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Critical training data

Sunday, January 01, 2012

My friend Steve Brown posted this on his blog as his holiday wish

Source www.remissionman.com

"In this age of high tech training aids, mechanisms, tracking devices, and feedback, I thought I would share a few of the more critical pieces of information from today’s run during lunch.

Total training duration – Long enough to be fun, short enough to still be able to eat.
Total training mileage – See above calculation.

Total number of “hi” salutations delivered – 4
Rate of reciprocation – 100%

Total number of “Merry Christmas” salutations delivered – 6
Rate of reciprocation – 100% (all with a smile)

Number of high five exchanges – 1

Number of dogs encountered – 2
Number of “hi pup” salutations delivered – 2
Rate of reciprocation – 0% verbal. 100% wag factor.

Overall quality of workout – EXCELLENT

And THAT is what it is all about. Sometimes you need to put away the toys and gadgets, and run.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FREECLOUD 1/16/2012 8:56AM

    Fun blog and very timely as I just resolved to give up my Garmin, except for on race days. It's so easy to get caught up in technology of it all and forget that we're supposed to be enjoying it.

Also love "wag factor" :)

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LOGOULD 1/15/2012 5:57PM

    I VOW if this cold ever lets up and I get back to running outside....at least ONE of my runs EVERY week will be "au naturel" (without GPS, MP3 etc etc) and just for the pure joy of running!

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DAVEINSEOUL 1/7/2012 1:12AM

    Love this blog!!! Kind of hard to do when you're cycling though :-)

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ON2VICTORY 1/6/2012 11:10AM

    wag factor! love it. sometimes I leave all the junk behind, mp3 player and all, and just run for the sake of getting out there and feeling it. good post , thanks for sharing. we are too tied down to our stuff and sometimes forget the simple joys of just being there.

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DDOORN 1/1/2012 10:36PM

    Great smiles and truths...thx for sharing!

Don

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AMCG2002 1/1/2012 9:33PM

    That's great! Had some similar interesting revelations on my run this morning...

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APIRLRAIN888 1/1/2012 7:14PM

    Awesome

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DREBENEZER 1/1/2012 7:05PM

    Nice, very nice!

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New years resolutions

Sunday, January 01, 2012


A true sparker should not make new years resolutions. WHAT!!! am I nuts?

First, there is a lot of research that shows, new years resolutions doesn't work for more than a couple of weeks, if that long. As a true sparker, you should not fall into this trap because you will set yourself up to fail.

Next, 'I need to lose weight by such date because of X/Y/Z" Don't go there either, another recipe for failure. Once people reach that date, the weight creeps back on.

I am going to eat x calories per day. For many that number is often inadequate and you put yourself in starvation mode, and you won't lose weight. Do you know what your BMR (basic metabolic rate) is? You should not go lower than that in your caloric intake.

What should you do then? Create a plan which enable you to have a life style change which define you as the person you are.

I will highly recommend you listen to some of the webcasts/podcasts from www.fat2fitradio.com . They are real people and discuss real issues, and regularly you will hear them refer to this site and provide links to recipe's from Sparkpeople,

Happy New Year.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

POWERAUER 1/22/2012 10:57AM

    This is an interesting prospective. I prefer to make goals I can accomplish for that specific year instead of saying, "I will change this and that about my life forever starting January 1st." For example, one of this year's goals to complete my first marathon. Goal-setting is important for me to stay motivated and press forward.

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GRACE612 1/1/2012 8:36PM

    I stopped with the resolutions years ago! and this year, I'm writing down small monthly goals! Hopefully this will keep me on track better!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/1/2012 6:55PM

    Me too no resolution just a list lifetime goals to get through

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LKEITHO 1/1/2012 5:25PM

    I like this perspective! I'm not setting any goal dates or number of pounds to lose, etc. I am going to lay out some events I want to do for the year, though. Having those always helps keep me motivated to continue my healthy lifestyle. All the best in 2012!

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LAURIE5658 1/1/2012 5:03PM

    Bravo Jan. Its called finding a happy medium with every day living and moderation. Simple as that. In other words, don't get stupid with nutrition and get off your butt and get moving!

Happy New Year, my awesome friend!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 1/1/2012 3:07PM

    Awesome post Jan! I've decided to forego resolutions, and focus on my daily and weekly plan. It seems, for me anyway, that my best success happens when I create a plan to follow...and then follow it! emoticon

Have a super week!

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PURPLEALLY 1/1/2012 1:31PM

    well said!!!

i do not make resolutions either. I believe it is a set up for failure. I do try every single day to exercise, eat right, and be nice to others. Then I wake up the next day and try again.
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PURPLEALLY 1/1/2012 1:31PM

    well said!!!

i do not make resolutions either. I believe it is a set up for failure. I do try every single day to exercise, eat right, and be nice to others. Then I wake up the next day and try again.
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My 2012 'campaign'

Saturday, December 31, 2011

So we are less than 6 hrs from midnight and 2012 and I am 372 minutes from my 2011 goal. I know some people here would obsess over why they did not reach their goal for the year. Not I. That will just be a waste of positive energy.

In all, I had a great year and I am happy with my accomplishment. Why you may ask?
- no injuries (did have a pneumonia)
- continued a healthy life style
- working out regularly
- ran 5 half marathons
- participated in three triathlons

so, I have accomplished some things.

What to expect in 2012
- stay injury free
- 50K run in March - for me
- 70.3 (half ironman distance) in May (Wildflower) for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society
- depending on how I feel after the 50k, I may try to register for the Marine Corps Marathon for me.
- Livestrong challenge in Philly (will run and ride)
- more to come

  
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MOMGETSSPARK 1/1/2012 12:29PM

    2011 was a great year and sounds like 2012 will be just as fantastic!!!Hope 2012 keeps you healthy and strong!!!

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DDOORN 1/1/2012 9:56AM

    Such wonderful accomplishments, inspirations and plans for your future!

Don

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/1/2012 6:09AM

    Happy New Year!


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JUST_TRI_IT 1/1/2012 4:30AM

    Way to go , Jan :) Happy new year!

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LKEITHO 12/31/2011 9:33PM

    Wow! You have some major events planned! All the best in 2012!

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2011 Goals

Thursday, December 22, 2011

So, I may not quite make the goal I had set in January. I will be within a few hundred minutes though.

What should I do? Get angry with myself? Get frustrated? Try my best to reach the goal with the few days left.

I am not going to do any of that!!! I am going to look in the mirror and say - I lead an active lifestyle in 2011. I pretty much accomplished reaching my fitness minutes, and I am going to use this as a basis for setting my goals in 2012.

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 12/31/2011 12:46PM

    Your positive take on life is refreshing!

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TIGGER622 12/27/2011 5:07PM

    Awesome decision!!! Three cheers to an amazing New Years, new start, new goals, new successes!!!

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B-N-ME 12/24/2011 5:36PM

    emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 12/23/2011 5:21PM

    Perfect decision! Merry Christmas!!!

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BILL60 12/23/2011 9:25AM

    Hang in there and have a "Super" 2012.

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LKEITHO 12/22/2011 9:55PM

    Excellent approach! You've had a great year!

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ON2VICTORY 12/22/2011 5:26PM

    great attitude! I would say you have had a very active year! hats off to you my man!

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TTLEELEE 12/22/2011 12:02PM

    BOO-YAH!! Hi-5!!

You Da' Man, Jan emoticon
(ok, so it only rhymes in print, or if you say like the Terminator)



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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/22/2011 6:22AM

    Good for you!

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/22/2011 6:17AM

    emoticon

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ANNETTEROSE1 12/22/2011 6:08AM

  I would also look at how I have done previously and give myself credit for my improvement. For example, years back, I set a goal to read at least 25 books in a year. The first two years I didn't quite make it (single mom, 5+ kids at home, etc.) The next year I did. A few years later I increased the goal to 30. I have made that too, and that isn't counting books on tape! So my hope is to do the same here. It gave me hope.

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DOOBIE893 12/22/2011 6:04AM

    I applaud your positive attitude. Go for it in 2012.

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Football and hockey concussions

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I am glad the football and hockey concussions get as much press as they do. Currently there is the whole discussion about Colt McCoy from Cleveland and two key hockey players (Crosby and Giroux) are out with concussions.

The way the sport is - it is not going to be easy to prevent them from happening because the brain itself is still jello in a casing.

If you want to read a really good (thought provoking) book on concussions in the NFL - read Gay Culverhouse's book (Gay is a former owner of the Buccaneers) 'Throwaway players - the concussion crisis'. - Check it out on her website www.playersoutreach.org/

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ON2VICTORY 12/15/2011 10:54AM

    also , on top of this, awareness for wearing cycling helmets as well... serious stuff here....

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W5VEOTX 12/14/2011 10:16PM

    Interesting and important!

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LKEITHO 12/14/2011 9:45PM

    I agree that the attention being paid to concussions is long overdue. Thanks for the link to the book.

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DDOORN 12/14/2011 9:05AM

    It is long overdue but certainly welcome to see all the attention being paid to the seriousness of these types of injuries!

Don

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