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Thrift shop finds

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I thought I would be giving an update this week on my runner group training. I guess I was anxious because the training does not start until next week.

Today I went to sign up for a 5K in my area. I went to both designated places to sign up. I had tried to register online like the advertisement in the paper and postcard said but that only directed me to different fast food places to sign up. One place had no idea they were supposed to do that, the other said they were not signing people up there. The race is scheduled for May 7th. So, I guess it is not worth it since it does not seem very organized. I know I'll have plenty of other 5k and 10k races scheduled during my training.

So, since I was out anyway during my lunch break, I decided to go down the shopping center to the thrift store.

My findings were:
1. "Avery's Sports Nutrition Almanac" paperback I'll read on the weekend while relaxing under the tree with my feet up. Cost: Free.
2. A body shaping step. I needed this with one of my Wii fitness games. I also don't have any steps. Only the three at the bike/walk trail. Stopped using it until I got a step but decided not to spend more money on fitness gadgets. These start at about $40 to $50 in big box stores. Cost at thrift store: $10 but I got it for $5.00 plus tax. I'm happy with my findings.

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NEENSTER1 5/7/2011 5:40PM

    emoticon that's what I'm talking about!!! emoticon

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FERGSGIRL2 4/27/2011 10:41PM

    You really did good! Saving money always makes us feel better!

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DANCINCAJUN1 4/27/2011 2:42PM

    Sounds like you really got some good bargains ... good for you !! love the roses in your background ... never have seen a pic like that before ...


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My running training program starts again next week.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Next week I start a 5K/10K runner training program at my local wellness center. I'm excited to be starting again training with a group of runners. I took this training last year in the fall but dropped out at about 13/16 weeks because the time changed and a couple times I was out there around 7 p.m. in the dark by myself. Later I ran into another slower runner from the group and she said she dropped out for the same reason. That won't be a problem this summer. We'll only have heat
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and maybe some storms
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DH is really supporting me this time. He reminds me that if I really want to run (which I do) I have to be ready for any situation. I've also read so many motivational blogs here on SP. The saying "Just Do It!" is appropriate here.

This time I am more prepared for training. I never stopped running. I brought a treadmill and faithfully used that during my lunch breaks. When the weather got nice I ran around the blocks. I actually started training for a half marathon earlier this year. I stopped, though, when I realized my work schedule wouldn't allow me to take off the day of the half.

I got a schedule change at work recently from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. start time. Since the time changed again putting me in a.m. darkness, I patiently wait until it's light enough for me to go out. Right now I have about an hour.

Yesterday I tried to time myself for a 5K with over 40 minutes to spare before work. I went the same route I've gone with DH before. I encountered a growling, charging dog the owner could hardly control, a barking dog in front yard tied to chain and another barking dog in front yard with no chain (don't these people have fenced back yards??)

On my way home I looked at my watch and saw I had 15 minutes left before work. Even though I had music on, the thoughts were going through my head:
"What was I thinking starting out on this journey and have to go to work?"
"Hope there aren't any steep hills."
"Hope someone comes along an offers a ride - I'll take it!"
"Hope that stupid computer doesn't malfunction during clock-in. It could take as long as 8 minutes to clock me in."
"I can do this, I can do this."
"Maybe I'll clockin on my cell phone - no it'll take too much time to stop and do that."
"I hate running. I love running. I hate running. No, I love it and I love being out here."
"Sure is quiet out here. You can tell it's a holiday. No loud school buses going up and down the street."
"Oh no, a Hill! Now less than 10 minutes before clock-in" I stopped for a picture.

I have been practicing on hills lately, walking but not running. To clockin on time, I would have to jog up this one. I thought about what my running coach would say "The sooner you do it, the sooner you get to go home." I jogged up the hill.
"Who said there are no hills in Florida! There are hills everywhere here! This should be called Hill County!" I reached the top of the hill and rounded the corner.
"Alrighty, I got this!" Unfortunately my distance was 2.9 instead of
Got home, clocked in one minute early. Then thought maybe I'll finish up my 5K on a treadmill. Went to the treadmill and started running for a few minutes.
"This is stupid, I'll have to do this another time. Plus, I'm on someone's clock now. I better just get off and stretch."

I felt really good all day long about my run. Considering I stopped to focus and take a picture, my time was pretty good. I'll still walk it on some of the days I don't have running class. The difference in going to the class is the class will keep me motivated. I'll have other runners around me. And no wildly barking dogs.

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PATSDIARY 4/26/2011 10:56AM

    good for you, Paula! Woo Hoo!!!! I wish I could run... tried the couch to 5K last year and ended up with bursitis in my hip, but plan to try again. Some of the dogs might be "invisible fenced", which does work for some dogs (mine is one) but not others (my neighbors for two) I found when I was walking that was a scary thing to have big dogs running out towards the road, but they always stopped, so expect they had the fence. Still, nothing is fool-proof. Maybe some pepper spray for emergency use? Works on people, too! Not a bad thing to have.


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DRB13_1 4/24/2011 2:55AM

    You made it nearly through the training last fall, and glad you are going to have a group to train with this summer. Even if the event you originally planned to do is a schedule conflict, keep your eyes open for an alternative event and date to celebrate your progress. You'll have fun and earn some BLING!
Good going on the morning run! It really makes a difference throughout the day, and even helps us sleep better at night. You are emoticon

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MACKEYW 4/23/2011 6:49PM

    YOu can do it!!!!!!!! Congrats emoticon

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    Way to be dedicated to your training! You are totally going to make it happen! good luck.

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BLUEROSE73 4/23/2011 2:13PM

    Way to go. I love the internal conversation too. I have a very similar one every time I go running. I posted a blog called Marathon thoughts. You should check it out. There's a link to a really funny video. The internal dialogue of a marathon runner. Think you might enjoy it.

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KKINNEA 4/23/2011 1:57PM

    A class makes a nice difference. There should be others in the same speed group and you have a lot of interaction. Good luck in your training!

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SPEEDYDOG 4/23/2011 1:32PM

    Hi Paula,

I personally like hills. Where I live there is no flat ground. That hill in you photo looks very steep. Cool! Go for it!


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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/23/2011 1:26PM

    Good luck with your training program. It really can help to run with others, but it sounds like you have the motivation going for you no matter what. emoticon

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Staycation day 1

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Every year I take off work around this time. This is to make sure I have no excuse to miss the tax deadline. Of course, it's 4 p.m. on the 12th and I still haven't started taxes yet (LOL).

I got up my usual early time with intent of getting dressed and out walking just as it got light outside. This would give me plenty of time to get in an hour walk/run and maybe meet the exercise group at the beachfront. Instead I moved slower than I planned but did get coffee and a bite to eat. I ended up driving the few miles to the beachfront and walk/jogged to the exercise group, getting there second. Forgot my water bottle but thank goodness there are water fountains at the park. About 10 of us had a good one hour of dance type aerobics in the pavillion. I don't think I'll be sore tomorrow because I've been repeating the moves that got me sore last time. I wish I could attend this every day but work gets in the way so I can only go on my days off.

I had been chatting with one of the ladies there during song breaks. She mentioned she had to walk there because her car was being serviced. At the end of class I offered to walk with her toward her home (a great change b/c most times I walk by myself). She told me how attending this free exercise classes had helped her fitness and weight loss more than when she was paying for a gym membership. I talked to her about SparkPeople (of course I didn't have any cards with me today) and she said she would check it out. I was also sporting my Sparkpeople baseball cap today. After we got to my new friend's turnoff, I turned around for the almost two miles back to my car and did 30 sec walk/30 sec run intervals.

It's been a little while since I've done any training since I gave up training for the half marathon. I missed it Sunday because I could not get off work. Sunday was hot, I heard people were passing out at that half marathon. I'll have to shoot for my first half marathon now for the fall, probably the Women's Half Marathon in Saint Petersburg. About the most running I've been doing lately is a quick run around the block before work or on the treadmill during lunch break. I've definitely been missing my long runs of any more than a few miles after I finished the SparkPeople 5K Your Way training. My plan now is to start with Jeff Galloway training. He suggested I start 1 minute walk/1 minute run intervals but I couldn't find the 1 minute intervals right away on my iPod this morning but did find the 30 minute one so I started with those.

The second day of my staycation will probably be similar and I'll plan to meet with the exercise group at 8:30. I may even load up my fuel belt and walk to the waterfront. I have a small tube of sunblock that will fit in my belt and a wide rim sunblock hat I'll use. I'll wear one of my SparkPeople T-shirts tomorrow and remember to carry some cards. So, if you see me walking, wave.

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LINDEE6 4/16/2011 1:48PM

    Don't forget to plan in relaxation time for your stay-cation!
Your activities at the pavilion intrigue me...I'd love more information on it, but it probably isn't close enough to me for me to join in!

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PATSDIARY 4/14/2011 11:43AM

    What a great way to spend the day! Hope today is just as good!

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BABY_GIRL69 4/12/2011 4:56PM

    I had a daycation yesterday & I did absolutely nothing. I did run most of the weekend so it was much needed rest day. Glad you had a great time with your buddies & introduced someone to Spark.

God bless & enjoy the staycation!


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MSKITYOCAT 4/12/2011 4:17PM

  keep on keeping on Blessings on your journey

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My flea market finds (with pics)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Today I took off to go to our Monday-only farmer's market. I was afraid it would be very crowded since it's Spring Break but it wasn't bad and mom and I had a nice trip.

This is a new fanny pack I will take when I don't need to use my hydration belt. It's pretty flat only expanding to no more than 1 inch but holds my iPhone, iPod/headphone, and an energy bar or gel. It will actually hold a whole lot more but that's usually all I need. If I decide to drive to the trail, it will also hold my keys. I was actually looking for an even smaller one but the guy at the market said he'll have them next Monday (which is like another 4 or 5 months to me).

I got some really sweet strawberries. I've washed them and removed the stem, now I'll slice them, lay flat to freeze dry, then bag for the freezer.

I also got some grape tomatoes and lemons. I hope my lemon tree does good this year because lemons are so expensive. These were 3/$1.

This year I'm trying to grow more vegetables since I've only grown fruits in the past. Here is my sole tomato plant and some brussel sprout seedling and collard green seedlings that desperately need to be planted.

Ok, now I've got to get back to my strawberries. Then try to pot some of these seedings. Thanks for viewing.

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-PAULA 3/26/2011 8:46PM

    Thanks. Setting up for the pictures also gave me a chance to clean all that green pollen off my outdoor table!

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LEROYJL 3/26/2011 7:52PM


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    Wonderful...Its nice to plant and reap lol...I have an herbal
garden....Keep on doing it the healthy way!!!1 emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 3/22/2011 5:04PM

    Nice pics & the strawberries definitely look delicious. God bless & thanks for sharing! Dee

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NYARAMULA 3/22/2011 7:56AM

    Lovely treasures. Thanks for sharing.

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ILOVEROSES 3/21/2011 8:31PM

    Those strawberries look delicious! emoticonI am picking lemons now from my tree but then I live in the southern hemisphere and we get usually 2 crops a year. It's autumn now and I should have them for the next 6 months.
Come May, my oranges should be ready in time for our winter 1 June - 30 August.
I am also planning on starting a veggie garden here because the food is getting sooo expensive. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 3/21/2011 8:14PM

    Nice and your lemons will come in the winter months, at least that is when ours comes in. I live in Brevard county and that is when our lemon tree comes in, around Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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PITTYJAX 3/21/2011 6:13PM

    In NJ, lemons are 3/$2...
I'm jealous of your nice, fresh veggies and your nice, warm weather.
Parts of NJ had snow today.
I can hardly wait for nicer weather!
Enjoy your produce!

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KISSFAN1 3/21/2011 5:55PM

    Yummy! I love strawberries and those look delicious! emoticon

My husband just planted several tomato plants as well as bell pepper too this weekend. Produce is so expensive so we're hoping our plants do well.

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WALKWITME 3/21/2011 5:47PM

    How nice !

Can I come to your house?

fresh herbs and fruit....

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Beat my step and mileage records

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Today is my day off. I woke up determined to beat my recorded step record of 15,498. It's been the same since October 31 when I was with my running group. Of course, working at home doesn't help because, other than the weekend or my almost daily 30 minute treadmill runs, I don't get a lot of mileage in.

As soon as I got dressed and a bit of fuel for energy, I realized it was about to rain. Hard rain. I had breakfast and coffee and managed to get out three hours later. No sun yet. The walk by the water was breezy and cool. The sun came out, it was still breezy by the water. I kept going. After all, I had a goal.

Today I did walk/run intervals, 8.12 miles, 16,423 steps. Broke my mileage and step record!

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/5/2011 1:48PM

    That is great. I have never been that many steps. I do have a new pedometer, so I can keep up better now.

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WALKWITME 3/5/2011 10:44AM

    You Go ! Girl

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NYARAMULA 3/2/2011 3:37AM

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BABY_GIRL69 3/1/2011 5:30PM

    Well if you were to walk/jog/run for about an hour you could probably beat your record.

God bless & keep moving!


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CAROLIAN 3/1/2011 4:54PM

    great going keep it up emoticon

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