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First virtual 5K

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Wow...it's a good day! 5+ years ago I attempted a 5K and trained with a friend who ran regularly. The training was tough and I thought I was very wimpy because i just could not beat my own time after training for 8 months!!!! Race day was a disaster, when i couldn't breath during the race. I finished with my friends encouragement, but saw the doctor shortly after. Not a big deal, but NOW i understood.....I had exercise induced asthma. Tried an inhaler, and my heartrate soared so no more of that.

As i began Sparking, I wondered if I trained more slowly on my own, and worked to not push very hard, that i might be able to meet my own goal of jogging a 5K and just tracking my own time.....my goal was just to finish with no inhaler (and the bonus was with no stopping).

I trained the Sparkpeople 8 week training program and ran today. I had been training outdoors and my last training day was 91 degrees outside and i was still walking during my run.

Raceday is today and I am psyched! Indoors, with the air conditioning, on my treadmill, I was able to run the 3.1 without stopping and completed my run in 36min 19seconds!

For me, that is a VERY GOOD DAY!

  
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SHADORAMARIE 7/7/2013 9:17AM

    Congrats on your achievement! Great to hear that you overcame your setbacks! Enjoy the rest of your day! You deserve it!

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5K Training

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I have not been as consistent as i would like to be, in training for a virtual 5K on Sparkpeople. That said, I am not giving up, and just keep trying again the next day. Today, i was able to walk 3 min, and jog 2, for the distance of a 5k (3.1 miles) and completed it in 42 minutes. That is not very fast, but i have a long way to go before I am ready to run a 5K, and just hope to do a more consistent job in training. It was fun to track my run on Map My Run today, and get very specific stats on my distance and time. Now I have the goal of competing against myself, which i kind of like. Now that I know my exact distance on my favorite route, i can powerwalk it on my off day, and compete against my own time on my training day. Well, we will see. My main goal is really to be able to run a 5K for the set date of July 6th and not need my inhaler. I finished a 5K once several years ago, but had trouble breathing. Trying now to train more slowly without an inhaler, and just compete against myself, to finish well. Today if felt as if it could be done. That is at least an OK start. We will see what the next few weeks bring.

  
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LITTLETEALOVER 5/29/2013 6:37AM

    Speed is irrelevant when you first start running. Keeping it slow is the way to increase your endurance and prevent injury.
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Good Bloodwork!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Today was my weekly weigh-in, and I was pleased to have the scale stay the same after being away for a conference from last Thursday night through late Saturday evening. I was unable to track my food without my computer (and no smartphone yet), and could not even work in a walk with the activities that were scheduled. I did the best i could with my food choices and was pleasantly surprised to find the scale did not go up emoticon .

I also had bloodwork drawn yesterday, in order to check my cholesterol and Vit D levels. What another pleasant surprise to find my cholesterol levels had dropped back down into normal levels and I will not have to go on Statin meds to control those levels. My Vit D was still low on my last test, and today that value was also normal! WaaHoo! Sooo encouraging.

This week is my new phone contract and I am getting my first Iphone. That means I will now be able to track my nutrition and exercise even when I am not home. THIS IS WORTH THE SCALE NOT GOING DOWN FASTER! IT IS GREAT TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON MY OVERALL HEALTH@! Very Rewarding......What a great day!

  
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DROWSYMAGGIE 5/22/2013 8:06AM

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My Body Is Too Smart For My Diet!

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

One week down and I was really hoping for the scale to move.....sometimes the first week of sparkdiet is the week that I outsmart my body for at least ONE week, but not this time. I am working on not being too numbers oriented, and I know I have to continue to be persistant, so I will. It has taken some time to adjust to what foods will help me meet my carb range, and getting all that water in without disrupting my scheduled work appointments, has always been a challenge, but sliding back into counting and exercising has been more familiar this time around. The up and coming week is a new opportunity to outsmart my body! I'm not getting on the scale again until next Tuesday, May 14th. emoticon

  
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Wow...It Is Good To Be Home!

Monday, February 07, 2011

What an emotional roller coaster. I am just returning from caring for my 79 year old father while he underwent open heart surgery. It is wonderful to report that he did so well with the surgery and recovery that he was out of the hospital in 5 days. He then went to an in-patient cardiac rehab program because we were planning to discharge him back to his home and fully on his own. I was there to help for a week, but then he would pick up all of his previous responsibilities, such as cooking, shopping, laundry and caring for his home. He did so well at in-patient that they discharged him in 3 days! That man is determined. We spent a lovely week together while he worked through his breathing exercises, and meeting with the home nurse, OT, and PT. He had lots of company and neighborhood support, many phone calls, and visitors. Busy, emotional time that varied from deep concern and even fear of the future, to elated with good results and home coming.

My DH stepped up to the plate to take care of everything at home while i was away, and my teenage son stepped up to the plate with school work and being helpful at home, as well as in good communication with me and his grandfather. Wow....relief....and it is good to be home!

No exercise, but did well with my food plan. Came home down a bit on the scale, too, which was also a nice surprise.

Enjoying get back into my own schedule again today.
Wow...it is good to be home AND have a good report to share with you.
Looking forward to catching up with you soon.

  
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/15/2011 9:24PM

    Great to hear Dad handled the whole thing like a champ! I wonder if all dad's are so awesome or just ours? How sweet of the "Guys" to hold down the fort in your absence. I am glad you are back also! emoticon Victoria

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DROWSYMAGGIE 2/8/2011 7:47AM

    I am so glad to hear that your dad is doing well. And you ate healthy even during your time of stress. Wonderful news all the way around!

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APIRLRAIN888 2/7/2011 8:19PM

    glad all is good! and welcome back! thanks for the goodie

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ROSEWCI 2/7/2011 7:51PM

    GOD BLESS your dad! He is quite the trooper! And WOOHOO for you! Your weight down & all!

So glad to have you back, safe & sound! Spark on!



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KSHAGGY 2/7/2011 7:17PM

    Glad to hear that your dad is doing well....it's always good to come home!

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LESLIES537 2/7/2011 5:39PM

    Thank God he pulled through with flying colors! It's good to have you back! emoticon home!

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HOPEFUL2DAY! 2/7/2011 5:18PM

    Welcome home!
Sounds like lots of good stuff to report! I'm so glad it went well.
There's nothing we can do about the future (and the future can be much further away than we realize sometimes), but we can enjoy today.
Glad to hear things went well at home while you were gone too.


Thank you for the SPGoodie as well. :)
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/7/2011 5:17PM

    I'm so glad your dad is doing better!!! Praise God!!! I've missed you, too!!! I'm working a 2nd job now and am about to leave for it. emoticon

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ABB698 2/7/2011 5:09PM

    Welcome back! Glad to hear all went well. Your Dad sounds like a fighter, must be where you get your awesome spirit from! Also glad to hear DH and DS took their positions in the home and made your coming back a welcome one. Congrats on the scale too. Missed you, but glad you are home and all is well!
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NATPLUMMER 2/7/2011 4:27PM

    Welcome back!!
I'm glad it all went smoothly. That is absolutely fabulous!!

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