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Rest Days are Important

Monday, February 08, 2010

I've been working out harder then usual, trying to get comfortable with the starting point of my half marathon training plan. I've been so tired that after my weekend work outs I don't feel like doing much else. I had been sore for the past couple of weeks.

I had been working through my rest days. You know how you read those articles in Runner's World and they work out every day? So I decided I should be doing more.

Well I finally took a rest day and boy do I feel great! I feel so refreshed and my legs actually feel happy. Plus I'm already looking forward to tomorrow's run.

I guess I can't compare myself to what others are doing. My rest days are important and I need to keep taking them.

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JEN-TINK1 6/27/2010 7:53PM

    I can so relate.But I always
forget to rest!

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NANJET 2/8/2010 9:15PM

    You should join the Jeff Galloway Training for any length of race team...It's a very supportive team with lots of experienced runners...

Jeff Galloway advocates a run/walk method and at first I wasn't sure what to think about it because when I was training for my half marathon last fall I knew I could do the whole thing without walking...but then I did some reading about his methods and I tried them out...

You can also find Galloway training programs online and you can use his "magic mile predictor" to find out your predicted time and training time as well.

My overall time is better and I feel better when I do run/walk intervals...When I did my half marathon...I walked through every water station which was about every 9 minutes...I did fine...but I probably should have walked twice as often...

As of now plan on doing 4 to 1 intervals in the Cellcom race.

We will definitely need to meet somewhere before race time...

Happy Training...

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WISLNDR 2/8/2010 5:38PM

    I know how important rest days are. Sometimes I find it hard to stay away so I've been trying out more restful exercise (yoga, for example) on my rest days. That's worked out really well.

Half Marathon! Good for you. Good luck with your training!


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MELA1953 2/8/2010 1:31PM

    You're right- every person is different and you need to do what is best for you!

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13.1 in 2010

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I just joined a new group for half marathon support and one goal was to create this blog entry on why I'm challenging myself with a half marathon this year.

I did walk/jog a half marathon last year and the sense of accomplishment was pretty amazing. But even given that, I wasn't so sure I'd do another one. It's a pretty big time commitment.

But there is one in Green Bay in May. My brother-in-law decided to do the full marathon, my sister is going to do the half marathon. They inspired my daughter to join in and I sort of got caught up in the excitement. The race is actually on my 44th birthday. I gave a little thought to what my birthday would be like if I did or didn't do it. I will go either way to support my family and how would I feel on the sidelines. I really loved that feeling of accomplishment and am sure I would absolutely miss it if I was just a spectator.

So new goal for 2010, a PR in a half marathon!


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ROOT4HOME 3/25/2010 10:14AM

    Hi - Just read your blog & I think you'll do great on your next 1/2 in May!!! emoticon

1st, it isn't your first. 2nd, you'll have your daughter and SIL running it w/you!!! How great is that having them there for support??!

I've added you as a friend...Can't wait to hear how you do!!

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DOJORAT 1/27/2010 2:21PM

    Hi! I just came across your blog on the half marathon in 2010 team. I plan on doing the cellcom half also for my first half marathon. That's awesome that you will be doing it on your 44th birthday, what a great way to start another year!

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NANJET 1/7/2010 9:06PM

    Hey buddy...I plan on running that same race in Green Bay in May...I want to run the full Marathon though...

It's also 2 days before my 47th birthday...so that's pretty cool! I was just checking the route a couple of nights ago...and I plan on registering soon...

If you haven't checked out the Jeff Galloway team training for any length of race it's a really supportive running team...the Galloway method is run/walking which I will probably use in the Marathon...(my times really are better when I run/walk at distances greater than 6 mi)

Happy training!

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    Based on this decision I'm sure you'll have a happy birthday!

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ASOPA21 1/6/2010 1:49PM

    Good luck! YOu can do it!

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Will I be 155 Forever?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I'm really not sure why I'm not losing any more weight. I have stayed in my calorie range faithfully and continue to exercise more then ever, but the scale is so stubborn. I did start taking my measurements last month and they changed a little, but I feel like I'm doing everything right and it's still not moving.

I'm trying to change up my exercise to break through this plateau if this is what this is. I really don't think I can eat less then 1500 calories and make that a life change. I don't think I can exercise anymore either and stick to it.

Am I really destined to keep this last 20 pounds on? Any advice is certainly welcome!

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NANJET 6/29/2009 10:37PM

    Thanks for your support...I'm glad I was able to get ahold of myself...at least for today...

Just a thought about being "stuck" at 155...you may be getting to be in such good shape that even though your putting in plenty of workout time...you may need to notch up the intensity...your heart needs to pump harder to get to the next level of fitness. If you don't have a heart rate monitor, you may want to look into getting one. I try to keep my heart rate at an average of about 135 and like to push myself into the 150's in intervals on certain days. The trainers at my gym say that's the best way to "ratchet up" weight loss. If your heart rate can recover quickly...then it's okay to push it a little harder for periodic intervals. If you find your heart doesn't recover quickly you may not want to push so hard...but a heart rate monitor is a good way to find out if your making the most of your workout time.

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LENNY48 6/28/2009 9:56AM

    I believe our bodies have a set point and perhaps you are at it. Are u sure you need to lose the 20 more pounds or do you look great where you are? I don't ever go by the Insurance weight chart because it is inaccurate. If you really want to lose more, hang in there. It will eventually move.

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KLEE46 6/28/2009 9:13AM

    There are some excellent SP articles on breaking through plateaus. Maybe your body is taking some time to adjust to the new regimen. I like your idea to stick with your calorie and intake range, because that way it is a lifestyle instead of a punishment. Please let me know how it goes for you. emoticon

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Can I Really Do A Half Marathon?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Well I'm considering walking a half marathon. I don't think I've ever walked that far. But it sounds like a good challenge to keep me interested in fitness and something to work towards.

I did a 10K last weekend so I figure I'm halfway there.

I found a training schedule online and started this week. I finished the first week on the schedule today and feel really good.

I will make my final decision the end of July. The marathon is in September. Just depends if I have the time to dedicate this. I think it would feel like an awesome accomplishment!

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NANJET 6/20/2009 11:24PM

    I'm sure you can do it!! Just think how far you've come already...You go girl!!


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I Made the Doctor Happy

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I went in for my yearly physical today and their scale showed me weighing 19 pounds less then the last time I was there. The doctor was very happy! The last time I had my blood pressure checked I was considered pre-hypertension and this time it was totally normal. My resting heart rate was actually done 20 beat per minute. I know I have a lot more to lose but the exercise must really be having a positive impact on my health.

Next time I see here I will be at my goal weight.


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