Welcome to My Garden

We may walk on different paths, but we follow the same footprints.

This year I'm focusing on improving my running and overall health by taking the 2017 Mile Challenge and seeing where the journey takes me. I'm also revisiting the Monthly Challenge started by Nephew Jason in 2009.

I'll try to post something every day. It may be a short inspirational quote or a longer narrative. Please join me......

"If you don't try, you won't know you can."


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017 miles Day 288

Going on vacation and will be off line for about a week. 

Until Then ...................

This. A pep talk from Mr. Tony Garcia
Hide not your light
Hide behind no excuse
Hide from no one
Seek peace
Seek no excuse
Seek better
Find a new path
Find a different gear
Find a way
Keep going
Keep the faith
Keep hope close
See the positive
See yourself succeeding
See beyond now
Believe in the possible
Believe in love
Believe in yourself
Hide and yet seek
The finders are the keepers
Truly seeing is believing
You've just been pep talked.
Go get today.
Live life full force. ~G


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2017 miles Day 287

Enjoy Your Day!!!
Make a difference in someones life today.
Be the reason they smile.

Monday, October 16, 2017

2017 miles Day 286

Had an AWESOME weekend!!!  Son and his family came for a visit.  What a great time.  There's nothing like the feeling of a melting heart when playing with, holding, snuggling, ..... a grandson!!!

Have a great Monday.  Today I get to teach 5th grade science.  I'm looking forward to it and sharing amazing stories and learning opportunities. 

Motivate today to be awesomeMotivate today to be amazing.  
Motivate today to breathtaking, inspiring, magnificent, wonderful, stunning, staggering, imposing, impressive and just be 
jaw-dropping marvelous.

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

2017 miles Day 283

Have a FABULOUS FRIDAY!!!

Getting ready to start my day.  Very excited to see our son and his family this weekend!!!  Have quite a few things to check off my get-to-do list; make yogurt, bake crackers and bread, an apple pie, do a bit of garden clean-up, and a long run in preparation for the SoJo Half-Marathon next weekend.

Even though my team met the 2017 mile goal a couple of months ago, we are still logging our miles.  My personal miles for the year = 1160  and a team total of 2223.  My target is 1500 individual.  I'm not sure that will happen, but will give it my best shot. 

I subscribed to www.dictionary.com word of the day.  It's pretty cool.  Learning a new word every day (well, almost every day)

Now - GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

2017 miles Day 282


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Yesterday I had a great workout.  The six miles sped by at a mile pace of 8:46 min.  I finished soaking wet with sweat, but it felt good and no stiff muscles this morning when I woke up.  I've read several articles on the subject of improving speed and distance.  The bottom line is - you have to run faster and farther.  Have the motivation, the drive, the determination. 

Today I get to sub for 7th grade science.  What is on you "get to" list today?




Now GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017 miles Day 281

Today's Message from Mr. Tony Garcia. 

This. A whisper from my heart.
In a world full of Snapchats
I desire meaningful conversations
In a world limited to 140 characters
I want my character to speak volumes
In a world of disappearing stories
I hope to leave a lasting message
In a world filled with a negative newsfeed
I will try to nourish the positive
In a world where darkness often falls
I believe in standing as a light
In a world screaming, "I have the right to"
I pray my rights never do another wrong
In a world making excuses for hatred
I need no excuses for offering love
In a world...it only takes one to make a change. Let it be I. ~G

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"In a world...it only takes one to make a change. Let it be I." As you start your day today, BE that light, that message, that change ... BE the one with character speaking with your actions not hateful words.  

It's a beautiful morning.  I started my day drying another batch of apples.  Right now, the temp is 38 degrees and wind speed of 3 mph.  I did a 6 mile run Monday, took yesterday off - didn't get a chance to squeeze in a run, and I'm OK with that.  We had a lot of things that needed done. (license/registration of a new car, grocery shopping, bread baking, laundry, apple juicing...)  Before I knew it, the day was gone and the run that was planned for late afternoon didn't happen.  The "before you know it" time thing is another reason for running in the morning.  And so, that is what I'm going to do right now.  Lace up my shoes and 

GET OUT THERE ... there's work to do!!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 miles Day 280

What is on your list of "get-to-dos" today?  

After last night's freeze, I'm afraid this year's gardening season has come to an end.  We had some lovely weather, and now it's time to say goodbye to summer.  I think the garden was pretty successful this year.  I had a couple of fails - cantaloupe was blah, cucumbers didn't grow, and found out snow peas just aren't my thing.  Other than that - potatoes were good, beans were fantastic, tomatoes and peppers did well, the onions and radishes were very nice, and the pumpkins and squash also did well.  As far as fruit goes - I was very pleased with the peaches and apples. 

On my "get-to-do" list today - I'm working on a painting and hope to have it finished by the end of the week, dry some more apples, and go for a treadmill run.   Other than that, not much on my list.

Enjoy your day, and...........  GET OUT THERE ....  You have work to do!!!



Monday, October 9, 2017

2017 miles Day 279

Happy Monday!!!

We had our first snow of the season.  I am guessing around 3-4 inches.  Yesterday we picked the last of the garden produce that we knew wouldn't fair well with a freeze.  Also picked about 6 bushels of apples.  I think today is going to be a day spent sorting, juicing, drying, applesauce making etc.

I'm looking out my window at a blanket of newly fallen snow and more falling.  Perched on the weather rock is what I think is a little prairie falcon.  He looks kinda cold, but I'm sure he isn't.  The humming bird I saw yesterday - now, that may be a different story.  I hope he found some place warm to hunker down today.  

I have two weeks until the SoJo half-marathon.  This week is going to have to be on the treadmill, and that's ok.  I don't mind.  I'm not going to make a schedule, but make sure I can get in a couple of long runs this week.


A morning prayer.  By Mr. Tony Garcia

May I take the tools I have been given to build a better little corner of my world.
May I use the gifts I have been given to make the day brighter for another.
May I remain present enough to count the grand blessings in my life instead of adding up the minor problems which might arise.
May I patiently wait my turn as the day unfolds so others will not feel hurried or rushed.
May I not cross paths with another without leaving them in a better place for having shared time with me.
May I share the hope and love that exists in my heart so others may feel this in their day.
May I choose to walk forward this day, even if my steps are small, slow, clumsy, or heavy.
May I face the day full of wonder, willing to grow, accepting of what it brings, and ever grateful for the breaths it affords me.
May I do all this knowing I am cared about, watched over, surrounded by and filled with love.

Amen.  

Now GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2017 miles Day 274

It's cloudy and drippy this morning.  And so for your Wednesday listening enjoyment I thought I'd found something that fit the weather ... something a little different.  Think I found a new favorite artist.   

Jasper Sawyer

Jasper Sawyer


Yesterday I ran another solid 5 miles at just under a 9 min/mile pace.  Today, the plan is to run my 6 miles at or around a 9 min/mile pace.  Thursday and Friday will be easier 4 mile runs and finish the week with a long 14 mile run.  That's the plan.......

SoJo Half-Marathon - I'm gonna be READY

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

2017 miles Day 273

This month is dedicated to ........

October
Learn a new word every day (or at least once a week)


Don't forget to occasionally use that word in conversation

Found this on dictionary.com this morning.  I'm definitely going to have to learn these words for sure.


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On a running note:  I signed up for the October 21, 2017 South Jordan, Utah, half-marathon.  The nice thing is that the start is only 6 miles from my daughter's house.  This is a relatively flat course with mostly a downhill slope.  My strategy for the next 19 days.

1.  Make smart beverage and food choices.  Stay hydrated
2.  Focus on speed.  Today I ran 4 miles with an average pace of 8:42.  I felt great after
3.  Focus on distance.  Long run this week of 14 miles scheduled for Saturday 
4.  Stay focused on the race.  I don't want to sabotage it in any way.  Know my limits.

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!




Monday, October 2, 2017

2017 miles Day 272

Today's message from Mr. Tony Garcia, Wanna Know a Truth, pg 393

October 2

Teach all men to fish, but first teach all men to be fair.  Take less, give more.  
Give more of yourself, take less from the world.  Nobody 
owes you anything, you owe the world everything.
~Suzy Kassem

If given but one more breath, I would give it to you.
So you may simply exhale.

If given but one more wish, I would give it to you.
So you may simply know someone wishes you joy.

If given but one more heartbeat, I would give it to you.
So you may simply feel an unconditional love.

If given but one more smile, I would give it to you.
So you may simply see how beautiful it looks on you.

If given but one more moment, I would give it to you.
So you may simply experience the gift of unhurried time.

If given but one more sunrise, I would give it to you.
So you may simply understand the endless possibilities before you.

And if given all this, may you simply know a beautiful day.

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And so, my friend, my prayer for You this day is that You know how beautiful and special You are.  My prayer for You this day is that You believe in Your possibilities.  My prayer for You this day is that You can and will make this a great day!

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

2017 miles Day 271


After Saturday's race I took today off.  Great day to just relax!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

2017 miles Day 270

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!

Ran the Platte-Valley Monument Half-Marathon in Gering/Scottsbluff, NE today.  I placed 3rd out of 18 in my age group with a time of 2:17 an average pace of 10:20 min/m.  Overall place of 95 out of 251 and gender position 49 out of 167.  Very happy.

Received a beautifully framed photo of the Platte Valley at sunset for 3rd place in my age category.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

2017 miles Day 268

From Wanna Know a Truth by Tony Garcia, pg 289

September 29, 

It is difficult to soar to your destiny carrying the burden of doubt, impossible to soar to your destiny carrying the burden of fear, but conceivable to soar to your destiny carried by the wings of faith.
~Matshona Dhliwayo

We all have a "something."

What is that something you cannot stop thinking about?
That you once never even imagined?

What is that something you already miss?
That you have never even had?

What is that something you ache for?
That you have never even felt?

What is that something you reach for?
That  you have never even touched?

What is that something you daydream about?
That you have ever even seen?

What is that something that calls your name?
That you have never even spoken to?

What is that something?  It is your destiny.
And you must go to it.  It is waiting patiently for you to arrive.

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Ok - I think this is telling me something this morning.  I've always wanted to pursue a career in art.  I've always wanted to paint and have my art enjoyed on the walls of others - not just on my own walls.  I've always dreamed of having my paintings hanging in a gallery for others to fall in love with and take home.  I've always dreamed of these things, but never thought I was good enough to chase this dream.  I've always wanted ... but never acted.  It's time to change the "always wanted" into "Today I will."

What is your something? 

Now GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

2017 miles Day 267

Saturday I'll be running in my 8th half-marathon.  These next couple of days I'm going to take it easy.  Yesterday I did a hard 3 mile run at just under a 9 min mile pace.  My goal is to finish this race better than I ran it last year.  2 hr 32 min.  My target is to run at or under 10 min mile pace.  I would love to finish under 2 hr 10 min.

So, for the next couple of days I'm going to continue to hydrate, make smart food and beverage choices.  Get plenty of sleep, and RELAX  -  I GOT THIS!!!

This piece of music is one of my favorites from Coldplay.  Great song to have on my running playlist.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

2017 miles Day 266

A conversation with Me:

I just got home from subbing for Spanish 1.  I'm tired, but know that I should at least do a two-three mile run.  But, I'm tired ........ so, I think I'll make a cup of tea and relax.  But .... I know that I should at least do a two mile run before relax time.  But, I'm tired ........ so, I think I'll just go take a shower make a cup of tea and relax.  But, I know that I should at least do a two-three mile run before shower time and relax. 

Ok - You win................A two-three mile run, then a shower and relax.

Let me start this conversation over.

I just got home from subbing for Spanish 1.  I'm tired, and I will do a two-three mile run on the treadmill, then take a shower, make a cup of tea, and relax. 

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Conversations like this can go on and on.  It's how You end that conversation with You that is the difference between staying motivated and disciplined, and being lazy and slothy.

Now, get up - get moving.  That shower and cup of tea will be waiting for you when you're finished with your run. 



Monday, September 25, 2017

2017 miles Day 265

I have five days until the Scottsbluff Monument Half-Marathon.  I took Saturday off as a rest day after the 12 mile Friday run.  Yesterday was drizzly and rainy, so I did a 5 mile treadmill run with an average pace of 8:55.  I felt great.  This week I'm focused on hydration, making smart beverage and food choices, and keeping my eye on the prize.

This is what I know.
I know that I'm going to be ready for Saturday.
I know that I'm going to run strong.
I know that I'm going to run a faster time than last year.
I know that!!! 

Now, it's time to get going, get motivated, get out my list of my get-to-do-today and celebrate today!

Enjoy today!!!



Sunday, September 24, 2017

2017 miles Day 264

Happy Sunday!!!  
I read a post from Mr. Tony Garcia this morning.  I am amazed at the dedication, heart, commitment, passion, discipline ........ of this man.  After a grueling workout he did more.  

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This. A whisper from my heart.
Yesterday, coach put us through a savage partner workout.
Wall balls, kettle bell swings, 200m runs, and burpees. I lost count of the number of reps of wall balls and kettle bell swings we individually did. As a team, it was more than 200 reps per movement.
All I know is, for more than 30 minutes, my partner and I didn't stop moving. And I was soaked in sweat and physically exhausted.
But as I have grown to expect. I wasn't done. Coach then wrote my accessory work on the white board. And I picked myself up and got back to work.
As I was continuing to work, I overheard this comment..."So, the guy who finished the workout first is still working out and the rest of us are just standing around."
1. When you think you've given all you can, you can probably give a little more. Be it effort, time, kindness, love
2. When you have a dream, the dream doesn't care what anyone else is doing. It cares if you will do what it takes
3. When your moment comes, you can trust you are prepared, or you can worry that you didn't do enough
4. When you simply aspire to do your best, you are likely inspiring another to do theirs
5. When you allow yourself the freedom to go to failure, you will allow yourself the chance to succeed
6. When you finally come to trust yourself, you will discover this truth: the wall is moveable.
Go get today. ~G

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What is Your wall that You want to move?  It is possible.  It's up to you.

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!


Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017 miles Day 263

It's a cloudy, drizzly Saturday morning.  I'm glad I got my 12 mile long run in yesterday.  Perfect temp of 68, and just a little breeze.  The run felt good with very short recovery time, no stiffness.  I even mowed the lawn.  I don't think today would have been as pleasant.  So, today will be an easy 2 miles on the treadmill, and the rest of the week will be spent hydrating, and doing some shorter easy runs as I prepare for the Scottsbluff Monument Half-Marathon in a week.  I'm confident that I will run a good pace and beat my time from last year.

Found this on YouTube this morning.  Thought it was pretty good - Enjoy


Have a Fantastic Saturday!!!


Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 miles Day 262

Top of the morning!!!
A cold front is going to be moving in tonight, with a good chance of rain tomorrow.  I think I better do my long run today.  Looks like it's going to be kinda windy, but I'll just have to suck it up.  I have one week until the Scottsbluff Monument Half-Marathon.  I will be ready!!!

To begin your day, a message from Mr. Garcia:
Today, you will face your challenge with grace and grit.
Today, you will conquer your fear with trust and faith.
Today, you will move forward on your path with strength and patience.
Today, you will fulfill your promise with courage and conviction.
Today, you will shine your light with beauty and confidence.
Today, you will unfold your wings with belief and power.
Today, you will speak your truth with clarity and intention.
Today, you will count your blessings with joy and gratitude.
Today, you will grow into your self with love and acceptance.
Today. You will. ~G

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!




Thursday, September 21, 2017

2017 miles Day 261

I had a great day today subbing for 5th grade.  I do love what I do.  There is no pressure, just relax and do what I do best, and that is teach.  All in all, it was a very good day.  
I shared this message from Mr. Tony Garcia with them this morning, and I want to share it with you also.
This a Whisper from my Heart
A morning prayer.
May I take the tools I have been given to build a better little corner of my world.
May I use the gifts I have been given to make the day brighter for another.
May I remain present enough to count the grand blessings in my life instead of adding up the minor problems which might arise.
May I patiently wait my turn as the day unfolds so others will not feel hurried or rushed.
May I not cross paths with another without leaving them in a better place for having shared time with me.
May I share the hope and love that exists in my heart so others may feel this in their day.
May I choose to walk forward this day, even if my steps are small, slow, clumsy, or heavy.
May I face the day full of wonder, willing to grow, accepting of what it brings, and ever grateful for the breaths it affords me.
May I do all this knowing I am cared about, watched over, surrounded by and filled with love.
Amen.
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And so I did.  I used my tools and gifts to make a difference, to give a bright spot in someone's life.  And so, as I bring this day to a close, I pray this morning prayer as a prayer of thanks for giving me today.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017 miles Day 260

Tuesday's message is from Mr. Tony Garcia..........

GO GET TODAY!!!  
LIVE LIFE FULL FORCE!!!

This. A whisper from my heart.
This. A pep talk.
Give
Yourself credit
Yourself a break
Yourself forgiveness

Take
No shortcuts
No easy way out
No path but your own
Give
It one more try
Hope another chance
What you have to offer
Take
A step back
A knee in prayer
A moment to breath
Give
In to love
Up on no one
Out only compliments
Take
Care
Time
Heart
You've just been pep talked.
Go get today. ~G

Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 miles Day 259


Monday Morning Message

Inspirational Quote about Relationships - Visit us at InspirationalQuotesMagazine.com for the best inspirational quotes!

And that is just what I'm going to set out to do today.  If not someone else ... me.  I'll be the reason I smile today.  

Now, GET OUT THERE.....  You have work to do!!!



Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 miles Day 258

Happy Happy Sunday!!!
Today's Sunday run was a 10 miler.  It was a beautiful perfect 72 degrees but with a 15-17 mile/hr south wind.  Ran the first 6 miles east/west and didn't mind the cross wind.  Mile 7 was north, with the wind, uphill.  It felt really good.  Then I turned around and started mile 8 against the wind.  Even though it was a half mile down hill then mostly flat, it was a struggle.  It felt like .... blah ...  so decided to pack it in and run the last 2 miles on the treadmill at a consistent 9 min/mile pace.  Now, that was fun.  So much better than running against the wind.

I found a very inspirational YouTube channel "Your World Within" by Eddie Perero.  I listened to a couple of his motivational pieces, and he definitely hits the spot.  Check it out.


I wouldn't listen to every one back to back.  I suggest choosing one every morning when you get up. They are really good!!!

So, here is what I get to do this week.  Work on a painting, log 50 + miles, sub a couple of days in the high school, and enjoy life.  What do You get to do?   Have a good one!!!


Saturday, September 16, 2017

2017 miles Day 257


Have a FABULOUS Weekend!!!

Do what you enjoy most today.  
Take time for You.  
Remember, You are FABULOUS!!! 


Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 miles Day 256

Today's message from me to You

Some times I struggle.......  I'm sure we all do.
Some times I have just an OK, kinda day........  I get that.
Sometimes I just have to sit and think..........  Ok - I'll do that.
Sometimes I get to.......  If not today - tomorrow.
Sometimes I think I'm spinning my wheels.........  Today I'm going to put on the brakes
Sometimes I try too hard..........  For what?  For whom?  For me!!!
Sometimes I  need to just ................Be.............

Enjoy today!!! and Happy Friday!!!



Thursday, September 14, 2017

2017 miles Day 255

Not much to post today;  nothing inspirational, nothing really learned, nothing much ... just an ordinary day.  I woke up at my usual time of 5:00 then dozed for another 30 minutes, dozed some more and actually shut off the alarm when it decided to invade my space at 6:00 a.m.  Not much planned.

I guess it's ok to have just an ordinary day.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2017 miles Day 253

Surfing for a great inspirational Tuesday video, and found this.  

Enjoy


Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!!!




Monday, September 11, 2017

2017 miles Day 252

Today's message from Mr. Tony Garcia. Love the poetic style he used for this piece. After I read it, I couldn't help look up the Beatles song "Revolution". Mr. Garcia put a different twist on it for me. 
Another great song that fits is "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten.  Read Tony's message with this playing and you will have nothing but inspiration to start your day!!!
Gonna raise my battle flag - for Me!!!  

This. A whisper from my heart.
Be your own revolution.
Rise up
Against your insecurities
Against your institution of excuses
Against your inertia
Rise up
Rage
Against your status quo
Against your comfort zone
Against your greatest fear
Rage
Burn
Down your walls
Down your perceived limits
Down your ceilings
Burn
Fight
For your finish line
For your right to be happy
For your dreams
Fight
Overcome
Your imagined obstacles
Your need to discount yourself
Your negative voice
Overcome
Be
Your own brand of great
Your best version of you
Your greatest love
Be
Be your own revolution. ~G
#awhisper
#frommyheart
#toyou
#💜


This is going to be a hard training week.  As I prepare for the miles ahead, I will keep these works in my heart and soul.  I will raise my battle flag and "Be my own Revolution" for ME!!!

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

2017 miles Day 251

Am I running enough miles?  How can I get faster?  How can I improve my running performance?I've asked these questions many, many, times.  I know that the best way to improve is to increase mileage.  With that said, and as simple as it seems, sounds like that is what works.

Found an interesting article on the subject and thought I'd share.


The concept sounds so simple.  To be better, do more.  I equate this to anything you want to accomplish in life.  If you really want something, it takes practice.  If you expect to get on stage and play with the symphony without practicing (hours and hours) it's not going to happen.  

Continue to be motivated!!!  
Continue to be awesome!!! 
Continue to be fabulous!!!
Continue to be amazing!!!  
Continue to  BE!!! 

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You've got work to do!!!!  (even if it is Sunday)




Saturday, September 9, 2017

2017 miles Day 250

It's Saturday and a long 12 mile run is on my agenda for this morning.  Need a bit of motivation?  This is a great video:

From:  Your World Within

For the rest of the month of September I'm going to focus on getting in the habit of running in the morning.  I generally get up around 5:00, so time is not the issue, it's the motivation to get out there.  I can have a little snack, cup of coffee and be on the road or treadmill by 5:30.  I know that my day will be that much more fabulous!!!  I can DO IT!!!

Now, GET OUT THERE...  You have work to do!!!


Friday, September 8, 2017

2017 miles Day 249

I got up early this morning after a good night's sleep.
I got up early this morning with joy and peace in my soul.
I got up early this morning ready to start my day with a spring in my step and a song in my heart.
I got up early this morning with arms wide open ready for anything that comes my way.
I got up early this morning to greet the sunrise with a smile.
I got up early this morning with gratitude that I am given another wonderful day.
I got up early this morning..........................

Now, GET OUT THERE ... You have work to do!!!



Thursday, September 7, 2017

2017 miles Day 248

YAY!!!  Team Phelps passed 2017 miles in the year 2017!!!  

Does that mean that we're finished?  Our goal has been met so now we can take it easy?  We don't have to work so hard, train so hard, keep running so hard?

NO!

Our target has been passed, but our goal has not been reached.  So the question....  What is the goal?  The answer....  The goal is living life "Full Force".  The goal is living this finite life beautifully and completely.  The goal is living not as a spectator but as a participant.  The goal is knowing that this life lived was lived with honor and grace.  The goal is to continue running, setting, and meeting individual targets.  I personally logged 1032 miles as of today.  My personal target for this year is 1500 miles.  It's not a goal, but a target, something to shoot for.  

It's the 7th of September.  There are only 115 more days in the year 2017.  What are you going to do with these days?  Are you going to push hard and finish this year strong, or are you going to take it easy and just coast through the rest of the year???   

I plan to push hard and finish strong!!!

Now, GET OUT THERE,  You have work to do!!!


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 miles Day 247

This morning I read an interesting post about aging.

Posted by Tony Garcia:
This. A whisper from my heart.
So, after more than a dozen years running races, yesterday, I ran my very first 10k.
I didn't really know what to expect, as I am truly not in racing form. But that's a story for another day.
I went out fast early, and managed to hold on late to pick up an AG place medal. I was very surprised and excited by that.
But more, I was extremely pleased with my overall consistency. As 4 of the miles I held at a 7:15-7:17 per mile pace.
When I went to check the results, there was a note that said as the result of having a time faster than my age (45:39), I would also receive the "Ageless Wonder" ribbon.
Say what? Hahaha! Suddenly, I felt old.
But the more I sat with the idea of being an "ageless wonder", I began to wonder how I am aging?
And here is what I came to understand.
I am not ageless. I am aging.
I am aging stronger.
I am aging bolder.
I am aging gracefully.
I am aging naturally.
I am aging braver.
I am aging wiser.
I am aging gently.
I am aging without regret.
I am aging without surrender.
I am aging beautifully.
I will accept my "Ageless Wonder" ribbon. But I am aging. And I'm good with that. ~G

I guess I really don't quite understand the age thing. When you are young you wish you were older.  When you are older, you wish you were younger.  I believe that age is a number that relates to the time marked from your date of birth.  You reach a certain age - you go to school.  You reach a certain age, you get a driver's license.  You reach a certain age and you are old enough to serve in the military and drink alcohol.  You reach a certain age and you are eligible for medicare.  You reach a certain age and...................  
When you reach a certain age, that doesn't mean you quit living life Full Force.  There are no bench marks or age limits to doing what you love.  To age, to get older, to realize you are given this finite beautiful life is to realize that life is a process. What's wrong with living the age that you are, and living life as a participant instead of a spectator?  Who made the rules?
And so, I will age naturally and gracefully.  I will age without regret or surrender.  I will age bolder, stronger, and wiser.  I will age, and I will age beautifully.  I will not "go gentle into that goodnight."  I will live this finite life "Full Force!!!" at the age that I am. ❤️

Now, Get Out There...... You have work to do!!!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2017 miles Day 246

Ran the Fort Collins Fortitude 10k yesterday.  I thought I'd copy and paste my results.  Over all I'm pleased with my results.  My target was to run the 10k under 60 min, and I met my target.  I had so much fun I already signed up to run it again next year.  


Sheila  Phelps 

Preliminary Results

bib number:
E098 
overall place:
2514  
division:
F58 
division place:
8 out of 46 click 
gender place:
910 out of 3663 click 
mile 1:
9:40.87 
mile 2:
9:22.99 
mile 3:
9:26.82 
mile 4:
9:25.23 
mile 5:
9:27.34 
mile 6:
9:41.01 
net time:
59:03.32 

Monday, September 4, 2017

2017 miles Day 245

A message to end your day from Tony Garcia

Before you bring this day to a close, just a thought to rest your dreams upon.
A prayer.
For you. For one in need.

May you rest this night knowing your troubles are less than your resolve to overcome.
May you rest this night knowing your struggles are helping you gather strength.
May you rest this night knowing your fears can only grow as you continue to feed them.
May you rest this night knowing your worries begin to diminish as you begin to believe.
May you rest this night knowing your ache shall lessen its grip as you allow yourself to let it go.
May you rest this night knowing your day is closing and replaying it will alter nothing about it.
May you rest this night knowing your love and light has always been enough.
May you rest this night.
This. My prayer for you. ~G


Saturday, September 2, 2017

2017 miles Day 243

Today's message from Mr. Tony Garcia.  I really like this message.  "No, I'm good."  
I shall carry this message close to my heart.

This. A whisper from my heart.
A story.
My excuses asked, "Do you need us today? 
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My fears asked, "Do you want us to walk with you?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My comfort zone asked, "Do you need to rest here awhile?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My past asked, "Do you want to carry me with you?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My failures asked, "Do you need to be reminded of all you have not done?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My darkness asked, "Do you want me to wrap myself around you?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
My brokenness asked, "Do you need me to be your companion?"
I replied, "No, I'm good."
Moral of the story: There can be only one response to anything you don't need or want. ~G
#💜



Have a Great Weekend!!!!


Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 miles Day 242

September challenge is to clean out a closet.  Donate to your local food bank or thrift store.

I have a lot of closets to clean out.  They are filled with things that I no longer wear, don't fit, not needed, forgotten about .....................  Why keep these things?  They add to the clutter in life.

I have a lot of closets to clean out.  They are filled with doubt, fear, anger, sorrow, greed, chaos.............  Why keep these things?  They add to the clutter in life.

I have a lot of closets to clean out................................

Now, Get Out There,  You have work to do!!!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017 miles Day 241

Today is the last day of August.  Make it count!!!
I get to spend my day with 9th graders in Earth Science class.  What is your "get to"?  


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017 miles Day 240

Today is Wednesday, and I get to sub again today for the Spanish teacher.  It's a bit out of my comfort zone, but I realize that I actually don't need to know everything about the subject matter in order to do my job, and make a small difference in the lives of students.  I know very little Spanish, but I do know students.  My goal today is to touch the heart of at least one of the students, to make them feel important, to make them feel like they are valued.  My job today is not to teach them Spanish, but to teach them a bit more about what it means to be human.

Now, I better get to work....  My students are ready!!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

2017 miles Day 239

Our team is almost to the 2000 mile marker for this year.  Yesterday, I passed 1006 miles.  I did a 2 mile walk in the morning and finished my day with an 8 mile easy run.  It was fabulous.  Today I'm subbing for the Spanish teacher.  My plan is to log 4 miles after school - not fast, but steady.

Stay strong, make smart beverage choices, eat real food, be an inspiration to others!!!

Now, Get Out There ...  You have work to do!!!


Monday, August 28, 2017

2017 miles Day 238

It's a great week to have a great week!

The focus for the month of August has been on the garden.  I've canned green beans, have bags of tomatoes, corn, and peaches in the freezer. Chokecherry and jalepeno jellies are sealed in jars, and there is more to do.  We had a nice rain the other day, so of course a crop of weeds is starting to emerge.  The apples and grapes are a couple of weeks away, and looks like there will be good crop again this year.   Today I plan to set up the dehydrator and process tomatoes, put up some more jams, get after those pesky weeds, and find time to get in a 6 mile run .... WHEW!!!!!

Things won't get done by sitting here and talking about them, so time to lace up the shoes and...

Get Out There!!!  I have work to do!!!!!




Sunday, August 27, 2017

2017 miles Day 237

Do you ever have one those just ...........drag on..............keep moving.................... motivation lacking..............   think I'll just stop now and take, a nap kinda day.  Yes, your body is saying - take a little break.   Tomorrow you will be stronger for the break you gave yourself today.

Today is Sunday - take time to regroup, rejuvenate, reorganize.  You have a tough week ahead of You before the Fortitude run Monday, Sept 4th - You Got This!!!


Saturday, August 26, 2017

2017 Miles Day 236

When do you come to the realization that this doesn't matter to any one else but You???  Why do you do the miles?  Why do you put forth the effort?  What difference does it make?



who cares???



ME!

Now get out there, You have work to do!!!




Friday, August 25, 2017

2017 miles Day 235

This morning I was reading random passages from Tony Garcia's book:  "Wanna Know a Truth"  This is the first page I opened up to.

Pain is a pesky part of being human, I've learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without in our lives here.  Pain is a sudden hurt that can't be escaped.  But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing.
~C. JoyBell C

When I hurt, I have allowed the past to overtake my today.

When I hurt, I have given my power to another.

When I hurt, I have forgotten how to forgive.

When I hurt, I have accepted something not meant for me.

When I hurt, I have focused on the scars over the healing.

When I hurt, I have decided to stand in place rather than moving forward.

When I hurt, I have taken the role of victim in my own life.

When I hurt, I have only myself to blame.  

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Stumble and fall  -  Pick yourself up.  Repeat, Reset, Resent ...............  Does there seem to be a cycle here?  When I read Tony's words today it hit a nerve.  I have allowed, given, forgotten, accepted, focused, decided, taken - And I have only myself to blame.  Closing the door to past hurts and resentments is a difficult task.  All kinds and sorts of excuses find their way into the light.  All kinds and sorts of denials and blame placing wiggle in and take over.

You are in control of You.  When You place the blame for your hurt on You, that is when real change happens.

Now, Get Out There - You have work to do!!!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

2017 miles Day 234

Yesterday I was able to push myself at a consistent 8:50 min/mile pace for 5K.  Finished in 27:22min.  That was my goal and I didn't let anything get in the way.  It felt very good.  I'm actually starting to identify myself as a runner, a slow one, but a runner just the same.

Ok - why did I just say that?  Why did I devalue an accomplishment with a disclaimer that my pace was slow? Why did I compare my pace to the pace of someone else? Running is a personal challenge of body, mind, and spirit - the trinity.  When I identify myself as a runner I am accepting the fact that I actually am.  I enjoy it, and in my world I'm good at it.  Just like I identify myself as an artist, I enjoy it, and in my little corner of the universe I'm good at it.

Stop devaluing You.  Be proud of what You do.  It's OK.  I think the word proud is often considered a bad thing.  To be proud does not mean boastful.  There is a difference, and the topic for another time.  Have pride in what You do and what You accomplish.  

Running the Fort Collins Fortitude 10K Sept. 4th. with my son.  I will be ready!!!

Now, Get Out There - You have work to do!!!





Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2017 miles Day 233

Our peach trees produced a bumper crop this year!!!
Shown here is the fruit I picked from just one of the three trees on our farm.  The other two were not as productive, but one tree did produce a peach that had a 4" diameter.

To celebrate, a little youtube video - just for fun.

(click for video)



Now I can make peach pie, peach cobbler, peach salsa, peach ice cream, 
peach jam, peach chutney, peach crisp, peach dump cake, 
peach muffins, peach pancakes,peach syrup, 
peaches and peaches.......................



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017 miles Day 232

Where does time go?  I've been neglecting posting, and now I'm back.  Time to get back into daily posts ... even if it is just to say "hi - how ya doin?"

The Fort Collins Fortitude 10K is in two weeks, the Monument Half-Marathon is 5 weeks away.  I just signed up for our 7th running of the Denver Colfax Half-Marathon May 20, 2018.  It'll be son Nathan and my 7th time.  I met my goal this past May, and will do my best to meet my 2017 time.  Time to focus, and stay on course.

Today's message this morning from Tony Garcia's book:  Wanna Know a Truth.

Self-talk reflects your innermost feelings.
~ Asa Don Brown

Dear Me,
It's been so long since we've talked.  And I have so much to say to you.  Hard to know where to begin.

Perhaps "I'm sorry" would be the words you most need to hear.
Seems I so often and easily offer forgiveness to others for offenses minor and grand. Yet I rarely extend it your way.

Perhaps "I believe in you." would be the words you most need to hear.
Seems I so often and easily let others know of their strength, gifts, and beauty.  Yet I rarely share such thoughts with you.

Perhaps "I love you" would be the words you most need to hear.
Seems I so often and easily share the abundance of my love with all who seek me out.  Yet I rarely dip you in that well.

And as I end this day, I come to realize so much of the wanting in my life goes away when I forgive, believe in, and love me.