C25K - Week 8, Day 1


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The fall scenery where I ran today

After not being able to run the earlier part of the week due to sickness, today I felt so much better and so I decided to attempt for the second time the Week 8, Day 1 routine.  I started off great.  It felt good to be out there, but somewhere I wasn't able to overcome the mental battle and so I decided to make this day a walk/run routine.  When I chose to walk, I only did so in short spells.  Normally in this C25K program, when it's time to walk, you walk anywhere between 2-5 minutes.  In my walk routine, I may have walked a minute or less, then start jogging again, depending on how I was feeling.

I did notice at some point that my left leg was going to try and play a trick on me but that leg did not win the battle.  I'm almost certain that I'm placing more weight on one side of my body.  How can I be so sure?  Because if you lower the volume on your music or turn it off all together and just focus in on the rhythm your feet make on the ground, I could hear the stressed notes one foot was making on the ground.  The pattern was long-short-long-short-long-short....  In my mind, I can see the sheet music that matches my running.  Calling all music majors.  Do you know what I mean? 

So, I ran 0.01/mile more than last week.  I'm believing that I'll make my goal next week, even if it's pure adrenaline that gets me over that finish line.  That or all the other runners who push me over so that they can cross it too.  :-)

Week 8, Day 1

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Life as I Know It - Weekly Update #22


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Hooray!  I'm finally feeling better.  Just in time for all the busyness that lies ahead.  :-)

Birthday Confession:

Thank you all for the well wishes on my 36th birthday that I celebrated this past Tuesday.  Nadja gave me a virtual party all the way from Brazil!  And I received tons of emails, Facebook messages, phone calls, and face-to-face well wishes.  Both of my classes at work sang to me.  I haven't had that in a long while.  Middle schoolers?  Who would have thought.  LOL

Ok, so why is this a confession?  Because let me tell you a little secret.  Sometimes my birthdays are hard for me.  At some point you hit this magic number and you realize the status quo is just that - the same thing from year to year, no change.  And there are some things very dear to me that I desperately want to change but those things are not within my power and who knows, those things may not be meant for me to have, but when my birthday rolls around, it's a bit of a reminder that they are still absent from my life.  But, I am always very happy to be "in the land of the living", as we say in the South.  It's very fascinating that lately I've been reminded of Paul's exhortation to be content in whatsoever state you find yourself in.  Learning to be content in said state is difficult, but I dare not say impossible.  And sometimes we mess up by failing to recognize all of the wonderful things that are transpiring because we are busy focusing on the things we don't (yet) have.  Yes, my friends, I am still a work in progress.

So, when I received all those wonderful messages, it just warmed my heart.  It let me know that I am not forgotten and that people all around me took just a moment from their equally busy schedules to send their warm wishes.  And for that, I thank you!

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So, what's been going on?

Well, it's been such a blur of a week.  When you're sick and your house is a wreck from when you weren't sick, it's amazing how the crazed house state can literally get on your nerves.  Laying in the bed, I imagined all the things I was going to clean once I could pick myself up from that spot.  I did manage to buy a cleaning product, new vacuum cleaner bags, and some trash bags, but as of yet, I haven't cleaned a thing!  (That's on my to do list this weekend.)

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What's new on the crafting scene?

If you've followed me for a while you know by now I would have burst out with lots of crocheted hats and scarves right now.  It's amazing how things change.  I guess so much was going on that I couldn't get my craft mojo together.  But lately I've been dreaming of crafting.  That's always the first step.

I even purchased some *gasp* beads!  What????  Yes, beads.  I'm trying my hand at hair jewelry.  Most know them as loc jewelry, but I don't want to call it that because it's really designed for anyone who can manage to make a braid, a twist, a loc, out of a strand(s) of hair so that the piece can stay in place.  I purchased the wire and tool set about a month ago, but didn't touch it until my sickened state.  I've only made two pieces so far I'm going to have fun with this.  I can already tell.

Here's what I made using some copper wire, wooden beads, and a pencil.  I won't be using a pencil anymore because it's not a smooth circle and I need to create specific diameters.  (I'm trying something else this weekend):


Here's a photo of what loc (or hair) jewelry can look like when worn.  This (craft form) is so new to me, but it's fun to try new things.

Guess what?  Today is National Coffee Day.


A local convenient store is selling 16 oz. of coffee for $0.01 all day today.  This blend that I'm drinking is half hazelnut coffee and half decaf.  With cream and sugar.  I couldn't have it any other way.  :-)

Of course there's more that could be told, but I need to save some posts for next week.  Have a fantastic weekend!

p.s.  One week to race day.

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All Wrapped Up


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I'm excited to show you the complete baby order that I recently finished.  These items will be shipped to a set of baby cousins, both due in October - one in California and the other in Arizona.

For the Baby Boy:

 
 


For the Baby Girl:

 

 Happy Crafting,


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