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More 5K Pictures

Monday, April 15, 2013

A person I've ridden the bike trail with a couple times recognized me in these pictures on FaceBook and sent them to me. I am so grateful. Don't think I'd have ever found them. I then found the first two pictures and some of my nephew, but I couldn't find the site with the medal ceremony nor the site with the results. I'll keep looking.




Medal Ceremony:


My nephew:

Nephew in the background; no good pictures of niece:



Anyway, I'm still savoring my victory. Had a fun day of play with the kids yesterday, but no exercise as such. Today I have a run with my coach. She invited my nephew to join it, too. Very good!!

  
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MANDELOVICH 4/17/2013 6:57PM

    I just love what you do!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/16/2013 3:16PM

    It was nice that your friend shared with you. Enjoy your session with your coach!

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_LINDA 4/16/2013 12:57AM

    Fabulous photos!!! The love of running and joy of being fit just glows on your face!!! You have certainly found what you were born to do!
You go girl!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/15/2013 10:46PM

    Fantastic! What a nice surprise for you to get these photos.

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WATERMELLEN 4/15/2013 9:14PM

    So cool: you just look very happy!! And fit of course!!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/15/2013 8:03PM

    Fantastic!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/15/2013 7:57PM

    There is such joy in movement. It is this kind of joy that attracts. Spark on, through thick and thin, through sorrow and joy.

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IAMWINNING 4/15/2013 5:32PM

    FANTASTIC!

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FREELADY 4/15/2013 1:57PM

    Brings tears of joy and pride to my eyes. I saved this for continuing inspiration. Hearty congratulations!!

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    You are making the SIXTIES look pretty darn awesome! And, considering I'm going to be 59, I'm right there with ya! emoticon

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GABY1948 4/15/2013 12:56PM

    Great pics thanks for sharing, Marsha! And so neat that someone found them on FB!

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    I LOVE your smile at the medal ceremony!

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PMRUNNER 4/15/2013 10:33AM

    Those are great!

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BOOKAPHILE 4/15/2013 10:29AM

    Marsha, you have such joy on your face, and you look terrific! You are a great example.

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5K Victory

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A new 5K PR! WooHoo! I took 55 seconds off my old PR and finished in 27:33. That time also got me a first place medal. The photography is not too great, but won't let that detract from the great event!

Here's me with my medal:



Here's my nephew's grey sleeve and his finishing time. This was his 4th 5K. He's improved every time: from 47 to 45 to 43 to today's 41 minutes!! If I hadn't had to park so far away I'd have gotten my camera and back in time to get his face, too. Oh, well.




My niece is the fourth person from the left in a white tee-shirt. She paced her brother, but then finished with a flury a little in front of him. I was across the street with the telephoto trying to get there in time:



Here's another picture of one of my friends getting her medal:



  
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MANDELOVICH 4/17/2013 6:59PM

    How did I miss this! Gold medal! 5K in under 28 minutes???? Marsha you are amazing! I love running but don't think I could do a 5K in under 28 minutes! Woohoo!

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    Now THAT is a woo hoo!!!!!!!

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    Awesome! You've worked hard and it is really paying off!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/16/2013 12:30AM

    Congratulations to all of you!!! Sounds wonderful, and well done on the PR! :)


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    Congratulations, Marsha! Awesome time!

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    Wow!! Great time!!

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    Congratulations on your victory! I just ran my first 5k today!
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  Congrats to you and all your family and friends who finished!

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    Way to go! Congratulations!!

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    Great job! Very impressive! Inspiring!

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JUNEPA 4/14/2013 12:41PM

    You look amazingly trim, super healthy and exhubertantly happy, no wonder you made this photo your new background page
So fun and awesome to share your fitness with your family and experience improvement all around !!

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KARRENLYNN 4/14/2013 12:34PM

    What a great day for all of you! Congratulations on beating your time and good luck on your future races!

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  good blog

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/14/2013 11:26AM

    Look at you, Skinny Minnie! Way to go! WOO HOO!

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    Talk about a family race!

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    Way to go!

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    Congratulations! Great job!

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Pre-5K Victory

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Check out my ticker. Under goal. WooHoo. A little, little cushion. WooHoo! Gotta run!!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 4/16/2013 3:05PM

    Way to go Marsha! Congratulations on achieving your goal!

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    Oh, nothing better than having that little cushion!! Way to go!

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    Congrats with your achievements. You look fantastic.

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Swimming Critique

Friday, April 12, 2013

My coach was at the Y this morning to observe my swimming and give me some hints. She said overall my stroke is good, and I was delighted to hear that. My head is in the right position. Mostly she said I need to relax (as if I didn't know that) and to stretch out more. She wanted me not to swim so flat but to swim on each side. She said to breathe bi-laterally if I can, every third stroke in order to get me to do that side swimming. She did say if I was going to do a triathlon I'd need to breathe every stroke because with the nerves of the race I'd need the oxygen. At this point I'm thinking more about competing in the Senior Games swimming events next year rather than doing a triathlon, but I'm not ruling it out. I did realize that I need to make sure I breathe out all the air bubbles when my head is in the water in order to be ready to breathe (thanks, Watermellon). My coach also said, as Joyinky commented, that due to my weight loss I'm having to adjust my stroke to being less buoyant and naturally lower in the water. Also, she said I am going pretty fast. I think she was saying I should slow down if I want to go farther for right now. I can do 200 yards (8 laps) of breaststroke easy. 100 yards (4 laps) of backstroke is no problem. 50 yards of crawl and I need to stop to breathe. Today I didn't want to overdo it since I have a 5K race tomorrow. So I'll practice next Friday if not before.

  
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_LINDA 4/13/2013 2:28PM

    That is awesome you are doing so well with most of your swimming strokes!! Getting good advice from your fellow Sparkies and coach is priceless! All very interesting information you never really think about in regards to swimming.
Keep up the great work and all the best in the 5K, can't wait to hear how you did!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/13/2013 12:52AM

    Have you done much open water swimming in a big crowd of people? From what I understand, that is the real challenge of triathlon swimming.

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MSLZZY 4/12/2013 10:46PM

    Work your way into it and change a few things and you will be a winner!

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COCK-ROBIN 4/12/2013 10:33PM

    Wonderful!

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PMFISH 4/12/2013 9:46PM

    You inspire so many, so thanks for sharing your progress. Even tho I could not even think about what you are doing it gives me ideas how it can be applied to the things I can do. You are an excellent source of information for lots of your spark buddies.

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WATERMELLEN 4/12/2013 9:13PM

    It's great that your swimming critique was so positive!! You're doing terrific!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/12/2013 9:07PM

    I am so happy to have others doing the three sport thing... there's a guy at work toying with the CSG triathlon idea, and I get so exciting virtually living his training for his first, same as I did when you were going after your first HM. I get such a charge out of not just my own achievements but those of my spark friends!

As for the work thing? I always remember that however stressed I feel, my bosses have it just as bad. They are not squeezing the rest of us on purpose... and yet... somewhere up the chain... should there not be accountability for not starting sooner? As in, this law was passed two years ago, why is it no one knows the rules? Not even the feds!

Sigh. How do you build something when they don't draw the blueprints until the night before it's supposed to be finished? Still... if I didn't LOVE the puzzles, I wouldn't be in this line of work.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/12/2013 8:28PM

    It sounds like you got some great feedback! I've watched some of the lap swimmers at the Y that are very fluid when they swim. (A few are competitive adult swimmers) They all have one thing in common and that is establishing a fluid rhythm when they breathe and stroke. They don't seem to alter their pace and they are very steady in rhythm. Some breathe on both sides, depending on the stroke, and other breathe only on one side. It was interesting to read your comments and feedback from your coach. Thanks for sharing!

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MIRAGE727 4/12/2013 7:59PM

    Sweet! I'm going back to training for my swimming as well. I'm looking at Gulf swims one night a week with this Tri group. Even though I have an incredible amount of swim knowledge in the past, I'll probably have to learn a new stroke as I will be training for a Tri. It's great that you are sharing, Marsha, as it is helping me with my education as well. Stay focused and train well!
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-AMANDA79- 4/12/2013 3:53PM

    I also have the problem of not getting rid of all my air while my head is down. Then I have to finish breathing out and breath in the short time that I lift my head. Swimming takes so much concentration!

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MKELLY72 4/12/2013 3:19PM

    You are so amazing!! I was never able to figure out how to do the crawl back in swimming lessons as a child, and it looks so cool to me. I find it so frustrating figuring out how to breathe.
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NATPLUMMER 4/12/2013 2:43PM

    Glad you got some useful info. Good luck!

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STRIVERONE 4/12/2013 1:55PM

    I appreciate that you have to adjust your swimming techniques to your now less buoyant self. When I was over 300 #s, I couldn't sink even though I wasn't much of a swimmer. Now, I have to work to stay afloat, but at least I can dive deeper.
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Active Fun

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Enjoyed the senior dance with my husband this morning. That's our third time attending and I suspect that when we don't have the grandkids we will go. It's fun! Each time we seem to be dancing more, too.

This afternoon I got in my easy training run. I walked 10 minutes, ran 1.1 miles in about to 10 minutes, and walked another 10. Then I weeded for a while outside, too. It was 88 degrees and 48% humidity. For my race on Saturday, 70 degrees is predicted with 90% humidity. The race I'm training for on May 11th at 7pm will probably be closer to the 88 degrees. Just need to be flexible.

Tomorrow morning I have a swimming lesson with my coach. I call her my running coach, but she trains for triathlons, too. She is actually a professional cyclist at this point in her career. Hope she can give me a few pointers on my breathing when I do the crawl.

This eve our local SparkTeam is getting together for dinner. It will be fun, too!! Hope all my SparkFriends are having fun AND success!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 4/12/2013 8:19PM

    I hope your "coaching" session goes well! It was great seeing you at the team dinner!

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DONNABRIGHT 4/12/2013 1:23PM

    Great job on all the activity - you are such an inspiration!

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_LINDA 4/12/2013 12:53PM

    That is just awesome! Way to go on the fitness and getting DH involved too! Dancing is fun, hope you two can make it a regular feature!! Enjoy!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/12/2013 10:17AM

    How nice to dance together! DH hasn't danced since our wedding.
Oops, he must have danced at our daughters' weddings too. But that's about it.

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    Great that you and hubby are dancing, my DH just will not go LOL
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MSLZZY 4/11/2013 10:13PM

    Hope you had a wonderful time! Keep on SParking!

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WATERMELLEN 4/11/2013 8:20PM

    You ARE having fun: good for you!!

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    emoticon Hee-hee... for you and your DH. Dance and spark on!

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NATPLUMMER 4/11/2013 5:45PM

    Nice day.

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MKELLY72 4/11/2013 5:32PM

    That's my kind of activity!!
I love dancing--I just wish I was better at it, but I'm ok just winging it--I do wish my OH wasn't so self-conscious about his dancing--he's getting more comfortable though every time we have a dancing opportunity :)
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COCK-ROBIN 4/11/2013 5:32PM

    Wonderful!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/11/2013 5:28PM

    What could be better than activity that is fun AND keeps you moving?

I am so encouraged and inspired by your joy de vivre. Would you agree that these are the best times of your life? It sure sounds like it from here!!!! emoticon

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JOYINKY 4/11/2013 5:11PM

    You're swimming has been on my mind a lot. Another factor that probably is making your breathing harder is your fitness! I'd forgotten. When I was obese I could lay in the water and just relax; very bouyant! When I got lean and had more muscle floating wasn't nearly as easy. I had to keep my lungs full to keep my face above water on my back. Where before I could float at the surface effortlessly, now just holding my breath and laying back I'm a few inches under the surface if I don't inflate myself or use my hands. I'm sure you are riding lower in the water as you do the crawl now than when you swam before. Glad you're getting some coaching and having so much fun being active! Stay with it! emoticon

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