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Novice Pair

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Kahlua and I ran some this morning. During the warm up walk one of my neighbors rolled down his car window and asked me who was winning. I realized he was commenting on the tugging I was doing at that moment. But 80% of the time she walked very nicely on the leash. I accidentally stepped on her paw once, so I figured we were even.

Then came the first run. I think she was surprised. After about half a mile jog we came to a shady spot. She flopped down panting and didn't want to move. So I let her rest and I paced a couple minutes and then I planned to walk her home. But she'd caught her breath and wanted to run again. Twice I left her at home when she seemed tired, but she recovered quickly and clearly wanted to rejoin me. On the last run I was glad the neighbor with the comments wasn't looking. I think there was a 50 pound dog running nearly top speed down the street almost dragging an 125 pound woman!

(Don't worry. We got 7 obedience classes included in her adoption fee. Even if we hadn't, we would be taking her to class. So all of us will improve.)

  
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AMANDAJCD 4/11/2011 8:00PM

    Obedience classes are an excellent thing -- and congrats on the new running partner!!

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SNOOKUMS19 4/11/2011 6:16PM

    Your blog made me smile! Have a healthy night!

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JOYINKY 4/11/2011 5:36PM

    What fun! For both of you! But I agree; the classes are a good idea. WTG!

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WILD4STARS 4/11/2011 4:34PM

    How about posting a photo of your new running partner? We would love to see her.

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KEKEIKO 4/11/2011 3:36PM

    and Kahlua was probably thinking ... gesh ... when is this woman going to catch up. LOL

Things will improve when she knows what she's supposed to do. Right now, you're lots of fun!

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Hugs,
Keke

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KALIGIRL 4/11/2011 1:43PM

    Here's to improvement and a new exercise companion!

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MONTY68 4/11/2011 12:27PM

    Hi Marsha,
I had to laugh at this blog. I could picture your description of a 50 pound dog dragging you along the street. At least Kahlua knows when she is tired and rests for a while. It is a good idea to take the classed.
Thank you for sharing and look forward to more stories about you and Kahlua.

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/11/2011 11:33AM

    I would imagine she needs to get in condition, the same as us.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/11/2011 11:26AM

    How wonderful is she? You really made me smile with this blog! I can't wait to read the next one!

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WATERMELLEN 4/11/2011 8:19AM

    Love to hear about you and Kahlua! My Charlie loved all of his abedience classes (he lives to please, we just have to explain to him what we'd like!!) and he'd be quick to tell you that those freeze dried liver treats are very popular (healthy) rewards.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/11/2011 7:59AM

    WTG!

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DAVEYSHADOW 4/11/2011 5:04AM

    emoticon enjoy the running, both of you!

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FROSTY99 4/10/2011 9:59PM

    I had a chuckle at this blog. Abbie went to obedience when she was 6 mo old and for the most part minds extremely well. At 14 lbs she isn't going to pull me too far, but she can hold her own when she doesn't want to do something so....even the little ones can battle in their own way.
Enjoy you new running buddy, you will soon settle into a routine.
Pat

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May Have a New Running Partner

Saturday, April 09, 2011

We added a new member to our family today. She's 8 months old -- a German shepherd and labrador mix. She's really sweet, but a little skiddish. We are her third family, so she's been through a bit. With DH being home all day and our 1/2 acre fenced yard, I think we are the family she needs.

Wish I were good with the camera. She is a beautiful dog, especially when she runs in the sunlight. I'll try to get someone to take a picture so I can post it.

Natalie vacilated from being delighted to scared and back to delighted. I predict that they will get to know each other and be good friends within a week. My DD really likes the dog, so that helps. The dog knows her name, Kahlua. We toyed with changing the name, but I think the whole family has decided to keep it. There has been some talk about Madame Kahlua, but that may be over dramatic! She is definitely the biggest dog (50 pounds) I've ever had and has the most energy. She may enjoy running with me. We'll see.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 4/11/2011 11:23AM

    We wondered if you were one of the lucky ones who got to adopt on Saturday. I'm so glad that you did! Kahlua is an unusual and beautiful name for a dog. She will made a wonderful running partner once you adjust to one another. Congratulations on your new family member!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/10/2011 9:41PM

    Congrats on your new furry friend! Hope the running together works out... I know my Diamond used to spur me on, back in the day... at her top she weighed about 45 to 50 pounds, and it was pure muscle.

There's not a lot that's as satisfying as seeing a dog enjoying a good run.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/10/2011 4:00PM

    It's fun to run with a dog - unless you leash it.

If you leash - be prepared to stop often, lol.

Good luck - I have always enjoyed Kahlua!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/10/2011 9:53AM

    How great especially since your DH is home in the day. All the dogs we had were 55 - 65 lbs. and love that size. Have fun with her

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BLUESKY_321 4/10/2011 9:42AM

    What a lucky dog! Having a running partner that depends on you is a great motivator on those days that you feel like you might want to skip your workout - I know one look at my Tukuli's wagging tail as he sits by my running shoes is enough to get me out on the road!

Lucky dog, lucky family!

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KEKEIKO 4/10/2011 9:27AM

    It sounds as though there's a good match! Congratulations on the new addition. Oh I luv Madame Kahlua. Could shortened it to Maddy Kahlua. Then eventually Maddy. You two will have lots of fun and special bonding. My canine pals enjoy the quality time we spend on our long distance walks. I hope she brings you as much joy as you will bring into her life.

Enjoy! emoticon

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SNOOKUMS19 4/10/2011 8:37AM

    Bless you for taking in a dog who has been with 3 families. We got our Bison from a shelter and he was such a gift. I can't imagine another dog being a better fit for us. I understand her being so big could be a problem. I'm only 5ft 1 in tall and she would probably intimide me. I hope all goes well with her. Love the name by the way. Have a fun run with her!

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JOYINKY 4/10/2011 8:37AM

    Sounds perfect! I know Kahlua will be a wonderful dog and I guarentee you will be running or walking a LOT more if you make her your partner and she will love it!

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FREELADY 4/10/2011 6:02AM

    What a delightful development! Love your tender, compassionate heart!

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MONTY68 4/10/2011 12:37AM

    Hi Marsha
Your blog just lit up with the excitement. It is so nice that you were able to get this dog. It looks like a love affair for the whole family including Kahlua.
It would be a lot of fun , if she becomes a running partner. You have to get someone to take the picture so you can post it.

Thanks for sharing
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FITFABME2 4/9/2011 11:18PM

    How awesome is that! Enjoy!! I love my running buddy (Beau) - photo posted on my SparkPage. Golden Retriever/Chow mix -- good for you to have welcomed Madame Kahlua

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WATERMELLEN 4/9/2011 10:40PM

    You sound like the perfect family for Kahlua -- and how lovely if she turns out to enjoy running with you!!

Our Charlie (golden retriever) is 84 pounds, a big golden, but very sweet and gentle. He has a half acre fenced yard too and loves it -- also loves roller blading with our son!!

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Massage Cane

Friday, April 08, 2011

I'm having just a little problem with cramping on the outside of my left foot. Although my daughter is a licensed massage therapist with magic fingers, having two little kids in tow I rarely get a massage. I tried to massage my foot myself, but just didn't feel like I was getting deep enough. Then I remembered my old friend: my TheraCane. I had previously used it on my shoulders and back, but it worked nicely on my foot. If you've never seen one, you might want to check it out: www.theracane.com . I recommend it. -Marsha

  
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AQUAGIRL08 4/9/2011 6:33PM

    I've had two physical therapists who use them. They are great!

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MNNICE 4/9/2011 3:59PM

    I have heard of these and they sound interesting. Wish my daughter was a massage therapist!!!

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KEKEIKO 4/9/2011 8:24AM

    Thank you for sharing. This is a great gift idea. I like the fact that the TheraCane is useful in many ways. Wonderful that you have found an alternative way to get into the deep area that is causing pain and to be able to work it out on your own.

Hugs,
Keke

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/9/2011 8:22AM

    Cool!

I have DH for my feet.

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JOYINKY 4/9/2011 6:57AM

    I'm glad you found something that gave you some relief!

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JHADZHIA 4/9/2011 1:41AM

    So glad you found something to work for you! I have seen all kinds of massage items, but not heard of that one..

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MONTY68 4/9/2011 1:05AM

    Hi Marsha
Thank you for sharing the info on a massage cane. I had not heard of it. Will have to find one locally. The link you provided gives some ideas of finding a local dealer.
Thank you for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 4/8/2011 9:01PM

    So glad your foot is feeling better -- interesting approach!!

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FRAN0426 4/8/2011 8:50PM

    The theracane looks like a handle piece for muscle message, will keep it in mind

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Things Change....

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I was just remembering my "home ec" class in high school and the lessons we learned about nutrition. I remember going home and telling my mom we needed to consume the liquid off the canned veggies. Her response was lukewarm at best. In school we learned that the liquid contained the water soluble vitamins. For months I drank the veggie juice that mom had previously poured off.

Now I buy mostly no salt added and reduced sodium when I buy canned. I buy a whole lot more fresh veggies and more frozen veggies than I ate growing up. Now if I buy canned veggies like I ate daily as a kid, I not only pour off the salty liquid, I wash the salt off the veggies. Things change!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 4/10/2011 8:01PM

    I'm with you on this one. I do the same if I have to canned - very rare in our house.

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JHADZHIA 4/9/2011 1:39AM

    What a wonderful change too! I so much prefer fresh over canned or frozen.. Anything out of a can does get thoroughly rinsed!
Keep up the fantastic work!

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WATERMELLEN 4/8/2011 8:25PM

    Gosh, I remember canned veggies too-- and now, other than canned chickpeas and the like (those well rinsed!!) hardly ever have anything other than fresh or frozen!

Thanks for your kind congratulations on my birthday: your support this past while has been so important to me!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/8/2011 9:32AM

    I agree that things change, our tastes change and we are always learning about vitamins/minerals and fats

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PARKERB2 4/7/2011 8:31PM

    The fresh veggies out of the garden are the best! But when you can't get fresh, I've heard frozen is next best. Have a good day. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/7/2011 7:24PM

    However, I cook my frozen veggies and love to drink what they call in the deep south, "pot liquor" - the broth is so sweet from my mixed veggies!

WTG Marsha!

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FREELADY 4/7/2011 4:53PM

    Your resilience and thoughtful choices have sealed your success! We will keep growing and changing to get healthier and healthier.

Thank you for setting the pace for us!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/7/2011 2:17PM

    You're absolutely right, they change! I'd forgotten that! emoticon

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MNNICE 4/7/2011 12:47PM

    Yes, they do change, and we are all still young enough to change along with the times! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 4/7/2011 12:47PM

    They sure do change! I remember it too!

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SNOOKUMS19 4/7/2011 11:36AM

    The more we know, the better we do! Have a healthy day.

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MONTY68 4/7/2011 11:30AM

    Hi Marsha
Yes, I grew up with that same idea, throw away the vegetables and drink the liquid.
If I was going to use canned veggies, I would also drain it and keep the veggies, I try to use fresh, but the fresh frozen veggies are good. Things and ideas do change.
Thanks for sharing

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When It Feels Right

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Day before yesterday I put it in my status. I set a goal to beat my personal record for the fastest mile on my treadmill. My previous fastest (that I paid attention to anyway) was a 10 minute mile. I was aiming for a 9.5 minute mile. I really thought I could do it with no trouble. In my 5K race, my first mile took 11 minutes flat, the second mile 10 minutes and a few seconds, and third mile I covered in just over 9 minutes. So I didn't think it would be a problem. I was thinking a fast workout: 10 minute warm up, 9.5 minute mile, and 10 minute cool down. Well, it just didn't feel good on the treadmill. Admittedly it was 81 degrees when I tried it and my race was about 20 degrees cooler. So I just decided to tackle a different goal.

I did achieve a personal best, but it was not speed. I instead achieved my farthest distance at one time on the treadmill. I made 5 miles in 62 minutes. It felt good; it felt right. I ran 40 minutes but only 2 tenths of a mile was at the 6.4 mph/9.5 minute per mile speed. I walked 22 minutes of it. I will achieve the 9.5 minute mile at another time -- when it feels right.

  
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WATERMELLEN 4/6/2011 8:25PM

    So glad that you didn't push in all that heat -- yikes!!

And thanks for your comments on fitting into my stripey jacket -- who knows how long that "great bargain" would have hung in my closet if YOU hadn't inspired me to peel off a few pounds with Beck!! No bargain at all if I can't wear it, right??

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BLUESKY_321 4/6/2011 5:56PM

    Wow Marsha! I am SO IMPRESSED!

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MONTY68 4/6/2011 5:21PM

    Hi Marsha
Great blog, you are amazing with what you do, but I am impressed as I see you as one who pays attention to your body. What an accomplishment today and I am sure when your body tells you, you will beat your personnel best.
Thank you for sharing

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AQUAGIRL08 4/6/2011 3:35PM

    You have a good healthy attitude Marsha!

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SNOOKUMS19 4/6/2011 1:25PM

    That all sounds awesome!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 4/6/2011 12:28PM

    You did great! Setting goals is good but being sensible and listening to your body is even better! WTG!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/6/2011 12:13PM

    WTG Marsha - you have officially left me in the dirt, lol.

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JHADZHIA 4/6/2011 11:22AM

    That temperature is pretty high to try and push it. You did well not to. That distance and time is still impressive! Well done!! I have no excuses for not putting in intense workouts with the cold temperatures we get here. Yesterday in the 43 temperature and sun, I actually felt overheated on the trail lol. Some people (mostly guys) are already wearing shorts..

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JOHAL52 4/6/2011 11:21AM

    And you are enjoying the stride--THAT's the main thing, right?

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/6/2011 9:50AM

    I am so impressed with your determination and drive....outstanding

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818VALERIE 4/6/2011 8:42AM

    It's all about you and what you can do. Good for you for going 62 minutes. That is IMPRESSIVE. emoticon

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CAM2438 4/6/2011 8:21AM

    Good for you! It sounds as though you are definitely n the right track!

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