Running a marathon can be one of the greatest and most challenging experiences of your life. I can’t say that I always love training for these races, but the feeling of accomplishment I experience when I cross the finish line is lik... Read more
Donkey basketball. A classic example of two words you’d never include in the same sentence let alone next to each other. Yet some of you may have heard of it nonetheless. Donkey basketball was an annual event that took place in my small souther... Read more
Cravings. We all get them, even the most disciplined of us. But when you're trying to lose weight or eat better, cravings for sweets, treats, or rich foods can become your downfall—if you let them. Instead of depriving yourself of fun foods... Read more
So often we daydream and think of some far-off goal that we would like to achieve. "I want to play the guitar in a band," "I want to run a marathon", "I want to be better at my job," etc. It's not difficult at th... Read more
I officially signed up for my very first half marathon last week! It's in mid-October, so my actual training begins at the end of July, but I need to start getting my body into gear right away. I'm about 12 pounds heavier than my ideal weight, and fe... Read more
Hey everyone! I am currently beginning my training for my first half marathon. Right now I can only run a mile without stopping but I found a great training schedule online that takes you from couch potato to half marathon runner in about 14 weeks. I... Read more
I ran my first marathon over Memorial Day weekend. I am now starting to train for another one in October. I am having a lot of trouble running longer distances. General fatigue mostly. I did take off a couple of weeks between the marathon and... Read more
Am I the only one who dislikes having my picture taken? It seems like in nearly every single photo, I look like I'm angry or else I have a look on my face that screams "just take the stupid picture already." I'm not unhappy with my body or my looks i... Read more
My training has been going great for the first three weeks. However my distance is starting to increase and for longer jogging times. I average about a 13 minute mile. I have 3 hours to complete the race as of right now should I be worried on my time... Read more
If you make your own yogurt, you probably spend a pretty piece of change on a yogurt starter that has to be replenished pretty quickly. Well you can make your own yogurt starter that will last at least a year from chili pepper stems.... Read more
Wow, what an incredible weekend it was spending time in New Orleans with fourteen SparkPeople Members and their friends and family. You cannot even begin to imagine the excitement we were all experiencing as we made our trek from all over the c... Read more
For some, fall signifies cooler temperatures and pumpkin picking. For others, it means marathon season. The world’s largest marathon, the ING New York City Marathon (boasting a record-high number of runners this year with 47,000 participants) t... Read more
I did Burn 1/ Day 1 today. My mileage will drop if I keep up with CE but that's okay. I hope to keep getting about 6mi/day when I can, though! I was in bed most of the weekend, after having a rough week last week. I'm still really tired and my joi... Read more
My sister was my awesome cheerleader AND photographer during the marathon! :) Here's the day in pictures:
Inside the nice warm Holiday Inn at the start - I got to use a REAL bathroom, and then pin on my number in comfort.
Here we are jus... Read more
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