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I've missed everyone, but I'm going to try to be back! Lots of changes!

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Wow have a lot of things changed since I last blogged!

I have been going to school for my Masters. In fact I took three classes over the summer - I do NOT recommend that!!!

I ran my first half marathon in May. I met my goal of under 3 hours, but would have done a lot better if I hadn't gotten sick during the run. I've learned my lesson and Imodium is my friend!

I was also set up on a semi-blind date and we have now been together more than 3 months! Considering I haven't even dated in over 10 years, this is a major change! The fact that he is a dairy farmer and our schedules do not match very well has made for some interesting challenges.

After running the half marathon, I was in a boot for a couple of weeks. Too active for a boot so it didn't last as long as it was supposed to, but I haven't felt any repercussions yet. I've done two mud runs with a third coming up since then.

Between school, the new man, new roommate (not the new boyfriend), and being tired of training after the half marathon, I basically took the summer off. I started doing turbofire again a couple of weeks ago and am excited that the energy was still there and I am getting back into a fitness routine.

I ran my first 'long' run all summer this morning - although it was only a 5k - and am proud to say that my pace time is still fairly close to where I was before. Does that mean I wasn't pushing myself hard enough while training for the half? emoticon

I miss you guys! I won't be able to log in daily, but I'm going to work towards checking in at least weekly.

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SHAPINGUP4ME247 9/15/2013 11:21AM

    Really nice update and good job getting back online. Positive posts emoticon are the best. Keep sparking!

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JET150 9/5/2013 9:27PM

    Sounds like lots of good things happening in your life!!

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BRENDA_LEA_2014 9/2/2013 11:53PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for not letting me give up on our walk/run legs are feeling it already.

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PATTYKLAVER 9/2/2013 9:36AM

    Did you have a death wish taking 3 Masters classes in the summer?!? I'm proud of you for making it through! Woo hoo! It made me tired just reading your blog - lots of changes and activities for you. Take care of yourself - vitamins, sleep, etc. and don't forget time for just you!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/2/2013 7:29AM

    Sounds like a busy 2013! Congrats on all counts and welcome back!

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MYLADY4 9/1/2013 8:40PM

    Sounds like it is has been a real busy summer. Isn't your daughter heading off to college now?

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WORTHEYMOM 9/1/2013 8:02PM

    Glad you're back!!! Sounds like it's been an adventure! Congrats on your half! I'm finally getting back to my running too! Can't wait for more updates!

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Going back to school for my Masters!!! / Mud Runs updates / PEAK313 challenge

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I am participating in the Peak313 challenge. There is also a sparkteam for this challenge

There are three parts to the challenge: physical, spiritual, and accountability.

First - Physical

I would like to consider my week, although not consistent or focused, a VERY physical week. Sunday, I ran the Tough Mudder in Cascade WI with CBUDACK and a group of people we didn't know. I found the team online and signed up with them hoping for the rebate (which we did earn). What a great group of people! Here is the facebook group.
In addition to adventure racing, the run and bike. If you have an interest in these activities, I suggest giving their page a look!

Monday I skipped a workout (sleep was more important to my recovery).
Tuesday I did the workout for day 1 from the challenge.
Wed I walked to work.
Thursday I did Turbo Fire.
Friday I didn't workout specifically, but I did spend 8 hours helping set up for the One Tough Cookie Run, including driving stakes into the ground with a post hole setter.
Saturday I spent the morning cheering on runners for the race and at 1:00, all my sisters, my daughter, AND my mom ran. So much fun! I think we were more tired from laughing than the run itself. I will post pictures, but haven't gotten there yet.


This was my big challenge! I did try to memorize the verse and have it down, but can't repeat it word for word. Here is my memorization - One can be easily broken, Two can offer a challenge, and Three can bind together and not be torn apart. The actual verse is: Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken. I have the concept, just not the actual working. I need to work on my memorization.

Here is my actual breakthrough for the week though - I am going to go back to school for my Masters! I have been thinking about this for about 18 months. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do though. For some background, I have a Bachelors in Accounting and am a Finance Director for a Non Profit Health Center. I spend tons of time volunteering in different capacities for Girls Scouts and my church. I had found the Masters of Servant Leadership program at Viterbo University last summer and it really got my interest. However, it is really outside my comfort zone as is a touchy feelly type program. There is a reason I am an accountant. I recognize my weaknesses and know this program could really help me grow. I kept trying to find other programs, but everything kept leading me back to this one. I emailed the instructor, but didn't have the time to chat on the phone with him. The Admin Asst for the program did manage to find me in my office and I talked to her for probably an hour about the program. It turns out that I can even start Oct 26 and do not need to want until the Spring semester (which we help me from second guessing myself). I told her I needed two weeks because I had too much going on to think about it (this was the beginning of that two week hiatus I have had the past two weeks). Throughout the two weeks, I talked to people who had been in the program and everything was pointing me in the right direction.

I was the one holding myself back. I was just scared to move that far out of my comfort zone. I prayed on it and thought about it during the many hours I have been in the car the last week. Today I looked at my calendar to see what conflicts I would have with the class that starts October 26. There were only two conflicts - a Girl Scout Halloween party (at which there will be multiple other leaders) and my 2nd grade CCD 1st Confession (which doesn't really require my involvement, especially since I can make sure everyone knows from day 1 I won't be there). Considering I have 4 conferences in the next two weeks, I am amazed that none of them conflicted with the class.

I finally acknowledged that I had to accept this is the direction God wants for me.

This is the program.
I am very lucky as Viterbo is less than an hour from me. People come from all over the country to attend this program.

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WORTHEYMOM 9/24/2012 6:18AM

    I am so excited for you! I can't wait to see pics of the mud run!

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    Good luck on getting your Masters! You'll do awesome!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/17/2012 10:53PM

    Very cool....sometimes you just need to take leap of faith....and jump right into the water.

Good luck!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 9/17/2012 2:05AM

    That is so awesome! for lack of better words: I am so proud of you!!!

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DMANN104 9/16/2012 11:50PM

    emoticon emoticon It really sounds like this course is the right direction you should be going in. Way to go with pushing yourself out of your comfort zone - I'm sure you will do good in it once you start.

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Crazy Two weeks about to happen

Sunday, September 02, 2012

I don't know how I am going to get through the next two weeks. It is going to be crazy!!!!

I am working on getting all my personal stuff organized today. I have ignored it the last couple of weeks and won't get back to it over the next couple of weeks.

I am working tomorrow. I thought I was going to have to work on budget and other documents for the Board meeting, but I got most of it done yesterday. I will have to print a draft version for review, but that won't take as much time as the full preparation. That gives me a leg up to start with. Instead I will be able to get some of the projects others have been waiting on while I have been doing the budget and cost reports. I am not excited about working on a holiday, but I do love working in the office when no one else is there because I always get so much done and get a sense of accomplishment.

Tuesday night I am helping my mom set up for the garage sale this weekend. Happy about that because hopefully that means I will get my garage back. It has been half set up since the garage sale attempt that didn't go well last spring.

Wed night is our CCD (religion class) instructor training.

I am sure Thursday is something, but I am not sure.

Friday night I am supposed to go to listen to a band at our community's festival, but I will probably be packing for the weekend instead.

Saturday is our Girl Scout Council's Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition ceremony. I am on the committee and are very excited about some of the awardees. We have some volunteers that did some amazing things this year that are going to be recognized. You've read about our One Tough Cookie Race . Another amazing project was Camp HERO - an opportunity for girls to learn about Police, Fire, and EMS careers.

I will drive from MAdison (Central WI) for that meeting to Fond Du Lac (NE WI) for the night. I'll be up at 5AM to get ready for my Tough Mudder race. I am in the second wave at 8:20AM. This day never felt like it would get here. I can't believe it is only a week away. I am racing with CBUDACK. So excited!!!! Oh - and Rachel from Amazing Race will be there! So hope I get a picture with her!

Then it is back to work. Our annual audit is the next week, so I will be busy preparing documents for that. The county fair also kick off on Wed, so I will be helping my daughter to get her projects ready and delivered on time. This will be interesting since we won't get the tags for her entries until Monday night. Thursday night is Board meeting night.

I am off Friday to go help make final preparations for One Tough Cookie. Saturday is the day we've been planning for all year. I will be working the race in the morning and then racing in the 1:30 heat with all my sisters and my mom. My daughter might join us if she isn't working.

So much stuff!!!! I love it, but I would like a break too.

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COCOA-JUMBO 9/5/2012 2:43PM

    Best of luck in both races my friend! You will do wonderfully as you do in everything you set out to conquer! Miss you and hope to see you soon!

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/4/2012 10:15PM

    You'll be surprised ay how much easier it will all come together!.

Good luck on the tough cookie run...remember to enjoy it....that's really why you're doing it right?!?!

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PATTYKLAVER 9/3/2012 10:04AM

    Hope you have time to take a deep breath before you dive in! You can do it!

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WORTHEYMOM 9/2/2012 7:22PM

    Hope you are able to stop and breathe for a few minutes! Sounds like a crazy schedule.. I can't wait to hear about and see pics of One Tough Cookie! Have fun and good luck in your Tough Mudder Race!

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EDELWEISS33 9/2/2012 3:39PM

    well, You can do it!

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2 weeks until Tough Mudder - training update!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

2 weeks until Tough Mudder - Wisconsin
12 days of training left
8 mile run next Sat and 5 mile run the following Wed - then my running 'career' can be over!!!
I am still going to the playground and doing monkeybars 3 times a week - I think that is still the obstacle I am the most worried about.

CBUDACK is on my team, so I can't wait to meet her!!!!

Off the church and then I'll come home and do some HIIT and Tabata Inferno, then finish with some abs.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

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LOWFATFOODIE 8/27/2012 9:51PM

    wow, impressed. I'm going to watch Tough Mudder Tahoe... can't even DO the workout exercises!

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KIWISMOM95 8/27/2012 12:00PM

    How exciting. Let us know how you did. I am just starting my training for next year. There are a couple of mud runs in my area that I would like to compete in. Any training tips?

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LAURADIV1 8/27/2012 10:43AM

    HI! I did tough mudder vermont! Youre going to LOVE it and your going to be so proud!! great work and good luck!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/27/2012 12:22AM

    so awesome and I can't wait to hear all about it.

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/26/2012 4:45PM

    Alright girl, get your warrior game face on these next two weeks, then cry havoc and let loose the dogs of war!

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CBUDACK 8/26/2012 11:29AM

    AACK! I'm with you on the running. I'm only up to 5 miles of walk/jog and that may be my limit.
I looked at the race map and the monkey bars are close to the very end. Hopefully my arms aren't feeling like rubber when we finally do them. I'm more concerned with the "alpine slope thing" you have to sprint up & grab someone's hand to pull you up.
Otherwise, ready to complete the challenge, endure bumps & bruises and get my blaze orange headband!
Have a great week.
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WORTHEYMOM 8/26/2012 11:04AM

    You rock chickie! I am so excited for you!

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MRS.CARLY 8/26/2012 10:50AM

    How exciting! I can't wait to see your pictures from the tough mudder!

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TELFERS01 8/26/2012 10:31AM

  You go!

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25th Reunion

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Had a great time at the reunion this weekend. There were a lot of classmates missing, but those of us that were there had a great time.

Here I am before heading out.

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CARROLLKR 8/24/2012 9:42PM

    You look great!

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MISTYBLUE716 8/20/2012 8:36PM

    glad you had fun! you look fabulous!

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COCOA-JUMBO 8/19/2012 8:23PM

    I showed my girls your picture on Facebook and they were both like "WOW!!" You looked really great and no one would EVER guess it was your 25-year reunion! You are inspiring!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/19/2012 1:34PM

    so very very awesome! My class was having a 25 year "get together" but didn't really give out much notice for me to head up two states. LOL

So glad you had fun!!

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WORTHEYMOM 8/19/2012 8:42AM

    Look at you! What a hottie! Glad you had a good

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NUTRON3 8/19/2012 6:26AM

    Great pics

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MYLADY4 8/19/2012 2:31AM

    You looked great

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/18/2012 11:20PM

    Good on look like a prom queen!

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MRS.CARLY 8/18/2012 10:23PM

    Don't you look sassy!!!

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LOLAJO54 8/18/2012 10:23PM

    looking good

happy you had a great time emoticon emoticon

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