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I'll Be Ready

Saturday, June 02, 2012

I did an 80 minutes treadmill workout today with 31 one-minute running intervals. It felt great. My total mileage was 6.2 miles, precisely a 10K. That is 16 minutes slower than I straight ran a 10K in February. But that is fine following a six weeks' running break and it did include a very slow warm up. This time I didn't skimp on strength training, either. I'm going to be ready for my one mile training test on June 16th!



  
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MIRAGE727 6/2/2012 9:50PM

    You will rock it! Word!
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_LINDA 6/2/2012 6:12PM

    That is AWESOME! You go girl!! You sure will be ready!!!
You will blow them out of the water on that one mile test!!
Have a fantastic weekend!!

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MEXGAL1 6/2/2012 5:52PM

    You go girl!

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MARATHONDAD 6/2/2012 5:16PM

    good luck

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FROSTY99 6/2/2012 4:19PM

    emoticonjob. Sounds like you are on track and will be ready to roll.

Pat

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CONTENTCHRIS 6/2/2012 4:00PM

    You will be ready Your doing great my friend! emoticon emoticon

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COOP9002 6/2/2012 3:58PM

    Sounds like you're right on target.

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JOYINKY 6/2/2012 3:27PM

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AQUAGIRL08 6/2/2012 3:26PM

    It was great to see you at the "Y" this morning. I've missed you! It sounds like you are making a good, healthy start. I know you will be successful!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/2/2012 3:21PM

    Woo-hoo! You will be ready indeed for that 1-mile pacing test.

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KRISTINWISHON 6/2/2012 2:35PM

    That's awesome! I'm also training right now for a 5k and I run 30 minutes of 90 second running/60 second walking. Next week I'm switching to 3 minute running/3 minute walking.

Good luck with your training! The weight training has been really effective for me as well; I'm sure you'll rock the 1 mile test!!

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I've Gone and Done It Now!!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I just registered for the Women's Half Marathon (WHM) in St. Petersburg on November 18, 2012. I have just committed to train for almost six months and to run (or run-walk-run, more likely) 13.1 miles. In January I declared my intention to run a half marathon. That seemed like a nice, but vague goal.

Now it has a name and a definite date. I've put my money down. I've seen the map of the route, read a bunch of rules, and know the starting time is 7am. It feels very real.

I went ahead and registered because a good SparkFriend has committed to come to Florida to run it with me. (She hasn't blogged about it yet, so perhaps I'll wait to SHOUT her wonderful screen name.) Anyway, bless her. Have I been complaining about a lull in my motivation?? No more. I'm so very excited!! What a glorious goal!! I think I can.... I think I can..... I think I can........

  
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MEXGAL1 6/1/2012 5:07PM

    Wonderful.....good for you! So happy that you are doing this and have a goal. And how terrific that a sparks buddy will be joining you!
Have a great week end.
Sallie

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DONNABRIGHT 6/1/2012 4:05PM

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AQUAGIRL08 6/1/2012 1:32PM

    I know you can, I know you can, I know you can....

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IAMWINNING 6/1/2012 9:40AM

    FANTASTIC! There's nothing like taking action to put your goals into play. Good luck (not that you need luck - you're training) and have a great time.

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WATERMELLEN 6/1/2012 9:16AM

    Cheers to two of my fave SP friends!! You are awesome!!

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BLUESKY_321 6/1/2012 7:38AM

    You can do this and you will have so much fun! GOOOOO MARSHA!!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/1/2012 6:38AM

    I KNOW you can! And it's going to be a GREAT experience. You won't be able to stop grinning for at LEAST a month, even if you're sore! And you know what? Your first half becoming real will have been tipped over the edge into reality by the same thing MY first half was... another Spark person to do it with!

Train well. Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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FRAN0426 6/1/2012 1:07AM

    WTG , and how much fun having another Sparker doing the race with you. You will do fun wether you walk or walk/run----and what motivation you got now girl.

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TBRANCH2 6/1/2012 12:01AM

    I KNOW YOU CAN!!!! Your local team is behind you, rooting you on!!

Go, Marsha, Go!! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 5/31/2012 11:39PM

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JOYINKY 5/31/2012 10:38PM

    emoticonYou have a plan and you'll be ready! Good Luck!

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I'm in Training Now!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

After almost 6 weeks of a break from running, I am now officially back training. But this time is really special. I plan to run a half marathon, that is, 13.1 miles. My longest race to date is a 10k, 6.2 miles, and the longest training run of my life was 9 miles which I have accomplished several times.

Today's session was almost laughingly easy. I ran 20 seconds out of every 2 minutes, walking the rest of the time. I didn't even break a good sweat. I was only breathing heavy when I pushed the pace to 7 miles per hour. Nonetheless, I have committed to take this training very slowly. I want to avoid what has happened to me repeatedly. Every time I build up to running about 9 miles, I either get sick or suffer a minor injury that sets me back. I don't think it has been about overtraining, but I want to rule that out for sure.

June 9th at 6pm I'm going to a kick-off session with nationally known running trainer, Jeff Galloway. Then on June 16th I'll run a mile and be placed in a training group according to my pace. I started training today so that I won't be in the slowest training group, but I don't have to be back running my fastest. I'm going to take it slow and stay focused on my goals: 1) overall health, 2) maintaining my 80+ pound weight loss, 3) functional fitness, and lastly, 4) acquiring more running trinkets and awards.

I felt a real let down after my 10K which I ran in 1 hour and 4 minutes, but did not place in my age group. It is my goal to be happy, really happy, with running for the sake of health and fitness and not focus on winning medals. Galloway's book, "Running Until You're 100" spells out the philosophy I want to embrace!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/31/2012 7:26PM

    You have a very healthy attitude, Marsha. I know this time you will be successful!

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WATERMELLEN 5/30/2012 9:49PM

    Injury free is so important . . . glad you've got expert coaching and are taking it slow!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/30/2012 8:17AM

    You're on the right path - but we still love those trinkets, don't we!

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_LINDA 5/30/2012 2:03AM

    Wow! You really go all in when you set a goal! All this careful preparation and planning and seeking top notch coaching should mean you will meet this goal injury free and at your best! Looking forward to hearing all about this step by step training!
Here is to running until you are 100! I can see you there!

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FRAN0426 5/30/2012 12:00AM

    Marsha, good luck with running again--you truely sound excited to start again. I so agree running is like all other activity, do it for yourself, to be healthy and most of all because you enjoy doing it. emoticon this time you know how much more about it.

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/29/2012 11:20PM

    If you're not having fun, find something else. Since you seem to like running, I'm glad you are going slow and trying to prevent mother injury. Be careful, and just keep moving!

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ROSET491 5/29/2012 8:18PM

    Good for you!! I would love to be part of a team especially for training the right way! Good luck on your half. I too may do one in November but haven't committed yet!! Planning on adding you so I can follow your progress. It's Sparkers like you that keep me motivated and yes dreaming a little too!

Rose

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/29/2012 7:40PM

    Happy with running, not focus on winning medals... sounds perfect!

Is this for the half all the way out in November? Or do you have one planned sooner? Would still love to come run in Florida in November, it should be perfect weather for it!

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HAPPYONE331 5/29/2012 5:27PM

    I'm betting you make it this time! My money's on you.

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JOYINKY 5/29/2012 5:13PM

    You sound really happy to be back at it! I wish you well, your plan sounds sound.

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MEXGAL1 5/29/2012 3:29PM

    Sounds like you have a really good plan Marsha. Hope it all works out for you.
Sallie

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Not a Human Garbage Can

Monday, May 28, 2012

Good day at SeaWorld. Lots of walking. I even walked an hour pushing the stroller while Gwen slept. I had grilled chicken caesar salad. They gave me a half cup of dressing on the side, but I used less than a tablespoon and it was plenty. I picked off the croutons, but left two which was just what I wanted.

Hubby and daughter ordered ribs and got way too many. They tried to push them off on me and daughter's hubby. After I refused, he tried to. I came to his defense, "He is not a human garbage can." He liked it a lot. Not sure they did. It almost kills hubby to throw away food; undoubtedly a leftover from times of hunger as a child. As I see it, waste it in garbage, or waste it in your body, and hurt yourself to boot.

Despite this exchange and quite a bit of rain, we all had a good time and were glad we went. The new Turtle Trek is worth seeing and Natalie was thrilled to get to ride the kiddie roller coaster again. It is her favorite.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/31/2012 7:20PM

    It sounds like you had a great time filled with lots of good memories. You are wise not to cave in to the food "pushers"!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/29/2012 8:56AM

    I understand about hating to waste food but in that situation not much else you can do. We try to look around at other people's choices and judge portion size before we order - maybe daughter and hubby would have been happy sharing one order saving money and food.

At home, I utilize the freezer for small amounts of left overs and then when we have enough for a meal we have a clean out and everyone has something different for dinner. Veggies go in my monthly veggie soup.

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SHRINKINGSHERI 5/29/2012 6:02AM

    I really like that saying.

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JULIA_211 5/29/2012 5:22AM

    You are a good example for your family. You're so right about wasting it in the trash instead of in your body. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 5/28/2012 11:54PM

    Glad you had a good day with family!
But the food pushing incident made me furious, thinking of my poor brother -his two kids, fussy eaters, always pushed the food they didn't want or couldn't eat at him and he always ate it-the sad thing is these kids are now adults and STILL do the same thing and my poor obese brother dutifully eats it all!!!! The kids, remarkably, are not overweight in spite of pretty sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy food choices. Perhaps their 'portion control' is working for them at least as long as they are living under his roof, it will be interesting to see what happens when they move out..
Rain here too, never stops me from what I want to do -nice to hear you can enjoy the day in spite of it!
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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TIRED49 5/28/2012 11:50PM

    Good choices today ! Also good you took up for yourself. I need to do that more often. Have a great rest of the week.

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JOYINKY 5/28/2012 10:08PM

    WTG! Glad everyone had such a good time too!

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WATERMELLEN 5/28/2012 9:07PM

    "Better it should go to waste than to my waist": heard my mother say that about a million times!! We can waste food by throwing it out, or we can waste food by eating it when we didn't need it: either way, it's wasted!!

Good for you . . . sorry if it made your DH a bit grumpy (but I expect maybe he knows he should be "wasting" instead of "waisting" himself and is a bit defensive??)

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FROSTY99 5/28/2012 8:42PM

    Sounds like you had a great time. I guess it didn't rain as much there as we got just north of you. It has rained off and on all day and pretty hard at times and tonite it is just pouring. We need it so much so I am not complaining-we will just go camping and make the best of whatever Mother Nature deals us this week.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/28/2012 7:55PM

    Good for you, sticking up for those who choose not to abuse their bodies with excess food!

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MEXGAL1 5/28/2012 7:45PM

    I love this! Not a human garbage can is so right!
I don't want to be a human garbage can either.
Nice to hear you had a fun day.
Sallie

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SWAN47 5/28/2012 7:43PM

    Sounds like a fantastic day with family. Healthy activity, eating and sharing with family. Can't beat that!

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In Control of the Trend

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Looking back over the years, any time I avoided stepping on the scale, I was gaining weight. So I know I need to weigh regularly. But I should not be too concerned about any one regular weigh in, definitely not let it ruin my day. I need to look for the trend, taking action when needed.

Nonetheless, I couldn't help but smile when I saw a middle "2" on my scale this morning, after almost a week of middle "3". Hope it is part of a trend. Actually, hope isn't appropriate. When I am eating right and exercising, I am in control of the scale. Well, not the daily weigh-in, but I am in control of the trend.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 5/31/2012 7:17PM

    You are a wise woman, Marsha. You can do it!

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_LINDA 5/27/2012 11:58PM

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That is wonderful!
I weigh in once a week for a team I am on and that is all that interests me. It really isn't necessary if you know you are doing everything right. My trackers keep me honest so I am not surprised by any gains or losses and don't stress them.
Happy maintaining that '2'!!

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MONTY68 5/27/2012 10:30PM

    Hi Marsha
Love it , and yes indeed you are in control of the trend, I think it is great that you are seeing a 2, sounds so positive.
Thanks for sharing

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JOYINKY 5/27/2012 9:36PM

    Agreed; you are in control of the trend!

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WATERMELLEN 5/27/2012 6:07PM

    Good for you! Much as I long for middle 3 . . . and as persistently as I do comply with my maintenance range . . . . I'm at 142 almost always. Occasional flutters to 144 (generally too much salt) or down to 140 and even below . . . but 142 may be "lowest sustainale weight".

And, of course, given that SP set a "goal weight" of 155 I should be grateful for that! But yeah, I do want to see that middle 3.

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MIRAGE727 5/27/2012 2:06PM

    Good job, Marsha! Daily weigh in for me sets my goals carefully for the day. I'm also getting really good at how my body functions now. Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend.
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GLASSART43 5/27/2012 1:29PM

    A timely reminder for me too. I was up a pound last week despite exercise and staying within calorie range. This week I'm down, and I had two days over range!

I just have to stay with what works...

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DONNABRIGHT 5/27/2012 11:27AM

    Good advice - control is a big key!

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MEXGAL1 5/27/2012 11:07AM

    Gosh Marsha this is a timely blog for me. I know exactly what you mean about weighing regularly as I have to do the same thing to stay on track. And I also understand how important it is to not let the number ruin your day. I had one of those days today. Had a good eating day yesterday but the scale was up a pound. so I had to tell myself that I needed to not let it ruin my day and just put on my walking shoes and walked in the hot humid weather my 4 miles!
Make it a great Sunday.
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/27/2012 10:58AM

    I weigh daily, and try to watch trends more than individual numbers. Here's a huge emoticon for being in control of that trend!

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