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Maybe I'll Blog about My Trip Tomorrow....

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A friend made a comment a couple weeks ago, but I find myself still thinking about it. When I told her that every finisher gets a medal at the Women's Half Marathon I'm running on Nov 18th, she didn't think that was good. She thought medals should be reserved for excellence.

Well, after thinking about it, I disagree. Nobody just runs a half marathon. It takes months of training -- for me, it will be six month's of training. The winners will get the competitive trophies. We finishers will get a medal. You know, not just the top of the class get diplomas, everyone who meets the set criteria gets a diploma. Well, everyone who makes it 13.2 miles within the allotted time gets a medal. I plan to wear mine proudly.

I probably will blog about my trip tomorrow. But today I'll just say my three sunrise training runs on the New Jersery Shore Boardwalk were awesome!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 7/24/2012 5:34PM

    I'm glad that you're back. I missed you!

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CANDOK1260 7/23/2012 10:48PM

    i agree with you everyone should get a medal that accomplishment

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_LINDA 7/23/2012 2:42PM

    I so very agree with you Marsha. Just finishing a marathon is an achievement few will ever accomplish! It should be recognized and rewarded!!
So glad you had some amazing fun runs in a beautiful place!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/23/2012 2:28PM

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MIRAGE727 7/23/2012 11:49AM

    I'm with you 100%, Marsha! As someone who has received countless trophies, awards, and junk for a number of sports and achievements in my past, NONE are more precious to me than my first Half Marathon FINISHER medal at the young age of 61! Send her to me and I will be happy to educate her! I see more heart and spirit that surrounds me now on SparkPeople than I ever have in my lifetime. It compares only to the beautiful challenged athletes who motivate and inspire us all! Stay strong, and keep finishing! Much love!
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NATPLUMMER 7/23/2012 10:15AM

    I'm with you. You deserve a medal for completing the HM.

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GOLFGMA 7/23/2012 7:45AM

    You deserve the medal and I hope to see you put in a picture of yourself with your medal! emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/23/2012 7:36AM

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NEW-CAZ 7/23/2012 2:38AM

    You will have earned your medal Marsha, wear it with pride!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 7/22/2012 11:26PM

    " You know, not just the top of the class get diplomas, everyone who meets the set criteria gets a diploma."
Brilliant!

There is more to accomplishment than "beating" someone, or working "against" someone. In fact, I think it is healthier and more fulfilling to do things that bring us up, rather that push others down.

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JOYINKY 7/22/2012 9:29PM

    I agree! Wear your medal proudly!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/22/2012 9:23PM

    I agree that even a last-place finisher in a half marathon has made a huge accomplishment!

What ONEKIDSMOM wrote isn't true. I got a medal for finishing a 5K once. I actually came in 4th place in my division, but that's because they had a division for women who weigh over 140 pounds and I was just barely over that at the time! :) Regardless, everyone got a medal, and I loved getting one! It's the only one I've ever gotten in a race!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/22/2012 9:00PM

    The only races where every finisher gets a medal are ones like the Half Marathon where just finishing MEANS something. You don't generally see every 5K participant getting a medal, or 10K, or even 5 or 10 mile races. But a Half Marathon and beyond? That's special.

Same is true of Triathlon: those who finish a Sprint distance one - you have to place (at least within your age group) to get a medal... but from the Half Ironman up? Every finisher wins a medal.

I'm with you. Completing a half marathon is medal-worthy. Completing one IS excellence!

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Adventures in Cooking and Cycling

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Last eve I attended an Adventures in Cooking party. I honestly don't know if this is something nationwide or just something the group named locally, but everyone was suppose to bring an unusual dish and make something they'd never made before.

There was wonderful smoked salmon that Don said he'd had in the smoker for 5 hours. There was a fresh and light chopped onion, tomato, celery, green pepper and black eyed peas appetizer served with rosemary triscuits. The main dish served by our hostess (who lives in a gorgeous house, by the way) was pork made with cooked bananas and apples based on a recipe from Finland. I'm leaving out a few dishes, I fear, but everything was tasty. I adapted a recipe from SparkRecipes. I had made the Vegan Moroccan Chickpeas before, but this time, based on a posted comment, I pureed it, added more tomatoes and chilies and a whole bag of baby spinach. I put it is the caserole dish on top of a half inch of brown rice. I felt good about bringing it -- very tasty and healthy, too. The garlic, ginger, cumin and corriander all combine for a taste that really appeals to me.

I felt really good stepping on the scale this morning, too. I was as low as I've been this week. I knew I did good. The only things I did not sample was the wine and the marshmellow-filled, chocolate iced cupcakes with sprinkles made by a 10 year old. I drank water. Wine is okay, but I just wanted to save my calories for food. I don't think anyone even noticed I didn't eat the cupcakes and the child got lots of praise for her efforts, so I didn't feel bad.

This morning I went to Fort Frazier Trail to find the bike group I rode with last week. Don't know what went wrong, but I couldn't find them. I rode 10 miles. The day is gorgeous. A person I met while looking for the group said it was hot, but it felt breezy, and especially in the shady parts of the trail, I thought it was a perfect day. The sky was so blue. Saw lots of birds. I found a woman going just a little faster than I was going and tried to stay up with her. I found that fun and motivating. Don't even know if she knew I was following her. The closest I got was about 10 feet. I kept stopping for traffic -- I'm chicken -- while she was more of a dare devil, so it kept me hopping to try to keep up.

Hope all my SparkFriends have blue sky and an active, healthy day!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 7/18/2012 1:00PM

    Wow! You had a great day! You also did an awesome job with your food! Keep up the good work!

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REXTINE1 7/16/2012 12:13PM

    It sounds as if you had two very good experineces. Good show.

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_LINDA 7/16/2012 1:42AM

    Wow! Sounds like a wonderful party with healthy options -that dish your brought sounds delicious!! Makes me wish I could cook!!
Way to go on doing your own biking your own way!
Congratulations with the weight!!
I did enjoy my walk in the light rain, weather never stops me from doing what I want, but my light beige pants paid the price and were mud splattered right up to the butt!! Fortunately, my detergent got it all out!
Have a Marvelous Monday and enjoy a fun trip to the Big Apple!

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DONNABRIGHT 7/15/2012 7:31PM

    Two awesome experiences - thanks for sharing!

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NATPLUMMER 7/15/2012 4:05PM

    YUM!!
I'm with you, I'd much rather eat than drink my calories....more satisfying in my opinion.
Great ride!

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NEW-CAZ 7/15/2012 2:39PM

    emoticon sounds like you did great!
Have a fantastic day Marsha emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/15/2012 12:46PM

    The food sounds delicious and the variety makes
it easy to try new foods without having to deal with
all the leftovers. I would skip the wine and cupcakes
as well. Wine does me a number and cupcakes-well,
save the calories for something else.
Glad you had such a good bike ride, even without
the group. You did great! HUGS!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/15/2012 11:34AM

    I have to admit emoticon I like doing that, too... finding a cyclist on the trail whose cadence looks good to me, and trying to follow / keep up! In fact I was doing that this morning, myself. emoticon emoticon

Sorry you couldn't find your group, but sounds like you "made lemonade" out of the situation anyway!

P.S. forgot to say it makes me feel good when I take a healthy option to "bring a dish" gatherings!

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WATERMELLEN 7/15/2012 11:02AM

    Sound like lots of fun, both foodie and cycling adventures! Well done!

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MEXGAL1 7/15/2012 10:58AM

    Sounds like you did great last night...way to go!
Have a terrific Sunday!
Sallie

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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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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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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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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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BROWNCOFIDDLER 7/12/2012 3:59PM

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

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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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