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TreeGirl last won the day on December 28 2019

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  1. TreeGirl


    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!
  2. TreeGirl

    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!👍
  3. 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. 🥰
  4. TreeGirl

    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.
  5. Love hearing all the trails you enjoyed! Snowshoeing really is an incredible cardio workout in the winter when snow gets deep.
  6. So many germs going around this season. I hope the GI stuff settles down for you! And the hammy too
  7. TreeGirl

    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.
  8. TreeGirl

    Jolly Holly 5K

    You ROCK, girlfriend. 😎
  9. TreeGirl

    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.!
  10. TreeGirl

    I said I'd be back.

    Winter came early to northern Michigan and I'm already tired of running on snowy surfaces but I'll endure. This morning was 10 minute warm up, 10-20 minutes at medium effort, 10 minute cool down. The whole run was me struggling to find footing and not getting run over by big plow trucks clearing city streets. I wave at them regularly to show my appreciation and hopefully build some compassion to not flatten me. I need one of those Noxgear vests that I see in FB ads constantly. I better budget that for myself for my January birthday. I wear a headlamp w/flashing red lights and reflective vest but it's amazing how distracted people are at 6 am in a small town. This weekend I have a 45 minute run on the training plan tomorrow morning, a ski wax clinic (free!) and plan to x-c ski some on Saturday and Sunday if conditions are decent. I'm looking forward to the weekend, especially the sleeping in part! I also have to make raspberry jam for Christmas gifts and help Chris paint some Christmas crafts for gifts that he's been working on in the basement. It should be a fun weekend. I'll be 49 in January and I'm laying my plans to get ready for an incredible start to my 50th year in 2021. Much fun will be had and I have to be ready! Trail running, hiking, skiing, camping, adventures galore! A couple of you noted from my last update that Chris is my hubby and he is. No memo was missed - I promise! We didn't announce it. We went to the local courthouse and did a simple private ceremony and then told our families. We've both been married before - no need for a fuss. We just want to live happily together and we are. We married in April and this is us on our honeymoon in Arizona in September seeing Pueblo ruins.
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    Wow. That sucks on so many levels. I'm really sorry. 😨
  12. TreeGirl

    You're Going to Get Wet

    So many good hearted people out there.
  13. Great job out there and congrats on becoming an Ultra Runner!
  14. TreeGirl

    Another OG Loopster Bloop

    Some of the most amazing humans I call my friends I met through the Loop. Some I've still never met in person (KRG!) and some I've even vacationed to go see (Moose and Countess FiFi!). Life has been "interesting" the past 2 years but I have nothing epic to post pics of and most of you are friends with me on FB and/or follow me on IG so you see the high points. My big win for 2019 was a trip with hubby Chris to northern Arizona where we did all the tourist hot spots. He loved the Grand Canyon and I did as well but my bucket list check off was the Petrified Forest and that's my feature photo. As a forester and amateur horticulturalist and general tree geek, it was amazing! I tried running in Flagstaff while we were there and that was an eye opening experience! Altitude and dry air had me gasping. I had to take a break from regular running this past winter when life stress and obligations weren't giving me the rest and recovery I needed to run consistently at all. I ran here and there, 1 or 2 times a week but not much else. 2 months ago I started back up a plan and have had good success so far. I'm following a Rebuild program through Fitness Protection Program with Coach MK Flemming who is absolutely an incredible woman and provides the support I need right now in the right ways. If you follow me on Strava, you'll see my runs and that I'm using HR training. I love it and I love the lack of pressure to hit pace times. I just want to enjoy being out there and I'm succeeding in that goal. I stopped running remote trails in the spring after a pretty scary situation with a guy who had malicious intent. I'm not sure how to find peace in my mind and go back out there by myself and I have no friends who run trails here. I'll be 49 in January and I've been focusing on my mental and physical health the past year. I'm such a work in progress. I'm not sure what 2020 will hold for me but I know it'll be a good year. With my 50th year looming, I'm looking ahead to what the second half of my life should be. How do I want to live? What does that life look and feel like? Races/running goals for 2020: Kalamazoo Klassic in June in Kalamazoo, MI (10K and 5K combined) Winter is knocking loudly on the door at my house and I'm ready for cross country ski season! I'll keep my running going as long as I have decent footing for 30-45 minute runs before work but long runs get replaced by skiing once the trails are groomed and ready. Happy Thanksgiving everyone and I'll do my best to be here more - you're good people.
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