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Great Local Team

Friday, May 13, 2011

Last evening my hubby and I had a great time with our local SparkTeam, eating at a local restaurant. There were eight of us and we've all known each other for a year or so and are very comfortable. We had good conversation and many laughs. I feel so blessed to have met these people in person and get some 3D support on top of all the great support here on the site!

I'll be joining our team Saturday morning for a walk around a local lake. Sometimes I run, but this week I'll already have my three training runs in. So I'll get some cardio while truly enjoying the friendship. When I run I can't talk as much. I'm really looking forward to the walk. I appreciate our leaders, Cyndi and Theresa and Amanda, for all they do to organize these local activities!!

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AMANDAJCD 5/15/2011 7:55AM

    Awww... thanks Marsha! Michael and I had a great time getting to walk with you :)

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TBRANCH2 5/14/2011 9:52PM

    On behalf of Amanda, Cyndi and myself, I know we all feel the same way when I say that we couldn't have a successful team without teammates like you, Marsha! The Polk County Team is indeed blessed with a wonderful group of sparkers!!! Thanks go out to ALL of you!

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JOHAL52 5/14/2011 1:11PM

    You are so blessed to have an active local team! I bet they appreciate your sunny presence too!!

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WATERMELLEN 5/13/2011 10:15PM

    My fave way of spending time with friends is engaged in activity and conversation . . . sitting around eating, not so much!!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/13/2011 1:44PM

    Thanks Marsha, you're the best!

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    That's Awesome!

Might I ask what your Local Team is called? I am going to assume it is private - but I sure do wish we had a local team and it might give me some ideas.

Love you,

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_LINDA 5/13/2011 10:20AM

    That is so wonderful, getting to have Spark members to share good times with! Enjoy! Its always nice to get some recreational fitness in. Shouldn't be all work and no play..
Have a fantastic Friday!

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HAPPYSOUL91 5/13/2011 8:36AM

    What fun you had, so nice to have Spark team mates around you.

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Quick Progress

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Kahlua had her first obedience class last eve. I am proud to report that she and I took a long walk this morning and 95% of the time she was not pulling on the leash! Can't believe she's making such progress so quickly.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/13/2011 1:43PM

    Ahhh, now you are walking Kahlua and she is no longer walking you! Good job Marsha!!!

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MONTY68 5/12/2011 11:34PM

    Hi Marsha
Wow!!!! you have one smart puppy or perhaps it is the way you walk her. How many classes does she get? Thanks for sharing

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    you have to be the alpha.

have fun with Kahlua!

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_LINDA 5/12/2011 1:12PM

    Fantastic!! That is one smart dog!! She needs a good firm master and she will toe the line! You do everything you try well, Marsha! You are just plain awesome!!

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JOYINKY 5/12/2011 10:50AM

    Wow! That's great! I know having Sugar to walk with is a great motivator for me! Have fun!

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SNOOKUMS19 5/12/2011 9:38AM

    Awesome! What a great student!

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Last Blog About Mayfaire 5K

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I got my award today. I expected a medal I could wear around my neck something like the one I got at the Senior Games. I thought it might be a mini-trophy, maybe a plaque, or a perhaps a certificate. I was wrong. It is a colorful painted drinking glass. It has the Lakeland Runner's Club logo on one side and it says "Mayfaire 5K Award Winner 2011" on the other. I suspect that anything I drink out of it will taste extra sweet and will be extra hydrating!!

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KRISTI2661 5/12/2011 1:15PM

    That is a great award! I'll bet you're right, too - it will be a very special glass to drink out of!

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KALIGIRL 5/12/2011 8:59AM

    Cool award!

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WATERMELLEN 5/12/2011 8:10AM

    What a great award: you'll use it often and remember that wonderful feeling of success.

Love your smiling face in your new wallpaper photo . . . and thank you for your kind comments on my year 2 blog!!

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_LINDA 5/11/2011 11:43PM

    That is different and a nice keep sake actually, something you can actually use instead of collecting dust in a drawer!
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CONTENTCHRIS 5/11/2011 10:32PM

    wonderful ! emoticon

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JOYINKY 5/11/2011 8:00PM

    Congratulations! I think that's a really neat reward! Will get daily use instead of just being "put" somewhere. Yes, it will be sweet drinking from it. Enjoy, Joy

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    Enjoy your "trophy" glass - you earned it!!

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MONTY68 5/11/2011 4:23PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations on your award. Although any of the ones you had in mind would have been a great award, I think there is something special about the glass. I love what you have said about drinking from it. What a positive statement. I see in your future, many awards being presented to you.
Thank you for sharing

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You Haven't Seen the Last of My Race Yet!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

These "turn around" pictures were just posted a couple hours ago on the Lakeland Runner's Club web site. Here's me on the yellow line at the half way mark:

Here's me just before the half way mark. Look to the left under the back of the road sign:

Here's the back of me just after the half way mark. Look to the right:

I went to get my award at FitNiche as instructed, but it wasn't there yet. So, who knows. When I get my award, I just might have to post another picture!!

Another surprise on the runner's club web site was that they posted the temperature at the time of the race as 88 degrees. In a way that gives me confidence. It really didn't seem that hot to me. I just may be able to handle the summer heat okay. My next four races are at 7am, and even though it will be summer and more humid, it won't be 88 degrees. There won't be as many hills, either. I'm looking forward to them.

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AMANDAJCD 5/10/2011 1:43PM

    That is just awesome -- you go, Marsha!

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JOYINKY 5/10/2011 7:54AM

    Great pictures, what fun! I love that you've found something you obviously love! WTG!

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_LINDA 5/10/2011 1:25AM

    Wow! You look so good in that tank top!! With that temperature, I am a little surprised to see so many runners in T-Shirts instead of tanks. You look like a pro!!
I can't imagine temperatures that warm!! It would be so wonderful, but not for working out in though lol.
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MONTY68 5/10/2011 12:51AM

    Hi Marsha

The pictures are great, you look awesome . Thank you for sharing.

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Race Tips after Race Two

Monday, May 09, 2011

Thanks, SparkFriends, for celebrating with me. You really added to my sense of accomplishment and joy. You are the greatest!

I don't have near as many race tips to blog about this time as I did after my first race, but I do have a four tips today:

My first tip is to just keep living and staying in shape. In many age groups there were hundreds of competitors. It was a big race with almost 1300 entries and 1096 finishers. But in my group, women 60-64, there were only 14 competitors. I noticed there were no entries in the 80 years and older group. If I just keep keeping on, could there be a first place in my future? Well, it could be our generation will produce more fit competitors than our parent's generation. Time will tell!

My second tip is don't underestimate your ability when choosing a line up position. I started with the 10 minute a mile group, but everyone must have overestimated their ability. I was way back in the pack and they were slow - slow - slow. The first place winner in my group finished 1 minute 2 seconds ahead of me, but her chip time was only 7 seconds ahead of me. The second place finisher did finish before me, but her chip time was 30 seconds more than mine. I did not realize they were awarding by "gun time" rather than the chip. I should start much farther up in the pack and will next time!!

My third tip is to train for the race conditions. My quads are still sore today when they weren't sore at all after my first race, nor after my usual training runs. I knew there were going to be some hills and I trained a little on the little hill on my street. There were three bigger hills in the race. If I had it to do over, I'd find a couple bigger hills to practice on. I know I really lost time on the last hill.

My last tip for today is don't skip the award ceremony. That's twice I got an award and did not attend. The first time I really didn't think I could have won anything, I was by myself and decided to go to Weight Watchers to tell a supportive group about finishing my race. This time I was not alone. I was glad my hubby was there at the half mile mark and the three mile mark to cheer me on. But he didn't want to wait for the award ceremony. The next time I'll be at the award ceremony following the race, to celebrate whoever wins!!

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BLUESKY_321 5/11/2011 4:52PM

    Marsha... just catching up now! Congratulations! I don't have much free time this month. I feel like I'm always rushing somewhere to do something for someone but I wanted to take a minute to say WOOO HOOOOO !!!!!! before I head out for my run! I've got a 5K next week and will be thrilled to come in under 30 minutes ... not planning on it, but it would be thrilling!

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MONTY68 5/9/2011 11:45PM

    Hi Marsha
Great tips. I don't understand the use of gun time. It really is not a fair way of timing a race.
But you did well. It is important to attend the awards ceremony. I only did one 5 K when I was 69 and finished last. It didn't matter to me , I just wanted to walk a 5K. I felt everyone else was heading home so I went home, I know there isn't a award for last. I found out later that I was ist in my age category because I was the only person in that bracket. So I was first and last and didn't get my metal.
Thank you for your tips as I think there are a lot of people who would be entering their first race and have no clue on what to do..

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JOYINKY 5/9/2011 10:36PM

    Great tips Marsha! I look forward to YOUR next race!
Smiles, Joy

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_LINDA 5/9/2011 9:01PM

    That is awesome good advice! You have to train for your race conditions. It would be like doing all your work on the treadmill then getting a shocker when you hit the pavement!
What is the purpose of the chips if they don't use their results??? That is totally unfair not to. A person stuck at the back of a large pack would have quite the hill to climb!! I would be getting in the race official's faces about that tidbit.
Here is to seeing you in the Award's ceremony in your next race!!
Go, Marsha, GO!

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PARKERB2 5/9/2011 8:09PM

    Glad you shared this info with us. I'm doing a walking 5 K in a couple of weeks but don't know what to expect as I've never participated in one. Will take your advice and practice the hill and stay for the awards ceremony. Have a good day.

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WATERMELLEN 5/9/2011 7:48PM

    Very helpful tips . . . especially never quitting our fitness efforts. We will be fit at 80++ -- or at least if we aren't, it won't be for lack of trying!!

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    WTG! I like that - "to celebrate whoever wins!!"

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/9/2011 5:55PM

    Thanks for the tips. I haven't been in any races in two years because the pressure was kind of killing the fun of running for me, but I do remember being frustrated by all the slower runners who started in the group I did - 9 or 10 minute miles. So you might as well overestimate your speed because everyone else seems to! Great tips!

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