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Almost Trashed It

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I almost threw my treadmill away and I am so glad I didn't. About two weeks ago I wanted to use it, but it just would not come on. I tried different plugs, checked the fuse box, and used the starting key over and over, but nothing.

My hubby suggested I find the manual. Being that I bought the TM quite a few years ago I didn't think I'd find it, but I finally looked and -- surprise -- there it was. And it showed that there is a switch that I had forgotten about (if I ever knew), kind of under the front in black on black. It didn't stand out, but evidently the kids must have found it or else someone unknowingly kicked it. Sure enough, I turned on the switch and my trusty old treadmill came to life!

So if the weather's bad and I've got no car to go to the gym or Gwen is not well enough for the Y nursery, I have a good back up plan again. Whewwww!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/7/2012 8:56PM

    Good idea! I always have a back up plan or plan B just in case. You are doing an awesome job, Marsha!

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_LINDA 12/6/2012 10:56AM

    Manuals sure are useful, normally. I did have my manual for my elliptical, but there was NOTHING on it for troubleshooting or maintenance. So when the repair guy came he said they don't grease the parts on the machine because they feel the plastic bushings are good enough, but I guess not. A simple greasing took care of the squealing pedal. Bonus was that it was still under warranty and now I know the easy fix if it happens again.
It sure is nice to have your own machine in your home. our weather has been horrible lately. Today is the first day I have seen the sunshine in over a week, but the bottom has dropped out of the temperatures and you have to dress up like the Michelin man to stay warm :P So even if the ton of snow we got was removed (it isn't) it would still be too cold to use my scooter.. Rock & a hard place for sure.

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KANDOLAKER 12/6/2012 8:41AM

    Glad you didn't give up! And, what a nice surprise when it turned on and you weren't expecting. Great to have your back-up ready now!! All the best - Kathy

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MIRAGE727 12/5/2012 10:41PM

    YAY! Now about that patience issue!
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Seriously, I'm glad you have it working again. It's a great feeling when everything is back in balance!
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FROSTY99 12/5/2012 8:48PM

    When all else fails-read the directions!!!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/5/2012 7:03PM

    Whew! There's a line in an old movie that applies. In this film, the only son of a widow has married a socialite, played by Gene Tierney. The new bride, hopeless in the kitchen, has burnt the turkey, and the mother in law (played by Thelma Ritter, you can imagine!) delivers this line when the daughter in law thinks she has to start over: "You don't throw turkeys away."

Treadmills are big ticket item, not to be lightly discarded... so glad you found the hidden switch!

OH, and the techno-toy... no, it would not work well with water. BUT it would do fine on a bike. It's a GPS app, and you would then reclassify the activity after you stopped it to be cycling. Today it did something fluky on me, thinking I was at the top of a parking garage about a block away... GPS is not good between buildings so much. Out in the open, much better.

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HAKAPES 12/5/2012 5:32PM

    Oh the Manual, the old and trusted manual! :-)

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GABY1948 12/5/2012 3:23PM

    emoticon Don't you just LOVE when that happens! I know it made your day! HUGS,
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TRAVELGRRL 12/5/2012 2:15PM

    Glad you got it working! Mine quit working a few years ago and when I called the company to get a repair person out I was told me it should be UNPLUGGED between uses. Apparently turning it off isn't enough to prevent a power surge that fries the electronics. (that was a $200 repair)

Also, in case this ever happens again? You can almost always find owners' manuals to everything on the company's website. Glad you are back in business!

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AMARILYNH 12/5/2012 1:18PM

    So glad you were able to find the manual!! Awesome!! Like you, I only use my treadmill when there is no alternative, but its a good backup!!

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ONMYMEDS 12/5/2012 1:06PM

    Holy smokes, you read the manual?!!

Maybe I should try that. I have some pictures on my cell phone and have no idea how to retrieve them. Now I just need to find that manual.

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100,000 SparkPoints

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Hey, I just made it to the top Spark trophy at 100,000 SparkPoints. WooHoo!! That represents a lot of tracking, exercise minutes, reading and learning, blogging and responding to blogs, and consistency. I am very grateful to SparkGuy for this great site and to my SparkFriends for all theie great ideas and support.

I'm so glad there is always something to celebrate here in Spark Land!!

  
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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 12/6/2012 8:39PM

    Congratulations!!!

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KANDOLAKER 12/5/2012 9:14AM

    Congratulations! What a milestone - you are a true inspiration!! Kathy

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SWEDE_SU 12/5/2012 3:47AM

    emoticon that is a lot of points and represents a lot of effort toward a healthy life!

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WATERMELLEN 12/4/2012 8:31PM

    wow!! SP will have to evolve some higher levels for persons like you, Marsha!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/4/2012 8:25PM

    Awesome isn't it? You've worked hard to get where you are and it shows. Congratulations!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/4/2012 6:33PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Without Sparkpeople.com, we never would have found one another, much less met and run together! Congrats on your consistency and success... you are building a healthy life for yourself!

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NELLJONES 12/4/2012 1:17PM

    I just hit 100,000 points a week and a half ago. That little box on the Sparkpoint page looks empty without a "points to the next level" line. But it sure is freeing not to have to worry about collecting points anymore.

Congratulations! Level 20 is a cool looking icon!!

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_LINDA 12/4/2012 1:10PM

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Way to be rocking solid, steady Sparkster! Consistency is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and you have it in Spades!!
Here is to 100,000 more!!
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SWEETYOUNGTHING 12/4/2012 12:08PM

    SO EXCITING!!! Those points do represent something important. You are so inspiring; thank you for that emoticon Pat

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/4/2012 10:37AM

    Wow, that's a lotta sparkin! Thanks for the inspiration.

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ONMYMEDS 12/4/2012 10:35AM

    An amazing accomplishment. Way to go!!!

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BOOKAPHILE 12/4/2012 10:23AM

    Congratulations! An award well earned!

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AMANDAROX 12/4/2012 9:41AM

    Wow, Congratulations!!! I wondered if and how many ever made it to the top! You must be fully committed to learning and leading a healthy lifestyle! You ROCK!!

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MEXGAL1 12/4/2012 9:21AM

    Woo hoo and good for you! I too am there and it feels good!
Here's to us continuing to participate in this wonderful site.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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TRAVELGRRL 12/4/2012 9:17AM

    Congratulations! You are just the type of success story that Sparkguy envisioned when he created the site. YOU ROCK!!!

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JURASSICSUE 12/4/2012 9:10AM

    Wow that is extraordinary - well done! I hadn't realised there was a limit beyond which there were no more levels - I suppose I'm so far away from it I hadn't noticed. Maybe you could start a team where you challenge each other to get to 150k, 200k, well the sky's the limit isn't it! You could set up promises to yourself to reward reaching those levels, like a massage or new clothes etc. Tell you what, if you start the team then, in about twenty years when I reach that level, I'll join it!!!!
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KKKAREN 12/4/2012 8:43AM

    woohoo for you. when I reached it I felt a bit let down because I no longer had any goals to reach points. then I made my own goal of 150,000, I reached that about a month ago and have a new goal of 200,000. keep on sparkin!

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    YES! Outstanding, Marsha!
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How Do You Find a Good Doctor?

Monday, December 03, 2012

I got a call from my doctor's office. She is no longer accepting my health insurance. I was encouraged to change insurance providers, but as much trouble as I had getting insurance I think it makes more sense to change doctors. My current doctor is older than I am and she will certainly retire soon anyway. I have Humana HMO coverage. On the web site it shows 48 doctors who accept my insurance within 5 miles of my house. Any suggestions on how to choose a doctor? Thanks for any input you can give me!

  
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WATERMELLEN 12/4/2012 8:33PM

    Any doctor would be thrilled to have a healthy role model like you for a patient!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/4/2012 8:24PM

    I have a great doctor who has an office right down 98 from where you live. He accepts most health plans and takes his time with every patient. Other doctors go to him so you know he's great!

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GABY1948 12/4/2012 7:43AM

    I hope you find a good one. I'm sure it will all work out for your BEST! emoticon

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PMFISH 12/3/2012 10:41PM

    I would have asked at the Dr.'s office if they had a recommendations and then googled them to see if there was any information online. Do you have a preference, male or female? Anyone living within that area that you value their opinion ask who they might recommend. I have one that I really like up by the Mease Countryside hospital if that is anywhere close to you. Send me an e-mail if that would work. I am not sure if he handles Humana or not. I switched to Universal last year and have been very pleased. It is Dr. owned and it is located in St. Petersburg.

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DONNABRIGHT 12/3/2012 9:06PM

    Looks like you alrady have lots of good advice. I'll be changing doctors in January and dread the process but I do have a good recommendation for me at this end of the county.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/3/2012 7:49PM

    I got lucky and kind of "backed in" to my current doctor. He was new to the practice when I needed a doctor, and had the most space... and we clicked! He's young, too... hopefully his practice will always accept the insurance my employer provides (so far they have changed carriers 3 times, and he's accepted them all).

I agree with the others... ask around, and try them out. It's OK to "interview" a doctor, to see if his/her philosophy of health care matches yours! Good luck!

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FROSTY99 12/3/2012 6:54PM

    I agree with some of the others-ask friends and neighbors if any of them go to the drs on your list. Also ask other health care workers such as nurses at your local hospital. However, never limit yourself-if you don't like the dr, then you need to move on because I think you need a dr who you can relate to.
My DH had an orthopedic surgeon he had seen previously, but they did not click and he had no confidence in him so we asked our internist for a recommendation and then checked with friends and found 2 who had gone to him and loved him. We also talked to some nurses in other dr's offices and one had had surgery done by him and thought he was fantastic. So, that is who we met with and he did the surgery and we are impressed and would certainly recommend him.


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MSLZZY 12/3/2012 5:38PM

    Talk to your friends who go to some of these
doctors and see who they like.

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MIRAGE727 12/3/2012 3:36PM

    I've checked for reviews on line. We had the perfect doctor in Northern Virginia. We moved down here. I chose a doctor for me, she only had to misdiagnose me once and she was outta here. I finally found a doctor I liked AND he's a runner. D still hasn't made up her mind. Let us know how you did, Marsha. All the best!

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MEXGAL1 12/3/2012 3:08PM

    a good doctor is so important.....can you interview them? also google them so you can see if anyone has any big complaints.
hopefully with all your running and good eating your won't really need a doctor for a while.
have a nice evening.
Sallie

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JOYINKY 12/3/2012 2:32PM

    I've changed insurance 3X over the years to keep my Dr. ! I dread the day that he retires. I agree with what's already been said---talk to people and ask around. There are probably some good ways to research it on the internet too but that doesn't account for "chemistry". My Dr. inspires confidence and respects (actually listens to!) what I have to say. Good luck and don't be afraid to keep trying until you find one you like!

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_LINDA 12/3/2012 2:03PM

    Ask any friends and acquaintances who they like, if you were happy with the Dr. you have, you could even ask her. My family Dr. was always good at finding me the best specialists to go to. In my province we even have an online Dr. rating system where patients write in and say whether they like a Dr. or not, and if not give their complaints, its really handy, but don't know if you would have it in the US or not. You can also look up their board certification and credentials online to see how up to date they are with their continuing education.
But best is a referral from people happy with their service!
Good luck with it! I dread losing my Dr. as I have had her since I was 16, but I know she is leaning towards retirement too.

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TRAVELGRRL 12/3/2012 2:01PM

    Wow, 48 doctors within 5 miles! That's amazing. When we moved to this town I asked my new coworkers who they went to and got a great recommendation. Even though this doctor is in a town about 40 minutes away, she is worth the drive!

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HOLLYM48 12/3/2012 1:56PM

    I agree with Chum48. Try one and if you don't care for him/her, try someone else the next time. emoticon

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CHUM48 12/3/2012 1:39PM

    It truly is a trial and error thing even here in Canada! Good luck with the search!

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Celebrating Four Years of Effort

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Four years ago yesterday I rejoined Weight Watchers and started on my current streak of healthy living. Oh, there have been times I have slipped. Oh, yeah. Often I've gone over my calorie range, but what I am celebrating is that I haven't quit trying. Not once. I've exercised, burning at least the number of calories expected, every week except when I had injury. I don't believe there has been even one day I didn't eat 5 servings of freggies, and probably have averaged 10 servings. I rarely don't get enough fiber, calcium, or lean protein. I've done good on water. I certainly value sleep and try to get enough. Eighty pounds are now gone forever. I will never give up again!



  
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WATERMELLEN 12/4/2012 8:36PM

    Weigh to go!! It went!! And you have a huge success to celebrate, permanently!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/2/2012 8:04PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You have done such an awesome job of educating yourself and keeping yourself on the path of success, Marsha! No one ever said this was going to be easy. Good things come to those who are patient and work toward their goals!

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Very well done Marsha -a shining, inspirational role model for maintainers everywhere!!

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RUN4FOOD 12/2/2012 3:23PM

    Congratulations! You have done extremely well.

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TRAVELGRRL 12/2/2012 2:08PM

    YOU ROCK! You are my HERO! Congratulations -- you are the poster woman of Spark success!

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MONALISA112 12/2/2012 2:07PM

    Thank you for sharing your well earned success. Just the inspiration I needed!
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MEXGAL1 12/2/2012 12:57PM

    Marsha, congrats to you! Such a wonderful success story to share. I am sure you give many folks out there encouragement to know that it is possible. I am so thankful to have met you here on sparks and get to follow your maintenance.
Thank you so much for participating here on sparks.
I cherish your friendship.
Have a terrific Sunday
Sallie

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/2/2012 10:33AM

    That's an event to celebrate! Way ta go!

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-AMANDA79- 12/2/2012 10:31AM

    Great work!!

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KANOE10 12/2/2012 10:08AM

    What a wonderful success story! You are very inspiring with yur four year commitment to health, exercise and freggies!

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STRIVER57 12/2/2012 9:58AM

    brava!!!!!!!!!

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REDHATSHAPELY1 12/2/2012 9:29AM

    Great job of persevering! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 12/2/2012 8:42AM

    Outstanding, Marsha! You are definitely an inspiration. I love to be with positive winners! Thank you for what you have done for me! I'm so thankful we share the journey!
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JULIA_211 12/2/2012 8:32AM

    Marsha, I am so inspired by you! Congratulations on your achievement! emoticon

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SPARKABELLA13 12/2/2012 8:22AM

    What an accomplishment! You ROCK!!!

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SEABREEZE64 12/2/2012 8:19AM

    Congratulations!!!

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SHANTISHANTI 12/2/2012 8:07AM

    Congratulations, you are my hero, and certainly a great inspiration to everyone. Not to mention that you look AMAZING. Celebrate the day, Marsha.
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GABY1948 12/2/2012 8:04AM

    emoticon emoticon You are a true inspiration, Marsha! HUGS

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SWEDE_SU 12/2/2012 7:52AM

    emoticon emoticon that is just excellent!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/2/2012 7:49AM

    Congratulations! Losing 80 lbs is terrific, but I'm also impressed at those 10 servings of freggies.

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DENNYDD 12/2/2012 7:36AM

  Congratulations on not giving up and Congratulations on achieving your goals.

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MAGGIE101857 12/2/2012 7:26AM

    What an incredible job you have done!!! I hope one day to be able to say the same! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JGRAY76 12/2/2012 7:16AM

    Congratulations! Four years of healthy living. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/2/2012 7:08AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon (OK maybe it wasn't 4 years on Spark, but it's been 4 years Sparking on or off the site!)

What an emoticon track record, Marsha. And I'll join you in the final pledge there:

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Finish Celebrating & the New Pace Group

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Love my new pace group!! I ran 10 miles with them this morning at a pace I really enjoyed, just a little bit challenging. They are also very welcoming and supportive. There were 5 of us in the group this morning, although 3 of them ran 3.7 miles starting at 5am. I joined them at 6am. Most (maybe all of the rest) are training for a full marathon. I'm leaning toward sticking with the half marathon as my distance. I really am doing this for health and fitness and joy. I'm thinking 26.2 is probably just too much for me; I'm thinking that injuries would be much more likely than at 13.1. But time will tell.

Some things about my new pace group: although I'm the oldest by one month, all of us are over 60. All of the rest have been runners for years and years. Not one of them is overweight. But in general I will say as a group, I like runners. No matter their age or shape, runners just make me think, "good people." I have yet to find one who is cranky or negative.

I enjoyed celebrating my half marathon finish at my Weight Watcher's meeting yesterday and then I got lots of congratulations at the Galloway group this morning, too. This was the first time I'd run with the Galloway group since the half marathon because my family spent the week after at the beach. Some people in the group had even seen the 2 pictures I posted on FaceBook (they are in my Spark gallery, too) and gave me very kind comments. So I had a full two weeks of celebrating my half marathon achievement! Milking it for all it is worth!! Guess I'm done basking now. It feels so good. Now on to bigger and better or at least other things....

  
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_LINDA 12/2/2012 4:23PM

    So glad you like your new group and that they are in your age range too :)
Enjoy every second of your achievement, you have earned it!!! Love, love LOVE seeing your exhilaration as you cross the finish line! Great photo!

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JOYINKY 12/1/2012 8:33PM

    Milk, Bask, Enjoy it all! You earned it!!

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RUN4FOOD 12/1/2012 8:03PM

    Glad you new pace group is working for you.
I agree, runners are the best; happy, friendly and love to share stories.
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HEALTH4LYFE 12/1/2012 7:22PM

    emoticon and glad you really like your new running group. I run with a great group of women in the early AM hours and you are right, runners are simply "good people!" Best wishes to you as you continue your healthy journey!

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WATERMELLEN 12/1/2012 6:57PM

    Bask away!! Better baskful than bashful, right?? so great to have found such a supportive group of peers.

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FROSTY99 12/1/2012 5:40PM

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MIRAGE727 12/1/2012 4:19PM

    I'm taking that approach with my Halfs, Marsha. I will continue to run against myself but will also enjoy the event! It's good that you embrace the victory. We earned it! I'm so glad that you enjoy your new group. I always say to embrace your training, have fun with it, and you will race well! Stay strong!
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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/1/2012 3:39PM

    That's wonderful! You are so lucky to have a supportive running group. I'd love to have any running group. Keep at it. The best is yet to come.

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TRAVELGRRL 12/1/2012 1:37PM

    You deserve to milk it! The first is ALWAYS the best!

I love your comments that runners are "good people". We say the same about hikers and gardeners (we belong to clubs for both). I am anxiously awaiting spring when the local women's running club starts up again! I'm already "friends" with the club on Facebook so I'm getting comfortable.

WTG!!

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ONMYMEDS 12/1/2012 12:08PM

    Heck, basking in the praise and glory is half the fun. Enjoy it all!

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MSLZZY 12/1/2012 12:02PM

    Bask away and enjoy! You did awesome!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/1/2012 11:36AM

    Bigger and better? Hee-hee! Congrats on your first run with the new group, Marsha. And go ahead and milk it... you earned it!

My own party continued all week as people kept returning to work from their own holidays... and I'd tell the tale all over again.

Lincoln Marathon sign up traditionally has started to open on December 1st, but this year they have decided to start the Full Marathon sign ups on the 8th, then not allow Half Marathon registration until the 21st. Thing is, since they cap the race at 10,000 total runners, and the half has become so popular, they have had trouble with full marathon competitors not being able to get in.

This is a problem because Lincoln is a Boston Qualifier, as well as the qualifier for National Guard's national marathon team. So...

This leads to the pondering... should I spring to sign up for my "home race" as a full for 2013? Or... wait and take my chances there will be a half spot open for me on the 21st?

I'm really leaning toward the full... bucket list, you know? Will I ever be in better shape to give it a shot than this year? I doubt it. The "if not now, when" reaction is setting in. I have a week to think about it. I welcome input!

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