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Pictures of our Bok Tower Outing

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Yesterday morning at Bok Tower was a great time! I put 5 pix in my gallery and thanks to you who made nice comments. I love it that I was 32 years old when I had my one and only child and she was 25 and 28 when she had hers, but I still get called a young grandmother!!

My daughter took a lot of good pictures, so I'll share a few more. Here's Natalie running next to flowers:

Here's Natalie standing by flowers. The rest of us were under a canopy finishing a healthy lunch. It had been raining a bit, but Natalie didn't mind a touch of drizzle.

Natalie in front of the tower, not exactly posing:

I love the bells and we heard them on the hour and half hour. Here's Natalie playing the carillon:

The largest bell is the size of a girl just a bit taller than Natalie:

Before the rain Natalie enjoyed the grass and the sand:

I took this picture of Gwen, Natalie, and my dear daughter:

Natalie feeding the koi:

Gwen in the grass, before the rain:

Gwen with hat (there were 10 versions of this picture; hope I chose a good one; hard to see in the thumbnail)

Oh, my daughter took so many good ones, it is hard to share them all! So glad we got to go and enjoy.

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JOHAL52 5/8/2011 6:20PM

    Oh, wonderful photos!! So cute in their pinafore dresses!

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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2011 8:50PM

    Your little granddaughters and their mum are so lovely . . . and your pleasure in them is so endearing!!

And of course you are an AMAZINGLY youthful and fit grandma who is able to enjoy them to the max because: you keep fit!! YAY!! (Thanks for endorsing my calorie counting approach: like you, if I don't, I'll be overweight. Simple).

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GATOR12 5/7/2011 4:25PM

    Marsha a wonderful day with loved ones who are beautiful and happy w/life!! Great share!!

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MONTY68 5/7/2011 1:35PM

Hi Marsha
Thank you for sharing . You do have a beautiful family and the pictures are awesome.


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JOYINKY 5/7/2011 11:48AM

    Wonderful pictures! You are truly blessed! So is your family!

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    Beautiful pictures, beautiful family, beautiful day and beautiful you!

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BLUESKY_321 5/7/2011 9:54AM

    Looks like a wonderful day!

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Preparing for My Second Race

Friday, May 06, 2011

I went and picked up my race packet for the Mayfaire 5K tomorrow. I am number 892 out of an expected field of 1300 runners and walkers. I have a chip timer with no instructions but I'm pretty sure it ties on my shoe. Finding parking may be as big a challenge as the race. I expected my packet to have a map of the course, but no. I know the approximate area where it starts and then I will just follow the crowd.

My first 5K I finished in 31:17 and it was really only the third time I'd run that distance. Now I've done it at least 10 more times, and several times I have beat 30 minutes for that distance. I knew tomorrow might be a little more challenging because there are hills and heat. Today I learned that the huge pack makes it difficult to set a personal record. But you never know!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/7/2011 11:13AM

    Good luck Marsha! I know that you can do it. If you place in your age group, we expect you to wear your medal to the next team dinner! LOL

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JOYINKY 5/7/2011 7:16AM

    Good Luck today! Enjoy the race; don't worry about the time, too much you can't control. Happy Mothers Day! Joy

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_LINDA 5/6/2011 10:07PM

    That is just an amazing amount of people!! I can't imagine that! This race is not very well organized if they can't even give you a map of the route. I hope the front runners know where they are going at least lol.
Enjoy and have fun! Please remember to drink lots of water for that heat. No dehydration episodes.. Is there someone who could drop you off and pick you up at the race so you don't have to worry about parking? May be a better alternative..
All the best Marsha, I am sure you are going to rock it!!
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HAPPYSOUL91 5/6/2011 9:55PM

    Have a great race, wishing you speed and success of your personal goals

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/6/2011 9:55PM

    emoticon emoticon Go, Marsha, go! Best wishes and thoughts go with you for a great time, whatever your time.

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MONTY68 5/6/2011 9:38PM

    Hi Marsha
I just want to wish you success in tomorrows race,enjoy it and have a great race. Perhaps, it will stay cooler until the race is done.


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Is the New Method Any Better?

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I know that tracking our calories in and our calories out involves a great deal of estimating. No matter how hard we try to get it right, there are variations. Yet I was quite surprised at the amount of variation I got recently.

At my gym I selected a treadmill that specifically allows you to enter age, weight, and gender because I thought it would be more accurate than one that doesn't. I have read that treadmills are notoriously poorly calibrated and to allow plus or minus 10% on the calories burned. During my 102 minute run/walk it showed I burned 950 calories. When I put my distance and time into SparkPeople it tracked it at 620 calories. That's a lot more than a 10% difference!

My next strategy is to get a third opinion. I bought a heart rate monitor back several months ago and have yet to use it. I at least now have it out of the box. It seems a bit complicated. There are straps and snaps and things to wet and a watch-like part that has to be programmed. I WILL figure it out. It's probably just another estimate, though. I like the idea of meal planning and weight maintenance based on my specific calorie needs. However, the old fashioned technique of watching my weight on the scale and cutting back if it goes up may prove to be just as valuable.

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AMANDAJCD 5/6/2011 1:26PM

    I hear good things about heart monitors (the Polar is the one I hear cited most) and their ability to properly record caloric expenditures, and I fully intend to get one someday. Please keep us posted on how it works out for you!

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FROSTY99 5/5/2011 9:56PM

    Hard to know which is best and the most accurate but that sounds like a wide difference. It is like the scales from home to the dr. I finally set mine to agree with the dr and that works so I know where I am.
You are so dedicated in what you do I am sure you will figure out something!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/5/2011 1:47PM

    The heart rate monitor sounds interesting. I'd be curious to see how it ranks beside the other two. I find that Spark People's calorie burn is most likely more accurate although my perceived exertion rate also has to be taken into account. It is also fairly accurate and there isn't any way to measure it. You are doing such a wonderful job Marsha. Keep up the good work!

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_LINDA 5/5/2011 1:27PM

    Using a heart rate monitor is the most accurate way of determining how many calories you are burning during exercise. I had one of those with the straps and things and those are the most accurate type. I liked it and it worked well, but I found that tight band around my chest to be uncomfortable especially as it was parked right on top of my lung surgery scar that ran along the side of my chest.
I find Spark's numbers generally have worked for me. I like the fact that I burned nearly 1000 calories in my 100 minute kickboxing workout this morning, it sure felt like it!!
I still like the method of how your clothes fit to measure how well you are doing with maintaining rather than just the scale. The nine lbs I gained at Mom's went right to my hips and some of my pants were uncomfortably tight, so my goal is easy to guess.
What ever you decide will work for you, because you know how to work it!

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MISTYRIVER64 5/5/2011 1:16PM

    Sometimes the tried and true methods are just as effective. I stick with weight up? - exercise up and lower food intake and it works fine, for me at least.

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JOYINKY 5/5/2011 1:15PM

    I'm glad I never got caught up in all those numbers. I do count calories, admit it's a best guess, but it works for me and that's what counts. If I find I'm creeping up I either adjust my total down or if there are foodsI regularly eat that I may have either underestimated my count or portion size; I'll adjust up there. Main thing for me is NO MINDLESS EATING. Find what works for you. If I start thinking of my exercise as a way of "earning more calories" it will get me in trouble.
Be well, Joy

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    SparkPeople uses 1.2 in calculating your caloric needs so the numbers will never be the same as with an HRM or any other method of calculating calories burned.

This is why so many have trouble. If you decide to use an HRM you will also need to reconfigure your BMR which is the number just for living day to day.

I can't explain it, but I finally understand it. You can post at the Fitness Board and the experts can explain it better.

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MIRAGE727 5/5/2011 11:25AM

    I've variation wit a lot of programs. All we can do is record the best we can. I stay with one system and go from there. I totally understand your frustration. Thanks for sharing and don't let anything stop you from doing the good things!

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Yesterday I Put a Baby Down For a Nap....

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Yesterday I put Gwen down for a nap at the usual time of 11 am. She's 7 months old and will sit when I prop her up, but usually she just turns onto her tummy and then turns to her back and soon back to her tummy. She tries to crawl, but she goes backward more than forward. She pushes up on her toes and hands more than she gets on her hands and knees. So I'm used to seeing her on the floor or in the play yard or in the crib in a horizontal position.

Yesterday she woke up about 12:30 as usual. Natalie, her 4 year old sister, and I heard her. When Natalie opened the door, there she was -- standing up, holding onto the rail of the crib. She looked so proud of herself, but she didn't look like a baby any more.

I put a baby down for a nap, but I think a toddler woke up! Got me a little misty-eyed. Everyone says it, but it is so true. They grow up so fast.

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WATERMELLEN 5/4/2011 9:42PM

    How lovely for you . . . and for your grandkids . . . that you know them so intimately and have the opportunity of being part of each transition.

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/4/2011 5:56PM

    So sweet; they do grow up much, much too quickly.

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BESTSUSIEYET 5/4/2011 5:41PM

    What fun that you got to see the transformation! But you'll miss having a "little baby" -- enjoy the next phase, and the next, and the next ...

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AQUAGIRL08 5/4/2011 5:29PM

    Oh my, they do grow up quickly don't they? I guess I'm thinking of her as a newborn. Wow! Soon she'll be walking!

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JOYINKY 5/4/2011 5:04PM

    Next thing you know it will be prom time! Really! Smiles, Joy

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EDUCGRAD 5/4/2011 4:50PM

    Wow,loved hearing about your grandkids :)

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    awww - how special!

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MONTY68 5/4/2011 4:21PM

    Hi Marsha
What a sweet blog. Thank you for sharing and yes, they do indeed grow up fast

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One May Goal Achieved

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Yesterday I achieved perhaps the most challenging goal I set for May. I walked a 10 minute warm up, ran for 82 minutes, and then did my cool down walk for a total of 8.5 miles in 102 minutes. I ran right at 7.5 miles. At that speed and in the air conditioning of the gym I was totally comfortable and enjoyed every step.

My previous longest run was 6.8 miles run with 7.5 mile total. If I increase my run by one mile per month, in just 5 months I'll be able to run a half marathon. I just might do it, although I'll probably wait until the cool weather to actually tackle it.

I have 5 shorter races, 5Ks, scheduled. I do feel some conflict. There is a competitive part of me that thinks I could win or at least place consistently in my age group if I train and push hard. Then there is perhaps a more reasonable part of me that says this is all about health, that it makes more sense to go slow, enjoy it, and aim to run as long as I can injury free.

The key to me really enjoying a run is going very slow at the beginning. If I start out fast I feel bad for several minutes and then find my pace and feel fine. Unfortunately a slow start won't help me place in the shorter races. Guess at my race this Saturday evening I'll try to get some warm up first, try not to start too fast, and realize that finishing is a victory in itself.

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WATERMELLEN 5/3/2011 11:13PM

    Wow!! You go after those goals without wasting any time: off to a fast start indeed!!

I wish that I had taken my running easier in my 40s so that I could still be running today . . . if I had a "do-over", that's one thing I'd change for sure!!

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MONTY68 5/3/2011 5:57PM

    Hi Marsha
You are so awesome!!!!! You gave a great explanation of the correct way of running from the warm up0 to the cool down. Congratulations on your new best time and distance. As far as the upcoming 5K, each person has their own ideas of how to run it. It is up to you and what your desired outcome is. I know that you will be successful in completing it.

Thank you for sharing.

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COMEONMA 5/3/2011 1:48PM

    Congrats on a great achievement, and it's on the 3rd!!! That's fantastic.
I would push yourself but not to the point where you won't enjoy it. Keep your goals strong and obtainable but don't give up your enjoyment of the sport!
Great job!

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FITFABME2 5/3/2011 1:13PM

    Wow! Quite a goal - and met so early in the are a fitness animal!!

What's next for the balance of the month?

A jog around the perimeter of your state? lol??


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AQUAGIRL08 5/3/2011 1:12PM

    Wow! What an achievement so far! No matter what the outcome Marsha, you're a winner in my book!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/3/2011 12:19PM

    Wishing you speed for your race. But you sure are discovering what works for you

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_LINDA 5/3/2011 11:05AM

    Well done with your distance!! That is fabulous!!
You are certainly using your head with this. Its great to be competitive, but you sure don't want some injury sidelining you for the season! I think your natural drive will get you there eventually. Starting out the race slow is a better strategy anyway, as its the people with the strong kick at the end are the ones who will have enough gas in the tank to rev it up and pass people in the last k before the finish line.

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JOHAL52 5/3/2011 10:00AM

    emoticon truly!! Yes and the race is not always to the swiftest--remember that on Saturday!

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KALIGIRL 5/3/2011 8:51AM

    emoticon emoticonYou're becoming an expert!

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MNCYCLIST 5/3/2011 8:50AM

    That's awesome! Stoke those competitive fires but be smart about unleashing them--someday, you'll be on top of the podium!

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    WTG Marsha!!

You are in tip-top form!!

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JOYINKY 5/3/2011 8:16AM

    I'm for keeping this experience one of personal achievement; for me, turning it into a competition is not worth the stress and feeling disappointed when your accomplishment is really awesome!
I'd go with "it makes more sense to go slow, enjoy it, and aim to run as long as I can injury free."
Too much of a good thing can threaten our health.
Be well. Hugs, Joy

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