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August 26th Bike Ride

Sunday, August 26, 2012



Today it was 20 miles for me by bike!! There were 5 of us -- 3 Weight Watchers and 2 husbands. (Husbands not pictured.) Wish my hubby would have been there, too, but glad I went. It was definitely the best workout I've had in a group ride.

  
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MIRAGE727 8/27/2012 12:45PM

    Way to rock it, Marsha! Stay strong!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/27/2012 12:33PM

    3 Weight Watchers and 2 hubby's and a good work out on a bike = FUN! emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 8/27/2012 12:20PM

    That is such good exercise and being with a group always sound fun to me.

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AQUAGIRL08 8/27/2012 10:46AM

    Awesome! You look cute in the picture with your helmet on too!

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/27/2012 10:42AM

    emoticon sounds like fun!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/27/2012 8:26AM

    Great photo!

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    emoticon Great pic!

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_LINDA 8/27/2012 1:57AM

    That is awesome you have people to share your fitness fun with!
Awesome looking group!

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NATPLUMMER 8/26/2012 9:58PM

    Yay!

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WATERMELLEN 8/26/2012 9:19PM

    Good for you!! You've got some great fitness friends!! (My fave way of spending time with people: rather than sitting around eating!!)

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JOYINKY 8/26/2012 9:04PM

    Great, for all of you! WooHoo!

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MEXGAL1 8/26/2012 9:00PM

    Good for you Marsha. You go girl!

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MSBOOTCAMP 8/26/2012 8:45PM

    Congratulations, Slenderella!!




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ONEKIDSMOM 8/26/2012 8:19PM

    What a great Sunday activity. I was biking this morning, too. And thought of you and your group. Great morning here for a ride, cool but humid. Looks overcast there... I need to check the news and see how close the hurricanes are getting to YOU! emoticon emoticon

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New Personal Distance Record

Saturday, August 25, 2012

This morning I finished a Galloway group run-walk-run, completing 10.2 miles. My previous longest was 9 miles. Three times I'd gotten to nine miles and either got sick or had a minor injury and had to back off. Not this time. I ended up feeling great and wanted more.

I had missed two Saturday runs with my group due to a cut foot and then an out of town trip. I should have run 6.5 miles and then 8 miles with them the two Saturdays I was out. My group was running short today, so at the leader's recommendation, I ran with a slower group going farther. We only ran 30 second intervals and then walked 1 minute. There were 5 of us in the group. Two were men a few years older than I am, both of whom had had heart attacks some time ago.The two women were a little younger than I. All four of them had run half marathons and full marathons. It took us 2 hours and 34 minutes to go the 10.2 miles, counting the warm up and cool down. The weather was really nice this morning. It was just 70 degrees when we started at 6:20 am, although the temp and humidity were rising by the end.

I finished strong, knowing I could have run faster and longer. I padded my sore foot and it really was not an issue. I feel really good about my new personal distance record. That half marathon on Nov 18th is just going to be fun!!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 8/27/2012 8:27AM

    You are so awesome!

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WATERMELLEN 8/26/2012 9:20PM

    So glad that the foot has settled down: nice to hit a new record and still have some reserve in the tank!

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CONTENTCHRIS 8/26/2012 12:44PM

    Lot of running you do for sure! emoticon

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LJCANNON 8/26/2012 10:03AM

    emoticonCONGRATULATIONS!!!

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SWEDE_SU 8/26/2012 6:59AM

    that's fantastic - jg really does work!

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_LINDA 8/26/2012 1:20AM

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That is fantastic!! Very well done! I can't even imagine going that far running! You got this!!
You are amazing Marsha!

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JOYINKY 8/25/2012 10:33PM

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IAMWINNING 8/25/2012 9:37PM

    emoticon Marsha! emoticon How wonderful that you went that distance and your cut foot wasn't a real problem. I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 8/25/2012 5:43PM

    Amazing, wonderful, awesome!

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MSLZZY 8/25/2012 5:09PM

    Fantastic! You are a winner! HUGS!

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PARKERB2 8/25/2012 3:35PM

    emoticonWay to go!!!!!

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NEW-CAZ 8/25/2012 3:10PM

    emoticon emoticon fabulous run Marsha emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/25/2012 3:02PM

    emoticon Your quick recovery speaks to your overall level of fitness! We are going to have SUCH fun in November!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/25/2012 2:59PM

    I'm not sure how I've missed friending you sooner, so I'm making sure to now. I enjoy the blogs I've come across and this one is so inspiring. Great job with your distance! What a wonderful group!

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LINDAKAY228 8/25/2012 12:25PM

    Awesome job! I love the JG method!

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INTHELOOP 8/25/2012 12:19PM

    Slow and Steady bring out the Stars!!
Great Work - I can't wait to read your HM race report!!
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MEXGAL1 8/25/2012 11:44AM

    wow, that is so wonderful. I am so jealous. I haven't even been walking as I am so afraid of getting that weird thing again and have to do another IV. I am anxious to get home and get back to my routines.
But good for you, you must feel fabulous.
Congrats
Sallie

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MEXGAL1 8/25/2012 11:44AM

    wow, that is so wonderful. I am so jealous. I haven't even been walking as I am so afraid of getting that weird thing again and have to do another IV. I am anxious to get home and get back to my routines.
But good for you, you must feel fabulous.
Congrats
Sallie

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NATPLUMMER 8/25/2012 11:18AM

    emoticon Fab run!!

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MIRAGE727 8/25/2012 11:07AM

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Outstanding, Marsha! Thanks for sharing, keep us up to date, and be well!
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AQUAGIRL08 8/25/2012 11:04AM

    emoticon Marsha. What an amazing distance you ran!!! Perhaps taking the time off to heal really paid off in the end. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SKINICOOK 8/25/2012 10:44AM

    Well done! emoticon

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Kitchen Challenge

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The plan was -- ahumm, ahumm -- for me to go visit my mom in South Dakota and come back to a remodeled kitchen. Well, to tell you the truth, I strongly suspected it would not be finished and, boy, was I right.

Right now there are no bottom cabinets in my kitchen; nothing but a bare new tiled floor. The carpenter removed much more than originally planned due to water damage. Now there is no sink. The dishwasher is gone and the replacement is in the garage as is the new stove and new sink. All my dishes and cooking equipment are stacked on and under and around my dining room table. The refrig is still plugged in although not attached to the ice maker. The microwave still works. I can wash dishes in the bathroom??? or take my dirty dishes to my daughter's house!

The new tile floor is attractive and gives me hope. I've visited my new cabinets being built not far from my house and so far they look good -- no particle board this time.

My hubby would like to eat out almost every meal during this renovation. It is difficult to eat optimally when eating out that much. I commit to do the best I can during this time period. I stopped at a fruit stand today and that is definitely one good strategy for when the kitchen is out of operation. Another strategy is to make sure I get the exercise component. I enjoyed the gym this morning -- good strength training and elliptical sessions.

I'm sure if this situation goes on as long as I fear it might, I'll develop more healthy strategies for the situation. This is just one more unexpected -- well, almost unexpected -- maintenance challenge.

  
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    emoticon hope yuor remodling is quick and painless

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MOBYCARP 8/23/2012 12:00PM

    You might be surprised at what you can do in the microwave. Some of the stuff I do that you might not have thought of:

- Scrambled eggs
- Hash browns (bonus: No oil needed)
- Steel cut oats (need to set on 30% power for the simmer phase)

But even if you figure out all the microwave workarounds, working around a torn up kitchen won't be fun. I hope you get the new and improved kitchen before the torn up kitchen drives you nuts!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/23/2012 8:54AM

    It will be worth it in the end to have a beautiful new kitchen. It is amazing what you can do without all the conveniences if you have to. We've renovated several houses and learned that the gas grill is our best friend. Ours even has a burner on the side for a pan if needed - great for doing rice and then the chicken/fish etc. on the grill, a big salad and you're done.

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_LINDA 8/23/2012 1:09AM

    Maybe you will surprise yourself and get an appreciation for raw veggies :) I don't even use my stove. The microwave actually can do most things -I get great baked sweet potatoes :) So sorry you have this major upheaval though -not fun! But sounds like it will be fabulous when done -photos please!
Supposedly restaurants are offering more healthy choices these days, good luck on weeding them out and also in asking for food to be prepared in a more healthy manner -it will be interesting to see how many will agree to that. At least eating out will take care of the dishes problem..
You can handle this!!

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NATPLUMMER 8/22/2012 9:52PM

    Hopefully it will be finished soon and you can get back to cooking food in your nice new kitchen.

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WATERMELLEN 8/22/2012 9:24PM

    My kitchen desperately needs gutting too: but having watched a friend go through it . . . . just not keen. For all the reasons you mention!

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JOYINKY 8/22/2012 8:42PM

    You are so going to enjoy that new kitchen! Hang in there; you are up to the challenge!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/22/2012 8:38PM

    Tough to manage without a 'fridge! But you still have one... so freggies can be stocked. And with a microwave? You can still cook... so good luck convincing the hubby that it's OK to "camp" at least a portion of your meals at home.

Good for you back in the training swing. You can do this!

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MEXGAL1 8/22/2012 5:24PM

    gosh, I so do not envy you having to eat out all the time. Very hard. I know you know what to do...you can do it!

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NEW-CAZ 8/22/2012 2:57PM

    Know the feeling well Marsha, I was microwaving jacket potatoes and doing my best with salads for eons. If DH had his way it would have been ready prepared tv dinners or takeaways. YUK

Hang in there kid; necessity is the mother of invention, you'll be suprised what you come up with..........and you'll have an amazing kitchen.............eventually! emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/22/2012 2:07PM

    We lived like that for almost 3 months about
3 years ago. The whole project escalated in front
of our eyes. But we were lucky (?) enough to have
no kitchen AND no bathroom. After a few days,
you buckle down to the pressure and eat out at
the most economical and healthy restaurant
you can find. We were very lucky as the local
cafe is known for putting out good home-cooked
food that met my standards. Hopefully you can
find such an eatery in your area. HUGS!

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LADYPIXEL 8/22/2012 2:03PM

    You'll get there... and you'll have a gorgeous kitchen at the end of it. Hang in there! :)

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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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_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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BACK!

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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    Have a great run. emoticon

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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.

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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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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!

You already know all that... just being mom-ly! emoticon emoticon

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