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"You Look Like a Runner!"

Friday, April 15, 2011

I went to the Lakeland Runner's Club meeting last eve and was delighted to see that it was a very diverse group of all ages and both genders. One of the certified coaches I spoke to commented, "You look like a runner." I take that as the best compliment I've had in a long time!

I joined and with my membership received admission to one of 4 events. Well, actually the event I chose is the Watermellon Series of 4 runs: 2 in June, 1 in July and 1 in August. It will be hot, but I'm going to give it a good try. I'm been very inspired by our own WATERMELLON (Ellen) that I thought it was a good omen!

  
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WALKINGANNIE 4/16/2011 5:24PM

    Great job Marsha - one awesome woman inspired by another.

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AMANDAJCD 4/16/2011 3:13PM

    That's too awesome, Marsha!

I meant to tell you, when we had our last team walk on April 2nd one of my bosses drove by on the lake was very impressed with your running (and with the fact I was up that early on a Saturday, LOL).

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AQUAGIRL08 4/16/2011 2:23PM

    That sounds wonderful! I know that you can do it!

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_LINDA 4/16/2011 1:07AM

    You can't get a better endorsement then that! Well done!! LOVE that name for a race, its for sure a great omen!!
The heat will be a concern, but I am sure you know to keep yourself well hydrated, right? Good sweat wicking clothes and proper socks should round out the to do list. I think its time to see a photo of Marsha in her pro running outfit, don't you?? Go Marsha!!!

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MONTY68 4/15/2011 10:31PM

    Hi Miss Runner
Congratulations, I am so glad you went to the meeting and joined, adding another dimension to your routines. It will be fun to watch your results in the upcoming races you signed up for.
Thank you for sharing

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WATERMELLEN 4/15/2011 9:01PM

    I love this!! "YOu look like a runner"!! yay you!!

Gotta confess that my "Watermellen" tag comes from a little girl nickname, "ellen ellen watermelon" . . . cause I was a round little girl.

And -- now we're not, right??



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GATOR12 4/15/2011 7:18PM

    You ARE a runner and worked hard to get there and to be there!!

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KKINNEA 4/15/2011 2:45PM

    Great job, runner! Sounds like you'll have great fun with this group.

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JOYINKY 4/15/2011 2:43PM

    Enjoy the kudos; you've earned them! And, you do look great!

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SNOOKUMS19 4/15/2011 2:40PM

    So inspiring! When I started being asked if I am a dance instructor when going to classes I knew my life had changed forever. :) You are a runner. Take it and embrace it. Wear it like a badge of honor. You are a healthy person. Enjoy your success!

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PARKERB2 4/15/2011 12:19PM

    You do look great! I'm sure you'll do great in the runs, also. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/15/2011 11:18AM

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JOAN_HEO 4/15/2011 11:17AM

    Fantastic!! You ARE and you LOOK like a runner!!!!...it doesn't get much better!

I had a college girl I was running with in last Sunday's 5K (my first) tell me I had great calves! Didn't THAT make me feel good! =)

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Kahlua and Running Updates

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I guess we are past the honeymoon period. For the first several days, Kahlua (our 8 month old shepherd-labrador mix rescue dog) didn't chew up a thing. But now she needs a new Easy Walk harness as she bit hers in two. She demolished a dog toy rope-ball combo thing, she ate the insides out of hubby's shoes, dragged 3 Barbie dolls into the yard although I don't think they are any worse the wear, and took one unexplained bite out of a couch. Well, we are in this for the long haul.

She goes to the vet on Friday and we look forward to a health report. I don't know whether to be concerned or not. I've never had a dog that was such a dainty eater. It takes her a couple hours to finish a meal. She takes a bite and walks away and comes back in a while. I'm used to dogs that guzzle their food. May be she is just extra smart about food. Who knows?

She does not start obedience classes until May, even though I wish it were this week. She is strong and is hard to walk on a leash. The great thing, though, is my hubby is walking her morning and evening. He was not getting any exercise except yard work, so I think this is just great! He says it gives his arms a better workout than his legs because she tugs so much. This morning I did a long run without her, but then I came back and ran her a quarter mile. She does have a perfect record so far on the housebreaking. No accidents to date!!

Actually, this morning I ran 6.2 miles -- a 10K -- in 55 minutes. I don't think I timed it wrong. I think I really did that. I'm amazed. It was less than 70 degrees and not very humid this morning, so just perfect for running. It really felt good running on the Fort Frasier Trail. I walked there from my house, so I had a good 15 minute warm up and cool down. I ran all the way to Bartow Ford from Highland City Trailhead. It seems funny to run someplace that you have driven to over and over again.

I think I'll go try out the Lakeland Runner's Club meeting this evening. I just might learn something about my new hobby!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 4/14/2011 10:16PM

    When we rescued our little male dog, he ate the same way and then chewed everything in sight. We finally figured out that he is a very anxious dog and chewing is his outlet. He chewed through 3 entire sofas, several chairs, a few tables and dining room chairs, numerous pillows etc. Spraying bitter apple on his items of choice will help slow him down a little but we had to crate him for a while to calm him down. The thing that actually worked the best was the passage of time. By the time he hit 3 years old, he realized that when we left in the morning, we were going to come back sometime during the day. He's 13 now and has a stack of chew toys but no longer destroys furniture. He does suck/lick his paw and has done that since he was about 3-4 years old. The vet said it's equal to a small child sucking a thumb and is typical of a dog who was once abandoned or abused and is very anxious. The paw sucking sooths him when he gets anxious. Isn't that wild?

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JOYINKY 4/14/2011 6:29PM

    Pleased with the update on Kahlua. Glad you're in it for the long haul. The first year with a puppy is rough and I believe that people give up around 8 or 9 months just as things are about to turn. Thought that when you made this adoption; you are on the brink of adolescence and as puppyhood is left behind the chewing will be too. Hang in there. With patience she can be brought around to your feeding schedule; could be she was free fed before with kibble just always available to her. Your vet should be able to advise you there; or any good dog book. I wouldn't wait for classes to start her walking without pulling on a leash, there are all kinds of videos on the internet that can get you started. She's too big to be allowed to pull; a shame someone didn't start that sooner. Patience, you have a fine dog in the making and a great potential walking running buddy. Starting now on good walking manners will make the obedience classes easier. Be well, Joy

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MONTY68 4/14/2011 6:26PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on your awesome run this morning, You are simply amazing and you came back home and took Kahlua for a short run.

I am not sure but I think a lot of puppies like to chew things. How it is corrected , I have no ideas I also find her eating habits interesting, we humans might take a note from her. I found when I had a dog and cat, that our cat would eat a small amount, while the dog ate everything and also the cats food. Hope she has a good exam and maybe the vet will have some suggestions on eating and chewing.
It seems like a bonus that your husband is getting some exercise.
Thank you for sharing and are you still going to the meeting tonight?

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WALKINGANNIE 4/14/2011 5:13PM

    Good to see that you're still full of energy and vigour Marsha.

Kahlua is a beautiful name.

Thanks for all your good wishes.

Love,

Annie

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SNOOKUMS19 4/14/2011 3:42PM

    That is so awesome! You amaze me :). Sorry to hear that your puppy is chewing. I think maybe he is feeling like part of the family, for better or for worse :). I hope he gets all A's on his health report. Enjoy your success!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/14/2011 12:05PM

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_LINDA 4/14/2011 11:32AM

    Way to go Marsha, that time is just so fantastic!! I can't imagine getting somewhere that quick under my own steam LOL!
Your new fur baby is proving to be quite the challenge. Its actually very interesting that she is turning out to be a chewer and yet is so dainty with her food. A good thing to take up with the vet becaue that contrast doesn't make much sense.
That is nice hubby is getting involved too. Looks like getting her to lead properly will be a first priority with her for safety sake. You don't want to know how many times my poor step dad was hauled down by Bendix, although it wasn't because he wouldn't lead properly, it was because he loved to chase fur bearing creatures so strongly, there was nothing we could do about it. He did fine at training classes, but those were under controlled conditions with no distractions.. It would have been interesting if one of those fancy TV trainers could have cured him of this, but I doubt it..
Good luck with Kahlua at the vet. Curious, why this name?
Hugs,
Linda

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Natalie's Bad Mistake Written by Old Mom

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Yesterday Natalie came up to me and more or less said I heard that you write stories that get put into books and do I have a story for you. You name it, "Natalie's Bad Mistake Written by Old Mom." Needless to say, I was all ears.

She said that a couple of days ago when I was busy feeding the baby rice cereal and bananas that she took Gwen's baby bottle when I wasn't looking. She said that breast milk is really yucky and that it made her throw up in the grass.

Her story may not make it into a book, but thanks to SparkPeople, I get to share it. Live and learn!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 4/14/2011 10:03PM

    What a great story! You made me smile!

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MONGO2TEN 4/14/2011 5:37AM

    Oh too cute:)

~Nancy

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MONTY68 4/13/2011 11:39PM

    Hi Marsha

Was it Art linkletter who had a show about kids saying things. (you are probably to young to remember) Anyhow, I think what your granddaughter said is so precious yet funny. It is good that you can share it.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 4/13/2011 7:05PM

    Maybe it was an old bottle not completely emptied. That could be pretty yucky.

Children are so honest.

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WATERMELLEN 4/13/2011 6:46PM

    She is so precious: you'll get to tell this one at her first baby shower!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/13/2011 4:10PM

    Oh my word!

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_LINDA 4/13/2011 3:55PM

    Ewww. I don't know if I should say thanks for sharing this lol.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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AMANDAJCD 4/13/2011 2:41PM

    Hehehehe!!! Kids are a bottomless treasure trove of writing inspiration :)

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WILD4STARS 4/13/2011 1:53PM

    Bless her heart!

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SNOOKUMS19 4/13/2011 1:45PM

    Omg how can you make me smile huge on such a gloomy day? It's a gift :)

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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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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.

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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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FITFABME 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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