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Running, Volunteering, Weighing, and Not Tracking

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Enjoyed running with my niece and nephew last eve. They are both running a 5K at 7 pm on Saturday evening. I decided not to run that hot, hilly race this year. I'm volunteering instead and have been assigned to work with the food from 6-8:30 pm. My mom will be with me and my sister (mom of niece and nephew) will probably go, too.

My next race is the first of a 4-part series, the Sunrise Watermelon 5K series. The first one is June 7th. I'll turn 65 the day before. WooHoo! I age up!! Unless there is a lot more competition in that age group, I should place if I just make all 4 races and run at least my slowest 5K ever pace (31:17). Even at 7 am it will be hot and humid, so I don't expect to make a PR. And admittedly, although I've only missed two runs of my 3 weekly runs in the past year, I have not done much speed work. Seems like any time I push the speed, hills, or strength training, I have something complain enough to interrupt my efforts. So, I've kind of settled for less intense running. But it is still wonderful!!

On another fitness topic, I decided it is okay to weigh more than twice this month since I'm trying to head off a gain. Proud to report without tracking, I was down .2 this morning and .2 yesterday morning, putting me back to just 1.4 over my current target. I got a little scared when I weighed in at Weight Watchers this month with another small gain, putting me at my highest weigh-in in 3 years. Tracking is something I intend to keep in my back pocket and pull out whenever I need it. But even when things get stressful, I'm thinking I'll be able to maintain most of the time without tracking my food.

Thanks for reading my blog. Wishing you healthy and happy days!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MJREIMERS 5/9/2014 8:15PM

    emoticon ! I love how you will "celebrate" your birthday! How fun when you make it a family event.

I tried not to track once, but I didn't do so well. Good for you being able to maintain without tracking. Keep at it!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/8/2014 4:40PM

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_LINDA 5/7/2014 10:50PM

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You are doing great all around!
What a way to celebrate your 65th!
You are wise to listen to your body and not push things that have been causing you injuries.. you will be one of those running until you are a 100!
Keep on being amazing!

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NATPLUMMER 5/7/2014 7:05PM


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TERI-RIFIC 5/7/2014 12:51PM

    Sunrise 5K sounds daunting, but less daunting than broiler 5K. I ran a 5 K in 90 deg weather once and that was enough.Good luck in the series and good for you for volunteering. emoticon

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FOCUSONME57 5/7/2014 12:04PM


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MEXGAL1 5/7/2014 11:02AM

    woo hoo on the weight and also for volunteering...great job!

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MSLZZY 5/7/2014 9:04AM

    emoticon You do well without tracking but I will still track, just to be safe. As for weighing in, a gentle reminder that maybe I should be checking more often.

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MICKEYH 5/7/2014 8:07AM


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MILLEDGE2 5/7/2014 7:51AM

    Great! You're staying on top of things and not taking weight loss for granted!

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POSITIVE41 5/7/2014 5:57AM

    What a great outlook on getting older! I just turned 45 and thought the same thing. I need to work on speed too. I run the same pace for a 3 mile run as an 8 mile run. Lol

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GABY1948 5/7/2014 4:56AM

    Health and Happy Days and blessing back to you, Marsha! GREAT going on the weighing and the tracking! You are true inspiration!

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WATERMELLEN 5/6/2014 10:04PM

    Excellent timing on turning 65!!

Glad that the not-tracking is working for ya!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/6/2014 8:52PM

    If you have your eating pretty normalized, you probably CAN get away without tracking much of the time, and maintain. But keep checking that ol' GPS (the scale) just to be sure that still holds.

Spark on, my friend!

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DIANNEMT 5/6/2014 7:42PM

    Your slowest 5K would be 7 minutes faster than my fastest 5K! I hope to finish under 37 minutes on 5/17!!

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HALFFAST 5/6/2014 7:29PM

    Every time I try to stop tracking, I immediately gain 5 pounds! Lol! Seriously though, you are such an inspiration! :)

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XENA1956 5/6/2014 7:11PM

    Great job on your runs and volunteers are always needed. Also an early Happy Birthday. emoticon emoticon

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SPINNINGJW 5/6/2014 7:10PM

    I have not entered the world of running. I walk between a 17 and 18 minute mile, so a 5K would take me about an hour?

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FITWITHIN 5/6/2014 6:36PM

    That's awesome! I'll take any advice on increasing my speed. I'm nowhere near running 30 minutes 5k. Message me. Keep up the great work. Your doing fantastic!

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