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Didn't Mean To

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I ran yesterday morning, but I didn't mean to. My plan was to run 3 days this week with at least one less strenuous day in between. Somehow, Wednesday morning I woke up raring to run and did. I forgot I had run the day before. Then I went to the gym and did my strength training which had been planned for a non-running day.

Perhaps it was coincidence or psychological, but I was totally wiped out last eve with no energy at all. I did sleep well and woke up feeling okay. Plan to take it easy today. Think I won't go to the gym, but will just do a couple hours of housecleaning today. My house needs it, and that would probably meet my reduced exercise need for the day.

I plan to track my food really well today, and keep my sodium down. I've been over on sodium several times recently and had some kind of sloppy tracking days. Although I got every food recorded, the amounts were wild guesses. I haven't been too far off, though. I weighed 124.4 this morn, which is right in the range I want to maintain. I prefer to focus on the food and exercise and know my weight is fine because I know I'm eating right and moving enough. But if I'm tracking sloppy, it is good the weight can help me know I'm doing okay.

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MANGOKAYAK 4/23/2011 2:51PM

    It sounds like your body was just telling you it was time to take a break. After 2 days of running and strength training on the second day too your body needs that rest and repair time. emoticon

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JANEWATKINS 4/22/2011 4:46AM

    Seems you've turned into a well-oiled, lean, mean runnin' machine.

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SLIMLILA 4/22/2011 1:46AM

    So, is that bad thing? If you run 2 days in a row, that sounds great to me! Thanks for your comments on my blogs lately too. I did sit and hold the babe for almost an hour tonite, different perspective alright!

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_LINDA 4/22/2011 1:38AM

    So glad you are listening to your body! Enjoy your 'rest' day! I too, have been horrendous on sodium -too much stuffing with my turkey -its a huge weakness, can't get enough even though I am not much a bread person..
Enjoy your Good Friday..

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MONTY68 4/21/2011 11:52PM

    Hi Marsha
I found this so interesting, perhaps a little funny, that you ran 2 days in a row and then went to the gym. I know nothing about running and how often. I walk everyday and have read articles suggesting the idea of daily walks. I have read some where that in ST, there should be a day off. I also read that on alternate days, one could do different exercises.
Glad you are tracking, what ever you are estimating isn't creating any gain in weight.
You sure are a inspiration and I appreciate it when you blog.

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FREELADY 4/21/2011 10:17PM

    I learn so much from you!

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WATERMELLEN 4/21/2011 10:05PM

    Sounds all good to me -- including taking an "easier" day when you feel you've over-exercised. I do the same, for sure. And your weight tells you that your tracking is working fine too.

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AQUAGIRL08 4/21/2011 8:09PM

    You are doing great planning and listening to your body Marsha! Well done!

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JOYINKY 4/21/2011 7:56PM

    I think you're just finding what works for you. Takes that for it to become a lifestyle instead of a mission. WTG!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/21/2011 11:15AM

    I have heard no ST on consecutive days - but I'm not sure about running. I know it is recommended to walk daily.

You are doing great!

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HAPPYSOUL91 4/21/2011 9:46AM

    Eating right and moving that's a plan

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MANDARYANE 4/21/2011 9:08AM

    It sounds like you are doing fantastic! Now you are exercising like it's just part of the day, and you are enjoying it! That's amazing!!! Keep up the great work!

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Early to Bed, Early to Run - Part 2

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I did it! I got up at 5 am and met the group before 6am. I enjoyed two laps around a lovely lake @ 2.84 miles per lap, watching the sun rise and an amazing variety of birds. I ran most of it, but I did take some walk breaks. Even with the walk breaks, I made 5.68 miles in under an hour.

I'm not sure it is worth going to join the group, though. They start out running and I really need to walk slowly 5 minutes and then walk faster for 5 minutes before I start running. So I fell behind the group I started with. A mile or so later I caught up to them. But they soon went a different direction as they were going to run 10 miles, which is too much for me at this point. I ended up running by myself. I can do that closer to home and save gas. I'm glad I went once, though, and perhaps later if I build up to run longer I'll go again some early Sunday.

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BLUESKY_321 4/21/2011 2:44PM

    I agree 110% with Joyinky! Way to go for trying something new! Now you know what it's all about and if/when you decide that's the type of running you are looking for, you know where to find it!
Even better, knowing yourself and your body and being confident enough to keep your own pace!

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PARKERB2 4/20/2011 7:11PM

    I wish I could run long distances. The most I can do is 5 minutes at a time of running, then walk, then run 2 minutes, etc. I seldom do more than 10 minutes of running doing intervals. Glad you are able to do your running close home. We can't afford to go long distances since gas is now $3.74 here in Western North Carolina. Have a good day.

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/20/2011 3:16PM

    Sounds like running on your own is the best choice for now. It's that way for me too. The early morning run around the lake sounds lovely though...and you must have felt so accomplished the rest of the day. Very cute background picture!

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MONTY68 4/17/2011 11:02PM

    Hi Marsha
I was glad that you tried the walk this morning. Now, you know that at this time it is not for you, You did great on your walk and I think that with what you are doing in your life, you are a great inspiration to all of us.
Thanks for sharing

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    saving gas these days is no joking matter. that's why I use the free trail instead of traveling into the city to use a gym.

I am very impressed with your progress!!

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_LINDA 4/17/2011 1:34PM

    Glad you got there and were able to give it a try. I am surprised they start out running right away, where is the warm up?? Are these young people who don't feel the need for a warm up? You are doing it in a much more sensible manner that will go a long way to insure you don't get injuries...
Well done on your time, and wasn't that wonderful, the scenery and all those birds??
You are right though, this group isn't suitable for you yet. Going your own way makes more sense. You need to develop under your own time clock..
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday relaxing and recovering!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/17/2011 11:23AM

    It was worth a shot. Now you know and you won't wonder. I'll bet that the sunrise was spectacular! It sounds like the club is made up of some serious runners but you can still pick and choose some of their events.

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JOYINKY 4/17/2011 9:52AM

    I really admire that you took a shot at this to find out. I admire even more that you listen to your body! Now, enjoy the rest of your day! emoticon emoticon

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SNOOKUMS19 4/17/2011 8:48AM

    It's great to try something new even if it doesn't end up being what you want. You are growing as a person and it's alway fun to read about! Have a great day!

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Early to Bed, Early to Run

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I could go run with Lakeland Runner's Club tomorrow morning if I want to get up about 5am. It starts at 6am, but it would take me a while to get going and drive there.

If I want to maximize my running, I will need to get in the habit of going to sleep earlier. Not sure if I can, but I'll try. It just might be worth it!

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_LINDA 4/17/2011 1:29PM

    I wonder why they like such an early start.. As we have found with Spark People, we CAN form new habits, and so can you! The desire to run is your motivation!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/17/2011 11:19AM

    Try it and see if you feel comfortable with it. If it isn't a fit, try something else. Good luck!

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JOYINKY 4/17/2011 9:37AM

    Not for me; enjoy your day! Smiles, Joy

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SWEATONCEADAY 4/17/2011 2:16AM

    hope you have a good run.

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SNOOKUMS19 4/16/2011 10:53PM

    Enjoy your run!

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MONTY68 4/16/2011 10:00PM

    Hi Marsha
I guess the only way you will know if you can get up that early is to try it and see if it works for you. I know that you will make the right decision for you
Thank you for sharing

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KERRYG155 4/16/2011 8:19PM

    Years ago I thought runners were just crazy then I lost weight and started running and really enjoyed it but now I have arthritis in the back with scoliosis so now I can only think about running. I'm sure if you love running then you will like getting up early and doing it! emoticon

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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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JOAN_HEO 4/15/2011 11:17AM

    Fantastic!! You ARE and you LOOK like a runner!!!! 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.



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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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_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?

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