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TreeGirl last won the day on December 28 2019

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  1. Training is all any of us got so hopefully misery loves company as the saying goes.
  2. I think all of us can relate to the ups and downs of life and how it impacts our running, our lives, our friendships, etc. Nothing will be the same as it once was because we're all different people from one year to the next and that's a good thing. Growth and development are good things. Get out there and run and embrace life.
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    Runs in the Time of Corona

    It all just feels weird right now. You explained a lot of it really well.
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    Attempting A Return...

    Holy mackeral you've been dealing with a lot. I'm glad you're here and we'll support you no matter how smoothly it goes as you run more and fix your motivator. 😁
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    COVID-19 10K

    Woke up this morning at 5 am and fell back to sleep till nearly 8 am. Raining, cold, windy outside. No reason to bound out of bed, that's for certain. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do today for my COVID-19 entry. I had proclaimed a 10K as my intention but in standard fashion for myself, I questioned my abilities and desires. I messaged and texted with 4 different friends this morning to catch up and wait out the mist and rain that was supposed to stop around 10 am. It did and I got myself ready, still not ready to commit to a distance or pace or goal. I'll just putz along for a few miles and see what it feels like, I said in my head. I severely overdressed and had to drop my jacket and wind-pants by a tree along the path before I even hit mile 1. I had really thin compression tights under my wind-pants, luckily. Once I wasn't so blasted hot and sweaty, the run felt a lot better. It's 35F out and crossing over from winter layers to spring layers takes practice. I need a lot more practice. 😁 My local bike path was DESERTED. Not a soul the entire time I was out there. Social distancing was not a problem. I was thrilled that the path had melted down after the 2.5 mile mark where it turns east to Hartwick Pines State Park. The first 2.5 miles are kept cleared by the city all winter and that is such a great thing. At the turn around I walked a little and thought, meh, might as well work on my cadence and get the pace rolling a bit better. I was surprised at how good it felt to get moving faster. Kept an eye on my heart rate and didn't feel too bad. I had to stop and grab my jacket and pants on the way back and carrying wind pants while running with a jacket tied around my waist wasn't fantastic. Live and learn. I rounded the corner onto my street with 0.3 to go and then it got tougher. Pulled it off in the end and kept my pace where I wanted. My pace used to make me feel like I was never good enough. I'm out there, I'm trying hard, I put a lot into my running, and I'm totally good enough. I've definitely run faster in my life but that was then and this is now. The face of my watch made me laugh at the end... ELITE status. LOL! First time I've ever seen that in my life. 🤣
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    2019-2020

    I sympathize with hanging things... in my 1910 house, it's a roll of the dice where the studs are and with the plaster and lathe, you can't use a stud finder accurately. Chris is putting off installing a shelf in the kitchen to put the microwave because of the headache it brings. Congrats to TRex on what she accomplished this past year! Wonderful!
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    Happy New Year!

    Congrats on finishing a good decade on a high note! And your comment about being the cherry on the sundae really made my day when I read it on my bloop! Such a great analogy!👍
  8. Adding to my own post from a week ago.... I do like making resolutions but for me it's just more about what goals I want to set for myself. Like you, I don't get too hung up on regret if something doesn't work like I plan. 1. Continue going to therapy at least 1 time per month. 2. Take care of myself FIRST because without my health and happiness, everything will fall apart. (see #1) I'm thrilled to read you found someone you're crazy about. 🥰
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    You Are Enough

    We always think of the coming year with what we need to do more of, get better at, etc. Aren't we just telling ourselves we didn't do life well enough this year? We weren't successful enough this year? Think about what you did this past year. You ran, maybe you did some strength work, maybe you went to yoga, maybe you learned to meditate. You juggled the needs of your job, kids, school, parents, loved ones, neighbors, etc. You did enough. You are enough. Think about the coming year differently. What did you really enjoy that you want to do more of in 2020? What were you successful at that you want to do more of in 2020? If you didn't do something that you really wanted to, don't focus on why you didn't do it, focus on how you can do it in the future. Maybe it's not possible in 2020 but if it's something you really want to do, make a plan for it. Prioritize at least one thing you want to have happen in 2020 that is deeply important to you but not because society says so. Because YOU say so. 1. what I really enjoyed and will do more of in 2020: hikes with Chris and Lucy the dog 2. what was I successful at and will to do it more: listening and responding to what my body and soul needs (and ignoring what societal pressures tell me) 3. what I didn't do but will do: trail race with friends There's probably a lot of little things in there you can add to each of the 3 but dig deep and see what you can come up with that speaks to the work you did in 2019 and the knowledge that what you really want is important. Yes, I realize many of you here are in your heads saying "I didn't train hard enough; I didn't run fast enough; I didn't get enough sleep; I didn't....." Whatever. You can't fix what happened but you have to move your mind to place of acknowledging that battering yourself for not being enough is getting you no where. Be proud of whatever you did in 2019.
  10. Love hearing all the trails you enjoyed! Snowshoeing really is an incredible cardio workout in the winter when snow gets deep.
  11. So many germs going around this season. I hope the GI stuff settles down for you! And the hammy too
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    I said I'd be back.

    Depends on if you can get them on sale.. between $40-50 seems the average. Takes AAA batteries which I hate but I can get rechargeable batteries for it.
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    Jolly Holly 5K

    You ROCK, girlfriend. 😎
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    swartkoppies slowly

    OMG!!! A giraffe!!!! I love them so much. I've seen them in a zoo but never in the wild. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your incredible adventure.!
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