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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Well, the 2011 Watermelon 5K Series, race two, is in the book. I felt good the entire race; much better than last race. I started out running to Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah just because I wanted to. It reminded me to smile, enjoy it, and not let my heart beat hard due to nerves. My MP3 player was acting weird and did not play what I thought I had on my playlist. For a while I was running to Bolero, which is definitely not running music, but it made me smile, too, just because it was so strange to run to it. Then it played some PodRunner music that was very appropriate. Next time I hope to have control over my music!

I didn't run quite as fast, but I'm happy with my gun time of 29:22. The first race my gun time was around 29:06, and my chip time was 28:46. Don't know my chip time yet; pictures and chip times should be posted later this afternoon. Maybe I'll have one for my blog tomorrow. I am in second place for my age group with 2 more races to go in the series. Next one is July 23rd and the final race is August 20th. I plan to run!!

  
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-PAULA 6/26/2011 11:09AM

    Congratulations on a great race and great timing. You are such an inspiration! One day I hope to get sub 30 but first I must get sub 40! Enjoy following you!

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TBRANCH2 6/26/2011 1:50AM

    Marsha--the Polk County Team "mascot"! lol Great job!!!
Hugs,
Theresa

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JOYINKY 6/25/2011 5:34PM

    Congratulations! You are amazing!!

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GATOR12 6/25/2011 2:44PM

    You're an inspiration. Great job and you'll be better prepared on music end but sounds like it ended okay!!

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KEKEIKO 6/25/2011 2:22PM

    Congratulations! Time to select that playlist prior to the run. My mp3 saves the last playlist so all I have to do is press play. That's really funny - Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah, makes me want to save that one on my mp3. WTG on the run! emoticon

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MIRAGE727 6/25/2011 2:20PM

    Happy that you had a great run and still in the hunt!

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FROSTY99 6/25/2011 2:02PM

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LALASLAND 6/25/2011 12:32PM

    Marsha, you sure are doing a FANTASTIC job! Way to go!
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AQUAGIRL08 6/25/2011 10:54AM

    emoticon Marsha! We are so proud of you in the Polk County Team!!!

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MEXGAL1 6/25/2011 10:36AM

    Congrats to you! Way to go! I admire you.
Have a great week end.
Sallie

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MONTY68 6/25/2011 10:19AM

   
Congratulations Marsha, You certainly are awesome. Looking forward to the pictures.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/25/2011 10:06AM

    You are awesome!

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TAICHIDANCER 6/25/2011 9:18AM

    Thanks for inspiring me today.

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Celebrating Fitness

Friday, June 24, 2011

I got an e-mail telling me that the Watermelon Series awards will be based on gun time, not net time (chip time). Evidentally, there was some problem with some of the chips so that not everyone got a time. On the web site only net times are listed for race one, so there may be some changes in position.

That probably won't change the way I run the race. Last time I started out right in the middle and I finished 396 out of about 840 finishers - so I'm starting in about the right place. I'll be glad, though, when they get the chip system working flawlessly because I think it is a better gauge of athletic accomplishment.

I just read on the Lakeland Runner's Club web site that this is the 16th year of the Watermelon Series. It was specifically designed to "celebrate fitness" and encourage running during the hot part of the year when it can be a challenge to keep fit.

If anyone asks why I am running this race I'm going to tell them that I am running to celebrate fitness!

  
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FROSTY99 6/24/2011 6:23PM

    emoticonYou rock!!!!!

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MONTY68 6/24/2011 5:37PM

    Hi Marsha
You are awesome, and we should be celebrating your fitness, You are a awesome example of what a person can do. It is to bad that they can't use the clips, but you will know that you finished and that your time is somewhat less then the registered time.
Enjoy the race and I look forward to seeing your results.

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WATERMELLEN 6/24/2011 5:22PM

    You're #1 in MY (official Watermellen) books no matter what method of measurement the race officials use!!

Yeah!! Celebrating fitness, celebrating an awesomely fit YOU!!

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_LINDA 6/24/2011 4:32PM

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Its a great concept! Good for them for putting it out there and you for embracing it!! I just about melt trying to work out in hot humid, conditions, and I am sure the heat we get is next to nothing compared to yours..
It is really unfair not to have an accurate race measuring method, but I guess chips are like all other electronics and can fail :(( We are getting an electronic scoring system for our bridge club. Not sure yet if I should be dreading it, I am no technician dealing with computer glitches..
All the best with your run, I am sure you will smoke it, especially when you make sure you are well hydrated before, during and after the race!



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JOYINKY 6/24/2011 2:20PM

    Worthy thing to celebrate! You couldn't be a better ambassador for fitness! WTG!

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MNNICE 6/24/2011 1:48PM

    It is something to celebrate that our "Senior Citizen" bodies are indeed fit enough to run! Congratulations and continued success in your accomplishments!

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LALASLAND 6/24/2011 12:56PM

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/24/2011 12:00PM

    Awesome.

Celebrate You too!

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MIRAGE727 6/24/2011 11:58AM

    Unless I'm wrong and my data mining is off, you humbly failed to state that you were #1 in your age class!! You Stud Muffin! What an inspiration! Good luck in your run. I know you'll do well in celebrating fitness!
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Getting Ready and Unexpected Challenge

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I am getting ready for my 5K on Saturday. I've chosen my clothes, washed my running socks, trimmed my toe nails, checked my glasses, etc. I ran Tuesday and took a long walk today. Plan a short elliptical session tomorrow. I still have just a touch of lower back discomfort and a foot with an occasional muscle spasm. I'm not afraid to run the 5K, though. My training runs have gone well and if I have discomfort, I'll just go slower. It's great to place in a race, but more important to be healthy. Don't want to put too much pressure on myself. So, I was feeling pretty prepared when suddenly an unanticipated challenge occurred.

I usually run with my MP3 player playing workout tunes. I was wanting to create a playlist with a really, really joyfilled first song because I'm trying to start out thinking more positively. Unfortunately something happened to my MP3 player and all my content disappeared. Maybe it was my magnetic name tag that I inadvertantly put near the MP3 player in my purse. I re-synced my player, but wow did I get a mess. Pictures came in where the music should be so I have hundreds of "unknown" listings in the music. Some of the albums are now split up with the songs in different locations. A lot of the music no longer has titles listed, so I'm having trouble finding my music. I'm sure I can find something to run to. I'll keep trying to create what I want. We'll see.

  
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MISTYRIVER64 6/24/2011 1:35PM

    Good luck with the run and with the MP3 player - mine did almost the same thing and I gave up and bought a new one! emoticon

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PEGGYANNSCH 6/24/2011 10:54AM

    Good Luck

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KALIGIRL 6/24/2011 8:57AM

    Sounds like all is in order except for tunes - I bet those get resolved too!

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1BEACHWALKER 6/24/2011 5:08AM

    You are an inpiration! Keep up the good work! Good luck! emoticon

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OPHELIA105 6/24/2011 4:19AM

    Oh that would really annoy me. I have just had my laptop updated and it has made a mess of my itunes and I daren't re sync my ipod now as I know it will mess it up.

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MONTY68 6/23/2011 11:52PM

    Marsha
I know that you will be ready and will have a successful race. Hope you can get some music figured out.
Have fun Saturday

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_LINDA 6/23/2011 11:10PM

    So very sorry about your music player :(( I last used something like that when it was called a walkman and used cassettes only..I miss having music walking, I know how motivating it is working out to it. I can go really fast on the elliptical when the digital station plays an upbeat song, but if it throws a slow one in, its like I am falling asleep lol. I can't wear those ear things as they make me deaf even on the lowest setting :((
Do you have all your songs stored on your computer? I don't know much about those mp3, but if you can wipe it clean like a hard drive, and then put them back?? Doesn't sound like its even functioning correctly and needs to be reset..You can always ask the company you bought it from for advice..
Good luck..

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JANEWATKINS 6/23/2011 9:25PM

    Boogers! Where is a young adult when you need one?

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WATERMELLEN 6/23/2011 7:33PM

    Yup, have to say this is when I'd holler for my son to help . . .

love the PODRUNNER downloads gateway to 8 km series . . . electronic dance music, all geared to running and very motivating for me . . . .

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PARKERB2 6/23/2011 2:37PM

    Didn't grow up with all this technology and I've just learned what I must have to get along so I can't help either. I would call someone who is better equipped to handle this. Have a good day. And good luck on the run, hope all goes very good for you.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/23/2011 2:27PM

    I'm not savvy enough to help you - but I bet you could find someone to look at it and help you resort things. Think young - only the young know all these things.

Good Luck! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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LALASLAND 6/23/2011 1:45PM

    OH, I am so sorry! That would really throw me! I hope you can get things figured out for your run! Maybe you have a computer geek friend who can fix things? I'd be calling my 20 year old son! emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/23/2011 1:36PM

    Good luck! I'd be lost!

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Overreacting and Undereating

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

This morning I was down 3.8 pounds from my weigh in yesterday. After overeating a little bit 2 days in a row, I really cut back. It worked. Only, it would have been healthier to have eaten at least 1200 calories (29 Weight Watcher pointsplus) yesterday and not undereat. Fluctuations and water weight are frustrating. I need to remember not to overreact.

  
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MONTY68 6/22/2011 10:15PM

    Hi Marsha
I guess you did overreact, but I think a lot of us do. There are a number of articles about the body and how it reacts with weight. It would seem that 3.8 pounds would have met a 14,000 calorie deficit. I took one of the quizzes today that was titled "When Does Food Becomes Fat. A lot of good questions and answers. in fact there was a question on really cutting back after a day or 2 of overeating.
I Know by what you have said that you did overreact and I bet you will remember not to in the future. You have done a amazing amount of work on yourself, and your results have shown that. As I told you a long time ago, that you inspire me with each of your blogs and I am sure there are many that read them, have been motivated to become more successful.

Thank you for sharing

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AQUAGIRL08 6/22/2011 9:08PM

    I tend to do the same thing. Panic does strange things to us!

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FROSTY99 6/22/2011 3:31PM

    I have learned not to get too upset over one or 2 days of variance on the scale but if it goes on longer then I get crazy. I just try to up my water and work out a bit more. I think you have a bit of the mentality that all of us retain, if we see the scale go up we fear we are on that downward spiral again, but I know you have a handle on this and you will stay in control.
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PEGGYANNSCH 6/22/2011 3:11PM

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MEXGAL1 6/22/2011 2:51PM

    yes, we all have to remember how weird the scale can be with the water differences our bodies have from day to day. You can go crazy with the different readings...I know I can! Overall the goal of eatting healthy for good health is what works for me to focus on.
Best of everything.

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/22/2011 12:36PM

    If you over react every time the scale moves...you will drive yourself crazy

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KALIGIRL 6/22/2011 12:28PM

    Here's to moderation - congrats on your upcoming retirement!

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MIRAGE727 6/22/2011 10:59AM

    Overreacting, I tend to do that. A good thought to remember, Marsha. Thanks for sharing, you're doing fantastic!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/22/2011 10:24AM

    You're doing great - and retiring in 5 days so add stress to your program.

It is difficult not to under-eat but just keep trying - you have come so far in such a short period of time!

You're my hero!!

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LALASLAND 6/22/2011 10:07AM

    You are doing a fantastic job! I overreact, too... so afraid of gaining what I worked so hard to lose! emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 6/22/2011 8:56AM

    I just can't weigh myself that often - too frustrating for me! I left the scale in Florida so it will be 2 weeks weigh ins and I hope to see good results!

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JOYINKY 6/22/2011 8:32AM

    Yes, but it was just one day and you are back on track. You're right, must have been water weight. Hang in there.

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Missing Annie

Sunday, June 19, 2011

WalkingAnnie was one of the wisest and most inspiring SparkFriends I ever had. She researched issues related to weight and fitness, especially appropriate for us who are making changes after years of poor eating habits. Her blogs were full of helpful information as well as insight into behavior along with some humor and an interesting perspective.

Annie hasn't posted a blog for almost 2 months and hasn't changed her status for 42 days. I know she had a history of health problems and I just hope so much that she is well. It would be wonderful to think her life changes are just so ingrained now that she doesn't need us any more. But I worry that something else has happened.

SparkFriends can be so powerful. They can truly inspire and help you achieve your goals. The quasi-anonymity of it all can be a help when you need to confess and confront behavior. They never ask anything of you except maybe when you have the time to be online. But it can be so frustrating when a SparkFriend just disappears. I don't have a phone number nor an address to contact her. I would love to send her a "thinking about you" card. I think about her a lot and am grateful for all I learned from her.

  
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JANEWATKINS 6/21/2011 12:12PM

    Sweet blog. We are truly fortunate in the SP friends we "collect" along the way. I'm grateful to those who have "friended" me and take and interest in me, even though we may never meet. What an interesting community we have formed here.

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PEGGYANNSCH 6/20/2011 10:40AM

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WATERMELLEN 6/20/2011 8:05AM

    Oh yes. A heartfelt yes. Miss Annie, hope she is OK, hope she rejoins us when she is able. A truly inspiring person!!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/19/2011 7:29PM

    I feel blessed that we have a local group where we can meet face to face and exchange phone numbers if we want. I have several Spark Friends who have disappeared. Two I exchange emails with outside of Spark People and others who just stopped using Spark people. I just assumed that they had issues that got in the way. Perhaps they will re-surface later and re-connect with me. Maybe this nice lady will do the same with you.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 6/19/2011 5:42PM

    It's inspiring to me when I read these blogs that focus on how much we fellow sparkers do for each other without even realizing it. I don't take any of you for granted, that's for sure!

Thanks fo rposting this and I hope you hear from her soon. Pat

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FROSTY99 6/19/2011 5:24PM

    What a difference each of us makes in one another's lives and what a void when we aren't "there". Hoping you are able to find out about Annie.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/19/2011 4:24PM

    I'm a friend of WalkingAnnie as well... she has been such an inspiration and when she posted that she wasn't going to be on as much, I wrote on her page that do understand that life sometimes gets in the way... but I *do* miss her, think of her often, and include her in my prayers. I guess with these online communities where we don't know each other's full names or addresses makes it hard to stay in touch when life events change something.

Still... thinking of you, Annie, wherever you are, and praying for your well-being!

- Barb

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/19/2011 4:13PM

    WalkingAnnie was a friend of mine too but I hadn't noticed her missing and now even her page is missing.

Maybe someone will show up that knows what happened to her.



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TBRANCH2 6/19/2011 2:13PM

    Isn't it odd how a complete stranger can so easily touch our lives without them even being aware they have done such. We should all remember this when WE don't post for a long while...we are leaving others out there wondering and worrying about us!

May you soon find out what exactly happened to "Annie"!

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MONTY68 6/19/2011 12:42PM

    Hi Marsha
I can understand how you feel. Annie was one that always motivated and he blogs had information that was valuable. She did say that she had pressing issues and wouldn't be on as often, but 2 months is a long time. I have several friends that their names still appear, but I can not open it. I assume they have dropped off but Spark doesn't take them off the friend list.
I we can do is continue to have them in our thoughts with prayers that they are OK.
Thank you for your thoughts and sharing with us.


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DONNABRIGHT 6/19/2011 11:57AM

    I feel the same about several who have wandered off without knowing what has happened. I find myself spending less and less time on the spark so I do understand how life can somethimes get in the way.

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JOHAL52 6/19/2011 11:12AM

    I miss her too!

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_LINDA 6/19/2011 10:08AM

    Yes, you do have to wonder when a Spark friend disappears without so much as a goodbye, I am taking time off or going away or whatever.
I truly hope nothing has happened to Annie :(( She has inspired so many people on here..

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LALASLAND 6/19/2011 10:02AM

    Marsha, I know just what you mean... you don't think your online friends would have such an impact on your life, and then when they disappear from what avenue you had to communicate...poof! It's tough! I hope Annie comes back. Maybe you could read though her page and possibly find a friend or relative that would know her in real time and help you get in touch with her?

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PARKERB2 6/19/2011 9:57AM

    Sorry you'v not been able to connect to her lately. I would keep trying and maybe she'll be able to respond soon. Good luck. emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/19/2011 9:54AM

    I miss her too Marsha! If we send her a goodie she'll get it by email and know we're thinking of her. Thanks for sharing.

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