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Just a Fluctuation

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Yesterday I reported that I had weighed more than at any morning weigh in 2011. I weighed over my target range of 124-129.9. I ate plenty of healthy food yesterday, eating around the top of my calorie range. Yet I was down 3.2 pounds and back in my range this morning. Maybe the running caused water retention. I'm not sure.

But I know I've been kind of sloppy tracking and measuring this last week, so that is where I should improve. If I'm balancing calories in and calories out, I would know that any sudden gain is a fluctuation . Anyway, I'm delighted to be back in range so quick!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/25/2011 10:07PM

    Way to go Marsha!

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NEW-CAZ 8/24/2011 3:10AM

    Could well have been water retention, great that you're back in range.
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_LINDA 8/24/2011 12:46AM

    So glad you are back in your range. Weight fluctuations are all too common and can be due to any number of reasons. This is why once a week weigh ins is all I will do to keep my sanity lol. So far so good anyway. As careful as you look at every little thing you do in your healthy lifestyle, the simple answer may be did you hydrate enough? I always drink about four cups of water over time before I begin my exercise, then, every 20 minutes I will take 2 cups more if I am having an intense workout. I also hydrate after the workout is done. To know if you are doing it properly, Sparks advises you to weigh yourself before your run and then after. If you have lost weight then you didn't hydrate well enough and we all know what a pain water retention is..
Keep up the great work!!

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WATERMELLEN 8/23/2011 9:47PM

    Only a blip: but like you, I believe in eternal vigilance and catching those blips right away!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/23/2011 7:45PM

    You are doing the right things ... I wouldn't worry unless it shows up a few days in a row!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/23/2011 7:38PM

    WTG Marsha!!

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MONTY68 8/23/2011 6:25PM

    Hi Marsha
That certainly looks like a fluctuation, a gain or loss of 3.2 pounds would mean 11,200 calories above or below your normal range.
Great blog , thank you for sharing

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MIRAGE727 8/23/2011 6:12PM

    There are so many different factors in weight differential during the day. I've been reading up on it. That's why I'm not stressed out about it anymore. I'm getting good at taking it down. In any case, you'll be fine, Marsha!

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MEXGAL1 8/23/2011 5:51PM

    so good for you to be back in your range. i know for me it can be a scary thing when i think i am eating right and exercising and the scale goes up. but our bodies do fluctuate everyday.

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Getting It Back

Monday, August 22, 2011

My chip time for the 5K on Saturday was 30:47; my personal best is 28:46. You might think I'd find this discouraging, but not so. I actually feel excited that I ran that well so easily. I took lots of walk breaks and was hardly even breathing hard. I thought I had run well considering my recent health challenges.

To achieve a personal best on Saturday September 3rd I'll need to cut 2 minutes and 2 seconds off that time. Think I can do it. Today at the gym I warmed up 10 minutes, restarted the treadmill, and ran 3.1 miles in 27 minutes and 55 seconds. I was breathing hard, especially about the half mile mark, but by mile 2 I felt like I was in a rhythm and could go on a long time. I spent nearly 15 minutes cooling down and extra time stretching. It just felt so good I didn't want to stop! I ran today, though, at 0 incline and a couple times I held on. My next goal is to make that time with no holding on and a neutral incline of 2.

One concern is that I weighed more this morning than I have all of 2011 and am over my "red line" weight. Perhaps I rewarded myself with more food than I burned in my race. Not perhaps. I did. I'm not freaking. I'm just going to focus on eating healthy and it will work out.

So, as far as the running, I'm back. As far as the weight, I'll get it back!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/23/2011 3:44PM

    You are wise to ease back into running to prevent injury. Still, your time at the race was great! Keep up the good work!

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CLVRL8Y 8/23/2011 9:35AM

    Congratulations! I know you worked hard to get where you are and it shows that when you set a goal you achieve it! So, I'm sure you'll shave off those couple of minutes.

Your body might be holding water right now with what you put it through. Either way - I'm sure it will come off soon.

Take care and good luck!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 8/23/2011 5:47AM

    GREAT attitude! Pat

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PARKERB2 8/22/2011 6:44PM

    Thanks for the Spark Goodie. I'm sure you will run your race in record time and will feel very good afterwards! Keep up the good work and the little bit of weight you have gained will fall right off. Have a good day. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/22/2011 6:14PM

    awesome!

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_LINDA 8/22/2011 4:30PM

    That is an amazing job!! Well done!! You certainly are wasting no time getting back in top form! Shouldn't be long before the extra weight peels off too.
You go girl!!!

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MIRAGE727 8/22/2011 11:10AM

    Congrats on your 5K. I love to hear about all races. Thanks for sharing.
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NEW-CAZ 8/22/2011 11:00AM

    Great attitude Marsha, your race was the first one since your colds and you did an amazing job!
Now you're getting stronger again and training hard!
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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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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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-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
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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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