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Irrational Happiness

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Yesterday my head cold was pretty bad. And I could feel my backache every time I took a deep breath. And then my car would not start. Bummer, bummer, bummer. You might think I would be feeling down, but there was this irrational happiness -- related to nothing in particular-- that just kept creeping into my thoughts and dominating my feelings and would not go away. At times I feel blah or let down or low energy I have to talk myself positive. But this happiness I'll just accept as a gift!


  
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AQUAGIRL08 1/21/2012 9:50PM

    What a wonderful gift it is too!

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BESTSUSIEYET 1/21/2012 7:39PM

    Love it! Sometimes it makes a difference what we are looking for, huh? And if you wern't looking for joy, how extra special to find it anyway!!

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JOYINKY 1/21/2012 7:05PM

    emoticonIt comes from inside Marsha and it's found it's way out!

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REXTINE1 1/21/2012 6:11PM

    That's neat. The only time I ever had irrational happiness was for the first three years after I retired. I ould get recurring bouts of euphoria, but I finally got used to not having to go to work.

I hope you have a few more happiness attacks.

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DONNABRIGHT 1/21/2012 5:38PM

    Good for you!

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WATERMELLEN 1/21/2012 5:37PM

    Wow!! I'm all for irrational happiness . . .especially under those conditions!! Thanks for your very kind comments on my "shedding old life metaphors" blog . . . you're someone who provides the same clarity for me!!

We are not fat anymore, and we'll never be fat again.

Hey: good enough reason for irrational happiness, I'd say!!

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FREELADY 1/21/2012 3:12PM

    Lovely! You have a way with words. Thanks for sharing!

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_LINDA 1/21/2012 3:11PM

    That is wonderful you found a silver lining in your cloud! Feel better soon!

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TMW54812 1/21/2012 2:03PM

    I like to think of these feelings as Grace.

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/21/2012 12:26PM

    Love those gifts! emoticon

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BECKYWOLF2 1/21/2012 12:20PM

    I know what you mean. I love it!

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MELLISOND 1/21/2012 12:10PM

    Here is hoping that more of us feel irrational happiness. It would be a better world if we all did. emoticon

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Good Comes From Not So Good

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gwen will be fine, but she's a bit under the weather this morning. So, she can't go to the YMCA this morning. I went to her house this morn (her dad or mom usually drops her off) so she could wake up naturally. She'd been up in the middle of the night and needed to sleep in.

The good thing was as I pulled into my driveway on my return I met a woman, Bridget, who I had talked to before running in the neighborhood. She did a Disney half marathon last Saturday when I did my 10K. We had talked about running together sometime. I told her about the 20 mile bike ride on Saturday and she is interested in going, too. I'm excited about having a fitness buddy right in my neighborhood. Maybe I can introduce her to SparkPeople, too!

I'm planning to get a workout in this eve, but don't hold me to it. I am cooking for extended family tonight and my back is not 100%. So I might take a day of rest and figure out how to get the workout in tomorrow. Want to do some speed work in preparation for the 5K on Feb 3rd, but don't want to overdo it. We'll see.

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/19/2012 11:39AM

    wtg! on finding a close fitness buddy!

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DONNABRIGHT 1/19/2012 9:03AM

    It really is a small world sometimes!

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AQUAGIRL08 1/18/2012 4:30PM

    You are so wise to rest your back if it isn't 100%. I've been looking for you every day at the Y. Perhaps we'll see each other soon!

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_LINDA 1/18/2012 9:27AM

    What a special grandmother you are, going out of your way to make sure Gwen gets her rest!!
That is fantastic you found someone in your neighborhood you can possibly enjoy future runs with. You don't mention age, is she close to you in age?
Perhaps you need to see a physiotherapist for your back. At the very least they will give you strengthening exercises for it, treatment if necessary and the best, stretches that will release the pain -I do them regularly although with the hip replacement I wasn't able to perform them because of dislocation risk. I will be asking my physio if its safe to do them yet or if she can give me any alternatives.
Take care of yourself!

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TBRANCH2 1/17/2012 10:57PM

    Great news! We would love to have her join our team!! Meanwhile, have a great time at the ride on Saturday and know that you WILL be missed at the team walk!
Hugs,

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WATERMELLEN 1/17/2012 7:35PM

    What a nice happenstance!

My local newspaper mentioned yesterday that low back pain in runners can be correlated to need for strength-training of the glutes . . . don't know if that makes any sense to you.

I do know that when I was doing a lot of running, I neglected my ST and abs/core stuff: because of course I preferred to run!!

Anyhow, in case you're interested, here's the link:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life
/health/ask-a-health-expert/ask
-a-trainer/how-can-i-strengthen
-my-glutes-for-running/article2301741/

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FROSTY99 1/17/2012 5:17PM

    How wonderful to find a local fitness buddy. I have a friend who is going to the gym with me most days and it keeps me "honest".
Pat

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PMFISH 1/17/2012 2:55PM

    Always love those silver linings!!

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JOYINKY 1/17/2012 2:06PM

    Nice "silver lining". Good for you!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 1/17/2012 11:31AM

    Glad to hear Gwen is fine and that you will have a buddy on your ride!
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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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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/16/2012 8:26AM

    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!.....lol 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.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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JOANN1212 1/15/2012 12:19PM

    great

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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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JULIA_211 1/15/2012 6:09AM

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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

    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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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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