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A Year Later-May 2010

5/15/10 Time 36:38

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I am on a journey to improve my health after years of inactivity. Heart disease runs in my family. I lost my Mom when she was only 55 years old to a stroke and I, too, have some of the same issues, such as high blood pressure. I want to be around for my family and friends. In "The Spark" it says, "there is a simple test to help determine whether your mission on earth is completed yet: if you're alive, it isn't." I know God has a mission for me here, and I can do that better if I stay healthy.

My initial goal in May 2009 was to lose 15 pounds. I was only 2 pounds away from reaching that goal when life got hectic and I stopped everything. I looked and felt better than I had in years. Now I just want to regain those healthy habits and make them stick. Getting more physically fit and shapely wouldn't hurt either!

With God's help, I can do it!

15 Pounds Lost on 1/31/10
20 Pounds Lost on 3/7/10
Graduated Couch to 5K on 5/13/10
Ran my first 5K in 36:38 on 5/15/10

Member Since: 8/5/2007

Fitness Minutes: 13,685

My Goals:
-To maintain my weight within 3 pounds
-To maintain my clothing size 6
-To firm up my muscles
-To run my first 5K-GOAL REACHED May 2010!
-To lower my 5K time-GOAL REACHED
-To run an 8K -GOAL REACHED
-To lower my risk of heart disease
-To live a life worthy of the Gospel

My Program:
I will work on increasing my running distances by 10% each week and do speedwork once a week, using the Galloway method. I will train to run an 8K while also running faster 5K races.

Personal Information:
I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. I enjoy hiking with my family in the George Washington National Forest, reading, knitting and running.

I am active in my church and serve as coordinator for the Harrisonburg Community Bible Study women's class.

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...Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal...
Philippians 3:13-14

"Don't ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet. "
~ Unknown

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  • v P0KERS0PH
    Thanks for reading my blog.
    You should definitely do the Gateway to 8k programme. I don't use the podcasts, I just listen to my own choice of music.
    It was quite nice to have the walking intervals back. Gives you that little bit of time to just breathe, take a drink & focus again.

    W1D1 done!
    2711 days ago
  • v P0KERS0PH
    Thank you for the encouragement on my blog. It is so great to have support along the way.
    2754 days ago
    Hey, you are more than welcome. Just let me know how it goes and if you decide to come. We will definitely have to meet up. I get so excited about meeting my SP friends.

    I hope the rehab works out for you.
    I was also a victim of loving running so much I skipped ST. I am forcing myself back into the habit though. Like you said strengthening the muscles around the knee are important.

    Have a great weekend!!!
    2767 days ago
  • v P0KERS0PH
    Hey, it's great to see that you are doing the 28 day bootcamp too!
    I'm on day 5 tomorrow, it's great!

    Hope you are well.
    2767 days ago
    I can understand the stress of a funky knee. My knee had me sidelined most of May. I hope you feel better soon. Be sure to take it easy when you start back. Ice and rest atleast 2 days (instead of 1 day) between each run. That's what I did. Also, slow down. Even if you feel like you are just above a walk, it does not matter. Let your knee get use to the ideal of running again. I have also been cross training on a stationary bike to help strengthen all the muscles. I don't know if it's making that big of a difference but I have been going pretty strong with less pain. Good Luck

    And it would be wonderful if you came down to Richmond. You have plenty of time to train for the 10k. Especially since you have already done a 5k.

    I am here to help if you need anything. We could even share my room if you want.
    2770 days ago
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