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Good Days

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Yesterday was a busy but good day! I had to run after 5:30pm when the kids were picked up and have a late supper in order to manage my scheduled run, but I did it.

Yesterday morning it was a bit cool and I got out a pair of long capris I hadn't worn during the warm months. I was surprised that they were not snug. I had more room in the thighs and hips. It made me feel good all day.

Today will be another special day as our SparkTeam will meet for dinner at JANEWATKINS' house. How generous of her to host us all! It will be fun.

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, fun day!!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/7/2013 10:25AM

    You are doing a great job!

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PMFISH 12/6/2013 12:15AM

    Sounds like a great day. Enjoy your dinner.

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WATERMELLEN 12/5/2013 8:08PM

    Good days indeed -- and sounds like a fun social!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/5/2013 7:59PM

    Way to work in what's important to you!

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    How great that you all get together-that is emoticon

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SEAJESS 12/5/2013 6:50PM

    emoticon commitment! Very impressive.

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GABY1948 12/5/2013 6:26PM

    Hope you are having a wonderful evening at your friend's home. And a big emoticon on the capris!!!! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 12/5/2013 12:55PM

  You are looking mahvelous! Have a great time at your spark dinner and take pictures.

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    emoticon Sounds wonderful! You got your run in, you felt good in your capris! emoticon

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You are a Superstar for sure!
Enjoy your dinner!

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JOYINKY 12/5/2013 11:20AM

    Love your consistency and commitment! Have a wonderful day and evening!

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SHERYLP461 12/5/2013 9:39AM

    What a great idea, a local group.

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MARGARITTM 12/5/2013 9:39AM

    Always good to find a cothing item that hasn't been worn in awhile and finding it fits.... icing on the cake .... a little roomy! WOOHOO

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MEXGAL1 12/5/2013 9:09AM

    you are one committed lady. good job.
Thanks as always for supporting me and visiting my blogs.
You are a sweetie.
Have a great day.
Sallie

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COCK-ROBIN 12/5/2013 9:08AM

    You have a great day as well!

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    Good job getting the run in. emoticon

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Decision and No Definite Decision

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Dear niece and nephew have agreed to take me to the Jingle Bell races in Winter Haven on Dec 14th. I know it isn't convenient for them; neither is a morning person and they will need to be at my house, out of the way, by 6am for us to make it. I am very grateful. Hubby just doesn't want to go and sit with the dog for several hours and I can understand that, too. The 10K is at 7:15 and the dog walk isn't until 9:15.

So I decided to do the 10K and decided not to pressure myself for speed. If I'm having a good day, I'll go for breaking an hour. Eventually I do want to accomplish that feat and believe I can. But if I'm not feeling it on the 14th, I'll just enjoy the run. I'm hoping that my daughter will bring the grandkids for the 9:45 kid races. No definite commitment, so we will see!!

I was delighted to be down another 1.6 pounds today for a total of 3.4 pounds under my Friday morning weigh in. There was more sodium weight and less fat than I had thought. I'm now in my maintenance range, a pound under my ticker goal weight and about 8 pounds under my Weight Watcher goal weight. However, I'm a half pound over my At Goal and Maintaining .... Team center weight and two pounds over my favorite weight. I'm kind of laughing at myself, 4 years and 9 months after reaching my original Weight Watcher goal (which I've reduced two times) I'm still playing around with a goal weight. I had said I would take 2013 to nail down a goal weight and 2014 to make peace with the scale. I may take the full 5 years-- until March 2014 -- to embrace a goal weight range. I don't see any advantage to a quick decision on this issue.

Truly such "problems" are a victory in themselves!!

  
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MSLZZY 12/4/2013 11:42PM

    Sort of a NSV in all of that. Enjoy yourself and go with the flow. HUGS!

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/4/2013 2:10PM

    You're right--just having those "problems" is a victory in itself.

Good job getting down to a range that is close to your "happy" or "favorite" weight. Getting to that place is a win! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BURGUNDYBABE 12/4/2013 1:50PM

    Best of luck on the racing! Excellent attitude!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/4/2013 9:39AM

    I'm glad that you niece and nephew will take you to the race. Are they doing any of the races that day? So glad Gary will be doing the dog walk!

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TAICHIDANCER 12/4/2013 5:47AM

    Congrats on the weight loss, the maintaining (at whichever goal weight!!) and best of luck with the running/racing.

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_LINDA 12/3/2013 11:56PM

    Sounds great!! Wonderful niece and nephew you have! I hope the grandkids will go too, would make it a family affair!
Way to peel off that weight!

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WATERMELLEN 12/3/2013 9:41PM

    Good plan, good attitude!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/3/2013 9:23PM

    Good for you and great perspectives! What sweethearts your niece and nephew are!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/3/2013 7:54PM

    It's the health we want. The number's nice but the health is AWESOME!

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TRAVELGRRL 12/3/2013 7:16PM

    Wow, you have a lot of different "goal weights"! LOL. I'll be happy to reach my ONE goal!! emoticon

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FROSTY99 12/3/2013 7:00PM

    Great that the niece and nephew are willing to get up early and take you. Enjoy the race.

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MEXGAL1 12/3/2013 6:33PM

    so nice of your niece and nephew.
and good for you...awesome.
Have a great evening.
Sallie

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BLUENOSE63 12/3/2013 5:51PM

  Sometimes what we want and our bodies want are two different things. I think you look marvahelous dahling!

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GABY1948 12/3/2013 4:14PM

    emoticon you made your plan and you are on top of it! I am excited for you! Wish I could be there to watch...especially since we got snow today! emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 12/3/2013 3:19PM

    Very smart to have a primary race goal and a backup goal. Have a great run.

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    I'm so happy for you!

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NATPLUMMER 12/3/2013 2:32PM

    Solid race plan.
Yay for another 1.6 pounds down :-)

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Technical Problems, Weight and Plans

Monday, December 02, 2013

Lakeland Runners Club is having technical problems getting the photos of our Saturday Christina 5K on the web. They did post 10 start pictures, but I'm totally obscured by someone in the foreground. However, my niece and nephew are clearly visible. Count from the right and they are the 3rd and 4th people, kind of on far side. She has on a grey shirt and he is wearing black:



So I'm dragging out the reporting of this 5K for many days. Thanks for sticking with me, SparkFriends.

I am glad to report I'm down 1.8 pounds from 2 days ago and now have reclaimed my middle 2 on the scale. Still 3.6 pounds over my favorite weight of 126. I have my ticker set for 129 as I just can't stand to see me listed as pounds overweight; .6 is bad enough. In my experience, success begets success and sometimes the opposite is true, too. Oh, the silly mind games I play! I entered the At Goal and Maintaining .... Team's National Bird Day Challenge with a center weight of 127.5. I was glad to post today timely and within range, although my level of fluctuation from the center weight puts me at the bottom of the list. These challenges are good for me, but I doubt I would ever win the competition to hold to the center weight.

This eve my sister, niece and nephew are coming to dinner and we will plan for the Jingle Bell races on Dec. 14th. My hubby has decided he wants to do the one mile dog walk at 9:15am (which I'm really happy and excited about); now do I want to do the 10K at 7:15 or the 5K at 8:15?? I would enjoy the 6 mile run, but feel some pressure to try to break an hour. My first 10K was in 1 hour 4 minutes and my second was three minutes faster. Not sure I'm up for the speed over that distance. Might try anyway. Will decide this evening .

Have a healthy, happy, active day!!

  
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GABY1948 12/3/2013 12:18PM

    Sweet Marsha, to thine own self be true...and follow what your body tell you to. I play mind games too but find with my "age" I am far more forgiving and less "driven"...but my hubby has worked on me a long time to do this!

God Bless your day no matter what you decide and I am thrilled that hubby is doing the dog walk...I know you said how you hoped for that! He's a good man!

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WATERMELLEN 12/3/2013 7:54AM

    So cool that your husband and dog are joining in! Your example is . . . having an effect????

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/2/2013 10:37PM

    Look at you go, Marsha! You're really embracing a runner's lifestyle so well. Great job!

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_LINDA 12/2/2013 8:49PM

    That is awesome hubby wants to get into it!! Will love to see all the doggy walk photos!! Looking forward to seeing more clearer photos of your niece and nephew and of you.
You are at your most animated when you are talking about your races. Its so in your blood! I can see you tackling this upcoming 10 km race with a better time in an achievable goal (you already find your practise runs too slow with your group or did I read that wrong)! Like ONEKIDMON said in your last race, you were like a racehorse chomping at the bit to get moving. You feel the need for speed ;)

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AQUAGIRL08 12/2/2013 8:14PM

    The race on December will truly be a family affair won't it? I hope your upcoming race will be a day of great joy for you and yours!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/2/2013 8:06PM

    Marsha I think you are really becoming more and more of a competitor with every race! Go for it. Live your joy! LOVE it!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/2/2013 8:00PM

    You do what feels right to you. I'm supporting you all the way.

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MEXGAL1 12/2/2013 4:26PM

    Do whatever you feel like doing.
Have a nice evening
Sallie

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PMFISH 12/2/2013 12:13PM

    You must be really little we can't see you. emoticon Do not worry about tomorrow, just enjoy the day. "You have come a long way baby" sometimes we forget just how far.

Will keep checking for the pictures. Enjoy the week.

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BOOKAPHILE 12/2/2013 11:04AM

    We love to see photos of people we know! Drag it out as long as it takes. I'll still be lurking to see.

I play the same mind games with the ticker. Mine is set to 127, but I want to be around 125. I need that mental cushion or I'm constantly feeling overweight close to goal. As it is, I have to lose some pounds from leftovers. Some day, I'll send them ALL home with others, but my DH would be sad if I did. He needs to eat them faster, as I don't have enough self control with favorite, seasonally limited foods calling me from the refrigerator.

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    Make the best decision for you!

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Racing Thoughts

Sunday, December 01, 2013

One of the things I love about Lakeland Runners Club races is that LRC takes lots of pictures and posts them for free. They posted the official results and a couple pictures last eve and stated the rest of the pictures would be posted today.

Here's the beginning of the race:

I'm somewhere about half way back on the right hand side, but I don't see me either!

Anyway, that is part of the reason I didn't rush to get pictures of my niece and nephew, because I knew there would be finish pictures of each of us and some pictures along the way. And, of course, there will be a picture of me with my medal. (No ego issues here, are there?)

Now I'm trying to decide when my next race is and what training plan to follow. Right now might be a good time for me to lose a couple pounds as I have no races for a couple weeks and my weight is up a bit. (Will weight maintenance ever get easy for me??) My niece and nephew are doing the Jingle Bell 10K on December 15th. There is also a 5K then. I might do one or the other. If I could get hubby to come and bring the dog I could do the one mile dog run, too. That might be something different and fun! The next race I've already paid for is the Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 23rd, 2014. I intend to run the Senior Games 5K and I hope it is March 8th rather than March 1st, but we'll see.

I did find out that the summer Watermelon 4 race 5K series starts Saturday, June 7th. Why this is exciting is that they go by your age on the first race. I will be 65 on June 6th. So I can run this whole series in my new age group and suspect I will be highly competitive.

Looking forward to many more years of training and running. Such a blessing to be able to do this at my age! There is really a great social component to the running, too. I've met so many wonderful people. Looking forward to Lakeland Runners Club Christmas party on December 7th and the Galloway Christmas party on December 21st. Will be fun, fun, fun!!!

  
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ONMYMEDS 12/3/2013 3:29PM

    I always love your youthful sense of astonishment regarding your accomplishments and your obvious joy in your running achievements. I share your surprise and wonder that we find ourselves capable of doing what we do at our "advanced" age. You are quite a lady.

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SMITTY4RL 12/2/2013 8:40AM

    I find myself googling races for the months ahead, hee, and thinking 'hm, maaaybee'! Good luck! Hope you do the dog one--those things are fun and the dogs get a kick out of them.

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_LINDA 12/2/2013 12:20AM

    That is fantastic you are able to enjoy this sport so much and be healthy enough to be competitive.
I second that -having a dog run is great -they need to get outside and enjoy exercise too! Never heard of anything like that except on charity walks for families where they allow dogs.
Good luck with the weight loss, you can do it!!

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MSLZZY 12/1/2013 10:33PM

    Always looking forward!

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MOBYCARP 12/1/2013 8:55PM

    Ah yes, the next race. I'm not registered for any races just yet, though I intend to attempt the Flower City Challenge half marathon at the end of April. But I keep toying with the idea of looking for a race in December, with the idea of building a streak of a race each month. I don't really see myself maintaining a streak like that long term, but it's an interesting idea to play with.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/1/2013 6:20PM

    You are doing such a great job, Marsha! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 12/1/2013 2:47PM

    NO, I don't believe maintenance gets any easier, just as weight loss doesn't get any easier!

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GABY1948 12/1/2013 1:00PM

    Cannot wait for the other pics to come. And you are definitely right...you are truly blessed to be able to do this at your age or even if you were 40 years younger! SO proud of you!

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WATERMELLEN 12/1/2013 10:58AM

    Love the idea of the dog run. And the watermellen "suspect I will be highly competitive"; indeed you will be, what great timing!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/1/2013 10:25AM

    There's always a "next race" isn't there? Look at me, I already have one "planned" for 2015! emoticon And of course my TRI next June. Anything else to fill in the gaps? Highly likely. And when not racing, there's volunteering duty so that OTHERS may enjoy the activity!

You are so right about the community aspects. We're hooked on something healthy... just got to keep it all in balance.

Good luck "catalog shopping" for your next event. You are amazing... and no, I don't think maintenance will ever be easy for some of us... I'm paddling in that canoe, too.

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HARROWJET 12/1/2013 10:08AM

    Isn't it fun to think ahead to 'the next one'? Mine is the 5K Ugly Sweater Run on December 29. No, I don't have my ugly sweater yet. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 12/1/2013 9:54AM

    Wow, you're doing great!

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FEMISLIM 12/1/2013 9:25AM

    Great!!

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SHERYLP461 12/1/2013 8:56AM

    Fantastic, I have signed up for a color vibe this month

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BLUENOSE63 12/1/2013 8:55AM

  My son and I are running the Santa Shuffle 5K on Dec 7th and then the Resolution Run 5K on New Year's Eve. He is working with a Junior Triathlon group.



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Christina 5K Race Report

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Very glad I ran the Christina 5K race this morning. For one thing, it was free to me as one race is included in Lakeland Runner's Club membership. It was the last LRC race of the year, so I would not have gotten my free one if I had passed this one up. And my niece and nephew ran it, too, and my sister cheered us on!

I set a goal to finish under 30 minutes. I've been training for half marathons, finishing 2 this month already, run-walk-run and haven't done many straight runs. I didn't expect to be super fast. I consider this the beginning of my 5K training this season. I also have a sore (related to eczema) on the bottom of my left foot that bled while shopping yesterday. So I was a little worried about it.

I got up at 5:45 and ate my oatmeal with a few raisins and some applesauce and cinnamon. Had my glass of water and cup of tea. On the way to the race I felt like I needed more caffeine, so I got a cup of coffee, too. I got to the race location more than an hour before the race. I had never been to this community before and wanted to make sure I found it okay. No problem. I checked out the start line:



It was the 29th annual Christina 5K, which sounds impressive, but it is a small race. I heard that 223 people pre-registered, but with race day registration there were 275 or so entrants. There was no prior number pick up. Everyone had to make the registration table by 7:45 for 8am gun. Also, no chip timing in this race. All you get is the gun time.



I checked out the finish line, jogging a couple tenths of a mile. I was told there was no way to get lost in this race as it was a straight 1.6 miles out and a well marked turn then 1.5 miles back. When I got to it, I saw that the finish chute wasn't even set up yet, but the clock and cones were staged in the right place.



The crowd started to grow:



I took my camera back to my car. It was 7:42 and I was worried. Then there they were! Niece and nephew finally made it, got their numbers on and gave sis their bags to hold. It was 57 degrees. I decided to leave on my compression calf sleeves, but left my arm warmers with sister. It was time to line up.

The whole way there was a pretty well-planted median down the street with lots of palm trees. I liked being able to see the really fast runners as they passed us on the other side of the median. The beginning of the race it seemed to me like there was quite a decline and I worried that the incline at the end might really get me. But, funny, it didn't seem steep at all on the return. The race was a real effort, though. Sometimes I run easily; this was not one of those days. My foot did not bother me at all. The bandaid and Balega sock took care of it.

I looked at my pace on my Garmin and will say I was not consistent. I saw 8:30 pace and 10:20 pace. I ended up averaging 9:19 or slightly under (forgot to click the Garmin off right at the end). My official time was 29:05. I had to hit the porta potty right after; I'd had GI rumblings throughout the race. Suspect that richer than usual Thanksgiving dinner was probably the culprit.

When I turned my card in, the volunteer told me to stick around. I might have placed. Okay.

Then I went to get my camera to take photos of my niece and nephew. And -- guess what -- I was too late. They had already finished. Martin took 3 and a half minutes off of his PR, finishing in just a couple clicks over 38 minutes. I'm really, really proud of him!! We all grabbed water and fruit and enjoyed a few minutes.

Martin wanted to get to the 10am Weight Watchers meeting after a shower, so my family members went ahead and left. I stayed as they tabulated the winners.



I thought I might get a third place. A time of around 29 minutes usually places 3rd or 4th in my age group. Third gets a pretty medal; 4th gets no speed award. Remember I was 4th in my age group on Nov 9th in the half marathon.

I was surprised when they called my name for first place in the age group. So, on this day, 29 minutes and a few clicks was good enough for the top AG prize:



I'd passed Cindy, a 59 year old runner from my Galloway group. However, 76 year old Fritz beat me with a 28:51. He was delighted with his best performance of the year.

After I got my shower, I tried to do a "selfie":



I do really like the tech shirt:



All in all, a good morning. Glad to be a runner!!




  
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    Yay for 1st in AG!!!!!

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TAICHIDANCER 12/1/2013 8:47AM

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PHEBESS 11/30/2013 11:17PM

    YAAAAAY!!!!!!! First place!!!!!!! Way to go!!!!!!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/30/2013 7:24PM

    Nice pics!! And congrats, #1!!

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OHSNAPITZKAT 11/30/2013 5:19PM

    Congrats. You make us very proud!

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LAILATN 11/30/2013 3:55PM

    Awesome!

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PMFISH 11/30/2013 2:12PM

    Congrats on the 1st place ranking! It is evident even when you say it is a tough run, that you really enjoying your running. You do have the passion! emoticon

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NHES220 11/30/2013 1:46PM

    Congrats! Well done! Also, good for Martin on the PR. I'm working on my PR. Took over 2 minutes off of my last 5k but still over 2 minutes over my PR from 3 years ago.

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ONMYMEDS 11/30/2013 1:46PM

    Nice race report and great performance. Well done!!

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COOP9002 11/30/2013 1:34PM

    Excellent job! Congrats on your accomplishment.

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MEXGAL1 11/30/2013 1:04PM

    wow, that is incredible. totally awesome. I am just so happy for you.
Woo hoo!
Cheers
Sallie

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KIMBERLY_Y 11/30/2013 12:31PM

    Congrats! And nice selfie!!!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/30/2013 12:14PM

    Great Pics First place!. Cool medal. Thanks for sharing. WTG.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/30/2013 12:09PM

    Congratulations on your time and first place AG finish!

I saw a mention of running straight early in your report. Did you not take walk breaks? You might be surprised to find that you will be faster, even in a short race, with a few walk breaks. Many people think that the walk breaks slow them down. But the few seconds you lose are more than made up for if they enable you to maintain that faster pace during the run segments. I am always faster with a few walk breaks in a 5K -- ( they don't need to be long ones). Just imagine being able to maintain that 8:30 when running rather than slowing down as you get tired.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/30/2013 12:05PM

    Love the shirt... and not at ALL surprised by the first place. You ARE a fast runner! A real runner. And a joyful runner! emoticon emoticon m

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