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Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

Run with Heart Rate Monitor Training every other day. I am warming up for 5 minutes then running in zone for 40 minutes then cool down for 5 minutes.

Walk for approximately 5K every other day that I don't run.

Strength Training at home via DVD program at least 3 days a week.

Bicycle Indoor/Outdoor at least 2 days a week.

Spring 5% Challenge Diet Commitment

I will continue to ...
Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

Run with Heart Rate Monitor Training every other day. I am warming up for 5 minutes then running in zone for 40 minutes then cool down for 5 minutes.

Walk for approximately 5K every other day that I don't run.

Strength Training at home via DVD program at least 3 days a week.

Bicycle Indoor/Outdoor at least 2 days a week.

Spring 5% Challenge Diet Commitment

I will continue to attempt to eat healthy and keep busy in the evening hours so I don't snack after dinner.



These two sum up my feelings about running:

"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." - Steve Prefontaine

We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport. By Alberto Salazar, American marathon
runner and coach

"The real purpose of running isn't to win a race; it's to test the limits of the human heart. " by Bill Bowerman

It takes patience to become the best runner you can be. Top athletes realize that running is a long-term sport. It is set up for people who value delayed gratification and who like hard-earned success. - Anthony Famiglietti, two-time Olympian and six-time national champion

Jesse Owens said "We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort."

Current Status - Half Marathon training. I am using the FIRST plan. 10 weeks including track workouts and tempo runs along with 2 Long slow distance runs per week. The reason for two LSD runs is due to back to back half marathon runs (Disney's Donald Half and Disney's Chip & Dale's Marathon Relay)

Races for this season:
Oct 1 - Komen 10K - St. Petersburg 1:00:18 PR
Oct. 29 - Miami Beach Halloween Half Marathon
Nov 20 - Women's Half Marathon - St. Petersburg
Nov 27 - Space Coast Half Marathon
Dec - look at a few possibilities
Jan - Disney's Donald Half Marathon
Jan - Disney's Chip & Dale Marathon Relay
Feb 13 - Rock n Roll Half Marathon - St. Petersburg
Mar - Look at a few possibilities

I have been running on and off since 1999. I am back at it and have set my goal to become a Lifetime Runner. I was sidetracked in December 2009 when I found out that I had torn my peroneal tendon in my left foot, which required surgery in January 2010. I then returned to running in June of 2010.....

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that."
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
� Beverly Sills

"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses."
� Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.
--Chinese Proverb

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."
� Vincent Lombardi

"I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody."
� Lily Tomlin

"A woman's wisdom is passed from one generation to the next. Today is a good day to reflect on the wisdom you've received and the wisdom you have to share with others."

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
� Samuel Beckett

"Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life � learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some."
� Robert Fulghum

"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be."
� Groucho Marx



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Member Since: 7/23/2007

SparkPoints: 148,749

Fitness Minutes: 116,613

My Goals:
I want to maintain my goal weight and become healthy and fit. I want to be a lifetime runner. I also want to be around this world for a long time to come.

Simple enough goals, but sometimes it is so difficult to reach and maintain.

My goals for 2015
1. Continue to run and improve my speed and efficiency. Strive to be smart in my racing choices...when possible

2. Decrease my body fat, by increasing my lean muscle. Be consistent with a strength training program - including weights and resistance training.
3. Declutter my home by working a minimum of 30 minutes each day around my house. Keeping those items I love or need. Empty Space is freedom.
4, Reduce my purchasing to only those things that are truly needed or replacing broken/used up items. I do NOT need to be a consumer constantly.
5. Add major cross-training to my exercise schedule. I need to schedule workout

My Program:
I figured I had better begin my spark page. I started at Spark people back in early 2008. I forgot about it, and rejoined after gaining 25 pounds, when I had a frozen shoulder. I reached my goal weight +/- 3 pounds of 120 in mid-August of 2009.

Maintain weight of 120+/- 3 pounds.


Other Information:
I love to read books. Almost any fictional type genre also now I am reading lots of training and running books. I am also working on trying to simplify my life.

2014 Statistics
2 Triathlons - baby and a super sprint
Last Marathon
EVER - Big Sur
Changed gait - not finding speed.

2013 Statistics
Current 10K Armadillo 10K 59:55
Current Half Marathon PR 2:12:14 Lighthouse Loop
Current Marathon A1A 5:31:37

2012 Statistics
Current 5K PR 28:43.6
Half Marathon PR 2:12:47

2011 Statistics
*5K PR 30:16
*10K PR 1:00:18
*Half Marathon PR
2:14:53

2010 Statistics (Only 6 months of running-after 6 months off for tendon surgery)
*5K PR 32:27
*10K PR 1:07:56
*Half PR 2:20:24

2009 Statistics
*Current 5K PR 30:06.0
*Current 10K PR 1:01:08



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IYA_EKUNDAYO
4/26/2015 8:34:40 AM

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~ Dr Wayne Dyer



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SPARKED2BFIT
4/24/2015 7:29:23 AM

emoticon aloha Mary.... stopping by to wish you a nice weekend!

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Whatever your desires and dreams, I wish you the match
that lights and revives the fire to keep you going....
and a determination that aspires and inspires to reach your goals.

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IYA_EKUNDAYO
4/23/2015 9:43:35 PM

It's easy to lose focus on your goal when you experience bad emotions and feel like it makes no sense to go on longer. before you make the final decision, ask your self a few questions... like

1. Would you be happy if you gave up and your life remained the same?
Sometimes all it takes to keep going is to remind yourself of the end goal.

2. What's the worst that can happen if you keep going and don't achieve your goal?
Arnold Schwarzenegger once said: "Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."

Even if you do not achieve your goal, the person you had become when striving to reach it was probably more than worth it.

3. How would it feel to tell other people why you gave up?
Would you be happy telling your friend you gave up because you prefer watching TV to becoming a healthier person?

4. What would you tell your cloest friend if you traded places with her?
Would you tell her to throw in the towel or motivate her to keep pushing...try something different to reach her goals...

Keep pushing and
Never give up!
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IYA_EKUNDAYO
4/22/2015 2:49:22 PM

Ok... team...let's regroup.
Lets take a moment to step back take a deep breath and focus.

To lead we must develop three key abilities:

1. the ability to THINK emoticon
let's remember our GOAL....think about it, focus on it!

2. the ability to SEE emoticon
let's use our inner skill of observation, which will lead us to insight and foresight. Every time you enter a room to take notice, this will help you be more aware.

3. the ability to ACT emoticon
Lets use our plan, our focus to see become aware of our objectives and act in a manner that will get us to the finish line.

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4/21/2015 8:29:25 PM

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