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Half-Fast Old Lady Fit Jock Says Make It Easy on Yourself

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I have been threatening to write a blog about how I pack a gym bag for some time. I think someone might benefit from it. Keeping a gym bag packed has been key in my transformation from couch potato to half-fast old lady fit jock.

I've even started writing the blog a time or two. I realize I have way too much to say on this and related subjects, but am not feeling the discipline it would take to get it down, condense it, and polish it, as the subject deserves.

So I've decided to take it in increments over a week or more. Expect a bunch of rambling. Perhaps I'll consolidate it when I'm done, but don't hold your breath!!

To become fit through consistent exercise means you have to develop new habits. Make exercise fit into your life. Schedule it. Although exercise in the morning is great for many reasons, if you aren't a morning person choose a time that works for you. I now often workout in the morning, but for years that would not have worked for me.

Decide what activity you are going to do and then:
1. Get the things you need.
2. Have them when and where you need them.

If you are exercising at home, you don't even need a bag. Lay out your exercise clothes so you see them first thing when you get up, especially if the first thing you intend to do is exercise. Even if you aren't going to exercise until much later, having the clothes there reminds you of your commitment to yourself for the day.

When I first started trying to exercise in the morning those tennis shoes with no backs were popular. I moved my treadmill that I hadn't used for years beside the dining room table and placed my backless shoes on them. More than once I did 10 minutes in my nightgown and those shoes. My friend who was a certified personal trainer teased me about exercising in my bedroom slippers, but it was a start. Somehow lacing up shoes seemed way too burdensome, but slipping on those tennies was easy and I felt ready to go. Was it the best way to exercise? No. But it got me started.

If you aren't exercising as regularly as you would like to achieve your goals, what is stopping you? Do you have what you need? Do you have it where and when you need it? Have you done everything you can do to make exercising convenient and easy for you to get started?











  
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NEW-CAZ 8/21/2014 3:27AM

    Once up I wash and put my workout clothes straight on if I'm doing ST straight after brekkie so I'm ready- or I dress for my walk and leave them ready for my return. I have all my clothes and equiptment tidy in my own gym room- so yes I'm organized and focused!

Great blog with some great advice!!!

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BACKTOTEN12 8/21/2014 12:23AM

    Hey, I started out doing the walkout in bare feet so I completely get it. It does work. I barely ever miss a day. I also have my gym bag packed in my car as well as my tennis bag. You are an inspiration. Great going. emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 8/20/2014 11:06PM

    great idea! so simple, but it makes so much sense. excellent blog!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/20/2014 9:37PM

    Agree 100%.

I have all my cycling clothes queued up and ready in the spot where I get ready for my commute to work. I have all my kayaking gear in bags ready to go, and my kayaking clothes where I need them. I have my dancing gear in a bag. It's just easier this way. :-)

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WATERMELLEN 8/20/2014 8:39PM

    Great blog! Making it easy to get started is a big part of it -- and I too put my workout clothes on as a cue to get out the door!! Keep my gym bag packed with my stuff in the middle of my study!! (no, not good housekeeping but that's OK).

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TERI-RIFIC 8/20/2014 8:24PM

    Many times if I write on my status that I'm going good to do something I am much more likely to do it and not wimp out.

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GABY1948 8/20/2014 8:06PM

    These are excellent ideas for one to get going! I'm so glad you decided to finish this this time! It WORKS!

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HARROWJET 8/20/2014 7:43PM

    It's a good way to start. emoticon

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SPINNINGJW 8/20/2014 7:19PM

    Having a gym bag packed and at the ready makes working out much easier. When I had a gym membership, I kept the bag in my car.

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MJREIMERS 8/20/2014 7:15PM

    I love it! Putting everything in sight makes it very difficult NOT to work out. I remember those days. Now I just "do it." Thanks for the tips. Great blog.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/20/2014 7:10PM

    What a great example of the small steps we take to "jolly ourselves" into BEGINNING. After all, you and I both know the hardest steps of a workout are the first ones...! emoticon

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MYTURNNOW2013 8/20/2014 7:00PM

    LOL I still ride my recumbent bike in my socks instead of shoes.

Hey I thought of one more name for your running shoes (if it's not too late)

Galloway WE go go

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FROSTY99 8/20/2014 6:41PM

    emoticon I fall out of bed (ha ha) and hit the pavement early because I know if I don't do it then, I won't do it!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 8/20/2014 6:35PM

    How appropriate to read this. I just finished my 28 min of strength training with the complete set of dumbbells (2 - 12 pounds) that are laid out in plain sight in front of the TV. Martha Stewart would cringe at this.

But first I warmed up with a 12 min aerobics video saved as a SP favorite on my laptop, also open on a table in the living room.

If the resources weren't right there in front of me, I would have stretched out on the couch and watched Judge Judy.

Yes, we have to plan ahead for success and "make it easy on ourselves". I like that.

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Function, Not Fashion

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Here's a picture of my new shoes, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14:



I took them out this morning for a good half hour hot walk and I've got to say they don't feel like they need any breaking in. Just felt great -- an obvious big improvement over the shoes I had on yesterday. Even though today is not a running day, I had to jog a bit to just try them. Mmmmm.

I've named my dancing shoes with SparkFriends' help (Gingers - and we call my hubby's Freds) so I guess I must name my running shoes. Since I change them every 4 months or so I probably will need a good name that will go with junior, the third, the fourth, etc. I'm thinking. Suggestions wanted. I might want to name them "Rhondas" after my favorite local grand master runner. She runs a 5K in around 23 minutes at age 63! And she does a lot of volunteer work with kids running.

Got to admit as much as I like the way they fit, I'm not crazy about the colors - midnight blue, pinkie purple, grey-silver, neon orange, and white!!?! My last 3 running shoes were in the teal family, so most of my running clothes are blue-green. I actually looked at 3 stores (FitNiche, Kohls, and Bealls) for a shirt or outfit that looked good with these shoes and didn't find anything I liked. Guess I'll just be a hard core runner whose shoes are chosen for function, not fashion. Why won't the shoe manufacturers give us neutral color running shoes that would go with lots of clothes? I'd like grey-black or even beige-white. Anyone have influence with a shoe manufacturer? Or maybe this is a good business idea? Bet those neutral shoes would sell like crazy. Funny, but I don't think it is a conspiracy to sell more running clothes, as many of the shoe manufacturers are not the big names in running clothes. Very puzzling.

Anyway, I'm delighted with the fit and feel of my new shoes. Definitely Running Happy!!

  
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TRAVELGRRL 8/20/2014 4:57PM

    I think the wild colors are really popular now. And I don't know about you, but I never get a choice of colors at my local running store -- they pick out the brand & size by the fit, not by anything else!

And lest you think that you'll be the same brand/style/size forever, I know you already know that's never the case!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/20/2014 3:52PM

    Call me crazy but I think your new shoes are really pretty! I have three pairs and I wear them by color family - what ever colors are in the shoes. I wear my aqua/purple shoes with greens and purples, my gray/magenta shoes with gray or red and my blue/gray shoes with the blue family and gray/black family. If other people don't like the way I match my colors, I consider that to be their problem not mine. I am comfortable and that is all that matters! Gosh, I'm getting feisty in my old age! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/20/2014 2:37PM

    You could call them "Merry Madelaines". Love the color.

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_LINDA 8/20/2014 11:49AM

    Pinks and oranges, colors I would stay far away from as I wouldn't be caught dead wearing them in clothing :-P I have seen those brightly colored shoes, but not an over abundance of them. Shoes I get on sale are the standard white base with grey, blue or black accents. Maybe its not caught on as much here in Canada.. Nothing beats a great fitting shoe, in fact if they are fitted properly, our local running store says there shouldn't need to be a 'breaking in' period. I like the Brooks shoe although New Balance are still my favorites..
I think naming them after your favorite inspirational runner is a great idea!

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JANEWATKINS 8/20/2014 8:49AM

    I love the colors, truly. I'm thinking of names. Certainly not after another runner. you are an amzaing person in your own right.

Looking at the picture here with your girls, I'm thinking maybe call them "Flutterbys" since you do flutter by everyone else in your age group. Plus you are such a . . . butterfly yourself, having emerged from a cocoon to become this fabulous lady. I'm still pecking away at my cocoon . . . lots of winter padding apparently! Hugs.

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MYTURNNOW2013 8/20/2014 2:04AM

    The first thought was Pink Pearls, then realized your teal preference. Like the Rhonda's Runners idea.

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/19/2014 11:11PM

    Ooooh, I love them! My Brooks Ghost running shoes are neon yellow, my New Balance running shoes are pink, and I LOVE pink!

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HARROWJET 8/19/2014 10:06PM

    If the shoes are comfortable, you will forget the color and they will work well with anything you wear because you will be running.

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/19/2014 7:34PM

    Happy Feet make happy runners! Nice kicks, and I agree I'd like to have some neutral colors as I even wear mine to work, and I get a lot of comments when I wear the bright turquoise ones with a turquoise shirt! emoticon

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FROSTY99 8/19/2014 7:29PM

    I love the colors. Hopefully you can find something that will co-ordinate!! Enjoy the new shoes and glad they feel great without any breaking in.

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HOLLYM48 8/19/2014 6:42PM

    I love colorful shoes and I love the shoes you just bought. The more color, the better. I agree with one of the other sparkers that they just put a little more bounce in my step! Hope they feel great for your runs!

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KLONG8 8/19/2014 4:40PM

    My shoes are bright pink, neon orange and white and I found when I first got them I noticed a little energy burst just watching them flash around under me! Then I noticed MORE pink/orange shoes showing up on men and women during my walks. Here in Denver I think anything goes!

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MEXGAL1 8/19/2014 2:22PM

    Yep, running shoes aren't a fashion statement but really good to hear that they are so comfortable. That is the most important thing.
Good luck with these pretty babies.
Sallie

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GABY1948 8/19/2014 12:26PM

    I also like the shoes....the colors are fine...they are mostly white. I'm not good at naming things....except collies.... emoticon so will wait on that to see what you pick!

I had no idea you runners change your shoes so often...I learn so much from you!

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2014 12:08PM

    Great shoe.. I colour co-ordinate mine. It must have pink and grey in there somewhere.

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LEWILL1982 8/19/2014 12:04PM

    I've had 3 pairs of the Adrenalines, I love them! I also alternate days with my Saucony Guides. I've worn your white ones, I've had teal and yellow, now I have the bright pink ones! My saucony's are teal and pink. Talk about fashion statements; last week I was in the gym in a red tshirt and my hot pink Brooks, Oops! I hope you enjoy them, I'm loving mine!

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MARGARITTM 8/19/2014 12:02PM

    I'm with you on the bright colored shoes.


I am only 5'4 but I can wear a 9.5 in a running shoe......I really do not need to bring anymore attention to my feet than necessary!

Good grief it is like clown shoes!

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NATPLUMMER 8/19/2014 11:54AM

    I'm glad the new shoes are working out. I don't bother trying to color coordinate my outfits. emoticon

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LINDA! 8/19/2014 11:16AM

    I like the shoe colors. Best of all, if they are comfortable you have to buy them!!

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ALICIA214 8/19/2014 11:13AM

 

A good looking shoe. And comfort and fit are a big plus.

I kinda like a splash of colour, it brightens up a grey rainy day..

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Intend to Run Happy!

Monday, August 18, 2014

I did my speed work in my neighborhood this morning. I'm in the taper week with a race on Saturday, so my plan called for 3 - 4 quarter mile intervals at 2 minutes each or 8 minutes per mile which is also 7.5 mph. The first two attempts I ran too fast (6.5 minutes per mile pace) but didn't make it a quarter mile. The third time I hit a full quarter mile in 1:56 on a slight decline. The fourth one had a slight incline, and I made it in 2:07. My total workout was 4 miles, mostly walk and jog.

More than once I've had a bit of hypochondria the week of a race. So my complaining after-workout glute was suspicious. But Saturday Martin, my nephew, mentioned that I seemed to be running on the outside of my shoes/feet. So between his comment and feedback from my glute, I looked hard and realized my shoes are quite worn on the outer edge. I had hoped to make it to the 15% off special for my running group in October, but it was clear today that wasn't going to happen. I went and bought new Brooks Adrenaline running shoes. Will get a little walking and one more run in them before Saturday's race. I think they'll help. I intend to run happy!!

  
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LEWILL1982 8/19/2014 12:11PM

    You know the brand slogan for Brooks is "Run Happy", right??

In between pairs of Adrenalines, I tried out a pair of Brooks Glycerins. I had never had shin splints before and I got them the first week I was in the Glycerins. I took them back and exchanged them for another pair of my tried and true Adrenalines. No shin splints since!

Always take care of your feet and you'll know when it's time for new shoes. I agree with ONMYMEDS, if you can rotate through a few pairs, I think that's the best way to go. I have my Brooks, a pair of Saucony's and a pair of Asics.

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CREPEDCRUSADER 8/19/2014 10:58AM

    I wear the outer edge too. I can always tell when I need new shoes because I get weird toe cramps when they are getting worn.

Run Happy! That's a great motto. emoticon emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 8/19/2014 10:41AM

    I have two pairs of Brooks and just love them. Although I am not a runner any more, I love the support and comfort that they offer. I am so glad that Martin noticed the problem!

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NATPLUMMER 8/19/2014 9:02AM

    Just a thought...if the Adrenaline's are wearing out on the outer edge, they might have more support than you need. You may want a less supportive shoe.

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ONMYMEDS 8/19/2014 8:37AM

    It might be a good idea to buy another pair when the group discount special becomes available in October. Then you can rotate pairs. I would think running in the Florida heat, one pair would barely get a chance to dry out from one day to the next.

I like Brooks. They make a good shoe that seems to hold up better than some other brands. I love the Ghost model. Every time I try something different, I get into trouble. I rotate 4 pair and when they are no longer good for running, I still wear them for everyday use around the house.

Good for Martin for pointing that out to you.

Good luck on your race. You just keep getting faster and faster.

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TERI-RIFIC 8/19/2014 6:39AM

    Shoes are so important. Old shoes contributed to my first injury. My daughter has several pairs of running shoes and alternates. She keeps a log of the miles on each pair. I'm considering getting a second pair so I can alternate, too. They are just too darned expensive!! But it's worse to be injured.

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2014 3:03AM

    YOu will run happy Marsha and you'll love it!!!

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2BDYNAMIC 8/19/2014 12:31AM

    I'm with Watermellen ............ you are worth the new shoes and no sense facing problems ................ Hope you love them ......... and run happy!! emoticon

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SANDICANE 8/18/2014 9:59PM

    You will run happy! You seem to LIVE happy! I love to read your blogs!!!

Have a super day.

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MSLZZY 8/18/2014 9:42PM

    That would hamper more than help you to run in old shoes. So glad your nephew noticed it. Enjoy the new shoes.

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HARROWJET 8/18/2014 9:33PM

    We have to take care of our feet if we want them to carry us to the finish. emoticon I'm glad you realized you needed new shoes before Saturday.

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WATERMELLEN 8/18/2014 9:32PM

    Very smart to have got the new shoes because you need 'em NOW!! Saving little isn't worth the potential for injury . . . you are worth it!

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ROXYZMOM 8/18/2014 9:11PM

    I LOVE Brooks running sneaks. I wear Brooks Ravennas (high arch).
What color did you pick??

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/18/2014 9:09PM

    I love reading about your training, one day I hope to be able to do that too, right now my goal is just to keep going, LOL!

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CHARITYAK 8/18/2014 8:40PM

    Yay for new shoes!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/18/2014 8:39PM

    emoticon Here's for running happy! Feet that feel good... priceless!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/18/2014 8:12PM

    I land on the outside edge of my shoes, too. They certainly can wear down quickly.

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FROSTY99 8/18/2014 8:00PM

    The feet always know! Glad you went ahead an got the new ones.

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GEORGE815 8/18/2014 7:59PM

    Hope the Brooks work out for you.

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Surprise Funny

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Here are my new friends, Lisa and Lucas Smelser, at Lake Hollingsworth yesterday:



I met Lucas and Lisa at a Lakeland Runners Club meeting. Luke sat right next to me, said he was new to town, and asked me where to run, about running groups, what people wear to run here, about training plans, etc. He talked like he didn't know much about running. When I saw he ran the first two Watermelon Series Races in just over 26 minutes each I thought that was good. Both races they were both friendly and said hi to me. Then the third race he ran in just over 18 minutes. I was surprised to say the least! Then I saw he is working at my favorite running store, FitNiche. So I knew he'd just been pulling my leg. Kind of funny.

Then yesterday I followed his exploits on FaceBook. I saw that his wife was manning his support tent, but asking for help for 2 hours she had to work. Yesterday Lucas ran the Tick Tock Ultra (first annual) around Lake Hollingsworth. It started at 7:30am and finished at 7:30pm. Lucas won!! He ran 23 laps in 12 hours or 65.32 miles!! He got the trophy. He got $250. He won bragging rights for a full year!!!



So much for the new fellow in town I thought didn't know much about running!!

  
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SPINNINGJW 8/20/2014 7:00AM

    He must have wanted your wisdom. And, like others have said, get a feel for the locals opinions.

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LEWILL1982 8/19/2014 12:06PM

    Sounds like he wanted an unbiased opinion about your running community. Wanted a local's perspective and you gave it to him. That's funny though, I wonder what I would have said to someone...

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MARGARITTM 8/18/2014 3:56PM

    That's terrific. Glad you made a new friend and could enjoy his success.

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DONNABRIGHT 8/18/2014 3:11PM

    Just never know who you might meet!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/18/2014 10:29AM

    Wow, that is some kind of impressive! Kudos to him!

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MSLZZY 8/17/2014 10:28PM

    Surprise indeed but how nice of you to respond to his questions. He may be new to the area but not new to running. What a sneaky way to get acquainted.

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HARROWJET 8/17/2014 7:19PM

    Interesting story about the 'new' fellow in town. emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/17/2014 6:18PM

    Haha, that IS funny, I like that!

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FROSTY99 8/17/2014 6:05PM

    Sounds like he has quite a sense of humor. emoticon Lucas

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WATERMELLEN 8/17/2014 5:00PM

    Pretty amazing -- and my goodness they look fit too!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/17/2014 4:42PM

    Don't you love the way these young guys "indulge" us little old ladies in training? emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/17/2014 4:38PM

    Wow! WHAT A GUY!!!!!

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GRANDMABABA 8/17/2014 3:19PM

    awesome!

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ADRIENALINE 8/17/2014 3:19PM

    It's great when your friends can surprise you again and again

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Inspiring 99 Year Old; Aspiring to Speed and Bling

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Oh, wow! I find this 99 year old woman amazingly inspiring:

www.runnersworld.com/general-interes
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Don't know that I'll be able to run in 34 more years, much less at record pace, but heavens knows I'm going to run as long as I can!!

Today my group ran the hills of south Lakeland, 80 degrees and 94 percent humidity, finishing 7.71 miles. My niece and nephew joined in with my group. Niece did great and finished strong; she'll be joining our group ongoing. My nephew did great for the first 5 miles or so, then started falling back. I stayed with him. We finished in 100 minutes, right at 13 minutes per mile pace. I so hope he doesn't get discouraged; he has come so far. I know he was disappointed. I enjoyed the run, felt like I got a good workout even with the slower pace, and was glad I was there to be with my nephew.

Week from today is my next 5K, the 4th and final race in our Watermelon Series. Hope to bring home some bling!!!

  
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HOLLYM48 8/17/2014 9:45AM

    What a great aunt to stay and run with your nephew and give the encouragement he needed to finish! That is great. I am excited to hear how your next and last watermelon 5K goes, and what kind of bling you bring home as well!

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SWEDE_SU 8/17/2014 7:28AM

    love the article, and how wonderful to run with your niece and nephew!

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SEABREEZE64 8/17/2014 7:16AM

    I saw that article and thought - that's going to be me.
Well, maybe....

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_LINDA 8/17/2014 1:47AM

    Great article! Amazing woman with simple but successful advice!
Good on you staying back with your nephew!

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GLORIAMAJDI 8/16/2014 10:17PM

    Read the article about the 99 year old woman, and what can I say besides WOW! That is just amazingly wonderful. I hope that I can do that when I am 99!

Is your nephew new to running? For a newbie that is not bad in that heat and humidity. When our weather is like that, my pace is pretty slow - and I am a slow runner anyway. I hope he doesn't give up!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/16/2014 7:23PM

    How cool was that! Wow!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/16/2014 6:18PM

    Finishing IS a win! Remind your nephew that he is "lapping everyone that's laying on the couch." I'm proud of him.

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HARROWJET 8/16/2014 6:03PM

    Some days a slower pace is a good thing. Not every time out will be fast. Your nephew is doing well and you are an encouragement to him. emoticon

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GABY1948 8/16/2014 5:23PM

    How sweet of you to stay with him and I am sure he will not give up...you are too inspiring for him to do that!

Thank you for the link to the 99 year old woman...what a sweetie she looks like! That heat and humidity has to be deadly down there!

Have a blessed Sunday, Marsha! emoticon

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CREPEDCRUSADER 8/16/2014 4:49PM

    I'm sure with your guidance he won't be discouraged and will come to know it's all part of the process.

You're gonna get that bling next week I'm sure of it!
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FROSTY99 8/16/2014 4:35PM

    My step-father competed in the senior Olympics and won several medals when he was in his 80's. Not as good as this lady but still impressive for his age.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/16/2014 4:25PM

    I hope you can help your nephew believe that pace does not define the runner nor fitness and to not feel pressured to "win" age groups, etc. to be successful. Does he enjoy running separate from all the measurements? Help him find the love in what he's doing. It is hard sometimes to run around very competitive people and to resist defining yourself by the competition.
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ONEKIDSMOM 8/16/2014 4:18PM

    What a great thing to be able to run with loved ones! Good for you, sticking with your nephew.

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WIFE48 8/16/2014 3:56PM

    WOW, congrats on your running.

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