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Don't Skip a Week

Monday, June 06, 2011

I'm really sore today. Right now I feel my neck and shoulders every time I move, so I don't think it was the run. My glutes and quads are sore, too. It must have been my strength training workout yesterday. I had skipped a couple ST sessions the week before, focused on my race. I'm surprised that missing two sessions should make such a difference. Guess I shouldn't do that. And if I do make this mistake again, I better drop down in weights and build back up. Maybe the memory of this discomfort will motivate me to stay more consistent on this strength training. We'll hope.

[Correction of yesterday's blog: That was 6 seconds, not 6 hundredths of a second.]

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 6/7/2011 6:26PM

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AQUAGIRL08 6/7/2011 3:01PM

    Listening to your body is always a good plan. You never know what is causing muscle soreness. Sometimes too much activity followed by sleeping in the wrong position will do it too. You are a wise woman to back off and start again!

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KEKEIKO 6/7/2011 8:01AM

    Your muscles will get used to strength exercises again. I used my 5 lb weights yesterday and am feeling it today. Finding a good routine and sticking to it is probably the key. Wish you a quick recovery. emoticon

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_LINDA 6/7/2011 1:32AM

    Good catch Marsha! To keep your bones healthy you do need that strength training. It should be given the attention it deserves!


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MONTY68 6/6/2011 10:50PM

    Hi Marsha

Another great blog. One of the great things that you do and are awesome about it is paying attention to your body. But beyond that, you research what you are doing that has created a problem and are able to make the adjustments. You said at the end of the need to stay consistent, that is so true, we have to stay balanced for everything to work correctly. I know that you will stay balanced even as you prepare for the next race.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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MIRAGE727 6/6/2011 10:27PM

    After my illness, I learned to take notice of what my body was saying. You'll be back. Just light and steady. Thanks for sharing and be well.

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SLIMLILA 6/6/2011 10:14PM

    How little it takes to make a real difference! I have walked every day I've been in the city and when(if) I go home, I just stop dead - don't go outside the door!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/6/2011 10:06PM

    This, too shall pass! And you learned from it, so the pain isn't wasted!

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JOYINKY 6/6/2011 9:44PM

    Just ease back into it. You've been working hard but when you switch routines things change. Be well. Hugs, Joy

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/6/2011 9:28PM

    yeah, sounds reasonable to me - just start at a lower weight again.

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WATERMELLEN 6/6/2011 9:15PM

    We are BOTH muscle sore: must be catching!!

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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!!!
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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

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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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    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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    You are in the groove!

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TMW54812 6/1/2011 8:47PM

    You are in the groove!

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    You are in the groove!

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    You are in the groove!

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    You are in the groove!

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TMW54812 6/1/2011 8:46PM

    You are in the groove!

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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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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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