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Preparation is Key

Sunday, January 15, 2012

This morning I rode a half hour on my bicycle and went about 6 miles. My SparkFriend EILEENV3 invited me to a 20 mile bike ride this Saturday and I plan to go. Thought I might want to practice a couple times this week. Also, want to make sure I find out what the weather will be and be properly prepared.

I'm not sore today after my 10K yesterday and not tired after a good night's sleep either. I realize, though, that I was prepared to run 6.2 miles. My training primarily on the treadmill was quite adequate for the distance. It was not, however, adequate for the weather. I run on the treadmill primarily because my granddaughter can go to the nursery at the YMCA. When I did run outside I avoided cool mornings. I'd wait for it to get pleasant. I live in central Florida. Yesterday was the second coldest morning of this year. If I'm going to race in cold weather, I need to get proper clothing and quit avoiding chilly weather training runs.

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    you can do it! if anyone can do it, YOU can do it!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/15/2012 9:31PM

    I saw you training for your run and you did a great job. You can never really know what the weather is going to be like, even with a weather report. I like the fact that you're going for a bike ride next weekend. The change up in activity will do you good and you'll work your muscles a different way. Kudos to you for all of the planning you do in advance!

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_LINDA 1/15/2012 8:08PM

    Good for you not wanting the weather stop you from getting out and just getting it done! Too many use that as an excuse. At least you don't have icy sidewalks and blowing snow to contend with! Just dressing properly is the key. Our joggers here go year round. They dress in layers, so as they warm up the can peel off some as needed. But I have seen them wearing nothing but spandex and a touque and gloves, looked too strange!!
So glad you weren't sore after the run -good news for being able to enjoy that bike ride!!

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TMW54812 1/15/2012 3:42PM

    It's 4 degrees in sunny NH...count your blessings! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 1/15/2012 2:36PM

    Excellent observations, Marsha. Thanks for sharing. Be well!

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JOYINKY 1/15/2012 2:36PM

    Makes perfect sense to me! You always find a way. WTG!

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WATERMELLEN 1/15/2012 2:31PM

    Preparation: yup. Baden-Powell was right!!

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MONTY68 1/15/2012 12:58PM

    Hi Marsha
You are so amazing, such a inspiration for all of us. You did great yesterday and I can understand how you would feel in freezing weather, I think the prediction from the weather man this morning is suggesting a new cold front next weekend, what ever that might mean to us.
Hope you take the bike ride and that you felt great after yesterdays run.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/15/2012 12:47PM

    Congrats on being prepared to go the 10K distance. I can't fault you about the weather, though, and it was quite unusual for Florida!

No ill effects from the ice skating adventure here, either. Hope Becky's also doing well!

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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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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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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

    emoticonMarsha emoticon

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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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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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    Have a great race!

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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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    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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    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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_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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NEW-CAZ 1/2/2012 3:04PM

    emoticon I hope your back improves emoticon

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    I agree with Wild4Stars - You are awesome!!

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WILD4STARS 1/2/2012 2:04PM

    You're awesome !!

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    Good luck with the Pilates for your back!

Hopefully 2012 will be a happy back year for both of us!

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