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Victory, Good Cause, Exercise Progress

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

I ran the Hope for Haiti 5K this morning with my nephew and niece. We watched a video after about Haiti, met people who work there full time and local people who go quarterly to support a school there. It was very inspirational and I was glad to support the effort.

My motivation before I went, though, was to support my nephew. He dropped 30 pounds in the 3 weeks before he was hospitalized for diabetic acidosis about 3 months ago with blood sugar over 650. Since he came out of the hospital he hasn't lost much more weight, but he has totally changed the way he eats, walks many miles a day, does Crossfit regularly, and has learned to control his blood sugar. He is totally off insulin and pills now. He goes to Weight Watcher meetings with me and hopes to lose 70 more pounds. My niece did the 5K, too. She has run with me before, but hasn't been running regularly since her marriage in April. She paced him and reported he did eight running intervals. I snapped pictures of them crossing the finish line, but haven't yet figured out how to download the pictures on my laptop. He finished 3.1 miles in less than 48 minutes. When he first started walking the lake(2.84 miles) it took him over an hour, so he's made lots of progress. Will try to edit their pictures in later or post tomorrow.

My time was around 30 minutes, maybe 29:59 or 30:00 or 30:01; I'll know for sure when it is posted online, possibly with pictures, in a day or two. This was the first 5K I've run since March of 2012. For the last year I've trained for greater distance. This was my 8th 5K, since my first in January 2011. I've run 4 5Ks under 30 minutes and 3 over before this one. So I was way off my PR of 28:28. I started too fast and had to take several walk breaks in the first half mile. When I heard my time was 9:40 at the first mile, I felt much better and settled down, running the whole rest of the way. At 2 miles I was at 18:25, I think, or was it 19:25?? I was thinking it was a negative split, but I'm now doubting myself. Anyway, even though it was not my best race, I did place first in my age group, which is my first FIRST PLACE medal!

My hubby took this picture of me with my age group medal after I got home:



(You can see that we have not had a freeze here this year yet and the bougainvilla is still blooming.)

So I refuse to be disappointed with my time. I'll just celebrate the victory for me, the money for Haiti, and the exercise progress of my dear nephew!!
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NEWTINK 1/20/2013 10:35AM

    you did awesome .. emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 1/20/2013 9:59AM

    Great job on doing the run for a good cause..Plus I am happy your nephew is on the right track to health. emoticon

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DJSHIP46 1/20/2013 8:51AM

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OFGREENGABLES 1/20/2013 8:49AM

    nice work!

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MOMMY445 1/20/2013 8:41AM

    congratulations to you and your nephew! have a wonderful day!

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JACKIE542 1/20/2013 8:39AM

    Congratulations, to you and your Nephew. emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 1/20/2013 8:37AM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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PENOWOK 1/20/2013 8:09AM

    Excellent on all counts! How great your nephew has you to run with him!!

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MIRANDA2112 1/20/2013 8:03AM

  What an inspiration you are for couch potatoes like me! Great photo too.

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SWEDE_SU 1/20/2013 8:03AM

    that's a great victory! emoticon emoticon

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BESSHAILE 1/20/2013 7:59AM

    That's fantastic news about your nephew

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JANEMARIE77 1/20/2013 7:47AM

    great run you should be very proud you did it way to go

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GABY1948 1/20/2013 7:32AM

    I absolutely love your pics...such an inspiration...so proud of your niece and nephew too!

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KATHIC2 1/20/2013 7:30AM

  Awesome! You are a great role model!

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LRSILVER 1/20/2013 7:24AM

    WTG. Thanks for sharing

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CATCHPSU 1/20/2013 7:03AM

    Tell your nephew to keep it up!

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SANDYCRANE 1/20/2013 6:59AM

    Great run. You are very inspirational.

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BECKYANNE1 1/20/2013 6:31AM

    Way to Go!

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STRIVER57 1/20/2013 4:37AM

    wow! very very impressive!

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NEWCHINELO 1/20/2013 4:36AM

    Congratulations!

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AMANDACOETZER 1/20/2013 4:05AM

    Congratulations, thats gr8!

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Looking fabulous!! That is great about your nephew and niece joining in as well!
A first is awesome! I seem to remember reading not to compare race times too closely as weather and conditions can be different for each race and affect the times.
You rock!!

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FROSTY99 1/19/2013 9:36PM

    emoticon job. Congrats on the emoticon

Pat

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AQUAGIRL08 1/19/2013 8:56PM

    emoticon emoticon Congratulations! You've done a great job!

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JOYINKY 1/19/2013 7:46PM

    Congratulations! A lot to celebrate! All good! emoticon emoticon

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IAMWINNING 1/19/2013 7:07PM

    Oh how wonderful! A run in support of Haiti, and you did well. Especially wonderful for your nephew. It's great that he's serious about his health, and now off insulin and pills! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2013 6:17PM

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BOOKAPHILE 1/19/2013 5:59PM

    Well done, all of you! That medal looks good on you. emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/19/2013 5:26PM

    Congratulations! And for a very good cause. Our church has a mission in Haiti. So much need.

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WATERMELLEN 1/19/2013 5:07PM

    Good for you. What a great cause all around . . . what an inspiration you are to your nephew . . . and what a lovely picture!!

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MDOTZERO 1/19/2013 5:02PM

    Congratulations and great job!!! Fantastic picture! emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 1/19/2013 3:51PM

    Congratulations to you and your nephew.
Wow, first place and it wasn't even your best time.
Are you getting ready for the Olympics?

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GABY1948 1/19/2013 3:23PM

    What a GREAT picture of you and a great blog! Way to GO, Marsha!

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MSLZZY 1/19/2013 3:02PM

    Great day, great times and award winning smile! HUGS!

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NEW-CAZ 1/19/2013 2:47PM

    emoticon to you both emoticon

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MEXGAL1 1/19/2013 2:42PM

    you did a wonderful thing Marsha...heck with the time...i think the time is awesome. so nice to be such a good role model for your nephew and others in your family.
you look adorable!
Have a great rest of the day!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/19/2013 2:05PM

    emoticon emoticon Well done, and congrats to both your nephew (for taking charge of his health) and YOU... #1 lady in your age group!

Way to keep on inspiring while helping those in Haiti.

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JANIGURL 1/19/2013 1:54PM

    wow, that is really motivating !!! What a terrific thing to do for yourself and for Haiti :) Good for you !

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