Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Seasons on the Greenway

March 2011...the realization that I was easily getting out of breath during various activities and when running in the school gym with my preschool classes hit home. I needed to get into cardio shape.  My is a decent number, I don't worry about it. The number has stayed within a nice 5 pound range over several years. It was all of that huffing & puffing that needed to change. 

Friends on Facebook would post about their exercise adventures, and I had been paying attention. If they could do it, so could I. Walking is the way it began. 

Cardinal Greenway has a trailhead two miles and a bit from my house. This is the area I have logged most of my exercise miles. It is smooth, no pot holes, scenic in the areas I visit, and not very busy out my way. Bikers on long training rides swoope past, but I see more birds than other walkers/runners.

March 19, 2011
March 19, the first foray on this "get into shape" adventure on the Greenway.  I just happened to take a picture.  It is something I often do...take pictures.  Spring was around the corner. Wouldn't it be cool to take pictures every few days or weeks to show the progress of nature "greening" up?

I have somewhat managed to remember to snap a shot every now and then. These are all taken with my phone, and most shots are looking Southeast toward Losantville. This is at the trailhead entrance from the parking lot. Notice the short roundish bush on the is in most of the pictures. A few are at other points along the trail.

March 26, 2011

April 6, 2011
Time of day and cloud cover really make for a difference in the pictures.

April 13, 2011
Click the pictures for a larger view...notice that there is more green along the edges of the beginning to pop out in the trees on the left.

April 25, 2011
Even though this is looking SE, I almost always begin the exercise routine headed NW toward Muncie.

May 7, 2011

Wow! What a change.

May 21, 2011
May 30, 2011 pictures for June and July.  What can I say, the deer fly were horrid!!

August 12, 2011

                   This was the first official day back to work for me. And one of my first evening runs. Taken looking SE just before Stony Creek bridge.
August 20, 2011

One misty, moisty morning when foggy was the weather.... beautiful dew drops on what had been hidden spider webs.

September 26, 2011
This is looking NE toward Muncie. For a warm-up, I walk from the parking lot to this spot, right at the end of a section of fence.  This is where I begin my timing on running days.  Oh, beware of fallen walnuts along this section.

No pictures for October or November...oh well...maybe next year.
December 23, 2011

December 28, 2011

The path well traveled is ever changing.

Happy 2012!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011


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Just a ramble or two as we get closer to the changing of the year.  It seems as if many people make those grand New Year Resolutions (or at least the media leads us to believe they do).  The most touted resolution: lose weight.  Watch the ads at the end of December and beginning of January.  Exercise equipment for sale…gym membership trials 50% off…"diet" foods available.

You do not need January 1st to take the first step toward a dream or to begin making positive changes in your life. You can begin today! Yes, start right now. You are more likely to stick with your goal if you begin on your own terms.

What is your dream?

When I was younger, I had several diaries.  These were the dated books that started on January 1. There was so much pressure to put something down on paper every day that often I would write, “Nothing to say but need to write.”  Then in Fourth or Fifth grade I read Harriet the Spy.  Here was a character I admired, and just loved the idea of having a “spy book” like she kept in the story.  I found an old three-ring binder, added paper, and started writing away about things that took place at school and home.  Little did I realize at the time that this could be considered journaling or writing. I just thought I was “spying”. Through the rest of elementary, middle, and beginning of high school I wrote. And somewhere in the house I still have those papers.

Writing is one of those activities that I have done off and on over the years.  Paper listens without comment or judgment to the words that need spoken. It is during the re-reads that it answers back. No guilt for not doing it every day.

Getting back to the New Year’s resolution part of things,   don’t. Start today, start next week, start mid-March.

March was a good time for me to start walking. Then later the running began. And now, people are trying to talk me into doing more than the fall half-marathon I have planned. 

It all started with the first step.

What is yours?  

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Frostbite 5k

Oh what fun I had at this race in Glen Miller Park in Richmond, Indiana.  The Frostbite 5k on December 3rd was the final race in the Wayne County Challenge series. I work in Wayne County, and it was fun seeing people I recognized at these races.  I did four of the eight...did not know about them until after the first two, and was injured/sick during two others.

Since this was a December race, I decided to sport a fun Santa skirt.  I was honestly surprised that there were only a few Santa hats and reindeer antlers to be found.  I had sooo many complements on my skirt, even during the race.  I talked the most ever during this run saying, "Thank you!"

I set a new PR (Woot woot!!).  Fun since I'm still at the "getting into shape" stage of things.  Time was 33:18.  There were 341 finishers and I was 236th. Here are a couple of shots right before the finish. The other runner is one year younger than my mom...managed to pass her at the very end. 

I thought it was funny that our strides were matching in these shots. 

Mid-pack for my age group... 13th out of 22.

Happy running & crafting!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Oprah Magazine

Very excited to hear fantastic news from my crafty friend Jessica.  Her companies, JessicaLynnOriginal and JLMould Etsy will be featured in the February issue of Oprah's "O" Magazine! It will hit newsstands on January 15th. 

Thrilled to already own many of her fabulous stamps...she is about to get swamped.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Run with the Wolves

Saturday July 16...IU East in Richmond...Run with the Wolves 5k. My first running race in 20 years. I know this because I still have the dark blue t-shirt from Butler with a July 1991 date. Age 22 vs. 42...would have enjoyed knowing my time for the date many years ago. As I was searching through some old papers, I did find a time for a 5k race I ran in Auburn at age 15. It was completed in 29:21. Wondering if that time could be repeated again someday.

So at at the race, I was nervous before the start, but not as much so as at the younger ages. Wisdom of time? Plus, I kept telling myself the little phrase used frequently in preschool: You get what you get (and you don't pitch a fit). I knew my time would be what ever happen...that I would not be last...that I could walk the entire distance and still not be last. I had run/walked the 3.1 mile distance twice before Saturday with times between 41-43 minutes. My hope was for a 40 minute time. Had no idea that I would exceed my goal on the first attempt. On the overcast but humid morning I finished the race in 37:53. When I run, I normally use my phone as the timer keeper and distance tracker. For the race, I chose to leave the phone with the hubby & daughter. Therefore, was not able to check my time as frequently as during a workout run. The race staff had splits called at the 1 and 2 mile markers, and I knew from those I was ahead of pace. Now, could that be kept up for the final mile? Yes!

This race was part of the Wayne County Challenge series. They offer a race each month at various places throughout Wayne County, and I think I might like try the rest of them.

It was fun seeing so many people that I recognize from the WW & Hagerstown area. What was really cool, was knowing the overall female winner...Hayley Rogers. Her mom worked at the daycare my daughter attended, and she was young enough at that time that she attended the after school program. Hayley has also been a helper in some of Emily's dance classes over the years.

Yes, a six year old beat me, as did Pat Bower's who is my Mom's age. Had I known how close to the finish I was, might have been able to pass her. My knees liked running on the ground rather than pavement. I started out sticking behind the friend who invited me to try this, but eventually passed and pushed myself a bit more. Enjoyed the course, and was even with it just enough to notice a spot with Black Eyed Susan's and other wildflowers blooming. The trail went through mostly field area, but also had a nice stretch in the woods. Rolling slopes, flat spots, and a few touches of shade made up the course. The worst spot for me was right at the beginning with the Queen Anne's Lace that everyone had to walk through to get to the start line...that stuff makes me sneeze!

I have been walking since mid-March, but the race was only the 12th time I had done any running, so I don't think I did too bad. There are short term goals for this year, a goal for next September, and a possible goal for further on out. Naturally, all of this is dependent upon my joints holding up!! I generally run/walk two days, do just a longer walk, then a day off.

And on a sillier note, I really like the race shirts!

(Me in the white shirt just before the finish line)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Emily's Cards

While I took a trip to Nashville in November, my daughter decided to have some fun and get into my stamp/craft area. She just happened to pick all stamps by Jessica Lynn Original. (Oops...the little girl was a digital I had printed out. Maybe she is by Victoria Case?) The following below is all Emily's typing.

These are the cards I made when my mom went to Nashville. The cat one was the easiest to make.The cookie one was fun. I like the little girl one the best.

The popcorn one was ok. I liked making the Thanksgiving one.