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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The race results from Saturday have been posted on the sponsors' website. I was not last! But number 100 (a nice round figure!) of 102 with a time of 54:18. I really thought I had finished last of the runners, but there were two women who finished 5 and 7 minutes later than I did. No wonder I didn't see them behind me.

I placed 9 of 10 in my age group. Interesting to see was that about half of the runners in my age class 55-60 (yes, there was one runner over 60, too) are in sports clubs, including the #8 who finished 5 minutes faster than I did. I know that racing is not going to become a central aspect of my life, but it was good to have a new fitness goal to reach for after reaching goal weight. I'd like to do one or two more 5-8K races this summer. Next up is an 8K on June 22.

The doctor looked at my ankle and said it was probably a strained ligament from the miss-step I took Nordic walking a couple of weeks ago. He said the race probably didn't hurt it, but if I want it to get better, I need to stay off it for a few days. So it's taped for support and I'll be doing my gym workouts on the elliptical this week to give it a rest.

Stuffed bell peppers in the oven for lunch! Yum!

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REYNJANET 6/12/2008 12:23AM

    Michelle, I'm proud of you! You DID IT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOMEBUNNY 6/11/2008 9:02AM

    Way to go on completing the race. I totally applaud you for doing the race. That is not something I see myself doing anytime soon. I hope you continue to take your doctor's advice & stay off of the ankle for a while.

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BFITNHAPPY 6/8/2008 12:59PM

    Michelle..I just had to pop in to read about your race..its a major accomplishment just to finish so WOO HOO to you! Glad you want to do it again.. Hope your ankle feels better soon..I am also on the injured reserve with foot issues and loving the elliptical and bike. I miss all of you!

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

I survived! On the way to the race, a huge thunderstorm complete with thunder and lightning came up and I was beginning to think that the race would be cancelled. But by the time I got to the start, it had cleared up - and the temperature had dropped about 20 degrees! The race was super well-organized and the people friendly.

I finished last of the runners, I think. The sponsor's website is down, so I can't check. But my goal was, first of all to run the distance, and to finish in under an hour. I only walked up one of the hills and at kilometer 5 for a little bit, to stretch my legs. And I finished in around 54 minutes. I forgot to turn off my HRM immediately at the end of the race, so that's an estimate. I know I could have done better if it hadn't been for the 99% humidity and my troublesome ankle. Another goal was to keep an eye on my HR and NOT let myself get lured into overdoing it by competitiveness.

Placing was not a goal - and I could have passed the next-to-last women, but her kids came out on the field to run the last lap with her, so I told her to go on ahead. We had run the last 2K together and encouraged each other. Thanks to all YOU encouragers, too!

Today, the weather is lovely again, but I'll be taking it easy most of the day and resting my ankle, I'll do some upper body and core ST this evening for my 30 minutes of intentional exercise.

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FIT4HISGLORY 6/2/2008 11:25AM

    emoticon What an accomlishment! Take care of that ankle!

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CALGALFOX 6/2/2008 10:32AM

    emoticon Congratulations on the run! What a great goal to have accomplished!

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MOM2KNL 6/1/2008 7:12PM

    emoticon emoticonYou did it! I am celebrating here in CA with you. I knew you would do it and your time was great. Hope your ankle heals quickly!

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TKLINKEN 6/1/2008 2:02PM

    Congratulations on a great run, Michelle!

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SKISINCO 6/1/2008 12:02PM

    Michelle, great job! You did it and that is definitely something to be proud of, no matter how long it took or whether you ran or crawled it! So happy for you, I'm glad that it all worked out.

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STERNENFEE 6/1/2008 9:13AM

    Congratulations!! You did it!! emoticon
There's something else you can be proud of, you reached your goals and enjoyed the run. Great job!

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Off to the races

Saturday, May 31, 2008

I'm about to get in the car and drive down to Stuttgart for the 7K race. Prayers appreciated! I'm feeling pretty good, although my left ankle has been bothering me some (bursitis?) Pray that I won't try to be a hero if it gives me trouble!

I'm going alone after all...df couldn't cancel here other plans in time. So it will be good to know that y'all are rooting for me.

P.S. I got myself a new Nike "run" t-shirt today, on sale of course. Does that make me a runner? ;)

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MOM2KNL 5/31/2008 6:13PM

    Yep! You are a runner and have been for some time! Can't wait to hear how the race went.
Your Running Sista,

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STERNENFEE 5/31/2008 5:06PM

    I hope you had a lot of fun at your run and enjoyed it.

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SKISINCO 5/31/2008 10:55AM

    You ARE a runner! Good luck and have fun.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

A friend and I drove down to the area where the run is going to be next Saturday evening. There are so many trails that it was impossible to determine what course the organizers are planning for the 7K race, but we had a good 50-minute run. It was good to get some orientation. The parking situation is good, and it looks like - wherever the actual course is - there will be plenty of shade. I'm glad of that! Seven days from now at this time, I'll be running through the Degerloch Woods!

Back to church this evening to hear our guest Bible teacher. I have a pretty easy week at the language school ahead of me, and I'm glad of that. It means I can be at church all three evenings of teaching. AND it means I'll have enough time to get a good start on my OT course.

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REYNJANET 5/26/2008 11:54AM

    Sounds like you have a good course ahead of you for the run. Is it actually through the woods? I'd be tempted to stop and look at the trees and flowers around me, LOL.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Not much new to report. I worked a lot of hours at the language school this past week. It's spring break for the German schools so many of my regular students are on vacation. We "fill in the blanks" with kids English day camp. The group was relatively small this time - just 8 kids - and well-behaved for the most part, too. I enjoyed the time, but it's hard work! Certainly burned some calories on our trips to the park and playground!

I've found a lot of great free online resources for teaching kids English. My current favorite is the British Council site. There's a song on there that I want to learn for the next camp this summer. If you want to smile today, go watch the video and listen: www.britishcouncil.org/kids-songs-cl

On the fitness front, I may have found a buddy for the race on the 31st! One of the other language school teachers is interested. I left a flyer for her to look at and hope she'll let me know next week.

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HOMEBUNNY 5/19/2008 9:13AM

    Glad you that you had a well behaved group of young kids. I love working with kids, but it makes it oh so much easier when they are a good group.

I will have to check out that site. I do home day care. Maybe it will be something I can use.

Keep goin', Michelle!!!

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REYNJANET 5/17/2008 10:44AM

    I didn't download the song, I have dial-up and it takes forever but I LOVED the words to the song! I can just see kids having a ball singing it. I love children songs. I work in music for VBS and I really enjoy the little ones and the action songs! Sounds like you had a break in routine this week and sometimes that is a welcome relief!

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