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X: eXamine

Friday, September 13, 2013

This is another part of the assessment directive, following the race: "Verify Wholeness, eXamine, recover."

Onward to Webster's: "examine vt. 1 to look at or into critically or methodically in order to find out the facts, condition, etc. of; investigate; inspect; scrutinize; inquire into 2 to test by carefully questioning in order to find out the knoledge, skill, qualifications, etc. of (a student, witness, job applicatn, eetc.)"

I've verified that all the parts are in place, now I am free to examine the actual performance... and be honest with myself. This is the core of every checkpoint in every program of improvement or mission. And the important thing about it is the "critical" and "methodical" part. Self-honesty is vital. Self-punishment is not. The goal is to assess, decide if corrective action is required, and move on.

What's your next goal? Maintenance of an achievement? A completely different area of focus? If it's a continuation of a journey, knowing what mile-marker we're at helps us map the next leg.

My own examination of the double half results? I was happy... I was happy with the 2:35:57 of day one, followed by a 2:29:36 of day two. I was happy that although I was slowed down for a few days, I'm still functioning, even active. I've walked first slowly, then increasingly back to a more normal pace for me. I've had my first swim since, and my first weight training session.

My remaining events for the year: I'm signed on for the St. Pete Women's HM in November, but not yet officially signed on for the Governor's cup, in mid-October. My goal: maintain fitness for these runs, while increasing strength training, leading up to Winter base fitness building.

And that pretty much covers the "throw-in" word, "recover" as well.

LIFE continues to be good. Love it, good or bad, but LIVE it, every day. Because you're worth it! Spark on! emoticon
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DLDMIL 9/14/2013 4:52PM

    Thank you for another great blog. Congratulations of your Double half Mary times.

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BLUENOSE63 9/14/2013 8:06AM

  I am examining the next 9 months and planning for the next season of racing. I thought I had lost my mojo but I am excited now for the next year of racing and training.

Congrats on your wonderful double Mary.....

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MSLZZY 9/13/2013 11:23PM

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WATERMELLEN 9/13/2013 6:32PM

    Examine critically and methodically -- I like your distinction between honesty and punishment in this regard.

So true.

And honestly . . . you have to be very very happy with where you are, what you've achieved, who you are.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/13/2013 1:40PM

  Living life definitely isn't a static activity is it! Constant planning, acting on the plan, changing and evaluating. You are a wonderful example of all that! HUGS

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SLENDERELLA61 9/13/2013 12:00PM

    Of course you are happy with that performance. Good going! Glad you can eXamine the performance, assess and appreciate, and then look forward. Your commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle is exciting and contagious!!

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RONNIEHUEY 9/13/2013 11:25AM

    Great blog

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SPINNINGJW 9/13/2013 11:22AM

    Have I told you lately how proud I am of your accomplishments? I am so glad you are my big sister!
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KALIGIRL 9/13/2013 9:50AM

    Isn't life always "a continuation of a journey, (where) knowing what mile-marker we're at helps us map the next leg"?

One of my favorite quotes: "If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it."

Abraham Lincoln
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GABY1948 9/13/2013 9:19AM

    Life does continue to be GREAT...Xcellent blog, Barb!

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LEWILL1982 9/13/2013 8:44AM

    Examining is my favorite part of work outs and my races....it's probably also my least favorite part. Sometimes those shoulda, woulda, coulda's get in the way. Examination is where we grow though! Thanks again for enlightening us!

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LEANJEAN6 9/13/2013 8:38AM

    I'll try again----I enjoyed yer blog--- makes one think!

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JOHNTJ1 9/13/2013 8:29AM

    I believe you could take this process and apply it to nay activity in life. It's a really good tool to determine the value of things you're involved in and in your commitment to them. I can see a whole host of uses here.

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MIRAGE727 9/13/2013 8:13AM

    Most excellent, Barb!
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