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Being Obnoxiously Competitive

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Hey, I found out that the woman who passed me yesterday near the end of the 5K race was last year's winner for our age group. That made me extra glad I then passed her, beating her by 6 hundredths of a second. This race our chip time was the official time, not the gun time like in my race in May. She and I must have been about the same place in the pack at the start since in the final picture I'm only 10 feet ahead of her. When it comes to awards, though, the total of our 4 races is what counts. So, time will tell.

I did find another picture with me in it on the web site. Don't know if you'll be able to find me. This is near the beginning of the race. I'm on the far side of the road. Last year's winner is probably close by, but I haven't spotted her yet.



Today I woke up raring to go. Since I don't run two days in a row, I decided to walk. I went 8 miles this morning and would have gone further but my new walking shoes need to be broken in more. Perhaps next weekend I'll walk a half marathon. Then, in weeks to come, I could add running sections and train that way. Might work.

  
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WATERMELLEN 6/6/2011 8:12PM

    Nothing obnoxious about it! Men don't worry about being competitive and neither should we . . . it's a pretty positive motivator!

SLENDERELLA is such a great name, maybe I should swith to SLIMMERELLEN? Or even SLIMMERELLE (given my daughter tells me I'm "Legally Blonde, the Later Years"?? Whaddya think??

(Big secret: when I was a somewhat chubby little girl, I regularly got teased with "Ellen Ellen Watermelon" -- so maybe the WATERMELLEN has a few negative connotations and it's time to ditch them??



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DAVEYSHADOW 6/6/2011 4:04AM

    emoticon what a great feeling to beat last year's winner. Keep it up and those times will keep coming down. You have given me great hope for my race! Glad the walk was good, definitley important to work the new boots in, you don't want blisters, it would hold up your running progress!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/5/2011 10:04PM

    I don't think that you're obnoxiously competitive. You primarily compete against yourself, then you compete against others. Maybe you are just looking to see where you fit in the grand scheme of things. Are you fast, slow or about average for your age group? The only way to tell is to compare. That is just human nature. Now if you were obsessed with finishing first or second in every race, then I'd say you were obnoxiously competitive but you aren't so don't worry about it.

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MNCYCLIST 6/5/2011 10:01PM

    Great job, go for the gold!!!

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TMW54812 6/5/2011 9:13PM

    I love hearing about the ways you embrace all life has to offer. To paraphrase jack nicholson from one of his movies "you make me want to be a better athlete ".



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_LINDA 6/5/2011 5:48PM

    I don't consider that being obnoxious at all. The whole idea of going into a race is to win after all. I am glad they are going by the chip time, makes more sense..You have found your inner athlete and it is sure raring to go! Well done on the eight mile walk!! You are going to need to be retired to find all the time to get out there and enjoy the road runs!
Might even put your car in mothballs ;)

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FROSTY99 6/5/2011 5:32PM

    emoticon What an awesome finish and nothing wrong with being competitive. You go girl!!!
Pat

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MONTY68 6/5/2011 3:22PM

    Hi Marsha
I don't think you are obnoxious, competitive? There is nothing wrong with being competitive. I feel that your purpose in running was part of your plan for healthy living. You are so motivated with a awesome attitude and have been such a inspiration to all those that read your blogs. You are already a winner, so why not pick up some well deserved trophies.
Thank you for sharing this and by the way that was a great walk today.

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MNNICE 6/5/2011 2:59PM

    The competitive nature in us is just so hard to calm sometimes :) So let's not call it competitiveness, let's call it "determination" !! emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/5/2011 1:54PM

    I continue to be amazed at your progress and achievement in this relatively new endeavor! It's really keeping you on the move! WTG!

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SIGURROSFAN 6/5/2011 12:33PM

    You don't sound obnoxiously competitive, more like healthily competitive. Using your desire to beat this other lady as incentive to give it your all is a smart thing. Who knows, she could be doing the same thing!

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Watermelon Sunrise 5K Series - Race One

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Before the beginning of the race, they were snapping pictures. My grey hair in the back kind of stands out so you might be able to find me. I've got on aqua shirt and black shorts.


It was, as you can tell, a huge crowd. I started in the middle this time and I'd say more people passed me than I passed. But I didn't feel like an impediment. Probably can see me in the back row about 4th or 5th from the right.


My one mile time was 9:29, much better than the 11 minutes of my first race or 10:?? of my second. I was racing someone hard at the end because she passed me and looked like she might be in my age group, so I kicked it up and regained my position. But I forgot to look at the clock. In the picture it is 29:03 and I'm not quite there, so it will probably be an official gun time of 29:04 or 29:05. Whatever it is, it clearly beats my previous two times of 31:19 and 31:14. My chip time will be quite a few seconds less, too. I'm number 498 in this picture of my finish:


They still haven't posted the official times and places by age groups. Perhaps I'll edit this blog rather than post multiple blogs like I did the last time. The awards will be given after all 4 races in this series, so no awards today. However, I suspect I'm in a good position to place in my age group if I keep working at it and stay healthy!!


UPDATE: I came in second in my age group, far out of first, with a time of 28:46, a pace of 9:16 per mile. I copied this from the web site:

**** FEMALE GRAND MASTERS ****

Place O'All Name Age Div Hometown Nettime Pace
1 178 Rhonda F 60 FGMST Lakeland, FL 23:53 7:42
2 396 Marsha W 61 FGMST Lakeland, FL 28:46 9:16
3 401 Gail H 62 FGMST Lakeland, FL 28:52 9:18
4 452 Jan M 61 FGMST Lakeland, FL 30:17 9:45
5 478 Susan I 60 FGMST Lakeland, FL 30:51 9:56
6 727 Ellen P 67 FGMST Winter Haven, FL 40:47 13:08
7 728 Linda D 72 FGMST Lakeland, FL 40:53 13:10
8 743 Audrey S 72 FGMST Sebring, FL 42:02 13:32
9 746 Norma M 70 FGMST Lakeland, FL 42:12 13:35
10 770 Donna M 67 FGMST Lakeland, FL 43:28 14:00

  
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DAVEYSHADOW 6/6/2011 4:01AM

    emoticon great blog, keep it up!

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TBRANCH2 6/5/2011 9:24PM

    WOW!!! what else can be said??!!! YOU rock!!

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BEV33815 6/5/2011 1:49PM

    emoticon You're a winner in our books...fantastic!!!

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_LINDA 6/5/2011 1:21AM

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You do look fabulous, like you fit right in there! That is an amazing age group! You are actually one of the youngest!
You are in a really good position! Keep up the great work!!

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WATERMELLEN 6/4/2011 9:49PM

    Fabulous! You look so determined, motoring to that finish line!!

And: what a great name for the series!

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JOHAL52 6/4/2011 7:52PM

    You look fantastic. Congratulations emoticon emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 6/4/2011 7:24PM

    We are so proud of you Marsha!!!!

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MONTY68 6/4/2011 7:22PM

    Hi Marsha,

What a awesome race, You are amazing.

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-PAULA 6/4/2011 6:50PM

    emoticon time!
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JOYINKY 6/4/2011 5:25PM

    Really impressive Marsha! Congratualtions!

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What a sparktacular run!!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/4/2011 5:11PM

    WTG "tiny lady!"

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GREEKGAL1 6/4/2011 4:15PM

  Congratulations on cutting your time. Way to go!

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May Accomplishments

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

May Goals/ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

1. Wise eating - both food choices and portions
- maintain weight between 123-129.9/IN RANGE ALL MONTH; 127 today

- track using either Weight Watchers or SparkPeople or both/TRACKED DAILY

2. Continue to improve fitness
-meet with Wellness Coach to tweak strength training regimen and measure body fat %/ACCOMPLISHED - 26.8%

-complete 9 or more strength training sessions plus the daily bootcamp videos /ALMOST -8 ST; decided against bootcamp

-run 12 times with at least one day in between runs; Mayfaire 5K on May 7 - try to beat previous 5K race time; make one run (including warm up/cool down walk) at least 8 miles/RAN as planned; personal best on May 7th 5K (29:55 chip time); did a 8.5 mile treadmill session

-burn at least 1800 calories per week with cardio; cross train with walk, bike, swim, elliptical/ACCOMPLISHED 3 out of 4 weeks; 85 calories short one week

-learn to use heart rate monitor/ACCOMPLISHED - can now get it to function and read data; still learning to interpret it

Overall, A Minus for the month!!

  
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MNCYCLIST 6/3/2011 10:11AM

    Great job!!! Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/2/2011 8:41PM

    Yey You!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/2/2011 11:32AM

    I think you deserve A+
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HAPPYSOUL91 6/2/2011 9:11AM

    You bet you deserve an "A"

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WATERMELLEN 6/2/2011 7:49AM

    I'd award at least an A, if not an A+ -- WOW!! You are an "accomplished" lady!!

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_LINDA 6/2/2011 1:43AM

    Pretty darn good score!!! Keep up the good work! Waiting for all your Spark Awards to start rolling in ;)
Have a Terrific Thursday!

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JOYINKY 6/1/2011 10:01PM

    Hmmmmm . . . . Looks like you are in the groove!
Smiles, Joy

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TMW54812 6/1/2011 8:47PM

    You are in the groove!

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TMW54812 6/1/2011 8:47PM

    You are in the groove!

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TMW54812 6/1/2011 8:47PM

    You are in the groove!

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TMW54812 6/1/2011 8:47PM

    You are in the groove!

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TMW54812 6/1/2011 8:47PM

    You are in the groove!

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TMW54812 6/1/2011 8:47PM

    You are in the groove!

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TMW54812 6/1/2011 8:46PM

    You are in the groove!

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TMW54812 6/1/2011 8:45PM

    You are in the groove! emoticon

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    You are in the groove! emoticon

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Smile Naked

Monday, May 30, 2011

One thing came up at my Weight Watcher's meeting this week and keeps going through my head. It was said that losing weight makes you look better in clothes, but exercise makes you look better naked! Hey, there may be something to that. Makes me smile!!

  
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TBRANCH2 5/31/2011 10:52PM

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JOHAL52 5/31/2011 10:51AM

    Oooh, that's good! Like taping a Postit note to the bathroom mirror that says "Smile you're on candid camera" emoticon

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SNOOKUMS19 5/31/2011 8:17AM

    I love that! Have a great day smiling away!

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WATERMELLEN 5/30/2011 8:05PM

    Catchy headline. Exercise means you GET more smiles naked, actually . . .

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FROSTY99 5/30/2011 6:40PM

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Good One Marsha!!!
Happy Memeorial Day
Pat

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MONTY68 5/30/2011 4:11PM

    HI Marsha
Love it,
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/30/2011 2:40PM

    Love it!!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/30/2011 12:31PM

    Exercise also makes you look better in your clothes too!

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_LINDA 5/30/2011 11:42AM

    Makes sense to me! Trimming and toning!
Enjoy your holiday today!

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Applies to Me this Week

Saturday, May 28, 2011

My heart rate monitor (HRM) acted funny earlier this week and it kind of scared me. Also, I have a head cold and didn't feel great. So this is the first week in months I am not over the 1800 calories I committed to burn each week.

Today I went to my Weight Watcher meeting. I was up a pound, but still in my range, and I think and hope it is just a fluctuation. The meeting was about overcoming exercise excuses and I decided it applied to me.

After the meeting I went straight to the running store where I bought my HRM. They assured me that my heart rate DID NOT spike to 220; the HRM was malfunctioning. They told me to wet the strap better and tighten it more. I did and my heart rate feedback made sense this workout. Whewwww!

According to the HRM I burned 360 calories in my 55 minute workout. The treadmill showed a burn of 441, despite the fact I put in my correct weight and age. When I put my distance and time in SparkPeople it only showed about 280 calories burned. I suspect that is because I ran at 6mph about half the time, but walked really slowly some of the time. So I don't 100% trust my HRM, but I suspect it is correct on this calorie burn.

  
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LEGALLYBLONDE81 6/1/2011 9:51PM

    I have found that my HRM shows a higher calorie burn than SP as well. I wonder if SP is conservative. I figure all this calorie counting is only a best guess/guideline most of the time anyway (were there really 30g of feta on my salad? who knows?).

I'm still totally fascinated by the thing. There is something about graphing my heart rate that I find very pleasing and orderly!

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PEGGYANNSCH 6/1/2011 6:54AM

    Thank you for your comment on my blog yesterday
I am glad you are ok

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SNOOKUMS19 5/31/2011 8:20AM

    Keep up the good work of getting your running in. Showing up is half the work. Some days we excell and push somedays we show up. Anything is better than sitting on the couch. Pat yourself on the back and get on with it :)

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AQUAGIRL08 5/30/2011 12:35PM

    I'm glad that you took your HRM back to the store and got a clarification! That can be so scary!

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KALIGIRL 5/29/2011 11:17AM

    Here's to your success @ overcoming exercise excuses!

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WATERMELLEN 5/28/2011 10:18PM

    Listen to your body, take care of yourself gently and kindly please!! Rest is good when a person is not well . . . glad that the HRM was malfunctioning, and not YOU "malfunctioning"!!

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_LINDA 5/28/2011 8:39PM

    It is important getting those straps on in the right spot, wet and tight enough, that is why I didn't like them, the tightness around my chest, I just don't like that feeling... I hope that solves your issues with it. I don't think its a bad thing to take it easier when you are sick.
Hope you can find some fun things for you to enjoy on your long weekend! Relax, recharge and recover!


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JOYINKY 5/28/2011 6:20PM

    Marsha, To each his own, but worrying about all those numbers would drive me nuts! Trust yourself! You know what you're doing and what healthy choices to make. If the tools help motivate you and or make it more fun; use all you want. I love my pedometer! But, if you find they are stressing you out and/or derailing you; I'd give it some thought. You continue to do great! Be well. Hugs, Joy

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/28/2011 3:37PM

    I have seen the same thing, particularly where TM versus Spark is concerned while training intervals. The other thing I saw was an apparent spike on the first interval, then the HR settling down. When you get three different numbers from three different sources it's kind of hard to decide which if any of them is right.

A pound fluctuation... nothing to worry about, but good for you for having your eye on the prize!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 5/28/2011 3:08PM

    Glad to hear you are ok!

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