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Friday, October 24, 2014

Good news is I hardly coughed at all today and am feeling my energy begin to return.

Not so good news is the results of the second reading of the CT scan means I now have to see a neurologist and will be having an MRI as well.

For now I still plan to run, in daylight, on smooth surfaces, and not pushing it too much. Hope to make an easy 15 miles tomorrow. Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon is two weeks from tomorrow.

  
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TERI-RIFIC 10/25/2014 6:14AM

    Glad you're feeling better and I hope all goes well with the further tests. emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 10/24/2014 11:01PM

    Patients have to have patience! Hope you're totally back to normal as soon as possible.

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WATERMELLEN 10/24/2014 10:05PM

    Sorry that follow up is necessary rather than an immediate "all clear" -- but it's great you're getting superb medical care. If caution is advised still, I'm sure you're going to be a compliant patient . . . patience, however, can be very tough to compel.

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 10/24/2014 8:59PM

    Happy to hear you are feeling better.
I hope you have a nice and easy 15 mile run tomorrow morning.

Sending Good Thoughts and Karma Your Way!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/24/2014 6:49PM

    Paragraph 1: Yay!

Paragraph 2: emoticon Hope it gets you some answers, though.

Paragraph 3: emoticon Good plan. Two weeks from Sunday is my next half. Maybe an "easy 15" on Sunday... it's supposed to be a really nice day! I can't believe our luck on the weather front this week!

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FROSTY99 10/24/2014 6:46PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Maybe another week and no cough!!

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I'm Moving, But Still a Mess

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Enjoyed Zumba at the Y this morning. Even though I'm not totally well, it felt good to dance to the music. There's a new instructor with lots of new moves. Hope to incorporate some of those in my TV watching exercise routines that I often do on non-running days. Did some strength training today, too, but was careful not to stress tendonitis in right hand or pulled left pec muscle.

Ran 5 miles yesterday. Still not up to speed, but enjoyed the run. Doctor told me a week ago my cough should be gone in a week, but don't hold your breath. Still coughing after 6 weeks. My daughter's cough is just about gone; she got it 10 days ahead of me. Hubby is coughing awful. He's just had it two weeks. This illness going around is the pits, and then I had that fall, and aggravated the whole situation with allergy, so I guess it is understandable that I feel every one of my 65 years today. Am thankful to be well enough for Zumba but can't wait until my energy-energy-energy returns.

Hope you have an active, healthy, happy day!!

  
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MSLZZY 10/24/2014 9:40AM

    I am so glad we haven't been exposed to any of that yet but it is here in school so I know that nasty bug can be lurking anywhere. Hope you feel better.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/23/2014 6:15PM

    My cough lingered too. I never ran a fever the whole time. The cough really gets in the way of what you want to do. I hope you feel better soon. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 10/23/2014 5:52PM

    coughing for six weeks!!!! Yikes I couldn't handle that well. I do hope the doctor is right and it will only continue one more week.
Best of everything to you Marsha! You are such an inspiration.
Sallie

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HARROWJET 10/23/2014 2:29PM

    It sounds like you are doing what you can even though you don't feel like it. I hope your cough gets better soon.

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BOOKAPHILE 10/23/2014 10:21AM

    Progress is slow, but it is being made. This episode will be just a memory in a few weeks.

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FUNLOVEN 10/23/2014 8:07AM

    Goll Darn! I don't think things could sound more miserable right now and you just keep on ticking like the Energizer Bunny. emoticon

Hope you and all of your family are over this crude soon!

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GABY1948 10/23/2014 7:45AM

    I can SO relate. Since I have been on spark...6 years...I have had three foot surgeries and it killed me every day I couldn't MOVE. But somehow the time passes and I pray it passes quickly for you!

Knowing your determination I know you will be back up and going very soon! I also wish you an active, healthy, and happy day! emoticon


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DONNABRIGHT 10/22/2014 10:23PM

    It's really hard not to be continually moving when it is what we are used to doing!

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WATERMELLEN 10/22/2014 8:56PM

    It's coming -- but it's gotta be darn hard to wait!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/22/2014 7:08PM

    Patience, patients! Glad you're on the mend, and your daughter even further, but what a bummer that your DH now has the course to run.

One... patient... plodding... moving... day at a time! emoticon

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FROSTY99 10/22/2014 5:28PM

    It is so hard to want to do something and the body just isn't up to it. I think my friend must be coming down with this "crud". She has been coughing for about a week to 10 days. Not feeling too bad, but tiring easily so......hoping I don't get it.
Sounds like you are slowly getting back into a routine.


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_LINDA 10/22/2014 4:39PM

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I tried a Zumba DVD the other day and half way through my arm screamed bloody murder. It may not be ready, but I sure am wanting to shake it!. Zumba is so popular here I could go to six classes a week, enjoying different instructor's moves :-)
Keep on moving, its all you can do -sorry your poor hubby caught this too :-((

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MARGARITTM 10/22/2014 4:12PM

    Zumba what fun! Glad you are getting better

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KLONG8 10/22/2014 12:33PM

    OOOh, being sick is no fun. Glad you're rounding the corner and beginning to be able to do your regular 'stuff'. That should help you recover your strength. I'm busily waving my magic wand here so that you & yours get over this NOW!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 10/22/2014 11:42AM

    It sure does not feel great to be sick and I certainly can relate. My mother and I will be going on three weeks. I hope you and your family recover soon.
You certainly are making the best of your situation and I am so impressed.

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Note and Birds and More Mackerel Highlight My Day

Monday, October 20, 2014



Here's a note 7 year old Natalie wrote for me a couple weeks ago, but just gave to me today. For those who need a translation:
"Dear, Old Ma,
I hope you don't fall. I hope you don't fall in the nesx [next] race. I hope you are OK. I love you and miss you. Your dater [daughter] hopes you feel better too. Love, Natalie, Dana, josh, Gwen."

I do appreciate her sentiment and effort!! The kids were very concerned about my scrapes and scabs. But both knees, one elbow, both hands, and my head that was glued no longer have scabs, just rough and redness. Isn't it a blessing how even old bodies heal??

It's a teacher's work day, so I have both kids again today. We've already been out riding bicycles in the driveway this morn before the sun was bright. Natalie challenged me to several short running races. It tickles her that she can beat me over 100 feet, but I'm close. Gwen gets frustrated, though, because her 4 year old legs just can't go that fast. I tell her all runners run in age groups, and in the four year old group, she's a winner for sure!!

Some people weren't crazy about the gator pictures I posted yesterday. Well, here are the bird pictures, herons and anhingas, my step daughter took on our walk 5 days ago:









We also saw osprey and red tail hawks, but I guess they didn't pose for us. At the reserve we also see blue dragon flies, while in my yard 2 miles away, all of ours our green and brown. The reserve has a wider variety of butterflies than we get on our property. Nature is truly fascinating!

I'm planning an active day and an extended family dinner featuring more of that smoked mackerel out of the freezer. It is tasty -- and thank heavens as we have so much!

What will be the highlight of your day?? Wishing you a healthy, happy, active one!!

  
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_LINDA 10/21/2014 1:24AM

    Sweet Natalie!
Awesome photos of herons!
Pretty impressive the girls can ride bikes so well!
Enjoy your dinner!
Had a very tough hike with Mom today, was a record breaking temperature for us (for warmth) This fall is making up for the cold wet spring we had!

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MSLZZY 10/20/2014 9:55PM

    All creatures, great and small.
Sounds like the kids are keeping you young. HUGS!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/20/2014 8:35PM

    So much joy in your loving home! And yes, I like the birds a whole lot better. We do get the herons on the lakes and streams near here, too... and there's nothing like watching them rise in slow motion with that huge wing-span.

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TERI-RIFIC 10/20/2014 8:06PM

    Sweet note and beautiful bird pics. My highlight was a glorious run through the fall scenery here in New England.

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HARROWJET 10/20/2014 7:49PM

    What a sweet note. Yes, it is good that our bodies heal if we give them time.

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FROSTY99 10/20/2014 7:06PM

    Yes, even old bodies heal, usually just slower!
How sweet to think she was worried enough to write the note. That will be one to treasure. Enjoy the family dinner.
I went to a flea market today and got some good fruits and veggies and did lots of walking and home to do chores here!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/20/2014 5:35PM

    One day I went to the Circle B by myself just to take pictures. I took my phone with me, plus a walking stick and walked near other groups of people who were also taking photo, just to be safe. I got so engrossed in nature that without meaning to, I was taking pictures and walking for over two hours! When I went back to the nature center building, I was able to list all of my animal sightings on their big board. Mit was awesome! Enjoy your family dinner! Thanks for sharing the pictures - including the gators!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/20/2014 4:58PM

    I'm partial to Great Blue Herons!

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WATERMELLEN 10/20/2014 1:37PM

    What a sweet note!!

And yup, love the bird pics too!! Those alligators -- don't know if I could ever get used to 'em!!

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SWEDE_SU 10/20/2014 11:50AM

    love the pics - and the note! what a sweet thing to say about age groups:-)

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FUNLOVEN 10/20/2014 10:07AM

    Great pics! You are sooo lucky to have a Wildlife Reserve so close to your home.

The highlight of my day will be having lunch with a friend. We will be lunching at the same restaurant that I happened to eat at yesterday and although I ate too much yesterday (a bowl of pea soup and a cheese/apple/bacon Panini) I did turn down their famous pic deserts. I'm thinking about eating the same thing today only I will have a cup of soup instead of a bowl and I will bring half of my Panini home.

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GABY1948 10/20/2014 9:13AM

    Love these pictures! I loved the ones yesterday too though. YOU are such a blessing to those girls and their mother....no other name but "Old Ma" would be fitting!

Have a wonderful, injury free week!

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Good Efforts and Good Photos

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I'm feeling pretty good about my eating and activity efforts. I've had challenges of health, visitors, extra child care duties, and blues, yet I've eaten pretty smart most of the time. And I've done as much activity as I thought I should given health issues. This morning I weigh 132.2, just .2 over my target. Hooray!

I am feeling a little better, but still coughing (more than 6 weeks now) and sore throat, nose running less and some dizziness that may be from the medication. Still waiting for CT results that has been sent for multiple interpretations.

Here are the pictures my stepdaughter sent from our walk 4 days ago at Circle Bar B Reserve just a couple miles from my home.

Alligators:



Baby gator:


Lake Hancock:

Trail:




It is fun to take someone who sees the reserve with new eyes. Glad she had an eye for photography, too!

  
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KLONG8 10/22/2014 12:34PM

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

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FROSTY99 10/19/2014 9:24PM

    Lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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HARROWJET 10/19/2014 8:07PM

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MJREIMERS 10/19/2014 7:50PM

    emoticon job on the weight. I love the pictures, but being from the Midwest I can't fathom seeing such wildlife as you simply walk around. Wow!

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AQUAGIRL08 10/19/2014 7:35PM

    Nice pictures! I hope you feel better soon!

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MEXGAL1 10/19/2014 1:00PM

    Wow the pictures are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing.
And wonderful too on your weight. I am feeling really puffy and now can't wait to get home and back into my routines.
Have a great Sunday.
Sallie

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SPEEDYDOG 10/19/2014 12:45PM

    You are doing well. I hope you get over your head cold, or whatever it is, soon. Thanks for sharing. My wife's family lives in Florida. My encounters with alligators while bass fishing have been pretty anti-climatic. Most of these dangerous looking animals ignore people and tend to resemble logs with scales.

I liked Florida, but I didn't have to live there. My wife moved from the south to Colorado because she was allergic to Florida. Oak pollen, mold and fungus made her life miserable.

Thanks, Bruce

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_LINDA 10/19/2014 11:17AM

    emoticon keeping on track in spite of those health challenges! You are incredible!!
emoticon photos! I would say that would be an gorgeous place to walk except for the alligators -only two miles from your home?? Okay that would be scary!
Hoping you can get some answers soon. I can't believe you could have just a simple cold that would last that long unless you keep being reinfected by the kids as day cares and schools are virus magnets, not to mention gyms.
Feel better soon!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/19/2014 10:15AM

    OK, you just threw me off any desire to move to Florida. Irrational fear of reptiles is a horrible thing. But great photos! And obviously you all were safe! emoticon

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RITAROSE 10/19/2014 9:51AM

  This is just the kind of blog I love to read! You've been successful under difficult circumstances! A big emoticon for you!! Hope and pray that you get some good news on your tests this week!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 10/19/2014 9:50AM

    Nice pictures!!! emoticon

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KATHIC2 10/19/2014 9:39AM

  Great pictures. Hoping for some good news quick.

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GABY1948 10/19/2014 8:40AM

    You are like an armored ship....STRONG....you are a great inspiration! Hoping the CT results come back well!

Have a blessed week, Marsha!

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MSLZZY 10/19/2014 8:29AM

    Lovely scenery. Hope you have a great Sunday!

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WATERMELLEN 10/19/2014 8:10AM

    You have done very very well indeed under challenges that would have sunk many who are less resilient and determined than you are!!

Nice pics!! The ONLY thing I don't like about Florida is . . . those darn alligators.



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Three Runners

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I went this morning to see my niece and nephew receive their Galloway half marathon training medals. They both finished 15 miles last Saturday. Our Program Director took this picture of the group:
That's me third from the right at the end of the row. Martin is squatting on the left. Can't see Ally, although she is there.

Martin is looking so good, under 230 pounds now, down over 71 pounds. His first half marathon will be November 8th. I'm running that one, too. Don't know if I can keep up with him since my training has been marred by illness and injury. I may try for a while, though. He'll do it. I have no doubt.

Allyson is looking good, too. She only had a few pounds to lose and has lost some. The first 5K she ran this year was probably in April and it was 34 or 35 minutes. Last eve she ran the Hoofin for the Woofin SPCA 5K in 28:31 and took first place in the 20-29 year old female category in this small race. So proud of her. She is running a 10 mile race tomorrow and her first half marathon - a Halloween themed run in a Minnie Mouse costume - a week later. She is going with one of my friends south of St Petersburg to Fort DeSoto. I'll have kids and not be able to go, but she'll be with a great group of people.

I did a 5 mile treadmill run this morning in under an hour. It was gorgeous outside, our coolest morning in months and I was tempted to run outdoors, but I'm on lots of meds, perhaps feeling just a bit dizzy, and cautious of falling again. The run itself felt good. All 3 of us will be completing the Red Ribbon HM three weeks from today. They unveiled the shirts on FaceBook today: white for the kids, grey for the 5K, and for us Half Marathoners, it is red:

  
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MARGARITTM 10/19/2014 4:39PM

    Congrats.

Can't wait for the race report on the half

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WATERMELLEN 10/19/2014 7:51AM

    You have inspired them!!

And: glad you decided to run inside yourself on the treadmill -- good choice!

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RITAROSE 10/19/2014 7:46AM

  So great to do this with your family! Fun times, memorable times of doing hard, yet fun things together! emoticon

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SANDICANE 10/19/2014 7:46AM

    Nice pic and how nice that you and your family are able to be fit together!!! You're such an inspiration!

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_LINDA 10/18/2014 11:33PM

    emoticon photo! That is awesome your relatives can run together. Keeping fingers crossed most of your health issues will be cleared up by the red ribbon.

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GLORIAMAJDI 10/18/2014 10:25PM

    So awesome to see you and your family doing this together!

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MJREIMERS 10/18/2014 8:55PM

    emoticon I love when family does things together and supports each other! Great picture and congrats to all for their efforts.

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FROSTY99 10/18/2014 5:54PM

    So happy that Martin has embraced a new way of life and is running to a healthy lifestyle. I know you are happy that both he and your niece have embrace running.
Hoping you are able to make the most of the HM and by then that you are feeling a lot better.

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HARROWJET 10/18/2014 4:31PM

    I wish I could participate in a half marathon training class. Nice picture.

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AQUAGIRL08 10/18/2014 4:08PM

    Nice picture! Martin looks great! Good luck on your half marathon!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/18/2014 3:00PM

    That's a good lookin' group! Good luck to all in upcoming events.
Take care of yourself!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/18/2014 2:13PM

    Dare I quip "Go Big Red"? MOBYCARP had his 15K this morning, mine is tomorrow afternoon... when you and your nephew do your HM on the 8th, it will be the day before mine on the 9th. Love the "across the miles / sympatico" connections... emoticon cheering you all on!

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