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Example or Responsibilty?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Blue Cross and Blue Shield has this commercial where this woman is shopping and it is obvious that she is overweight and she is filling her grocery cart with soda pop, chips, candy, ice cream. While she is doing that, there is a little girl, overweight also, following her with the child sized shopping cart, putting the same items in her little cart. Then the woman turns around and looks at the child's cart and then her own. The message is "Isn't it time to start being an example to your children."

It was a great commercial and it had a great impact upon me. However, not only should we be an example, but as parents we also have a responsibility to see that our children are getting the proper nutrition they need.

It just goes to show that what we eat has an impact on more than just ourselves. I am going to really pay attention to the treats and meals I feed my grandchildren.

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PRINCESSAMY 10/2/2012 10:28AM

    Totally agree! I have a son that is almost 2 years old and I live everyday that my son will follow the path that I choose. So I have been taking him to the gym and the park since he was 6 weeks old. We have have our plate at every meal filled with veggies. If he does not want to try a food I show him that I eat it... LOVE IT! He then follows by eating it with a smile on his face. I will give him the opportunity to be healthier then I was. Maybe, I hope he will not have the same problems I did. I am breaking the cycle. If it is the only thing I will treat him is activities are fun. Food is good when it is healthy!

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GOING-STRONG 10/2/2012 10:20AM

    It is so important to be good examples for our kids and grandkids. The problem with obesity in America is spiraling out of control and we all need to do our part in getting this reversed. Yay for you!


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Now What?

Monday, October 01, 2012

I have a few minutes of peace and quiet and I just realized that last Saturday I ran the last race I had scheduled for the season. It feels sort of weird, like "Now, what do I do?"

This season I did not meet my goal of a sub30, in fact I ran slower than ever on some of the races that I did. However, it was a season of firsts for me. I ran my first half marathon, half of a half trail run, 10k, 5k trail, helped my daughter and granddaughter both get new personal best times. Best of all, I got my three year old grandson interested in running races.

Although I may have been running slower this year I noticed that I feel stronger as a runner. Lately, when I am out running I realize that I no longer feel like that awkward runner:

Giggles aside, I am giving serious thought to signing up for a half marathon again this spring, but this time I want to focus on a better time. But I have time to think about that one.

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LIV2RIDE 10/2/2012 6:46AM

    Congratulations on an awesome year! Getting your family out there and exercising is worth more than a sub30 time. emoticon I think Your plan of the spring half is great. It will allow you to focus on an aspect of your training.

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VEGK80 10/2/2012 4:08AM

    Congrats on all your accomplishments!!

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The 5k race was a trail; my first timed 5k trail run

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I ran my first official 5k trail race yesterday. I was expecting it to be half and half like it was last year. It was for the Fighting Saints Battalion Army ROTC and at the university there are a lot of trails. However, it was homecoming week and there were a lot of activities, so the run was out in the woods.

The trail was an old logging road and it was hilly and rocky. I overheard one person describing his run as "uphill, downhill, uphill, downhill; it was like there was no level ground."
I'd say that is a close description. It seemed like I was going uphill the first half and I was so looking forward to the downhill part of the run. When I got to it, it was rocky so I had to use extra caution.

My time was 36:19; I should not have done that 5 miler the day before because I was very tired on this run. It was a beautiful run though because the fall colors are at peak now. Plus, it was beautiful weather. Here is a photo I took on the run. It is blurry because I did not stop to focus.

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MAYBER 9/30/2012 10:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRAN0426 9/30/2012 3:35PM

    Congrats on finishing the 5K. It sounds like quite a grueling race with all the upp and down running. But you did it, and maybe next time ease up a bit the day before with a light run---just saying as I myself am not a runner, nor can I ever be with the knee work I have had done.

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MIRAGE727 9/30/2012 1:53PM

I now realize after so many 5Ks that all courses are not the same. I break down my times, note run conditions, and calculate how I fared matching other runs. I do this as a simple goal. I like the self challenging aspects and why not try to weight yourself out on how well you can do. That one shot you took is nice. Looks like a beautiful run! Thanks for sharing. Stay strong!

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LIV2RIDE 9/30/2012 11:57AM

    Great job! I bet it was beautiful out there too.

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Could be spooky....(just for fun)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

I uploaded this photo to Facebook and it located a face for me to tag. Can you find it?

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WINACHST 9/29/2012 3:16PM

    spoiler: Look at the tree that is in the center of the path just past the bench. The face is inbetween the two branches toward the other tree.

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LABRATIAM 9/29/2012 8:19AM

    Darn it....I can't see it...

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My first fall while running.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Yesterday, as I was running the trails at a State Park, I had my first fall as a runner. We were on the prairie section and it was the last place I expected to encounter a tree root on the path. But there was one in the grass and I caught it with my toe and went flying. My granddaughter told me she thought I was going to flip over. So I imagine I must have looked like I was attempting a handstand.

I am so glad that I am in the shape I am in. It only took me a couple of minutes to recover. I seem to be fine today. I landed on the palm of my left hand (which is the one I injured this spring and have been out of the splint only for two weeks) And I must have used my right hand to catch myself because my right shoulder hurt for a couple of minutes.

And to quote my granddaughter, "It's a good thing I had a soft landing."

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CHRISTINASP 9/28/2012 8:41AM

    Glad you landed well....!

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MAYBER 9/27/2012 9:16PM

    Out of the mouth of babes things can make you smile and feel better in minutes
one day at a time
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FRAN0426 9/27/2012 5:39PM

    Thankfully your not injured any more than you are.

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LIV2RIDE 9/27/2012 1:10PM

    WOW!! Glad you are ok.

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DR1939 9/27/2012 11:11AM

    Hope you feel okay today.

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