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Training on Schedule

Saturday, July 14, 2012

"Ran" 6 miles with my Galloway group this morning. It was a very slow run, with run one minute, walk one minute intervals. We are suppose to go the pace of the slowest runner in the group and Galloway writes that you cannot go too slow on long runs. We are to focus on distance.

When I put 6 miles in 100 minutes in SP tracker it told me that is a 17 minute mile. I know I could go much faster, but perhaps this approach will keep me injury free. I do really enjoy the run and the socializing after. My two runs during the week are faster and shorter.

So for now I'm going to trust the process. The person I ran closest to today has run a 2:33 half marathon (HM) and she thinks this training is fine. I'm racing the HM in November to finish without an official time goal, but estimated a 2:45 finish. So, based on what she says, I should be able to do it if I keep to the training schedule. We'll see.

  
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ADMOREEP 7/18/2012 10:59PM

    emoticon . Good Luck with the marathon. I'm sure all your hard work will pay off for you.

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WATERMELLEN 7/15/2012 11:03AM

    Avoiding injury is key because we want to stay fit 4ever!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/15/2012 9:36AM

    I am convinced that YOU can do anything you set your mind to!

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JOYINKY 7/14/2012 11:59PM

    Sounds like a trustworthy process!

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MSLZZY 7/14/2012 9:32PM

    That sounds like a very sensible way to run
until you get accustomed to distance running.
WTG!

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NATPLUMMER 7/14/2012 8:25PM

    You will do fine. The long runs are supposed to be very slow. They get you used to the distance.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/14/2012 8:06PM

    So glad that you are doing your training with an eye on distance and not on speed. You are smart to do that! Kathy saw you at the Y this morning and said to tell you hi! I thought you might have decided to join us in the deep water class but imagined that it would have been way too much on top of the run. Enjoy your bike ride tomorrow!

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REXTINE1 7/14/2012 7:36PM

    Part of the game is to not go too fast in the beginning, so you're still going at the end. You weren't racing today, and even the racers have to pace themselves.

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_LINDA 7/14/2012 7:07PM

    That is great you have an experienced marathoner in your running group -nothing like first hand advice! Here is to remaining injury free and being able to go into your first HM strong!
That is a good thing that you think you could have gone faster -shows your conditioning is top notch! Go Marsha!

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MEXGAL1 7/14/2012 6:19PM

    Woo hoo...good for you!

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TBRANCH2 7/14/2012 4:52PM

    emoticonThe Polk Team is very proud of you!!! Keep up the great job and the inspiration that you give us all!!!

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LEANJEAN6 7/14/2012 3:33PM

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 7/14/2012 3:07PM

    That's great! You're on the right track!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/14/2012 2:48PM

    I agree... trust the process! Speed work is for shorter runs.

I ran a fast 5K today, mainly because the color zones were so close together... and it was just plain FUN! But 5K seems shorter to me than it used to.

This is such an interesting journey!

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NEW-CAZ 7/14/2012 2:37PM

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Full Life

Friday, July 13, 2012

Granddaughter, 5 year old, called at 7am asking me to drive her to day camp today at the Y. So even though I didn't plan to go today, I did. Enjoyed a 40 minute elliptical workout, plus 5 minute cool down, and then a picnic snack with the 21 month old. Two members of local SparkTeam were there and we had fun talking and watching DGD.

We went out last eve with my local SparkTeam & that was lots of fun. Aquagirl even gave me a coupon for $10 off our meal!! I racked up. Owe her again. We leave for NYC on Monday, so I'm getting caught up with laundry and starting to pack. Looking forward to seeing the Broadway Play Wicked. Run with Galloway group in the morning. Bike with group Sunday morn but must be back by 11am to keep both kids until late. Full life. Lots of fun.

  
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PHEBESS 7/15/2012 12:07PM

    Sounds like a great day - and NYC will be wonderful!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/15/2012 11:04AM

    You are having fun: hope the NYC trip is a great "adult" break!

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GOLFGMA 7/14/2012 7:22AM

    DH and I are also traveling this week. Will see a play at Barter Theater in Abbington, Va. on Saturday after 3 days in Lexington. I'm sure we will all be entertained. emoticon

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_LINDA 7/14/2012 2:10AM

    So glad you can get some recreational fun in with your busy life! Enjoy the play and trip!! Way to work in the fitness!

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JOYINKY 7/13/2012 6:26PM

    Wonderful! Isn't it great to have the health and fitness to really enjoy all these blessings! emoticon

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PARKERB2 7/13/2012 5:40PM

    Have a great time. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/13/2012 4:53PM

    Way to live, Marsha! Enjoy NYC *and* the Grands!

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REXTINE1 7/13/2012 4:00PM

    I hope you have a great time in New York. It sounds as if you can't miss.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/13/2012 2:59PM

    We loved seeing you and Gwen this morning! She is too cute for words!

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NEW-CAZ 7/13/2012 2:40PM

    Have a great time Marsha! emoticon

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FRAN0426 7/13/2012 2:18PM

    Have a teriffic time in NYC, a place I drove through once but never have gotten back----someday I hope.

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MEXGAL1 7/13/2012 2:14PM

    sounds wonderful to me!

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NATPLUMMER 7/13/2012 2:11PM

    What a time!!


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MIRAGE727 7/13/2012 2:03PM

    Marsha! I love good musicals, and Wicked is one of my faves! I've become one with Elphaba! Have a great time, safe trip, and want to hear all about it! Oh, and one of these days, I am definitely going to do a arce with y'all and hopefully, break bread with your local SparkTeam!
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BALLOUZOO 7/13/2012 1:54PM

    I am glad your granddaughter keeps you active. She is learning to love herself by watching you take care of yourself...a wondeful lesson that will keep her out of trouble later!

Enjoy your local team-I'm a little jealous of that-I live in a remote place and don't have many "sparkers" out here.

Best wishes on your NYC trip and your wellness journey!

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MSLZZY 7/13/2012 1:54PM

    Fantastic! Have a wonderful time! HUGS!

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Thanks, Friends

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thanks, SparkFriends, for all the support and great advice I got on my blog yesterday and several very helpful SparkMail contacts. You rock!! I am back on track, recommitted, and feeling strong. I would love to never overeat again, but I know I can live at a healthy weight even if I never attain that much control. When I focus on the progress I've made, I can't be too unhappy with myself.

I ran-walked-ran 5 miles today and got a good strength workout in, too. Felt wonderful. Ran into this great pix on the new local Facebook group I've joined that promotes "activity adventures" in Polk County FL USA:



  
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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 7/14/2012 4:49AM

    That's what it takes. Just pull it back and get through the next day. If you need to focus on just getting through hour by hour, then do it.

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TBRANCH2 7/13/2012 6:44PM

    emoticonIt was nice to see you and hubby last night, also!!

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AQUAGIRL08 7/13/2012 3:00PM

    I hope you have fun at your bike hike this Sunday!

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MEXGAL1 7/13/2012 11:14AM

    Woo hoo! Good for you to get back on track.
Marsha, you are one strong lady and will concur this whole lifestyle change thing. I too am having to restart and eat really light in between some pig out days lately. But overall I know that I am in control for life!
We can do this.
Sallie

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DONNABRIGHT 7/13/2012 8:30AM

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SLIMLILA 7/13/2012 12:03AM

    Good one! I should take that perscription too. emoticon

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_LINDA 7/12/2012 11:44PM

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Love the message :))
Way to work and work through it!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/12/2012 8:47PM

    And about getting comfy with the crawl... since I was already rotating through six strokes, my goal in tri training was to get up close and personal with it as a single stroke. I had been putting in 1200 yard workouts, but only every sixth length was the crawl. This morning, it was all crawl, and I'm ready. 11 weeks, and you can be, too!

emoticon Will we get you TRI-ing yet? Even just swimming to cross train for your run can be worthwhile, though.

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PARKERB2 7/12/2012 6:15PM

    You have sure inspired me when I see how slim and trim you are. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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MAKINANIMPACT 7/12/2012 5:28PM

    Just emoticon on and you'll be fine!

Kelly

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WENDYSPARKS 7/12/2012 5:20PM

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 7/12/2012 3:59PM

    Good for you!! Just know you CAN do it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMWINNING 7/12/2012 3:53PM

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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2012 3:47PM

    Back on track :-) Way to go!!

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JOYINKY 7/12/2012 3:45PM

    You give at least as much as you get Marsha! Proud to be your friend! emoticon

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Just when I thought....

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Just when I thought my only food issue was nourishing an athlete's body and training for my half marathon, an old eating pattern reared its ugly head. Guess I was just too cocky. Last night I ate like the 200+ pound person I used to be. Well, that's not totally true. Many of my choices (greek yogurt, graham crackers, nuts, and dark chocolate) are somewhat better than what I used to scarf down.

I can't blame stress. It was not a particularly stressful day and I was not uptight. It was just a slippery slope. Started with not planning my meals for the day. Then I grabbed an extra Greek yogurt I knew I didn't need and then... just couldn't make myself face the reality of what I knew I was doing.

Oh, well. I would like to think that the days of overeating and binging are behind me forever. Just not in my nature. Not a part of me, of who I am now. Oh,well. Hasn't happened. May never happen. Reality is that I need to commit to healthy eating every day or it won't happen for me. Maybe I needed that lesson again.

  
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PHEBESS 7/15/2012 12:05PM

    I swear, sometimes it's just hormonal or something - food just jumps into my mouth~

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WATERMELLEN 7/15/2012 11:07AM

    I'm so with you on this: not binging but slightly over my highest calorie range 3 days in a row and then . . . hauled myself up again!

I will always have to exercise utmost vigilance. It will never be natural or authomatic.

Stuck at 142 . . . and that's OK. But not going any higher!

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NATPLUMMER 7/12/2012 3:05PM

    That happens to us all sometimes.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/12/2012 12:54PM

    Sometimes we just need to kick ourselves in the butt, don't we?

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/11/2012 8:49PM

    What they all said... we all have SOME days like that... but majority of our behavior rules. You recognized what was happening, and got back. Sometimes I feel like the lapses keep the memory of where we came from green... like in a 12 step program overcoming addictions.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/11/2012 7:55PM

    emoticon emoticon Just forgive yourself and get back to your plan. It happens. As hard as you've been training, I'm thinking it won't even register on the scale. You can do this!!!

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REXTINE1 7/11/2012 4:58PM

    Everyone has lapses - the trick is to get stopped before you have a lot to lose again. You realized what happened and will keep it in mind. What really kills you is when you just relax and quit paying attention. Good luck.

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MIRAGE727 7/11/2012 12:01PM

    I think so many of us will have days like that. It's the main reason I stress that our journey is forever! We just massage the rest of our nutrition for the week and go on. I get to my last nerve when someone says, "They're so perfect!" B#@!$#1%! No one is perfect! Thanks for sharing, Marcia!
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I think it's good that we share these moments and what we do in the aftermath!
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JOYINKY 7/11/2012 11:53AM

    Been there, done that and have no doubt I will again. Still, at the very least I do track it; not here, but pencil and paper. I had that habit engrained before coming to SP. No mindless eating.
I think what triggers me; other than the food being "too available" if it's food I don't normally have around. Is just plain being tired; I should just go to bed! There's an outdated nagging voice in my head that tells me "eat something, you'll feel better" and when I'm really tired; sometimes I cave.
Marsha, don't beat yourself up; I think everyone occasionally has a day or evening like that. EVEN SKINNY PEOPLE It's our day to day lifestyle today that will keep us healthy. You get an A in that department! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 7/11/2012 11:00AM

    I had one of those days yesterday as well....reverted back to some old bad habits. But you know what Marsha, it's what we do today that counts. We will not let it set us back, we will not let it control what happens next. We will take control again of our healthy eating and get back on track. Yes, that is what we have learned. We have learned that it is not that we will continue to crash and burn. We will be strong and pick ourselves up and move forward with purpose!
So here is to our continued success to recognize that we are only human and make mistakes but we know now to not let those "mistakes" control our new healthy life.
Have a terrific day today.
Sallie

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_LINDA 7/11/2012 10:45AM

    Consider this just a gentle nudge of a reminder how easy it is to slip back in old patterns and behaviors. But the one thing of note is, at least your choice of snacks were HEALTHY -BIG improvement! There is derailment and then there is derailment! You didn't do too badly. I for one, can't give up the potato chip snacking :P. As I don't use salt or have it much in my diet (no processed foods), I am guessing this is why I crave chips so much. Even when I have them, I still don't go over the daily recommended sodium values.
We all need a wake up call every now and then. I am sure you will be right back on it now.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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MSLZZY 7/11/2012 10:19AM

    Some lessons need to be relearned over and over.
You would think you got it by now but then, you
start all over with the learning prosess. I have
my days like that, too, and think "what am I
doing"? SIGH. Hang in there and have a better
day.

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NEW-CAZ 7/11/2012 9:59AM

    One day makes only a small difference Marsha, the occasion foray into old territory only serves to teach us more.
Forgive yourself and move one, get back to it! emoticon emoticon

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IAMWINNING 7/11/2012 9:50AM

    So ok, you discovered something about yourself. Don't beat yourself up over it, obviously you've already started over - GOOD for you!

Have a super great day!



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New Bike Group w/Pix

Sunday, July 08, 2012



Here I am in pink with my new Sunday morning cycling group. It meets so close to my house I can ride there. I rode 12 miles this morning, including 10 with the group. Great fun!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 7/10/2012 9:42PM

    That looks like a lot of fun! Good for you!

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WATERMELLEN 7/9/2012 7:52PM

    That's great! Really helps to have a support group, and they look like fun!

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PRINCESS1959 7/8/2012 11:20PM

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PMFISH 7/8/2012 10:09PM

    Wow!! I can't even imagine biking 12 miles. As a kid, yes but just do not have enough lung power or stamina to even go 30 minutes on the incumbent bike. Of course I have had vast improvement. When I first started I could only pedal for 5 minutes, now up to 20 to 25 minutes. You inspire me!!! Thanks for sharing.

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MEXGAL1 7/8/2012 4:35PM

    woo hoo...good for you. Looks like a nice group to share biking with.
You go girl!

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NATPLUMMER 7/8/2012 2:36PM

    YAY!

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DMF2012 7/8/2012 1:57PM

    Good for you, what a great idea!

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REXTINE1 7/8/2012 12:09PM

    It's a good looking group.

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JOYINKY 7/8/2012 12:03PM

    Wow! Good for you Marsha! What fun!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/8/2012 10:52AM

    How great. It's fun to ride with a group. And it *will* help your running to do a different form of exercise... strengthens different muscles, which are then available to assist. I'm blown away by the muscle definition gained in calves and glutes since cycling more.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/8/2012 10:52AM

    Wow, that is so awesome!

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