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Saturday, March 01, 2014



Disney sent me a congratulatory e-mail with this picture in it. So happy I got one without having to buy it. So we get to see me running in Epcot.

Today I went and had my picture taken with the Galloway running group at 6am and then waited for sunrise about 6:50 to start running at Lake Hollingsworth. After a 10 minute walking warm up and one mile run at 11 minutes per mile, I ran a half mile in 4:16 and then a full mile in 8:57. If I can do that for 3.1 miles, I'll make the time I want for Senior Games a week from today. We'll see. I also gave a big sprint, just to see how fast I could go. In 53 seconds (I tried to estimate a minute, but was a little off) I made it .14 miles which is going at 6.1 minutes per mile pace. Ewww, wish I could do that for a mile!! I am feeling recovered from the half marathon, although my nose is still running. Perhaps I'll be over this symptom by Saturday, but I'll run either way.


Enjoyed my Weight Watcher meeting today. It was all about portion control, a great topic. I'm pretty good with the foods I eat regularly, but there is always more to learn. I'm really feeling good at this weight. Definitely do not want to gain any more, but I am just fine with 132. That's a BMI of 21.3. Good enough!!

  
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_LINDA 3/2/2014 9:07AM

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MSLZZY 3/1/2014 11:19PM

    Who is that Wonder Woman? Sounds like
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EDDYMEESE 3/1/2014 11:04PM

    Wow, that's incredible! Can't wait to hear how the Senior Games go...I'm sure you'll qualify!

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GOODGETNBETR 3/1/2014 10:10PM

    Sounds good enough to me as well.
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MJREIMERS 3/1/2014 10:04PM

    I love the picture!! You are emoticon ! You will rock the next run and be ready for those senior games!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/1/2014 7:12PM

    Yes, portion control is always a biggie! Congrats on your good run today.

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BLUENOSE63 3/1/2014 6:39PM

  Wow that is a great BMI! Love the picture of the DISNEY HM.....did you wear the wings? I cannot tell from the pic.

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Great photo! How nice of Disney!
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ONEKIDSMOM 3/1/2014 2:56PM

    Nice photo! And you have great times. Good luck in your Senior Games event.

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HARROWJET 3/1/2014 2:36PM

    I was listening to a meditation about a butterfly yesterday. In my mind, I was visualizing you and your granddaughter with your wings. I love the picture.

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WATERMELLEN 3/1/2014 2:28PM

    Good enough??? It's fabulous and YOU'RE fabulous!! Love the pic!!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 3/1/2014 1:30PM

    emoticon Exercise before a Weight Watchers meeting, you have completed more this morning than most people do all day!

LOVE the smile on your face on the Epcot picture. It shows the joy of your running experience.

CONGRATS on your 6.1 mph timed sprint!

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Picture, Senior Games, and Confession

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Guess I wouldn't have needed to pose with my Princess HM medal after all. Sarah found another picture of me to include, see lower right:



I finished number 27 in my age group out of 283 runners. Out of the 19,800 finishers I came in about number 3,600. I know, though, that many took their time and stopped for pictures and more entertainment than I did.

I still have a head cold and it may be aggravated with allergy. We have so many (some quite beautiful) things in bloom. There certainly is a lot of pollen around. I slept well last night, glad I could run yesterday, and don't feel as tired today.

So for now we are focused on Senior Games, and as usual, taking care of grandkids. I am so proud of hubby earning second place in checkers. Other than playing occasionally at Cracker Barrel, I don't think he's played in 30 years. He tried to practice on the computer, but couldn't find a checkers program he liked. Hope he does well at chess. Chess he has played and has practiced quite a bit. He's doing Sudoku, too. I'd be doing that one, but I do have kids that day. We are both doing the Bag (corn bags) Toss. He made us a set of boards to practice. It's fun, but I am very inconsistent. I'll sink one and then miss the board entirely!!

I kind of feel like I'm cheating and should confess. I changed my ticker weight from 126 to 132. Last year was my year to try to achieve 126. I got there several times, but have trouble maintaining there. It is my favorite weight, but it seems like 132 is much easier for me to maintain. This is my year to make peace with the scale. I've weighed exactly 131.4 the last 4 days in a row. There may be a time I want that middle 2 back, but for now that is good enough!!

  
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BLUENOSE63 3/1/2014 6:41PM

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The body will tell you what the weight should be and 132 sounds perfect for you as you don't have a problem maintaining it. You look great at whatever weight!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/28/2014 10:22PM

    Marsha, you're such a badass! For a few different reasons:)


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RUNNERRACHEL 2/28/2014 1:57PM

    Good for you! hAPPY Weight should be comfortable and easy to maintain. Even though mentally we'd like to see a certain number, what really matters is a HEALTHY lifestyle and ENJOYing your food and activity--which you ARE!

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MSLZZY 2/27/2014 11:14PM

    emoticon Hope your cold goes away soon! HUGS!

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WATERMELLEN 2/27/2014 8:02PM

    I'm thinking maybe "confession" is not the right term? Confession suggests admission of wrongdoing or failure. There is no failure here: I think it's a real breakthrough for you. You're committing to health rather than setting an arbitrary target that doesn't accord with optimal nutrition, optimal exercise and optimal opportunity to focus energy on other things you enjoy -- the things you CAN enjoy because you are already at what has evolved overtime demonstrably to be your optimal weight. So: you're acknowledging your optimal weight is -- where you are at.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/27/2014 7:45PM

    Awesome stats on the Princess HM!!! I hope you start to feel better soon! As for changing your ticker, I feel like you eventually have a natural, healthy maintenance weight. You may like having the 2 in the middle, but is the stress worth it? Only you know the answer to that question. I don't think that using 132 as your goal weight is cheating. You are using your body's natural maintenance number. That is a smart decision. If you drop below that number, it is a nice little gift.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/27/2014 6:20PM

    emoticon as long as you are healthy, choose the weight that is right for you.

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_LINDA 2/27/2014 6:01PM

    emoticon Great finish!! I certainly would be distracted by everything going on around me in that huge a crowd and all the neat stuff to look at along the route! You did well to focus on the business at hand!
I am happy to know you are making peace with the scale! That is fantastic and far less stress!
Good luck with the games!

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GABY1948 2/27/2014 5:23PM

    You LOOK beautiful and great so I am glad that you made peace with the scale, Marsha! You ARE beautiful, you know!!!!

Well done on the race and so glad I can follow your great achievements that I can't do.

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DONNABRIGHT 2/27/2014 4:48PM

    Good luck on the bean toss and great news on the race.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/27/2014 3:15PM

    emoticon on making peace with the scale. The arc of sustainable (and real) change is longer than day to day or even week to week. As long as you keep up with consistent cardio AND weight training, your body will continue to progress.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/27/2014 2:45PM

    Congrats on the HM!

Judith Beck makes the distinction between your "lowest achievable weight" and your "lowest SUSTAINABLE weight." I suspect that most of us have to come to terms with the latter if we aren't going to make ourselves crazier than we already are! Love that you will make peace with the scale.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/27/2014 1:12PM

    Sometimes finding "natural" range might take a while? Anyway, I'm having similar issues, but I think going up from 122 to 125 is not such a horrible thing. Leaving my ticker at 122 for now, but also not stressing about it.

Good enough is good enough... hope that cold continues its EXIT path from your life!

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TERI-RIFIC 2/27/2014 11:11AM

    Confession is good for the soul, but you didn't have to. Making peace with the scale is the best!! I look forward to that time for me. (although even though I'm losing excruciatingly slowly, I'm more at peace with the scale than in previous times.) Good luck to hubs in chess and both in the toss.

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Disney HM Pictures

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sarah, our Galloway Program Director, posted this collage with my picture missing. She wanted everyone who ran the Disney Princess HM to be included. Now, that's pressure!



So, I did as she asked and put on my Princess shirt, SparkleSkirt, and shoes:



So now I'll be in the collage. While we were at it, daughter clicked a pix of me and the grands:



Here are some other friends' Princess HM photos:









If I ever run another Disney event, I'm definitely going to make sure I get more pictures!!

  
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RUNNERRACHEL 2/28/2014 2:03PM

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Glad you took some photos. Cute skirt!

I know what you mean! When I do races I want to capture everything and enjoy the moments but I also don't want to be taking pictures the entire time.
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AQUAGIRL08 2/27/2014 7:29PM

    Nice pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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    LOVE the outfit and SO glad you shared it with us to live just a "bit" of your glory! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 2/26/2014 10:08PM

    Sparkle skirt -- so pretty! Isn't it nice we can be athletes AND girly????

(Setting a super example for those grandgirls of yours!)

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/26/2014 7:08PM

    That social pressure will get you every time! emoticon Nice photos!

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/26/2014 5:31PM

    Love the photos!

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MEXGAL1 2/26/2014 3:54PM

    Very cool...thanks so much for sharing the photos.
Love photos!
Sallie

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MARGARITTM 2/26/2014 1:28PM

    congrats on the race .....looks like a lot of fun. Nice bling too!

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BLUENOSE63 2/26/2014 12:04PM

  Looks like you had lots of fun on the run....like seeing all the outfits.

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TERI-RIFIC 2/26/2014 11:58AM

    You look great! Fun times!!

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_LINDA 2/26/2014 9:44AM

    Fantastic Fun Photos!! Glad you agreed to get your photo in. Its small enough you can't tell if you have a red nose or not!
Feel better soon!

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/26/2014 9:21AM

    That looks like so much fun! Congrats on such a wonderful accomplishment.

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Can't Do Everything

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

You truly can't do everything. You have to pick and choose. This last weekend I did the Disney Princess Half Marathon. It was a great experience and I don't regret my choice. BUT I missed the opening ceremonies of the Polk Senior Games. And hubby gave up one event (Senior Smarts) that he would have participated in.

Right now hubby is competing in checkers. Hope he does well. He has chess, Sudoku, and bag toss coming up; I have 5K run, 5K walk, 900 meter walk, and bag toss coming up. A lot of our dancing friends were at the opening and will be at the dozen or more dancing competitions. We are beginners and not competing, but may get to go watch some. Hope so.

And there were many other events this week end, too. Although 9 of us from my running group participated in the Princess HM, 29 people ran in Gasparilla distance events. I think they had a 5K, 8K, 10K, 15K, HM, and maybe a marathon, too. At least there were a whole bunch of events to choose from and some people did multiple races. And 2 people went from our group to Jacksonville to run in the Breast Cancer Half Marathon. Luckily they got to finish. Many of the BC marathon runners were pulled off the course due to lightning. I know that had to be disappointing for those forced to quit after training for months.

Although I didn't get a picture of me at the Princess HM, I've been asked to don my Princess shirt, SparkSkirt, and medal and get one snapped because our Galloway director is making a princess picture collage. OK. I'll do it. I suspect part of the reason I did not insist on pictures was because my nose was all red, I felt kind of bloated, and really didn't feel that great. I didn't even tuck my shirt in and did not wear all the fairy godmother costume I had planned on wearing. I will definitely be glad when this cold is gone. I have trouble sleeping well when my nose is congested. Luckily, running seems to clear my nose about better than anything!! I may have to lower my expectations for my Senior Games 5K performance, but definitely will still give it my best! Any day I can run is a great day, even though I can't run every race!!

  
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BLUENOSE63 2/26/2014 4:32PM

  There a ton of races I would like to do but unfortunately not enough time nor money to do all the races I want t do!

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YJNANA 2/26/2014 12:14PM

    Your an inspiration :)
I think I needed to see your story to get my motivation going again.
congrat's on all your achievements. Your amazing.

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/26/2014 9:22AM

    It is so energizing to read how you live your life!

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POSITIVE41 2/26/2014 5:38AM

    all the fun stuff seems to collect around the same date. Glad you had a good time at your HM - can't wait to see the picture in your gear!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/26/2014 3:39AM

    Sometimes it is so hard to choose when there are lots of activities at conflicting times. You chose well, my friend. Although your HM didn't yield a PR for you, you had a wonderful Disney experience. I'm so sorry that your cold got in the way of having more fun! Enjoy the parts of the Senior Games that you can participate in this year. For those that you missed, there is always next year!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/25/2014 9:13PM

    Yes, indeed, one has to pick and choose... sorry you weren't at the top of your "dress as fairy godmother" form... but you picked a fine event. emoticon

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TAICHIDANCER 2/25/2014 8:49PM

    Can't do everything, you're right. But we're all impressed with all that you do manage to do.

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MSLZZY 2/25/2014 8:42PM

    You still accomplished a lot so don't sell yourself short! Woohoo for making good choices!

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WATERMELLEN 2/25/2014 8:30PM

    My goodness, you may not be able to do EVERYTHING but you sure do a LOT!! Amazing, absolutely!!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/25/2014 7:02PM

    Wish we had senior games around here -- sounds like soooo much fun!

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SLIMLILA 2/25/2014 7:00PM

    Wow, and I thought I was doing a lot... Senior Games sounds like a lot of fun...
Enjoy

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GABY1948 2/25/2014 6:05PM

    You are so right about can't do EVERYTHING! But so glad you did all that you did...cause that is SUPER in my book!

Can't wait to see you shine in that picture!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/25/2014 2:59PM

    How lucky you are to have senior games in your area. Of course, Florida has a LOT of seniors, doesn't it.

We had senior Olympics when we lived in Northern VA, and my Dad competed in the 90s. I wasn't old enough yet, but we used to plan that I would join him when I turned 55 and he would have been 85. Unfortunately, he died at age 80 which made the yearly event sad for me and I never participated.

Now I would love to participate and we don't have any opportunities like that around here.

Enjoy the experience with DH and friends.

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MEXGAL1 2/25/2014 2:26PM

    Best of everything to you in the Senior games....good for you!
sallie

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_LINDA 2/25/2014 2:04PM

    Good luck at the senior games! They seem to have a variety of games to participate in. Our games here are pretty basic, nothing like Sudoku or checkers. Bridge, bowling, etc.
Feel better soon!

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MIRAGE727 2/25/2014 1:39PM

    Marsha, if you want challenge, check out the variations for Gasparilla next year. The prices are better, the courses are PR rich, and you're supporting a great local organization!
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Flavor of the Princess HM

Monday, February 24, 2014

If you want to get a flavor of the Disney Princess Half Marathon, this 5 minute video captures it:

www.rundisney.com/results/princess-h
alf-marathon/


Sorry I didn't get any pictures, but I'll never forget it!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 2/25/2014 8:51AM

    Nice!

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GABY1948 2/25/2014 8:40AM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing, Marsha!

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SEABREEZE64 2/25/2014 6:09AM

    Glad you had such a great time! Enjoyed the video!!!

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HARROWJET 2/24/2014 8:42PM

    That was great. Thanks for sharing.

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/24/2014 1:55PM

    Great video! You can still take a picture in your tiara with your medal :)



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MEXGAL1 2/24/2014 1:36PM

    Thanks for sharing...woo hoo!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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_LINDA 2/24/2014 1:21PM

    That looks really cool!!!

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COASTAL6 2/24/2014 8:31AM

    WOW!
It looks like a lot of fun.
I just started doing 5k's.
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DIANNEMT 2/24/2014 8:07AM

    Looks like it was way fun! What time did you start running? It was pretty dark!

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BUSYGRANNY5 2/24/2014 7:33AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this clip! Awesome!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/24/2014 7:28AM

    Looks like such fun! I ran the video.

btw... Did you know Gasparilla (the pirates) were running a half yesterday, too? I didn't until Rachel wrote me on FB... next year, 2015... she's got me on the hook to come run it with her in Tampa. She promises to be better trained this time!

By the way, she's doing well... new job, moved to Miami for it, and got her eardrum replaced. Oh, no! That means I have to stay "half fit" for another year!

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    Awesome fun!! Thanks for sharing the clip. You rock! emoticon

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