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Sunday thoughts and such

Sunday, February 10, 2013

First off, I understand those who say 8 miles is not wimping out. However, when you planned to do 15, and you only do 8, it is a little bit. As long as 15 was not an unrealistic plan to begin with.

Because I knew son was not up to 15, I was thinking run over to his place, have him join me for 3-4 miles (his current distance), then run home. It would have added up to about the right thing for me. The fact that we went over 7? Was due to talking smack to a young fit guy. Beware, fellow mothers of sons. emoticon

He started it. Honest. He was nattering on about weapons, a topic on which I am about as ignorant as they come, but he's an expert. I pointed out that I was not the right audience for his rhetorical questions. And he responded that I was a captive audience: he could run faster than I.

I taunted back that I can run farther / longer than he. And then out it comes, the competitor gene: "Challenge accepted" says he!

I was ready to keep going when we slowed to a walk for his foot, so I believe both our points were made. Hopefully today I'll do another intermediate to "make up" for yesterday's intermediate distance.


It is nasty windy outside today. I went out to the grocery store this morning and as I drove in, saw a cart get loosened from the queue and blown across the lot... I cringed as it neared a parked vehicle. Ouch! Tried to pick a "wise" spot for Dexter to stay while I shopped.

On the way out, I noticed the wind was turning my cart directions I was not pushing it toward, too. When I used to weigh a good deal more, I at least felt anchored. At 120 something, not so much. Methinks this afternoon's run might just be done on the treadmill.

That said, reminders for today include hydration and caffeine level management. I woke this morning with a headache and swollen sinuses. It might be the weather front, but it also could be the hydration / caffeine stuff leftover from yesterday. That was part of my slow start this morning.

So, laundry, groceries, and when I get to the point of "ready to play"... treadmill. Because after yesterday's run? I've still got legs.

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Oh, and in case I hadn't said it lately: I LOVE my Spark friends! We are SOOOO in this together! Spark on... LIFE is good. Continue making it more so with your healthy choices today. emoticon
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    WOW! Great blog and you still got legs! I know you'll use them.

    I'm a little envious that you can run with your son. Wish I could get my daughter interested in running. or walking. or Zumba. or something active. I do have a niece who could push me if she trained, and I have a nephew who motives me to move, but not necessarily fast.

    Happy runnning! Happy training for that marathon!! I'm proud of you, even while I'm still thinking it's probably not for me, but time will tell. Take care, Barb!! -Marsha
    1953 days ago
    Sounds like you are enjoying son #1 b emoticon eing home--Lynda
    1954 days ago
  • _LINDA
    That was a neat competition with you and your son, but I sure hope his poor feet aren't paying the piper today!! Rather different topic for conversation, weapons :P
    Your winds sounds like the ones we get around here. The old joke if it ever stopped here, a lot of people would fall over :P Its fun to have it at your back, but not so much so on the return journey when it drives the snow and grit in your face!!
    I am with you on the sinuses -mine have been plugged for a week and nothing is getting rid of it :( I have nasal spray, Allegra D and a sinus rinse (which didn't even go anywhere to tell you how bad they are)
    I hope your work week goes sanely!
    Spark on!
    1954 days ago
    Sounds like you and your son have a lot in common.
    1954 days ago
    He may or may not tell you, but I'm sure he's proud to have a mother who can run that far.
    1954 days ago
    Hubby and I would probably love to talk with him.
    1954 days ago
    Funny how much more we push ourselves when we have a running partner! I am glad you had a great weekend!
    1954 days ago
    Good job!!! Awesome.
    1954 days ago
    Glad you got to go running with your son, even if he did pick on you some! Fun! We had the high winds yesterday. I drove to a town 2 hours away to do a 5k race, and coming home had 45 - 50 degree winds I found all the way. It wore me out more than the race. At least during the race it wasn't bad. But I know why you decided on the treadmill LOL!
    1954 days ago
    Pushing my loaded grocery cart through deep snow/ruts took all the strength I could muster . . . and then I went over to help another woman (at least 2 decades younger than me). Gotta say, it felt good!!

    So I guess I've got a little of that competitive gene in me too . . . .
    1954 days ago
    Methinks you and DS had a great time and competition
    going. I hear you on the wind. It is brisk and cold
    and blowing around the light snow that started
    about the same time as the wind did. The only
    comforting thought is that the 3-5 inches of
    heavy, wet snow will NOT be blowing around.
    1954 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/10/2013 5:31:32 PM
  • GABY1948
    I love your blogs, Barb...don't care if they are happy or have a way with words! Have a great week! And HUGS
    1954 days ago
    I wish I had someone to run with! Be careful with that wind.
    1954 days ago
    A treadmill run for you today for's too treacherous out there for you. We need you to stay fit so you can make your upcoming marathon. After all....did you know that many of us are running vicariously through you?
    1954 days ago
  • DALID414
    So technically your son wimped your run yesterday emoticon Don't tell him I said that emoticon
    1954 days ago
    I loved your mother-son challenge...I'm sure he knew beforehand but, son must really know now that you're a force to be reckoned with. He may have the speed, but you have the distance and you both seem to have a lively competitive spirit.Sounds like you had a lot of fun running together. If you didn't wear him out, I'm sure there will be more smack talk challenges in the weeks to come:) emoticon
    1954 days ago
    Competition, isn't it great. I challenged myself yesterday to get my steps up and I finally stopped at 11:00 pm with over 56,000 steps. I know how you feel about our small frames and getting caught in those windy situations and trying to stay upright, it is so difficult at times. Have a great Sunday. emoticon emoticon
    1955 days ago
    Grateful for your Blog! I'm smiling at the competitor's challenge. I think that is one of the reasons it is good to exercise with someone. emoticon
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    I love you too! you are a super spark friend!!! Your blogs are so great. Take care...
    1955 days ago
    An interesting Day so far. You sound busy.
    1955 days ago
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