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Twelfth night

Sunday, January 06, 2013

For some folks, this is the twelfth night of the Christmas festival. Three Kings Day in parts of the world. Epiphany. The close of the holidays.

What better day to wax philosophical about the New Year?

Feeling good, having put my long slow run in yesterday. It was not a "textbook" kind of run. I went outside for it, in the 32 F sunny afternoon. I actually prefer getting my runs out of the way in the morning, BUT, it's Winter, folks.

The footing was spotty. Patches of packed snow or ice, at irregular places. So... I decided to let Polly Perfectionist sit this one out, and just jogged between the patches and carefully picked my way through them. A broken leg or hip or whatever would REALLY put a cramp in my style. And I *don't* have screws in the bottoms of my shoes.

Speaking of shoes, I wore a pair that I often just wear to work: New Balance. Not really running shoes, more walking shoes, but I like their traction for spotty surfaces better than some of the running shoes I own.

Was I cold? Nope, not really. I made two "pause" stops to potty and hydrate... and in the end covered 11.8 miles in two and a half hours. I made sure to eat extra. Reminder to self: Undereating can lead to binges days later, note last week's slip.

Today: gotta play catch up with the household duties. Grocery shop. Laundry. Put away the few things I put up for Christmas (Frosty the Cookie jar and the little tree). And savor the anticipation of reunions.

Four months to Marathon Morning! Life is good. Spark on! emoticon emoticon
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  • JULIA1154
    A belated wish for a joyous Epiphany.

    I'm glad you were able to get out and enjoy a run. emoticon
    1958 days ago
    I like that "Polly the Perfectionist"...good point. We do have to put her away sometimes and take on "Realistic Rita"...I had to think a minute to come up with that. Good job! And you are learning from past slip-ups...I think that's really the key. Keep up the good work! Someday, I hope to be the runner that you are and meet up and do a run with you! Keep inspiring me! You're awesome! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1959 days ago
    Wow, that is some spark you have on there! Way cool!
    1959 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Spark on...

    Great Blog!

    1959 days ago
    Keep up the great work as always!!
    1959 days ago
    Sounds like a super weekend - a couple more days and the ice will be gone.
    Thought about you.
    1959 days ago
    Well, here I am AGAIN Barb--I chuckle here=--"Have a Super Sparkly Day""--That little sweet Lady on the commercial is so sweet----She makes me smile when she says that--so I chuckled about yer comment-----I'm off to a good start here----The day is cloudy--lookin' like snow-----but I have housework to do--then piano to practice. I shall b e thinking of you doing yer errands in yer part of the world-Lynda--Oh--You, have a Super S emoticon parkly Day too-LOL
    1959 days ago
    Wow! emoticon You are really a role model!
    1959 days ago
    Sounds like an awesome run! And great job learning from the last problem you had!
    1959 days ago
    Great run for you. Glad you are being careful with the footing.
    1960 days ago
    32 F is a good temperature to run, but it's better when the footing isn't bad. I'm glad you were able to work with what Mother Nature sent your way and enjoy a nice winter day.
    1960 days ago
    Glad you were careful. Would hate to read about a broken bone.
    1960 days ago
    I am doing all of my running indoors right now, as the sidewalks are so slippery and roads are narrower than normal due to snowdrifts, so running in the road is a little more dangerous than I would like, but I am doing 2-3 miles on the treadmill at the gym, so I am getting some mileage in. I went to a Twelfth Night party out of town last night (I know it was a day early, but they hold it on the closest Saturday). It was fun, but I overate and under exercised, so I am glad to be home and back to my routine.
    1960 days ago
  • _LINDA
    So glad you were being careful and took it easy at the rough spots! Well done with the distance and time!! That is what I like most about extra exercising, is the extra calories you need :))
    New Balance are the shoes I buy the most, seem to work good for me in everything I do. They have all kinds of shoes for all kinds of activities, I currently have three pairs thanks to those good sales.
    Have a Super Sparking Sunday!
    1960 days ago
  • GABY1948
    You are right on top of it! Iknow what you mean about the snow out was VERY slippery here this morning and I wasn't even running.

    Have a GREAT week, Barb!
    1960 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    Be careful out there, Barb! But, great job on the outdoor work!!! I know those four months will be swallowed in a hurry by Mother Time and you'll be ready if your past performance and current dedication have anything to say about it (and they do)!

    1960 days ago
    Polly Perfectionist AND Mr. Testosterone from the same family : I think kids were just raised to push themselves very very hard in our generation, or at least I sure was too. Can really relate to that. And: when you get the puzzle pieces put together, I'm hoping you've got one of those roll up puzzle mats so you can just send it along to me, please!!
    1960 days ago
  • DALID414
    At my house it's Three Kings Day.
    1960 days ago
    Glad you got your run in even though there is snow on the ground.
    Hope your marathon training goes well.
    1960 days ago
    wow, great job!
    1960 days ago
    1960 days ago
    Hooray for all the folks who shovel their walks! And Boo to those who don't! I get out for my walks in the cold, but stay in if it's icy. Be careful. Keep up the good work! You Can Do It!
    1960 days ago
    Those four months to Marathon Morning will pass quickly! emoticon Great job getting out in spite of the icy patches. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1960 days ago
    1960 days ago
    Good job, Barb!

    You're right about undereating leading to binge eating. I think that's a great reminder.

    1960 days ago
    Today here in Mexico they celebrate 3 Kings day. There will be a parade in the village and I might go check it out. I noticed yesterday that they had the ring loafs of cake/bread where they hide the baby Jesus in it for someone to find.
    Glad to hear that you took it easy and made sure you didn't fall. You are right in that would not be good.
    Have a terrific Sunday.
    1960 days ago
    Wise lady, be careful out there, safety first! LOL
    Enjoy ticking off your chores then have some fun!
    1960 days ago
    I'm going to try to get a run in this afternoon. Not sure where, though. I know my usual route will have too much ice and snow since the path isn't maintained in the winter by the city. I may do the 5K route that I walked last week.
    1960 days ago
    I went for an early morning walk when it was 4
    degrees. It wasn't too bad but just dark enough
    to not see all the icy patches. Thank goodness for
    sidewalks. Take care out there! HUGS!
    1960 days ago
    emoticon Don't slip on the ice!!!!--LOL----You are good to get out there in the weather!--And you hava goal----Enjoy yer day!-Lynda
    1960 days ago
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