MARGARITTM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MARGARITTM MARGARITTM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Mainiac Triathalon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779808 I participated as the swim leg of the relay team Play Hard Tri Hard........ not my best swim; the air temp was the same as the air 61 degrees and an ocean swim. <BR> <BR> We did as a team still manage to win the female relay award! Woohoo us. <BR> <BR> <BR> After having been injured for several months this year....yeah winning is great but the real prize is being able to do it! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:07:55 EST Beach to Beacon 10k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754359 Probably the most prestigious race in Maine - the race director is Joan Benoit Samuelson. <BR> <BR> There are many elites that come an run the race and it is quite the event: Meb, Flanagan etc... <BR> <BR> There race is in Cape Elizabeth Maine and ends at the iconic Portland Headlight. <BR> <BR> After my injury I have had many races come and go without me - and I have paid my registrations and not been able to run. Expensive and frustrating. This one I knew I am on the mend but it would n... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 12:01:46 EST Peaks Island 5 Miler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748107 It wasn't pretty and no PR for sure. <BR> <BR> What a beautiful race though. Gorgeous day on Saturday and we brought our bikes with us on the ferry. <BR> <BR> Ferry ride from Portland to Peaks complete with seal sightings! <BR> <BR> We got our bibs - 4 of us running and my son as spectator. and our shirts and were ready to race @ 10:30 ...Hot and hilly !!!!1 Fabulous views of the rocky coastline in Maine. - complete with lighthouses (of course IT'S Maine!)........The scent of the wild ro... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:47 EST anyone still in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744792 I am over 14,00 exercise minutes - on taget for 24,000 for the year <BR> <BR> miles a little behind because of injury but still aiming for over 1,000 this year. Iam over half way there...Still on target !!! anyone else? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:00:41 EST Celebrate the 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731752 Is anyone else sick of being told how we should or should NOT celebrate our freedom? <BR> <BR> Of course not to interfere with anyone else's freedom ...... but celebrate your way! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:07:29 EST 1st attempt at running since the brace has come off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731351 A big whopper of 2 miles and EVERYTHING hurt - except the knee!!!! so yay! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:42:09 EST Good deed done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726365 I almost never get to donate blood as I am always in the midst of training for something and it tends to knock me down a little.....but since I am on the injured reserve list right now, I did! <BR> <BR> Not my favorite thing to do but I am glad did it! Pretty proud of myself! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:20:52 EST volunteering at a 5k tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718025 giving back to the sport..... scores me 2 minor league tickets too. <BR> <BR> <BR> I should be running but while on the disabled list - I will give my time! Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:15:25 EST Grumpy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717090 I always knew that exercising GAVE me energy and that running is therapy forme ....but I sure can tell now .....hope to be back doing SOMETHING after Tuesday's Dr apt Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:20:18 EST stress fracture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711419 I have tried not to hurt myself and wound up doing it anywys. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> so bummed right now <BR> <BR> <BR> Can do absolutely nothing for at least 2 weeks then maybe swimming and or biking for a few and no running for at least 4 weeks. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 15:25:33 EST Marathon Fuelling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696441 Several have asked about fuelling during the marathon: <BR> <BR> Let me first - I try to drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses of water a day ANYWAYS...but for the last 2 weeks before the marathon I added water to that so more like 10 or 11 x 8 ounces a day.....I know ugh! <BR> <BR> Also I am not a vegetarian but I did not eat any red meat during the last week before the marathon. <BR> <BR> On the morning of the marathon - oatmeal with raisins coffee and lots of water 3 x 8 ounces <BR> <BR> o... Fri, 16 May 2014 13:18:29 EST 1ST Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694320 My day started at 4:15 UGH <BR> My clothes and gear etc... were all laid out the night before <BR> oatmeal with raisins and coffee <BR> out the door by 5:00 am....hmmm already it was a bit warm out! <BR> Naturally with no traffic Dave and I made great time to our meeting spot to pick up my running buddy Diane but it gave me a couple of extra minutes to go over my fuel belt and checked bag items. <BR> 5:15 off to the finish line to grab our bus to the start. <BR> Got there in enough time to... Tue, 13 May 2014 16:44:35 EST Tapering week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688148 Hate it ! <BR> <BR> <BR> Had heard it was hard - it is!!!! <BR> <BR> I keep thinking I should be doing something! <BR> <BR> OK working on my mental race.........there will be no beating up on myself - ositive thoughts only..... woo hoo this will be fun! <BR> I will wear my marathon jacket with pride!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> OK Now it's time to get excited about this marathon! Mon, 5 May 2014 15:14:10 EST Lost! Joie de Vie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676856 Answers to the name Mojo..... please return to owner ......have a marathon in 3 weeks and need it desperately! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:13:47 EST Portland Water District Full Moon Snowshoe Trek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653249 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1521185436.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 hour hike at Sunset on Tuesday! <BR> <BR> <BR> This picture was taken at Snake Pond - Nope no snakes around that night! <BR> <BR> PS I am the second from left - with the reflective gloves <BR> <BR> PSS no it isn't cold when you are working hard! <BR> <BR> PSS It IS nice to go in a group and there is no way I would EVER be out in the wooded trails by myself at night..... Just requires keeping your eyes open... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:15:22 EST Official Bad @#$! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646225 To win the highly coveted title (and the hat) you have to run all 3 of the Snow shoe races hosted by the Trail Monsters. The first was 3 miles in January the second was 4.6 in February and the third was last Sunday (March 9th) and it was 5 miles.......I figure that the snowshoe races time wise are at least 2x the effort of a road race ..... <BR> <BR> If you did not have "racing snow shoes" you could borrow a pair (with prior notification) to the race director. Racing snowshoes are lighter an... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:28:51 EST Midwinter Classic 10 miler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614181 This is one of those races that sells out in a few hours! Seriously .... a hilly course - 10 miles - in Maine - in February! ...and a thousand of us could not wait to do it! <BR> Nice to know if you are nuts that you have lots of company. <BR> <BR> Race time 9:45..... approx 40 degrees out - cold for a lot of you and for some of us a welcome relief from the single digit temps that we have had. The running outfits ranged from tank tops and shorts to many layers with a warm hat and gloves. I ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:51:23 EST My Thoughts and Prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583909 Are with my Spark Buddies across the country...... stay warm stay safe.......we can make up for the outdoor running miles and getting out to the gym later..... right now take care of yourselves! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:05:53 EST 1000 running mile challenge 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574088 The challenge <BR> <BR> Run 1000 miles in 2014. <BR> <BR> Math will tell you that it averages 20 miles a week <BR> For those who are planning on a marathon this year..... this should be a piece of cake. <BR> <BR> Who's in???? <BR> <BR> On your mark! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How did it go for January are we all on target? <BR> <BR> So how's it going.....I am on track and then some....you? <BR> <BR> Anyone still in????? <BR> <BR> I am on target! over 8,000 exercise minutes and over 4... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:43:27 EST Jingle bell 1/2 Atkinson NH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564861 OK when I left he house to drive there it was 4 degrees out. .... no really 4 degrees! <BR> <BR> Question #1 What kind of an idiot would run a half marathon when it's that cold out ... check out my picture! <BR> <BR> Ok at race time is was a balmy 12 degrees......yeah there were people in shorts! One guy in shorts I kept pace with for awhile I dubbed hard core. ...he and his buddy got a big kick out that. He told me that he has been called a lot worse than that and I told him yeah me too..... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:29:13 EST total points 111,111 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562134 Must mean something - other than I am just persistent. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:37:48 EST OK I'm Commiting This in Writing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555010 I WILL cross 24,000 exercise minutes this year...... and I WILL run at least one mile a day. ... just to keep me focused until 2014. <BR> <BR> Anyone want to join me? <BR> <BR> I'm tracking well - Running every day ....and it's been tough....tomorrow the high will be20 degrees. Yikes <BR> <BR> Correction coming home 9 degrees was on the sign at the bank UGH. Got it in though. <BR> <BR> OK running everyday so far and only one inside on the dreadmill. Foot of snow on Sunday was a stretch ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 11:36:30 EST Rock and Roll Las Vegas 1/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546264 30,000 runners <BR> 4:30 pm start and they let us out in waves. ( I was probably 4:40) So a run in the dark up and down the Las Vegas Boulevard. <BR> <BR> I walked to the start from my hotel and called it my warm up probably a mile <BR> <BR> Flat course - good and bad to that - so flat that things look closer than they really are. <BR> <BR> As a blessing there is no other way to start - except slow - it is that crowded. Which is good for me as I tend to go out way too fast and then die ... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:05:22 EST Checked out the Friend Feed!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538284 You are a bunch of exercising fanatics!!!!!! crossing this threshhold and logging a gazillion minutes and that is just this month! <BR> <BR> Gotta run - gotta catch up ...... nope gotta crosstrain - big race this week end. BUT I WILL CATCH UP <BR> <BR> <BR> WATCH OUT ALL OF YOU! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:00:43 EST LV R and R 1/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535764 Corral 14 <BR> <BR> Confirmation e-mail received!! <BR> <BR> 9 days and counting! <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 11:52:57 EST Question for Runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528362 I will be running the Las Vegas 1/2 in two weeks from Sunday. The race is at 4:30 in the afternoon - (read 7:30 east coast time) I will be out there several days ahead of time - so time change etc should not be a huge factor ... but since I am staying in a hotel - so not like I can run out to the kitchen and whip something up. Any recommendations on nutrition for that day before the race? <BR> Thanks for any help you can offer Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:49:39 EST OK October goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503465 2,500 fitness minutes this month! <BR> <BR> With lotsa strength and the usual overload on running. <BR> <BR> Goal race is 11/17 Las Vegas half But this Sunday's half will be a temperature check for me - see where I am in this training. ....... Wish all of you a great race this week end - seems like so many are running something somewhere! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 12:23:08 EST Anyone Ever Run the Ft Lauderdale 1/2 in February? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476695 I was hoping to do the St Petersburg R and R this year - but it has been cancelled. <BR> <BR> <BR> I may go back to Gasparilla in Tampa but I have run that a couple of times now and looking for a new one. <BR> <BR> <BR> Any other highly recommended 1/2's in FL in February? Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:16:44 EST Looking for some opinions on races and what makes a good one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469935 I know that here in the NE we a re a competitive bunch dare I say picky.... but there are so many races that seem to be popping up all over the place - how do you determine a "good" one? <BR> <BR> Does anyone belong to a running club that certifies races? What is the criteria? <BR> <BR> To me: <BR> 1. Preregistered fees offered for under $20 for 5k $25 for 10k, $50 for ½ $65 for full. <BR> 2. Safe clearly marked certified distance course. <BR> 3. Awards: 10 year age groups for races wit... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:50:49 EST Relay Around Winnie! 9/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466636 I'm in for the 6th leg! Masters Women's Team - woohoo (although I am a lot older than that!) <BR> <BR> Very excited - this should be great! <BR> <BR> Right off the "old bucket list"! <BR> <BR> Check it off - hard and hilly and a ton of fun! <BR> <BR> <BR> The team did really well! We rocked it! Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:04:08 EST 5K Posting to keep me honest (and trying really hard) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456329 5k tonight - PIlgrim Corporate 5k - running for my friend's company...... I will edit this tomorrow or later tonight with results. .... to give me extra motivation! <BR> <BR> <BR> 27:05 1st in age group! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all of the great comments and goodies! <BR> <BR> Even better they posted my time at 7 seconds faster! That is a goodie in itself! Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:02:57 EST Hackers Hill 4 Mile Run - Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449963 2013 Hacker’s Hill Climb Results From 8/8/13 <BR> The 2nd Annual Hacker’s Hill Climb was held on August 8th and was a huge success. Runners from the ages of 13 to 67 came out to challenge themselves by competing on the four-mile hilly course that ended atop Hacker’s Hill. <BR> <BR> 590 foot elevation " If your legs feel tired today, now you know why!" <BR> <BR> 38:53.4 under the circomstances not too bad - <BR> <BR> Honestly I do not think there was a flat spot on the @#$% race! <BR> ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 13:10:31 EST Hacker's Hill 4 Miler Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448791 Heard it is brutal! <BR> <BR> I spoke to the male overall winner from last year - and he said even HE walked part of it! <BR> <BR> No PR's for ths one! <BR> <BR> If the weather clears it will be an awesome sunset at the top...... If I can grab a pic will post it tomorrow! <BR> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 12:16:36 EST Beach to Beacon 10k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446589 55:16 not bad - for an old lady! <BR> <BR> <BR> The best part was that I felt ok!....and I did what I was supposed to do - NOT GO OUT TOO FAST AND THEN PAY FOR IT IN THE END! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the support on the race results. <BR> <BR> The Beach to Beacon is the most famous of the Maine races. ... one of those "sell out in 5 minute" one's..... The registration is in March - I will post the date..... just in case anyone has a "hankering" to vacation along the rocky coast of Maine ne... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 14:44:54 EST Made it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439561 Set a challenge = 2,000 fitness minutes this month! <BR> <BR> Day is not over and I made it! <BR> This Week: <BR> 2,004 This Month: <BR> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:50:22 EST 4 mile race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435332 Hot! <BR> <BR> Not my best time - not my worst! <BR> <BR> 3rd in my age group <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I feel awful. Wonder if it is heat exhaustion? kind of nauseated and a little light headed. <BR> <BR> Time to regroup and figure out what I ate differently. Was well hydrated and well rested. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:52:19 EST Fitness Minutes challenge 3 for July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430662 This Week: 134 <BR> 1,505 This Month: <BR> 12,922 This Year: <BR> 10,000 Yearly Goal: <BR> <BR> <BR> Can we make it to 2,000???? <BR> <BR> Anyone in! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:31:07 EST How did this happen??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421744 Went for a physical <BR> <BR> 1/2 inch shorter?????? What? <BR> <BR> Got new running shoes <BR> <BR> my feet are a .5 larger!!!!! Whats???? <BR> <BR> Why do I get this image of a R. Crumb comic book character???? <BR> <BR> Pretty soon I will be just one big shoe! <BR> <BR> Guess like R. Crumb - Just keep on Truckin' Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:23:40 EST Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418768 Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. <BR> ~Benjamin Franklin <BR> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:23:05 EST OK ALL You 500 Exercise Points already Sparkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415544 Let's see who can get to 1,000 first in July! <BR> <BR> <BR> I have drawn the line in the sand! <BR> <BR> <BR> Game on! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 12:55:20 EST 4 on the Fourth Bridgeton Maine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410863 nice local race - it is in the heart of "The Lakes Region" so tons of people and 36 states represented and several countries as well. <BR> <BR> Lots of "campers" as well. The camps in the area and there are a gazillion of them send some of their campers and counselors to race..... as you can imagine a real cluster at the beginning. <BR> <BR> Did I say hot? Yowza <BR> <BR> Not my fastest 4 miler but I guess good enough to get first place in my age group! <BR> Hope you all are having a g... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 18:38:52 EST 4 miler last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404544 Came in second in the age group awards to my friend so that was cool ...by just a few seconds. .... we tend to go back and forth between the group of friends makes it fun and keeps us all from getting lazy! <BR> <BR> It was good to get out there - was a bit tentative about the distance - longest I've raced since the injury - but I have another 4 miler on Independence Day (4 on the Forth) - If I can do the same kind of time - or better don't we all want to do better! I wil be pretty happy! <... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:30:00 EST Saw this today thought I would share! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401075 Three Simple Rules In Life <BR> 1. If you do not GO after what you want, <BR> you’ll never have it. <BR> 2. If you do not ASK, the answer <BR> will always be NO. <BR> 3. If you do not step forward, <BR> you will always be in the same place <BR> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 08:42:27 EST I Must be Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396451 Actually looking forward to running 800's with my Running Group tonight! <BR> <BR> <BR> EEEEK! Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:13:22 EST Stuff To Think About http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393402 We either make ourselves miserable or <BR> we make ourselves strong. <BR> The amount of work is the same. <BR> <BR> ~Carlos Castaneda <BR> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:12:58 EST Am I Settling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387790 Most people are not going after what they want. Even some of the most serious goal seekers and goal setters, they're going after what they think they can get. <BR> ~Bob Proctor <BR> <BR> <BR> I have to consider this carefully - I may just be doing this! Thu, 13 Jun 2013 09:00:56 EST Whats Your Dream Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384352 Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions. <BR> ~Albert Einstein <BR> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:24:37 EST Training motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381204 Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't. <BR> <BR> ~Jerry Rice <BR> Fri, 7 Jun 2013 09:03:08 EST Interesting quote Let's focus on our goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378880 The price of excellence is discipline. <BR> The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. <BR> ~William Arthur Ward <BR> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 09:25:56 EST June Goals - Putting them down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373589 1. swim 2x week <BR> 2. strength 3x week <BR> 3. run 3-4x a week <BR> <BR> Take 30 seconds off my 5k times Fri, 31 May 2013 11:38:28 EST