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Run for the House 5k

Saturday, April 21, 2012

This morning I ran my second 5k of the season. I consider these part of my training for the 10k I am running in 4 weeks. I decided to walk while I was at the water station. It was planted a lot farther than usual and it was quite a hot run. I slowed to walk and suddenly had a huge urge to pee!! Luckily the restroom was near by. I was running my best time ever before that!! I ended up with a time of 28.21. I am not walking anymore!!

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KAREN_NY 4/25/2012 12:23PM

    lol - ok, so I found this a funny story :) But congrats on an awesome time !!

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    Oh my goodness! You ran that fast with a potty break included? I think that's awesome!

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INFLATED 4/24/2012 8:02AM

    Since I got "my can" back, do you want to borrow it? You could set it up behind a tree.

The job is never finished until the paperwork is done.

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KAYLSLYNN 4/23/2012 8:21PM

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TRILLIUM22 4/23/2012 6:15PM

    What bad luck needing to pee right then. I always make a lot of trips to the bathroom before the race begins. Get a lot of grief for it, but I figure ever little bit out of my bladder before I start running the better.

28:21 is an awesome time with a bathroom break.

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INFLATED 4/23/2012 12:14AM

    Believe me, it is very hard to run holding your knees together!

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RIVADERCHI 4/22/2012 12:47AM

    Hi R. M.! Glad you stayed hydrated! It's very interesting how the body works its magic.... that's still a great time! Our bandshell is on the broadwalk and it's a small outdoor concert venue for a few hundred people and they have free concerts 5 days a week. Hope you're having a great weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDENZMOM 4/21/2012 7:59PM

    I'm still impressed! Good job

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SABLENESS 4/21/2012 11:02AM

    Interesting, the things you learn about how your body works! Great time; looking forward to hearing about the 10k!

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What a week it has been...

Friday, April 20, 2012

I survived my fourth week training two new managers. The changes are all positive, just takes a lot of my time and energy to make sure they all happen smoothly. I had a couple customer meetings too. I think (and hope) they are feeling a more open line of communication which is always a good thing.

I have also had my nose in books and on the computer for my class at school. I will be done May 9 - Yayyyy! I am now working on my rough draft for my final paper, then will work on my power point for class. I love power point because it is so "artsy" - but it ends up being very time consuming. When my class is done, I plan on going back to my Wednesday night SparkLive meetings with Lauren. I really miss those, they help to keep me focused.

I did take today off work; I needed a break. I slept in then took a nice, leisurely 4 1/2 mile run around the development. I have been reading Jeff Galloway's training book and running magazine articles. They all suggest that nice slow runs are a great tool when training for races. Tomorrow I am running my second 5K of the season, so that will be my speed run for the week.

The Delaware Marathon is on Mother's day. I am on a relay team and will be running a 10K. It will be my first one. My goal is to run it in under 55 minutes. I think my training has been on target. The weather has been so nice that I have only had to use my treadmill once.

Well, I am going to go back to working on my paper. I hope you have a relaxing weekend!


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    Such exciting things you have ahead! May 9 will be here before you know it and you'll be able to breathe a sigh of relief. The training group that I start next month will be using the Galloway method, too. I'm interested to see what I'll be able to do by the end of the summer. I'd love to be able to post some times like yours... and to call a 4 1/2 mile run "leisurely". Wow!!

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INFLATED 4/23/2012 12:11AM

    You have been busy in many areas of your life. I am one that believes it helps to be that way, there is a self-satisfaction that comes from it, as well as gain.

I always ran with a feel for finding the smoothest path and ways to cut time which I would use when I had to run for speed. When you go to your half-marathon, if you can walk the course, do so. My daughter ran cross-country, I never did because my high school didn't have track. There may be places where you can run with speed and then jump down, which will cut your time, but you have to be sure you can stick your landing with no injuries.

The daily running will increase your lung capacity. In some countries the runners train on steep hills to increase their ability to breathe under stress to the body.

I think considering you just came off of a foot surgery, you are doing exceptionally well!

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RIVADERCHI 4/22/2012 12:33AM

    You are amazing! Rock on, Sparksister! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAREN_NY 4/21/2012 9:51AM

    ** Life is Good. **

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BLUE42DOWN 4/20/2012 7:59PM


Sounds like a lot of things coming together nicely for you!

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EDENZMOM 4/20/2012 4:05PM

    Good for you! you sound incredibly busy, yet you still ahve time to fit in a good workout. great inspiration :)

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Keeping the Weight Off...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

I am doing a great job keeping the weight off. I weighed myself today and am holding strong at 125. Sometimes I float up or down a couple of pounds then end up back 1 pound under my goal weight.

I am still tracking my food. I did pretty good keeping up with tracking during my three vacations. I am very honest about what I am eating and drinking. I generally eat between 1200 and 1500 cals. Sometimes I go over 1500 cals, but it seems to even back out through the whole week.

I run 4 to 5 times per week.

Running and tracking all of my food are definitely the two main things keeping my weight down.

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KAREN_NY 4/18/2012 8:28PM

    Fabulous - you are so well disciplined and look at the terrific results you earn!! (I can only imagine a day when I'd be content on 1200 calories... actually, no... i can't imagine that, lol!)

Cheers to YOU!

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SABLENESS 4/16/2012 10:26PM

    Woohoo! I can't wait to be there myself!

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RIVADERCHI 4/14/2012 12:14AM

    Hi R.Mom! You are amazing! In between work, school and home, you find the time to take care of yourself too... busy but balanced! I like the idea of you trying to kill two birds with one stone re: school... will you be more qualified for your line of work or get a raise??? Or are you just trying to satisfy the requirements? It sounds interesting, but you're right.. you are sacrificing your personal time, but it will be worth it in the end! No one can take your education from you! emoticon emoticon

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INFLATED 4/13/2012 12:16PM

    You are a disciplined woman. You tackle things as they occur and schedule in your exercise. I believe you will be successful in maintaining your goal weight.

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    I love your discipline! emoticon

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EDENZMOM 4/13/2012 8:18AM

It sounds so easy for you, and I'm so happy that I can read your blog this morning, it gives me hope that one day it will be easy for me as well !
Have a great day!

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Nice Long Weekend...

Friday, April 06, 2012

I am so happy to have three days off in a row. My life has been a whirlwind since I returned from vacation. I am getting my new managers and staff organized and adjusted to new changes. They are positive changes but changes none the less. I was exhausted yesterday. My school work has picked up a lot. I have been staying on top of it, but am ready for the end! School really cuts into my social time! My kids are full grown and I am ready to take a break!

Anyway, this morning I caught up on some things on the internet, took inventory of the food in my pantry and refridgerator and made out the grocery list. I like to keep my to-go-foods in stock so I don't eat something I will regret later.

I set up my running teams web page for the Ronald McDonald house 5k run/walk. Our team is called the "Plum Point River Rats". We came up with this name because we hang out in and around the Chesapeake Bay all summer.
Here is our mascot picture:

I made it from printshop software. The guys think it's funny because the rat's hand is in his overalls. I did not realize it looked that way until they pointed it out, but we decided to keep the rat anyway.

I jotted down in my calendar a few more 5k's I want to do. I am going to try to find a "test" 10k to do before the Delaware Marathon.

This afternoon it is supposed to get to 57 so I am going to do a long run (6 to 7 miles) around the development. I put my running clothes on when I got up so I would follow through with it.

Tonight I am going to talk my husband into going out to dinner where my son works. They steam a really good lobster tail there at a really good price.

I hope you enjoy your weekend.


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RIVADERCHI 4/9/2012 11:31PM

    Hi R.M.! Good blog! Loved the "river rat!" I noticed his Missing hand too! He's also gonna have to put his shoes on before he runs! Good job with your mascot! So glad you got a little "down time" doing what you love with those you love! You sound happy and busy! Hope you had a Happy Easter! Thanks for commenting on my blog...we had another gorgeous day here in South Florida. Have a great week and enjoy your runs! emoticon emoticon

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INFLATED 4/9/2012 9:34AM

    LOL! about your mascot.

I like lobster too. We went out to Burger King with their coupons. I don't think we have been out since Veteran's Day last year.

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ONUTHIN125 4/6/2012 1:40PM

    emoticonEnjoy your time off! Spark On! emoticon

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    I wondered why the rat's hand was in his pants! emoticon

I hope you have a great run this afternoon and a wonderful 3-day weekend!

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Because of Running and Great Sparkbuddies I am Back in the Swing of Things! (Pics included)

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Thank you for your comments on my blog when I was stressed out over work stuff last week. You guys are so nice. I loved it!

Friday night I read over your comments and went on-line to find a 5k. It was just what I needed to do to "snap" out of it. I am so glad I did. I ended up with a new PR of 27.49 - blew my old time from last year out of the water by 2 minutes! I also ended up getting a medal! I had to look at my posted time 5 times before it sunk in that I had run that fast! All the hard work I have been doing to run faster is paying off...yippeee!

And, best of all, it snapped me out of feeling stressed out.

Here is a couple pics I added from my Key West trip. The first is me getting ready to go out with my hubby and friends on a sunset cruise...

This is me with my hubby on the cruise...

I hope you had a great weekend!!

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KAREN_NY 4/18/2012 8:26PM

    WOOHOOO!!! That's great... and you look terrific!

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INFLATED 4/9/2012 1:29AM

    Look at that tan!

Great job on the run! I think you have Sparking down now!

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    I love that you ran in a race to help you beat the stress, and that you earned a medal out of the deal. You deserved it, for sure!
Those are cute pictures. You look so cheery!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/2/2012 5:02AM


emoticon on a new PR and breaking the chains of stress!

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RIVADERCHI 4/2/2012 1:14AM

    Wow, R.M.! You look, like, 19! What great pics of you--you are rockin' it girl and I know your hubby's a happy camper (and good lookin' too!)! I had to laugh when you spoke about romance on my bike ride w/the BF, not! But my guy is a hottie (looks like Magnum P.I. or Burt Reynolds in his heyday!) so I'm lucky! Congratulations on that medal and your PR!!!! YAY!!!! I wish I could have been there to cheer you on! Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon

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DIBRN5 4/1/2012 7:52PM

    Great job. I need to be inspired. Thank you.

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NADS1959 4/1/2012 7:43PM

    took the bull by the horns you did!

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