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More About the Half and Other Happenings

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The professional pictures from the half marathon are now available. Haven't decided if I want to spend the money or not. If you want to see, check out:

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I like the very first picture and the fourth one of me over the finish line. One mistake I made was to take off my race number before the victory poses with the finisher's medal. So none of the pictures of me alone or with various groups of my running friends come up, because they sorted them by race number. Darn.

I'm running this evening at the Y. I'm taking granddaughter Natalie to her pre-team gymnastics class from 6-7:30pm. That will give me enough time to get in a good run and watch her a little. So proud of her determination, even after she had a pretty nasty fall on the beam. Guess we all have obstacles to overcome. Hubby is at doctor right now getting out the staples from his falling-out-of-bed injury. Fingers are crossed that the scar won't look as bad as we fear.

Today I'm wearing my newest running shoes to break them in. I had planned to wear the same shoes I wore for the Red Ribbon HM to the St Pete Women's Half, but I notice that the outside of those shoes are wearing so that there is some stress on my ankles. Even though these new ones don't match the costume as well, I think it is wiser to wear the ones that give me the best support -- especially since I have a sore toe on my left foot and, as of today, a bloody split on my right foot. Darn again. Think that eczema that I finally have almost cleared up on my hands has now surfaced on my feet. Luckily, I have a routine doctor visit tomorrow and he may have some suggestions for keeping it in check so it won't affect my running.

I didn't weigh for a couple days before and the day after the HM because I didn't want to see it. Monday I weighed 129.0, Tuesday I weighed 128.4, Wednesday 128.2, and today 127.8. So I'm still 1.8 over target, but going the right direction!

City of Lakeland posted 33 free pictures of the half marathon. There were 733 finishers, so I wasn't surprised I wasn't in any of them. Other friends have posted some pix, too. Thought you might want to see some more:


Here's the Galloway 30 second run/30 second walk group. Shyre who gave me a ride and will be running the Women's Half is in the center.


Here is the running coach, Rebecca Marsh, and her husband. Rebecca was my coach for 2 months leading to my 5K PR. She's been very ill for several months and this was her first competition in a long time. She told me she expected to finish in 2:30 just like I did, but she finished in 1:54.


Here's Mary who took first place in our age group with a time of 2:11. Her hubby won his age group, too. They are both in our Galloway group.


Here's Brenda who helped me overcome the stitch in my side.


Signs along the way ---










Here's Jan. She's in my age group.


Tracy works at Disney and she runs in our group, too.


Angela is a pace group leader in our running group.

I've got lots more, but not of me.

Really enjoyed our local SparkTeam meeting last evening. Wish I could get someone from our running group to join SP, but no luck so far. I feel so blessed to have all the support of SP online and local SP group, my WW group, my running group, the YMCA, the Senior Dance. It sure takes a lot of support for me to live the lifestyle!!

  
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SEAJESS 11/17/2013 2:15PM

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emoticon If we get to vote, I like your 1st, 4th and 6th photos. I love the way it looks like you're dancing on your tippy toes over the finish line. What a powerful way to wind up 13.1 miles!!!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/16/2013 4:59PM

    Amen to that! Thank you for your continued support! I couldn't do this without it!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/15/2013 6:59PM

    I hate having to spend the money for the professional photos, but DH always insists. We cross the finish line together, holding hands, or holding our clasped hands up in the air. We always get a 5x7. The last one cost us $28! Oh well, the cost is quickly forgotten, but the memories live forever!



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MEXGAL1 11/15/2013 9:34AM

    I love the professional photos. I like them all but like the ones you like the best.
Such an accomplishment....good for you!
Have a great week end
Sallie

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MSLZZY 11/15/2013 9:20AM

    I'd get one or two pictures, just for the fact that you may not get another chance. Quite an amazing group of runners. You did fantastic!

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JOYINKY 11/14/2013 10:42PM

    You've really made a lot of friends on this journey. What a great bonus!

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WATERMELLEN 11/14/2013 9:21PM

    Just love that 002 pic of you (bottom left) . . . such a pretty woman! And from the inside out!

Thanks for commenting on my rebel blog. You're at a very contented place in your life which is marvellous . . . you're just saying that the rebel isn't a dominant part of your personality, or not at the moment. Many wouldn't consider a person who's accomplishing all your athletic feats at this time of your life "conventional" . . . but whatever you're doing it's working for you without a whole lotta friction to celebrate and enjoy it!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/14/2013 7:23PM

    I love all the pictures, the ones you took, and the ones of you. Not a bad one in the lot!

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FROSTY99 11/14/2013 6:23PM

    Thx for sharing your pics. It brings it all to life for those of us who weren't there and we get to put faces to folks you mention.
Hope the dr has some ideas to help with the toe issues.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/14/2013 6:19PM

    I will ALWAYS remember your smile in those photos AND in person... you are such an upbeat runner! Gratitude will do that for you.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/14/2013 6:19PM

    You did wonderfully! I'm so proud of you.

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GABY1948 11/14/2013 5:19PM

    WOW I love the pics....you did an amazing job!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/14/2013 5:12PM

    Great photos. It looks like everyone had a great time.

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BLUENOSE63 11/14/2013 3:31PM

  I really like #4 - and that outfit rocks! Order that picture for your "wall of fame"!

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BURGUNDYBABE 11/14/2013 2:57PM

    Wow! Amazing pictures! Inspirational!

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BOILHAM 11/14/2013 1:24PM

    Great job, and I enjoyed the pictures!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/14/2013 1:12PM

    all of the pics are great. I like 02 because it shows more of your legs. All of the smiles are great. I think you should get a pic. They are expensive though!! My daughter won't buy them for herself.

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LAILATN 11/14/2013 1:11PM

    Great pics! Wonderful!
You are an inspiration!

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ONMYMEDS 11/14/2013 12:52PM

    Marsha,

If you look in the Lost and Found section of the pictures, you can find any pictures where your number is obscured or missing. Here is a list of the ones I found for you:
121533-078-001
121533-16
0-026 to 029
121533-241-012 to 018

Congrats again, great job!!!

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DIANNEMT 11/14/2013 12:38PM

    The photos are great--and I am SO IMPRESSED that you did a half!! I need to sign up for and do another 5K--but I haven't been training and hate to do worse than the last race....my competitive part doesn't want that! But I am not training so...no sense....

Enjoy the "rest", take care of the feet and you'll do another soon!

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_LINDA 11/14/2013 12:23PM

    Great photos!!
Sorry about the foot problems :(( Not something you need :( I have to be religious about getting the lotion on me all over or my eczema will go crazy. Maybe try some ointment and bandage it to boost the effects.
Enjoy your day!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 11/14/2013 12:14PM

    The pics from BB are beautiful. I mean you have this amazing peace on your face. My first I had one pic that like like I was in pain. I was sp busy breathing I forgot to look and smile..LOL. I like the third pic it just caught my eye. The finish line is a tough one.

Keep up the great work and keep inspiring.

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WILD4STARS 11/14/2013 12:00PM

    I like top row left. Looks good, you're smiling, the background isn't cluttered. You look like you're having fun.

Love the puppy dog with the sign.

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HARROWJET 11/14/2013 11:59AM

    I do like your smile in your pictures. I also understand the indecision about whether or not to purchase them.

How nice that you have a local spark team to meet with. I am envious.

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NATPLUMMER 11/14/2013 11:49AM

    Those are great pics!! You look so happy :-)
Good for Natalie for getting right back at it.
Fingers crossed for a small scar on hubby....glad it wasn't serious.
I hope the new shoes work well.

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All Recovered Except One Toe

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Run this morning felt great! I even went a little faster than I had planned just because I felt like it. I definitely have my energy back and my muscles seem to be recovered from the half marathon on Saturday. The one problem I have is a sore toe. The second toe on my left foot -- the same one that has bothered me before -- is just a bit sore. I iced it. Not sure if I should "buddy tape" it to the next toe or not. The sorest spot is closer to the joint than the nail, but the nail looks a little purple, just a shade darker than the other toes.

I didn't watch my eating very closely the week before the half marathon and purposely ate a lot of carbs. This morning my weight was 128.4, 2.4 over my target, but still within range. Hope to bring it down a bit this week before I start getting ready for the St Pete Women's Half Marathon on November 24th. That one I'm running in costume with ONEKIDSMOM and one of her relatives who is running her first HM. I expect to stay with them and I don't expect it to be too fast, but a lot of fun!! Fingers are crossed that the toe won't be a problem.

  
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GABY1948 11/14/2013 7:17AM

    GREAT news...so glad you are doing so well, except that stubborn tow...praying it heals really quickly!

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FROSTY99 11/13/2013 6:48PM

    Wishing your toe a speedy recovery so it won't be a factor in your next HM.


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RUNNERRACHEL 11/13/2013 2:07PM

    emoticon Great job on your run! Despite having a toe not fully recovered.

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TAICHIDANCER 11/13/2013 7:00AM

    Ah, the famous Achilles toe!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/12/2013 9:36PM

    I hope your toe gets better.

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GABY1948 11/12/2013 8:39PM

    I'm hoping (and praying) for you too! You don't need a toe bothering you. I CAN'T WAIT for the pictures from when you run with ONEKIDSMOM! Take care of that foot and rest like you should...

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AQUAGIRL08 11/12/2013 8:17PM

    I'm glad that you have recovered nicely from Saturday! Please take care of that toe. I'll see you and Gary tomorrow night.

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_LINDA 11/12/2013 8:07PM

    I certainly know toe problems :( Here is hoping it won't be a factor in your next race and you can relax and enjoy it with Barb! You may want to give it a cushioning bandage to protect it from further irritation. I have foam cushions that fit all my toes :P. You may also want to ensure the fit of your shoe. My Mom has second toes that are longer than the big toe so she has to be careful sizing her shoes to fit that longer one.
That is wonderful news you have your energy back and your muscles feel good to go!
Don't worry about the scale -just think those extra calories gave you the energy to get your fastest time. You will get it back on down time in between races!

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MEXGAL1 11/12/2013 6:54PM

    Hope that toe recovers very soon Marsha
Have a great evening.
Sallie

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WATERMELLEN 11/12/2013 6:50PM

    Hope that toe stops bugging you soon. You are going to have such a good time with Barb!!

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JOYINKY 11/12/2013 6:48PM

    Hope your toe mends soon; great that you've recovered already!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/12/2013 6:45PM

    I'm sure you're in better shape than I am this time around. Unless I can talk Rebel into getting on board with the plan, I'll be grumbling about making it to the finish line "even if I have to walk every step"!

I started making my costume last night. Not nearly as cute as yours, but we get the talents we're born with!

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BURGUNDYBABE 11/12/2013 5:37PM

    Take care of yourself! Hope you feel better soon!

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BLUENOSE63 11/12/2013 5:02PM

  So what are you and Barb dressing up as? Make sure we get pictures. Have fun! I think SMRT4ANDREY hit the nail on the head with his comment about running...seems like you and Barb are meeting for coffee not running a HM! Hope the toe is healed sooner than later as those really can be nasty!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/12/2013 4:34PM

    Hope your toe feels better soon!

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HARROWJET 11/12/2013 4:01PM

    My daughter had trouble with one of her toes after her half marathon. It does get better.


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MSLZZY 11/12/2013 3:53PM

    The toe will recover, I am sure. Buddy-taping might still be a good idea. HUGS!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/12/2013 3:43PM

    Agree, blister under the nail. You can sterilize a pin and prick under the nail (it won't hurt) to release the fluid (and pressure) if it hurts. Otherwise, just leave it alone, although you might want to tape it when you run -- the nail will be sticking up more than usual from the fluid underneath it. You will probably lose the nail.

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NEW-CAZ 11/12/2013 2:59PM

    take care Marsha!

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LEWILL1982 11/12/2013 2:33PM

    Sounds like you could have developed a blister under the nail. I'm dealing with that right now. Take care of it and watch it. It's gross, but you may have to trim the nail to get to the blister....Congrats on the HM, I'm running one on Thanksgiving!

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SMART4ANDREY 11/12/2013 1:51PM

    Seems like you'll be running HM like it's not a big deal:)
Blogs would be like...had my cup of tea in the morning, ran HM, got a newspaper:)


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TERI-RIFIC 11/12/2013 1:45PM

    Yikes. Take care of that toe.

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NATPLUMMER 11/12/2013 1:15PM

    Poor toe :-( Hope it feels better soon.

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Fabulous Gift

Monday, November 11, 2013

What a treat! What a great gift!! What a wonderful surprise!!!

Yesterday my daughter came and picked up the two granddaughters as usual on Sunday evening around 6:30pm after she got off her second job as a massage therapist. We'd had a pretty good day, even with my hubby out of town and no car. There was outside activity, stories, puzzles, favorite toys, finger painting (including washing two shirts), good food (fresh apples and bananas and carrots and cheese and peanut butter and whole grain bread) and phone calls to out of town loved ones. I was feeling energetic and pretty well recovered from the half marathon run on Saturday, but I knew I had a few tight muscles still.

Around 8pm the door bell rang and there was my daughter with her massage table. It had been a year since I'd experienced her magic fingers. Oh, wow! What a great feeling. She worked on me for well over an hour. Incredibly relaxing. I thanked her, of course, but she said to be sure to thank her husband. He put the kids to bed so she'd have the time to do it.

I don't ever remember a better gift. And I'm feeling quite good this morning.

  
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SMART4ANDREY 11/12/2013 3:09PM

    I should get one of those, never had a massage in my life.

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/12/2013 11:32AM

    That was so sweet of your daughter!!
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 11/12/2013 10:35AM

    That is so nice!!!!

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_LINDA 11/12/2013 12:55AM

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MSLZZY 11/11/2013 11:24PM

    Wow! What a treat and a fantastic surprise!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/11/2013 9:28PM

    A good day indeed!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/11/2013 7:52PM

    What a lovely gift! I've often felt that gifts of time and talent are the best! You've been blessed!

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WATERMELLEN 11/11/2013 7:43PM

    That's wonderful -- to receive a little back for all you give!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/11/2013 5:53PM

    WOW! Great gift, great daughter!

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FROSTY99 11/11/2013 5:33PM

    How special-I know that this is a gift of love and that it was made even more special since it was a surprise. Nothing better than a good massage.

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MEXGAL1 11/11/2013 4:37PM

    Woo what a great gift. I bet it felt wonderful.
So very nice of her to treat you especially after the run.
Have a great evening Marsha.
Sallie

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SEAJESS 11/11/2013 4:20PM

    emoticon What a wonderful gift and a wonderful way for mother and daughter to connect.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/11/2013 4:18PM

    emoticon What a wonderful, thoughtful gift!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/11/2013 2:13PM

    You have a perceptive daughter and a supportive son in law! I'm glad you enjoyed your lovely gift!

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WIFE49 11/11/2013 1:56PM

    That was so wonderful of your daughter. It sounds like you ha. emoticon d a wonderful day

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JOYINKY 11/11/2013 12:59PM

    What a wonderful gifts, both the massage and the DD time! You are blessed!

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PMFISH 11/11/2013 11:52AM

    You deserved that!! I am very fortunate, my daughter tries to get me at least once a week. What a difference it makes.

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BLUENOSE63 11/11/2013 11:30AM

  You deserve a great massage!

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CELIAMINER 11/11/2013 10:25AM

    What a loving, giving daughter you have!

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WILD4STARS 11/11/2013 9:22AM

    Now that's what I call pampered!! Lucky you.

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BZJOHNSON 11/11/2013 8:54AM

    Awesome - you are gifted twice. Once with a massage and once with a thoughtful daughter.



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GOLFGMA 11/11/2013 8:43AM

    You both gave of each other and that is FAMILY! emoticon

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GABY1948 11/11/2013 8:16AM

    emoticon That was a PERFECT gift! You have a very loving family all around! God Bless!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/11/2013 8:15AM

    How wonderful!

Sounds like a great day with the grandkids!

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MAUREENIE1 11/11/2013 8:12AM

    Awww! What a thoughtful surprise! Just what you needed.
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ONEKIDSMOM 11/11/2013 7:54AM

    emoticon How lovely, and what a great gift... nothing much better than a massage!

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HARROWJET 11/11/2013 7:54AM

    That is a wonderful gift. How nice that both your daughter and son-in-law thought of doing that for you.

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(I just signed up to walk 5k in the Super Santa Run Saturday evening. I'm not ready to run yet.)

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AJB121299 11/11/2013 7:50AM

    nice

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So Glad to Be a Runner

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Want to get the feel of running a half marathon? Here is a video clip that the pace group leader for the run 30 sec/walk 30 sec got in four different locations. One non-runner took one section and her hubby ran back after finishing to get the end:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v
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She posted the video on facebook, so hope you can access it.

Here's the race results on CoolRunning:

www.coolrunning.com/results/13/fl/No
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I'm listed as the number 4 out of 15 finisher in my age group, 60-64. Interesting, although my Garmin gave my pace as 11:02, cool running has my pace as 11:12. My gun time was 2:26:47 and my chip time was 2:26:02. The winner of my age group is from my running group, is a very experienced full marathoner, and a very nice person.

Our local paper, Lakeland Ledger, published this article, "Challenging Course provides tough test." The overall winner is a wonderful young (27 year old) man who has sold me running shoes and has cheered me on. I have met the 2nd place woman finisher and I have trained with the 4th overall woman finisher. I definitely knew 50 of the 750+ finishers. Love having a half right here in my home town!

www.theledger.com/article/20131109/N
EWS/131109121/0/SEARCH


I will be re-running this half marathon in my mind for months to come! It was an awesome experience. I am so glad I am a runner!

  
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FROSTY99 11/11/2013 5:34PM

    A special race made even better since it was local and you personally know a number of the participants.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/11/2013 4:23PM

    what a great accomplishment! So cool that you know so many of the finishers! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 11/10/2013 8:55PM

    Your joy and enthusiasm is so infectious!

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BLUENOSE63 11/10/2013 6:29PM

  Now come on....you aren't a runner....You are a Damn Good Runner! By the way, how you ever had IT band issues and what did you do other than physio to solve them? I have them now and I thought I would ask a runner.

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GABY1948 11/10/2013 5:43PM

    So excited for you! I can't even imagine what it must feel like! You inspire so many of us!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/10/2013 5:30PM

    I'm so happy for you.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/10/2013 5:01PM

    Have participated in many halfs, one full, but never run them, always walked. The racing community is such a joyous one and they DO get addictive! I love visiting different cities so I get to experience 13 miles of new turf! But running with people you know must be awesome, too!

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TAICHIDANCER 11/10/2013 4:11PM

    You inspire me.

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HARROWJET 11/10/2013 2:56PM

    I love reading your comments about your love for running. I wonder if I will be able to share similar thoughts a year from now. emoticon

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Is the first link correct? I could get on.

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PMFISH 11/10/2013 12:33PM

    Glad you enjoyed the race. You did great!

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LIFEFOUNDONARUN 11/10/2013 11:52AM

    How inspiring! Congratulations! I'm running my first half next week and am so excited for the experience. Thank you for sharing!!

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STRIVER57 11/10/2013 10:47AM

    sounds truly lovely, Marsha. congratulations!

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MEXGAL1 11/10/2013 9:58AM

    So very glad you had an awesome experience!
You are wonderful!
Good job!
Have a terrific Sunday.
Sallie

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CELIAMINER 11/10/2013 9:49AM

    Great for you!

Thanks for posting the link to the 30/30 group. I had been trying the Galloway run/walk method but gradually started ignoring the intervals on my Gymboss, and my total times got slower! Next time out, I want to go back to the intervals and see if my time improves.

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_LINDA 11/10/2013 9:48AM

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ONMYMEDS 11/10/2013 9:44AM

    Way to go Marsha!!!

I love being a runner too. I've never regretted becoming a runner, even on those cold, wet, windy, before-the-sun-comes-up days when everything aches or twinges or throbs or complains. Perhaps its because we know that we share even the misery with our fellow runners. And still come back for more.

Great job on your race.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/10/2013 9:38AM

    The official pace is based on 13.1 miles. The Garmin pace is calculated from the distance it measured, which was probably longer than 13.1 miles. Depending on how wide you take corners, how much weaving around runners you do (etc.), you almost always run farther than the official distance.

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BABYSTEPS123 11/10/2013 9:32AM

    Congratulations! As a beginning runner at age 50+, you inspire me! I just ran my 2nd 5K. Don't know where I'll go from here, but I love your title, and *hope* I can echo those words someday. (I really am glad to be doing what I'm doing, but it is still so hard!) Hooray for you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/10/2013 9:16AM

    Don't you love it when you know the people in the lists? Great day for you and all your friends and acquaintances in the Lakeland running community! emoticon

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Bonus Blog: The Cheering Crowds

Saturday, November 09, 2013

As we were running the inaugural Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon, some of the people whose neighborhoods we ran through really got into it. There were some great signs. My favorite, though, was the family that gave out ice cold paper towels around mile 10 to the runners. You can see it was just what I needed at the time:


Here's a picture of one of the helpful kids distributing the wipes.


Here I am really enjoying it.


Here's some cheering kids. I was very surprised how many people cheered us on. It really makes it more fun!!

  
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 11/12/2013 10:28AM

    I live it!!!!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/10/2013 9:50PM

    Sounds wonderful!

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FROSTY99 11/10/2013 6:22PM

    How thoughtful of them for having the cooling towels for the runners. I don't think it is something I would have thought of.

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BOOKAPHILE 11/10/2013 10:40AM

    You're looking really good! What a supportive community. I hope they will do it again.

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MARGARITTM 11/10/2013 8:40AM

    Crowd support really does help...... frozen paper towels Awesome idea!

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MAUREENIE1 11/10/2013 3:51AM

    I love it! Some people are just so thoughtful. Glad you enjoyed yourself. You are doing so well.
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NEW-CAZ 11/10/2013 2:58AM

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MSLZZY 11/10/2013 12:20AM

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COCK-ROBIN 11/9/2013 10:40PM

    And you did it! I knew you could.

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SLIMLILA 11/9/2013 8:46PM

    How nice!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/9/2013 8:20PM

    It truly does make it like a giant block party, doesn't it? One family along a broad boulevard here in our town hands out tissues at about mile 4-5 of our local HM held in May. For those of us with Spring allergies... quite timely!

They also clean up when the runners discard the tissues. It's amazing when a community supports the athletics... makes you feel good all around!

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JAYDEE1211 11/9/2013 8:18PM

    How fantastically supportive. Well done on your run! Very inspirational.

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MJREIMERS 11/9/2013 8:18PM

    That's emoticon ! I have seen some support, but nothing like that! I'm thinking the Oklahoma City Half Marathon may be a bit more supportive considering why we race.

Good race and nice pictures!

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WATERMELLEN 11/9/2013 8:14PM

    Great pic of you . . . and great support has to feel so good.

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WILD4STARS 11/9/2013 8:02PM

    How awesome to have that kind of support. FUN!

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BZJOHNSON 11/9/2013 7:54PM

    Oh, yes!! I love the half marathon associated with Grandma's Marathon because the observers are so supportive.

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_LINDA 11/9/2013 7:54PM

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What a great idea!! Lovely neighborhood to run through too!
You sure look fabulous!! Couldn't tell you had just been running a long, hot race!!

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JOYINKY 11/9/2013 7:44PM

    It is great when you are in a cheering supportive community; glad you had such a wonderful day!

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