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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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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.
My weight flucuates by 3 pounds sometimes and I still can't figure it emoticon

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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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FROSTY99 8/23/2011 6:07PM

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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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