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Meeting my Goals Part II: Run Across America!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

In early January, I posted a blog about my goal to Run Across America!

exercise.lbl.gov/index.html

This goal is one I've redefined already: my original goal, which in retrospect I realized was too ambitious, was to make it the 550 miles to get through Virtual Virginia by my 30th birthday.

Since I just started running in July, and I was unable to make it a full 5K for the first month and a half, it was WAY too ambitious!

But I stuck with it and built up my stamina...and by New Years Day, I had made it exactly 100 miles!

I was doing well through March, but once my schedule got busy at work and events with the food cooperative started heating up, my running goals fell off my schedule. I kept running sporadically and for short distances, but I started losing my strength and stamina.

Still, now that I am almost halfway through 2013, I've made some progress - but I'm not where I wanted to be. I've managed to get my total mileage to date up to 160 miles...I was hoping to be at almost twice this mileage by now!

Back in January, I identified two races I wanted to run. And I'm still determined to run them...but that means I need to get my @$$ in gear and start training THIS WEEK to make it through both races without hurting myself!

The first race, the River Run, is a 10-mile trail run in mid-August:
runlafin.org/wrrc-races/river-run/

The second race, the Heritage Trail Marathon, is a half marathon trail run at the very end of September:
https://secure.getmeregistered.com/g
et_information.php?event_id=7459


I've put together a training schedule - starting this week - where I run/walk 3 miles three times a week for the next two weeks and slowly add on one extra mile every other week (and on Saturday runs).

And if I stick with my training schedule, and don't miss any runs (or incorporate longer runs if I do miss one), then at the finish line of the Heritage Trail Marathon I will have run 557 miles to date - getting me out of Virtual Virginia and into Virtual Kentucky!!

Even if I do miss one or two runs, this will put me back on track to meet my goals to Run Across America! And I'll be increasing the mileage slowly, starting with a small, achievable goal and ensuring that I'm protecting myself against injury or over-training.

I CAN DO THIS!!

Cutting out my longer runs is probably part of the issue with why I can't lose weight - and if I lose just 1 lb/week throughout my entire training program, I'll be losing 18 of the total 20 lbs I want to lose!!

  
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EASTENDCLAM 5/30/2013 4:18AM

    It all sounds good. Setting goals and holding yourself accountable. 1 lb a week is reasonable.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 5/29/2013 9:53AM

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BRADMILL2922 5/28/2013 11:14PM

    Looks like some good goals! You CAN do it!

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MLH148 5/28/2013 9:07PM

    You can do this! When I decided to do a marathon, I would do my long runs on Sun AMs. Some of those 0500 alarms were tough but the finish line was sweet.
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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/28/2013 4:39PM

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SEATTLESIMS 5/28/2013 4:35PM

    Sounds like some great goals! Have fun!

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MRILEY123 5/28/2013 4:24PM

    Wow! This is really inspiring! That is a lot of miles. I bet you will do it! Plus if you run that many miles I bet you will lose more than 1 pound a week, too.

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Memorial Day weekend activities!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Indiana weather doesn't always cooperate with what you want to do!

It was raining for most of the weekend, so there was no kayaking or hiking this weekend emoticon

But I did manage to get in a lot of fitness anyway!

Saturday, I started off by repotting all of my houseplants:














Then I walked down to the food cooperative for a Wild Foods Walk & Talk - which was AMAZING! I had no idea there were so many edibles in the middle of Lafayette - we went to Murdock Park, and hiked through some surprisingly back-country areas! Altogether, I walked 6.12 miles!!











Sunday, I went to my community garden plot and did some gardening...and found that I had let my radishes go too long! The flowers were beautiful, though! And I managed to get my first haul - the red leaf lettuce and freckle lettuce were ready to go!















I spent most of the rest of the day cooking and doing food prep - I made up a big bowl of salad, hummus, tabouli salad, black bean and sweet potato enchiladas, spinach and mushroom enchiladas, homemade refried beans and salsa, and Spanish rice...yum-O!

Today, I went to a volunteer work day at the food cooperative and spent a couple of hours sanding and chiseling particle board off the floor (don't ask me HOW or WHY anyone would glue particle board to beautiful maple hardwood floors!)







After that, I took a shower and changed and headed over to my parents house to help move gravel and take out their concrete patio - first time EVER that I've swung a sledgehammer! Oh man, talk about a total body workout!!





Then I came home to eat dinner and crashed - big time! Miss Kitty is very afraid of storms, so she woke me up at 5:30 this morning...and then woke me up from my very long nap (which started at 7!) just a little after midnight. Now I'm trying to get myself back to sleep, so that I can wake up early enough to hit the gym before work!

But all in all, it was a pretty active Memorial Day weekend!!

  
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SHARJOPAUL 5/28/2013 3:11PM

    I had a pretty active We also but yours sounds a lot more productive.

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MNABOY 5/28/2013 2:07PM

    This was a memorial weekend for you. Hope you had time to enjoy Memorial Day and remember those who served.

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JEWELMAKER1 5/28/2013 10:26AM

    You go girl! What an awesome weekend! Man, talk about working out...you put construction workers to shame! emoticon

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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/28/2013 8:01AM

    Sounds like you definitely kept busy and had fun. *HUGS*

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/28/2013 7:37AM

    Wow! You really got the fitness minutes in! and cooked up a storm too! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 5/28/2013 5:07AM

    Sounds and looks like you had a great weekend! That sledgehammer is definitely no joke! Hope you don't wake up to sore from it!

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A Mind-BOGgling Saturday!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I've spent the last six and a half hours chasing a 30-month-old!!

OMG, WHERE do children get their energy?!?!

I took little Luci to an event at the Lilly Nature Center - called the Mind BOGgling event - focused on Celery Bog. We spent several hours hiking, playing, and running around outside...we saw a nest of baby bunnies, which were SOOOO cute! And I carried Luci around or chased her for most of the afternoon, so it was a GREAT workout for me!

Then we went for ice cream, and read a book, and watered the strawberry bushes....all in all, it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

  
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OUBACHE 5/30/2013 9:04AM

    I love celery bog park! I'm usually just running on my own, though, not chasing little ones. Either way, it's a nice place to spend some time, especially now that our drought seems to be over. I'm glad you enjoyed your day!

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STFRENCH 5/21/2013 6:51AM

    Sounds like a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

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STODD251 5/20/2013 8:21AM

    Sounds like fun!

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EASTENDCLAM 5/19/2013 11:16AM

    That should cure the 2 AM wake-ups. She's so cute and who's under that huge hat? Funny!

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ANGELN325 5/19/2013 11:14AM

    Sounds like a great day with great memories for Luci!

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SHARJOPAUL 5/19/2013 8:54AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 5/19/2013 8:45AM

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PURESTILLWATER 5/18/2013 9:33PM

    Fun

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/18/2013 8:57PM

    There should be a place in the fitness tracker for that!

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MLH148 5/18/2013 8:56PM

    They do run you ragged, don't they? Sounds like a great day

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LIL.LU 5/18/2013 8:37PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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ARNETTELEE 5/18/2013 7:11PM

  Glad you could combine your activities into one great fun event!

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LATTELEE 5/18/2013 6:57PM

  Busy!

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Uh oh....Miss Kitty is MAD!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Following a very interesting experience bathing Miss Kitty, I've been running into a lot of work conflicts, trying to finish up my assignments and projects for the leadership academy, and putting in lots of overtime with the food cooperative.

Which means Miss Kitty is starting to feel neglected.

And when Miss Kitty feels neglected, she starts going out of her way to get attention. Which is why I've had a kitty climbing all over me at all hours of the night, waking me up to play and dragging her toys into the bed, and attacking my feet to try to get attention!

I'm making a concerted effort to carve out more time to play with her, but whenever Miss Kitty gives me attitude, I pull out my camera - she's so cute!!

Right after her bath last month:


Waiting for me when I got home from work today:


Miss Kitty looks MAD...I'd better watch my back tonight!

  
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STFRENCH 5/21/2013 6:50AM

    Wow!! That second photo? That is what I call "ATTITUDE!" emoticon

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JEWELMAKER1 5/18/2013 10:08AM

    What a sweet face!

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MARYBETH4884 5/16/2013 2:55PM

    Cats certainly know how to push our buttons! Play is a definite!

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KPACE7 5/16/2013 1:46PM

    emoticon Too cute!

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IGSBETH 5/16/2013 11:05AM

    LOL! Love it!

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SHARJOPAUL 5/16/2013 10:57AM

    They sure let you know when they are upset with you!

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MRFUZZ 5/16/2013 10:56AM

    She is so cute!

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FRENCHIFAL 5/16/2013 10:42AM

    She did indeed have a plan...she hid under my bed and grabbed my feet every time I walked by last night! I pulled her out, and we spent a good 15 minutes playing with her mouse-on-string toy - until she laid down and stopped chasing it!! Hopefully she's sufficiently pacified and I'll get some peace and quiet tonight!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 5/16/2013 10:31AM

    :)

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BRADMILL2922 5/15/2013 11:24PM

    Funny!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/15/2013 9:23PM

    Cute cat.

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MNABOY 5/15/2013 8:44PM

    Cats can be great pets and great pests!

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TANYA602 5/15/2013 8:43PM

    I loved the crossed legs - such attitude! Beware!

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EASTENDCLAM 5/15/2013 6:51PM

    Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 5/15/2013 5:21PM

    She definitely looks peeved. lol. Good luck sleeping tonight

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PENNSTATEGIRLY 5/15/2013 4:49PM

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GEMLADYONE 5/15/2013 4:45PM

    yep, I have of of those...his name is Booger. You had better watch out, you can see she has a plan!

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Great start to this 5% Challenge!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers Day!!

I'm pretty tired today, but I've made a great start to the 5% Challenge! Yesterday began with a two-hour work day at the community garden (10-noon), then I headed over to the new cooperative grocery space (we're moving to a MUCH bigger space!!) and spackled, sanded, swept, and cleaned from 1-4. Then it was home to shower and change, and back to the cooperative for the first Mosey Down Main Street (downtown Lafayette festival) - I set up and tore down my table and supplies, walked about for about an hour, then helped a friend tear down his table.

And even though a big part of me REALLY wanted to go straight home and to bed, I went out to a bonfire with the guy I've been seeing. It was a lot of fun - but it was 3 this morning when I finally got home and went to bed!!

So Mother's day started a little late for me. I slept in a bit!

I got my mom a gorgeous orchid - pure white petals, and a pale bluish-purple center. And when I arrived at my parents house, she was just getting ready to pull weeds - so I got in yet more gardening this afternoon! We ate lunch and watched a movie, and I did some crunches and pushups and such, and now we're getting ready to go out to her BFFs house for a mother's day grill-out - featuring veggie kebabs!!

It's been a tiring - but EXCELLENT - weekend, and a great way to start off the 5% challenge!!

  
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EASTENDCLAM 5/13/2013 6:17PM

    Awww, it's all sweet.

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SHARJOPAUL 5/13/2013 3:23PM

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend!!!!

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WALTERSLOSA 5/13/2013 10:42AM

    A great job on being active all weekend!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 5/13/2013 8:31AM

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STODD251 5/13/2013 7:48AM

    Good for you!

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BRADMILL2922 5/13/2013 12:01AM

    Sounds like a great weekend and a great start to your 5%! Keep it up!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 5/12/2013 10:07PM

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CRUISEBOUND2014 5/12/2013 7:10PM

    emoticon You're on the right track emoticon

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DMEYER4 5/12/2013 4:35PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you did a fantastic job this weekend Keep up the good work

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