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Now I Know

Thursday, June 16, 2011

It's a mild injury. Now I know. I am still hopeful that I'll be able to runthe 5K on June 25th. I'm not going to get in all my training runs so my time may not be as good as it might have been. In the big picture, though, I don't think this little injury is very significant. I can still walk, swim, do lower intensity workouts and burn calories. I don't think I'll lose much fitness.

I was feeling so fit and indomitable, I over did it. I need to be more careful. I am human. I am 62 years old. I can't do everything, but I can do a lot if I am careful. That is the lesson.

  
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JANEWATKINS 6/22/2011 7:59AM

    Oh Marsha! These things (like broken legs!) come as such a thief in the night! You are doing just what you need to do. A very wise person told me when I broke the second leg in three years, "Lean into it." That helped! There was nothing I could do but lean into it and let it heal. So, lean away, my friend.

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BLUESKY_321 6/18/2011 7:00AM

    Sorry to hear that you were hurting - but glad to know that it's only mild! You may find that the break you give your body is just what it needs. I had to take about a week off because of the heat we were having. I thought the break would have set me back a few steps but I never ran better! For me, taking a week off was the runner's equivalent of a good night's sleep - it felt soooo good! The training program that I'm following suggests a resting week every 4-6 weeks and now I know why! Our bodies need it! I had read that but thought, "they don't mean ME." I was afraid that if I slowed down I would lose my momentum or gain a pound. Oh silly fear!
Sending you some good healing energy!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 6/18/2011 12:48AM

    I'm so glad it's nothing permanent or serious!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your background photo!

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TBRANCH2 6/17/2011 9:30PM

    Good luck! Your team is definitely supporting you in every way!!
Hugs,
Theresa

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AQUAGIRL08 6/17/2011 7:56PM

    It's good that you are listening to your body. Good for you!

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KALIGIRL 6/17/2011 8:44AM

    Glad it's nothing serious!

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MIRAGE727 6/16/2011 6:54PM

    Hey Marsha, Don't know how I missed your injury. You've been encouraging me through my lil setback the whole way. Thank you for that. Funny how we are always learn, huh. You'll be back. Don't focus on speed just the finish. I'm doing a 5K at midnight, July 4. That's where my goal is. Be safe.
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SHRINKINGSHERI 6/16/2011 6:08PM

    So glad to hear it is minor. You will be back to your running self and setting PR's in no time.

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WATERMELLEN 6/16/2011 3:34PM

    So sorry you've got an injury: running is sooo euphoric that it's hard to remember the moderation thing. Hope you heal soon.


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_LINDA 6/16/2011 3:16PM

    You got your dose of reality check. I got mine doing the windows and now am nursing a sore elbow hoping its not permanent damage to my new elbow :( I am not that old, but might as well be as my body sure behaves like it lol. I am taking it easy with the elbow, now, yes I am, but not with my increasingly weakening and painful hip. No, that will be worked out hard until up until the day of my surgery :) I will also do kickboxing workouts until they tell me no too :).
Have a good recovery Marsha! You are plenty young enough to enjoy other races to improve your times! You can do this! We will once again be awaiting your triumphant results!

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JOYINKY 6/16/2011 2:46PM

    I can't encourage you to run; for me the potential injuries are not worth it. I will remain a walker. But I do cheer your determination and dedication and hope you heal quickly and well.
Hugs, Joy

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/16/2011 2:08PM

    I guess we do need to revamp our thinking when our age starts with "6" emoticon

You're a "10" in my book!

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FROSTY99 6/16/2011 1:36PM

    Great to hear this is just a minor injury. Healing is more important than running the 5K, don't lose sight of the big picture-your health is forever, this is just a single race my friend.


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MONTY68 6/16/2011 12:01PM

    Hi Marsha
Yes, you are human and one thing you do well is to learn your lessons. Glad to hear that it is minor. I may be wrong but you have done a lot of training for your 5K's and I think you will do fine. You have over a week for more healing.
Thank you for sharing this great news.

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/16/2011 11:33AM

    Good lesson, and you do alot!

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TMW54812 6/16/2011 11:14AM

    Glad to hear it's minor. Take care of yourself. Don't forget the goal is to be fit and healthy...at the same time.

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CANMTCA 6/16/2011 11:10AM

  I hope you heal in time before the 5k. Good luck!

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Wish I Knew

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sure wish I knew whether it is muscle soreness and nothing to worry about, or whether I strained something in my lower back and ought to rest. I'm backing off of strength training of core and legs for now. I did a treadmill workout today, but only ran one mile, not too fast. So, since I'm not sure, I'm trying to go middle of the road. Guess time will tell. My next 5K race is June 25th, so I hope to be 100% by then. We'll see.

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 6/21/2011 1:45PM

    hope you feel better

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BEYONDLIMITS 6/15/2011 10:22PM

    I'm glad you're taking it easy and not ignoring what you feel.

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KALIGIRL 6/15/2011 1:14PM

    Glad you're listening to your body and backing off - hope you're 100% soon!

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/15/2011 6:30AM

    God Bless You with pain relief and wisdom! Take care of yourself!

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DAVEYSHADOW 6/15/2011 3:47AM

    Listen to your body, do the Spark stretches for runners after each run? I find it stops me getting too many aches!

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_LINDA 6/14/2011 11:42PM

    So sorry to hear you are having trouble with your lower back.. Try putting on heat to see if it eases at all. Its such a common area for most people to 'throw out' unfortunately. I have chronic trouble doing just that. A physiotherapist session sure can help ease it too. Good for you taking it easy and waiting and see..
Actually, non impact walking is supposed to be good for it as well. I always feel better moving..
Feel better soon..

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/14/2011 6:56PM

    I do hope it is nothing serious.

Feel better quickly too!

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FROSTY99 6/14/2011 5:32PM

    Hoping it is nothing major so saying a little prayer that you are soon back to your "normal" self.
Hugs,
Pat

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WATERMELLEN 6/14/2011 5:07PM

    Moderation in all things (including fork AND feet!!) is a very sensible plan: sorry you're having pain, hope it's resolved soon.



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JOYINKY 6/14/2011 4:55PM

    Take it easy and just listen to your body; for you to be concerned tells me it's out of the ordinary. Be well, Joy

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TMW54812 6/14/2011 2:40PM

    My experience is if the pain goes away with exercise...it's muscle soreness...if it doesn't or gets worse..it's more serious.

Be careful...take care of yourself and rest a few days. Even pro athletes take time off once in a while.

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AMANDAJCD 6/14/2011 1:15PM

    Ouch -- regardless of the cause that doesn't sound fun!

My back problems in December were muscular in cause, but it was agonizing for a bit there. I used aspirin and heat to help mitigate the pain.

I hope you see improvement soon!

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I'm An Athlete

Friday, June 10, 2011

I only signed up for Facebook to get SparkPoints, but was happy that it reconnected me to quite a few old friends. I posted the picture of me finishing the first 2011 Watermelon Series 5K. A person who has known me for over 40 years, and undoubtedly thinks of me as a confirmed couch potato, wrote on my wall, "You are an athlete. Who knew?" Made me laugh!

  
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DAVEYSHADOW 6/15/2011 3:48AM

    emoticon yes you are!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/12/2011 6:03PM

    You certainly are an athlete Marsha! It doesn't matter when you become one either so go ahead and bask in the knowledge that you are one and that you take care of your body! You go girl!!!!

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TMW54812 6/11/2011 4:40PM

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BLUESKY_321 6/11/2011 8:33AM

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-PAULA 6/10/2011 10:11PM

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Isn't it a wonderful feeling to know how you inspire people!

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_LINDA 6/10/2011 10:11PM

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Isn't that the icing on the cake!!
I only signed up for FB for the same reason lol. Now I get approached by the bridge players asking do I really do all that exercise, they can't believe it with my condition as they have seen me post surgery many a time..

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XENA1956 6/10/2011 10:10PM

    That is so fantastic. I run or in my case jog my first 5K in the morning. I never thought I would be doing that. Thanks for encouraging me. Hugs, Teri

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SNOOKUMS19 6/10/2011 10:04PM

    I know!!!! You are an inspiration my friend! Own it!

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MONTY68 6/10/2011 9:27PM

    Hi Marsha
Who knew? It is funny to hear a comment like that from someone who didn't know.
If we think about it, did we really know what we had hiding within our body, that was waiting (sometimes for years) to make its appearance.
Yes indeed, you are a athlete and so much more.

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WATERMELLEN 6/10/2011 9:17PM

    Yes you are! Isn't it fun to change your image!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/10/2011 9:16PM

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"We are all athletes. Some of us are in training, and some are not." (I am probably misquoting, but this came off my Spark calendar sometime last year and I posted it on my work cubicle wall.)

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/10/2011 8:32PM

    Awesome Marsha!

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MIRAGE727 6/10/2011 7:47PM

    Isn't that wonderful? Embrace it!
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Wait For Me!!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Why do I run? Well, I can't outrun Father Time, but it sure is fun to try!

And the truth is, sometimes it is fun, and sometimes it isn't. And sometimes it makes me feel amazingly young and sometimes it doesn't. Guess the competitive side of me is just strong enough that I run even when it isn't all fun.

As I stepped on the scale today, thinking of all the indulgences I've partaken recently, finding myself at the bottom of my goal weight range, I think that even when it isn't fun to run, it is fun to eat the calories burned! And I'm healthier because I use my muscles. And I'm healthier because mostly I eat healthy foods for my body's basic needs and healthy foods to fuel my activity.

Today I'm having quite a few thoughts about that Father Time chasing me. My child, my little girl, my funny and delightful and playful little one, turns 30 years old today. She is all grown up and not even young any more. How can that be? No, it can't be! But, wait. It is.

While I want to run fast and faster and faster yet, I see Father Time passing me. Wish he would slow down and wait, at least for a while.

  
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JJSWBS2 6/14/2011 11:16AM

    Enjoyed your blog... thanks for posting!!
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LEGALLYBLONDE81 6/12/2011 10:44AM

    Thanks for posting this blog. Does it ever resonate. From running so I can eat stuff I like to your comments on time. I've always said time is like a gas; it will expand or contract to fit the container it is in. On that happy note, I'm getting off my computer to go spend time more fully.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/10/2011 1:36PM

    My baby will be 31 two days after my birthday. I think you and I talked about the fact that our daughters were born right after our birthdays. They grow up so quickly and then time just seems to pass. My solution is to treasure every moment that you have. Run like the wind if you can and enjoy the feeling of the wind on your cheeks and the freedom of movement. There may yet come a day when you can't move like that so treasure the feeling while you can.

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MNNICE 6/9/2011 7:46PM

    Definitely agree with your thoughts on running (not fun but burns calories!!). Time has seemed to be passing so quickly lately. We maybe can't outrun Father Time, but we can sure give him a good race!

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PEGGYANNSCH 6/9/2011 1:58PM

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SNOOKUMS19 6/9/2011 12:39PM

    I find if I think of myself running with Father Time instead of out running him I am more at peace. If we can be present in all our moments we have truely lived them all. I used to be the camera person in our family. I have 3 digital photo frames to prove it. Since January I've realized I don't want to be the one watching life behind a lense. Instead I want to be in them. I want to feel that moment not capture it and not really be there. Anyway, my kids are 15 and 13 ...so what do I know :) . Keep running my friend!

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KALIGIRL 6/9/2011 9:01AM

    emoticonreasons (even if we can't beat Father time) emoticon

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MONTY68 6/8/2011 11:00PM

    Hi Marsha
I love your blog. Yes indeed Father Time is out there and we are never quite sure where, with all the awesome work you have done on you, it might be fun for you to go to the RealAge web site and find that you are younger than what you think.
There are times that remind us of age like your daughters birthday . It made me think , I have 2 sons both getting close to 50 and this fall my oldest granddaughter will be getting married, she is 23 and I wonder where the time went.
You are doing so many fun things in life, your review of what you do, what you eat and how all things have created who you are today. Father Time is probably smiling, knowing that Marsha will stay ahead of Time for now.
Thank you for sharing

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FROSTY99 6/8/2011 8:55PM

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Time waits for no one, but as you say it is sure fun to try to stay in front of it and you are winning the race!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/8/2011 5:26PM

    While we can't fool Father Time - we can fool friends and neighbors - and your mirror!

WTG Marsha!!

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TMW54812 6/8/2011 4:41PM

    The way I look at it...at least we are both still in the race! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 6/8/2011 3:34PM

    Great blog. My baby turned 41 this year. Never sure how that happened! I can't run but sure do enjoy walking briskly.

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_LINDA 6/8/2011 3:16PM

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! You are beating the odds Marsha! By living this healthy lifestyle, you have chosen to live a good, long life. You will probably be around to see your precious granddaughter's babies (but hopefully, they won't ask you to look after them too lol.
Stay strong, stay healthy, you ARE kicking Father Time's butt!
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WATERMELLEN 6/8/2011 2:50PM

    One thing we can be sure of regardless of age . . . it's never fun carrying around excess pounds 24/7, and the time spent exercising is so much less than that!

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STUFFNEARTABOR 6/8/2011 2:36PM

    Love your blog! Carry on!

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Thoughts Count

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I'm going to work on coming up with some positive statements, affirmations, mantras, or songs to help me start my runs on a more positive note. In my last race, the whole first mile I must admit, I was thinking very negatively. The thought that I will never run another race again came to me more than once. I wondered why in the world I was going through this ordeal.

There may be some breathing techniques or something I can do to feel better at the beginning of a race. Part of it is nerves. Warming up more might help me, too. This race when I hit mile one and heard the timer count 9 minutes, 29 seconds, I immediately felt much better. I was on pace for a personal best and my thinking became much more positive. I would like to achieve positive thinking throughout the race. I've been running to "Bouncy House" on my MP3 player. I like it, but I wonder if I started out to "Zipppity Do Dah" would I feel better? It's a thought. Thoughts count.

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 6/8/2011 7:37AM

    yes thought do count

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FROSTY99 6/7/2011 10:05PM

    My DH can't understand why I hum all the times but it keeps me positive. I seem to get certain tunes in my mind and they just won't stop but it seems to work.
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/7/2011 4:47PM

    WTG Marsha!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/7/2011 3:07PM

    Zippity Do Dah sounds like a winner for the start of a race to me. I think the more races you run, the more confidence you will have and the easier it will get. The whole team is so proud of everything you've accomplished Marsha! Just having you finish a race impresses all of us! You know how many hugs you got after the last one and we were just walking and you had finished running!!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/7/2011 9:58AM

    Yes I agree, thoughts do count....all the time

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SNOOKUMS19 6/7/2011 7:00AM

    It's amazing the impact music makes on our mood and motivation. Thats why Zumba is such a party! There are alot of songs out there. Mix it up. I'm sure there is a song that will make you feel like the energizer bunny :).

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JAMBUTTER 6/7/2011 7:00AM

  Positive n good thoughts take you a long way in the long run.

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WENDYLEE15 6/7/2011 6:53AM

    Thoughts really do count.I hope you can find some "feel good" thoughts.I myself have been trying to replace all negative thoughts that pop into my mind with positive ones.It really helps with so many things =]..Good luck emoticon

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