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5K Finish Picture

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Here's my finish line picture from yesterday's 5K. I hope to do at least 2 minutes faster in my next race on September 3rd. We'll see.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/22/2011 11:45AM

    Good for you Marsha!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/22/2011 9:20AM

    Good for you!

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MISTYRIVER64 8/22/2011 8:25AM

    Congratulations - you did it!!!! Great photo too.

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KEKEIKO 8/22/2011 8:07AM

    Congratulations Marsha! Glad to see you are feeling better and was able to run the race. I believe next time you will be able to improve your speed. You did well! Thank you for sharing your success and the picture. emoticon emoticon

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BLUESKY_321 8/22/2011 7:58AM

    Congratulations Marsha!


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SHRINKINGSHERI 8/22/2011 5:55AM

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WATERMELLEN 8/21/2011 8:20PM

    Yay you!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/21/2011 6:21PM

    WTG Marsha!!

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_LINDA 8/21/2011 4:39PM

    You sure are looking good to me in that finish, not tired at all!
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JERIBERI1 8/21/2011 4:01PM

    Woo Hoooo!!!

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MONTY68 8/21/2011 4:00PM

    Hi Marsha
Great picture of you finishing the race. You are awesome and if you say you are going to cut 2 minutes, I believe you will.
Thanks for sharing your finish.


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NEW-CAZ 8/21/2011 3:54PM

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Well done Marsha!

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AMANDAJCD 8/21/2011 3:47PM

    Well done, Marsha!

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KEEP_GOING247 8/21/2011 3:10PM

    Woohoo! I can only imagine how good it felt to cross that line. emoticon

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Watermelon Series Final

Saturday, August 20, 2011

I ran race 4 of the Watermelon Series of 5Ks. I have now run five 5K races and this was my slowest by 2 seconds at 31:21. I started at the back of the pack and I didn't push it. I'm still recovering from a bear of a cold -- actually two of them back to back. I was out of award contention because I missed race 3 anyway so I just ran for exercise and fun. It felt good to run easy. I'm glad I did follow through and run it. I stayed for the trophy celebration. It was just a little bit hard to see that the first place winner in my age group is someone I beat in races one and two. Maybe next year.

I'm glad I stayed, though, because I got to meet quite a few other runners around my age. Again I was encouaged to join a Galloway walk/run group and I think I will. A lot of them run long races. Maybe someday I'll tackle a half marathon. I'm not seeing the point of running a whole marathon of 26+ miles -- it just seems like too much punishment. The most I've ever run was 9 miles and I feel confident I can build up to 13.1 without bleeding, fainting, exhaustion, injury, etc.

The finish line pictures from today's 5K have not been posted yet. If they are up today, I'll edit this blog and add mine. If not, I'll probably post it tomorrow. Right now I'm feeling strong and healthy. I'm hoping for a really fast race on September 3rd. We'll see.

  
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-PAULA 8/21/2011 2:27PM

    You did an amazing time! I love the Jeff Galloway form of running and wish there were a group here and I would join. Maybe someday we will do a race together. Thanks for the great blog and once again inspiring me.

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_LINDA 8/21/2011 8:59AM

    You have the attitude of a winner and I predict we will be seeing you winning the medals in future races. So glad you could enjoy your run! Feel proud of yourself, very proud! Your running should always be fun and avoiding punishing yourself trying too long runs is a healthy way to look at it. You embody the spirit of winners never quit and quitters never win!! Go Marsha!!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/20/2011 10:12PM

    You did a great job Marsha!

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JOYINKY 8/20/2011 8:49PM

    Marsha, I love your consistency! Watching you grow into a runner to be reckoned with has been amazing! I'm sure you have many awards in your future, attitude is everything and you have got IT! WTG!

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GERIKRAGH 8/20/2011 8:09PM

    Wow. What an accomPlishment. Get well soon.

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MIRAGE727 8/20/2011 7:56PM

    Outstanding performance, Marsha. After being ill, I know you felt good to be out there. It's also great that you got new opportunities in running partners!
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WATERMELLEN 8/20/2011 7:42PM

    I'm thinking that was totally classy behaviour not to drop out just because you could not be a series award winner . . .

Winning the race would have been nice. But being a member of the human race is clearly more important to you!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/20/2011 7:14PM

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-CHERYL 8/20/2011 6:37PM

    Congratulations! If you were running here in Florida triple congratulation, it's HOT out there!

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MONTY68 8/20/2011 5:50PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations. I think 2 seconds slower is awesome. For how you were feeling you did a fantastic race. I am sure if you decide to run the 1/2 marathon, you will do great.
You were and are awesome and a inspiration to all that read your blogs.

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NEW-CAZ 8/20/2011 5:28PM

    emoticon emoticonMarsha
look forward to the pics hun WELL DONE YOU! emoticon

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Pleased and Honored

Friday, August 19, 2011

My niece called yesterday and asked me to run a 5K with her. She's a really neat person, 24 years old, recently engaged to be married, graduated valedictorian of her high school and at the top of her university class, beautiful, funny, hard working, athletic, personable -- well, it's just hard to say enough positive things about her. Unfortunately the 5K she wanted to run on Sept. 24th won't work for me and she doesn't want to race sooner. So we are considering the GoGreen 5K October 15th run on a dirt trail. I'm pleased and honored she'd want to run with her old aunt. I was even more honored when her mom told me she's been running for several weeks to get in shape to assure she can keep up with me!

I bet she would not have needed to, as I'm still not up to speed after several weeks of illness. Tomorrow I plan to run the Watermelon Series 5K just for exercise and fun, but not really race hard. I'm out of the medal contention anyway since I missed the 3rd race due to illness. I'm working to be back up to speed soon, hoping to do well in the FitNiche 5K on September 3rd.

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 8/22/2011 7:42AM

    Nothing like having a youngster you care about to "push you along"! You go, Marsha!

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WATERMELLEN 8/22/2011 7:18AM

    Hmm, how'd I miss this one?? Very very cool!!

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FITFABME2 8/20/2011 1:33AM

    What a great experience it will be to run together with her - and it is really neat that she admires you enough to do this with you...hoping it is the beginning of something you and she can share together for many years to come. She sounds like the kind of family member anyone would be proud to call their own.

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 8/19/2011 11:08PM

  Awesome!

Aunts are very special people, and I am glad your niece is letting you know! :)
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MNNICE 8/19/2011 1:45PM

    Oh, that will be a speical time for both of you! I sort of want to run another 5K but I think I need someone to ask if I will run with them to give me the motivation....

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AQUAGIRL08 8/19/2011 12:46PM

    Too cute, Marsha!!! She must know from experience that since you've lost weight you're the Eveready Bunny! You keep going and going and going! It is really hard to keep up with you. I know, I've tried! Seriously, I think it is wonderful that she wants to run with you. It should be lots of fun. Enjoy!

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_LINDA 8/19/2011 12:29PM

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Everyone is recognizing how far you have come! They know you are amazing!! ENJOY your next race -doesn't matter how you do, but finishing at a time that satisfies your current state of health should be enough..
Looking forward to celebrating your finishes again :)


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JOYINKY 8/19/2011 12:24PM

    It is fun when the younger generations want to include you in their fitness activities! I understand Pleased and Honored and you really have earned that respect! WTG! Have a great run tomorrow!

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RAGAMUFFINKEL 8/19/2011 12:02PM

    emoticon cracks me up...i've been trying to get my nieces and neph (2-15 y.o. nieces, 18 y.o. niece, 13 y.o. niece and 13 y.o. neph) to consider running with me and my neph is the only one who has been willing to give it a try!
whenever you choose enjoy the time with your niece.
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BLUESKY_321 8/19/2011 9:58AM

    I'm not surprised your niece felt the need to train - you are a dynamo! emoticon


Have a great time running tomorrow!

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2011 9:52AM

    I love that someone much younger is having to train to keep up with you Marsha, have fun 2moro in the 5k. It'll be nice to have pic of you crossing the tape smiling.

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It's Not Nice to Laugh at the Doctor

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I had comprehensive lab work and all my numbers are good. My high blood pressure and high cholestrol are gone and staying gone. Thanks, SparkPeople! Yeah, me!!

I almost laughed, though, when my doctor said my weight has stabilized. I weighed exactly what I weighed at my last year's annual check up. Oh, yeah? Having tracked my weight fluctuations as well as real gains and losses over the last year, I know that is just coincidence. My morning weighs fluctuate within about a 6 pound range when I am eating well, and sometimes a bit more when I slip. Add in the variance of clothing and food of the day and it really was just a fluke. I managed to stifle my chuckle. It would not be nice to laugh at the doctor.

  
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BESTSUSIEYET 8/18/2011 3:36PM

    Laugh with him, not at him! And remember, the overall trend is the key ... Which he's looking at! You're doing great! Keep it up!

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FROSTY99 8/18/2011 2:54PM

    emoticonYou have done great and should be proud of yourself. We should all do so well. I go next week to get my blood drawn and see dr early Sept so....hope I get good results too.
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AQUAGIRL08 8/18/2011 1:02PM

    What a hoot! Shall we direct him to Spark People??

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DONNABRIGHT 8/18/2011 9:55AM

    You are my hero - I'm looking for those good numbers, too.

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KKINNEA 8/18/2011 9:34AM

    My dear departed mOm, a great scientist, would ask her doctors if they got their degrees from cereal boxes, read through the literature for the medications they wanted her to take and debated all the way through things with her doctors. Go ahead and laugh - I think she would have endorsed it!

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_LINDA 8/18/2011 9:32AM

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Well done Marsha! All that worry and stress for nothing ;)

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/18/2011 9:13AM

    You are so cute.

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NEW-CAZ 8/18/2011 8:45AM

    emoticon on good results Marsha, all your hard work and taking care of yourself has paid dividends.
I laugh with my doctor everytime, he has a lovely way with him, not stuffy at all.
In fact I bemoan at their scales everytime as they weigh me 5 pounds more than I do on mine, it's routine now to tell him to have his calibrated emoticon

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 8/18/2011 8:43AM

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BLUEPATCHES 8/18/2011 8:38AM

    Maybe more laughing would make them more relaxed and human???


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Joy and Celebration

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hubby and I are celebrating our 32nd anniversary today. We are eating out tonight. I'll eat as healthy as I can and I will enjoy. I think of all the things I've accomplished in my life -- earning a degree with honors, raising a good kid, contributing through many successful professional undertakings, maintaining an 80+ pound weight loss -- one that has to be on my short list is staying married for 32 years to the same man. Today is a day for celebrating. Hooray!!

Oh, one other thing to celebrate. Gwen, exactly 11 months old yesterday, clearly said both "mama" and "dada" and may have said some other words that weren't exactly clear. Hubby insists she said, "Old Dad," but I'm not sure that's what I heard. So she was a little slower to start speaking than her mom or sister, but I sense she will catch up quickly. Seeing a little one grow and develop is a great joy!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 8/19/2011 6:27AM

    Awesome - hope you had a great time at dinner.

Thanks for the goodie you sent the other day - your support helps bunches!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/18/2011 12:50PM

    emoticon emoticon Happy Anniversary!

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_LINDA 8/18/2011 9:36AM

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Happy Anniversary!! It is so special to hear when couples stay together so long. Here is to 32 years more of celebrating!

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JOHAL52 8/17/2011 9:23PM

    Happy anniversary! Dd and dsil celebrated their 9th today!

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WATERMELLEN 8/17/2011 7:53PM

    Happy Anniversary! It was 32 years for us in June . . . and have to say, my marriage is an enduring source of joy in my life too!

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JOYINKY 8/17/2011 6:16PM

    Happy Anniversary and Congratulations Marsha!
You are truly blessed!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/17/2011 3:13PM

    Happy Anniversary Marsha! 38 years! WooHoo!!

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BLUESKY_321 8/17/2011 1:44PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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PARKERB2 8/17/2011 12:28PM

    I'm sure you will enjoy your anniversary celebration. Congradulations. The baby will say Grandma before you know it. Have a good day.

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NEW-CAZ 8/17/2011 12:12PM

    emoticon on your anniversary Marsha.
WTG Gwen. She's getting there.

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