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Natalie's Victory and My Consolation Prizes

Saturday, March 08, 2014

If you've read my status you know that my granddaughter, Natalie, made 20 laps in her Walkathon yesterday and has earned the right to be Coach for a Day at her school. We are so proud! I'm pretty sure it is an eighth of a mile lap, so that would be 2.5 miles. Last year she remembers she did 19 laps - but I thought it was 17 - and she quit when they called time at 45 minutes. They are allowed to jog, walk, or even run some. This year she had her sites set on 20 laps in order to earn the top prize and she reported that she stopped at 20 laps; that time had not been called. She went the farthest of anyone in her first grade class. Hooray for Natalie!!

My Senior Games experience was a mixed bag. I have to admit I'm disappointed in my running 5K time. Just didn't have it today. Admittedly, I had some symptoms, but just couldn't push through them. The 65-69 age group is a big one for Senior Games. Nonetheless, after winning bronze 3 years ago, silver 2 years ago, and gold last year, I hate to report I came in 4th -- out of the medals this year. Definitely did not qualify for National Senior Games. Although, the top 6 are invited to the state games in December and it would be possible to qualify there. I'll have to think about it.

So I was picturing me going to the closing ceremonies on Monday with hubby wearing his two medals and me having none. Won't happen. Believe it or not, I did much, much better in the walking events this year. I not only took the Gold Medal in the 5K and 1.5K walks, I was the first woman of any age (50-94) to finish. I did the 5000 km in 37 minutes and 22 seconds and the 1500 km in 11 minutes flat. So even though I would have much rather improved my running 5K time, I feel like I won huge consolation prizes.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/10/2014 3:50PM

    Awesome! Both you and Natalie did an amazing job!

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_LINDA 3/9/2014 7:45PM

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I would say that is pretty amazing!! Going that distance in 11 minutes without breaking into a jog, that is pretty fast walking!!
Well done to Natalie! Looks like you are going to have another runner in your family!

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SMITTY4RL 3/9/2014 6:20PM

    Woo-hoo! It's a win either way, your granddaughter did great (and you did, too). Gosh you walk fast!

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BOOKAPHILE 3/9/2014 6:09PM

    You make me smile. Always a goal in front of you to reach as well as triumphs behind you and a project you're in the middle of completing.

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MEXGAL1 3/9/2014 5:59PM

    Yeah for your granddaughter and yeah for you...you are doing just great...medal or no medals...you still are one of my heros!
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Sallie

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TERI-RIFIC 3/9/2014 8:39AM

    You did great!! Congrats. As for the 5 K - I remember from running in my 20's- some days are just not meant to be and some days everything comes together and sometimes the wrong one falls on race day. emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 3/9/2014 8:00AM

    Marsha, I think you did MORE than emoticon Do you know how many people our age could not have done near what you do! I am one and I am in shape but you are a true inspiration!!!!

Have a blessed week you are well worth it!

And emoticon Natalie!

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POSITIVE41 3/9/2014 7:37AM

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STRIVER57 3/9/2014 6:06AM

    congratulations to you all …

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NEW-CAZ 3/9/2014 5:18AM

    Great job Marsha emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/8/2014 9:25PM

    Wow, what a family!! So glad you're in the medals (even if not the medal you might have wanted) and can stand proudly with your DH.

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NATPLUMMER 3/8/2014 9:08PM

    That is super fast walking!!
You all did excellent!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/8/2014 6:55PM

    Wow, you are one fast walker! Do you race walk?

I'm sorry things didn't go your way in the 5K run. You should go to the state meet!

Congratulations to your entire family.

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/8/2014 6:53PM

    You did great! I did not know there was a State or National level for Seniors Games!

That is also wonderful news for Natalie since her foot was hurting the other day.

SO wonderful to instill fitness mindsets in young people!

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COASTAL6 3/8/2014 6:50PM

    Great job!
I'm so proud of you!
Great time!
I'm rooting for you!
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MJREIMERS 3/8/2014 6:43PM

    You did great, but I understand your frustration with the running. Some races are just like that. At least you kicked butt in the walking events!

See how you feel and keep the December races in mind. With the entire summer, you may be ready and raring to run!

Head up, medal up and have fun!

P.S. I looks like Natalie is following in your footsteps! emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/8/2014 6:39PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/8/2014 6:29PM

    You did fine. Remember the real goal is to be able to run uninjured, right? But honestly, 4th is nothing to sneeze at. I finished 4th in my age group last October in our Governor's Cup and was disappointed, too, since I'd been 2nd last year... so know the mixed emotions. Those inner competitors are stubborn gals, aren't they?

Walking gold is cool, too, though, so Shine up those medals and hold your head high as you and your DH go to the closing ceremonies! emoticon

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Gwen and Natalie, March 2014

Friday, March 07, 2014

Here's Gwen, dressed as she likes best, snuggling our dog:





And here's Natalie reading and snuggling with Gwen:



And here are my granddaughters playing in our backyard:






Natalie has a Walkathon at school today. If she makes it 20 laps she'll get to be Coach for the Day. Her toe is healed and I think she can do it, even though we didn't get to train as much as we'd planned. And I'll be getting packed up for my races tomorrow. We'll play a bunch today. Fridays are extra-fun days as Natalie has no homework so we get to play more!!







  
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GABY1948 3/8/2014 3:51PM

    They are both so sweet, Marsha! You are truly blessed!

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MEXGAL1 3/8/2014 10:27AM

    I love photos!!! Thank you so very much for sharing....beautiful girls!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Sallie

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WATERMELLEN 3/8/2014 10:02AM

    Your grandgirls are adorable!! All best with those races today!!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/8/2014 7:31AM

    They are both getting so big! Sweeties, both of them!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 3/8/2014 7:06AM

    Beautiful girls!!!!!

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TXPATRIOT 3/8/2014 12:15AM

    So sweet!

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_LINDA 3/7/2014 9:50PM

    Awww! Such adorable sweeties!! Great photos!
Good luck Natalie on the Walkathon! You can do it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/7/2014 6:42PM

    Awwww! Growing up fast... and grandma is an active and FUN grandma, too!

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/7/2014 2:23PM

    What fun! Love Gwen's doggy fur coat and I want to go play on the swings now!

Good luck tomorrow. I'm sure you'll do great!

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LINDA! 3/7/2014 2:16PM

    emoticon Grandchildren are so awesome. Enjoy!!

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SEABREEZE64 3/7/2014 11:27AM

    you are such a good grandma!!!!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 3/7/2014 11:14AM

    You are the coolest grandmother!!!!

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DONNABRIGHT 3/7/2014 10:42AM

    Beautiful girls!

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MSLZZY 3/7/2014 10:04AM

    Play away the day with that darling GD! Good luck tomorrow!

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NATPLUMMER 3/7/2014 10:00AM

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TERI-RIFIC 3/7/2014 9:39AM

    so sweet.
good luck to Natalie in the walkathon.

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ELRIDDICK 3/7/2014 9:34AM

  Thanks for sharing

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The Pressure is On!!

Thursday, March 06, 2014



There's hubby above with his silver medal/red ribbon for checkers and his gold medal/blue ribbon for chess in the Senior Games. Good going, Gary!! Am I feeling pressure to perform in Saturday's running and walking events??

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/8/2014 7:29AM

    Way to go Gary! No pressure, just enjoy the games!

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MSLZZY 3/6/2014 11:22PM

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Don't let him be the only one with medals!

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BOOKAPHILE 3/6/2014 3:49PM

    Yay for your husband. No, you aren't under pressure. You'll be competing because you love it... and medals may come anyway

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_LINDA 3/6/2014 2:42PM

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emoticon Gary!!
Your turn for the spotlight Marsha, you can do it!

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CELIAMINER 3/6/2014 10:18AM

    What Onekidsmom said! You go, girl!

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TERI-RIFIC 3/6/2014 8:44AM

    Cute pic of the hubs. He must be left brained.

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/6/2014 8:37AM

    Go Gary!!!! No you will be just fine and we sill see you with YOUR medals soon!

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GABY1948 3/6/2014 7:50AM

    You two go together SO well! Good Going, Gary!

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DIANNEMT 3/6/2014 7:46AM

    So glad you two can share in something like this!

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JAROL7 3/6/2014 7:42AM

    YAY for senior olympics! See you at National Games in Minneapolis in 2015.

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/6/2014 7:16AM

    emoticon Knowing you, it will NOT be a problem! Have FUN Saturday! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/6/2014 7:04AM

    Love that victory pose! Medals and awards won by one spouse are automatically shared by the couple, right? So no pressure on you: but you're up for it anyhow!!

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Walking and Pushing

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Today is a beautiful day here, perfect in the shade with a light breeze and just a bit warm in the sun when you are moving. We've been lucky. The 3 days I've needed to take the stroller and walk to pick up Natalie at school (because hubby had the car for Senior Games checkers, Sudoku, and chess) have been good weather. Most of the walk was pleasant really.

About two thirds of the way has sidewalk. I found that what worked best for the areas with sand, grass and weeds are to pull off the street and wait when a car is coming, but to actually get back on the road to push. The first day I just took the one child stroller and 7 year old Natalie walked. Unfortunately, she injured her toe. So, the last 2 times I've taken the stand-and-sit stroller that transports them both. Pushing about 90 pounds of kids does take some effort. I used Map My Route on SparkPeople and it showed I burned 111 calories for the 1.6 miles, but that wasn't considering the pushing. However, many times I've accepted a higher than I thought calorie count, so this time I accept what it says. (I also did a TM workout with a one mile run this morning at the Y).

Natalie says she would like to be a walking student all the time next school year and walk (assuming no foot injury). But I bet when school starts again in the August heat, neither she nor her parents will want to do it. We'll see. I might need an extra shower a day, but there are worse things!!

  
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_LINDA 3/6/2014 2:40PM

    Awesome workout! Poor Natalie, I sure can sympathasize with a sore toe -hope she heals fast!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 3/6/2014 5:50AM

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NEW-CAZ 3/6/2014 2:41AM

    emoticon quiye a workout

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/5/2014 8:48PM

    It *is* how we stayed fit when I was young, you know... walking to and from school, in an era when few families had more than one car, and most days, Dad took it to work.

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NATPLUMMER 3/5/2014 8:15PM

    emoticon Quite the workout!

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WATERMELLEN 3/5/2014 8:08PM

    That's quite the workout for you!

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MEXGAL1 3/5/2014 7:33PM

    one of my favorite things when we are in Pennsylvania is to walk to get the grandkids from school. I am looking forward to it.
fun!

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GABY1948 3/5/2014 5:54PM

    I love to walk places that I can...we plan to move within a year to a place where we can walk most places!

Have a GREAT evening, Marsha! emoticon

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/5/2014 4:59PM

    Great way to burn up calories and build your strength! Poor Natalie! I hope her foot is better soon and I agree the August heat will have her changing her tune about being a "walker" all the time!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/5/2014 4:26PM

    Natalie is so lucky to have a loving, caring "Old Mom" like you (so is Gwen)! I hope you are feeling better by now.

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DIANNEMT 3/5/2014 4:17PM

    Good for you to be getting that exercise. I'll bet you could find a stroller workout on-line! I did water aerobics--I put 110% into it cause it doesn't feel like work--till I'm done and wiped out!

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Senior Games Update

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Today hubby and I played Bag Toss, otherwise known as cornhole. It was a double elimination tournament. My nephew came to the site and helped keep Gwen supervised while we played. Hubby did win 1 out of his 3 games; I lost both of my games, but I didn't embarrass myself. I hit the board often, and the hole occasionally, but just played better players. Glad I participated. And at the site there was a ballet class for 3-5 year olds going on. Gwen was invited to participate and love it!!

So to recap, hubby got a silver medal in checkers, but struck out in Sudoku and we both struck out in Bag Toss, but had fun. He has chess tomorrow. He's really good at chess. I have a running 5K, a walking 5K, and a walking 900 meter event on Saturday. Last year I placed in all 3 events; this year, we'll see!

  
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    I think you will do great!

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    Have a great race.

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GABY1948 3/5/2014 9:02AM

    Rooting for you!!!! Have a GREAT day!

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TXPATRIOT 3/5/2014 12:47AM

    I'm sure you'll do great!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/4/2014 9:04PM

    Seems like there are so many "fun" things for the Senior games! Glad you are enjoying them!

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_LINDA 3/4/2014 8:51PM

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Those seem like small distances for what you are used to -you are going to rock them!! Glad everyone is having fun!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/4/2014 8:25PM

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/4/2014 7:42PM

    emoticon emoticon to hubby!

And Good Luck in the rest of the events! It sounds like you are having a lot of fun!

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WATERMELLEN 3/4/2014 6:16PM

    This all sounds like great fun and a great way to meet interesting people too!!

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HARROWJET 3/4/2014 6:08PM

    good luck to both of you. It sounds like fun.

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NEW-CAZ 3/4/2014 4:21PM

    emoticon Good luck to hubby for tomorrow and good luck to you for Saturday emoticon

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