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Incredible Running

Saturday, March 16, 2013



I'm the one in the yellow shirt in the middle. I ran my 10K in 1:01:13 which is a PR (personal record) for me. I was the first woman finisher and third overall. I set my new Garmin for run 4 minutes/walk 1 minute -- but I'd just walk until I felt recovered, 35-50 seconds. My fastest mile was mile 4 in 9:22. My fastest pace was 8:30 per the Garmin, but I don't know the distance on that one. No one was running my pace so I just carried a flashlight and ran by myself. The director had told us to run in pairs, but if I was going to run my race I had to risk doing it alone. No problems. We started at 6:15am and saw the sunrise. It was 41 degrees.

I do think I'm getting to be a better runner and to be doing this at age 63 is just incredible to me!! Oh, and by the way, I weighed 126.6 this morn at 5am, just .6 pounds over my target. I'll be there soon.

Edit: Below is the picture of the beginning of the race.



Edit 2 -- My Spark Trophy:

  
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    You are amazing . . . but all of us know and believe that (so "incredible" not so much!! Love the pics!!

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HEALTHY4ME 3/16/2013 7:10PM

    YOU must e so proud!!! I am so proud of you!!!! Going to make a wall of us wee bit older sparkers that do such awesome things, and of ernestine oh man lost her name the woman that started exercising at 56 and is in such shape... oh....... her name... Be right back go check on Pixie-licious blog lol
Earnestine Shepard

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    Outstanding, Marsha!
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    I think YOU'RE incredible! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 3/16/2013 2:39PM

    LADY, YOU ARE A MACHINE! (I mean that in a good way)

Congratulations on finding that you can still surprise yourself! I want to be *YOU* when I grow up!!!! (I better get started, I'm already 58!)

Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!!!!!

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    emoticon Congratulations. Thanks for sharing the pictures. You look so excited, getting ready to run.

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    Congratulations on the accomplishment and the feelings of joy you exude! Have a great day today enjoying your triumph!

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GABY1948 3/16/2013 11:43AM

    emoticon on the weight and you look SO cute there in your bright yellow! Have a great weekend!

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ONMYMEDS 3/16/2013 11:11AM

    Outstanding!! You just keep getting better and better and your enthusiasm and joy of running really comes out in your blogs. Great job!!

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MEXGAL1 3/16/2013 11:03AM

    Woo hoo, congrats for another accomplishment!
Geez, though it's dark when you go out......that is dedication.
So happy for you!
Have a terrific week end.

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ALIWVU121 3/16/2013 10:48AM

    I've read quite a few of your posts throughout the year and you are an amazing lady! Congrats on a great run!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/16/2013 10:40AM

    Your joy is so apparent in your posts! Spark on and amaze yourself, every day.

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Virtual 10K Tomorrow

Friday, March 15, 2013

I signed up for a virtual 10K here on SparkPeople for tomorrow. There is a whole group of people - all running virtual races -- meeting near my home at 6am. Some are running 4 miles, some the 10K, and some a half marathon. Many of the people have signed up with sponsoring organizations for good causes, I'm sure. Many will get medals mailed to them after they send in documentation. Many of them are submitting entry fees larger than paying for SparkCoach for a full year. I will be delighted to run a FREE SparkPeople virtual 10K. Wish SP offered virtual half marathons, too. Maybe someday.

I'm planning to run 4 minutes-walk 1 minute throughout. This morning I had a broken watch band on my Ironman interval timing watch and my new Garmin Forerunner10 wouldn't do a thing -- was totally stuck and unresponsive to any button being pushed. I didn't want to be without an interval timer for tomorrow's race. I went back to my running shop, FitNiche. They confirmed my new Garmin wasn't acting right and gave me another one. I have it charging. Hope I can get it set and use it successfully tomorrow. We'll see.

If I'm still feeling strong at the end of the 10K , I may slow down and run farther. Time will tell. Hoping for a good night's sleep. I need to check the weather, lay out my clothes and equipment. I had a great 20 lap swim at the Y this morning per my training plan. I didn't have any sore muscles or problems after my yesterday's faster than usual run. I'm excited about becoming a stronger runner!

  
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 3/18/2013 9:15AM

    Good luck and keep up the great work you are a true inspiration to me.

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    I hope your run was great!

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    Sorry you had trouble with your gadgets, but that is fantastic you are becoming stronger!!!
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    You are doing great! Keep up the good work. Good luck on your virtual race!

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    I hope you do great!

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    Have fun tomorrow. Glad your running is going well.

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    emoticon You are one strong lady. Wishing you all the best in your endeavors tomorrow.


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    You are strong! Glad you got the Garmin working and all best tomorrow.

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STRIVERONE 3/15/2013 7:37PM

    I'm sure you'll come through with flying colors. I hope your technology does as well.

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    Have a great run!

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    Can't wait to hear about your day tomorrow...thanks for always sharing your days with us! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 3/15/2013 7:09PM

    You sure are becoming a real athlete. I don't understand the gizmo's you talk about or anything about the process of becoming a better runner.
I just am so impressed with what you do.
Have a great evening.
Sallie

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FREELADY 3/15/2013 5:32PM

    I appreciate hearing about the virtual 10K. I would love to do a virtual 5k.


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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/15/2013 5:30PM

    Have a great race. Is this your first 10K?

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BOOKAPHILE 3/15/2013 4:41PM

    Every week you make more progress. I love to hear about it.

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    You are my inspiration! Can't wait to hear how you do.

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    It would be nice to add virtual HM.

Good luck in your run, I bet you will do great!

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We Should Be DANCING!!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hubby heard about senior dancing on Thursday mornings at the Senior Games Closing Ceremony. Amazing, but he wanted to go. And, wow, was it fun!! I'm sure we'll go again. S0 very glad my hubby is willing to move and willing to move with me!!!

PS I did my training program this morn which included two 1-mile repeats at 9 minutes per mile!

PPS I weighed 127.8 this morn, still 1.8 over happy weight, but down .6 from yesterday.

  
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    Look at you go! Good for you and hubby. Have fun!

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    Good for you! So glad that your DH wanted to join in the fun!
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    That sounds like fun! Congratulations on getting closer to your happy weight!

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    Oh it is SO nice if hubby wants to join in something you like.. Enjoy every minute of it!!!
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_LINDA 3/15/2013 1:30AM

    That is awesome your DH wants to do an activity with you, and dancing is such fun! Could Zumba be not far behind?? Joking! Hope he makes a habit of it!
Wow! Way to run a zippy mile!! Very impressive!!
Keep up the great work!

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    Hey, so cool that you and DH are dancing! I'm thinking your energy is inspiring him!!

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    Keep on dancing!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/14/2013 7:07PM

    WHAT a great day! Isn't retirement grand? And to think I felt sorry for "old people" back when I was in my 20's! You are the epitome of aging with grace!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/14/2013 6:27PM

    So thrilled you and your DH are dancing! My folks were dancers, I've never been, but they so enjoyed it, and if you and he do, what a great way to spend active times together!

Sounds like you are getting faster and faster, too. Woo-hoo!

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    Pretty speedy! What training program are you using?

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Scanned Pictures Experiment

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Not sure if this Senior Games picture of the 900 yard power walk race will post to SP or not, but I'm going to try:



Well, it's sideways. Will try to fix it!! The next one is near the beginning of the 5K Road Race. I may be huffing a little at that point and the sun is bright so I pulled the brim down too far for a picture. Oh, well.



I've got a couple more pictures, if I could only find them on the computer.
Oh here's the 5K Power Walk silver medal presentation. My time was 38:03:



Here's the Gold Medal ceremony for my 29:01 5K Road Race:



These are the pictures I got at the Senior Games closing ceremony and scanned. So it is 4 and a half days later and I'm still celebrating!!

  
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    I have to say that your 2 runs and 2 walks were very impressive! Now you also have pictures to help you capture and remember the moments too!

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    You deserve to celebrate for many more days!

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    As you should be:)

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    thanks so much for sharing your photos.
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    Great photos!! You look so slim and trim compared yo your competitors! Way to beat those men ;) Celebrate on! Its quite the amazing day you had!!!

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    Congratulations! You are doing great!

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    You have every reason to still be celebrating! Very well done!

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    I am celebrating WITH you! You *ROCK*!!!

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    Congratulations again. Glad you are celebrating you.

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    And so you should, just doing one is awesome but all in one day!!! KUDOS!!!

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    You're gonna be celebrating for a very long time . . . and that's as it should be. Love 'em all and especially the gold medal picture. You are BEAMING!! emoticon

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    You have such a winning smile! It wouldn't matter WHERE you crossed the finish line, you beam... and that says it all. Spark on, my friend.

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SparkPeople Blesses Me in a New Way

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!!

  
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    Those numbers on the scale have begun to annoy me also! I had some strange ones this past weekend...perhaps you are gaining more muscle?
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WATERMELLEN 3/13/2013 6:17PM

    Excellent tracker feature, good for you!

And . . . agree with everyone's assessment of the slight weight variation: de nada!! blip!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/13/2013 5:40PM

    Why does your coach want your food diary?

Hmmm, I'm ALWAYS up after a very active day, no matter how (little) I've eaten. Never thought of glycogen storage. Works for me! emoticon

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PMFISH 3/13/2013 5:00PM

    It will be interesting to see what feed back you get from Spark People. Whether you are up 2 pounds or not you are a force to be reckoned with! I would not want to be a pound on your body, because I know I would have a short life. emoticon emoticon

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    It could just be recovery weight from the races you ran over the weekend.

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    I wouldn't worry too much if I were you...we are women and you do so well...keep on inspiring us all! emoticon

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JOYINKY 3/13/2013 2:32PM

    You make the best use of the tools here possible! WTG!

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MIRAGE727 3/13/2013 12:25PM

    I'm thinking you might just burn that off as your activity level is up! I'm going to keep reminding you to focus on the positive, Marsha. You're so rocking it!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/13/2013 12:01PM

    Neat!

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BOOKAPHILE 3/13/2013 11:07AM

    I am so impressed with the Sparkpeople site! Such great tools and features. That's totally beside the value of the people with whom I interact!

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MSLZZY 3/13/2013 11:05AM

    You have the information and the tools to get back on track. Good luck!

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MEXGAL1 3/13/2013 10:49AM

    Yes, do not feel discouraged as you are doing so great. Awesome about the trackers here. I love them. I have populated my favorites list so it makes it really easy to use the "pull down" menu to add foods daily.
Have a terrific day!

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