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I'm Baaaack!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I'm back and back at it. The visit to see my mom in the assisted living facility wasn't easy, but I'm very glad I went. Also glad to report the scale showed no change, despite days of undereating and days of overeating -- guess it all balanced out. Most days I got my freggies, water, and nonfat milk.

I got 2 short runs in in South Dakota. When I couldn't stand my running shoe I actually did run in Crocs. I know that is a stupid thing to do, but I just wanted to run so bad and could not tolerate anything on the sore spot. I ended up with two blisters. I bought another pair of shoes for walking that didn't stress the blisters or the sores. I did get lots of walking done every day but one.

Enjoyed a 4.5 mile run-walk-run this morning and am delighted to see that most of my Galloway pace group ran a 5K race last Saturday, so the 8 mile run was rescheduled to this Saturday. I'll do another short run on Thursday, the 8 mile on Saturday, and I should be back on schedule. The HM on Nov 18th is a go!!!

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 8/24/2012 10:06AM

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_LINDA 8/23/2012 1:16AM

    emoticon back! What what determination to keep going!! I can't even begin to imagine running in those crocs!! Sorry about the blisters, I am so familiar with those problems. Maybe moleskin on your sore spot would help -I use it regularly on my many foot hot spots, cushions and prevents rubbing and isn't too bulky to interfere with your foot mechanics. There are also corn cushions -esssentially a donut stick on cushion where you position the hole over the sore spot -I have to do this with my corns, works like a charm to take the pressure off.
Enjoy your run!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/22/2012 12:44AM

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And congrats with holding it steady while away!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/22/2012 12:05AM

    Glad you're back. Take care of the foot!

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/21/2012 9:58PM

    emoticon Glad to see ya. Hope your blisters heal soon.

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WATERMELLEN 8/21/2012 9:53PM

    Glad you're back: you sure were determined to keep up the exercise (and I get that: essential for stress relief as well as fitness and weight control!)

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JOYINKY 8/21/2012 8:28PM

    Welcome Back!

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JOHAL52 8/21/2012 7:07PM

    Welcome back Marsha! Empathize with the sore foot--mine is still sore as well. Looking for the right pair of shoes to help it.

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IAMWINNING 8/21/2012 6:50PM

    Sorry you got blisters, Marsha. I'm glad you were able to visit with your Mom, and that you're safely back home. Wishing you the best in the running!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/21/2012 6:43PM

    Woo-hoo! Welcome back and enjoy that 8 mile run. I'll be doing 6.2, i.e. a 10K with obstacles... the Mud Run on Saturday. I'll be thinking of you! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/21/2012 6:23PM

    Welcome back!! Sounds like you're right on track.

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CANDOK1260 8/21/2012 4:17PM

    good job with your running emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 8/21/2012 4:06PM

    Welcome back Marsha! You've been missed! I'm so glad that your foot is healing. I was concerned. See you at the Y!!!

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NEW-CAZ 8/21/2012 3:50PM

    Glad you're back Marsha, have a great run emoticon

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MIRAGE727 8/21/2012 3:19PM

    Good to see you're home and safe, Marsha! Now behave!
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I Will Catch Up!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Oh, I didn't even want to blog about it. Can't believe I did it. But yes, I did. Thursday morning I knocked a casserole dish full of chili off the second shelf of the refrig around bleary-eyed 6:30am. It hit my right foot and shattered between my feet. I had to pull four shards out of my feet - two in each. It was one of those scenes: pushing dog trying to eat shard-filled food away, trying to remove glass and apply direct pressure to blood -- if not exactly gushing -- more than trickling, wiping up chili splattered in strange places throughout the refrigerator and even up my shirt. Aaargh. The voice says again for the 400th time "even if you are slender, you are just as much a klutz as you were heavy." No, no I'm not, I answer, kind of convincing myself.

OK. Now deal with reality. When I tried to put on a running shoe yesterday and again this morning, I got blood on my sock and it hurt. No good. OK. More flexibility called for. I skipped my planned 6.5 miles run this morning. I went and bought a new pair of Crocs that don't stress my sore spots. Then I rode the stationary bike for 45 minutes and did a really good session of strength training. I tried the elliptical gingerly and did 15 minutes. So I got my cardio in. Hoping I can run again by Tuesday. I'll be visiting my mom in South Dakota. We'll see.

I may be just a bit behind on my training for the half marathon in November, but I will catch up!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/12/2012 7:44PM

    You know you're having a bad day when! I'm so sorry that you are experiencing this set-back. The good news is that you are clever enough to work around it. From the looks of your face on Saturday, I think you had a pretty good workout even though it was on the bike and not running. emoticon
Hopefully your feet will heal quickly and you can get back into "training" mode. Have a wonderful visit with Mom at her new place. See you when you get back!

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/12/2012 1:43PM

    emoticon Sorry you hurt your feet.

I think trying to not use them cut up feet may be a

option until they are healed a bit anyways.

Persistent I would say is your main describing trait for sure.

Hope your back up and running once your healed a bit. emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 8/11/2012 10:24PM

    I think the worst thing is that it happened at 6:30 in the morning! There should be a LAW against any catastrophes before coffee. I cut my toe once on a casserole cover that went flying off the counter while I was trying to get dinner on the table - it required a few stitches and I had to cut the straps off a pair of sandals to fit the bandaged toe into something to wear to work.

Seriously, I do hope you are heal quickly and are running soon. Enjoy your trip.

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JOYINKY 8/11/2012 9:41PM

    I have absolutely no doubt that you will Marsha! Still, I'm sorry you had such a rough start to your day. I hope you have a better tomorrow! Mend quickly!

Hugs.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 8/11/2012 8:37PM

    Oh man. That is NOT a good way to start a day...

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Hang in there!

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ROOSTER72 8/11/2012 6:46PM

    Good luck with a speedy recovery.
I hope it heals soon, and you are back on track.

At 6.30am, that is easy done!


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_LINDA 8/11/2012 6:45PM

    Wow! So painful, and so brave of you to push through it and find ways to get exercise in! Well done!! Somehow, I don't think you will get too far behind! You never give in and never give up! Glad you found something you can wear comfortably on your feet! Here is hoping you heal fast and with healthy eating and lots of freggies, you will!
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WATERMELLEN 8/11/2012 6:30PM

    So sorry about your foot injury. NOT a klutz: just the kind of thing that can happen to anyone, especially when you're tired. Can't believe you had to clean it all up yourself while you were bleeing: I would have been calling for help!!

Your persistentce with exercise is totally impressive. Be kind to yourself, Marsha . . . fitness is important (and you know you will always get back to that) but so too is recovery.

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/11/2012 5:57PM

    Oh you poor thing! :( I hope you are able to run again soon!

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JOHAL52 8/11/2012 5:54PM

    Ugh! But you are AMAZING for persevering on and doing all that exercise!

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MRSRACHELS 8/11/2012 5:29PM

    OH Oweeeie!!! I'm so sorry that sounds so painful!! glad to hear your not letting it hold you back. I believe you will catch up!! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/11/2012 4:27PM

    OUCH! but good for you, finding alternate ways to keep moving! Enjoy your visit with your Mom. And have a Blessed Day!

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MIRAGE727 8/11/2012 4:21PM

    Ouch, Marsha! AND, the same thing happened to me except I didn't catch any shrapnel! I think there are demons in the 'fridge!
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Way to work around your mishap! Let everything mend and you will slowly come back to your training. Trust me when I say that you will be fine for your Half!
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MEXGAL1 8/11/2012 3:47PM

    Oh my goodness...so sounds like me!! darn! Crocs are great though and should keep you comfy. You will heal and be back to running in no time!

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MSLZZY 8/11/2012 3:24PM

    I've been known to do that too. Where is your mom
in South Dakota? I am sure you will have some
great weather as it will be cool for the next week
with just a chance of rain on Wednesday.
Take good care of your feet. Hope it doesn't hurt
too much. HUGS!

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NEW-CAZ 8/11/2012 3:22PM

    Oh Lordie what bad luck, I couldn't agree with ONEKIDSMOM more, she's hit the nail on the head.
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ONEKIDSMOM 8/11/2012 3:09PM

    Sigh. Life has that remarkable tendency to throw a monkey wrench into the best laid plans, huh? Still, your priorities are clear:

1) Recovery from the injury.
2) Visit your Mom (you'll just be one state away from me when you do).
3) Cross train as appropriate to support the success of 1 & 2.

When recovery is good enough to start back, go slow and gentle at first. Do not risk complicating the injury by an overuse right off the bat!

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Flexibility Needed

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Just got back from the Y. Met DSIL there and gave him the kids before my workout. I will be glad when Gwen is well enough to go back to the nursery, since morning workouts are my favorites. But at least Gwen doesn't feel bad; she just has a runny nose. I went 5 miles on the treadmill in just about an hour in run-walk-run intervals . I started out tired, but picked up steam and ended up feeling good. I find that is often the way with 5 pm workouts, while with morning workouts I feel good from the beginning.

This Saturday I'll run with my Galloway group. We are scheduled for 6.5 miles. I'll ride with my cycle group on Sunday, but on Monday I'm headed out of state, flying 2000+ miles to visit my 85 year old mom who has recently entered an assisted living facility. I plan to do all 3 of my scheduled training runs during my visit. I'll be back the following week. Hope to be committed and flexible enough to stick to the plan!

  
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MIRAGE727 8/10/2012 10:30PM

    Way to stay focused, Marsha! Have a fab weekend and wishing you Godspeed on your journey!
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CONTENTCHRIS 8/10/2012 11:19AM

    Wow so active Good for you!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/9/2012 10:30PM

    emoticon emoticon Please have a safe trip!

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MEXGAL1 8/9/2012 4:12PM

    Gosh, I so understand when you say that morning workouts are better for you....it seems for me that as the day goes on my steam lessons. but I too have also noticed that if I just push myself to get in the pool and do some laps or if I need more steps on my pedometer to meet my goals and I just get started then I seem to pick up energy and of course feel so much better for doing the extra exercise. You sound like you are doing just great with the running. Keep up the good work!
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MSLZZY 8/9/2012 10:42AM

    Have a safe trip and tell Mom hi! HUGS!

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NEW-CAZ 8/9/2012 3:13AM

    Morning workouts are the best! Totally agree.

Glad Gwen is better.
Enjoy your meet up on Saturday Marsha, sounds like you're well organised.
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_LINDA 8/9/2012 1:01AM

    I so agree with you on morning workouts! Its no wonder people stuck having to do evening workouts find it hard to stick to! I know I need an extra push to get out for my evening classes, its a good thing I enjoy them so much and have great instructors!
You great organizer you! I will bet you will really enjoy those out of state runs because you will get to explore new scenery :)
You go girl!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/8/2012 11:47PM

    Good for you, doing what you can, when you can!

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MAGGIE101857 8/8/2012 9:03PM

    I'll be traveling as well over the weekend and into the early part of the week; have to figure out my alternate workouts as well and get myself back on track!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/8/2012 8:10PM

    When "real life" intervenes flexibility is a must. But I know you've proven you HAVE it. So hope your trip goes well, and that Gwen gets past the runny nose so she can be more "portable" for your workouts, too.

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WATERMELLEN 8/8/2012 8:10PM

    Flexibility R Us: you will do this because you are committed!

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IAMWINNING 8/8/2012 7:43PM

    Marsha, wishing you all the best in re: your visit with your Mom. I've been there/done that - first with MIL who lived nearby, and then with my Mom who lived in TX, but near my sister.

Your workouts sound great. I hope little Gwen's nose quits running soon!

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    You will do this. I know it!
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Inspired and Cheering

Monday, August 06, 2012

Inspired by Aquagirl and her dedicated homemaking efforts detailed in great blogs, I tackled a chore I'd been putting off for a long, long time. Let's just say that 5 year old Natalie now knows what a dust bunny is and can attest that there are no longer any under my bed.

Gwen, 22 months old, doesn't feel bad, but her nose is running worse than ever, so I'm not taking her to the Y nursery. I got up and did my training run in my neighborhood. Heard a neighbor yelling, "looking good," and truly appreciated the encouragement. And thinking about training, little Gwen with very little direction, took it upon herself to use the potty for the second time here. Her mom just called. She did it at home, too. We are cheering. She clearly loves the encouragement as much as I do!!!

Good eating day with lots of fresh produce. I hope to get inspired by another blog I read this eve. Mirage727 blogged about, among other significant points, running on clean fuel. Running on Clean Fuel. I think I've found a new mantra!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 8/9/2012 10:33PM

    Awww, you are so sweet! Doesn't a clean house just feel great! Not only do you get to burn calories, you get the added bonus of a clean place!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/7/2012 12:31PM

    Aquagirl inspired me also - I have been chasing cobwebs all over the cabin and knocking them down to vacuum up!
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_LINDA 8/7/2012 10:19AM

    You are amazing! You infuse everyone else around you with your positive outlook and active improvement in all area of your life! Your grandchildren will be learning great life skills from you! Well done as always! "looking good" indeed, I say looking GREAT!!!
You go girl!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/7/2012 7:44AM

    Woo-hoo on BOTH "training" counts, and the cheering involved.

Enjoy that fresh produce!

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JULIA_211 8/7/2012 5:28AM

    OMG! I admire your stamina! Always enjoying your activities and always positive. emoticon
It's so nice when we get acknowledgement for our efforts.

My boy is 16 now, but I sure miss those days, even the potty training days, I can see his little smiling and proud face of accomplishment! Awwww...enjoy your granddaughters, how sweet! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/6/2012 11:52PM

    Awesome!

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GAELA-I-CAN 8/6/2012 9:52PM

    Sounds great. You are a wonderful role model for your grandchildren !!!!!

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Blue Sky Day

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I rode with the cycling group this morning a little over 14 miles. I'm spoiled as group leader Cindy usually posts the picture she takes immediately, but I don't see it today on FaceBook. There may be some technical glitch. There were 5 of us today. Unlike last Sunday, I was good and remembered my helmet, so my new short do doesn't show in the picture anyway.

It was a blue sky day with quite a bit of breeze. At least half of the trail is shady, too, so starting at 8am wasn't a bad decision. We saw lots of birds. One of the riders considers cardinals lucky, so she counts them - a dozen today! And when we got to Bartow and crossed a major intersection I wasn't near as scared of the traffic as I was the first time. (This is just the second time I went off the trail at this busy point.)

Gwen is napping now and Natalie is entertaining herself for a moment. We're having roasted pork tenderloin and veggies this evening. It's another happy, active , healthy day here in central Florida!

  
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    I average 9 miles a day on the bike on the deck but your ride sounds great!

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    Wow! Well done!! Keep up the great work!!

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NATPLUMMER 8/5/2012 7:55PM

    Yay for a nice ride!!
I'm glad I'm entertaining myself ;-)
YUM!!

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WATERMELLEN 8/5/2012 7:30PM

    Nice ride: and we're looking forward to that short do picture!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/5/2012 4:26PM

    Riding 14 miles is great! You are awesome!

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    Nice job on you ride

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/5/2012 2:31PM

    Sounds like a great time. We may be states apart, but we have a common goal. Spark on!

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PMFISH 8/5/2012 2:23PM

    Congrats on your ride today!! I am still trying to achieve 30 minutes on the bike in the gym.

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