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To 5k or Not to 5k

Saturday, August 07, 2010

I have been wondering if 71 is too old to be thinking about walking 5k's. I just haven't had any energy. We went to Ridgeway for 3 days and the 2nd day, Wed., everyone was telling me how tired I looked. I did feel tired. But we had done a good hike for 1 hour with a 200 ft. gain in elevation. I thought I was tired because I was totally relaxed.

Yesterday, Sat., we went for a 3-Ĺ mile hike in one hour. I felt good and was tired afterwards which was to be expected. My brother and wife from Arizona stopped in and we all went out to lunch. Then came back home to chat some more. Would you believe I fell asleep? DH woke me up. I would have been embarrassed if I hadnít been so tired. They stayed for a little while longer and then headed for home. I had all I could do to keep my eyes open until after dinner and then I was fine.

I have already registered for a 5k at the Palisade Peach Festival. After that I think I need to cut back on the length of my exercise time. I guess I still think Iím in my 20ís LOL. I believe that there is a 20 yo in everyone my age. ;-)

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NELLIEBLUE 8/8/2010 9:44PM

    Whatever you feel like doing....just don't overdo.

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NOTSPEEDY 8/8/2010 12:02AM

    I don't think I can do a 5k without competing. If nothing else, I compete with myself. I want to go just as fast as I can.


Thanks for all your encouragement.


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TRACIEO3 8/7/2010 10:24PM

    I really think that if you feel good, and running or walking makes you feel good then keep on doing it. Don't do anything that you feel as though is a big push and I am confident that if you walked 3+ miles in 1 hour you will do just fine with the Palisade 5k, remember you don't have to RACE, set your own pace because sometimes a fast walker walks just a fast as a person jogging too. But remember, you are not in it to win it you are doing this as a personal goal, not competition. I know you will do just fine. I wanted to do this 5k but I am having a ingrown toenail removed on the 20th, Sure would like to meet you all. Hey, I wish I would have known that you were in Ridgway for 3 days!

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    I am already signed up too and I think it would be great to get together after it is over to meet each other. I will be running in the 5 mile but there is also a 3 mile walk/run option. I think we all start and end at the same place. Please let me know if anyone else is interested and we can decide how to pull it off.

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BOOKAYB 8/7/2010 8:18PM

  I agree with the other comments, Yvonne. Listen to your body and sleep when it tells you to. (Goodness knows I've whined about my tiredness at times - I NEED to get enough sleep!) How are your nutrients? Getting enough iron and protein - and water? The humidity we have been experiencing lately is so unusual for our area and it can be exhausting in itself...

I haven't been to the Peach Festival for a couple of years - when is it? Maybe we Western Slope Sparkies could walk it together??? Depending when it is.


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NANCYLEE46 8/7/2010 7:07PM

    Hi Yvonne - Monty said it all.
You are not, no way too old to do a 5K walking. The question is the timing and if you physically feel tired.
I can only add listen to your body.
You are such an inspiration.
Keep us updated.

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MONTY68 8/7/2010 5:58PM

    Hi Yvonne
You asked if 71 is to old to walk a 5k, you did say walking a 5K. Well, I have some thoughts , I walked it at 69, because I wanted to before age 70. Now I want to walk a 10K before I reach 71.
So my answer to you would be , can you? a 5k is 3.1 miles and when I walked it, I realized that I put a little more stress on me than I needed to. I walked at my pace and although I finished last, I finished. I guess there was not a time limit on the race. They kept asking me did I want to stop and I said no. You have walked 3.5 miles in 60 minutes, I think I completed it in 64 minutes. So, My answer to you has nothing to do with the age number, it is how you feel about doing it, I think you want to but you thought about your age number and now you question it.
Best of luck on your decision and let me know how well you do when the race is over.

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Today is the First Day of the Rest of My Life

Monday, July 26, 2010

We had a very busy vacation. DH said I was planning too much. He was right LOL. I should have listened to him. We even tired GS out.

Before I joined SP I didnít think that I was an emotional eater but I have found out that when I am tired I eat. That happened a lot on vacation. We played hard, but we had a wonderful time. The result of being tired and eating too many unhealthy meals and snacks is weight gain.

I am excited to get back on track again - planning exercises and including strength training, which I wasn't doing before. I will do yoga on the Wii Fit and SP strength exercises three times a week. I will try Ė no I will also get in 15 to 30 minutes of aerobics six days a week. I also have to be careful not to get too tired. Tired is okay but not too tired. I have to remember that I donít have to do all my exercising at one time but can spread it out throughout the day.
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I have also joined the Official Healthy Cooking Challenge team. I joined two weeks before vacation and will have to start with week one again. I have a head start. I have my kitchen and pantry cleaned out. I have to plan a weekís menu and am struggling with that. I havenít done that in 50 years and that is not an exaggeration. Now I not only have to plan them but stay within my calorie allowance. I am open to suggestions. I also need to start drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Also learning to use the Nutrition planner. I was able to put in my breakfast this morning, yippee. The last 2 days I have stayed within my calorie limit.
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Last Friday I weighed 174.4 and this morning 168.7. Home scales arenít very accurate but that seems to be way off. Iíll take the 168.7 LOL.
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I am determined to live a healthy life and also to loose weight.

Have to get started on my exercises now.

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HIKESHAPPY 7/29/2010 7:07AM

    Hi, Yvonne! I've missed you and this blog is great! So full of learning, honest, and hope. We're never too old to learn, are we?

I also struggle with planning my meals. In a way, I think that's a key for me, but I fight it sooooo hard:-) I think I "feel" like it ties me down and takes away my choice, which is silly since I'm the one who makes the choices to begin with:-)

It sounds like you have such an awesome plan and I look forward to great things from you, my friend!

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BOOKAYB 7/27/2010 11:56AM

  Motivating blog, Yvonne!!

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FAYE000 7/26/2010 6:36PM

    A great blog, full of goals and determination.
You had a wonderful time on vacation and now you are prepared to do what you need to go to realize your goals.

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DIDMIS 7/26/2010 2:55PM

    You sound like you are determined, you've made up your mind and you will succeed.
Good for you.

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TLROYER 7/26/2010 2:21PM

    Good for you! I love looking through cookbooks and planning my meals for the week. It really does help me stay on track. I was talking to my mom yesterday about exercise and eating properly and we both agreed we want to live long lives as long as we are healthy. You have to start today on being as healthy as you can be. Good luck on your journey! Terry

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JRIMM4 7/26/2010 1:49PM

    Welcome Back Yvonne! Glad you had a fun vacation and sometimes thats whats we need to re-energize and get back on track - wether we stayed 'on track' before or not!


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TRACIEO3 7/26/2010 11:33AM

    Yvonne you can certainly do what you set your mind to I'm sure. Vacations throw a monkey wrench into life ( in all ways not just diet) and now that your home, just pick up that monkey wrench and throw it right back. It's never to late to start again. emoticon

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FATROCKSTAR 7/26/2010 11:08AM

    You can do it-and you are back on track today! Good for you! Normandy

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Vacation Ė Part 4

Sunday, July 25, 2010

We went to the San Diego Zoo. We got there shortly after it opened and meandered toward the pandas. We had to wait in line for a couple of minutes to see them. There were 3 adults in separate cages and 11 month old baby with his mother.

This is the baby in a tree.

Jordan with the gorilla.

I think peacocks are so beautiful

We didn't take many pictures at the zoo.

The next day we went to Sea World.

Shamu was impressive. We sat in the splash zone. DS was in the 4th row and I was behind him in the 5th. When we arrived, there were three whales swimming in the tank. When they were near us we could hear them talking to each other. When Shamu came up on the platform we were about 10 feet from him. They are awesome animals. It was definitely worth getting soaked to be so close to them.

Blue Horizons is an impressive show. The trainers can still go in the water with the dolphins. I also learned that dolphins are whales.

This was our last day. I didn't count the 2 days it took to get home LOL.

To put it in Jordans words "we had a blast."

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BOOKAYB 7/26/2010 11:08AM

  Vicarious life, I think, is a reasonable option, GospelClown!! It's where dream start, isn't it??

Sounds like a wonderful trip, Yvonne - thanks for sharing with us all! Brings back truly happy memories!!


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GOSPELCLOWN 7/25/2010 9:41PM

    Is it OK if I live this vacation thru you?
Thanks for sharing!


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Vacation Ė Part 3

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

From Disneyland we went to San Diego. Went to the San Diego Zoo and when we got there I realized that I had left the tickets in the motel room. We decided instead of going to the zoo that day we would go to the beach. We were fortunate to find a parking place without too much driving around. Fortunately I had seen our GS swim in the hotel pool or I would have really worried. I just donít trust the ocean and the big waves. He didnít try swimming but just played in the waves. There was a wonderful cool breeze, a big change from the heat in L.A. Another big change from L.A. was being able to relax and not have to rush to not miss anything. Went back to the hotel after a late lunch and just relaxed. GS went swimming in the hotel pool.

Sunday we went to the Maritime Museum and the U.S.S. Midway, an aircraft carrier. The Museum had both an American and a Soviet submarine. Talk about cramped quarters. There wasnít much room to move around. Even on the Midway there wasnít much room to move around below decks. On the Midway there was a ride that GS rode that simulated a dog fight. It was completely enclosed and would turn them upside down, looking straight up or every which way in-between. He loved it.

On one of the sailing ships at the Maritime Museum. One of the few pictures with all three of us.

On the submarine.

The U.S.S. Midway. That is also my backside which I would like to take out of the picture LOL.

Here is Jordan in the brig. He seems to always be behind bars.

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TLROYER 7/22/2010 5:12PM

    Great pictures. I love the one of all three of you. Thanks for sharing. Terry

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Vacation Ė Part 2

Sunday, July 18, 2010

We were at Disneyland for 3 full days, and I do mean full. Had 20,000+ steps every day. Went on 3 roller coasters, not the big one. The evening water show, Fantasmic, was fantastic. We watched the one at California Adventure but couldnít get a place to see all the characters. Even then the water show was beautiful. The best ride in the two parks was Soarin over California. We went on it twice and could have gone again. Itís A Small World was definitely worth singing, I mean seeing.

I was also impressed with how clean the parks were and how polite and positive everyone was.

I think our GS favorite ride was Autopia. You get to ďdriveĒ a car. There is a thing between the wheels so you canít leave the path but he thought it was great that he got to drive. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster was his next favorite.

It's A Small World

Jungle Cruise

The first time on the Jungle Cruise we had an excellent guide. He had a lot of puns. The second trip the guide wasn't near as good and we wouldn't have gone again if we would have had her first.

The Matterhorn Bobsleds

I had to go on the Teacups.

We had a blast! Wish we could take all our GC there.

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TLROYER 7/19/2010 3:36PM

    Seeing your pics makes we want to go back. I don't care what ride we rode, someone always said, 'let's go on it again'. I have the best picture from on the Autopia. My daughter and I are in the car in front of my husband and son. My husband and son kept bumping us even though sign's were clearly posted saying no bumping. My daughter was driving so I turned around and took a pic of my husband and son. They looked like wild men in the pic they were having so much fun.

Glad you and GS had such a good time. Take care. Terry

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BOOKAYB 7/19/2010 12:03PM

  How fun!!! So happy that you are having a blast!! emoticon

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DONGR8NCHARNC 7/19/2010 6:52AM


The vacation sounds like so much fun for you and the family. Young at heart in your case spells active and energetic- good for you! How has your relationship with the sweets been while in the "Land of Mickey? I hope you've won more than a few rounds of the battle (LOL)!

Take care and be blessed,

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    Thanks for the pictures. It looks just like it did when I was ten.

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MONTY68 7/18/2010 11:04PM

That is so awesome and the fact that you played also great. The bonus you got was all the steps that accumulated. 20,000 steps is an awesome figure for anyone and you should be proud of your accomplishments
Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

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