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Details about My Story

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Since at least one SparkFriend asked for the details, above is the link to the book that is suppose to contain my story. When I submitted my story I expected one book to be published on the 50th anniversary of the creation of Peace Corps, 3/17/2011. However, I guess they had lots and lots of good stories, because they are publishing 4 volumes. The Africa volume and the Americas volume are now available. The Asia volume that probably will have my story is scheduled to be published in September.

Thanks for being excited for me! It's not every day I get published.

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FROSTY99 4/2/2011 9:19PM

    WOW Marsha-that is totally awesome as my granddaughter would say!

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JHADZHIA 4/1/2011 12:10PM

    That is so awesome!! What an odd name for a book.. Congratulations!

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WATERMELLEN 3/31/2011 8:53PM

    This. Is. So. Cool!!

Thanks for the link -- it's been added to my faves. Please let us all know when it's published!!

So: you were in the Peace Corps in Asia: what did you do?? C'mon: details!!!

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MONTY68 3/31/2011 7:06PM


Thank you for sharing the link, I am so happy for you. Remind us of the date when it will be released, I will purchase the book.
You certainly should be excited and proud, very few people get published.

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    How exciting!
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PARKERB2 3/31/2011 4:02PM

    emoticonCan't wait to read it.

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AQUAGIRL08 3/31/2011 3:02PM

    Fantastic news for you Marsha!

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GATOR12 3/31/2011 11:34AM

    Congrats. Exciting times for you, you have a right to be proud of this!!

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FREELADY 3/31/2011 11:05AM

    This is terrific! Love the cover! Congratulations!

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FREELADY 3/31/2011 11:05AM

    This is terrific! Love the cover! Congratulations!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/31/2011 11:01AM

    Most of us don't share your excitement in a lifetime!

WTG Marsha!!

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Trying Not to be Disappointed about a Little Delay

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

By this time I expected to be a published author. However, according to Amazon, the book that is suppose to contain my story has been rescheduled to be released September 2011 instead of March 2011.

I signed a contract on this little piece of my memoir over 2 years ago. I have no guarantee that my contribution will be included in the final product, although the editor has told me it will.

I'm trying to be patient. Patience, however, is not my greatest virtue.

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JOHAL52 4/1/2011 9:47AM

    emoticon emoticon -- can't wait to reserve a copy!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/31/2011 2:56PM

    How cool is that? This should be very exciting for you. I know the waiting is hard but maybe it will be well worth the wait.

I have some poems published somewhere out there. They were published when I was in high school when I won some sort of national writing contest. I never did get the book because the publisher messed up the order and my high school's order was lost. All I got was a refund. I would think that it would be neat to see something that you wrote in print where other people could read it. I know that the book with my poems in it supposedly is in the Library of Congress. (I doubt it but that's what they said)

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FITFABME2 3/31/2011 12:23PM

    Patience is difficult, isn't it? But you should take pleasure in what you have achieved to date. Being published is great but the product you've produced stands on its own already, right? You will have it forever to read and share with your loved ones...getting your thoughts on paper is the real product!

Being published would be awesome too, of course - but take pleasure in what you've already achieved!

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PEGGYANNSCH 3/31/2011 9:38AM

    I think it would be worth the wait

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/31/2011 9:01AM

    I certainly don't blame you for being frustrated, keeping my fingers crossed for a September release date

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WATERMELLEN 3/30/2011 8:00PM

    Very frustrating indeed to wait. Can you tell us a bit more about the book: the title, maybe, so your fans can order a copy from Amazon?

In the meantime: you can plan your outfit for the book launch!! And the promotional tour!!

Yay you!!

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JOYINKY 3/30/2011 7:41PM

    Ah, but time flys when you're having fun! Look at all the fun you are having here and with your precious granddaughters! Congratualtions on the contract! I hope you do keep writing!

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JHADZHIA 3/30/2011 7:11PM

    Congratulations! I guess a few months more won't hurt since you have been waiting 2 years! At least he says it will be in there..

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/30/2011 4:37PM

    That would be hard to wait for, but it will be worth it! How exciting!

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BLUESKY_321 3/30/2011 4:15PM

    Wow - this is so very very cool. Congratulations!!!!!

I imagine that it is very hard to have to wait and disappointing to have this delayed.

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SNOOKUMS19 3/30/2011 4:06PM

    I am not a patient person myself. Congrats on your accomplishments! Keep writing!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/30/2011 4:00PM

    Patience is hard -- but you've done what you can, and the rest is out of your hands. God Bless You as you wait!

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    You're going to be a celebrity! WooHoo!!

Sorry it will take a few more months - but you're going to be a celebrity!!

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Running On

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I finished a women's running book by Galloway and his wife. He is the one who recommends walking breaks in with the running. I'm kind of trying that method. My four mile run this morning had 30 seconds of walk break about every 5 minutes. I made the 4 miles in 44 minutes with a 7 minute walking warm up and a 9 minute walking cool down.

One thing I'm confused about is strength training. The Galloway book recommends core and arm strength training, but no leg strength training for runners. I've been strengthening my legs for over a year and a half now. Now I'm not sure whether to continue or not. Going to read my other running book, read more Spark articles, and maybe ask a Spark coach.

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AQUAGIRL08 3/31/2011 2:42PM

    I know nothing about running but I know you. I'm confident that you will research and come up with the best solution to the question of weight training for the lower body if you are a runner. Why don't you ask Coach Nancy or Coach Nicole?

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SUZYMOBILE 3/30/2011 2:19PM

    Marsha, I'd recommend that you ask LIVE2RUN4LIFE (Catherine), who is, in my opinion, a running and Galloway expert! You'll be sure to get a sensible answer from her, but I'm sure she wouldn't advise you to stop lower-body ST.

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KALIGIRL 3/30/2011 1:38PM

    Good thing to ask a coach - my guess is your core needs to be strong and you don't want to neglect your arms?

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MONTY68 3/29/2011 10:49PM

    Hi Marsha

Very interesting, Is Galloway the best authority on running? I seem to remember a chart in one of the Spark articles on running with walking break ins. I was surprised about no leg strength training. I guess you will find other sources that may clear up the answer your looking for.

Great blog, thank you for sharing

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WATERMELLEN 3/29/2011 8:32PM

    When I was running I did ST to stabilize the knee and hip joints and reduce injury -- and of course I still do lower body ST (with my elliptical cardio). I think a lot of runners tend to skip the ST altogether . . . I did when running 10 k a day in the early 90s . . . which was not the best plan!!

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FREELADY 3/29/2011 7:46PM

    My exercise coach says the military is also using walk/sprint intervals for training now.

You are getting so fast and strong! It fires me up to hear about your adventures!

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JOYINKY 3/29/2011 7:01PM

    I have no doubt you'll get it figured out Marsha! Nothing slows you on a quest! Be well, Joy

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JHADZHIA 3/29/2011 2:19PM

    That is an interesting and good question about strength training in the legs.. I would assume yes, to prevent injuries and strains on weaker muscles..
Good luck with it!

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Run and Be Active

Monday, March 28, 2011

I read a running article today that was eye opening. It cited a study of women runners over the age of 50. It found that older women runners only burned 80 calories more per day than women the same age who were non-runners. They attributed it to being less active the rest of the day, partly due to recovery from running. It suggested wearing a pedometer and aiming to remain active throughout the day if calorie burning is one of the reasons you run. Guess I should do a better job of keeping up with my pedometer!!

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PARKERB2 3/29/2011 12:00PM

    Maybe that why Idon't use as many calories when I run on the treadmill. Running don't burn nearly as much as walking on an incline. Thanks for the info.

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AQUAGIRL08 3/29/2011 9:58AM

    Very interesting! Thanks for the information!

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JOYINKY 3/29/2011 8:17AM

    I agree staying active throughout the day is important! That's what's in my I'M HOOKED blog from awhile back. My pedometer is my favorite fitness tool. Wear it all the time!

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MONTY68 3/28/2011 10:39PM

    Hi Marsha
I had read or heard recently that running or walking a mile burns the same amount of calories. The biggest difference was the time spent walking or running. If that is true, than the extra 80 calories would mean the runner was a little more active perhaps.
I think that you with everything you do everyday, are burning a lot of calories. I also know that you will keep track with the pedometer and verify how well you are doing.
Thanks for sharing

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JHADZHIA 3/28/2011 9:56PM

    Interesting info! Thanks for sharing! I do find it hard to move later in the day after one of my power workouts. The cold temps and icy streets are preventing me from getting out on the trails or I would be doing that as well. Day 6 of no outdoor exercise :((
I don't see you as a sedentary person. Running is just one more exercise in a long list for you..
You are the poster child for fit at 50!!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/28/2011 9:40PM

    I imagine that you are one of those continuously active persons (chasing grandbabies when you're "off work") who keep busy pretty much all day anyhow!!

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FREELADY 3/28/2011 9:34PM

    This is such useful information!

I will extrapolate from that . . . a lesson to myself, that even on a non-running day, keeping up the level of moderate activity throughout the day may be burning more calories than I think. So catch myself if I'm having a mostly sedentary day!

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I Am a Runner!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

It is true! I found it on the web site. I came in third in my age group in my 5K race. I don't know that I want that fact to change anything and yet I am unabashedly an award junkie. Yesterday, I bought two running books. This morning I tried a 4 minute run/1 minute walk workout for 40 minutes after a 5 minute walking warm up. I included a couple speed intervals. It felt good. Think I want to keep running and if I can win a few awards along the way, all to the good. But my real goal is health and my secondary goal is weight maintenance.

Did I mention weight? Yesterday at Weight Watchers I had my lowest weigh in there ever at 125.6. I am truly trying to maintain, but if I drop another pound or two it would not matter. I am feeling strong and healthy. And I now know I am a runner!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/28/2011 4:26PM

    Way to go Marsha!

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JOHAL52 3/28/2011 4:18PM

    emoticon way to go Marsha!

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MONTY68 3/27/2011 10:59PM

    HI Marsha
Congratulations on your finish and award. I think it is really great when we receive a reward or acknowledgement of a job well done. So, you officially consider yourself a runner, that is so good. I know that you will be good at it and will see your times get better. I think I read a few weeks ago about the "oldest" woman to compete in a marathon was only 94. You are so young.
Congratulations on your WW weigh in. You have done a awesome job on yourself.

Thanks for sharing

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FREELADY 3/27/2011 8:43PM

    Awards are proven to change behavior. Liking awards just marks you out as a wise and practical woman!

You deserve this! Three cheers! What fun!

Your overall health success proves you are good at making choices over and over, long-term, when the ordinary course of things is that no recognition or external reinforcement comes to you. So go ahead and revel in it, gloat a while, dance a jig, enjoy your award!

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SNOOKUMS19 3/27/2011 7:30PM

    It's late for me today to check my friends blogs. You are one of many that have had positive motivating blogs. Thanks for sending positive energy out there and have a wonderful night!

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BLUESKY_321 3/27/2011 6:53PM

    There is nothing wrong with admitting that we all like validation for our hard work. Sometimes it's internal, sometimes external - this week your validation came in the form of a 3rd place award! Hooray for you!!!!!!!

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TEXASGIDGET 3/27/2011 12:49PM

    Congrats! I bought a running book myself yesterday! Great job on coming in third for your age group! That's an accomplishment!

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KKINNEA 3/27/2011 12:03PM

    Great job! Running is great fun!

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CONTENTCHRIS 3/27/2011 12:02PM

    Very nice! emoticon

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    So proud of you!! emoticon

Although, of course, you were a runner and an ATHELETE well before that day! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 3/27/2011 11:45AM

    That is just so amazing, becoming a runner at your stage in life!! You are so awesome and it just goes to show no one has any excuses! You can get fit at any age!!
Enjoy your new passion as a runner! Bet you will still be doing it at age 90 too!
Well done! Great weight!
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JOYINKY 3/27/2011 11:27AM

    emoticonThere goes Marsha!!. . . . . emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/27/2011 11:19AM

    You are a runner!! And you are a Winner!! And you are an inspiration!!! Yeah!!

And yay you!!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/27/2011 11:05AM

    Awesome - you are also a Winner!!

WTG on the weight loss too!!

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AMANDAJCD 3/27/2011 11:04AM

    Congratulations -- that's too cool!

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