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Recovery Concerns or Not

Saturday, July 27, 2013

On Thursday I had an energy surge and ran faster than I had planned to for about 4 miles, without walk breaks, on the YMCA treadmill. SparkFriends were encouraging, but reminded me to allow for recovery. I was not aware of any recovery issues 10 minutes after completing the run. I mean, I cooled down, showered, ate a healthy snack and felt good the rest of the day. Slept good that night, too.

I enjoyed today's run. I ran 7.5 miles with my Galloway group in 2.5 minute run/1 minute walk intervals. Our average pace was around 11:33, completing the run in 1 hour 25 minutes. My Garmin recorded that we had 316 feet of incline and 316 feet of decline, so we had some hills. We actually didn't start running until 6:20 (scheduled for 6am.) The temperature was 75 degrees with 100% humidity per the Garmin, but no, it wasn't raining. Yes, we were all drip-drip-dripping sweat! A fellow runner advised me to put a chunk of ice in my sports bra at mile 5.5; I tried it and liked it!

Last year, when I ran with a slower group, I always finished wanting to run more and faster. Not today. I felt like I got a good work out. I never minded getting to the running intervals, but looked forward to the walk interval every time. On the downhill and straightaways, I'd be at the front of the pack. On the uphill stretches I often fell to the back. The sports massage therapist I saw told me that it takes 72 hours to recover from our runs, although that seems long to me. But I wonder if I hadn't run so hard on Thursday, would I have had a little more energy for today's run? Would I have embraced the run intervals, been at the front of the pack the whole way, and finished with a long burst of speed like last week? Guess it really doesn't matter; I ran-walked-ran it and enjoyed it. I know to taper for the week before any competition.

I'm feeling pretty good right now -- no muscle soreness nor tightness. After I showered and ate, I went and got my hair trimmed and styled for my high school reunion this evening. I'm not bursting with energy right now, but have enough to do a little laundry and a few chores before getting ready for the event this eve. Perhaps I need to learn a little more about recovery, but I bet I'll sleep good tonight, too!

  
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IAMWINNING 7/29/2013 3:38PM

    emoticon I'm always amazed that anyone can go-go-go like you do! emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLILA 7/28/2013 1:58PM

    Amazing!! You go, Marsha, but be careful to not hurt yourself.....

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AQUAGIRL08 7/28/2013 11:42AM

    I think that the humidity plays a huge part in how we feel after working out outside. Remember that you worked out in the air conditioning when you ran for 30 minutes and felt so good. I was very busy on Friday and did two brief workouts outside. By the time I went to bed, I was totally wiped out! I drank loads of water and other fluid and still was tired.

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NIKKILYNNG 7/28/2013 8:40AM

    Wow you really are amazing. I really hope I can be as active as you one day. Keep up the good work!

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JANEWATKINS 7/28/2013 8:09AM

    Recovery or not, you are amazing!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/28/2013 12:12AM

    You did great!

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WATERMELLEN 7/27/2013 7:49PM

    I'm betting it was a sister runner who suggested the ice in the sports bra!!

Your running is going so well!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/27/2013 6:30PM

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/27/2013 5:56PM

    I bet your "slower" run was a result of the run in the days before that, but still, you're a running studmuffin or whatever the female version of it is;)

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FROSTY99 7/27/2013 4:59PM

    emoticon Obviously you enjoyed it and that is the most important thing. Glad you found a better group to "run" with.

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_LINDA 7/27/2013 4:43PM

    That is so awesome you have no soreness at all! You are indeed in top form and ready to tackle a race competition!!
Have fun at the reunion and awe everyone how athletic you are! Show off those slim and trim gams!!

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RUNNINGAL425 7/27/2013 4:09PM

    Way to go! I bet you get some good sleep tonight, too! Now go rock that reunion, Beautiful!!

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PMFISH 7/27/2013 3:52PM

    Way to go! Have you seen the cool neck wraps? You might enjoy one of those. Have a great time tonight.

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MEXGAL1 7/27/2013 3:36PM

    so glad the running went so well for you.
I bet you look awesome. Have a wonderful time tonight!
Sallie

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/27/2013 2:36PM

    Energy comes and goes. There will be runs that suck, and runs that soar. The important thing is to not get injured, endure the sucky ones, and savor the soaring ones, right?

Well done! Rest well. You earned it. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 7/27/2013 2:33PM

    I wish, wish WISH I had a Galloway group near me, but alas, the closest one is in a city an hour away. I've been doing 5K 101 that I downloaded from i-Tunes, and TC and I are going to run intervals tomorrow -- 2 minutes run, 1 minute walk. We will see how far we get!

Congrats on your run, and enjoy the reunion!!

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NATPLUMMER 7/27/2013 1:42PM

    I think recovery time is an individual thing...you'll figure out how much you need as you go along.
Great run!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/27/2013 1:15PM

    Yes, the faster run probably did affect today's run, but not so much that you couldn't / didn't accomplish today's objectives, which is the key consideration.
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KLMEIRING 7/27/2013 1:08PM

    I bet you'll sleep good tonight too! Way to go on your workout!

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Multi-Class Reunion

Friday, July 26, 2013

Tomorrow evening I'll be going to a high school reunion for those who graduated from my high school from 1956-1972. Should be fun. I've been to reunions before, but only for the class of 1967. I expect to see people I haven't seen in decades; fingers are crossed that I'll remember them. Wish me luck!

  
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KPETSCHE 7/30/2013 4:08AM

    Wow - what a combo. My High School has an Alumni Banquet every Memorial Day weekend (small town, what can I say!) and anyone that has graduated from there is invited. The majority of the people that attend have been out of school for 40 or more years but I go every once in awhile. I always enjoy seeing the people I haven't seen in ages. Hope you had fun.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/28/2013 11:36AM

    Have a good time! I've never been to a class reunion. Are they fun?

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KLMEIRING 7/27/2013 12:50PM

    I do wish you luck. I hope that it goes very well for you.

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BOOKAPHILE 7/27/2013 12:15PM

    You'll get some lovely compliments, I'm sure! Enjoy the time.

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COCK-ROBIN 7/27/2013 1:05AM

    Wonderful!

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_LINDA 7/27/2013 12:08AM

    I am betting they won't recognize you ;) Time to go through the old yearbook of photos. Its actually interesting to see how people have changed over the years! But their eyes always remain the same.
Have fun!

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MSLZZY 7/26/2013 11:12PM

    Good luck and have fun!

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ROCKYCPA 7/26/2013 11:11PM

    Have a good time!

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JOYINKY 7/26/2013 10:11PM

    emoticon Have fun!

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WATERMELLEN 7/26/2013 9:11PM

    You will be the belle of the ball: have a terrific time!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/26/2013 7:53PM

    emoticon Good luck... and HAVE FUN!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/26/2013 7:32PM

    Have a blast! I have no doubt that you will be one of the healthiest, most glowing woman there!

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MEXGAL1 7/26/2013 7:27PM

    Do have a terrific time!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/26/2013 7:14PM

    That's how DH's school holds reunions, mainly because the school closed in 1972. They still have a very active alumni association, but now the annual reunion looks like an AARP meeting.

Enjoy!

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GABY1948 7/26/2013 7:14PM

    You GOT it! Hope you have a GREAT time!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 7/26/2013 7:13PM

    You'll look FABULOUS!!! have fun emoticon

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    Have a great time!

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Bonus Blog: More Granddaughter's Gymnastics

Thursday, July 25, 2013

So proud of my active granddaughter, Natalie. After 4 weeks of camp with once a day gymnastics session, she asked to be put in 2 sessions per day. Based on her progress, the Y staff has welcomed her to do it. Here she is learning a back bend with walk over:









So glad she's enjoying her activity!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 7/28/2013 11:34AM

    Natalie is just so cute! You must be proud of her!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/26/2013 3:45PM

    wow, she looks great at that! Have so much fun with her!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/26/2013 11:49AM

    Impressive!

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NATPLUMMER 7/26/2013 10:27AM

    Nice!

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MIRAGE727 7/26/2013 8:52AM

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Good job, Natalie! I love when our kids have fun and enjoy healthy exercise!
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MSLZZY 7/25/2013 11:07PM

    Keep encouraging her and she will be great!

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WATERMELLEN 7/25/2013 10:11PM

    It's great to see her building flexibility, building strength, building self-confidence: she's had a terrific example from her grandma!!

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MEXGAL1 7/25/2013 10:09PM

    Totally wonderful....makes you so proud.

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COOP9002 7/25/2013 7:52PM

    Awesome job for her! Glad you got to share her experience.

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DESERTJULZ 7/25/2013 7:22PM

    Love it! I would never have thought of a slanted ramp...

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/25/2013 7:17PM

    Gotta encourage it while they are young and want to do it, right? Good job!

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GABY1948 7/25/2013 6:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for sharing...you can really be proud!

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JOYINKY 7/25/2013 6:07PM

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TEXASFILLY 7/25/2013 5:10PM

    What a talented child! It looks like she's having a ball! Thanks for sharing~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 7/25/2013 4:46PM

    That is SO beautiful!

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Energy Surge

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Today's run just felt so good. Don't know what was different. I haven't had any where I felt bad, just some where I was glad to get to the walking interval each time, but never unhappy to reach the run interval. But today I just listened to my body. It wanted to run. I didn't take any walk intervals for over 30 minutes. Once, well after I was warmed up, I cranked the treadmill down from 6.7 mph to 6.0 and didn't like it. I wanted to run faster! So I did. Feeling great! Wanting to capture this feeling; wish I could hold onto it forever and ever. Last evening when I did my low impact aerobic workout I felt really good, too. Hoping this energy surge lasts!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 7/28/2013 11:33AM

    Those days are the best! You just feel like you could exercise forever!

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MIRAGE727 7/26/2013 8:49AM

    I recently did a training run of 5K and just ignored my pace and ran with how I felt. The energy was definitely there and I was shocked to see a new training PR! It happens! BUT, no matter what, I still embraced and respected the recovery period. Over-training will be hazardous to your health! Fuel well, train well, perform well!
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WATERMELLEN 7/25/2013 10:13PM

    That's a wonderful feeling: enjoy every minute of it!!

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MJREIMERS 7/25/2013 7:37PM

    I love when that happens! Good for you for listening to your body! I'm glad you are feeling so well!

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/25/2013 6:15PM

    Hooray! hope the momentum stays with you!

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JOYINKY 7/25/2013 6:05PM

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/25/2013 3:10PM

    emoticon what a great feeling to enjoy running fast! When slower pace doesn't cut it!! emoticon

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JOHAL52 7/25/2013 2:59PM

    What a feeling! emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 7/25/2013 2:15PM

    Isn't it funny how some days 6.7 seems just right, and other days it's a struggle to even maintain 5.5 or 6???? I did intervals today at 6mph, but I was ready for my walk breaks. Looking back, I didn't fuel my body well last night at all...lesson learned!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/25/2013 2:10PM

    I'm so happy for you!

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LEWILL1982 7/25/2013 2:01PM

    That's great! Sometimes our work outs are fueled by what we ate right before or the day before. Sometimes we eat something that really fuels us and gives us that extra pep in our step.

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_LINDA 7/25/2013 1:58PM

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Nothing like listening to your body in all ways and going for it when it feels right!
Enjoy the endorphins!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/25/2013 1:19PM

    Wow! 6.7 mph??? That's amazing! You're a GAZELLE!

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PMFISH 7/25/2013 1:06PM

    Good for you! You always sound like a bundle of energy. Enjoy!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/25/2013 12:53PM

    Just a reminder to monitor how you feel for the whole cycle of run / recovery.

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Fuel

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I saw a fellow today as I took a walk break from volunteer work with my former agency. I hadn't seen him for about 3 years. After hello, he commented that I am keeping my weight off and looking good! That was my first "keeping the weight off" compliment. Savor it. Fuel to keep going, you know?

  
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AQUAGIRL08 7/28/2013 11:30AM

    How cool was that! You're looking great Marsha!

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OHMEMEME 7/25/2013 8:09PM

    That's a bigger compliment than any!!! Losing weight is hard but maintaining is HARDER! You go Girl! Keep it up. emoticon

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BOILHAM 7/25/2013 2:21PM

    Good words are indeed fuel.

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JANEWATKINS 7/25/2013 12:10PM

    Words are powerful . . . just as those "fat girl" barbs lower one's self-esteem (been there since age 5) those positive comments are real esteem boosters. He probably had no idea what kind of "fuel" those words carried. I think I will my next blog on words!

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GABY1948 7/25/2013 8:51AM

    That's what keeps us going! The maintaining is actually a better compliment than the losing! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 7/25/2013 7:27AM

    Yes, don't think he wasn't a LITTLE surprised, too! People always say it's easier to take it off than keep it off. (Although I wouldn't know since I've NEVER hit my goal weight!)

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/25/2013 7:05AM

    Absolutely fuel to keep going. We get our motivation fuel wherever it can be found... including right here on Spark! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 7/25/2013 6:47AM

    Always embrace those comments, Marsha. Positive waves!
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_LINDA 7/25/2013 1:53AM

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Another affirmation on the totally fabulous maintainer that you are and who inspires everyone you meet to be like you someday!! 3 years of proving it can be done, doesn't get any better than that!!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/25/2013 1:11AM

    Wonderful!

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BOOKAPHILE 7/24/2013 9:23PM

    Absolutely! Congratulations!

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