your husband and to your family...sounds like you'll all have more family time now, and maybe a little peace too! Will definitely keep you all in my prayers that, if he has to stay till the end of Aug, that it is uneventful and not full of chaos! Big emoticon, Darcy!!

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KATKRAEZY 7/21/2011 8:43AM

    Congrats on the new job! And hope all goes well in the next 4 weeks.

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PSALM42 7/21/2011 7:19AM

    The job sounds great! Hopefully his aunt and uncle will be understanding!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/20/2011 9:10PM

    I wonder if you have talked to your in-laws at all about it and maybe they can help you break it to the family.

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SEEHOLZ 7/20/2011 9:04PM

    Das ist echt toll! Jetzt kann ich Dich vielleicht doch noch irgentwann in Deutschland treffen, hehe.
Ich bin so froh dass Du Dich auch darueber freuen kannst, obwohl Du heimweh hasst.

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MUMMAMICHELLE 7/20/2011 6:04PM

    Congrats to you and your hubby! GL dealing with the rellies and the next 30 days, it will be worth it in the long run!

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SQUINKLY 7/20/2011 5:50PM

    My DH works for the family dealership too. I hate it sometimes! Working with family is not always a good thing!

Sounds like good things are coming your way! Yay!

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MICHSTATE 7/20/2011 4:10PM

    Yay!!!!!!!!! That is awesome!!!!!!!

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TWINSMOMMY607 7/20/2011 4:05PM

    What an exciting opportunity for you and your family. Good luck in all that this brings you!!

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HOPEFULSWEIGH 7/20/2011 3:19PM

    so exciting for you and your family!!!!


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CAROLCRC 7/20/2011 12:54PM

    Good luck in the next 30 days and making the transition afterwards. Sounds like the right move.

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SLEEPYDEAN 7/20/2011 11:39AM

    I didn't get a chance to comment on your last blog, but I was going to say that it sounds like maybe you guys would be okay to stay in Germany for another few years to see how the new job goes, etc.

Glad to hear that that is in fact going to work out for you. And now you've got good connections with your neighbors and new friends so you'll both be much happier.

Wow that 30 day notice law seems really crazy. That seems to raise potential for so many problems. Definitely sending prayers as you all go through this transition.

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MARATHON_MOM 7/20/2011 10:55AM

    You and Jan will be in my prayers over the next month.... Just keep your chins up and know that God has better things in store for you than whatever the aunt and uncle can dish out!

Much love and prayers, my friend. :)

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KITTEN0908 7/20/2011 10:54AM

That sounds like the perfect job opportunity.
Hope everything will work out great for you and your family and you finally get to really truly enjoy living in Germany.
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KKINNEA 7/20/2011 10:50AM

    Looks like you'll have to go through a little more bad before you get to the good. Hopefully, the aunt and uncle are known for their poor attitude and no one will blame your husband. Good luck!

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    Congratulations to both of you. I hope he can put his resignation in the most positive terms for them - you will be able to find someone who is excited to be in the auto business. I will be happy to help you look for someone and interview them in these last 30 days.

Prayers and positive vibes being sent over the ocean to you both.

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ROCKINMOM77 7/20/2011 10:22AM

    Congrats! But no doubt, they sound like loveley family and I hope the next 30 days fly by quickly!!

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LAURIE5658 7/20/2011 9:46AM

    I agree with the God incedent theory. He is working His Master Plan for you!

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MBSHAZZER 7/20/2011 9:44AM

    Great news, Darcy! I think with your hubby happy and getting to know your neighbors, you will start liking Germany more and more!

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RUNTRILAUGH 7/20/2011 8:54AM

    I'm staying positive, and hoping it goes better than you anticipate!!!!

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NUTRON3 7/20/2011 8:51AM

    Hope the 30 days go by fast!

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