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Three Good Nights in a Row

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Here's a streak I'd love to keep going: achieving 8 hours of sleep per night. I actually have my streak tracker set for 7 hours per night but rarely make a whole week. Well, this week I've started going to bed an hour earlier because I'll be doing my Galloway group run at 6am. I should not have worried that I wouldn't be able to get to sleep. The last 3 nights I've slept 8 hours or more. I love feeling well rested!

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_LINDA 6/21/2012 1:34AM

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I simply can't imagine what it would be like to sleep that long!!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/14/2012 8:44PM

    Well done, Marsha! Here's hoping for two more nights of 8 hours of sleep!

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JOYINKY 6/14/2012 6:26PM

    Great Marsha! Everything else goes so much easier when you are well rested. Sleep is a high priority for me but I push hard when I'm up and going!

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REXTINE1 6/14/2012 4:04PM

    I have my tracker set for seven too, and usually get about 8, but today was the first time in a long time I didn't make 7 - I got 6. But I had a 90 minute nap in the recliner then.

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    Oh, Boy! I am envious! I do get at least 6, but 8 is tough to find lately! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/14/2012 2:33PM

    Yours is the second blog today I've read about sleeping well. So important. Great way to start a streak!

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Another Trick for Keeping Kids Active in Sunny Summer

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

We have a swing set that the kids love in the often nice weather of Florida winter. In the summer, though, it is only in the shade in early morning. There is just too much sun most of the day. I had tried to put up a tarp for shade and wind blew it down. But I found a solution that seems to be working for us. I use towels and clothes pins. I pin a beach towel at the top of the chains for the five year old. She can move the towel to the east in the morning and the west in the afternoon. It stays behind her providing her shade. The swing for the 21 month old I turn around at the top and the beach towel stays behind her, too. We like the sun screen spray, but even then, staying in the shade is so much more comfortable. The kids are definitely more interested in going outside now that we have personal shades on their swings.

As a postscript to this blog, Aquagirl arranged for us to get this swing set. Not sure we'd have one without her efforts. Thanks again, Cyndi.

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SLIMLILA 6/13/2012 9:56PM

    glad this works for you. Since my dd is going to go away for a week this summer and gram will be in charge of the 1 and 9 y.o, I will have to find something to keep them busy for 2 days, then there dad will have them for the weekend and then another 3 days till mom comes home. Any other ideas will be appreciated....

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REXTINE1 6/13/2012 9:40PM

    Summer shade is a luxury everywhere, but especially here. What a neat solution - very creative.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/13/2012 1:53PM

    It was my pleasure! I love what you've done with shading the swings. You are so creative! I saw Natalie at the Y today and she was swimming like a little fish. My goodness but she has grown!

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_LINDA 6/13/2012 1:46PM

    Well done for finding a solution! That is wonderful of Cyndi getting you that swing set! Active kids are happy kids :) And Grandmoms too!
Keep up the great work!

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JOYINKY 6/13/2012 1:46PM

    Super idea!

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    I think that is a GREAT IDEA! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 6/13/2012 10:55AM

    What an awesome idea for shade.

My kids used to love to "paint" on hot afternoons. A bucket of water and a paint brush would keep them happy for some time. They could follow the shade around the house and paint whatever side was shady at the time. And getting wet was part of the fun!

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More of Jeff Galloway

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I never heard of Jeff Galloway until a year ago when I started reading books about running. So, even though my Galloway Team members don't need it, I should have explained who Jeff Galloway is before I wrote my 2 previous blogs about him. He is an marathon Olympian (1972), currently the # 1 best selling author of running books, he writes a monthly article in Runner's World magazine, he's been a part of Disney marathons and half marathons for over 20 years and is the official Disney marathon trainer. He's trained more than 200,000 people personally to run. He has groups following his method currently in 85 cities including the one I'm joining in Lakeland. He wrote "Running Until You're 100" and he advocates run-walk-run. He just recovered from a broken hip (he tripped and fell down stairs) and started his post-PT rehab with 5 seconds of running and 55 seconds of walk. He's 67 years old. So now you know.

One other thing he suggested to me is when I have a day I just don't feel like running, do my slow warm up and then run 30 seconds and walk 30 seconds. He said many people who just aren't feeling it recover the joy of running when they do that. Today in my 3.25 mile workout I ran one mile straight to get ready for my pace test on Saturday. The rest of the workout I tried the 30/30 seconds and can see why it would remotivate someone. I wasn't even breathing hard, but was getting some of those real good running feelings that are probably beta endorphins.

My related thoughts: Running should be filled with joy. Run Happy, all who can run. Celebrate any day you are healthy enough to run. If not, enjoy what you can do. Once you get over the initial inertia, exercise is fun; exercise is play; exercise is something to be enjoyed.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/13/2012 1:48PM

    Thank you for explaining. He sounds like an amazing person. I feel the same way about exercising in water that you feel about running. I've gotten to the point where I almost (not quite but almost) resent anything that cuts into my water exercise time. That's how much I love it! I hope you do well with your pace test! You can do it!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/12/2012 8:40PM

    Love his philosophy. When I run, I try to "run easy"... yes, with joy. Have good breathing. Walk when I need to, don't force it. We are going to have SUCH FUN in November! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 6/12/2012 5:15PM

    Thanks for the update and letting us know who he is....I kind of thought that.
So nice that you could met him!

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MIRAGE727 6/12/2012 4:55PM

    Marsha! You stole that last paragraph from my new book, "Mastering Lightning Turtle Speed!"
This is exactly my philosophy of running! And anyone that asks a rookie of a runner like me about references always gets the same answer, Jeff Galloway! He gives us all a chance to embrace the glory of running. Thanks for sharing! Much luv...


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JOYINKY 6/12/2012 3:20PM

    "Once you get over the initial inertia, exercise is fun; exercise is play; exercise is something to be enjoyed. " I couldn't agree more; I might add exercise keeps you young! Thanks for the bio On Jeff Galloway; I had not heard of him.

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NOSMOHT 6/12/2012 3:15PM

    Jeff Galloway does a lot of stuff with RunDisney!

He seems fabulous for sure.

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_LINDA 6/12/2012 2:28PM

    That is awesome! Its great that you have the opportunity to be trained by his running method, because it looks like he is in it for the long haul and for fun. I certainly can see you running until you are a 100. looking forward to hearing all about your training sessions!

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EDUCGRAD 6/12/2012 2:19PM

    I had heard of his name,thanks for the info on him.

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Running in Balance

Monday, June 11, 2012

One of the many things I heard Jeff Galloway say in his presentation yesterday is that running helps to get the hunger-satisfaction response in balance. What I got out of it is that running can make you hungry, that is, hungry to replace the calories that you expend. But running helps get the mechanism that lets you know when you are full to work correctly, especially if it hasn't been functioning well. Seems to me that is exactly how I have experienced it, so that made a lot of sense to me.

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SHIELDAC 6/15/2012 9:34AM

    even a walk is better than nothing

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_LINDA 6/12/2012 2:32PM

    Wow! wouldn't that be a great benefit! I had not heard that about running! That is nice to know its working for you! I find that I am not all that hungry after my workouts and my standard meal satisfies me. For me, its all about keeping properly hydrated before during and after my workouts -that does make a difference too.
Keep up the great work and sharing your learning with us!

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REXTINE1 6/12/2012 11:11AM

    Fifty years ago I read a study that showed the number of calories people ate went down as exercise increased from zero, but later started up again as the amount of exercise increased more. The conclusion was that exercise helps you eat less, but as the needed calories go up it eventually increases the appetite to supply the food needed. It is always a good idea to keep moving.

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JOYINKY 6/12/2012 10:14AM

    Interesting concept; I'm not a runner but per the other comments I have a hunch that it has a LOT to do with raising your body temperature. Whether it's walking or gardening or hooping. Those days that I'm working up a sweat, I am less hungry. Just never made the connection.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/12/2012 7:42AM

    Interesting! I'm glad that you got an opportunity to meet Jeff Galloway and to gather bits of wisdom from his years of experience.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/12/2012 6:39AM

    I have experienced this similarly. Swimming is an activity that makes me hungrier than running, in fact, because, I read in one of many, many things I picked up... running increases your body temperature as you exert yourself, and this suppresses appetite.

Swimming, in water that keeps your core temperature cooler, has no offsetting effect of appetite suppressing... so after a swim, ravenous... after a run, have to wait a bit for the ravenous to show up.

Amazing things, our bodies, no? emoticon

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    I wonder if walking fast does the same thing. Since I started training for a long distance walk and doing fast walking instead of hard workouts 4 days a week I've been much less hungry and able to eat less at meals. My Bodybugg tells me I burn MORE calories in an hour of walking than an hour of a hard workout. Go figure. Great tip!

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I Met Jeff Galloway!!

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Wish I'd had a camera. Several people did take their picture with him. He was positively inspirational. No disappointment nor letdown here.He was far more than I expected in so many ways. So personable. So encouraging. So inspirational. I got there early and he wanted to know all about my running experience and even thanked me for sharing my story. He was so kind and encouraging to everyone, even those he wanted to start at 5 seconds of running and 55 seconds of walking. I'm so glad I went and I'm looking forward to the group runs starting next Saturday.

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BEYONDLIMITS 6/12/2012 12:02PM

    That's wonderful that you got to meet him!

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REXTINE1 6/11/2012 3:41PM

    Good show.

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MEXGAL1 6/10/2012 8:43AM

    really cool!

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SONDRAJ20 6/10/2012 8:24AM

    That is so cool! I always read his columns in Runners World and find him very encouraging. I'm glad to hear that he's just as nice in person as he is "in writing".

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AQUAGIRL08 6/10/2012 8:08AM

    I'm glad you had a great experience! (Who is Jeff Galloway?)

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SEABREEZE65 6/10/2012 7:33AM

    So awesome!

Is Jeff healed after the broken hip?

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_LINDA 6/10/2012 1:12AM

    Fabulous! So glad you had an uplifting experience!! Enjoy your training! You will be running on cloud 9 :)

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JUNEPA 6/9/2012 10:19PM

    So great to have a motivator that walks the walk and is so personable and encouraging !!

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TBRANCH2 6/9/2012 9:45PM

    Good for you!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/9/2012 8:48PM

    Sounds great!

So how did your fitness test go? Was that today, too? Or is it yet to come?

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