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Little Luxuries

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Some little indulgences really add a lot to life!! One of mine is having a variety of shampoo and matching fragrance conditioners to choose from each day. I enjoy soothing lavendar lots of days, but sometimes prefer an energizing citrus. I have green apple fragrance and my newest may end up being my favorite, mango-melon. Since I shower two or even more times a day due to workouts, these little luxuries make for a nice workout reward. The bottles look pretty sitting on the window sill in the shower, too!

  
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_LINDA 9/8/2011 10:42AM

    That would be nice! Glad you are treating yourself! I trust you have good lotions to prevent your skin drying out from so many showers! As my bridge club has gone unscented, I have to make sure nothing I use has a fragrance..

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WATERMELLEN 9/7/2011 7:15PM

    Matching shampoo and conditioner in a variety of choices: what a nice idea.I'm highly motivated by small treats like that too: even a fresh bar of soap for my shower at the gym!

And: no calories either!! We need more luxuries like these!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/7/2011 6:54PM

    I also love a nice smelling body lotion for when you are finished working out for the day. I use a delicious smelling one that is a smoothing shampoo and conditioner. Every once in a while I'll catch a whiff of it on my way into the showers at the gym and I wonder who smells so good and then I realize it's my own shampoo. How embarrassing is that?

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/7/2011 5:06PM

    Shampoo is put so close to our noses - I always smell them before I purchase!

I love coconut!

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MNNICE 9/7/2011 4:48PM

    One of my little "pleasures" is lavendar scented epsom salts to soak my body or feet in at the end of a long day! Isn't it nice that such little things can truly be so enjoyable!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/7/2011 4:00PM

    What a nice thing to do for yourself. I just may have to copy you on that one.

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Zumbathon Today!

Monday, September 05, 2011

As promised in my status message today, I went to the YMCA and not only checked out, but participated in, the Zumbathon. For two hours, with only a few second's break here and there, we Zumba'ed. We had 150 dancers/exercisers in the gym along with 6 Zumba instructors. One instructor was on the stage and the others either followed along up front or circulated among the group offering encouragement and tips for form improvement. They provided water, towels, and bananas. The music was loud and invigorating. The ages of the participants varied from 4 to 80+. There was an area for kids to color and play when they got tired. Three quarters of the adults lasted all 2 hours.

It raised money for the Livestrong program affiliated with Lance Armstrong's foundation. Our Y provides a 12 week individualized exercise program for cancer survivors. It was a great morning and definitely a good cause!

  
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WATERMELLEN 9/6/2011 7:52PM

    Sounds like a great cause AND a great way to burn calories. And yup, I KNOW that you stayed strong for all 2 hours!!

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JOHAL52 9/5/2011 9:30PM

    Wow! Two hours!! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/5/2011 8:03PM

    Awesome! I wish we had a Y close to us!

Zumba like no one is watching!

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_LINDA 9/5/2011 5:51PM

    Fantastic!! That would have been so much fun! Good on you for participating!! A great idea for a wonderful charity! You are just so awesome Marsha! A wonderful human being and fit as a fiddle too, encouraging everyone to get out there and just do it!!
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BCARSON11 9/5/2011 4:20PM

    Sounds like a lot of fun! I love Zumba!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/5/2011 3:22PM

    Now that sounds like a good time

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SLENDERELLA61 9/5/2011 2:39PM

    Yes, Cyndi. I hung in there all 2 hours and then went to Peterson Park and played with Natalie for 2 more hours!!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/5/2011 2:34PM

    That sounds like fun. Did you stay all 2 hours? My guess is that you did!

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If You Want to See ...

Sunday, September 04, 2011

If you want to see my 5K race finish picture from yesterday, you'll need to click on the link below. In the picture I'm partially obscured by other racers, so I'm not going to buy the picture. It does show that my official time was 28:28. I feel really good about that!

www.photos-by-shack.com/step_2.php?i
d=110208

  
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FROSTY99 9/4/2011 8:23PM

    emoticon You are emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/4/2011 5:56PM

    Very nice!!

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MIRAGE727 9/4/2011 5:15PM

    Looking great! And that time is outstanding. Way to go, Marsha! I like to read good positive blogs!
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/4/2011 5:05PM

    the link didn't work for me - but then, right now I am lucky to even get online!

you have to purchase the pictures?? omg!

wtg on your time!!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/4/2011 3:35PM

    Fantastic time Marsha!

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AMANDAJCD 9/4/2011 2:59PM

    Awesome time!!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/4/2011 12:38PM

    Great!

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CONTENTCHRIS 9/4/2011 11:38AM

    Wow ! You did great, i agree they almost did not even try to get a good shot.. but the important thing is you did the race and finished in good time as well! emoticon

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BEYONDLIMITS 9/4/2011 11:21AM

    Great time. Wow!! emoticon

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WooHoo! Personal Best

Saturday, September 03, 2011

I ran the Faster with FitNiche 5K in 28 minutes and 32 seconds, I think. It might have been 33 or 34 seconds. It will be posted online tomorrow, so I'll know for sure. This time the finish line pictures are for sale; in my past races they were free. I'll probably buy one, depending on how good it is and how much it is. If I get it, I'll post it.

My niece ran, too, and for only training 4 weeks she did very good. She promised to keep working on it and to pass me eventually. And that will be fine. My sister was there and she took some pictures, so we'll see how they turn out.

I placed third in my age group and got a medal. The first place winner (see my blog, My Hero) was our local phenom, no surprise. She ran it in 23:04. The second place winner and I were elbow to elbow much of the race. She had more kick at the end than I did. But I definitely cannot be disappointed with a personal best.

  
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BLUESKY_321 9/5/2011 7:20PM

    Hooray!


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IAMWINNING 9/3/2011 8:02PM

    emoticon emoticon that was wonderful!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/3/2011 5:26PM

    Awesome!!

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JOYINKY 9/3/2011 4:13PM

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WATERMELLEN 9/3/2011 1:35PM

    This is fantastic!!

So happy for you: clearly you're fully recovered and better than ever!! Yay Marsha!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/3/2011 12:57PM

    congratulations on placing 3rd...great job

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New Experiences

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Today after my run at the gym I used a foam roller for the first time on my quads, hamstrings, and calves. I had watched a SP video on how to use it to prevent or reduce soreness. I think it helped.

I'm extra excited about my 5K on Saturday as my 25 year old niece is going to run it with me. That will make it extra fun! Wonder if her fiance will come to watch and support. That would be good, too. We'll see.

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/1/2011 12:52PM

    haven't tried a foam roller yet . . .

Good Luck on Saturday!

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BLUESKY_321 9/1/2011 5:22AM

    My family loves the foam roller. Even the boys use it after soccer training. I have definitely found it reduces soreness!

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_LINDA 9/1/2011 3:16AM

    Good for you thinking of a different way to keep you stretched and loosened up after your runs!! I read about them on Sparks and it looked interesting in the video. That is great about your niece, you will have a workout buddy to keep up with and keep motivated! I hope the fiance does come and take photos too, a hint wouldn't hurt!

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FIT-AT-50 8/31/2011 10:23PM

    I've never heard of a foam roller, but I'll look into it now! Have fun and best wishes with your 5K!

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WATERMELLEN 8/31/2011 9:33PM

    I've never tried a foam roller . . . sounds good. All best with your Saturday race: gonna be fun!!

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