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Weds 2/12/14

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I've been plugging along. Finished January with about 103 miles and a 5 minute plank. I pulled out 30 miles the first full week of February toward my 100 mile goal for the month and have been maintaining a pretty good run schedule of 4-5 days/week. I really enjoyed the plank challenge, but I haven't started the push up challenge yet. I'm finding that I really need top add more strength training...so, to that end, I'm planning to start doing double workouts again a few days a week. 30 day shred in the morning and then my run or kickboxing in the afternoon. I know my shape has been changing, but I'd really like to see more definition.

Putting it here so I'm accountable. Make it a great week!

  
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DDOORN 2/13/2014 7:41PM

    Whew! Kicking it up! :-)

Don

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/13/2014 7:46AM

    You are an inspiration to me to up my workouts

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COOP9002 2/12/2014 4:10PM

    Sounds like you're doing great. Don't let the outward signs faze you so early. Keep active and you'll start seeing the progress you desire.

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Weds 1/29/14

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I still, over 4 years into this journey, am amazed by how quickly you get stronger than you ever thought you could be. How things that seemed impossible become easier with a little work. When I started running, even one mile sounded crazy, now I run 10+ for fun with friends. One month ago, I struggled to hold a plank for 1 minute, last night I did 4! 4 minutes! Crazy!

I'm one mile away from hitting 100 for this month. One stinking mile! Wish I had checked my sheet before I left, other than being over dressed, I actually felt pretty good today and I had the time. I'll finish it off on Friday though. Should be a bit warmer then.

Goals for tomorrow:
~64+ oz water
~eat well and mindfully
~30 min kickboxing and plank challenge
~set daily goals and Spark
~in bed by 10

  
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DDOORN 1/31/2014 9:23AM

    Awesome job on kicking it into high gear!

Cheers to more of the same! :-)

Don

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SPICEMWE 1/30/2014 10:06AM

    Wow, that's really inspirational! I'm still working towards being able to run a 5K. I've taken a long break from it so I'll have to start over, but it's definitely a goal of mine.

Great job! It's clear that you've accomplished a lot!! Keep doing what you're doing!

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BETRHO48 1/29/2014 7:24PM

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Thanks for sharing how you put together your daily goals.
This was helpful for me.

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Tues 1/28/14

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Man does life seem busy right now. I've still be sparking though. Working on eating better, running 3-5 days/week, finishing up my 30 day plank challenge, getting back into cross training and strength training. It's been a pretty good month so far. With one week left I can definitely see some changes in my body, if not in the scale. I'm on pace to run 100 miles this month, my highest milage Jan ever. Only about 8 more to go this week.

One of my goals for this year is to set a personal record for every distance that I have raced (5K, 10K, 15K, HM, Marathon). As of 2 Saturdays ago, I broke my old 10K record (set 3 years ago) by 12 seconds (came in at 52:45)! Yay! I'm back on track and I feel like this year is going to be one of my best yet! I'm currently kind of training for the possibility of a spring marathon. I ran 14 miles with a friend the day after my 10K race and we are planning to run 16 this weekend. Because, why not? Just hoping it's a bit warmer.

Goals for tomorrow:
~64+ oz water
~eat well and track
~5 mile run and plank challenge
~set daily goals and Spark
~in bed by 10

  
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JLITT62 1/29/2014 1:36PM

    Well, it's supposed to be warmer this weekend. I certainly hope so.

Great job on the PR!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/28/2014 5:31PM

    That is some serious dedication

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KANSASROSE67 1/28/2014 2:59PM

    You are doing so well!!! Very proud of you...and what a goal!



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CAROL494 1/28/2014 2:35PM

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Weds 1/15/14

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

There never seem to be enough hours in a day. I never got my workout in yesterday, but I did do my plank. Not a great day for Sparking, but good in other ways. I absolutely will get out for a run this afternoon. I've already let people know that I intend to do it. That and my plank. I think I'm at 2 minutes today. Just breathe.

Miss A. (my 7 year old) went for a run with me Monday afternoon. She ran ~2.5 miles at an 11:10 m/m pace. She decided to challenge herself to see how far she could go without walking. I bet she could have done more, but it was her call. I'm so proud of her! She'll be ready for The Color Run in April in no time! It makes me happy that she enjoys running with me. I hope it's something she can carry with her into high school and adulthood. What do you wish you had taught your kids early?

Goals for tomorrow:
~64+ oz water
~eat well and track
~30 min kickboxing and plank challenge
~set daily goals and Spark
~in bed by 10

  
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JLITT62 1/16/2014 1:53PM

    Some days just don't go as planned. I was not expecting snow this morning! See what a great example you've set for miss A!

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DDOORN 1/16/2014 10:14AM

    Boy do I *HEAR* you about not enough hours!

Kudos for doing what you can!

Don

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/15/2014 1:39PM

    woohoo that sounds like an awesome thing to share with your daughter! the color run always looks fun! emoticon emoticon

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Mon 1/13/14 - Made it to January!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Things got really crazy for me around the holidays and I had to take a break from SP, not from being healthy though. I finished up my running streak...38 days in a row and somewhere around 125 miles total. It felt good, but knowing I could take a break was good too.

I started a plank challenge for January. By the end of the month, I should be able to do a 5 minute plank. From there, I think I may do the push up challenge again. It worked well for me and is something I can do while I watch TV in the evening.

This last weekend was a great one for running for me. Saturday I had a 10K race and finished only about 75 seconds off my PR for that distance; which I set in 2011 on the same course. Then Sunday I met a friend for a long run and we ended up doing 12 miles. I was tired last night, but it felt good. My plan is to do the Runner's World festival this fall and complete the Hat Trick (5K and 10K on Saturday, HM on Sunday). It feels good to know I'm nearly there already.

Speaking of working toward races...I've been planning my race dates for 2014. I need a sponsor!! emoticon I have so many races I want to do, I'm really hoping I can afford them all. Everything from 5Ks to Marathon (s?), trail runs and a Ragnar if I'm lucky!

Stay positive, set goals and have fun!

Goals for tomorrow:
~64+ oz water
~eat well and track
~30 min kickboxing and plank challenge
~set daily goals and Spark
~in bed by 11 (trivia Tuesday)

  
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CRAVINGLIFE 1/14/2014 12:52PM

    Keep up the good work!

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KANSASROSE67 1/13/2014 3:52PM

    You are doing great! Love the positive energy and excitement that blaze out from your blog!

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JLITT62 1/13/2014 3:32PM

    You are a machine! I'm happy that today was an day off running because I barely dragged myself thru the day - more due to lack of sleep than yesterday's race, tho.

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DDOORN 1/13/2014 2:37PM

    Congrats to sticking with your SPARK! Blazing along as ever I see!

That sponsorship thing...ugh! Best wishes on that...I've given up on cycling events that require fund-raising as I prefer not to have that pressure.

Don

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