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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.
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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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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 3/27/2011 11:45AM

    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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Accolades ????

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Today at Weight Watchers a woman I ran the Senior Games 5K Road Race with told me that I left too early. She said that despite the fact that I saw many, many people cross the finish line before me, that I came in third in my age group and should have received a medal. Might be true! Guess I'll call the office next week and see if there is an award I should go pick up.

  
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AMANDAJCD 3/27/2011 10:54AM

    Hehehe... how awesome!! You'll have to bring the medal to the next team walk :D

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SSORENSEN1 3/27/2011 9:39AM

    Congrats! emoticon

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FREELADY 3/26/2011 10:12PM

    Exciting! And I think it's lovely that you had all this time to be thoroughly delighted with yourself, enjoying on your own what you knew was a job well done, BEFORE the external recognition came through!

But I'm so happy for you, that the accolades actually accrued!
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WILD4STARS 3/26/2011 8:38PM

    emoticonHow cool is that ??

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JOYINKY 3/26/2011 8:28PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/26/2011 7:58PM

    Good job, Marsha! emoticon

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FITFABME 3/26/2011 7:54PM

    Pretty darned nice! Might as well get the award you earned...I'm sure you put a lot of work into it!

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JHADZHIA 3/26/2011 7:25PM

    How cool is that? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 3/26/2011 7:17PM

    Awesome!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/26/2011 6:43PM

    fun!


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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/26/2011 6:21PM

    How awesome!!

WTG Marsha!! I hope you do get a medal!!

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WATERMELLEN 3/26/2011 4:38PM

    Wow, that's fabulous!!

You have launched yourself into running with a real bang!!

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BLUESKY_321 3/26/2011 4:35PM

    Hooray!

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KALIGIRL 3/26/2011 4:33PM

    Cool!

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MONTY68 3/26/2011 4:16PM

    Hi Marsha
Well, congrats, hope they have the award for you. The only 5K I was in, I finished last and went home. What was funny, I came in first in my age group since I was the only one in it. Never investigated to see what I received.
It would be nice e if they still have your award.
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PARKERB2 3/26/2011 2:59PM

    emoticon Our Weight Watchers leader walks in Marathons. She always finishing her race and she says that is as good as winning! Have a good day! emoticon

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SNOOKUMS19 3/26/2011 2:28PM

    Omg soooooo awesome! Post your medal when you get it!!!!! Enjoy your victories :)

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The Advantages Far Outweigh the Disadvantages, But...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

As I retrieved my sweaty clothes from my car after my very good gym workout this morning, many of the advantages of my healthy lifestyle were going through my mind: I'm healthier, I'm more energetic, I feel better, I look better, I feel better about myself, etc. Yet when I walked into the laundry room and saw all my workout clothes lying around, it occurred to me there are a few disadvantages. More laundry is one of them.

No, I'm really not complaining. I'm glad to wash my workout clothes. I just realize for some of my friends and co-workers just getting started, the healthier lifestyle does make for more work BEFORE it gives you more energy. But pretty soon it becomes clear, the advantages far, far, far outweigh the disadvantages. Hope my buddies that are just getting started will hang in there long enough to see it!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 3/26/2011 7:09PM

    A very small price to pay indeed!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 3/26/2011 4:13PM

    Weighing and measuring food: 10 minutes a day
Changing into and out of workout clothes: 10 minutes a day
Feeling like I have the oomph to actually do those things: Priceless!! :-D

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SNOOKUMS19 3/25/2011 4:17PM

    Its funny during the winter my kids are full of sports activities. My husband and I both workout as well. So Omg I could have a hamper just for our workout clothes! I guess that means we are a very healthy family. I guess that also means I should teach my family how to do their own laundry!

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SLIMLILA 3/25/2011 1:29AM

    Who knew - more work - doesn't that also burn more calories?? It's a good thing though, eh?
Thanks for commenting on my blog today and like you say hoping this is the start of better things....

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WATERMELLEN 3/24/2011 10:14PM

    "Dieting" really does take time and energy: no question about it. Gym clothes laundry is one of those tasks (wish I could tell you that everyone who works out at my gym wears fresh gym clothes every time: oughta be the law!! )

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HAWKEYERANT 3/24/2011 2:06PM

    Great blog - this made me smile! My workout clothes smell because I rewear them! I hate doing laundry!

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MIRAGE727 3/24/2011 1:41PM

    Amen! More workout clothes and socks to clean but small price to pay. As a matter of fact, I'm going right now to do a load! :D Mine don't stink though. I'm always Tide fresh! LOL

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KALIGIRL 3/24/2011 1:20PM

    So right - give a little to get a little...

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/24/2011 11:59AM

    It is fantastic how well it is working for you

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MONTY68 3/24/2011 11:44AM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog. I never thought of the laundry as a disadvantage, but I guess it could be. I thought of the idea that someone who isn't totally motivated might think a disadvantage would be giving up free time or TV time.
Thanks for sharing

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JOYINKY 3/24/2011 11:42AM

    They workout side of my closet has a lot more clothes in it than the regular side. Makes life easier. It has changed many things! No way I'd go back!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/24/2011 11:33AM

    agreed! and my laundry is definitely more stinky these days too!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/24/2011 11:32AM

    In the summer I have the same problem - but as long as I have enough clothing for one full week, I am a happy camper!

I need to find some new camisole/shelf-bra tops this year! Ah, the agonies of being slimmer!

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SHARJOPAUL 3/24/2011 11:23AM

    An extra load or two of laundry is a very small price to pay for everything a healthier lifestyle gives.

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