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After the Half Marathon

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Again, thanks to Barb (ONEKIDSMOM), Monty (MIRAGE727), and Darren (DSSECRETS) for a great and fun half marathon. Couldn't have done it without you -- at least not as fast and not as fun!

Then it was to the beach for a week of family fun:

Gwen runs at sunset on the beach.


Natalie runs at sunset on the beach.

I worked toward the half marathon for 5.5 months. Now what?

I'm thinking I'll stay with the Galloway group. I'll run a "miracle mile" as soon as I can and try to move up to a faster group. I'd like to train at run 2 minutes/walk 1 minute and do my next half at that pace; the one I just finished I did at 1 min run/1 min walk. I believe I can run faster safely and still enjoy it.

I'm also thinking about getting a personal trainer. My first choice would be a trainer who is a certified running coach with experience in coaching 60 year old woman and extensive knowledge and experience with strength training. I've been slacking a bit on and off on the strength training and want to pick that up. I particularly want to strengthen my lower back and core.

In 2013 I'm planning to do more local races: 5K, 10K, HM or other. I might consider doing the St Pete Women's Half again especially if Barb, Monty, and Darren are running. I'm planning to observe a triathlon and consider whether I want to train for one.

In 2014 I'm planning to do a Disney half marathon. Will have to decide which one to do. There is the Disney World Marathon Weekend, January 9-12, 2014 or the Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend Feb 21-23, 2014. I considered 2013, but family wants to make a big trip out of it thinking Gwen will enjoy it more in a year. Sounds good to me!!

So, I don't have my next race selected but I have the beginning of a plan. And I have a commitment to continue to make running and fitness important parts of my life!







  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/25/2012 11:05PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I hope I will see you at the Y this week!

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BOILHAM 11/25/2012 9:05AM

    So many races, so little time. Good job on your HM. Keep up the good work.

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KANDOLAKER 11/25/2012 8:59AM

    Congratulations on your HM! Best wishes with all your running goals in 2013 - wow!

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STRIVER57 11/25/2012 8:52AM

    sounds wonderful!! i need to get ST back in my mix ...i even like it. why aren't i doing it?
some local races til those biggies?

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MSLZZY 11/25/2012 8:27AM

    Lots of options for a bright and beautiful future!

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SEABREEZE64 11/25/2012 5:24AM

    Lots of opportunity for your upcoming running goals. WTG Marsha!


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RUNNERRACHEL 11/25/2012 1:36AM

    Congrats on your half marathon! Continuing to do races is a great goal and fitness challenge. I would love to do a Disney half marathon one day. They sound fun!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 11/24/2012 11:11PM

    More gorgeous photos!
So many choices for you to try for races! It will be interesting to see what you choose for your next race. Good on you wanting to ramp up your fitness to the next level with a personal trainer, that and being with the Galloway group sure will keep you on your toes!! You are going to be one super fit Granny!!

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MIRAGE727 11/24/2012 9:48PM

    Hey Marsha! If the race tomorrow is anything close to what we've experienced over the last 36 hours, I'll be committing BACK to the Space Coast! BUT we're still leaning towards the Lady Schick as I loved the course you ran and the organization of it all. In any case, set your next challenge, embrace it, and it will become yours!
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ONEKIDSMOM 11/24/2012 8:36PM

    Looks as though your week at the beach gave you time to consider... I like your plans and commitment to continued fitness. I've been doing some of the same, although I have not blogged about it, yet.

That Olympic tri next August in Wisconsin I've talked about? I looked up training plans on line today, and discovered I'd have to start my sixteen week training plan in mid-April to make the dates work. Which means either skipping the Lincoln Half in May, or overlapping training plans. The overlapping training plans this year gave me a little unease, but it worked out in the end.

While there is a lot of year between now and some of these events, sign ups happen early. Still lots of time to prep once you commit. This Winter I want to focus more on strength, too. Started today with a brief upper body workout. I don't really have to start half marathon training for Lincoln until January.

But I will say I already promised my cousin's daughter that if she trains up for half marathon distance I'll come do the St. Pete's women's half with her next November! Given she had just done her first 5K the week before... it's a distinct possibility.

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WATERMELLEN 11/24/2012 8:25PM

    You've got the bug: and you've got the planning!!

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JSMC10 11/24/2012 7:51PM

    sounded great, as do the plans, best of luck for the future :)

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-AMANDA79- 11/24/2012 7:46PM

    Great pics! emoticon
I need a plan too. If I'm not training for a race I tend to fizzle out...


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Too Lazy to Blog!!! But I'm Celebrating!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hey, I'm kind of tired this evening, but feeling good! The half marathon was AWESOME!! Barb was very generous. She could have gone faster, but she waited for me. Love her!! She is in person just like she is on SP!! So I was so very glad she achieved a PR (personal record, beating her previous time by 19 seconds) at 2 hour 37 minutes and 36 seconds with me by her side!!

To see the race, just go appreciate the work and fellowship and support of two amazing SparkFriends, Monty and Darren. They got up at 4:30 AM to come support us and Monty took great pictures! Check out his blog for more about our awesome race!! www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Thanks to everyone who sent positive, supportive messages and sent Goodies and good thought waves our way!! It all worked.

  
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AGK3112 11/22/2012 12:26PM

    Congratulation & Celebration.. emoticon Enjoy rest of the week & HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAYBURNER1969 11/21/2012 6:21AM

    Congratulations on your half marathon and that it was such an awesome experience!!!!

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DSSECRETS 11/20/2012 1:08PM

    So glad we could be a part of your awesome accomplishment.

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JURASSICSUE 11/19/2012 11:29AM

    Well done - I'm so pleased for you!
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THIMBLER 11/19/2012 6:47AM

    I just read Monty's blog, congratulations on your race. How exciting!! You ladies and everyone in the sparks community are such a great inspiration.

I am looking forward to doing the Turkey Trot on Thursday! I am a bit nervous, but can't wait at the same time!

Congratulations again on your achievements!

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WINDSURFNERD 11/19/2012 12:06AM

    Congratulations! I'm so glad to know you had a great race! Celebrate and enjoy!
Naomi

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MIRAGE727 11/18/2012 10:10PM

    Thank you, Marsha & Barb for the opportunity! Simply stated, "Friends for life on this wonderful journey!" Much love!
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/18/2012 10:03PM

    You did a half marathon? That's FANTASTIC! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 11/18/2012 8:47PM

    That is wonderful news, Marsha! You are amazing and an inspiration to all of us!

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MEXGAL1 11/18/2012 8:09PM

    woo hoo! been thinking about you. congrats!

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    emoticon emoticon Congratulations!

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RONALANA 11/18/2012 8:04PM

    I wouldn't call someone who just ran a half marathon lazy! emoticon
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PLANTAGO 11/18/2012 7:40PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 11/18/2012 7:19PM

    OFF COURSE IT WORKED! Hard work + time = success.

I had no doubt -- this course was YOURS!

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RUN4FOOD 11/18/2012 7:19PM

    Congratulations! Glad your run went well and you had a good time.
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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/18/2012 7:14PM

    Congratulations! Great race and great result!

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SEABREEZE64 11/18/2012 6:53PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!

Hope you had a great experience for your first HM.....
How do you feel tonight (now)?

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WATERMELLEN 11/18/2012 6:40PM

    Hurray hurray hurray!! Just bask in that wonderful feeling of accomplishment!! And Spark friendship: going right over to check those pics!!

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_LINDA 11/18/2012 6:22PM

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Barb did look very strong at the finish! I thought with your height difference and being slimmer, you might have an advantage! It was great that you were so challenged and now know how it feels to run a real race! More motivation to train even harder for your next race! I can imagine not too many women of your age have this accomplishment under their belts!! You are simply amazing and quite the inspiration that you can do anything you put your mind to!!!
Enjoy your rest & recovery -you sure have earned it!!!
Hugs,
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GABY1948 11/18/2012 5:43PM

    I thought about you all day. I couldn't wait to hear from you tonite I'm so glad it was such a positive experience! You deserve it for all your inspiration to others, including me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MDOTZERO 11/18/2012 5:38PM

    Congratulations and great job!!!

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XFITSTRONG 11/18/2012 5:24PM

    Oh congratulations! I feel your excitement through your blog. You should be so proud!

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Confident Running

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I just finished my last training run before my first HM, the St Pete Women's Half Marathon on Sunday, Nov 18th. Although it wasn't a particularly fast workout nor particularly long one, it did help build confidence. I woke up not feeling quite right. My stomach just felt yucky, even though I didn't overeat yesterday. Most days I would have waited a couple hours, eaten and rested, and see if I didn't feel better before running. But today I decided to see how a run would go even though I wasn't 100%. Who knows how I'll feel Sunday morning.

When I first started my run today I wasn't sure, but then the good running feelings took over (endorphins, I suppose) and the stomach wasn't much of a distraction. I finished up the run just fine and my stomach wasn't better or worse.

Most of the time when I'm ready to run I'm feeling strong and healthy and raring to go. But I realize since I started training in June I have run on too little sleep, after too much food, after too little food, with healing cut on foot, with healing strain in lower back, in extreme heat and when cool, in the dark, and otherwise when I just didn't feel like it. I've run by myself and with groups going various paces. I've run with music and without. I've warn various clothing and three different pairs of shoes with and without arch supports. In other words, things don't have to be the same or perfect for me to run.

So that helps me be confident that no matter what, I'm going to feel like running Sunday..... at least by mile two.

  
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PMRUNNER 11/17/2012 6:41AM

    Have a great race Sunday! Looking forward to seeing the race report!

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KPETSCHE 11/16/2012 6:26PM

    It sounds like you're ready - emoticon

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JASMINELOU 11/16/2012 1:00PM

    Good luck, can't wait to read about it next week!!! Woo Hoo!

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MEXGAL1 11/16/2012 9:36AM

    this is great to hear. Your mind will carry you through!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/16/2012 7:46AM

    You're definitely ready for anything. Good luck on Sunday. It's time to Go For It!

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DONNABRIGHT 11/16/2012 7:43AM

    I know you'll do great!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/16/2012 5:33AM

    You are going to have a blast on Sunday and run an amazing race! You've done all of the necessary work to be successful and guess what? You are going to be successful in your upcoming run. Good luck!

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XFITSTRONG 11/16/2012 5:07AM

    What a great attitude to have! Things do not have to be perfect for us to run... Love it! Can't wait to read your blog about your HM!

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SWEDE_SU 11/15/2012 10:15PM

    you are ready and you are going to rock it!

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ROSET491 11/15/2012 9:13PM

    Good Luck to you on your "First Half" & as others told me enjoy the race! Can't wait to read your follow up blog!!
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WATERMELLEN 11/15/2012 9:08PM

    That's genuine confidence: knowing that everything doesn't have to be "perfect" for you to perform, because you're going to do it anyhow, as best as the circumstances permit!! Yay Marsha: that's huge!!

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MIRAGE727 11/15/2012 9:06PM

    Hold the phone!
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POSITIVE WAVES, MISSY! You're gonna rock this thing, have a great time, and celebrate like a rock star afterward! End of story! I'm feelin' it & I'm seein' it!
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ONEKIDSMOM 11/15/2012 9:03PM

    And after being cooped up in a car for two looong days, I wanna run NOW! Ready by Sunday? Oh, yeah! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 11/15/2012 7:41PM

    I can't imagine anyone being more ready! You're going to do this! You're going to do and feel GREAT!

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GABY1948 11/15/2012 5:52PM

    I have confidence in you, Marsha! TOTALLY emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/15/2012 5:12PM

    Almost here. emoticon

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SEABREEZE64 11/15/2012 4:07PM

    Not long now......

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    Have an absolutely emoticon run!

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CATMAGNET 11/15/2012 3:15PM

    Awesomesauce!

I start my training program for my first HM at the beginning of the year, and I hope to have the same perseverence as you!

Good luck on Sunday!

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GOLFGMA 11/15/2012 12:49PM

    You're ready! emoticon

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_LINDA 11/15/2012 12:47PM

    Sounda like your head is in the game and you are ready to go! I sure hope that stomach problem doesn't go anywhere. Its not fun working out and dealing with tummy troubles on top of everything else.
Here is hoping everything is smooth sailing from here on in. Do be careful of what you eat and build those carbs up! Its so very close now! Wow! The anticipation you must be going through!! The butterflies...
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BESTSUSIEYET 11/15/2012 12:23PM

    Hooray! A key part of a healthy lifestyle is that we make healthy choices no matter how we FEEL! Good for you, finding the will regardless of circumstances! You inspire me to keep going! Enjoy the race ... Hope your tummy is all better and you have a great day!

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WINDSURFNERD 11/15/2012 12:09PM

    Bursting with energy, perhaps? Or would be without the stomach distraction? :)
Take that confidence into your HM, you're ready and you're going to NAIL it!! Enjoy the race, I'm looking forward to hearing about it!
Naomi

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MIPALADY23 11/15/2012 11:59AM

    SWEET!! nice job! Doesn't it feel awesome!


Thanks for being a great motivator!
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NATPLUMMER 11/15/2012 11:57AM

    This workout is supposed to be neither fast nor long.
I think you're ready to roll.
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It's SAD

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Did you know that the acronym for the Standard American Diet is SAD??

It does make me sad that there is so little good food readily available at local restaurants, in friend's homes, and events in our area. My son-in-law is only 31 years old and he looks quite fit. However, his blood pressure is up. Of course that could be related to stress, but I strongly suspect it is more closely correlated to the high sodium meals that he loves. Although he eats with me three meals a week, I don't think I've had much influence on him (or my daughter, but that's another blog).

Yep, it's ironic and it's SAD.


PS - First Half Marathon in 3.5 days! Counting down. Still excited!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 11/19/2012 9:45AM

    Extremely SAD!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/18/2012 8:53PM

    I agree, it is SAD!

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JURASSICSUE 11/18/2012 2:00PM

    Thank goodness for SP, showing us all a better way to live.
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RUNNERRACHEL 11/17/2012 5:33AM

    Agreed--SAD.

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MEXGAL1 11/15/2012 10:11AM

    yep, the American diet is just too SAD. It breaks my heart how people are addicted to the cheap junk foods. Many inter city kids don't even know what good food is. The whole food processing and marketing is awful. I just don't know what lies ahead for the state of the USA. More health care costs for sure.
Have a nice day Marsha....the big run is almost here!
You go girl! I will be thinking of you. Photos please!

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ADZY86 11/15/2012 9:13AM

    Very SAD indeed!

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MILLERGIRL719 11/15/2012 6:33AM

    Good luck on your race! I know you're a great inspiration to your family!

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WATERMELLEN 11/14/2012 8:58PM

    I associate SAD with seasonal affective disorder -- hadn't heard it applied this way.

Love LINDA's comments: you are having a huge impact on your grandgirls, I'm sure.

And . . . you never know . . . your SIL and DD may be picking up more than you realize . . .

Belly dancing!!! Now that would be a real challenge for my somewhat repressed and stuffy personality!!

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_LINDA 11/14/2012 8:42PM

    I am going to look at this from another perspective. It may be difficult, if not impossible to influence your adult loved one's eating choices, but you do have complete control of those precious children in your care. I can see their healthy choices and fit activities some day being an influence on their parents when they are finally back living with them. You have the opportunity here to shape young lives and get them on the straight and narrow path so that they will not have to go through the obesity rampart with today's sedentary kids. You can do this with full knowledge of how much of your life was wasted being obese and the huge difference of being fit and healthy has made to you. 3.5 days to a major test of your new found fitness levels.
I so wish I could be there to cheer you and ONEKIDSMOM on. That look of you two passing the finish line will be awesome to behold!!

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MIPALADY23 11/14/2012 7:27PM

    Agree!

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ROOSTER72 11/14/2012 7:26PM

    It is SAD.
We have to do our best to improve the standard.

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MSLZZY 11/14/2012 6:56PM

    Stay excited and have the time of your life! HUGS!

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SEABREEZE64 11/14/2012 6:49PM

    3.5 days is exciting!!!

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RUN4FOOD 11/14/2012 6:43PM

    Thanks for the SAD reminder. My diet isn't too far off of the standard, somewhat better with more fruit and vegetables, but not a whole lot better.

Have fun on your first half marathon.

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NANCYPAT1 11/14/2012 6:42PM

    It is SAD. The principal at my school just had a heart attack - he is 15 years younger than I am. What a wake-up call.

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FROSTY99 11/14/2012 6:41PM

    That is SAD!!

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GABY1948 11/14/2012 6:38PM

    I agree with you it is SAD.

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Just a Little Kid Before Christmas

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just checked the latest on the weather for my first half marathon and the predicted weather has gone down a couple degrees. We are now expected to have a low of 57 degrees and high of 67 degrees on Sunday the 18th. The wind is predicted to be 9 miles per hour with a 20% chance of rain. So, overall that sounds pretty good. Will have to keep checking for further changes in the forecast.

The event (I'm not calling it a race) is scheduled to start at 7am. Barb and I are in corral number 4, so we'll probably start a few minutes after that. We signed up to aim to finish in 2 hours and 45 minutes. There will be a pacer, someone going at that rate who will hold up a sign, so we know whether we are on pace, ahead or behind. I understand the race course is pretty flat, although around mile 11 there is an incline as we run into Tropicana Field to run around the stadium.(Cool, huh??) Part of the course goes right beside the waters of Tampa Bay, so that should be scenic as well.

I've printed out the liability form I need to take with me. I'm not going to forget it, but must admit that would not be out of character. I often stress unnecessarily about minor things like that. I'm starting to get things together to pack and think about a couple things I need to buy, like food to take. I've purchased my "during the race" Gu Chews already. Not sure if I'll take the Gu gel offered by the race. I should have tried it during a training run, but forgot. I know the Gu Chews sit well on my stomach, but probably wouldn't have any trouble with the gel either.

I'm feeling strong and healthy. Ran a solid two easy miles this morning and walked 1.5 miles for warm up and cool down. Plan to run short on Thursday as well and then walk Friday and rest Saturday.

There are 2 other people from my Galloway group running this half marathon, but they are both much younger and faster than I am. There is a person from my Sunday morning bike group who is going, but she's only been training for 3 weeks, so I expect her to walk most of it.

I'm really thrilled to have Barb running with me, AND two other SparkFriends (Monty, is it okay to call you out??) may show up to cheer us on. Sure hope they do!! It is so great to meet SparkFriends "for real"!!!

I've never before spent 5 and a half months training for an event, and now it is almost here. I'm kind of acting like a little kid before Christmas, but truly, this is really exciting to me!!

  
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MIPALADY23 11/15/2012 12:01PM

    SO excited for you!


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_LINDA 11/14/2012 8:45PM

    How about that, you are getting the ideal running temperature for your first marathon. Sounds to me like things are all coming together!! I can feel your excitement all the way up here in frozen tundra land ;)

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WATERMELLEN 11/13/2012 7:36PM

    So great to be so excited!! And of course you are: a lot of training and discipline has gone into your preparation, and now you get to show your stuff!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/13/2012 6:56PM

    Your enthusiasm is contagious! I have my waiver all printed off and filled out, and now am in the final packing stages. Think of me over the next three days as I get closer to your neck of the woods. I will be either a coiled spring from being stuck in a car for three days or a decrepit crazy woman!

I'm hoping for that coiled spring effect.

As for those couple of degrees? I LAUGH at your lower 60's. When the low here is 27, 57 sounds terrific to me. In fact, it is close to what I've heard is the ideal running temperature. 50, I believe is what they said. 57 should be great for run-walk-run.

I am psyched, too... told everyone at work that I was running away from home. Some of them even got the pun embedded there! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 11/13/2012 6:51PM

    You've earned this excitement and anticipation! Enjoy it! You are ready; have a wonderful time! emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/13/2012 6:00PM

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MEXGAL1 11/13/2012 5:16PM

    I am so excited for you! And just so darn happy to hear that you are feeling good and in shape.
Woo hoo! I know you will just do great!
Cheers
Sallie

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AQUAGIRL08 11/13/2012 5:14PM

    Congratulations on training and getting this far! In my opinion, you are already a winner! Good luck on Sunday!

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SEABREEZE64 11/13/2012 3:56PM

    I ran this one last year. Great route.... and fun race!
You will do fantastic!!
My advice - stick with the chews for the race!

I am looking forward to reading your first HM race report! WooHoo!

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ROOSTER72 11/13/2012 3:33PM

    I am so excited. Take in all the atmosphere - and have fun!

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MIRAGE727 11/13/2012 2:34PM

    It won't be the first time I'm called out!
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DSSECRETS comes home from Lincoln, NE tomorrow night. Depending on how her staff responded while she was gone will determine whether one or both of us will show up! I'll have a ball no matter what. I might lace them up and crawl to different spots on the course. Gotta do a lil' exercise on that Achilles!
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True confession time...I trained for about 2 months max for my first Half in February. It was 35 degrees when we woke up the day of the race, and 43 when we left our race corral. You'll be fine. Oh, and I prefer Power Bar Lemon Energy Blasts over Gels!
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RONALANA 11/13/2012 2:29PM

    Congratulations on all your hard work! I'm not a runner, so don't have much advice to offer - but you do have my admiration! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 11/13/2012 2:18PM

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TINAJANE76 11/13/2012 2:07PM

    Good luck and have a great time!

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GABY1948 11/13/2012 1:50PM

    Oh, Marsha, I may not be there in body but I will in spirit! I think I am almost as excited as you! GO! girl! You are my inspiration! May God Bless you in this "event"! emoticon

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PMFISH 11/13/2012 1:48PM

    You will be over in my neck of the woods! I am up the road a bit in Dunedin. Sounds like your are ready for the marathon. Will look it up, doubt that I wil be out to witness it tho. Good luck and have a good time with it. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 11/13/2012 1:44PM

    The Gu gel might sit okay but you may not like the texture. I'd stick with the chews since that is what you know....you can take a gel to try with you at another time.
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