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More stress but a good run today

Thursday, December 08, 2011

This time I was dealing with a frozen hydrant that we use to fill our horse's water tank. The property owners are gone for the winter but I fortunately had a contact person who is a neighbor and a contractor who took care of things and he did so expertly yesterday, digging a 4-foot deep and 2 foot wide hole and replacing the whole hydrant. I spent most of the day at the barn helping out and picking up gravel from the gravel pit. Thankfully yesterday the temps were in the mid-40's during the day. I got way behind on several projects but it all got finished this morning. Tonight temps are going to be below 20 degrees F so we got it done just in time, much better than if it had happened with several feet of snow and the ground frozen rock hard.
Last night we watched the special on "Biggest Loser" where the contestants ran a marathon. I had lots of thoughts go through my head as I saw several contestants that had to be pulled from the race by the attending physicians because they were at very high risk for severe injuries. The question is not if people who are still significantly overweight can run a marathon, they can, but if it's worth the risk. One of the contestants in his mid-sixties walked the whole marathon and that seemed like the smart and admirable thing to do.
All this confirmed to me that I definitely don't want to sign up for a marathon until I have done training runs that are about 20 miles. This could easily take another year even without any downtime for injuries. It really matters to me more that I can still run in 25 years than whether I can run a marathon next year. I'm contemplating making a t-shirt to wear in the March half-marathon saying something like: I'm slow now, but I'll beat you in 25 years. emoticon

Today I did a 3 mile run on the treadmill. The first mile I could tell that I had gone to bed too late the night before and felt a little tired, but then the half cup of coffee I drank must have kicked in.

Mile 1: 4 mph
Mile 2: 4 mph
Mile 3: 4 mph
average speed: 4 mph
average heart rate: 133 bpm

My one frustration at the moment is that I'm not getting my e-mail notifications from Spark which means I only have the time to check a few teams for postings every day. I hope the help topic/thread will have some answers on how to fix that.

On another note, I'm so glad we had a big vegetable garden this year. Tonight we were eating broccoli, onions, corn and tomatoes from our garden in a nice stir-fry with some beef and beans. We also still have lots of apples. In a little while I'll go out to harvest the last few leeks. I haven't even gotten to the potatoes and carrots yet, that will have to wait until the grounds thaws a little. In our basement we have quite a number of winter squash, zucchini and onions still waiting to be eaten. A garden definitely makes eating organic affordable and eating in season has been shown to be healthier anyhow.

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DUCKYONTHERUN 12/8/2011 4:21PM

    Your paragraph about your home grown veggies sounds great! Thanks for some good reading.

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/8/2011 1:12PM

    love the t-shirt idea! Check your email settings. You are probably set to never email me again or some lame statement that your email bounced back as invalid. Occasionally this happens and you need to reset it.

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/8/2011 12:58PM

    Thanks everyone for your comments. Concerning the marathon: I don't look at is as a big hurdle to climb any more. I know if I prepare for it the right way (training with lower intensity and taking lots of time) it is no more difficult than training for a long hike. It's when people run out of patience or want to go fast that they get hurt. "The Biggest Loser" is first and foremost a game show and only secondarily helping people improve their exercise and eating habits. Obviously if people are close to dying from obesity a trashed knee is fairly unimportant by comparison and often the damage that had been done before they started Biggest Loser was enough to warrant joint replacement surgery anyhow. But the problem is that many people see this on TV and then think if they take a little longer, maybe 6-9 months, they can also run a marathon and for them it may not be worth paying the price.
thanks for the tip, I checked my e-mail settings for the second time and found a box I could uncheck that I had missed before that said "never send me an e-mail again." I hope that fixed it.

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MARCH_ 12/8/2011 12:22PM

    Every time dh runs scans on my computer, I lose my email push from SP. On the Start page upper left it says, Account/E-mail Preferences in red. A few more clicks after that, and I'm all set. Good luck!

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KRNMAC 12/8/2011 11:31AM

    I had the same thoughts during Biggest Loser. My understanding is that marathon training is very specialized even for seasoned runners, and to put these folks in that situation was just plain stupid. "Accomplishment" to the detriment of long time health just doesn't make much sense.
My garden has gone to "pasture" to put it kindly - what that means is that it's time to get out there and weed and clear. Thanks for the additional nudge!

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MAGGIE101857 12/8/2011 6:38AM

    Glad things worked out with the water situation - it's so nice when you can work with people who do their job well! I felt the same way about the Biggest Loser - even those that walked for over 10 hours probably were seriously hurting the next day and may have done damaged joints etc., and to wait until mile 20 to pull someone (and I'm glad they did) - but why wait so long? I know we all like seeing the success stores, but that brought it home for me as well. How far will we push ourselve to find "success"? Like you,I would like to run a marathon and am working my way up to it. I am considering a 1/2 marathon in the spring, even if it means walking some of it. I use my treadmill a lot because i believe it is easier on my joints!!!! I want to be healthy, strong and moving well into the next part of my life!!!! I like your way of thinkng!!!

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KRISZTA11 12/8/2011 3:46AM

    It's so good you have a garden of your own where you can grow all those vegetables.
It reminds me of the garden of my grandparents, full of flowers, fruits and vegetables - too bad I hardy ate any vegetables back then, but I adored their beauty.
We don't have that garden anymore.
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Running a marathon is a big challenge, it is very wise of you to prepare so well.
I think those Biggest Loser guys risk serious long term damage to their knees with that, even if they ran the marathon successfully without any injuries.

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Short but sweet

Sunday, December 04, 2011

I had a nice run in dry, sunny weather. It turned out to be exactly a 5 K or 3.1 miles altough I had not planned it that way.
My time was 44:30 min, average heart rate 130, average speed 4.18
I am now getting close enough to my next half-marathon that I will start training roughly according to Hal Higdon's Novice half-marathon schedule. It works well for using with the Maffetone method because it does not have any speed work.
Yesterday I was ice-skating for an hour, working on skating backwards on inside and outside edges.

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MARCH_ 12/7/2011 2:50PM

    Feels so great! Winter workouts!

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KRNMAC 12/6/2011 4:43PM

    What MARTHAMBRYCE said! I'd love to be able to run like a kid again, and that's a target for "when I recover"!

Yay, you!!!

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CGDINASIA 12/6/2011 9:08AM

    Great job!!

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MARTHASPARKS 12/5/2011 11:46AM

    Birgit, I want to be you when I recover. I want to feel pleasure in making my body move, in enjoying exercise, skating, running - all of those pleasurable things we did as kids and that you still do. Never, ever quit. My 80 year old Mom still swims competitively, skates, does yoga. I inherited my health problems from my Dad but my fighting heart from my Mom! Go, girl, go. I move vicariously through you! emoticon emoticon

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DUCKYONTHERUN 12/4/2011 10:02PM

    It's great to read when someone feels good about their training. Woohoo!

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DIDMIS 12/4/2011 5:27PM

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What a beautiful day!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Today was a great day. My daughter and I got up early and she worked out in the pool, I worked out on the treadmill.
I ran 3 miles with an average heart rate of 130. I decided to not record speed except once a week from now on since there is no significant improvement from day to day anyhow.
We took all the dogs for a run in the park and admired the whippets catching frisbees in the air. Our two pointer mixes Kenya and Buddy ran after the ball for a looong time. How I wish I had that much energy.
In the afternoon we went to the barn to play with the horses. One horse needed desensitizing to whips and we got her to accept petting with the whip at the end. We also got her to pick up the whip on her own. Score! emoticon
I hope we got some nice photos and video out of it.
I was able to borrow a friend's heart rate monitor for horses so our horse will get the benefits of cardio training Maffetone style soon. emoticon
I strongly suspect the 180-age formula won't work so I'll have to do some reading on that. emoticon
Tonight we are going to a ski swap where I'm hoping to find some used snowshoes for those days when there is too much snow to run.

Yesterday we went ice skating for about an hour and I practiced doing circles on one skate using inside and outside edges when going forward.

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/6/2011 3:29AM

    Did you find the snowshoes? Sounds like you had a great day. When I first got Buddy he was afraid of the lunge whip. He was mistreated by his previous owners. I did the same as you. I took the lunge whip, and stroked him softly for about a month before I really used it. It took him a bit, but he realized I was only going to crack the whip not use it on him.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/3/2011 10:03AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day!

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KRISZTA11 12/3/2011 5:17AM

    A beautiful day indeed, full of fun and activity, together with your daughter, dogs and horses...
Good for you!

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Thanksgiving week summary

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving week was pretty stressful this year. I did get 3 runs in but did not feel like tracking distance or heart rate. The total miles was somewhere around 10.
I'm going to do a MAF test this afternoon to see where I'm at. On a positive note I have to say that in spite of my weight going up a bit to 138 that my size 6 jeans fit just fine, so I must have gained some muscle in my core and legs.
Today I did 3 miles on the treadmill. Not the greatest result but I guess that's the result of less training and more stress.

Mile 1 : 4 mph
Mile 2 : 3.9 mph
Mile 3 : 3.8 mph
average : 3.9 mph
average heart rate 133

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/1/2011 1:44AM

    Thanks for the comments. I never considered myself very disciplined in the past. May I"m finally getting better at that. emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/30/2011 11:30PM

    Overall, sounds like your doing well. Keep up the good work. Your disciplined, so I know you can do it!

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MPENNE 11/30/2011 1:05PM

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MARTHASPARKS 11/30/2011 10:52AM

    Sometimes, the weight is muscle mass building - having your pants looser even with a slight increase seems to back me up that this may be the case for you. You are so dedicated and self disciplined that you'll be fine! Keep up the standard of excellence that you demonstrate for the rest of us.

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DUCKYONTHERUN 11/29/2011 8:59PM

    You have such a positive attitude! That's a great thing to have. emoticon

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MOSES - Tribute to a great dog

Monday, November 28, 2011

MOSES 1999 - 2011 , picture taken at 10 months

I found him at a local shelter, together with his brother. They were about 6 months old and, as we found out after some research, the result of an accidental breeding of a local breeder. They had been placed in pet homes but the owner must have gotten tired of them and dumped them at the shelter. We never knew if they were all Akita and just not that typey or if there was something else mixed in. I had been rescuing dogs off and on and these two were very gentle souls, not always the case with this breed. After a few weeks at our house we found a fantastic home for one of them on an island off the Washington coast.
The other one grew on my husband, who had always been partial to northern breeds.
So we named him Moses, because the way we rescued him seemed to parallel the Biblical story of the Pharoaoh's daughter rescuing baby Moses and saving his life by bringing him home. To me Moses also seemed like a nice-sounding Biblical name which fit his gentle disposition. Moses became my husband's exercise partner, requiring two long walks for the first two or three years of his life and getting at least one long walk for most of the rest of his life. The total number of miles that my husband walked or ran with him must have been at least 10.000 miles, even though he claimed and still does that he does not like running with dogs. Well, let's say that whenever my husband was not running regularly he was still exercising Moses regularly and a good part of that was running with him. The way I see it Moses was taking him to the promised land of long-term health and fitness because less than 2 months ago we ran our first half-marathon together. Don't get me wrong, my husband has never been overweight, not even close, but there is a family history of heart disease.
Moses provided a reason to get out on the trail and de-stress plus he has been a faithful friend.
Just 3 days before Thanksgiving he suddenly stopped eating. We had some blood work done which revealed severe liver dysfunction. Three days later he was unable to walk in spite of supportive care. He did not have to suffer long and we know he is in a better place now.
He will be missed by all of us and we are thankful for having had him for 12 good years. We will never forget him.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/30/2011 11:52AM

    Such a beautiful tribute and his name...wow...that touched me down to the bottom of my soul.

Thank you for rescuing and thank you for giving him such a wonderful home and existance. He awaits you at the Rainbow Bridge to run again by your side one day!


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HOUNDLOVER1 11/30/2011 11:18AM

    Thank you all so much! I am amazed at all the support. Spark People are a great group to be a part of. emoticon

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NAVYMOM133 11/30/2011 9:43AM

    What a wonderful tribute to Moses. Great name with real meaning, and a wonderful life for dog and owners alike!
As one commenter said, "No matter how long we have them, it's never enough."
Thanks for sharing his story, hugs to you!

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WALKZWDOGZ 11/30/2011 1:35AM

    Thank you for sharing such a touching tribute. He looks like such a regal, faithful dog. No matter how long we have them, it's never long enough. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOGSRFIT 11/29/2011 10:36PM

    emoticonSo sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute.

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PONYFARMER 11/29/2011 8:49PM

    God bless you for taking in two large breed dogs. They often do not find homes. I have one myself. An Anatolia Shepard who weights 91 pounds. Love her to bits.

Moses is/was a beautiful boy. Very striking. And yes he does look Akita mixed with something, you were blessed he took the characteristics of the other breed as Akitas can be a handful and usally like to eat anything that moves. They also are hard to keep in any kind of fence you can build.

You have honored his with this tribue and I am sorry for your loss but clearly you are better for having known and been owned by him.

Moses is in a better place!

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NDTEACHER1 11/29/2011 8:18PM

    Gorgeous dog and a beautiful tribute to him. I know how hard it is to let go of our beloved pets because they become a member of our family and they ALWAYS love and accept us, no matter what.

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THINBUCKEYE 11/29/2011 8:18PM

    So sorry to hear of your loss of Moses. What a wonderful dog he must have been...and so beautiful, too. He definitely left this world knowing how loved he was. You'll all be together with him again someday.
God bless...

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HOPE2011 11/29/2011 7:30PM

    What a beautiful dog! I am so sorry for your loss - you and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/29/2011 5:17PM

    What a beautiful tribute to Moses. I am sorry for your loss.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/29/2011 2:59PM

    What a beautiful boy--and wonderful memories to share. Losing a pet is losing a family member in many ways; they hold a very special place in our hearts that only other animal lovers understand.


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HOUNDLOVER1 11/29/2011 2:46PM

    Thank so much for reading and sharing! It means a lot. emoticon

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MSPRIS3 11/29/2011 2:15PM

    I'm sorry to hear your dog has passed on. The picture you posted is stunning, what a beautiful animal

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KRNMAC 11/29/2011 12:53PM

    I'm so sorry. Thanks for sharing a part of Moses with us. Praying for healing and peace for you.

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MARTHASPARKS 11/29/2011 11:43AM

    Losing a good dog is losing part of your heart. I am so sorry.

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KATHYKIM 11/29/2011 9:11AM

    So sorry to hear about Moses, I lost my 15 1/2 year old black lab just this past Sunday, so I am feeling the same sorrow. They both had good, long lives. Our worlds now have one less joy in them. Take care.


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HEATHHILL 11/29/2011 7:48AM

    What a lovely tribute to your beautiful Moses. Dogs bring such joy to our lives. I hope the memories console you in your loss.

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MAGGIE101857 11/29/2011 6:46AM

    Beautiful memories of a beautiful and beloved pet - I'm sorry for your loss. You made his time of this Earth very special!

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HOUNDLOVER1 11/29/2011 12:48AM

    Thank you all for all the kind words. emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 11/29/2011 12:45AM

    I know Moses was a great pup and he must be missed dearly. I am so sorry for your loss. Sometimes only animal lovers and other pet owners can really understand the pain of losing a good pet like this.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/29/2011 12:39AM

    Aww, he was just beautiful. What a face. I bet he was so thankful to have a home like yours. Hugs to you and your Hubby!! emoticon

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YJNANA 11/28/2011 11:00PM

    Sorry to hear of your loss, they are Family
we have always had dogs and their love is Unconditional.
He had a marvelous 12 years :)


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MY4DOGS2580 11/28/2011 10:55PM

    Sorry for your loss. the Akita is a misunderstood breed. I had a lab/Akita mix and who had the most gentle soul to him, which was good thing at 100#. your Moses looks much like my Bear. I lost him to mass cell cancer, broke my husband's heart.

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SUNSHINE99999 11/28/2011 10:17PM

  That was a good blog so thanks for sharing. I still have some fond memories of times spent with my dog(s) during my growing up days.

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