Sunday, August 16, 2009
Today was the "perfect 10 miler". I ran it last year for the first time and was joined by two friends. The weather was great, and I felt I did OK - plus - we had a good time. Lunch afterwards.
This year one of those friends were on (a well deserved) vacation with her family, and one was unable to come for a number of reasons, and to top it off - she tripped/fell and got hurt on Friday night. So, I was all by my lonesome ... sorta - with about 700 other people running the event.
The weather was great, although hot (for Cleveland) mid-seventies @ gun time, and it climbed 10 degrees during the race. I started in the middle of the pack. I had decided to have an extra water bottle in a fanny pack + one in my hand to make sure I was well hydrated. However, I did not feel I ran as fast, but my Garmin said 9:02 min mile. I got rid of the bottle I carried in my hand and I felt 'liberated'. As I kept going, I felt I had a comfortable pace. I drank H20 at all the stations - which was every mile. At mile 5 I had a bottle from my Fuel Belt with HEED (carb + electrolytes) and at mile 7-ish I drank another bottle of Perpetuem (sportsdrink with protein, carb, and electrolytes). and I felt really good for the remainder of the race. I kept going ... AND as I crossed the finish line 1:38:02 OR 15 ... FIFTEEN minutes faster than last year. Am I proud of my accomplishment this morning - you bet I am.
I am not sure what made me run faster, but one thing I can tell you - what is making a huge difference in my running and bicycling is that I have taken a serious look at what I eat and drink, and I am becoming much more generous with the calories I take in during the event. It has worked well for me earlier this year when I ran the Cleveland marathon, and when I rode the Tahoe ride, and now with a 10 miler. Most of us have an idea what we burn in calories, and I have used the concept of replacing 1/3 of the calories during the event, and it seem drinking water at every waterstop works too.
Now what you should ingest - varies from person to person. I happen to have found some products I like - it is the product (content - read the label), I like the taste, and I like the texture (some can get chalky, and some of the carb products to me are like cake frosting). However, it has taken me some reading to get to this point (sorry if you are a seasoned runner, cyclist, or triathlete - I have friends who are beginners.
One of my wishes for this year is a half marathon sub 2hr. After today - I think it is within reach.
Runstrong my friends
- three disciplines - one mission - one goal
Friday, August 07, 2009
I am not sure how many are behind this (I know of one), but I am incredibly humbled and honored to have receive the email that I am being named a 'spark motivator'.
I don't think you realize what it feels like to be recognized like this. I think all of you are motivating me more than I am motivating you, and I am glad our roads met and we can take this journey and be supportive of each other.
The journey to become healthy has just begun ...
Love while you have love to give
Live while you have life to live (Kumbel)
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Well fellow sparkers here is some news - not much but news.
I found out I was not eligible for the study. As you know criteria for studies are strict and my HDL was 0.1 outside the criteria. Oh well.
My weight is stagnating - looking at what I can do.
I am running and riding a lot. I have had to take a break in the swimming, as I have an ear issue, and the MD has banned me from the pool.
Weather permitting - a 50 mile flat ride this weekend, next a 10 mile run, and the last weekend, it is the OROC (outrun ovarian cancer) run, and then soon two weeks of vacation....
Will update the blog again with the plans for the fall.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
On Wednesday I met with the nutritionist. I also had my blood drawn to see where my cholesterol and fasting blood sugar is.
I was very pleased to find out the FBS is 93. Remember it was elevated and I was pre-diabetic. My cholesterol and tri glycerides are falling .. so is my HDL, which is not good. I have been asked to be part of a study at the Cleveland Clinic (where I get my care) to look at high fiber intake and HDL.
Now, I believe clinical trials saves lives, so I am all for it and will gladly participate.
My weight is stationary, and I am looking at ways to change that.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Dear fellow sparker. When I talk about sparks were flying in Mansfield, it was because 5 sparkers got together for a ride in Mansfield (Ohio), on a multipurpose trail. It was AMCG2002 (anne), ROOKIERIDER (Nancy), Bill (BILLALEX70), John (JOPAPGH) and Ed, a friend of Bill's, who is not on the list.
John and I drove down yesterday, and stayed overnight. We met the rest of the gang at about 7:30am and were ready to ride about 8. Great 34 miles out and back on a multipurpose trail. It was shady and partly over cloudy to overcast, and the temperature was perfect. It was fun to get to ride a little bit with everyone and to get to talk and get to become acquainted with folks you have only communicated with online.
As we rode back, I broke a spoke, and had to make a 'pit stop' at the local bike store. A very nice bike store located at a place where you would not think of a bike store - however my spoke was fixed and I eyes a sale, so what did I buy - a pair of Rudy Project sunglasses 50% off. (pretty cool, eh?)
We got back to the cars, and it was time to get some food. After a break Nancy and John decided to head off for lunch while the rest of us started to roll out. Well the first half was completed in average 18.6 mph (not infrequently 23-24 mph on the course). The trip home was a little slower (avg 17.8 I think it was - I did not reset my computer) because of the head wind... and again we frequently reached 23-25 miles, but had to stop a lot because of stop signs.
We changed clothes ... and said goodbye - I went to Bob Evans for an omelette (needed the protein) ... and then back to Cleveland ....
To everyone THANK YOU... this was a lot of fun. For sure we will be back riding together again. Thanks to our families for letting us do this!
See you all soon.
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