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My Race Tips: Number One

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Now that I am an "expert," having run one 5K race, I feel entitled to post my tips! Warning: they may need a grain of salt to go with them. First tip: be sure to trim and smooth your toe nails before the big race. I thought of that the night before and was glad I did. -Marsha

  
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JHADZHIA 3/18/2011 7:42PM

    Because of my crooked and troublesome toes, keeping the nails well trimmed is a must for me, regularly.
But who would normally think of it before a race! Great advice!

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MNNICE 3/16/2011 5:48PM

    Anxiously awaiting tip #2 ! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/15/2011 8:33PM

    Great idea -- hate snags inside my socks!!

Thanks for your kind comment on my final Beck blog!!

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KALIGIRL 3/15/2011 8:21PM

    I'll bet - sounds simple, but eliminated a lot of potential pain!

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SNOOKUMS19 3/15/2011 6:15PM

    emoticon emoticonYou learn something new everyday! Looking forward to more tips! Have a great night!

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MONTY68 3/15/2011 6:10PM

    Hi Marsha
Gosh, I wouldn't have thought of that, thanks for the tip.

Monty


PS, I guess that might be a good thought for walking also. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAVEYSHADOW 3/15/2011 4:16PM

    Thanks for that, my first race is in May so looking forward to lots more tips!

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JOYINKY 3/15/2011 2:54PM

    Yes, it counts for us walkers too! Kinda sneaks up on you!

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FREELADY 3/15/2011 2:52PM

    Wow! Love this practicality! So glad SOMEONE is thinking ahead!

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MNNICE 3/15/2011 2:34PM

    Ahhh, so THAT'S what's been hitting the end of my shoes! *clip clip*

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MEXGAL1 3/15/2011 1:59PM

    great tip number one.
Thanks for sharing.
Sallie

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AQUAGIRL08 3/15/2011 1:35PM

    You are so right on this one! I did a 20 mile walk for charity back in 1978 and didn't do that the night before. My toes were a mess by the end of the day. I wish someone had reminded me to cut and smooth my toe nails the night before - it would have saved me a lot of grief!

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How Inspiring!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

I am proud of my 31.17 minute 5K finish, but I witnessed something far more inspirational during that race than my performance. Near the back of the pack was a gentleman running with six inch steps and a determined look on his face. Before the race I heard him say he is getting a little slower each year and expected to finish this year in about an hour. That might not sound so amazing, but the man is 90 years old!!

  
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JOYINKY 3/15/2011 2:20PM

    That is inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/15/2011 1:36PM

    Wow! How awesome is that!!!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/15/2011 12:05PM

    wow, that is something....good for him!

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KALIGIRL 3/15/2011 11:04AM

    Very cool!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/15/2011 1:52AM

    Wow-if he can do it --anyone can! But, the thing is we have to get out there - that is the challenging part for a lot of people! emoticon emoticon

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FREELADY 3/14/2011 11:45PM

    What a great story! I will think of him when I am staggering along tomorrow, and I won't quit!

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JHADZHIA 3/14/2011 9:19PM

    WOW!! That is amazing!! Thanks for sharing!! I don't imagine I will be doing that at his age, if I live that long.. I can see you doing it though. Go Marsha Go!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/14/2011 8:42PM

    Oh, my: that's really heart warming!! There are a number of (seriously) older persons who work out at my gym, and I always love to see them!!

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MONTY68 3/14/2011 8:36PM

    Hi Marsha
Thank you for sharing this, I think we need to see more of these examples of what people can do with their life. I am inspired each time I go to the clubhouse and see people in their late 80's & early 90's working out.

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MICHELE0008 3/14/2011 8:13PM

    Wow, very inspiring! Thanks for sharing...this will make me think twice about the excuses I come up with for things! emoticon

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Probably TMI (Too Much Info) About My Race

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Honestly, I was asked for more information about my race, so here it is:

It was 41 degrees when I woke up at 6am. I ate a big bowl of oatmeal because I didn't think I could run without food and without some time for it to sit on my stomach. By the time the race started at 8:30am it must have been 60 degrees, I didn't even feel like I needed a jacket. And I felt energetic and appropriately nourished. They wanted us to wear the Polk Senior Game Tee Shirts, so I changed, although a lot of runners wore other things.

Most of the run felt really good, but it didn't start out that way. The first quarter mile I went too fast. The pack was really moving. Runners were told we were allowed to walk, but everyone had to start running. Well, I had hoped not to walk any, but I ended up taking 3 walking steps right at the end of the first quarter mile. I even thought about dropping out right then because I was winded. After 3 walking steps I had my breath, settled on a stride, and the rest of the run was honestly comfortable. My shoulder did not bother me at all. It really was fine, even though the day before it hadn't been. My lower back is still bothering me if I pick up something heavy -- even my 15 pounds 5 month old granddaughter makes it hurt - but during the run it didn't hurt.

There were volunteers every 25 feet or so throughout the race. They clapped and encouraged all the runners. They marked the speed bumps in the park so we wouldn't trip and had water stations. I got water at the 2 mile marker. Police managed the traffic in the only busy spot, here a lane was set off by cones for the runners. I was worried because it looked like we were running downhill to the lake and the return trip would be uphill. I should not have worried. It didn't seem very uphill. My first mile split was 11 minutes even. Second mile mark was 21 min and I think 10 seconds, so a little faster. They didn't give us a third mile split, but my 3.1 mile time was 31.17, so perhaps just a little faster. Actually, I easily could have finished ten or twenty seconds faster if I'd pushed at the end, but there was a person right in front of me and I was feeling more happy than competitive.

Thanks for asking. I would like to run another 5K pretty soon I think, before it gets too hot. Guess I need to decide how serious I want to get about running. I suspect my current training of one day a week will sustain my current fitness level, but if I want to improve I probably need to do more.

  
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JUNEBUGG02 3/14/2011 10:07AM

  I really liked hearing the details - you are an inspiration!

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AMANDAJCD 3/14/2011 8:22AM

    Way to go, Marsha!! What an awesome accomplishment :)

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TBRANCH2 3/13/2011 11:12PM

    We are very proud of you, our teammate!!! Keep this up and we'll have to make you and Eileen our team mascots!!! lol Meanwhile, I will see you again on Saturday for our team walk/run!
Congrats!!
Theresa

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SUGARBABY60 3/13/2011 10:38PM

    Well good for you , what an inspiration you are. thanks for posting this. emoticon

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FROSTY99 3/13/2011 9:08PM

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I like to walk but running is another thing, at present, don't think my knees would take it, but love hearing about your success.
Pat

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JOHAL52 3/13/2011 8:25PM

    Fantastic Marsha!! Wish I could have been on the sidelines cheering you on! How far is your town from Venice, FLA? My bil lives in Venice and perhaps I could wangle a visit to him...

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/13/2011 7:46PM

    WTG!!

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KALIGIRL 3/13/2011 4:20PM

    emoticonGlad you're exploring new ways to stay healthy!

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FREELADY 3/13/2011 2:41PM

    I always want to hear more about your running!

Great planning and thinking ahead. You are going to have a wonderful year!

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MIRAGE727 3/13/2011 12:40PM

    I think you are definitely entitled to report on all your races. You should be proud. At this time, I can only dream what running a 5K would be like. I have enjoyed walking my 3 5Ks but can't wait to see what happens on a run. Outstanding achievement and thanks for sharing.
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MNNICE 3/13/2011 12:39PM

    Congratulations! When I ran my 5K I had prepared for it by using music that was recorded at a certain number of beats per minute, and I ran to the beat of the music. So I had made up my mind that I would stick to that beat during the race. Early in the race everyone was passing me and I glanced over my shoulder and thought "Oh, my goodness, I'm SO embarrassed, I'm in LAST PLACE!" I was tempted to speed up by I stuck with my plan and it turned out that slow and steady was best - I didn't have to walk, didn't get winded, and finished at a respectable time. www.podrunner.com has free downloads of music paced at different beats, if you're interested in trying that plan. That feeling after finishing is great, so bask in the pride - you deserve it!!

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JHADZHIA 3/13/2011 12:17PM

    Going out fast was a mistake all right. Spark has lots of good articles on running and training for it. One of the most important things being is getting a good warm up first, like a brisk walk before starting running, and then keep a good steady pace with enough left in the tank you can increase speed for the finish.
I have read all the articles on Sparks twice now, and you would think I should be perfect for the trivia, but I am not good with number memory and those specific questions of values always get me..
Look forward to hearing all about your next race!
Keep up the great work!!
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HAPPYSOUL91 3/13/2011 12:17PM

    Congratulations, you have done so well. Your determination and drive sure have gotten you where you are today

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HERCULEA 3/13/2011 12:08PM

    Congratulations! It was fun and inspirational to read about your experience. I am preparing to run my first 5k soon and I must admit that I am very nervous. Although I have been jogging/running both on the treadmill and the streets for a almost two years, running in a race will be a new experience for me. It's so helpful to hear about other people's experiences. I have a question though - what did you do to warm-up before the race? Do you know what other runner's typically do to warm up? Thanks. Patt emoticon

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DFOLKARD 3/13/2011 11:03AM

    Awesome!

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WATERMELLEN 3/13/2011 11:01AM

    That adrenalin at the start of the race is unexpected and can lead to rapid start! You did GREAT, nothing even remotely obnoxious in enjoying your success: we bask in vicarious accomplishment, yes we do!!

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ONEDERWOMAN73 3/13/2011 9:46AM

    Sounds awesome! Great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUESKY_321 3/13/2011 9:38AM

    Congratulations! I ran my first 5K last year and it was an amazing experience! It really is a huge motivator! Can't wait to hear about your next one!!!!

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JOYINKY 3/13/2011 9:01AM

    Great blog! Useful information. I think you did great!
Congratulations!

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1BEACHWALKER 3/13/2011 1:48AM

    Amazing race, just the right information imo. Congrats on running it and in such good time-at least I think it is! Perfect weather for it here in FL! Keep up the good work-you're doing great! emoticon

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MONTY68 3/13/2011 1:24AM

    Hi Marsha
I don't think it was to much information, in fact , you gave some things that a number of people could use when they run a race. When one goes to their first race and haven't watched a race, everything is new, you learned things yesterday and perhaps it will help someone else. I am glad you shared and I will say congratulations again, so a comment of yours and I think you ought to celebrate everyday.

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ALLBW2U 3/13/2011 12:55AM

    Congratulations on your race! It wasn't too much info....just right. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

I wish you the very best as you continue to work towards your goals....on SP and in life.

Best wishes always....Bill

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The Amazing Race

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I did it! I did it! My time for the 5K was 31.17 minutes. I more than made my goal -- I was far from last. Well, I was far from first, too, but like I say, I more than made my goal.

My daughter was a dear. She is a massage therapist and an especially gifted one. I keep saying I want a massage and we talk about it. We keep saying we are going to do it and put it off. But last night when she saw me in pain, she massaged my shoulder and back, and came back after the kids were asleep with her magical fingers and biofreeze and fixed me up.

So I am feeling the afterglow of a good goal well achieved!!

  
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SWEATONCEADAY 3/15/2011 6:51PM

    congrats on your first race.

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NANCY- 3/13/2011 11:02AM

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You are awesome... and it was nice of your daughter to help relieve your pain.

Keep Sparking!!!!

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FROSTY99 3/12/2011 8:34PM

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I am quite amazed at all you accomplish. Your are great!!!
Have a great weekend!!!!
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AQUAGIRL08 3/12/2011 5:58PM

    I am in total awe of you Marsha!
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PAMAPPLE 3/12/2011 2:48PM

    I think that is wonderful time for 5K considering it is about 3 miles! So glad your daughter could help you to feel better! Maybe, you can encourage her to give a massage more often to stay loose and painfree! emoticon emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/12/2011 1:48PM

    Fantastic! You are my hero!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/12/2011 12:27PM

    Congrats on finishing your race. And the massage from your daughter is a very special reward for it!

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MONTY68 3/12/2011 11:19AM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on a great race. I knew you could do it. It is great that you have your own massage therapist. I am glad that you said something about biofreeze. I read their website couple months ago and thought of buying a tube. There are several places around here that sell it. So it really works .
Thank you again for sharing your race.

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Well done!! So glad you got your aches taken care of, can I borrow your daughter??? Never heard of biofreeze. Icing sore joints is my usual treatment..
Keep up the fabulous work!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/12/2011 10:34AM

    Wow! That's great!! And I'm glad you got the magic hands work last night! You need that on your calendar on a regular schedule!

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SPOKENWORD 3/12/2011 9:53AM

    WooHoo!! Congrats!! ...Amelia

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    Congrats!

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Oh, No!

Friday, March 11, 2011

I woke up this morning feeling fine. But as I walked from the parking lot to the Y where I intended to go to Zumba class, I felt pain in my lower back. I had difficulty sitting down and getting up and pain when moving from side to side. I have history of kidney stones and just am not sure if this is orthopedic or kidney pain. So I decided to ditch Zumba. I walked slowly up and down the halls of the Y just to see if I could work it out. It got a little better. I found that going front and back did not hurt, so I decided to do the elliptical. After 10 minutes I felt even better. I finished 66 minutes on the elliptical, burning 320 calories. I averaged around 65 strides per minute, when I usually average 72.

Okay, now. What is going on? You think it is all psychological and that I am resisting my 5K race tomorrow? I'm not sure. But I will listen to my body and not go race if I am in pain. Have fingers crossed that the pain is passing and not significant!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/12/2011 6:04PM

    It just may have been the way you slept.

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JHADZHIA 3/12/2011 10:52AM

    You are so awesome!! Slowly and carefully working through the pain to see if it would last! Great work with the elliptical!! So glad this didn't interfere with your race!!
Sure hope you don't ever get kidney stones again, those are horrible :(

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PEGGYANNSCH 3/12/2011 10:10AM

    Good Luck

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SNOOKUMS19 3/12/2011 9:23AM

    I'm sure you'll make the right decision about your race. I do love my Zumba but would like to incorporate some running in as well. How do you balance both workout in your week. I don't want to hurt myself by doing to much of either. Have a great weekend whatever you decide! emoticon

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JOHAL52 3/12/2011 9:08AM

    Good luck on your race today Marsha! Hope that the pain was just a twinge that you worked out with exercise!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/11/2011 8:31PM

    Here's hoping that you WILL be able to run tomorrow: but if it seems not to be a good idea, I'm sure you'll listen to your body.

It's one of my big regrets that -- much as I love it -- my knees have said no to regular running!!

Thanks for your comments on my "rich life" blog: we do indeed have rich lives. And I'm so glad you're introducing your little granddaughters to the joys of nature -- one of the enduring pleasures and consolations of my life, for sure!

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MONTY68 3/11/2011 6:42PM

    Hi Marsha
You are amazing, I give you credit, as you started to exercise. It seems like you are saying it feels much better, only you will know if you are able to run the race. If you run tomorrow, I know that you will be successful.
Thank you for sharing

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DONNABRIGHT 3/11/2011 5:12PM

    Kidney stones are no fun - hope it is not that!

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PAMAPPLE 3/11/2011 3:33PM

    I'm glad that you were feeling fine to exercise. Best of luck that you will feel well and run a great 5K tomorrow!

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CLOVERR1 3/11/2011 1:36PM

    Whatever you do, have fun and take care of yourself!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/11/2011 1:15PM

    You have the right attitude....listen to your body

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/11/2011 11:12AM

    Good Luck either way!

What I really hope for you Slenderella is to have no pains!

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JOYINKY 3/11/2011 11:05AM

    Coulc be you walked it out either way; but, just continue to listen to your body. Stress can bring on lower back pain for me but with your history of kidney stones you have to stay aware. It's hard for me to believe it's psychological. I hope you continue to feel better.

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KASSIANDORA 3/11/2011 11:00AM

    It is awesome that you didn't completely ditch your exercise. Part of me would have probably used that as an excuse to go home and watch tv.

I hope you feel better!

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