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Let beauty just happen

Monday, December 03, 2012

I got up early yesterday to work out so that I could spend the day with girlfriends at the Seattle Center Chihuly exhibit.

Didn't get as much walking as I had planned, but the trip was totally with it.

If you aren't familiar with Chihuly's work I recommend a quick Google search to see some of his glass art.

One of the things I love is that he talks about how you can't make the glass do exactly what you want. Go with it and the glass will show you its beauty.

Note: I'm paraphrasing from a PBS show I watched easily a decade ago. But the idea is right.

Here are some of my photos which don't do the art work justice.





  
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CHODGES83 12/7/2012 11:12AM

    There is an amazing exhibit at the Indianapolis Children's Museum and some beautiful pieces around St Louis. Some of the coolest things I've seen. Love him. Also does anyone know why he wears an eye patch and is it wrong that I hope it's because of some sort of freak glass blowing accident???

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SWAZY33 12/4/2012 12:14PM

    I've seen his art at the Bellagio in Vegas. Just beautiful! I wanted to just lay on the floor of casino and gaze up at it! But I suspect security may have dragged me away! lol

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 12/3/2012 6:19PM

    Amazing!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/3/2012 4:46PM

    That is beautiful!

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BATCHICK 12/3/2012 12:51PM

    We all have an inner beauty, we just have to let it show itself.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/3/2012 12:28PM

    Those are beautiful!

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MARTY728 12/3/2012 12:25PM

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STELLASMYBEBE 12/3/2012 11:17AM

    Those are beautiful!!

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BLESSED2BEME 12/3/2012 11:17AM

    Wow - those are all absolutely beautiful and I love the title of your blog.

I also love the Seattle Center!

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Reluctantly keeping the 1/2 marathon photos

Friday, November 30, 2012



This picture pretty much sums up how I feel every time I open an email that has my race pictures in it.

This time I thought for *sure* that there would be some good ones. I was feeling pretty good for the race.

Worst. Ones. Yet.

Seriously glad I saw a loss on the scale this morning. Trying to go with that so I don't go face first into some nachos.

Not buying them, but keeping the link for a likely before to use in a before and after post.

*sigh*

  
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ANGELLEE94 12/5/2012 1:34PM

    Race pics are never as glamorous or triumphant as the image in our heads! Where are the thousand of screaming fans, cheering us to the end? Where are the fireworks and confetti cannons? It's pretty hard to smile for the camera (when you can find it!) when all your energy is spent telling your legs "just 10 more feet, 10 more feet." Chin up, buttercup! :)

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MARTY728 12/3/2012 12:26PM

    emoticon I am right there with you! emoticon emoticon

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/3/2012 10:32AM

    I hate race pictues too. I dont buy them.

You are a rock star!!! Dont let those pictures make you feel any less!!!

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KARENLEIGH32 12/1/2012 7:42PM

    I feel like you are being too hard on yourself. It's great that you are able to do a marathon, I'm struggling to just do 3 miles. You made it and lost some weight at the same time, I'd say it was a great success!!!

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BATCHICK 12/1/2012 2:40PM

    Anybody who looks good while they run isn't running hard enough.
I'm not really sure if that's true, but I hope it makes you feel better!

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NORAB52GOOD 12/1/2012 1:35PM

    I hate my race pictures too! The only ones that have ever been flattering were from my very first race at the finish. All other ones have been hideous. I am red faced, mouth slack, eyes unfocused, looking dumpy and fat as a house. HATE them!!! I try to smile and pick up the pace when I see the photographers but to no avail. Awful awful pics.
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BOOKWORM27S 12/1/2012 8:03AM

    I love that picture. I think we all think we look like the top picture when we're running! My daughter recently said I sounded like a horse when I was jogging on my treadmill!

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TENNISJIM 12/1/2012 6:53AM

    Running a half marathon is a great accomplishment. Congratulations and don't worry what you look like. You are in the process of changing your life.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/30/2012 9:13PM

    I never see the da** photographers and it seems nearly every time my mouth is hanging open and I look like a dweeb!

Just use it to keep pushing you forward!!!!

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KAPELAKIN 11/30/2012 8:28PM

    Disappointing, isn't it? Last half I did, they took the pics at mile 12 instead of mile 1 for some reason. I have my eyes clamped shut in the pic, because that was the only way I was able to keep from falling apart in the last two miles. C'mon photographers, flatter us a bit!

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BEARGODDESS 11/30/2012 7:13PM

    You ran the 1/2 marathon AND lost the weight!! I think that you're pretty awesome!
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(I look a lot like that little girl when I do yoga!) emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/30/2012 7:00PM

    Yeah, that's exactly how I feel! I'm lucky if I ever get ONE good photo of my "running". Don't sweat it!

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Electric Run??

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Has anyone done one of these?

electricrun.com/about/

Looks like fun!

At first I had visions of someone chasing me with a cattle prod.
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Which would probably improve my times....

  
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LMH1223 11/28/2012 10:25PM

    This looks like so much fun!!! It doesn't look like they're be where I am anytime soon, but you never know!!!

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MARTY728 11/28/2012 4:16PM

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BLESSED2BEME 11/28/2012 2:00PM

    Looks really neat!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/28/2012 1:06PM

    That looks like a lot of fun!

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SWAZY33 11/28/2012 12:55PM

    I'm bookmarking this for the NY one! Looks fun :)
THANKS :)

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BEARGODDESS 11/28/2012 12:37PM

    Sounds very cool! I think I've seen these back when I lived in San Francisco. I would enjoy the lights (but probably need someone with a cattle prod to make sure I finished)

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Seattle 1/2 Marathon

Monday, November 26, 2012

36, 456

That is how many steps I took yesterday. When I got home and saw the number I really wanted to walk around the house or jog in place to reach 40,000.

But the mean hilly 1/2 marathon earlier kept me from doing it.

The Amica Seattle !/2 Marathon was yesterday. In the cold (thankfully not wet!!) weather, I once again wondered what the hell was wrong with me. Why did I sign up for this???

The first part wasn't so bad. Some hills, some flat. I was feeling good enough that I was jogging here and there. Then the real hills came. Some were more of an incline than others, but the they just seemed like they wouldn't end.

My last 9 miles was the same last 9 miles as the marathoners. So being constantly surrounded by runners helped keep me going. The fact that I knew a good friend was doing the full marathon ending in these hills made me more resolute to not stop. I breathed hard, I cursed (not too loudly!) and I groaned. But I didn't stop.

My time wasn't a PR, like one always hopes. The fact that I didn't feel the need to stop on the hills or remind myself that I had cab money. That was huge for me.

My speed wasn't there, but my endurance has improved.

I felt good enough after I had some chocolate milk and food to change into less damp (and less stinky!) clothes to wait for my friend to finish her race. This wasn't her first, but I knew how tough the last 7 or 8 miles were going to be for her.

Standing in the cold wasn't the best idea I ever had. I had to keep reminding myself to keep moving. But I realized that I never really stick around to watch people crossing the line.

There were people crying as they crossed. Family members in tears cheering them on. I didn't know their stories. I had no clue who they were. But I teared up every time I saw it.

So here I sit the day after with aches and pains. For the first time in a long time my knee and foot don't hurt post race. Let's be clear that my legs and butt are making me groan every time I sit or stand. And my time was, frankly, crap.

And I'm completely good with all of it.

  
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KARENLEIGH32 11/29/2012 5:20PM

    I would not worry about the time, you made it! You finished the marathon, you should be so proud of each ache you have cuz you certainly earned it!

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ALLYSONRW 11/27/2012 10:01AM

    Congratulations! It's a challenge for me just training for my first 5K let alone a half marathon. And those hills, oh yes, I know those hills and you still kept going! As always, you're an inspiration to all of us!

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LOVESHER2BOYS 11/26/2012 6:56PM

    Congratulations! I finished my first 1/2 last June at the San Diego Rock n Roll.... It was an ugly finish but I finished!! My time was crap but I have never felt so elated in all of my life. I'm planning doing it again next June. I loved your comment about the people crying as they finished... I could relate to that. Very moving emotionally and so inspiring. It made me recall helping a marathoner who had finished and he dropped his water bottle. He could barely walk...He also could not bend over (he was so sore) to pick it up so I did (very slowly as I was sore as well)... There is a huge sense of camaraderie at the finish. Very inspiring.

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CBAILEYC 11/26/2012 3:47PM

    Congrats! Walking, running.. it's all good. Finishing upright - now that's what it's all about!
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C~

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ANGELLEE94 11/26/2012 2:20PM

    yeah baby! That's awesome! Next year I will be right there with ya!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 11/26/2012 1:49PM

    Congrats!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 11/26/2012 1:43PM

    You make me dream of a 1/2 someday...

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LMH1223 11/26/2012 1:00PM

    Way to go!!! I think it's fantastic you did it!! Get some rest today!

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BEARGODDESS 11/26/2012 12:09PM

    Congratulations for DOING IT!! You're amazing for making it through it! I hope the muscle aches ease up for you!

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Seattle 1/2 Marathon

Monday, November 26, 2012

36, 456

That is how many steps I took yesterday. When I got home and saw the number I really wanted to walk around the house or jog in place to reach 40,000.

But the mean hilly 1/2 marathon earlier kept me from doing it.

The Amica Seattle !/2 Marathon was yesterday. In the cold (thankfully not wet!!) weather, I once again wondered what the hell was wrong with me. Why did I sign up for this???

The first part wasn't so bad. Some hills, some flat. I was feeling good enough that I was jogging here and there. Then the real hills came. Some were more of an incline than others, but the they just seemed like they wouldn't end.

My last 9 miles was the same last 9 miles as the marathoners. So being constantly surrounded by runners helped keep me going. The fact that I knew a good friend was doing the full marathon ending in these hills made me more resolute to not stop. I breathed hard, I cursed (not too loudly!) and I groaned. But I didn't stop.

My time wasn't a PR, like one always hopes. The fact that I didn't feel the need to stop on the hills or remind myself that I had cab money. That was huge for me.

My speed wasn't there, but my endurance has improved.

I felt good enough after I had some chocolate milk and food to change into less damp (and less stinky!) clothes to wait for my friend to finish her race. This wasn't her first, but I knew how tough the last 7 or 8 miles were going to be for her.

Standing in the cold wasn't the best idea I ever had. I had to keep reminding myself to keep moving. But I realized that I never really stick around to watch people crossing the line.

There were people crying as they crossed. Family members in tears cheering them on. I didn't know their stories. I had no clue who they were. But I teared up every time I saw it.

So here I sit the day after with aches and pains. For the first time in a long time my knee and foot don't hurt post race. Let's be clear that my legs and butt are making me groan every time I sit or stand. And my time was, frankly, crap.

And I'm completely good with all of it.

  
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MARTY728 11/27/2012 1:27PM

    WOW! Congratulations! The pain will pass but the sense of accomplishment will remain!

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SWAZY33 11/27/2012 6:06AM

    PS...I love watching ppl come over that finish line too!

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SWAZY33 11/27/2012 6:05AM

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So proud of you for finishing another emoticon
You rock!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/26/2012 1:09PM

    WOW! You are a machine! I can't imagine doing one 1/2, let alone the hundreds you seem to have done. You're awesome friend!

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SAPHRAEL 11/26/2012 12:52PM

    Holy Hannah, that's a lot of steps! Way to go!

I love those sit down muscles that cry after a good workout. What an awesome accomplishment!

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COOP9002 11/26/2012 12:33PM

    Glad you were able to participate in such an event. Congratulations!

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BLESSED2BEME 11/26/2012 12:15PM

    emoticon I'm crying for your awesome finish! When I wogged in a 10K this past fall and we joined up with the marathoners, I had no idea how motiviating it would be to finish with them. I cried when I crossed the finish line. Sadly, no one was there to greet me and that hurt. One of the times no one in my family was willing to work it into their lives. Anyway, that is beside the point.

I'm so happy for your determination to finish despite the enviornment you were dealing with - hills, cold weather, etc. That is huge!!!!

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Proud of you girl!

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