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Joined SparkPeople at the beginning of 2011. I've been running for about 20 years. Started running long in 2004 and did my first marathon in 2005. The last two years of running have been difficult. Maybe I'm burned out. Anyway decided I needed to start over. I am focusing on improving my diet, loosing some weight and slowly increasing my running distance and pace. I've also changed from doing an all run to doing a 5 run/1 walk. This is what I did for my first and fastest marathon. Last Sunday I ...
Joined SparkPeople at the beginning of 2011. I've been running for about 20 years. Started running long in 2004 and did my first marathon in 2005. The last two years of running have been difficult. Maybe I'm burned out. Anyway decided I needed to start over. I am focusing on improving my diet, loosing some weight and slowly increasing my running distance and pace. I've also changed from doing an all run to doing a 5 run/1 walk. This is what I did for my first and fastest marathon. Last Sunday I ran my first 5K of the year. Came in second in my age group, 60 to 65. I run about a 12 minute pace, so not much competition in this run. Aiming to run a 10K the end of February.
Here it is May already. My wife and I are getting ready for the Missoula Montana Half Marathon on July 7th. I completed my 10K in February. My training seems to be going according to my plan I'll run about 11 miles this weekend. My concern is the 74 degrees and probably 100% humidity here in Houston on Saturday morning at 6:00. If I am successful I know I can complete another half marathon. I'm getting stronger again. My pace is improving each week, especially on my shorter weekday runs. Looking forward to the continued challenge.
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RUN4FOOD 12 mile run done. Hit my goal pace, barely.
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Member Since: 12/31/2010

SparkPoints: 64,013

Fitness Minutes: 67,986

My Goals:
Loose a few pounds: started at 180 on 1/1/11.
Aiming for 168. Okay, so I hit my 168 pound goal. So, let's try for 163 pounds. I weighed 158 as a senior in high school. I don't have any desire to go below 158.
I have the capability I just need the knowledge to eat better.

Running: would like to run a marathon again in 2012.

My Program:
Go to the gym 3 days a week. I'm trying out all of SparkPeople's suggested strength workouts. Then plan to put together a workout that focuses on one area each day; upper, lower and full body.
I run 4 days a week, short during the week and longer on Saturdays. My longest run this year was 3.5 miles.

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Living in Houston, TX. has it's advantages, especially during our mild winters, but summers can be tough.

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MWWENSIN
4/8/2014 9:09:58 PM

My wife has fully recovered. I need to get back into running/biking. Stopped signing up for races and work picked up so the exercise fell on the backburner. Will be signing up for the houston marathon again though.



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MBTEPP
4/7/2014 2:52:58 PM

Thanks for checking up on me! I think I am back in the groove. I had my first real run yesterday, when I put in 8 miles at a good pace, 12:09. I walked 1 min every mile. I even did some hill work in the parking structure on campus. My run the day before was supposed to be LSR, but I begrudgingly did 5 miles.

The Purdue Spring Fling is a fun race, as they use the parking garage as a hill at mile 2.5. I will use the race as a training run using HM race pace, and I am not sure what that is at the moment.

I have been getting serious about Danny Dreyer's ChiRunning methodology. I met him in Asheville, where he live. He did the training for the Asheville race. The idea is to minimize the effort and thus, running injury free at any distance. The mechanics are very technical and quite effective when done properly.

It is smart training turning on the speed at the end of a long run like you did. You are doing super coming back the way you have. The fact that you have not put undue pressure or expectations on yourself is admirable, and saved you from injury.

Happy running!



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SMITTY4RL
4/7/2014 10:25:18 AM

Hi and thanks for your comments on my blog about the half. I knew I was going a bit faster than I usually do in training, but it was a surprise just how much faster. Overall, I would like to get speedier, but I really need to read up on how to go about it--I would rather go slow than get injured. And then there's the water issue--I was ringed with salt crystals after the race so I'm wondering if that's a result of poor eating beforehand, not enough water intake, or just a factor of running harder. Thanks again, hope your Monday is off to a great start.



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SAC-6582
4/6/2014 11:03:36 AM

emoticon for stopping by and reading my blog. And thanks for the kind remarks. Keep on sparking.


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SEABREEZE64
4/6/2014 10:34:52 AM

My running is greatly reduced right now. I am in Montana helping my daughter and SIL with their new baby. I tried running the other day with their dog, a Jack Russel, and it was less than spectacular. The baby has had some issues - losing 2 pounds in the first week, so they have been in the hospital again with the baby for 2 nights. I will run 3 times this coming week but the distance will be much less.

When I get back home I am resuming running by HR for the summer. It certainly reduces the stress of trying to be faster.



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