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Me, Run Track? Nah

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

No, Nope, No Thanks.

Last night Sis and I went to the school to run our race route that we will be doing this Saturday. It's a 5K and we did this particular race last year, so we are familiar with the route, but we wanted to check our time, etc. When we got there the gate was closed to where we wanted to run. Soooo.....

The track was open, and we only did four laps around (1 mile) and I was "over it" already. We did manage to do some great speed work, but I came to the realization that running on a track is definitely not for me - no, nope, not a chance.

Running track is like a hamster on a wheel, running fast in a circle to get to nowhere. I feel this way about the treadmill too, can't stand it. Running, and running, and running only to be running in circles.

I much prefer the scenic runs through the neighborhoods and we have some nice running trails along the major roads in our area, and we like those. But as for me being a track runner, I'll pass. I certainly have a new appreciation for those that do run track. To each, his own.

The bad part of the night: I think I pulled a muscle in my inner thigh, ouch and of course, it's right before the big race this weekend. Just my luck, perfect timing (HEAVY SARCASM). It's sabotage I tell you. I am going to ice it today and do some stretching. Anyone out there experienced inner thigh pain? Advice please and thanks.

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1HOTMAMA2BE 5/11/2011 9:36AM

    With regard to the track, AGREEED! No hamster blood in me. emoticon

Although I do love my NordicTracks with Google maps and iFit. They make treadmills and treadclimbers FUN! emoticon

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DDOORN 5/11/2011 9:14AM

    Much agreed, re: the "hamster" feel of a! Give me the great wide open! :-)


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NATPLUMMER 5/10/2011 10:02PM

    I need to find a track myself. I have to calibrate my foot pod.
Ouch. I hope it feels better soon.

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SAMI199 5/10/2011 9:08PM

    I hope your thigh improves quickly-good luck this week-end!
I hate the treadmill as well-boo!

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CANNIE50 5/10/2011 7:36PM has a great feature on their website for self-diagnosing injuries (at least having an idea of what it might be, and what might work to fix it). I run on the track once a week, with friends, and we are talking and laughing so much we don't really miss the scenery of our usual trail runs. As has been mentioned, tracks are way easier on the knees, as long as you switch up the direction you run. I am with you on treadmills though - I like to be outdoors, even in bad weather. Hope you heal quickly and that you have a great race.

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SUEAZZI 5/10/2011 4:01PM

    I don't have any advice for your inner thigh muscle pull other than rest-ice-elevate-compress (r.i.c.e.) ~ works for me on knee, ankle and foot injuries; not sure on the thigh.

I am so with you regarding the track! A merry-go-round that's not so merry. Same reason the treadmill is excrusiating for me to do because I feel like I am getting absolutely no where! I need the change of scenery and music; not to mention the fresh air and sun when we are lucky to have it! Good luck with your 5k!!

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JLITT62 5/10/2011 3:30PM

    No advice - sorry! Hope it's gone soon.

I do track with my running group occasionally. Works for me cause I like variety - I get bored easily. Plus it's kinder to your legs than asphalt, where I do the majority of my running.

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1HAPPYSUSAN 5/10/2011 1:41PM

    Hope your leg gets better by Saturday and it sounds like there's some great options out there to help. Isn't it great to have SP friends to help!!

I'm so proud of you for your running and your honesty and your success! Thank you for sharing!! I have hope for my own journey!


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HOTDEENOW 5/10/2011 11:53AM

    Alternate with the ice pack and a heating pad, rub something like icy hot on it and hopefully it will feel better by tomorrow. I would love to have a scenic route to run, though the treadmill is more convenient, I get to listen to my mp3 or even watch tv as I walk, jog, and run. I'm not sure how I like tracks, didn't care for it when I was in school. Hope your muscle is better before the run!

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MZSLYDE01 5/10/2011 8:55AM

    Awe - I hope you are not hurt. That's the last thing you need.
Well - I used to love track so I don't mind the circle thing but that was then and this is now - It's much better to have scenery huh?? LOL
Hope your day is good

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2HAMSDIET 5/10/2011 8:41AM

    I don't like tracks or treadmills either. When I asked others that seem to love it they say that they are in a groove or zone when they run it. Ok guess I just haven't ever focused on the internal. Wish I has some wisdom for you pain. emoticon

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DGIBSON02 5/10/2011 8:31AM

    Sports Authority has a wrap for around your thigh that will help that pulled inner thight muscle. I pulled my groin back a few years ago playing softball and that's what I got. It really helped.

As far as the track, I couldn't do it the way Heaven does. Round and round and with no music!!!!???? Not I said the fly.

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Wonderful Weekend (Lots of Pics)

Monday, May 09, 2011

Had a fabulous weekend. Started Friday evening with date night with hubby and I at the Tides Baseball game, complete with hotdogs and peanuts.

Saturday was a gorgeous weather day, lots of cardio yard work and then relaxing in the sun to work on the tan.

Sunday was a great day. DH and SIL cooked chicken on the grill. Whole family was there for dinner. So glad to have such a wonderful family.

And for the big Mother's Day surprise, we added a new member to our family, baby kitty. Don't have a name picked out yet.

Our dog likes being a big sister

So much cuteness for such a tiny kitty, it only weighs 13 oz. What a wonderful weekend.

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MZSLYDE01 5/10/2011 8:58AM

    Oh goodness - My heart is melting at the little bundle of cuteness. Can't wait to hear the name when you decide.
You look really great in yellow btw.. Hair is really cute too.
HOWEVER, I notice your DH is wearing a Steelers hat - Such a shame..Ha Ha just kidding. But not really.LOL
Glad you had a nice weekend with your family - that is what life is all about. emoticon

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RIKKI572 5/9/2011 5:52PM

    Love the pics, thank you for sharing!

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2HAMSDIET 5/9/2011 5:34PM

    emoticon emoticon Love the pics. emoticon emoticon

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CANNIE50 5/9/2011 4:00PM

    so much cuteness for a blog! ps though all the pix are wonderful, there is something about the one of you with the mascot.... emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/9/2011 1:52PM

    What an adorable kitty.

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PARKERB2 5/9/2011 1:02PM

    You look great. What a cute kitty and I love it with the dog. Have a good day. emoticon

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MOTOGIRL2 5/9/2011 12:44PM

    It looks like you had a great weekend. You family is beautiful, and the baby kitty is so Cute. emoticon

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1HAPPYSUSAN 5/9/2011 12:05PM

    Looks like you had a fabulous Mother's Day! Good for you! Wonderful photos of the weekend and you do look really great.

Love, love, love the photos of your new furbaby and her big sister! They're gonna have so much fun together! Everyone needs an orange cat in their life...there's just something so special about orange kitties!

Thank you for sharing! Wishing you a fabulous week!!

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SAMI199 5/9/2011 11:42AM

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Adorable pics!

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ELAINEROSE5 5/9/2011 10:34AM

    Aww how sweet! I love the pics! So glad you had a nice Mothers Day!


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KISSFAN1 5/9/2011 9:20AM

    You look marvelous, I love your hair! I'm glad you had a great weekend and love your new member of the family. What a cutie pie! emoticon

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HALFFAST 5/9/2011 9:04AM

    Love the pics! You look fantastic! And now you've made me want a new kitty - she's (he's?) adorable :)

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JLITT62 5/9/2011 8:56AM

    First off, you look wonderful! Second, I am so totally jealous of your new kitten. How I miss kittens! Your dog is amazingly calm with it. Mine would probably be trying to eat it, and Giz would too, but I suspect Simba might actually try to mother kitty (when not swatting kitty around).

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Happy Mother's Day (A couple days early)

Friday, May 06, 2011

Wanted to wish all mother's out there in SPARk land a Happy Mother's Day. Whether you are a mother to your own children, mother to beloved pets, or a mother to your husband - ENJOY YOUR DAY.

This mother's day DH and SIL will be cooking a feast (not sure what is on the menu), and my sis and I are going for a bike ride and strawberry picking, while the fellas whip us up a meal. My BFF sent me the cutest card, and I wanted to share, hope you get a chuckle.

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CANNIE50 5/6/2011 10:59PM

    How true is that card? I feel like a pack mule half of the time. You have a lovely mother's day as well. Your day sounds wonderful.

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RIKKI572 5/6/2011 9:54PM

    Love the card, and it's so true. Wishing you a wonderful day!

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PARKERB2 5/6/2011 7:04PM

    Happy Mother's Day to you too. Enjoy your day. And have a good weekend. emoticon

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SUEAZZI 5/6/2011 1:03PM

    Great card LOL! For the first time in eons we are taking my Mom out to brunch ~ no cooking for me this year! Yeah! Happy Mother's Day to all; enjoy!

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DGIBSON02 5/6/2011 11:15AM

    Not sure what we are fixing yet, guess i'll have to "facebook" your DH and see what we are cooking, lmao.

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NATPLUMMER 5/6/2011 11:14AM

    Happy Mother's Day!!! Enjoy it!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/6/2011 10:20AM

    Happy Mother's Day.

What a precious card. emoticon

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JLITT62 5/6/2011 9:03AM

    Thank you for that chuckle - & so true!

Have a sparktacular mother's day - I just know you will!

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My Inner Drill Sargeant

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Well last night I unleashed the inner drill sargeant and man was she tough. I got home after my daughter's concert around 8:00 and I told myself I was going to get a run in tonight, PERIOD. I quickely jumped into my running attire and headed out the door. Sis and I did a quick three miles. Half a mile warmup and cooldown and our fastest 2 miles ever. I compared us to the wildebeast stampede in the Lion King, holy ham, we were running faster than fast, lol. Look out, we were gonna run you over. Two women on a mission, be-lining it for home.

Even though I missed American Idol last night (NO RUN, NO REWARD), I still made it home in time to watch Meet the Browns at 9:00. Wow, we really worked it hard.

I think the new mantra will work out well. I used it again this morning, no morning workout, no protein smoothie. Oooooh how I missed my morning smoothie, loaded with strawberries, yogurt and chocolate protein powder. I just couldn't manage to get out of the warm bed, so I had to settle for oatmeal instead. Didn't run this morning, but I will definitely do it tonight after my granddaughters track meet.

My inner drill sargeant is on duty full time, so no slacking here. Hope everyone will work on self discipline right along with me. Make today and every day count.

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JLITT62 5/5/2011 1:56PM

    Nothing like a stick to get you moving, eh? Or is that your carrot?

Today I was out spending too much on clothes - as usual - even if nothing I got cept the earrings & bracelet was normal price. Had a sucky WI, but hey, at least I'm only spending money not eating too much, tight?

Altho had already planned the shopping trip before the WI.

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SAMI199 5/5/2011 1:48PM

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Now-DROP & GIVE ME 20!!! emoticon

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GR8CGRM 5/5/2011 1:24PM

    Your bossy sister is coming out too.. No slackin or Im going to do some smackin.. LOL!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 5/5/2011 11:29AM

    Wish I lived closer so I could run with ya! I need a running partner! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/5/2011 10:12AM

    Way to motivate yourself. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 5/5/2011 9:21AM

    It's understandable that you wouldn't want to get up this morning after last night's workout. I find it very hard to do a workout in the evening and then turn around and do another in the morning.
I wish I had some oatmeal. I'm fasting for a blood draw.

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MARLIMOO 5/5/2011 9:20AM

    YOU GO. You look amazing. Good luck on the half. I run so be happy to offer you any tips- I don't think you need em Sargeant! Keep rocking it girl!

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MZSLYDE01 5/5/2011 7:52AM

    Yes sister I am right there with you - I am working on my self discipline. I think I could really make a great drill sargeant.
Way to run.
Tonight it's Zumba time.

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No Run, No Reward

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

That's my new mantra.... No Run, No Reward.

I was so lazy this morning and did not get up to get in a morning run. I am so mad at myself because I can't exactly make it up today, going to be really busy and on the go until 8:00 tonight, so I'm kicking myself. So tonight before I sit down to veg on the couch to watch American Idol, I will RUN, or no TV for me. No reward period.

Procrastinating my workout is not getting me to my goal, so it's time for action.....


I'm not being too hard on myself.... well, YES I AM, sometimes I just have to be tough on the ole stubborn, lazy me. So I AM YELLING at myself. I'm not beating myself up and wallowing in pity, just a swift kick in the butt for me.


Anyone else need a swift kick in the seat of your britches to get ya going???? I dished it out for me today, so EVERYONE.... get busy. I am saying this with a emoticon

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DDOORN 5/5/2011 8:56AM

    Oh I beat myself up TERRIBLY if I don't work in at least SOME cardio every day. Nobody kicks me in the butt worse than my own!


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2HAMSDIET 5/5/2011 1:28AM

    Thank you I need that. emoticon

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CANNIE50 5/4/2011 11:21PM

    that's a good mantra - hope you had a good run and enjoyed every moment of AI and your well-earned couch time emoticon emoticon

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RIKKI572 5/4/2011 10:44PM

    Well said - we all sometimes need that kick in the seat! Wishing you a great day!

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SAMI199 5/4/2011 8:16PM

    Very Good! I'm also going o borrow your No Run-No Reward-even though I'm a walker-lol. Thanks! emoticon

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VBPARROTHEAD 5/4/2011 7:29PM

  Not quite tough love, just the way it is! I got in 1.87 mo;es today and will do power water aerobics tomorrow! Enjoy your run tonight and American Idol.

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ARTSY_CANDICE 5/4/2011 3:40PM

    I think this is a healthy way to stay on top of your goals! I use TV and computer time as a reward all the time :) You can do it!

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HOTDEENOW 5/4/2011 1:20PM

    LoL, my mom got sick last night and she usually goes with me to the gym but she isn't going today. I am still going by myself and I am going to do a little more than I usually do! Let's Kick some butt tonight!!! emoticon

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SUEAZZI 5/4/2011 1:04PM

    Move it!! You are awesome. I came close to bagging it this morning but I always tell myself that I'll regret it later so I moved it! There's never regrets after a run or workout. Don't beat yourself up ~ you probably needed the break this morning. I like your motto ~ no run, no reward! I'll think of you as I watch Idol tonight emoticon

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RONIREDD 5/4/2011 12:43PM

    When I first started running ... low fat chocolate milk was my reward! I love chocolate milk ... plus, it is "somewhat" healthy. Now, I am such a routine, that I don't need a reward!

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1HAPPYSUSAN 5/4/2011 11:54AM

    GREAT mantra and I know you'll follow it. Hey, anyone who can forego AI to get their running done is a success in my book!

I've missed the whole season of AI, my own personal protest to the panel change. Looks like it's been a good season, though. Getting close to the end, huh! Who are you rooting for?

When I get further along in my C25K I'll undoubtedly be borrowing your mantra!

Have a fabulous Wednesday!

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NATPLUMMER 5/4/2011 11:26AM

    Everybody has days like that. I planned on getting up to try a run this morning and was way too tired. I'm hoping to have time after my chiro appointment this long as they don't tell me I can't.

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JLITT62 5/4/2011 10:51AM

    LOL! Well, we all do have those days. I know you won't let it be too many, so I'm not worried about you.

Good thing it's a rest day for me cause I'm already ready for a nap & I haven't done much!

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FANORONHA_14 5/4/2011 10:28AM

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Never Give Up!
Life is Good!
Good Health is the Greatest Wealth!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

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