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First 10K - Inside Out

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I finished my first 10K! I ran fairly easily and said my goal was to complete the race. My time was 1:04:07, which was out of the medals, but okay with me.

There will be pictures later, I'm pretty certain. I'll try to post at least one. I'll warn you, though. It was cold. I heard it was 35 degrees at the start. The wind was blowing, especially off the lakes we ran by. Scenery was gorgeous! At the last minute I got brave enough to take off my sweat pants. I left them where anyone could have picked them up because I didn't have enough time to get to my car. Luckily, they were there upon my return. I had not planned to run with my jacket, but I was just too cold. About mile 5, I was plenty warm and tied it around my waist. Then the wind blew and I put it back on. It wasn't until the race was over that I realized I had it on inside out. So the pictures may be very strange. We'll see.

Anyway, I'm declaring it a success. Right at the moment I'm not dying to do another one, but give me a day to rest up and I very well may change my mind. There is an evening 5K on Friday, February 3rd, that I just might have to enter!

  
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 1/17/2012 12:03PM

    YOU ARE MY HERO!!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/15/2012 9:22PM

    Way to go Marsha! You have every reason to be proud of yourself! The jacket thing just makes it more memorable. I love funny little things like that. Now you can celebrate your victory in finishing your race. I hope to see you at the gym this week!

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WATERMELLEN 1/14/2012 7:26PM

    Yay you!! 10k is terrific, no matter what speed or jacket arrangements!!

I think for so many of us being the "fat girl" was our central life metaphor. And that's part of the reason I posted the blog: we've seen everything through the prism of "fat". Maybe still do. Although we are NOT. And never will be again.

So it's fun to choose the new prism!! FAST lady: I like that. One additional consonant makes a huge difference. (Maybe an "s" for really truly "smart", now that we're using our brains to make our lives work).

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WILD4STARS 1/14/2012 6:14PM

    You are amazing!

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JOYINKY 1/14/2012 6:01PM

    Congratulations Marsha! I most definitely count you a success! WooHoo!

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_LINDA 1/14/2012 5:58PM

    Well done to run in cold conditions you are not used to -that is the mark of a true champion, overcoming any adversity to get it done! I have had the misfortune more than once of putting on my clothing inside out or even backwards -thats life in a dark apartment! Should be unique photos!
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TBRANCH2 1/14/2012 4:25PM

    You are way too funny! Inside out!!! We can't let you go anywhere by yourself!!! Friends don't let friends go out like that....lolololol. Congrats on the race! Your Polk County Team is very proud of YOU!!!

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YANKS10 1/14/2012 2:09PM

  Awesome!!!!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/14/2012 1:00PM

    Way to go, woman! I had to laugh about the "wardrobe malfunction" comments, as I will have to bring my finish photos from the Lincoln Half Marathon 2010. I unzipped my jacket headed for the finish line, which was mid-field of Memorial Stadium (yeah, the big football arena, give you a thrill... if you were paying attention you could have watched yourself finish on Husker Vision... which, by the way, I can see from half a mile away if I look in the right direction). Of course, the wind picked up, and blew the jacket open. I looked like a bat taking flight. But I love it anyway... because of the grin.

You did really, really well to run in cold when you don't *train* in cold. Up here? Starting in the 30's is pretty normal, in fact, this time of year, would be considered fortunate and balmy.

I hope next November it's warmer down there! emoticon emoticon

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MONTY68 1/14/2012 12:53PM

   
Congratulations Marsha, You are amazing and You did what you set out to do and that was to finish the race. You weather was much colder than here. I can't wait to see the pictures.
Thank you for sharing your great news

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FROSTY99 1/14/2012 12:35PM

    You go girl. I think you are doing great things and what a feat and of course, the cold front would have to move in for this weekend. Of course, I imagine cooler weather is better than being too hot.
Woo Hoo

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NEW-CAZ 1/14/2012 12:33PM

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INTHELOOP 1/14/2012 12:32PM

    I am soooo happy for you!! Great Job!!
Can't wait to hear all about it!!
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REGILIEH 1/14/2012 12:00PM

    WTG!!!!!!

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Tapering Week

Monday, January 09, 2012

I'm tapering toward my first 10K race on Saturday! Today I did a 45 minute pilates class, an easy 25 minutes on the stationary bike, and two 10 minute walks with the grandkids. I plan to run 3 miles tomorrow, stretch and abs class on Wednesday, run 2 miles Thursday, and pick up my race packet on Friday. I probably will walk a little Friday, too. Planning to eat really smart, especially Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. Hoping my first 10K in public goes well.

My second 10K may very well be even more exciting. We have a lot of 5Ks in and around our town, but not many longer races. The next one I know of is the Lake to Lake 10K in November -- and this is the exciting part -- ONEKIDSMOM is considering coming to Florida to run it with me!! Wouldn't that be great?!!

Tuesday edit: 3 mile run done as scheduled! good stretch and foam roller afterwards
Wed: didn't make it to gym; walked 30 min brisk with stroller
Thurs: ran 2 miles as scheduled; walked over .5 mile for warm up and cool down; then stretch and foam roller
Friday morn: feel good this morn; back isn't hurting. both kids are a little sick, but I think I'm avoiding it-(fingers crossed- so far so good). weather report says cold air coming in. low tomorrow may be high 30's or low 40's. how to dress for tomorrow?? race number has to be on top layer and showing. I'll try to warm up and see if I can run without a jacket.

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 1/11/2012 3:22PM

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/10/2012 6:58PM

    Have a great race!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/10/2012 1:45PM

    WTG!

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TMW54812 1/10/2012 11:24AM

    You are already a winner in my book! Have fun. emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/10/2012 5:20AM

    Great plan for the week. And looking forward to your second one with barb .... Oh yeah!!

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NEW-CAZ 1/10/2012 3:33AM

    Wonderful Marsha! Having ONEKIDSMOM running with you in Florida would be emoticon

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_LINDA 1/10/2012 12:50AM

    That is fantastic Marsha! I would so love to be there to cheer you on and enjoy walking in safe, warm conditions! It would be so nice never to see ice ever again!!
That would be so awesome if you could go to a race with ONEKIDSMOM -you would make great running partners!!!
Hope your back behaves itself, take care!

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/9/2012 11:04PM

    Enjoy your week!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/9/2012 9:47PM

    I hope you "Knock 'Em Dead" in your race this weekend! I love that you've done so much planning/training in advance. Way to go! I hope that ONEKIDSMOM can join you for a race too!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 1/9/2012 9:44PM

    Both events sound exciting! emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 1/9/2012 9:34PM

    Marsha, you are amazing! Yes it would be great to have ONEKIDSMOM come and run it with you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/9/2012 8:55PM

    I'm looking forward to that possibility... gotta make it through a 10 miler, a half marathon, and a sprint distance triathlon on the way...

Good Luck on Saturday! Have a great taper week and a wonderful race day! emoticon

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New Routine

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The lightbulb over my head went off! I've got to think this through. Gwen is going from taking two naps a day to one nap a day and that means my schedule, my routine is changing.

For me one of the keys to maintenance is planning. When things change - even little things - I've got to give some thought to how that affects my eating and my exercise.

I know that when I can, it is better for me to get up early and have a leisurely breakfast before the kids come. But sometimes the bed is just too comfy or I had trouble getting to sleep and I need the sleep more than I need eating time to myself.Today I ate breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack with the kids. I did okay, but I must be extra mindful when I am eating while feeding two kids. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I eat supper with the kids, too.

Today since I didn't have to worry about Gwen's 11 o'clock nap I had a little longer at the YMCA. I got in a one hour run, strength training, and a shower before I needed to pick up Natalie at noon. My current plan is to take Gwen to the Y two mornings a week when we are both well. On Saturdays when I don't have kids I'll do my long runs outside or at the Y if weather dictates or I'm in the mood for the mill. I'll do cardio at home or in the neighborhood on the other days. Mostly I'll use the gym for strength training and pilates. That should work.

  
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_LINDA 1/5/2012 10:16AM

    Sounds like an awesome plan!! Didn't realize you had the kids some evenings and Sunday too! Wow! That is a lot of childcare hours!! Hope you can get in all your fitness that you want as well as having some downtime 'me' time for that very important rest and recovery day..Don't want to burn yourself out and get ill. Take good care of yourself as no one else will.
Keep up the amaing work!!

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NEW-CAZ 1/5/2012 3:10AM

    Sounds like a good plan Marsha. Adjusting to change can be challenging emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/4/2012 9:29PM

    Way to adjust. We are creatures of habit, and when routines change, it's a challenge. Well done!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/4/2012 8:03PM

    You have a well thought out plan, Marsha! Kudos to you for being so pro-active! I missed seeing you at the Y this morning. I was there until around 11:20a.m. I hope to see you the next time!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 1/4/2012 7:38PM

    Sounds good!
Way to plan ahead!
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TBRANCH2 1/4/2012 7:22PM

    Great planning, Grandma! See you Saturday at the team walk!!

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WATERMELLEN 1/4/2012 7:14PM

    Good planning! it's great that you can adjust as the kids grow and change . . . I know I found it much harder to eat well when I was feeding my own two small kids.

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/4/2012 7:01PM

    A one hour run AND strength training in one visit to the Y? That's awesome!

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Pilates and Running

Monday, January 02, 2012

Today I did a 50 minute pilates class. None of the moves hurt my back today, compared to Friday when there was one I definitely could not do due to pain. After pilates I went 3.3 miles on the treadmill in 40 minutes. I did 2 miles of running at 6 mph which takes exactly 20 minutes. That was the first time in months I've run over 4 minutes without a walking break. It felt good.

I'm hoping that the combination of pilates with my running will help my back. Time will tell.

  
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ARSALLOT 1/3/2012 4:00PM

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_LINDA 1/3/2012 1:39AM

    That is fantastic Marsha! Hope it continues to work for you and your back behaves! Core strengthening really does help a lot with back problems, I know I don't do nearly enough of it that I should..

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AQUAGIRL08 1/2/2012 5:00PM

    You're doing a great job Marsha! It was good to see you this morning!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/2/2012 3:33PM

    Stretch, stretch, stretch... if Pilates helps with that, it will be good for running, too. Good luck training into the New Year!

- Barb

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 1/2/2012 3:28PM

    awesome.

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NEW-CAZ 1/2/2012 3:04PM

    emoticon I hope your back improves emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/2/2012 2:25PM

    I agree with Wild4Stars - You are awesome!!

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WILD4STARS 1/2/2012 2:04PM

    You're awesome !!


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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 1/2/2012 1:53PM

    Good luck with the Pilates for your back!
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Hopefully 2012 will be a happy back year for both of us!

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Joyous New Year!!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I thought about reiterating my goals on this first day of the new year, but I decided to share a story of joy.

Would you believe that a salesman has been an important supporter of mine? He's only in his early 20's and he ran a half marathon in 1:11 and a full marathon, placing first in Jacksonville recently, in 2:31. Awesome. Awesome. AWESOME.

I buy my running shoes from him and ask him lots of running questions. I know he gets commission from what I buy, but I know he does not provide the level of support he gives me to all his customers. When I finished my Watermelon Series 5K races this year, he was there, looking for me, and celebrating when I finished. He runs a 5K in 14 minutes and change. I run in just about twice his time. But I know that the encouragement and respect he gives me is real.

He remembers when I came into his store in January of 2011 and said I'm 61 years old and I've never run, but I want to run in the Senior Games 5K. He patiently fitted me, gave me some training advice, and asked me to come back and tell him about my first race experience. I did. When I told him I came in third in my age group he said he wanted to hug me but it is against store policy. I told him I considered myself hugged!

Yesterday when I bought my third pair of running shoes I thought about how much his support has meant to me. Who would've thought a salesman, and one much younger than my own daughter, could be a significant supporter of a old lady who just started running? He's going to be a Komen 10K on January 14th. He'll look for me at the finish. It will mean something to me, too.

I expect 2012 to be a year filled with running and joy!



  
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PEGGYANNSCH 1/2/2012 5:17PM

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AQUAGIRL08 1/2/2012 4:55PM

    How great is that? I love being around people who are that encouraging!

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NEW-CAZ 1/2/2012 3:44AM

    Awesome, sounds like a wonderful person

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/1/2012 7:01PM

    He sounds like a great person!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/1/2012 6:01PM

    wow! thanks for sharing!!

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WILD4STARS 1/1/2012 4:23PM

    What a wonderful tribute to someone who inspires you - much like you inspire many of us here on Spark.

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    That's awesome! You are da bomb girl! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 1/1/2012 1:33PM

    what a wonderful story Marsha. Such a nice young man and so nice to hear about in this day and age. Too many young folks are just so self absorbed.
Great story for me to hear to begin the New Year.
Sallie

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_LINDA 1/1/2012 1:21PM

    That is fabulous Marsha! You deserve such great support. I don't imagine too many people start a running program at your age. You are showing everyone who meets you and is on your friend's list that you really can do anything you set your mind to! They really ought to feature your story not only on TV, but prominantly here on Sparks!!
You are just so awesome!! You are such a role model!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/1/2012 12:55PM

    I would completely believe this!

You never know where your personal cheerleaders will show up... I have a consultant at my diet center who has been a cheerleader for 3 years and when I went in to see her yesterday we went over the races I'm planning for this year. I have a health coach for work who also is a cheerleader. Then there are my fellow runners at work and co-workers who aren't there yet but are looking to me as an example of being able to do things you decide to do.

My nieces / family are huge supporters. And yes, the guys at the shoe store, too!

Isn't it terrific to be surrounded by encouragers? And as Mirage 727 says, you are an inspiration to many right here on Spark. The Spark community cheering one another on... priceless, as the commercial says!

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MIRAGE727 1/1/2012 12:09PM

    You are truly an inspiration to me, Martha! Rock the world!
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