Wednesday, March 13, 2013
My running coach wants me to e-mail her my food intake on a daily basis. How cool that SP lets me export my food tracker to Excel!!?! Easy to attach it to an e-mail. Did it this morning. I added a sum total row in the Excel file. I bet the coach will be impressed with all the nutrients I'm tracking!!
As promised, I weighed this morning. Up 2.2 pounds in the past 5 days to 128.4, and yesterday I was actually a few calories below my range. Based on what I've eaten, I think some of the gain has got to be sodium or maybe glycogen storage in the muscles due to all my recent activity. So I'm going to be very careful for the next several days and see where I am. I refuse to feel discouraged! I am going to figure out how to fuel my activity AND achieve the weight I want!!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Yesterday my hubby and I enjoyed the Polk Senior Games closing ceremonies. Almost everyone there had on medals; one woman had on 21 of them!! I heard the most won was 28 this year. We wore ours - his for chess and mine for running and walking. We got to meet the oldest competitor, 98 years old, and marvel at the winners in the 85-89 year age group running down the aisle to pick up their trophies. We got lots of give aways and goodies as well as four pictures of me participating. I'll try to scan and post them later. There is one I quite like of me near the end of a walking event. In the running photo I'm far from making it look effortless, but I'm doing it!
I ran with a new group last eve, too. The group is set up to help runners improve their time for the Mayfaire 5K on the evening of May 11th. The coach is an awesome fit woman who has made serious attempts at the Olympics in the not too distant past. Last eve I ran a local lake (2.84 miles) in 27.14 minutes. Some of the people are training for their first 5K; some are pretty fast already. I think I'm going to enjoy this coaching experience. I expect better times and even more joy to come from my running!!
Another fitness-related victory is that the YMCA asked to feature my Y story. So today Natalie, Gwen, and I are having our picture taken together. I'm not sure if we'll be on the Y wall or in the newsletter. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
Tomorrow I commit to weigh again. I've stayed off the scale for since Saturday's competitions and haven't done as well eating as I'd like, but not too bad. My next race is April 13th. I'm not sure two weeks of cutting calories will get me to my happy weight, but maybe. Now is a good time to give it a good try!! I'll have several weeks then to eat optimum healthy maintenance to prepare for the next race.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
I'm so happy that I ran 29:01 in the 5K Senior Games and got the Gold!!
My cheering squad - Aquagirl and hubby and my niece and nephew were there. I really felt special!!
I also placed in the 5K Walk and the 900 Walk. So, 3 Senior Games events and 3 medals today!!
Then on to the Shamrock Run/Walk and Jog with your Dog where I paced my nephew. I pushed him, but he did it. He took 2 minutes and 2 seconds off his 5K last month (over 4 minutes off his first 5K in January) for 43:33. Believe it or not, but I placed with that time, too.
So, I'm tired. 10.2 racing miles plus warm up walks and jogs. 4 awards though. Will post a couple pictures and more details tomorrow. I am so blessed to be able to do this racing. Today has been a very good day!!
Friday, March 08, 2013
Tomorrow is my three 5Ks day: the Senior Game 5K Road Race at 8:30am and Senior Games Power Walk 5K at 10am both of those in Bartow. Then I'm going about 12 miles or so to Winter Haven to do the Shamrock Run, Walk, and Jog with your Dog 5K with my niece and nephew at 1pm. I expect a busy and fun day!! I'm going to pack my lunch and snacks, even though they will probably have bananas and water at the first two 5Ks. I don't know what will be available in Winter Haven.
This is my 3rd year to run the Senior Games. In March of 2011 I ran my first 5K at the Senior Games. I ran really for the first time (since I was a kid and just ran around for fun) in January of 2011. I was only running once a week and had only gone the 3.1 mile distance twice before the race. I didn't have anyone there with me and knew no one. I thought my time of 31:19 was respectable. I just left after I was finished to go to my Weight Watcher meeting to tell someone! The next week I found out I had placed 3rd in my age group. Was I surprised. I had to drive to the Senior Games office to pick up my medal.
The next year I recognized a few people I had run with the year before including Brenda who had told me about my medal at Weight Watchers. She was the second place finisher in our age group in 2011, but had moved up an age group in 2012. I ran the 5K in 30:23 last year, placing second in my age group. The first place finisher was only a few seconds ahead of me.
But this year I'm really excited because I am going to have a cheering section!! Aquagirl has committed to come to the stadium and be there for me. My nephew and niece may also show up -- he wanted to talk to her before committing. So, anyway, I'm really grateful to have that support. I hope to break 30 minutes, but will be happy to feel that I ran my best for the day and the conditions. The last half is a steady but not steep incline.
So, please send a positive speedy thought to me at 8:30am Eastern Standard Time! (Altogether now: Go, Marsha, Go!!) Aquagirl (Cyndi)'s support is greatly, greatly appreciated. Thanks to you, too, for any positive vibes you can send my way!!
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