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Getting Excited

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Oh, I'm getting excited! Just looked up the weather for St Petersburg on Sunday when I run my third half marathon. Wonder if this time the predicted weather will happen!!?! It says 0% chance of rain. Good. However, I have run wet in "0% chance of rain" before, so I know to take it with a grain of salt. The high predicted is 69 degrees. A cold front is predicted on Saturday, bringing the temps down. The low predicted is 57 degrees. Sounds great for running. About the only negative I see predicted is 18 mph winds. I'll probably need a garbage bag or something like it to be a disposable windbreaker. Will be a bit chilly before we start.

I've begun to pack. I'm taking a sleeping bag and hope the floor and I agree. May have extra stretching and warm up issues. We'll see. I want to take fruit and am thinking about other portable foods (cereal, powdered milk, protein powder) that will go well before the HM. Last time I ate too many power bars, but one would probably be fine. I know my group is planning to eat at the Columbia Restaurant the night before the half. I'm trying to decide if the salad (I think it's called the 1860 Salad) is too salty to eat before. Maybe I can get it with plain olive oil and vinegar. I will make sure to drink plenty of water the day before.

So this is another taper week. I ran yesterday. Will probably run tomorrow, too, and then walk and do some low impact aerobics the rest of the week . On Saturday we'll be at the expo, getting our number and not doing anything too strenuous. The group did talk about going to the beach to walk. I doubt if it will be warm enough to swim, but I'll take my bathing suit just in case.

I enjoyed the bag from the St Pete Women's Half last year and used it for a gym bag for months. It's starting to come apart, so I'm hoping for another really nice one. The tech shirt from last year is one of the best fitting and most comfortable I have. I suspect that's because it is made for a woman.

The best part is getting to reconnect with ONEKIDSMOM. I'll also meet some new people on Team Ladybug! I've got a ride picking me up at noon on Saturday. This is going to be fun!!

  
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MARGARITTM 11/20/2013 3:09PM

    Off to a new adventure!!!! Sleeping on the floor ----ugh!

Have fun and do as well as the day dictates.

Can't wait for the report and the pictures



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MEXGAL1 11/20/2013 9:53AM

    Happy for you! Please take photos.
I know you will do great whatever the weather.
Sallie

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GABY1948 11/20/2013 9:25AM

    You will WIN and I am SO excited for you to see ONEKIDSMOM and take PICS...both of you have a BLESSED time! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/19/2013 11:00PM

    You'll have so much fun and you will be a winner with
ONEKIDSMOM there with you. Enjoy!

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MJREIMERS 11/19/2013 9:37PM

    Have an emoticontime! Don't get into too much trouble with ONEKIDSMOM! I can only imagine the mischief you two could find celebrating another 1/2 marathon! Have a great run!

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/19/2013 9:03PM

    Sounds wonderful! Have a great race!

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WATERMELLEN 11/19/2013 8:54PM

    What a great time coming up: you and Barb!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/19/2013 8:51PM

    Tomorrow to work, no matter what. Stayed home yesterday and today, drinking hot tea and water and trying to get past this sore throat so I won't be suffering "on the road". Airplane Thursday... see you Sunday!

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HARROWJET 11/19/2013 8:44PM

    Very exciting. I agree that reconnecting with a Spark friend is the best. Have fun. emoticon

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FROSTY99 11/19/2013 8:02PM

    So much fun and so many decisions-take time to just relax and take it all in and enjoy!

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BLUENOSE63 11/19/2013 6:05PM

  Wishing you and Barb a spectacular race and even better swag! Send pics upon your return.

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BOOKAPHILE 11/19/2013 6:04PM

    I hope you have a great time this weekend!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/19/2013 3:46PM

    Ok I'll keep my parts crossed for the wind and rain to hold off. Enjoy the pre-HM glow this week! You're doing a stellar job of planning for it. Way to go!

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NEW-CAZ 11/19/2013 3:35PM

    Best wishes Marsha

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AQUAGIRL08 11/19/2013 3:21PM

    How exciting! I know that you will do a great job. I have two yoga mats that you can borrow to put under your sleeping bag if you'd like. Just let me know.

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LAILATN 11/19/2013 1:36PM

    Best wishes for your run!
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JANEWATKINS 11/19/2013 12:36PM

    I think it is the 1905 salad . . . and it is packed with sodium: salami, cheeses, and lots of olives. It is divine! They do have some good carb options with rice if you are loading. I'm excited for you . . . can't wait to hear all about it.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/19/2013 11:23AM

    I hope it goes well for you.

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BURGUNDYBABE 11/19/2013 11:12AM

    Hope your weather stays ideal! Have fun!

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_LINDA 11/19/2013 11:06AM

    Sounds like so much fun!! Any chance of picking up a camp mat at a second hand store? Sleeping even on a carpeted floor isn't much fun! Here is hoping your weather stays at that ideal temperature!
Here is to meeting up with inspirational Spark friends!!
Enjoy your taper week!

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WILD4STARS 11/19/2013 11:06AM

    Love your enthusiasm. I know you'll do well and have a ball.

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WIZKEY 11/19/2013 10:58AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/19/2013 10:46AM

    What fun! Good for you!

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STEVEN_D 11/19/2013 10:13AM

    OMG you are on an adventure. Have a great weekend!

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I'm Over It

Monday, November 18, 2013

I'm over my bad attitude. I felt sheepish and petty reading posts from people who have or have had major health issues while I complain about wrinkles and a diagnosis. The doctor didn't even put me on meds for blood pressure. I should look at it as a warning and encouragement to eat even better. I still may make it to 65 without being on any prescriptions regularly.

So today I am thankful for my health and fitness. I'm looking forward to the half marathon in 6 days. After my niece and nephew encouraged me, I also signed up for a 5K six days after that. My sister who lives in Tucson will be visiting and wants to cheer for all three of us. I told them I might be slow as I may not be totally recovered, but it will be okay. I'll listen to my body and run hard only if I feel like it.

So, I'm back on a positive track, accepting my 64 year old body, and thankful, truly thankful, for all I have, including my great SparkFriends!



  
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STEVEN_D 11/19/2013 10:16AM

    Wow-you sure get a lot of love from everyone. I want to be 64 with wrinkles.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/18/2013 10:43PM

    I think venting is a good thing!!! It is especially good for lowering your BP if you vent and then move on and guess what? You've done that! Yea Marsha!!!

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_LINDA 11/18/2013 9:37PM

    Nice to have you back! Consider it an aha moment! You are the flip side of youth. For most of us it comes with all kinds of nastiness and annoyances. Unfortunately, for most of us that means wrinkles, and for those of us having lost a lot of weight, baggy skin and mega stretch marks. I like what my sister said about it (SABLE77). They are not stretch marks, they are victory marks, showing you have won the battle!
You have certainly fought hard and won the battle to be a fit & fantastic rocking senior!

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MEXGAL1 11/18/2013 7:56PM

    Boy, I feel you girlfriend. As you know, I have had a real struggle for over 4 years now and thought I would never enjoy life again. I unfortunately take a ton on meds. But I am so thankful that they are working and I haven't had a flare up in like 5 months. Woo hoo.
getting older sure isn't for weak folks.
Hugs
Sallie

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IAMWINNING 11/18/2013 6:38PM

    Marsha, my thoughts and prayers are with you. It's nice to see that you're taking control of things, clobbering those negative thoughts/feelings when they come - as you know they will. But with a good attitude, you're conquer them all.

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FROSTY99 11/18/2013 6:30PM

    All we ever have to do is look around and see those who are so much worse off than we are and it will make us thankful-at least that works for me.

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BLUENOSE63 11/18/2013 5:42PM

  We all need to vent every now and then.....glad to hear you are feeling in better spirits today.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/18/2013 5:29PM

    It's perfectly understandable to feel the way you have been. I'm also grateful to those who inspire me to remember that the feelings are valid but temporary. The amazing people on this site are great for perspective shifts.
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BOOKAPHILE 11/18/2013 3:17PM

    You are so cheerful and positive the overwhelming majority of the time! Everyone gets a bit low now and then. I'm glad you're feeling better. Enjoy your run.

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BURGUNDYBABE 11/18/2013 3:12PM

    Don't criticize! We're all human, and I'm glad to see you are back to your upbeat self:)

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SEAJESS 11/18/2013 2:51PM

    emoticon Glad you're back 'cause a whole lotta people need your light.

emoticon But please, don't beat yourself up for feeling bad about your wrinkles. Minds are always going to offer us thoughts, including unskillful ones, right? That's just how we're built.

emoticon The story I see is someone being human, hitting a bump, being honest, asking for help and then moving on to better things! Inspirational for not only those of us who cringe at our wrinkles (anyone else have belly wrinkles???) but fall down on our meal or exercise plans or otherwise be human.

emoticon Love Marsha and the whole Spark Rainbow of lovely, amazing, inspiring human beans! (Five servings a day recommended!)
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WATERMELLEN 11/18/2013 1:29PM

    No need to criticize yourself at all for temporary discouragement . . . but so glad you're feeling your upbeat self again!

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PMFISH 11/18/2013 1:17PM

    I call those days pity parties and cannot handle more than half a day of one. Positive is just so much better, no matter what your situation. Keep up the good work! You are just naturally a positive person.

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SMART4ANDREY 11/18/2013 1:07PM

    Healthy doesn't happen on it's own.
Most of it is your achievement!
Congrats, I hope to be able to run HM when I'm 64.
Nay, I will be able to run Marathon when I'm 64!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/18/2013 11:54AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better. I had to go back and read your last blog.
I'm 18 months past that milestone 65th birthday and I've learned to be grateful that at least grey hair and wrinkles don't hurt.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/18/2013 10:55AM

    It's one of my biggest goals in life - to stay med-free.

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NATPLUMMER 11/18/2013 10:53AM

    Some people who do all the right things....exercise, eat right, get enough sleep, low stress can still have high blood pressure. It's not always caused by lifestyle.

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HARROWJET 11/18/2013 10:27AM

    I knew you would feel better. emoticon You are my inspiration. emoticon
Keep moving forward.

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MSLZZY 11/18/2013 10:25AM

    All the love and support makes it easier to see it isn't so bad after all. HUGS!

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JOYINKY 11/18/2013 10:11AM

    I love how this has turned into a family thing for you and how you support one another! Enjoy!

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GABY1948 11/18/2013 10:06AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon THAT's my girl!

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Way to be positive! You rock!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/18/2013 9:25AM

    That's great! Have a wonderful day, and keep up the positive attitude.

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JUST_TRI_IT 11/18/2013 9:15AM

    Good for you!! Have a great run... Slow and determined...

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Health and Vanity Motivators

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I haven't blogged for a couple days. I'm in the lull between 2 half marathons 15 days apart. Yesterday was a rainy, grey-sky day and I wasn't my usual upbeat, cheerful self.

Health is a tremendous motivator to me and I was really disappointed that my blood pressure was up at the doctor this week. I should just double down and cut the salt even further, but I felt a little discouraged that I'm not doing enough. On the other hand, when I was told at age 59 that I had 90 days to bring down my blood pressure and cholesterol or I'd go on meds, I did it. At the time I said I was going to get to age 65 without going on lifestyle-caused medication. Well, I've got 7 months until I'll be 65 and my cholesterol is good. At home my BP was 128/74 before I went to the doctor, but there it was 160/79. I told her to take it again and it was 136/79. Doctor diagnosed hypertension. So that is some of my discouragement.

Vanity is another motivator. For years it was my major motivator, but I just couldn't lose and keep off the weight. Yet, I don't know if I could have done as well as I have these last couple years if I didn't feel like I look so much better. The pictures from the half marathon were a little shocking to me. I saw wrinkles and hanging skin I didn't see a year ago. I know I'm 64 and I'm not about to have surgery. Aging gracefully -- well, I'm not there yet. I'm still getting faster and fitter, but parts of me are beyond my control. But, then, hasn't it always been that way? Remember puberty? Don't know what I expect, but I need to deal with it, think it through, embrace my life.

So I'm in the lull between 2 half marathons. A week from today is my next one in St Pete - 50 miles away. Gotta get packed. Should be fun, but I won't have a car and will be dependent on others. Okay. Can't wait to see ONEKIDSMOM. I will always be grateful to her for running my first half marathon with me, and this will be the anniversary of that event.

I've spent several years almost in a state of euphoria that I finally, finally, finally achieved a great weight and fitness. Right now I'm coming to terms with the reality of the work it takes to stay here and the health and vanity issues of aging.

  
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FROSTY99 11/18/2013 6:01PM

    I do believe it is dr induced high BP. Mine is always high at the dr's but they take it at the gym I go to and it is always great there. Like you, I also check it at home and fine here too so I am not getting too excited.
The next HM is almost here-have a great time.

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TERI-RIFIC 11/18/2013 7:41AM

    Great blog. Funny, When I looked at your pics I thought you were pretty firm looking and not very saggy at all.

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WATERMELLEN 11/18/2013 7:36AM

    Such a candid blog . . . dealing with tough issues for sure.

Do you think that you had a touch of "white coat induced" high BP? Many people do get a spike at the doctor's, just out of tension on being checked out.

Like you I'm not about to do Botox even, let alone plastic surgery. Don't want an immobile face: apparently being unable to move the face significantly affects the ability to experience emotion! Plastic surgery creates aging skin pulled tight over an aging facial bone structure, popping eyes . . . all of that. It effects change but not change that replicates genuine youth, in my opinion: and heaven knows I see lots of it among my contemporaries!!

But I often think to myself that the most youthful aspect of anyone is how we carry ourselves and how we move. That fluidity can't be achieved by anything other than exercise!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/18/2013 7:29AM

    There is an instructor at the fitness center who is 65, and from the back you would think she was 22. When she turns around you see the lines and wrinkles from running in the sun for years and years. She's healthy, happy, fit, and vibrant. What could be more important than that?

She's YOU. Embrace your 65 years and look forward to the next 65!!

You may have "white coat" syndrome -- bp higher in the doctor's office. He should have you come in another time to take it saying you've got hypertension.

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GABY1948 11/18/2013 7:18AM

    FIRST, I can't wait for you to see ONEKIDSMOM too so post LOTS of pics...you are my two MOSTEST inspirations!

Oh, Marsha this so hit home with me...As you know I already am 65...but "forget" it. I hear someone on spark say, "I am 70" or even 58 and that sounds SO old...but here I am on my way to 66. In some ways I love it...retired and all...but in others I hate it. From being so heavy at one time I see SO many lines in my face and I used to smoke too so many around my mouth. But, like you...no surgery for me...I plan to age gracefully for whatever years I have left here.

You are so beautiful...when you get down just come and look at your ladybug picture here on your page!

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NYARAMULA 11/18/2013 1:49AM

    Enjoy your half-marathon. You are such an inspiration.

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JUNEPA 11/18/2013 12:52AM

    The difference between the first and second BP reading was huge. I wonder what the third reading would have been, somehow I can't believe the first one. How do you do the BP readings at home? If you have Safeway supermarkets close to you, they have a blood pressure machine by the pharmacy in my home town and you can get a card from the pharamcist for $10 and take your readings whenever you want and get printouts for a year. If that is available for you, you could show your doctor your regular readings.

Also vanity vs health. When I am at goal weight, I notice more wrinkles, but I also feel a lot better. One of my friends actually told me her secret of youth is to gain a few pounds. I think health trumps looks and also part of the look is the enthusiasm of feeling great. In a vibrant happy person, some details we notice because we overscrutinize ourselves are not so visible to others.

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_LINDA 11/18/2013 12:37AM

    Live2Run4life had some good points. I agree they were too hasty with that diagnosis. Quite frankly, you are in too good of shape to have hypertension, honestly!!! Exercising regularly is the key to keeping the BP normal. You are doing more than your fair share and you are active besides keeping up with the children.
Keep on being fabulous! You look great to me. All I see is one incredibly fir and trim woman!

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MSLZZY 11/17/2013 11:39PM

    Funny how life catches up with you. One day young and toned
and the next-wrinkles. Hope you can stay off the meds for a long
time. HUGS!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/17/2013 9:17PM

    I've been noticing more wrinkles than I'd like to see on myself, too. I'm trying to drink more water to see if that helps the skin's appearance at all.

You're beautiful just as you are, Marsha, and you inspire so many of us. Your medical readings wouldn't be as good if you weren't so fit. You're doing very well by your body!

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KELLIEBEAN 11/17/2013 9:08PM

    I agree, vanity was my motivator years ago but now as I've gotten older and watched my mother deteriorate from her sedentary lifestyle, I want to age strong. I'm seeing wrinkles and sagging skin but like you say, I'm embracing it. As much as I love it once in a while, I do not want to go back to that couch-potato, remote clicking person I used to be!

I'm happy for you and ONEKIDSMOM. You guys are so inspirational!

Congratulatio
ns on all of your accomplishments, and those yet to come!!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/17/2013 8:56PM

    emoticon Wishing you so much fun at your next marathon and much true success!

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JOYINKY 11/17/2013 7:53PM

    Health is a great motivator Marsha; if you have that--you have everything. That said, we all want to look good too! Getting older sure beats the alternative. For me, the third and forth year of maintenance were the most challenging. I really wasn't settled into my lifestyle change yet, accolades were fewer--everyone thought I no longer had a weight problem. I will always have a weight problem and have to be aware of my nutrition and exercise. You are an inspiration to many and we thing you're beautiful!

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TAICHIDANCER 11/17/2013 6:39PM

    As far as loose skin goes, I know that my age I have the choice between staying the Michelin Man or continuing to become a Shar Pei. I know what my choice is.

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SEAJESS 11/17/2013 4:29PM

    emoticon I feel you.... vanity is a tough one! I've let my mind torture me about my "defects", too.

emoticon Sometimes it helps to focus on what I DO have (especially when I contrast it with what I could be lacking, like a foot, eyesight or...).

emoticonWish you could see the slim, strong, vibrant woman that we see!



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MNNICE 11/17/2013 2:09PM

    I think it's wonderful that you're healthy and fit to the point of running HMs, and seems you are SO motivated. As for the vanity, I think it's a hard pill to swallow -- we finally get our body in shape mechanically, but the visual isn't so pretty! Still, I'd rather have loose skin than tight fat! :) Some of my just-turned-60 friends are beginning to embrace their grayness - I was blessed with good hair genes and haven't more than a few strands of gray, but if I did, I'm not sure I would be ready to embrace it, as long as Lady Clairol is still on the shelves! Hang in there and know that a healthy body is a beautiful body, wrinkles and all!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/17/2013 12:47PM

    Boy, can I relate to the way you feel when you hear words about your health from the doctor. When I told him finally about the way I felt, he was very sympathetic and reassuring. He told me that some conditions are beyond your own control. He gave the example of heredity and accidents. That started me thinking and I decided that I would change the things I could control and learn to accept the rest. Sounds easy, right? Not so for a woman like me who tends to be a bit of a control freak. I have to continuously remind myself the I am simply a work in progress. You have come such a long way, Marsha! Making big changes like you have, couldn't have been easy, yet you managed to be successful. I'm confident the you will do the best job humanly possible with any issues age will bring. emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/17/2013 11:07AM

    Coiled spring. Totally "get" being discouraged by medical "pronouncements"... I had a similar reaction when getting my cholesterol tests back... after all I do, I'd hoped for better results... but not!

Just imagine what it would be if we were NOT working on it!

We can do this! See you next Sunday. You still have my cell number in your phone?

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/17/2013 10:52AM

    If the second reading was in normal range, that sounds to me like the nurse wasn't following the guidelines the first time. She should wait at least five minutes after you sit down. You should be seated in a chair with your feet on the floor, not dangling. Your arms should be supported. Muscular tension naturally raises BP; so does walkng around. Your doctor was awfully quick to diagnose hypertension. Do keep records of your readngs at home? Have you showed those to him?

About the pictures during the run, don't forget that dehydration accentates wrinkles.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/17/2013 10:44AM

    Many times when you go to the Dr's office your blood pressure is up. Before they take it, take slow deep breaths and think a very pleasant thought....usually that will bring it down

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HARROWJET 11/17/2013 10:18AM

    Don't you think that part of the 'down' feeling is natural? There was the 'high' after completing your run. Then there is some tiredness and a bit of feeling 'off' for a few days afterward. Continue to take good care of yourself as you are learning to do. As you get closer to your next event you will start feeling more 'normal'.

My husband and I both suffer from 'white coat syndrome' when they take our blood pressure in the doctor's office.

You are doing great. You know you are. You will feel better. I know you will.

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AJB121299 11/17/2013 9:58AM

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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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PDQ1203 11/16/2013 9:33AM

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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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NEW-CAZ 11/14/2013 1:02PM

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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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