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Mid August... already?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Time flies. July was eaten up by the white-knuckle fight with anger and overtime, but without giving up some pretty important (to me) athletic events. Even though I didn't "train" well, I did them and enjoyed the doing. But I find that I missed the determined, methodical approach to training.

The early part of this month? Has been a joyous release from the OT, and pretty active, just as a supporter. I'm also still building miles for my next committed activity, the Double Half Mary, three weeks away. The plan right now is to do my last double long-and-slow this weekend, then taper with "easy" runs and cross-training leading up to the event days themselves.

Meantime, I've bought my new book, and am starting to digest its wisdom. My next "big" personal goal/dream is to complete an Olympic distance TRI. I haven't picked the race yet, that may wait until November, after the St. Pete women's HM. I'll be doing the Women's HM with my cousin, who is about half my age. Wish me luck!

Yesterday after work, I let myself go swim... 1150 yards in about 38 minutes. They had removed one of the clocks from the pool area, and since I'm pretty much blind without my glasses, I truly do have "approximate" swim times, always. Plus of course the "losing count" issue that can happen when doing laps in a pool. But this converts to 1051 meters, or about 2/3 of the distance I'd have to go in an Olympic TRI. If the cut off point is an hour, this means I will have to keep working on form so I make that cut off. Yes, people who know swimming, I'm a really, really slow swimmer. But I still love to swim.

Here's to doing things we love to stay healthy and active. Here's to nurturing our bodies with the food/fuel that makes it possible. Here's to US... because we are worthy of living our essence.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
STRONGDAWG 8/19/2013 3:50AM

    Wow! Olympic distance! I only dream about that. Maybe someday when I am at or close to goal weight.

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LESLIELENORE 8/15/2013 11:16PM

    Great goals!

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PATRICIAAK 8/15/2013 6:33PM

    keep focused on your goals

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DLDMIL 8/15/2013 6:01PM

    You have definitely been busy this summer and into the fall. Prayers and hugs sent your way for training and accomplishments. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 8/15/2013 4:05PM

    You are doing great. I'm glad Aug is half over because I love fall.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/15/2013 3:57PM

    Good job on surviving the stress of July and not giving up what you love to do! HUGS

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MRS.DOYLE 8/15/2013 2:25PM

    I'm glad you are enjoying August after a hectic July. When things get tough, I remind myself that I love this time of year and look forward to it through the cold , wet months.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/15/2013 1:48PM

    Love your perspective and determination on the swimming!! I've put it aside for right now. I love the running so much and the swimming seems like such a struggle, but truly as a former swim team member, I should be able to get my rhythm again. I'll try again after a rest, I think.

You sound, as always, like you really know what you are doing training for the Double Half Mary. That sounds like a hoot of an event. Don't know if running a marathon with a 22 hour break in it would be harder or easier than running it straight through.

I will definitely see you at the Women's Half UNLESS my hubby does what he's threatening to do and buy plane and event tickets to the basketball tournaments in the Bahamas where his alma mater -- both boys and girls teams -- are playing that same week end. If I come, don't know if I'll run it or not. May depend how I do on the Nov 9th half. We'll see.

Here's to staying HEALTHY and ACTIVE! You know it!! -Marsha

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MNTWINSGAL 8/15/2013 1:29PM

    I sure do agree with the "already" in your blog title today. Not sure where the summer has gone! But you have filled your down time with so many healthy activities -- cheers to you!
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WATERMELLEN 8/15/2013 1:26PM

    Good for you: always with an eye on the next challenge.

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DALID414 8/15/2013 11:13AM

    emoticon to us!

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GABY1948 8/15/2013 10:59AM

    I LOVE this blog! And I wish you more than luck! I wish you prayer for stamina, and wisdom and success!

And I am with you on doing things we love to stay healthy and active. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm again!

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MSLZZY 8/15/2013 9:15AM

    The summer has flown by. School starts next
week Monday for some and some schools started
today. Glad you made the most of the time you
had and met goals in one form or another. You
always seem to have a plan. HUGS!

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KALIGIRL 8/15/2013 8:56AM

    Love it! If anyone can emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 8/15/2013 8:16AM

    AMEN! So glad your OT is done!

Soldier on!


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NEW-CAZ 8/15/2013 8:15AM

    You have a full calendar Barb emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 8/15/2013 7:58AM

    Time is flying by! Sounds like your calendar is full for the rest of the year! emoticon

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