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Not Quite the Way I Remembered It

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Okay, the race clock says 31:13 as I'm about to cross the finish line and 31:15 after I'm well across it, not 31:09 as I remembered.

They haven't posted the chip times yet, but they will be there shortly. I'm still really happy and it is definitely a personal best!!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/9/2011 9:06AM


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JOYINKY 5/8/2011 8:20PM

    You did really great! Congratulations!

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MEXGAL1 5/8/2011 2:46PM

    congrats to you!

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PARKERB2 5/8/2011 2:33PM

    emoticonHere's a rose to celebrate your awesome ime. appy Mother's Day.

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    Still totally awesome!!

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_LINDA 5/8/2011 2:23PM

    That is wonderful! Looking fabulous!!

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-PAULA 5/8/2011 1:33PM

    You did really great!

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CAROLJEAN64 5/8/2011 1:30PM

    Wow, I am impressed with whatever time turns out to be "official" for you.

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Mayfaire 5K

Sunday, May 08, 2011

The Mayfaire 5K was my second race. I think I did good. First of all, I finished. That's good. I was far from last. That's good. I got the hydration right (wasn't dehydrated, but didn't need bio-break). That's good. My new MP3 earbuds that curl around my ears worked great. My newly adjusted glasses with new nosepads stayed put, unlike last time when they jiggled up and down on my nose. No blisters. No chaffing. No wardrobe malfunctions. All that is good.

I saw several people I know, including SparkFriend PinkSaint, Beth the Weight Watcher receptionist, and Kathy who I met at my first Lakeland Runner's Club meeting. Good! My hubby cheered me on near the beginning and again near the end. Very good!

Unlike last time, I didn't start out too fast. Actually, the pack was blocking me. I started with the 10 minutes per mile group but they were slow. Nonetheless, I ran my first mile in 10:46, even with the hill and pack, compared to my last race of a flat mile in 11 minutes flat. My second mile was at 20:45. The finish clock was around 31:09 when I ran under it, but my chip time I am sure is considerably faster. I'm guessing my time was 30:41, but it is just a guess. It should be in the newspaper tomorrow and on the Lakeland Runner's Club Website within a few days. So I feel certain I set a personal best, breaking my previous time of 31:19. I feel pretty good about it even though I undoubtedly didn't break 30 minutes like I had hoped.

Hubby drove me and dropped me off to avoid parking problems. He had a good meal while I was getting set up and warmed up. Then he got to see me race, but he was ready to go home when I was done. So I didn't get to find out my official time or who won my age group. Tomorrow I'll find out. That's soon enough.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/9/2011 9:04AM

    Way to go Marsha!

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PARKERB2 5/8/2011 2:35PM

    Be sure to let us know tomorrow the results.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/8/2011 11:59AM

    emoticon emoticon Happy Mother's Day!

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OAKBORN 5/8/2011 11:42AM

    Great job!! If you did 30:41, we ran at the same pace! How nifty!

Keep it moving and Happy Mother's Day!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/8/2011 10:41AM

    Yea Marsha, you are the woman!

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    WTG Marsha!!

Happy Mother's and Grandmother's Day!!

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_LINDA 5/8/2011 10:23AM

    Well done on everything working out so great!! That worked out well hubby was on hand to watch you finish..any photos??
You got to love it when ever everything works as it should. Bet you are on pins and needles waiting for the results ;))
Have a special double Mom Mother's day! Hpefully your daughter will be treating you extra nice!

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JOYINKY 5/8/2011 8:52AM

    Wow Marsha! A great race; WTG! They don't just happen, you really did a wonderful job of planning and preparation. Relax today and enjoy your beautiful family. Happy Mothers Day!

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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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