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Unexpected Obstacle and a Kind of Funny

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This morning we had a shower of sparks coming out of our kitchen light/ceiling fan fixture. I ended up spending the time I intended to use for exercise holding flashlights and tools for hubby. Right now the fixture is not back together -- it is dangling down, but the problem wires are not touchig so it is functioning safely. Hubby has to go buy a part to get it back together, but we were able to fix breakfast.

Little Gwen is napping right now. I go pick up Natalie from her 9am-noon PreKindergarten program in a half hour. Gwen at eleven months is starting to take steps. Yesterday when she tried to step from one piece of furniture to another, she slipped. Natalie yelled, "She did a cartwheel!"It did kind of look like that is what she was attempting. Luckily, there was no damage, and barely a whimper. I predict she'll be walking all over very soon.

DD is working 10am-8pm today which is a very long day for a massage therapist. DSIL will get off between 5 and 6pm and join us for supper, then take the girls home. After that I hope I have enough energy to get in a good walk. We'll see. At least I got my run in yesterday and today is suppose to be a less challenging cross training day.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/31/2011 8:46PM

    I'm trying to imagine Gwen about 15 years from now doing a cartwheel! Maybe this is just early practice! LOL

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/31/2011 11:52AM

    I think your a Great Lady who blesses her Family daily ! Go you! emoticon emoticon

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MONTY68 8/30/2011 9:54PM

    Hi Marsha
That was interesting about your light. Hope you got it fixed. It is so nice that you are able to watch your grandchildren growing up and seeing Gwen attempting to walk.
Did you get a walk in tonight?

Thanks for sharing.

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_LINDA 8/30/2011 8:37PM

    Yikes! Glad you were able to safely fix your fan! Never like to see sparks coming out of those :(
Maybe you need to invest in a jogging stroller ;) Or perhaps, hubby could mind the girls why you get out for some quick exercise? If they are very active though, you probably kept up your activity levels chasing after them..
But if you are tired, you need to listen to your body and rest. Maybe after the run rest was called for...
Take care of yourself always..

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/30/2011 4:55PM

    I am glad your fan is fixable! I sure don't like those unexpected repair costs :(

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JOYINKY 8/30/2011 2:01PM

    Enjoy your day; it's a guaranteed workout! Smiles.

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/30/2011 1:28PM

    You sure will get your exercise in by carrying for the munchkin. Best part of having children is grandkids!!!!

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Think I Guessed Right

Monday, August 29, 2011

When I woke up my quads were still sore. They were sore Saturday when I ran the 6 miles and sore all day Sunday. So I wasn't sure if I should run or not today. I would say it really wasn't pain and definitely was in the muscle. So I decided to try a run and see how it felt. It felt pretty good. I went a total of 4.5 miles in 60 minutes. One mile I ran in just about 8.5 minutes (7 miles per hour). One minute I ran at 7.5 miles per hour, an 8 minute mile pace. I first spent 10 minutes warming up slowly, then walked at 4.5mph, then jogged at 5mph, did my speed work, and then had a long cool down. I did the stretches that Coach Nicole here on SP recommends for runners. Right now my quads feel almost back to normal and my hamstrings feel just a tiny bit tight. Think I guessed right about the run. I'm expecting to be ready for my race on Saturday. I sure would like to set a personal record. We'll see.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/31/2011 8:48PM

    Good luck on your race Saturday!

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_LINDA 8/30/2011 1:17AM

    That is good your soreness didn't increase after you tried your run :) Good for you on your time. Looks like you will be ready for your race Saturday! I am sure you will set a personal best. Hopefully, any lingering soreness in your quads will be gone by then.. Take care of yourself!

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MONTY68 8/29/2011 10:27PM

    Hi Marsha
Yes, I guess you were right. You have such a wonderful way of listening to yourself, that is one of the things about you that is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 8/29/2011 9:21PM

    Nice work: you clearly have a good understanding of what works for your body!!

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MEXGAL1 8/29/2011 7:40PM

    you are an inspiration!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/29/2011 5:45PM

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FROSTY99 8/29/2011 3:36PM

    Good luck on Sat. You rock!!

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MIRAGE727 8/29/2011 1:37PM

    Very interesting. I guess you listened to your body really well. Good job. I wish you the best on Saturday!


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Social Running

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I was trying to write out my status this afternoon to share my morning experience when I hit something and my status appeared before I was finished. Grandkids were needing me at the time so I decided to just let it be, flawed as it was. But in case you are curious, here is the rest of the story:

This morning at 6am I met up with a group of runners that follow the Galloway method. I ran 6 easy miles with them, doing a 2 minute run and 1 minute walk repeatedly. We were gone about 100 minutes but took a 5 minute water/potty/greet other runners break at the half way point. This was only the second time I tried to run with a group and really only the first time I actually did run with a group for a significant amount of time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have heard the entire group is 60 people and 10 of them are women who are around my age or older.

We met at the Starbucks that is open 24 hours per day. For those of you who know Lakeland, it is the one at Lake Miriam shopping center. My group ran north on S. Florida Avenue, turned east and twisted and turned around through residential areas, including one home at the end of a cul de sac where a cooler stocked with water and a stash of pretzels are there for runners at least on Saturday mornings. We ran to the golf course on the corner of Edgewood and Buckingham where we took our break. Many of the people we met are training for half marathons and marathons, so some groups started much earlier and ran many more miles.

At the end of our run, we walked the parking lot for a 15 minute cool down and did a little stretching. Then more than 30 runners sat at the tables outside of Starbucks, enjoyed lively conversation and many sipped various iced and hot drinks. I enjoyed the run. I enjoyed the company. I enjoyed the coffee. I got in a great run and a social hour and was still home in time to start my child care duties at 9am.

This experience of running with a group and making it a social occasion is definitely one I want to repeat -- maybe over and over and over again.

  
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BLUESKY_321 8/29/2011 8:11AM

    Sounds lovely Marsha! I'm sure that you will be a wonderful addition to the group!

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MONTY68 8/28/2011 11:50PM

    Hi Marsha
That is great that you found such a group. It can be such a bonus and motivator when you need it.
I haven't looked for any groups but do have a walking partner that walks with me several nights a week. It makes it so much nicer.
Again, I think you will really enjoy the social part of it. Thank you for sharing.

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PARKERB2 8/28/2011 6:42PM

    Glad to hear you had a wonderful time.Hopefully there will be many more for you to enjoy. Take care. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/28/2011 11:00AM

    the joys of living in a big city!

I know, Lakeland might not seem large, but Sumrall is only 1005 people, lol.

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/28/2011 9:50AM

    TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/28/2011 9:44AM

    That sounds like a great time! I love group classes for that very reason. The social aspect makes the exercise so much fun that you hardly realize that the time has passed and you look forward to doing it the next time.

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_LINDA 8/27/2011 10:39PM

    What a fun way to enjoy your exercising! I like the times I get to walk with my Mom, otherwise I am always alone..Enjoy!!

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WATERMELLEN 8/27/2011 9:53PM

    Used to love my runs with a group of ladies (or often just one other lady) from my Y in the mornings, who shared my pace and my reliability about showing up . . . and then the social chat in the locker room after too as we'd get ready for our work days. Miss that! Glad you can enjoy it!!

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AMANDAJCD 8/27/2011 9:11PM

    That's what I was looking forward to when I was trying to run :) I'm glad you're enjoying yourself!

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JOYINKY 8/27/2011 9:07PM

    Sounds like a good time and great motivator!

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FROSTY99 8/27/2011 8:35PM

    Sounds like a good time. I bet you will repeat this over and over!!!

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Not Pulling Together

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sometimes Kahlua, our just turned year old Shepherd-lab mix, walks on the leash just like she learned in obedience training. And then sometimes she doesn't. There are times I think I did not burn the calories indicated by the time and mileage because it was dog-assisted. And then sometimes I think it ought to count for strength training because I'm the one doing the pulling!

Overall I recognize that she has made progress, even if it has not been consistent. We'll keep at it.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/27/2011 5:28PM

    No wonder you started running! LOL Kahlua wants to run too! Seriously, once the weather gets a little cooler, she'll be a perfect running buddy.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/26/2011 12:30PM

    I like WILD4STARS AND _LINDA's take on it - run Marsha run!

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JOHAL52 8/26/2011 11:39AM

    Right now just about the only exercise I am getting relates either to Mitzi the dog or hefting the 13 pound granddaughter around! Hmmmm--idea for a blog :)

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PUDLECRAZY 8/26/2011 8:23AM

    I love my dog workouts and sometimes wonder if I can add weight lifting to my yoga if there is a giant poodle sitting on me.

Kahlua, honey, you have to stop pulling on the leash, though.

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WATERMELLEN 8/26/2011 7:24AM

    Love the idea of a dog-assisted walk option on the Fitness tracker!!



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_LINDA 8/25/2011 8:53PM

    wild4stars may have something there!! Maybe she is your new interval training coach!!! LOL. A well trained dog is always a bonus, but you do have to work at it and be consistent with it, both you and hubby if he walks her too. Bendix would walk on a leash, but we couldn't get him out of the habit of bolting after anything he saw that he wanted to chase :( I think poor Angus's arms grew longer as a result of all the bolting poor Bendix did LOL.
Good luck with her!

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FROSTY99 8/25/2011 7:22PM

    We trained our furbabies to walk beside us without a leash, even with it on, we only have to say beside me to keep them from pulling. Makes life a lot easier-hold a treat she likes to train her to stay by your side and reward every so often until she will walk at your side, with or without a leash.
Always great for a good workout with a pooch!
Pat

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WILD4STARS 8/25/2011 5:41PM

    When she pulls, she's wanting you to run !!

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My Hero

Wednesday, August 24, 2011



Above is my hero, Rhonda Fosser. She turned 60 in May of this year. In the most recent 5K I ran, her chip time was 23:02. She is a phenom! She won the Grandmaster Female trophy for the Watermelon Series of four 5Ks this year as well as a big race in Jacksonville earlier this month. I also think she looks just great.

However, when she was awarded her trophy a young man behind me muttered, "Oh, great, the geriatric awards." I wanted to stick up for her - for me - for us - but I couldn't think of any snappy comeback.

It kind of sat on my mind for several days and I thought that eventually exactly what I should have said would come to me. I thought about a relative I just adore who was considering a career in pediatric physical therapy, but was no longer interested when she discovered her training would involve people of all ages, many of whom would be elderly. There just is a lot of prejudice about older people. I finally decided that I am unlikely to change this young man's mind and heart, so keeping quiet was probably not a bad choice.

The one consolation to this situation is that most of the people holding these prejudices will eventually become subject to the same.

  
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MISTYRIVER64 8/26/2011 6:32PM

    Yea for Rhonda - she was a winner.
Boo for that stupid fellow who hasn't yet realized that each 24 hours that pass makes us 24 hours older (him included). Obviously his brain has a lot of catching up to do.

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JOHAL52 8/26/2011 11:24AM

    Smile and say "Yes, isn't it GREAT?"

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PHEBESS 8/26/2011 9:41AM

    Next time, someone needs to mutter, "Oh, great, the baby awards."

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PUDLECRAZY 8/26/2011 8:16AM

    May the young man survive to still be running at 60 and looking fantastic. No comment was needed - he is young and naive. Or at least, that is the benefit of the doubt I would give him.

Congratulations to Rhonda, who DOES look fantastic. 60 doesn't mean elderly and infirm.... but those in their early adulthood haven't had enough experience to know that yet.

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WATERMELLEN 8/26/2011 7:36AM

    Grrrr! You don't have to do anything at all to "achieve" youth . . . but you sure do, to achieve such an awesome level of fitness at age 60! Oh, well. Maybe the young man will figure that out one day (or not).

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AQUAGIRL08 8/25/2011 10:15PM

    I think I would have asked him what his personal running time was. Why is it that he considers the age of 60 geriatric? What was he, like 12 years old - if not in age then in emotional development? It always bugs me what an obsession there is on youth. I don't consider 60 to be old. Old to me is a state of mind.

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JOYINKY 8/25/2011 3:45PM

    My thoughts exactly; he'll be there someday and be blessed if he's still running! I think she's awesome; thanks for sharing!

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MARLIZG 8/25/2011 11:22AM

    so he's terminally stupid & she is a winner. she's will always be a winner but i hope he gets over his problem.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 8/25/2011 9:58AM

    emoticon Stupidity comes in all ages and sizes.

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BLUESKY_321 8/25/2011 9:56AM

    Running a 5K is respectable at any age and chip time of 23.02 is indeed praise worthy!

That fellow's comment is such a sad commentary about the state of respect today (regardless of age).

Luckily we can choose a different attitude and celebrate with everyone's successes, no matter how they relate to our own!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/25/2011 5:45AM

    My hero is going to turn 90 this December. She is still somewhat active and very in tune with current events. We've been friends for over 30 years and she inspires me continually.

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KIN59VARA 8/25/2011 5:09AM

    Great blog! Did the person who complained about the geriatric award run?



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NEW-CAZ 8/25/2011 3:10AM

    That person will come to realise how daft a thing that was to say someday.
Less said the better, you say enough in your actions. emoticon

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DIDMIS 8/25/2011 12:08AM

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/24/2011 10:27PM

    Less said is often better! We know the truth. Keep being a wonderful example of a fit woman! Right there with ya!

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TBRANCH2 8/24/2011 9:34PM

    You are so right about the young man becoming a receipiant of the same as he ages....I like to call it "karma"! lol YOU are one of my heros! Go, Marsha!!!
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_LINDA 8/24/2011 8:56PM

    I would have never guessed that woman was 60!! Gawd she looks far better than me at my current 49 :P.. I would have loved to kick that young man's butt! My 75 year old hero, my Mom, probably has labored hard in her life far more than any young man could ever cope with. She does things, and for long hours that would leave most people dead tired, and STILL cooks and cleans house on top of it!! All her husband has to do is sit around the house all day and sleep and play games on the computer. She looks after the entire house and huge yard!! I could never hope to have the stamina and grit my mom has. It would be interesting to see that young man at a senior age and what he looks like (big belly, sleeping on the couch would be my guess -lots of examples seen around here).
You have an awesome hero! But I think you are incredible too! You have come such a long way and turned your life around 360 degrees! I hope I can be like you when I reach that age!!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/24/2011 8:39PM

    I pray I look and move as great as your hero.

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