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Tomorrow is Race day for me

Friday, September 21, 2012

It is the race I was hoping to have my best time ever, but realistically I know that it is not going to happen because I have not properly trained for it. My 5k times this year have been slower than ever this season. But then, I really do not have a lot of seasons.

I did a half marathon this spring and ever since then I seem like I slowed down. I focused more on doing the distance and did not focus on speed and now I am regretting that decision and wish I would have stayed focus on speed also.

I also spent some time this summer running with my granddaughter and that was so much better than have a new PB for my time. I am hoping that she will enjoy running and want to run with me all the time.

My grandson loves to run with me. So, yesterday we had a mock race and we ran the length of the driveway (1/10 mile). We have a long driveway. Grandpa was at the other end with the timer and ribbon. He is so cute running. He just turned three.

Yeah, seeing my grandchildren take an interest in running is so much better than having a new personal best this season.


  
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BETHS60 9/22/2012 7:29AM

    Good luck on your race.

Awesome job with the grandkids. When my kids were little, I would try to get out of the house on Saturday mornings and get a run in before anyone else was up. Then I would have the rest of the day to do my Saturday chores. My husband suggested that we all go. So instead of being done by 8:30, we didn't get started until 10:00. Everybody had to be up, fed, dressed. But still, it was the right decision. I was never going to be a competitive runner, but I could be a role model while having fun with my children.

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MIRAGE727 9/21/2012 2:04PM

    I have a personal & healthy approach to my running! I do try to beat my best times but I love the race for the intrinsic values.
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What is more important to me is what you are achieving with those beautiful babies! My Gianna is 6. She already has attempted a walk with a crash & burn but she still wants to do the Jingle Bell Run in December with us. She loves the race atmosphere. All we have to do is a kid's run with bling involved and she will be hooked! She's our Spark and our focus to be proper role models! You're doing fantastic! Be well and keep rockin'!
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DR1939 9/21/2012 1:59PM

    Best wishes.

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 9/21/2012 10:40AM

    Your acceptance of change is inspiring! Doing things with your family make the memories which get us through our challenges. Having seen your motivator I understand the change in priority so well.
Good luck, just do your best. You will have your own cheering section. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIV2RIDE 9/21/2012 9:36AM

    I love how your priorities change. What seemed important a few short months ago just don't seem that way anymore. I'm glad you have been able to spend time with your family and getting them active. Sounds fun! Good luck at your race and have a good time. I'll be thinking about you when I'm doing my Honor Ride Saturday morning.

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Blogging is like running today...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I just cannot seem to get into it. emoticon

  
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SLENDERELLA61 9/18/2012 2:11PM

    Okay, but I see you are just doing it anyway. Way to go!!! When the feeling is gone, just keep doing it until the feelling comes back. With running, slow down or add some/more walk breaks. Stick with it and you'll soon feel it. Reallly!!! -Marsha

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LIV2RIDE 9/18/2012 1:56PM

    Funny! Sometimes I find the things in my mind aren't fit for human consumption anyway. Seems like a good time for some reflection. Have a great day!

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Uphill Battle

Monday, September 17, 2012

I have this hill on my running route that is very difficult for me to run up the whole way. Well, yesterday, I chose my 5 mile route and I came upon that hill right after I hit mile 4. I looked at it in the distance and told myself I was going to jog up to the top this time.

Although I had accomplished this feat in the past, I had not done so this season. There are farm fields on my route and the poison plane (crop duster) was fly too frequently (and I noticed the farmer is now using Hyland seeds) so I changed my location to run.

Back to the story, I told myself I was going to make it up that hill without stopping and about 1/4 of the way up, I was wanting to walk. I stuck with the plan and made it to the top. I was huffing and puffing and absolutely needed a walk break at the top, but I did it once again.

Now, I am telling myself that I can do certain things if I just make the determination that is what I am going to do then "Just Do It". Too often I say I am going to do something but never fully commit to actually accomplishing the task. Just knowing that I can still make it up that hill (which, by the way, was a goal of mine when I first started running) has given me a new sense of empowerment.

There is a phrase I heard on the Frasier show "Commit to Commitment" too often I just do not commit to achieving what I want to do.

  
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KELLEEH 9/18/2012 9:00PM

    Way to GO! You are right.... whatever goall you commit to, you will achieve it!

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DOTTIEJANE1 9/17/2012 10:43AM

    emoticon When the going get tought that is when we just gotta do it . WAY TO GO !!!!!!!!!

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BECKYANNE1 9/17/2012 9:25AM

    emoticon Now as you approach that hill, you can tell yourself you've done it before so you can do it now!

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LIV2RIDE 9/17/2012 9:16AM

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I think a lot of times we set these goals that we just don't commit to. So I'm glad you were able to gut it out and get to the top of that hill. You are VICTORIOUS!! emoticon

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GSWINNIE 9/17/2012 8:29AM

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She left me in the dust....

Saturday, September 15, 2012



My granddaughter and I ran a 5k last night. She had friends watching her at the finish line and she wanted to show them "how good she can run". In the past whenever I ran with her, she always started out too fast and then ended up walking most of the last mile. So, I worked with her and kept her from that fast start.

The route was an out and back, so I told her after we turned around she could go ahead of of me because our friends would be at the finish line. As soon as we hit that 2 mile marker, off she went. She beat her previous time and came in at 34:04.

I was not able to catch her that last mile and I came in at 34:51 - it was not my best time, but it was one of the best runs I have done so far. The route must have been near water treatment facility because it smelt like sewer. It was nauseating. I had to cover my nose where the smell was strongest. That made it a bit unpleasant.



  
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LIV2RIDE 9/16/2012 9:20PM

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ROSALIEESTHER 9/16/2012 4:16AM

    Awesome for both of you to run together. You two are good for one another!

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BECKYANNE1 9/15/2012 4:35PM

    emoticon When I run around our lake, I get to have that smell too. Some days it's not bad, other days it's horrible.

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Food Addiction: The Perils of Processed Foods

Friday, September 14, 2012

While I was thinking about what I wanted to blog about this morning and surfing the web, I came across a comment by my daughter on Facebook where she said, "We don't eat processed foods." Now, know what she eats, I had to think to myself, "No processed foods, really?" Her cupboards are full of processed foods such as Mac-n-cheese, dried noodles, canned goods, etc. I then realized that we often forget that a processed food is one that has been removed from its natural state.

Every time I cook a food I am processing it. However, there are foods on the grocery shelf that are highly processes and no longer resemble the food item anymore and are devoid of nutrients and full of other stuff that is not normally found in nature.

Unfortunately, that stuff often tastes good to many people. I know for a fact that it did years ago when I was eating the highly processes convenience foods. In fact, I had no problem eating more than I should have with some of those so-called foods. Now why is that?

Below is a link to an article that I thinks explains it better than I could...
thefoodfarce.com/2010/06/16/food-add
iction-the-perils-of-processed-foods-i
n-america%E2%80%99s-diet/

  
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DS9KIE 9/24/2012 11:27PM

    grea blog

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ELIZRN 9/14/2012 6:24PM

  Foods that are highly processed have certain ingredients that literally make you desire to eat more.....strange, but true. Even just thinking about them can make me want to eat them. That is my mind-memory of their actual taste & desire-tracking. Strange, but true. Sometimes when I pass them in the supermarket, there is a part of me that wishes that I didn't know what I know. Ahhh....for the days when I was ignorant of the dangers of those foods. OH REALLY? Not really....but it is just one of those old thoughts that seem so oddly familiar & who doesn't like "familiar?"

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CHRISTINASP 9/14/2012 2:45PM

    That was a very nice article, thank you for sharing.

Maybe we should invent a separate term, like 'HOME-processed' vs 'FACTORY-processed'? ;)

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BOOKWORM27S 9/14/2012 12:58PM

    Great blog! Thank you for the link.

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LIV2RIDE 9/14/2012 9:26AM

    My sister said the same thing, "basically all foods are processed unless you eat them raw". Yeah that is true but I find when I process them they don't have all the chemicals that commercially processed foods have. I personally am focusing on whole foods and trying to limit commercially processed foods as much as possible. I still struggle with certain products but I'm working on it. Unless you are a raw vegan I think it's pretty impossible to eat completely unprocessed foods when there are things like nut butter and hummus out there. LOL

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