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Last kid out...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My youngest son is moving out tomorrow. My husband and I will be on our own! Several people have asked me if I am going to go through "empty nest syndrome". I don't think I will. This is the second time he has moved out. The last time was 2 years ago when he went away to college in Long Island, NY which was about 3 hours away. The only thing that got me was dropping him off at the train station and watching the train pull away. I learned to never walk him up to the train! This time he will live in an apartment 15 mins away and work part time for me, so I am not feeling bad. Plus he is 21 years old and it's time. I honestly feel that I did a fairly good job as a parent if he can do this, and he needs to mature.

So, I now look at how this will affect me and my habits. Now it will be me and my husband. We are in our late 40's. As tempting as it will be to eat out all the time, I am going to have to be the one to promote eating dinners at home during the week. We always go out on the weekends so I know that will not change. We also live on the water, so it's like we are on vacation every day. That means wine and beer and being lazy. I am going to have to make sure we do that in moderation so we don't end up with addiction problems!! Also the
high calorie intake!! And company with snacks, etc! Lots to think about!!

Thank God we still work!

So, I have a lot to think about so we both stay in line! How come the female is always the one who has to think about these things?

All I know is that I have worked to hard to lose weight and keep it off to go backwards now! I am glad I have the hobby of running to keep me focused, on a schedule, and in shape. Alm the races I am signed up for in the future really
help keep me on the straight and narrow - along with you guys, of course ;)

So, after all of this, I guess with the last kid moving out, it's all about keeping ourselves in line, out of trouble, in shape and happy!!

I can do this!!

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KAREN_NY 5/31/2012 8:41PM

    You're so cute.... why IS it the women who have to think of these things? lol! and... like being on vacation every day! love that!

Adventure & good spirit to you!

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RIVADERCHI 5/31/2012 4:47PM

    Hi R.M.! I love your attitude! You are really enjoying life to the max! Don't feel guilty for the pleasures (food/drink)--you work it off! And you work so that you can enjoy it! Life is good! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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What I Have Been Up To...

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The past week I haven't had time to get on the home computer. Had to catch up on cleaning, furniture shop with my son, celebrate my birthday and plant my vegetable garden. I also missed about 3 days tracking my food, but, I did maintain my weight.

I planted 10 jalapeņo plants, 2 habaneros, a sweet banana pepper plant, 2 sweet cherry tomato plants, 3 beefsteak tomato plants and 3 zucchini plants. I have room in my garden for one more plant, so I am going to go back this week and pick something I haven't grown before. I also have to plant lettuce seeds in a container on my deck. Lettuce grows really fast. I love growing my own vegetables, I find the whole process fabulous for de-stressing. I give a lot of them to my friends and employees.

I also picked up cilantro, sweet basil and parsley plants.

Aren't they cute?

I am not sure where I am going to plant them yet, probably in a container on my deck.

So, that is what I have been up to - besides being very busy at work. I haven't run since last Thursday, I hope to resume tomorrow. There are several races this weekend, but we are supposed to get rain. I am just finishing Jeff Galloway's Half Marathon training book and am beginning to mentally prepare for my training. He has a lot of good tips. I am going to use my birthday money for new running shoes.

Hope you are having a great week!!


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RIVADERCHI 5/30/2012 4:33PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, RoxyzMom! You rock! I loved your race blog! That's wonderful that you're growing your veggies. I saw Michelle Obama on Jon Stewart's show promoting her Gardening book! So, how did your body feel the day after your race? I have a feeling you are gonna be great on your first marathon! Enjoy your summer! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 5/24/2012 5:53PM

    I just love little plants. Definitely cute and so much promise.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/22/2012 10:33PM

    Your garden sounds wonderful! Ours is currently a bunch of weeds outlined by some very strong lilies that are not yet in bloom. emoticon My husband plans to get it tilled and planted by the end of Memorial Day weekend.

New running shoes = a very, very good thing! I hope you find just the right pair!

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Delaware Marathon Relay Look Back...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Well, I have to say, I was nervous going in...

I lost 2 pounds the week before the race. I ate a very strict, 1200 cal diet. I pushed it a little bit the Thursday before by having a few red wines... but, I was still in my cal range. I ran every day - different miles - the last was a little over 5 on Friday. I ran a lot of hills.

I was in charge of the team. I bought really cool, underarmour, bright neon green shirts for everyone. I picked up the tags and all the goodies the day before - REALLY nice running shirts, note pads, pens, pint glasses... I went to bed at 10 the night before. We got up at 5 AM and headed out to the race.

It was, by foremost, the most impressive, organized race I have been in to date. "REAL" runners were there. Our team wanted to finish in 4 hours. We weren't sure how that would figure with the other 4 person teams but we didn't want to finish last.

My son, Ken, went first. He works in a restaurant and had to be at work by 10 since - it was mother's day. I went second, my husband third and his best friend fourth. I watched as my son put on the ankle bracelet. When he came in at exactly one hour I was there, ready and put on the bracelet (He said "mile 4 is really bad") and away I went. I was really worried that I would miss a turn. It wasn't marked well in the beginning but I figured it out! At the next confusing turn, a man said he was one of my customers " I am Reese and Robbie's dad" I said "oh Yeah, I am confused to where to go" He told me and I took off!! I flew! I ran by a river, over a wood bridge and began mile 4. Yes, it was a little difficult - a nice steep hill - and I noticed my legs getting a little tight - but I kept running through it. I ran up a 5 block hill and then an amazing thing happened - I got this enormous burst of energy!! I flew past EVERYONE -- half marathoners and marathoners. it was amazing! It was endorphins! I totally rocked!! I flew into the finish line and felt like I could run the whole darn race again! Woo Hoo!! I felt this rush of energy - it was one of the best feelings of my life. I ran 6.55 miles in 1 hour, 1 min! Our team finished 85 out of 185!

So, yes, I will run the Delaware 1/2 marathon next year! Oh Yeah!! I am so impressed with how far I have become since starting this journey one and a half years ago. I honestly can't believe I am doing all of this! I could not have done it with out all of you supporting me.

Thank you!!!

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RIVADERCHI 5/30/2012 4:27PM

    Congrats, R.M.! I am so proud of you and the 10-04 good buddies! I loved your description of the "runners high"! You are amazing and you guys did fantastic! Great pic! Woo Hoo!!! emoticon emoticon

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KAREN_NY 5/17/2012 10:17PM

    I'm sorry to be late catching up, but wow what a great story! SOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!! You totally rocked it, got to do the whole family thing, and you look fantastic! WOOHOO!!!

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EDENZMOM 5/16/2012 11:28AM

    AMAZING!!! I'm so proud of you!
I had no idea you were training to run with your family. I would love to do that some day, of course when my daughter gets a bit bigger :)
And your son is significantly taller than you... and finished only 1 minute after him? the physics of that are totally not in your favor. Very Very impressed!!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/16/2012 2:27AM


I love the shirts - they're nice and bright without seeming obnoxiously so.

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SABLENESS 5/15/2012 6:56PM

    Wow! Awesome! Great time, great accomplishment! emoticon

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    Congratulations!! I think it's awesome that it only took you one more minute than it took your son. Was your total team time under 4 hours like you wanted it to be?

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Tomorrow is a BIG goal day...

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Eight months ago I signed up for the Delaware Marathon - one of a four person relay team. I can't believe it is tomorrow!

During the eight months, I have healed from foot surgery and began training the first part of January -- I can truly say I trained for it! As part of the preparation, I have run a couple 5k races and a 10k - two weeks ago - so why am I nervous?? There are 3000 runners and a lot of them are REALLY good at it...I mean - REALLY fast. I have not run in anything like this before, but I think it will be good for me in preparation for the Disney 1/2 marathon labor day weekend.

I am also very worried that I am going to go the wrong way or miss a turn. The route is somewhat confusing and crosses paths with marathon and 1/2 marathon runners here and there. I do not have a good sense of direction. I am second to run on my team, so I am hoping to follow another relay person (who hopefully knows where they are going...LOL).

So, I feel better now that I "vented". It is what it is and I am going to do this!!

Here are our team one will be able to miss us!!

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EDENZMOM 5/14/2012 10:10AM

    So exciting, and congrats on the outcome!!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/13/2012 10:44PM

    I just read this, then had to glance at your page to see if you told us about it in your status.... You did GREAT! I hope you'll blog about the whole experience when you get a chance!

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MNCYCLIST 5/12/2012 11:06PM

    Smile a lot, worry less, have a great time!

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UMBILICAL 5/12/2012 9:53PM

  No worry, be happy

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Almost done school, preparing for Delaware Marathon Relay event...

Sunday, May 06, 2012

I have been very busy with school and work. I have been logging my food and updating my status, but haven't had time to blog or check in with my sparkbuddies as much as I like to. I have a presentation Wednesday night and then school is done -- can't wait to be free again!!

I had a sinus infection last week, too. I didn't get to run for 6 days straight on account of Not being able to breath and having a fever for three of days. My allergies have not been great. There is pollen EVERYWHERE! And, of course, I love to run outside, so... I am now using nasal spray and a saltwater solution twice a day. I just finished a 5 day antibiotic and was finally able to run yesterday. Yesterday I ran slow to wake my muscles up. Today I was back to my normal speed. I am preparing for the Delaware Marathon on Mother's day. I am on a 4 person relay team and will be running 6.55 miles. I set this goal last fall - and signed up last fall so I would do it - I can't believe it is almost here!

This week I am going to run every day and vary my run intensities and distances. I do not plan on running more than 4.5 miles. I will mainly be running during my lunch break, so all the runs will be flat. I want to pick up my speed a little bit more. I am also "tweaking" my running music. I have noticed a couple songs make me run a little bit slower, so I am going to remove them. I am also going to put the final cut on my ipod shuffle. It's nice and small. My iphone feels bulky and sweaty on my arm when I am in a race.

As far as food, I am back on my strict 1200 cal diet from now until race day. I goofed off the past two weekends, and now it is time to focus. Don't worry, there are lots of veggies and fruits involved; no alcohol. I want to feel at my peak on race day.

So, now I am off to buy the team running shirts. I am going to go look for bright orange shirts so we can find each other - maybe - there are 3000 runners attending!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/8/2012 2:59PM

    Love the idea of super-bright shirts to help find each other - so long as no other teams pick the same shade!


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RIVADERCHI 5/8/2012 12:47AM

    Yay! Go Neon orange or lime team! Run! Yay, carbo loading! Yay, peppy music to keep you going! No rest?? Hi there, R.M. sorry to hear about your son's heartache--tell him there are plenty of fish in the sea and the next one will be better! Or tell him the butterfly story--let it go and if it's meant to be, it will come back! Oh, the stories I could tell ;) !! emoticon emoticon P.S. Sorry to hear you were under the weather--so glad you're feeling better!

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    Oops. I messed up on which Wednesday you'd be done with school. Sorry about that! So... I hope your presentation goes well THIS Wednesday and that you're able to really relax at the end of THIS week. emoticon

I know you'll have an awesome race on Sunday. Have fun with it!

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FITWITHIN 5/6/2012 5:38PM

    I'm so excited for you and I hope everything goes well on race day. I feel you with the right songs on the ipod, and it does make a difference with the speed. I'm just beginning to run again and I have my challenges and one is speed. I'm not at the marathon level yet, but time will tell. I'm okay with the 5k right now. I walk for miles, but running is a whole different story. Best of luck to you on your relay.

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