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Healing, Dancing, Running and Changing

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gwen (3 year old granddaughter who I keep 4-6 days a week) is much, much better. She's eating and sleeping and wanting to play. Runny nose is about her only complaint now. Relief!

I enjoyed the Senior Dance this morning. My friend who power walked with me Monday showed up with pictures of me in the Senior Games walking events. I didn't even know her boyfriend had taken the pictures. Perhaps I'll scan them so I can post them to a blog, timely or not.

This afternoon I went to the Y and did the SP Intermediate Running Speed Program on the treadmill. It was a challenge although I did finish it. I'm definitely not as fast as I was a year ago, but I'm working on it. Truly it is more important to me to be fit than fast, but I'd like to be both. I know I have to be careful as injury from speed work is not what I want. And as far as fall prevention, I go to the eye doctor tomorrow and hope to get glasses that will help me see where I am running better.

Last thing I want to share today is that I decided to change my attitude about the scale and -- voila! -- I changed my attitude. Haven't weighed in several days despite the fact that I've been eating smart and feeling a bit more slender than last week. I don't have to see it on the scale. I know I'm doing fine!! Hope you are, too.

  
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_LINDA 3/21/2014 7:43PM

    Wow! An incredible success finally freeing yourself from micromanaging the scale! You said it -its how great you feel that is the most important thing!!
So glad you will be getting proper glasses to help you see running!
Keep up the fantabulous work!!

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MSLZZY 3/21/2014 2:59PM

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GABY1948 3/21/2014 8:06AM

    SO glad Gwen is better...that helps you and Mom feel better too!

emoticon on the scale victory....I rarely weigh myself either...I get addicted so totally understand.

Glad you get your new glasses too! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 3/21/2014 3:55AM

    So good to hear Gwen is well again, bless her.
Love your positive attitude Marsha, a shift in thinking about a healthy lifestyle is to be appauded.

You are such an inspiration- I have followed your blogs over the years and you've come a long way emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 3/21/2014 2:25AM

  I am with you 100 percent on the scale situation....I only weigh myself once a month if that...I prefer measurements instead.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/20/2014 10:21PM

    Agree with Positive 41; you've reached the next level where you are not defined by the scale. That's what naturally fit, trim, and thin people do! Glad Gwen is better.

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HARROWJET 3/20/2014 9:16PM

    I'm glad Gwen is getting better. You are doing great. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/20/2014 9:00PM

    Terrific what an effect a change in attitude can have!! Good for you: and so glad little Gwen is feeling better too!!

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POSITIVE41 3/20/2014 8:55PM

    Yay - love that you are not counting on the scale to feel good about what you are doing. That's what a healthy life style is all about! (Still working on that one myself)

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SMITTY4RL 3/20/2014 8:34PM

    Love the fact you're not making the scale a focal point, but living life instead. emoticon!

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MANDELOVICH 3/20/2014 7:57PM

    I love that! Voila!!!

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TINAJANE76 3/20/2014 7:33PM

    This all sounds great! Love that your embracing your new attitude.
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1BEACHWALKER 3/20/2014 7:31PM

    You have made so many strides to a healthy lifestyle since joining SP! You know what you need to do and don't need a scale to prove it! Well done!!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/20/2014 7:28PM

    Love it: you decided to do something, and you DID it! emoticon

And of course I love that we always want it ALL... not just fit, fit and fast! emoticon

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Wanting Relief for Gwen and Sleep for Her Mom

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gwen, the 3 year old, is really sick now. For a couple days she had too many symptoms to take her to the YMCA, but she didn't feel bad. I thought her cold was like the one I just got over, not too intense although it hung on a while. But now Gwen is miserable, whining and crying, and up almost all last night. Her mom (my daughter) took her to the doctor and got her medicine this morning so I hope DD gets some sleep tonight and that Gwen feels better tomorrow.

I ran in my neighborhood this morning while DD took Gwen to the doctor. I just did 2 quarter mile intervals under 8 min per mile pace. The rest of the time I was running comfortably around 10 minutes per mile. Finished 3.9 miles. Because Gwen was sick, I rocked and cuddled her a lot today. I am totally confident that Gwen will be completely well soon; hope that she gets relief right away.

  
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BLUENOSE63 3/21/2014 2:21AM

  This is why I loved my Grandma......lots of cuddles when I was sick! Hope she feels better soon!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/20/2014 7:21AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Poor little Gwen! I hope that she is feeling better soon so that everybody can rest. Take care, Cyndi

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MEXGAL1 3/19/2014 10:35AM

    Poor baby....it's so sad when they are sick. Sending positive thoughts and prayers that she gets better soon.
Have a good day.
Sallie

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/19/2014 9:59AM

    I just read your status update. I'm glad she's doing better. It's so hard when the little ones are sick.

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HARROWJET 3/19/2014 9:25AM

    Poor Gwen. Sometimes it is harder on the adults than the child when she is ill. I hope today is better all around.

A friend and I walked/ran around town after supper last night. That is one of the advantages of a longer evening. It was just over 2 miles by the time I was home. We are both beginners so our pace was very easy. I got the 'Running Until You're 100' book from the library.

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DONNABRIGHT 3/19/2014 7:54AM

    So hard when the little ones are sick!

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GABY1948 3/19/2014 7:24AM

    I hope she is much better this morning....kids don't understand so it's harder and hope DD gets some rest. We all understand that!

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NEW-CAZ 3/19/2014 4:28AM

    I hope she's better soon Marsha and you don't go down with it emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 3/18/2014 11:56PM

    I hope that your excellent physical fitness will keep you from getting her bug. You're a good Grandma!

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SLIMLILA 3/18/2014 11:33PM

    Really bad bugs out there right now. Up in BC, Canada, they are having an epidemic of measles...

My classmate has been in bed for 4 days, and she has 3 prescriptions..... Powerful...

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_LINDA 3/18/2014 9:35PM

    emoticon poor Gwen!
Good on you getting in your run while you had the opportunity!

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JOHAL52 3/18/2014 9:17PM

    It's so scary when our grandchildren are sick; they seem so small and fragile. I am sure that with medicine and family love Gwen will be up in no time!

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MSLZZY 3/18/2014 8:45PM

    What a wonderful grandma you are! The little
ones love cuddle time when they are ill and I
am sure DD needs the sleep. Give her a hug for
me and yes, one for you too!
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WATERMELLEN 3/18/2014 8:36PM

    How wonderful the way you and your DD work together to give comfort to little Gwen (and you got some exercise in too). Nothing like team work!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/18/2014 8:32PM

    emoticon for the little one, for comfort. I'll add my best wishes / hopes / prayers to yours for quick healing and rest for her mom!

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PEZMOM1 3/18/2014 8:15PM

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Giving Up Scale Struggles this Happy St Paddy's Day

Monday, March 17, 2014

If you've ever struggled with the scale number, and especially if you've ever let the scale number cause you to give up your efforts to be your healthiest and happiest you, be sure to read today's Daily Spark:
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
st=55_things_the_scale_wont_tell_you


After years of letting the scale bother and discourage me, I have declared this my year to make peace with the scale. Although I am aware that I'm just a bit over my declared updated goal weight of 132, I am focused on eating correctly and staying active. I am not overly concerned with the number on the scale. I feel more at peace and that it is a step forward!

I'd give me a B+ for eating yesterday and an A for activity. This morning I did Zumba with a friend. Only one man was in the class and he was dressed as a leprechaun -- very cute costume! After class my friend asked me to coach her in Power Walking. She came in 4th in our age group in the walking event I won at the Senior Games. We used the Kathy Smith one hour walking workout on my MP3 player, practicing proper form, exaggerated heel plant-toe up, glute push, and speed intervals. We walked in a pretty area with lots of birds by grassy ponds. Though the day was overcast, it was beautiful!

I plan to run tomorrow. Gwen is running a fever -- guess she's got the cold now I just finally got over-- and won't be able to go to the Y tomorrow. Hubby has quasi-committed to take care of her for me to get a morning run in. Think it will work!!

Hope you are having a great St Paddy's Day! Let me leave you with Natalie's knock-knock joke that she told me on the way to school this morning:

Knock Knock.
Who's there?
Irish.
Irish who?
I rish you a happy St Patrick's Day!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/19/2014 8:06AM

    I love the knock knock joke! emoticon It was great to see you at the Y on Monday!

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GRANDMAMEEKO 3/18/2014 4:56PM

    You have so inspired me! I was so blah about getting my act together and have been browsing through sp when I found your page! Love it! You inspired me that I CAN do it even at age 61 and after losing and regaining the same 45 pounds several times. Enough! I want it gone for good! I even went out in the cool air and walked/jogged for half and hour. Thank you for your example and your hard work.

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GABY1948 3/18/2014 10:31AM

    GREAT day again. I wish I could get as "comfy" with the scale as you are...I have a LONG way to go!

Tell Natalie, I loved her Knock-Knock joke!

Hope your run today is beautiful and perfect!

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POSITIVE41 3/18/2014 5:54AM

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BOPPY_ 3/18/2014 12:04AM

    Faith and begorrah, I believe you've found the gold at the end of the rainbow.

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MSLZZY 3/17/2014 8:44PM

    Natalie is so cute and I hope she isn't getting sick. Have a great day and you are very kind to help a friend with power walking. HUGS!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/17/2014 7:58PM

    Wise words! And it sounds like you are once again paying it forward, with the power walking session... which, by the way, sounds like a great deal of fun. emoticon

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_LINDA 3/17/2014 7:50PM

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! That would be so much fun to take a Zumba class and see someone dressed up!
That walk sounds fabulous!! I so can't wait for this snow, ice and puddles to be gone!! Good on you finally not being a slave to the scale!
emoticon Gwen!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2014 7:37PM

    Cute joke! And: great decision about the scale: you are at peace and my goodness you have earned that.

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COASTAL6 3/17/2014 4:52PM

    Your doing great!
Love the joke!
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JOYINKY 3/17/2014 2:24PM

    emoticon I love the knock knock joke! Sounds like you are going well and are having a wonderful day! Enjoy!

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/17/2014 2:23PM

    Love the joke! Kudos to you to finding a healthy happy weight!

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HARROWJET 3/17/2014 2:22PM

    cute knock, knock joke. emoticon

I hope Gwen gets better quickly.

If I lived closer, I would ask you to coach me too.

As for the scale, I use mine to keep my weight data up to date but it no longer has the power over me that it once did.

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MEXGAL1 3/17/2014 2:12PM

    hope your beautiful granddaughter gets well soon.
tell her I think the joke is great.
Happy St. Patty's day to you too!
Sallie

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NEW-CAZ 3/17/2014 1:34PM

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Inspired by Slimkatie

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I was so proud to see my SparkFriend, SlimKatie, featured in April's Runner's World magazine. She is AWESOME. Page 50 and 51 are more than half filled with her before and after pictures; she has lost 120 pounds. Her story on page 54 is one many of us could relate to. She realized that to maintain her weight loss she would either have to give up all sweets or keep running. She has her own web site called "Runs for Cookies." I also like that she avoids baking and buys her cookies at her favorite bakery, saving one for after her long run.

In the intro to Katie's article, Runner's World quotes an expert who says that dietary changes are vital to lose weight but that exercise is key to keeping it off. "... exercise helps fix a metabolism broken by inactivity." He (James Hill, PhD, Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Denver) says that sedentary people are less metabolically flexible and have trouble switching between fuel sources so they burn less fuel and store more fat. A healthy metabolism will use fat, protein, and carbs, while a "busted system" simply stores some nutrients as fat. After a few months of exercise a person can eat a wider variety of foods and stay lean. Hmmm. Might be true. Very interesting. Have I repaired a broken metabolism at least partly by exercise? Maybe.

Enjoyed my solo run this morning around the lake at daybreak. I don't run as fast as SlimKatie, but I doubt many people enjoy running more than I. I came home still full of energy and did another hour of aerobics. I had a couple low energy days this week so I really, really appreciate feeling full of pep! Whether the exercise repairs a metabolism or not, I experienced years of low energy and I'm here to tell you that living with zest is THE way to really live!!

  
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BLUENOSE63 3/21/2014 2:22AM

  Well I always think of you as Slim Marsha!

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TINAJANE76 3/20/2014 7:35PM

    I love Runs for Cookies too and read SLIMKATIE's blogs every day. Interesting information about exercise and our metabolisms--I'll definitely keep that in mind the next time I'm tempted to skip a gym session!

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TERI-RIFIC 3/16/2014 2:32PM

    emoticon I'm getting that magazine!

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HARROWJET 3/16/2014 2:26PM

    Thank you for sharing the information about SlimKatie. I do enjoy reading success stories.

Yesterday you suggested a book for me to read. This is one I have read and enjoyed, "Running Like a Girl" by Alexandra Heminsley

I like that 'full of energy' feeling that sometimes comes. It helps keep me on track.

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IONA72 3/16/2014 7:57AM

    I will check out the article, thanks. Hope you continue to feel full of pep!

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LIVINGFREE19 3/15/2014 9:47PM

    I am definitely repairing my broken metabolism with my exercising!! I was sedentary for far too long!

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/15/2014 7:17PM

    Great info! Thanks for sharing it!

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WATERMELLEN 3/15/2014 6:40PM

    What a nice shout out!! And: I really hope that exercise does help mend a broken metabolism . . . at any rate, exercise feels so great.

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_LINDA 3/15/2014 6:23PM

    I find exercise is the key to keeping the weight off and I am sorely missing mine! Boredom and aches set in for the lack of activity and the very long wait for this latest medical issue to be resolved.. I do envy people who can get out and enjoy physical activity. A return of the cold and abrupt halt to the melting means ice everywhere and Mom won't allow me to go out and walk with her and Daisy..
Enjoy your movement!! Its precious!

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GABY1948 3/15/2014 5:41PM

    I can totally agree with you there, Marsha!

And that is really interesting about the broken metabolism...and I can relate to that too!

Another wonderful blog...see you right here again tomorrow and have a blessed evening and Sunday!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/15/2014 4:43PM

    I saw the article, too, and was also inspired. And that bit about fitness being key to maintaining a loss... you and I both know this from our experiences! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 3/15/2014 4:21PM

    very inspiring...thanks so much for sharing.
Have a terrific Sunday
Sallie

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SMITTY4RL 3/15/2014 4:18PM

    I saw that article and also the one on the "little people' who ran the Boston Marathon, but were unable to complete do to the bombing. It was a great Runners World this month!

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Routine Blog

Friday, March 14, 2014

If you didn't read my "5 Surprises" blog on March 11, read that one. This one is just day to day living stuff.

I enjoyed the Lakeland Runners Club meeting last eve, even the pizza. I bought a fuel belt for long distance running as a birthday gift for my niece who plans to run a full marathon within a year. She really seemed pleased. I was delighted to see a fellow from my Weight Watcher group at the meeting. I told him about our Galloway group and LRC and he's joined both! He also went running with my nephew and plans to run with him every Monday. That is just great. It will help them both a great deal. This fellow (David) has lost 10 pant sizes so far. He is also battling diabetes so he and Martin have some things in common.

Tomorrow I'm planning to do my own run. Instead of meeting the group to run in the dark, think I'll go at sunrise to the nice level track around the lake. Will miss the company, though. I'm going to the eye doctor a week from today. I'm hoping that some glasses specially for running may help me get back my confidence after my 2nd fall & having to fix my 2 front teeth. I'm thinking my progressive lenses with the bottom really made for close up is part of problem. We'll see!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/15/2014 8:39PM

    I am so glad that Martin has someone to run with! I hope that a change in glasses takes care of your problem with falling and you can get your confidence back. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSBOOTCAMP 3/15/2014 1:15PM

    Very sorry to hear about your fall. Have fun, take care, and enjoy your weekend!

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POSITIVE41 3/15/2014 6:27AM

    The little things in life are the big things! Enjoy your run. :)

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WATERMELLEN 3/14/2014 9:42PM

    Love your routine blogs too: although that 5 surprises blog is just amazing.

My multifocal contact lenses are terrific . . . no problems, excellent vision.

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_LINDA 3/14/2014 7:36PM

    That is great your nephew will have someone to run with!
I hope there is a solution for your vision and running. I remember the first time I got progressive lenses, they warned about vision being distorted when you look down -was disconcerting at first trying to get used to that. Going down stairs was scary..
Enjoy your run!

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MYTURNNOW2013 3/14/2014 7:34PM

    I have had a hard time going down stairs ever since getting progressive lenses for that very reason.

What is a fuel belt?

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GABY1948 3/14/2014 7:26PM

    That is great about David and your nephew....isn't it funny how sometimes "things just seem to come together?" emoticon

Hope your idea about your glasses works!

Have a great weekend, Marsha!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/14/2014 7:04PM

    You may just be right about the glasses. I run pretty carefully these days, having had a few trips over the years, one during my first Triathlon... embarrassing, to say the least. Mom always said "lift your feet"... sigh.

But I'm serious about the glasses... when I first went to variable distance lenses (what 20 years ago) it was like learning to see all over again! I have sunglasses with just my regular distance lenses, no reading lens variation, and sometimes I run in those.

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow... since it's supposed to be the nicest day this weekend, my plan is to shift my brick to tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 3/14/2014 5:18PM

    emoticon Great plans and having those eyes checked and getting glasses for running might be just what you need.

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MEXGAL1 3/14/2014 3:59PM

    going to the eye doctor sounds like a good solution for seeing the ground you run on!
enjoy your run
Sallie

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/14/2014 3:49PM

    so sorry about your fall enjoy your run and have a great weekend

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HARROWJET 3/14/2014 3:05PM

    Enjoy your run. I think my preference would be morning rather than evening too, especially if you see a sunrise. emoticon

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COOP9002 3/14/2014 2:03PM

    Enjoy your run & hope the glasses work better for you.

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