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Sunday, June 14, 2009

The weather was perfect for the 7K race yesterday afternoon - sunny, a little breezy, quite warm. The course is mostly through the woods so it was only intermittently hot. I pretty much ran my race and felt good all the way through. I finished two minutes faster than last year - not bad when you figure I'm about 9 pounds heavier than I was last year at this time. That would have been enough of a victory for me. A friend had come to cheer me on at the finish and we had made plans to have dinner afterward.

After a little recovery time, enjoying the beautiful day and the after-race atmosphere, I went and showered and got dressed. When I came out, the race organizers were just beginning the awards ceremony. We hadn't planned to hang around, but both my friend and I were curious to see the winners. I knew that I had placed third in my age group - the list was posted soon after the race was over - but had no idea that there were prizes for anything but the overall winners and first-placers. It soon became apparent that I was up for a prize! Woohoo! Look at this spiffy pair of "ergonomic" running socks I got. How cool is that?

Aging has its benefits - when you're still running (or running again like I am) at 57, there aren't a whole lot of ladies in your age group anymore (4 finishers in this race)! I do have to say that the number one in my age group finished WAY ahead of me. I did the run in 52:22 minutes and she finished in 33:00, very respectable for ANY age and 15th in a field of 97! I was 85th.

Of course, I'm getting teased now - my friend and I found a nice garden restaurant overlooking the city for my "victory dinner." She remarked that it was strange that the waiter and clientele didn't recognize me - my being such a sports celebrity and all. Another friend couldn't stop giggling when I told him about my win. I'll probably hear about this for weeks. Let them laugh! I've got the socks! And a nice motivation boost for my Spark fitness journey.

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LOSEIT1912 6/21/2009 3:57PM

    I love the socks. I have never had the energy to run. I was going to do a walk race once, but even begged off of that one. Keep at it.

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SKISINCO 6/16/2009 7:11PM

    Woohoo! Those are some mighty fine socks Michelle! Congrats on your run, you are a winner in my book too!

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CTEMPLE 6/14/2009 5:38PM

    the socks are hilarious, Yay Michelle!

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HOMEBUNNY 6/14/2009 5:04PM


Way to go on shaving time off of last year's race time. I hope you enjoy your prize. By the way I like the new picture of the socks.


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CGDINASIA 6/14/2009 4:58PM

    emoticon Michelle. Love the socks!!! What a wonderful surprise for you and a great reminder of your accomplishment. Keep it up. You are an inspiration to me.

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JLK7TIGER 6/14/2009 3:05PM

    Great job! You're a wonderful inspiration to me and our team. I'm glad that you are a part of us. I agree with Karen.

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FIT4HISGLORY 6/14/2009 2:31PM

    Way to Go! You're such an inspiration to me!
Love the socks, too! I especially like the "L" and "R" on them! I wonder...if you put them on the opposite feet will you run sideways????


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JANETELIZABETH1 6/14/2009 10:57AM

    emoticonMichelle...socks el al !!!
Yes to be running at 57 is indeed an achievement...!!
You must be very pleased with your result and I say emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/14/2009 10:27AM

    Very funny! Love the socks. I'm glad you took a picture of them for the blog.

Way to go on the race!

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MCLYMORE 6/14/2009 8:28AM

    What an awesome accomplishment and great socks, if I may say so myself. I really didn’t pay attention or even noticed if you have it written on your SparkPage; I would have never guessed age 57. This is so wonderful; I hope and pray I can make such accomplishment myself one day. Congratulations on finishing the race 2 minutes earlier than last year and your unexpected award; the fabulous socks.

As far as the others, let them laugh, what do they know; sharing this accomplishment brings inspiration to many of us and believe me we’re not giggling. Oh yeah! ; Regardless of who actually came in 1st; your number 1 in my book.

Have a great day!

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Friday - YES!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Mom is doing better today but won't be going home till tomorrow. Talked to Dad, then briefly to her, but she was very groggy after lunch.

I finished the exam. Think I did pretty well except for the second half of the last essay question. Got the 8 night visions of Zechariah down, then kind of forgot what happens in the last 6 chapters of the book. I think I just ran out of gas there at the end. LOL

Now to finish my term paper. Will be working on that tonight.

Just had a nice Nordic walking tour in prep for tomorrow's Frauenlauf. Looks like the weather is going to be great for running. Anybody feel like joining me? www.heartandsole.de/index.php?id=117

Hope you're all having a very thankful Friday!

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/12/2009 11:58PM

    Your Mom is still in my prayers. I'm sure you did well on the exam and will on your term paper as well. Enjoy your weekend.

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CTEMPLE 6/12/2009 6:49PM

    Hi Michelle I think it's best that she stays as long as possible at the hospital where they can take care of her properly until they're sure she's fine.
Hallelujah for the exam. Have a good run!

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MOM2KNL 6/12/2009 2:50PM

    I'll join you on that Nordiac walk. Let's see if I can get my passport ready, pack, raise money for the airplane ticket and find a sitter for the kids and dog.....hmm...maybe not this time. In Heaven though - I'm walking with you!

Way to go on the exam!

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DDOORN 6/12/2009 2:44PM

    Great news re: your mom's progress!

I've heard about and read about Nordic walking and am curious about it...might even consider investing in some poles sometime...we'll see!

I've got a long day stretching ahead of me...home by 9 pm...in a mid-afternoon slump right now...oof!


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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Yesterday was rough for Mom and Dad. They scheduled the surgery for later in the day than expected, and it apparently lasted longer than expected, too, due to the extent of blockage in her arteries. Then, after the first surgery under full anesthesia, she had to go back to the OP so the doctor could take care of a hemotoma that had developed and was causing her some pain.

In the evening, she was confused, and also this morning. This was upsetting for my dad when he arrived to see her. She was trying to pull out the tubes and cables, wanted to go home, wasn't sure where she was, etc. But when I called back an hour later, she had calmed down and was doing much better. Probably lack of 02.

I'll call again before I go to bed, and maybe get to talk to her this time. I'm still slogging away at my studying --- in between phone calls to the US!

Thanks for asking and for praying!

1:00 AM German time - 7:00 PM in FL
Mom has been moved down from the ICU to a regular room and is scheduled to go home tomorrow. I still didn't get a chance to talk to her as she wasn't quite settled yet when I called. But Dad reassured me that all was well. He had spoken to the doctor and was satisfied with his report.

I'm feeling pretty well set for the exam tomorrow. The paper is a different thing. I've got an outline, that's about all. So will have to make a big push tomorrow when I get the exam turned in.

Thanks, everyone, for your encouraging words!


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HOMEBUNNY 6/12/2009 8:53AM

    I am glad to hear that your mom is doing well. I pray that she recovers quickly.

Good luck on your exam today!!!


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CTEMPLE 6/11/2009 11:53PM

    Glad to hear the good news about R. I did a angiography with a camera inserted in the groin and it was pretty awful, I can imagine it would be worse at that age.
The exam will go well I'm sure. Looking forward to your next post!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 6/11/2009 10:27PM

    Sounds like you have been having a very busy time. Hope things calm down for you soon.

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ODDBODKIN 6/11/2009 10:00PM

    I'm so relieved that the surgery appears to be successful! Your mother will be feeling much better soon, I hope, and you can relax more and focus better. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your parents.

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/11/2009 9:26PM

    Glad all is well now. I wish you the best on your exam. I'm sure you will do well.

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FIT4HISGLORY 6/11/2009 7:35PM

    Thanks for the update. I'll continue to keep your parents in prayer and also you, as I'm sure it's difficult being so far away from them and also with the added pressure of your studies.
Look to Him!

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MCLYMORE 6/11/2009 4:33PM

    Thanks Michelle for the Update, I pray that things continue to go well. I sure it's hard to focus and study with so much going on and the distance between you and your family. Keep the faith and seek the Lord in all things, He is our strength. I'm taking a break from my studies, but I'll have to jump back into it shortly. I'll check in on you a bit later.

Take Care

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/11/2009 3:56PM

    Oh that must be really hard for you Michelle to be so far away, I'm glad we have the Lord to watch over all situations and give us His Peace.
Continuing to pray for you all. emoticon

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MOM2KNL 6/11/2009 3:40PM

    Hi Michelle,

Glad the surgery went well and is over! I will continue to pray for your mom's healing and for you and your family. God is good and He is the Chief Surgeon and healer.


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What a week!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Mom's surgery has been postponed to Wednesday. The doctor wasn't able to perform the procedure yesterday as planned, so is going to try a different route tomorrow which will involve total anaethesia. Poor Dad had to wait all afternoon, and then get the news that nothing was done. She's to stay in the hospital till the surgery. She's having stents put in her carotid arteries. Thanks to those who have been praying!

I'm still studying furiously for my exam on Friday and working on two written assignments that also need to be finished by then.

My local church is celebrating 10 years in their "new" building, with activities from Friday to Sunday. Another reason to be thankful! I can't believe I've also been in this town for that long - I moved here just before we made the move and was here during the final construction phase.

I have a 7K on Saturday. I was signed up for this long before the celebration weekend was scheduled, so I'm going ahead with it. As I've often said, walking and running helps keep me sane these days. But along with work and study and everything else, that means I won't be participating in the celebrations at church much. There will be more reasons to celebrate!

I lost a pound last week. Yay!

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MCLYMORE 6/10/2009 12:07AM

    Busy, busy, busy week for you. Did I fail to say what a busy week. So much too do and little time to do it. How many times have you heard that said! Seems like we have so much in common, I've been studying, practicing with the praise, step and mime team at church, then we have our pastor's 29 pastoral banquet on Saturday. So I understand what you are going through. I didn't know about your mom, I pray that all things turn out well. Good luck on the 7K, please let me know how that goes. And yes; I agree; there will be more reasons to celebrate!

Prayers and Blessings


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SKISINCO 6/9/2009 7:34PM

    Will say a prayer for Dmom. Congrats on your pound loss, and enjoy the 7K and the church festivities!

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CTEMPLE 6/9/2009 7:11PM

    Well done Michelle, I hope the exam goes well and the race too!
Will be thinking of you and R.
Claudia emoticon

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    Michelle, Your Mom is in my prayers. Congrats on your pound wt. loss. You sure have your plate full. I can see where you get you energy with all your exercise. Good luck Saturday and also with your exam and papers.

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MOM2KNL 6/9/2009 11:32AM

    Hey Michelle,

I can't visit your page too often - I start craving strawberry shortcake, strawberry ice cream, strawberry cheescake, and strawberry pie! I LOVE them! emoticon
emoticonon losing a pound and best wishes for the 7k on Saturday. You will do great especially running with one less pound. Still praying for your family.
Michelle the second

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HOMEBUNNY 6/9/2009 10:39AM


Way to go on the pound lost. I know you will enjoy your run this weekend.

Continuing to pray for your mom & dad. Thanks for the update.


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DDOORN 6/9/2009 8:25AM

    Congrats on the pound and Way To SPARK on doing a 7K!

Sending some healing thoughts and wishes your Mom's way...here's to a smooth procedure and recovery!


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Saturday, June 06, 2009

I bought my first basket of the season today and decided to change my background picture to a more summery shot. I love the springtime, but it seems that things change so quickly. The linden tree blossoms I posted a couple of weeks ago are long gone - it was really only about 5 days that they were at their peak of beauty and scent. It was the same with the tulips, the lilacs, the peonies. And by my birthday on July 5 the strawberries will be gone. (I know that because I wanted to make myself a strawberry cake for my birthday one year and there were no fresh ones to be found!) All these things are reminders to me to enjoy the day and it's special blessings while I can. I hope you're doing the same today!

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LOSEIT1912 6/7/2009 8:52PM

    What a good way to remind us to count our blessings. I do. I have so many, and I praise God each day for them.

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ELLIQQ 6/7/2009 8:13PM

    ... YES ... emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 6/6/2009 12:10PM

    I love strawberries. I'll have to get some more this week. I like strawberry smoothies or strawberry slim fast for lunch.
Love the new spring picture. Have a great day. emoticon

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KIN59VARA 6/6/2009 11:34AM

    Great blog, enjoy the sweetness of the day!

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LADY_DONKEY 6/6/2009 11:19AM

    Amen to that! And I love the background & color too! :-)

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SKISINCO 6/6/2009 10:49AM

    Yum! That is a mighty tasty looking background you have there. Enjoy the fruits of the season.

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