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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

. . . you want to title a blog "hurts so good".

I ease up one week a month - no running, lighter ST. And I also take it easy before a race. Only lately I've been signing up for my races about a week ahead of time instead of uber-planning as usual. So the 2 weeks coincided: 2 weeks of almost no ST & I was really feeling the effects.

Quite a few months ago one of my buddies wrote about how she was feeling flabby because she was training for a marathon & all her time was sucked up with running.

I wasn't training for a marathon by a long shot, but I can still relate.

Yesterday I started my heavier ST back up & it felt so good. My body just feels better when it's being worked out & I really believe that cardio, ST, & flexibility are all important. So even tho I plan to run another race in a couple of weeks, I'm not planning to abandon my ST anytime soon. I've got to be bikini-ready in 6 weeks.

And just where is everyone? On spring break? Have I just bird everyone? So many of my spark buddies have bee so quiet for far too long - I hope you're busy leading healthy lives, but if you're struggling, that's when you need us the most!

  
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KARBIE18 4/15/2011 10:01AM

    I'm still here, too. I had limited time before, but now that it's gardening season, I have even less. But, there are only six more weeks until my summer break, so I'm looking forward to having much more Spark time very soon!

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RRAYNER 4/14/2011 9:38AM

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Getting ready for the summer season! We should all walk, run, hop, skip, whatever it takes, to get ready for "bikini" season!
Have a great day!

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TEMPEST272002 4/13/2011 11:41PM

    Still here, but busy, busy, busy. I've been slacking on the ST the past couple months & I definitely feel the lack. After I get rid of this rotten cold, I think I"ll get back to it too.


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HEYRED221 4/13/2011 9:38PM

    You are doing great! I am finally back into my walking routine and that has been tiring me out. I am going to give it a couple more weeks and then start my strength training program as well. I miss it and I know I need it.

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HALFFAST 4/13/2011 9:34PM

    I'm still here, just for a few minutes at a time because of my currently insane work schedule. I try to comment/post when I can, but I'm still always thinking about ya!
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FRECKS96 4/13/2011 4:38PM

    I'm here too, hoping to catch up in the next couple days.

My body lets me know when I've been lacking in the ST too. In fact, it's time to get some in now!

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LEONALIONESS 4/13/2011 1:42PM

    I so need to get back into ST.

I think that round of P90x burned me out on it for a while! I have real difficulty convincing myself to do it. I'm running darn near 40 mile weeks now since I'm peak marathon training for the June race... I can make myself run for four dang hours. 55 min. P90x ST DVD? 15 min of abs? Like pulling teeth.



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JRIMM4 4/13/2011 1:40PM

    I wish I could say I've been on spring break!!! Just busy here, so far behind on blogs! You are doing great!!!

JR

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SHEILA1505 4/13/2011 1:21PM

    I've noticed the same thing - and some people have dropped out of circulation on Face Book too

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SKFEREBEE 4/13/2011 11:51AM

    I think your run improves when your overall workouts include some sort of strength training, cross-training and stretching like yoga or pilates. The body is a machine and sometimes you have to look at it in that perspective so even if all you feel like doing is running, your body needs other types of movement.

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DDOORN 4/13/2011 11:45AM

    Yep, love that feeling...muscles being *pushed* and "feeling it!" :-)

Thx for stopping by my blog!

Don

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LIBBYFITZ 4/13/2011 11:18AM

    Still here, just busy and getting ready for my trip to Tassy. emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 4/13/2011 10:56AM

    Still here! Been busy with the kids and their spring break :) Loving the warmer weather for running! :)

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NATPLUMMER 4/13/2011 10:47AM

    Yay for going heavier on the ST!!! I can't wait to join you.

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/13/2011 9:16AM

    I've noticed the quietness also. Seems fewer people are blogging and huddling with teams. Good for you with your addiction. (smiling) Have a wonderful day.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/13/2011 8:30AM

    emoticonway to go in amping up the ST.

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RUNJEWELRUN 4/13/2011 8:15AM

    We are still here :)
Love this blog :)

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For the joy of it

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It's a secret kids know, but as adults we forget it: we move around - or should - for the pure joy of it. Altho frankly, other than walking & swimming, I didn't want to move around a whole lot even as a kid - I was the one with her nose constantly in a book or always drawing.

Still, we get so tangled up with how many calories we're burning, how fast we're going, or how fast our hearts are beating, that we forget we should be exercising for the joy of it. Cause it makes us feel good.

I was reminded of this yesterday when I decided my "run" (and I use the term very loosely here) would be with the dogs, who a) stop to sniff every 5 minutes and b) will only run for a few minutes at a time.

But Chester can really pack on the pounds despite being walked an hour a day most days, so with the nicer weather I figured it was time. This is how I actually began my journey to runner pre-spark: run/walk intervals with the dogs. It felt like I was running at top speed for at least 10 minutes at a time, but the reality was I was probably going almost at a walking pace for about 30 seconds. And yet here I am now, having run 5 miles in less than an hour - still slow, but a whole lot faster than I started at.

So I wasn't worried about how long we ran or how fast. We just had fun - surprisingly enough, Chester seemed to have the most fun of all.

This whole journey to a healthy lifestyle ought to be fun - oh sure, there are times it will totally suck, I won't lie, but at the end of the day it should make you happier, not miserable, or it's not worth it.

Now on to a couple of NSV that have nothing to do with weight, but have everything to do with a healthy lifestyle. I returned that dress, finally. Didn't feel that slightest twinge of remorse, but the real victory is that I didn't buy anything while I was there.

Yesterday was a busy day, and I didn't clean the kitchen for the first time in about a month. And it really bothered me! I made sure it got cleaned like normal this morning.

So go out today & figure out how to get some joy into your healthy lifestyle - then tell us all about it!

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/12/2011 10:57AM

    I took Sophie home after a mile yesterday, then went back out for 2.5 by myself. There's joy in both! After all, I get tired of chasing squirrels.....

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NATPLUMMER 4/12/2011 10:51AM

    I'm glad you had a great time out with the dogs!!
Awesome job not buying anything when you returned the dress!! That is a great accomplishment.

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LIBBYFITZ 4/12/2011 10:18AM

   

Thanks for a wonderful blog. I agree it should be about fun!

My joy at the moment is taking my 2 dogs Abby and Sooty for a walk every day. Sometimes we do the circuit of the park several times while talking with other dog owners and other times we go on down to the river and walk along there.

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SHEILA1505 4/12/2011 9:57AM

    I put on my new hiking shoes today and went to the Botanical Gardens to give them an outing - almost an hour of climbing slopes and woodland pathways in autumnal breeze and not a blister in sight :D

Just for the joy of it ...
Hugs

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/12/2011 9:49AM

    So true! I have thought this very thing many times. As usual, you are inside my head! (smiling) Have a wonderful day.

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Could egg whites be the secret?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sorry, I know this will gross out my vegan friends. I'm not even a huge fan of eggs . . . oddly enough I've never found them to be very filling. I try mostly to eat really whole foods - full fat cheese, whole eggs, chicken with the skin in - that sort of thing. And I eat about 85% vegetarian, maybe 50% vegan - til now, anyway.

As some of you know, I'm trying out a new ecookbook. It hasn't been a smashing success. The recipes are good, just not great. Except the ranch dressing - that was really bad.

Many of the baked goods rely heavily on egg whites. Sometimes as much as 6 egg whites per serving, as in the high protein pancakes (which I've renamed pancrepes, because they're actually pretty good as a crepe).

So the food is good, not great. It is fast & easy for the most part. But the best part? I'm fuller than I've been in a long, long time. I was really struggling with hunger & now I'm not for the most part.

And the egg salad (do we see a theme?) I made for lunch actually was much better than just good.

Eating predominantly vegan did have me struggling with protein often - and I really like lentils & beans & ate them a lot. I know I can sub soy for the egg whites & it bothers me to waste the yolks (even tho I'm just buying egg whites in cartons - the yolks still have to go somewhere). But I am also cautious with soy, considering the amount of cancer that runs in my family.

For the most part I'm not eating a lot of scrambled egg whites, they're going into things like muffins & pancakes - even some snack items.

I know plenty of people do perfectly fine as vegans (and for the record, I'm not even an actual vegetarian, much less a vegan), so I'm not saying that it's not right for YOU. I do know we're all individuals & what works for one person doesn't necessarily for the next. For the moment, I'm just enjoying being mostly crave-free. We'll see what the scale says, too.

  
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LEONALIONESS 4/12/2011 8:36AM

    Doesn't gross me out, just makes me sad. I have a huge soft spot for chickens and am actually in the process of writing an essay about egg production for an animal rights book (we've even got a publisher! We had to submit abstracts for approval! It's insane!)

I know you care about animals so I only suggest buying organic and cage free whites. Battery egg production is a horrorshow that no animal deserves to endure. I know we sell the cartons of whites at work that are cage free. Still not great but better than battery at least. Or just get the whole cage free eggs and scramble the yolks for the pups, maybe, if you're worried about waste and/or don't have access to the more humane whites?

I think the yolks from those eggs are dried and become "egg product" for pet foods/commercial animal feed, if it makes it any better? The egg industry definitely uses those yolks. The yolks = money and animal ag squeezes every penny. I mean shoot, they use the bedding out of chicken houses as feed for cattle, for pete's sake. I doubt they waste yolks. :)

I am glad you're less hungry. I found that adding fat to my diet in the way of nut butters really helped me stay full. I also switched from oatmeal to oat bran and my breakfast sticks to me MUCH better now. it's sort of crazy! I also eat a bowl of oat bran at night and end up snacking way less than I used to. Oat bran + PB2 = one full girl. Hah.

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LIBBYFITZ 4/11/2011 11:42PM

    Yes, egg whites area classified as a perfect protien. Butr like you I don't like to "waste " the yolks. emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 4/11/2011 6:24PM

    I'm glad you found a solution to the hunger problem. I always find it interesting when I alter my diet to see the effect it will have.

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NATPLUMMER 4/11/2011 4:53PM

    I totally feel you on the soy. We're a cancer family so I try to not rely too heavily on it.
Maybe it is the egg whites.
Being crave free is awesome!!! I hope you stay that way and that the scale cooperates.

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RATFINKROB 4/11/2011 3:18PM

    You have been a busy little bee. Already blogging away since I was on this morning. I have never gone the egg white route. Don't eat many eggs so just eat the whole thing. I do remove the skin from chicken, I just find it kind of disturbing to eat skin. Thanks for stopping by my page.

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Deer, & squirrels, & Delmar Dash (race report), oh my!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It truly was just a picture perfect day to race. Temp approximately 50ish, partly cloudy. I had to leave before 8 & even that turned out to be cutting it a bit close with the lines for the bathroom, so it was a busy morning taking the dogs out, feeding the animals, emptying the dishwasher, & getting myself squared away.

Didn't see anyone I know, but still chatted with people on the bathroom line. Didn't have to do a whole lot of hanging around after finishing that up. They did have portapotties, too.

The race was very well organized, with lots of volunteers cheering you on & a mile marker at each mile (but no clocks). Glad I had my stopwatch going.

I deliberately tried to go easy the first mile - and was quite surprised to be rewarded with about 10:30 at the first mile marker. I truly thought I was running slower than that. I kept up that pace through mile 2, but I guess I must've slowed down pretty good on miles 3 & 4.

At about mile 3 a deer dashed across the road . . . didn't he know Dodge the Deer is next weekend? I was running with another woman throughout mile 3, and when we finally came to the mile 4 marker she high five'd me & said 3 down, 2 to go.

I sort of ran a fartlek, taking it easy the first half a mile, then pushing thru the second half, and when I eased up that last time I lost my running companion. Runners, got the most part, really are the nicest people. They cheer you on, telling you what a good job you're doing, even when they're walking home & you've still got a mile to go.

I really thought I was pushing it that last mile . . . I was certainly trying to . . . The clock said about 57 when I crossed the finish line; my watch said about 56:48; I don't have my official time yet. And I must admit I was a bit pissed off at the 2 women who powered by me shortly before the finish line.

I was secretly hoping for about 55, but I did meet my goal in finishing under an hour, anyway. I deliberately held back thru most of the race cause I think I'll do that 10k at the end of the month.

Cause that's the beauty of racing: it builds your confidence. A 10k is just slightly more than 1 mile longer than I ran today - and I know I can do that. It's just a tad shy of half a HM, too. Plus it's a charity race.

And a big shoutout to my buddy JOANHEO who's running her first race today!

Somewhere during mile

  
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BAILEYS7OF9 4/13/2011 11:15AM

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/13/2011 9:02AM

    I knew you'd get the bug! emoticon emoticon

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HALFFAST 4/13/2011 8:40AM

    Yay Judy! It's reading race reports like yours that make me put aside my shyness and sign up for actual races :) You rocked it! Congratulations! I can't wait to read about the 10k ;)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/13/2011 8:33AM

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STIPER23 4/11/2011 5:20PM

    Yikes about the deer. I had a coyote running at me earlier this year during a training run, but never a deer.

What happened with the 2 ladies at the end? Just that 2 people passed you at the end? Or did they cut you off or something?

Great race, though! Good luck on your 10k later this month!

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RATFINKROB 4/11/2011 11:50AM

    Great job on the run! Maybe I should replace my knees so I can run again. Nahhhh. I will just keep putting that off.

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LIBBYFITZ 4/11/2011 8:08AM

    Well done on your race! emoticon

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XFITSTRONG 4/10/2011 4:19PM

    Great job! I loved reading your race report. Have a great week!

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/10/2011 2:23PM

    Another congrats in order - excellent job! 57, but you were hoping for 55? C'mon, that's terrific. (smiling)

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JOAN_HEO 4/10/2011 2:13PM

    Whooohooo! Thanks for the shout out!!!! That was really sweet of you!!

As for your deer today? Don't you know he was training for next week? =) Congrats on today's race and congrats for not running into Mr Deer.

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NATPLUMMER 4/10/2011 1:46PM

    emoticon Under an hour is awesome!!!!

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SKFEREBEE 4/10/2011 12:28PM

    Well, that would make a great running story: A deer ran into me halfway through the race and that's why I didn't finish as fast as I wanted! LOL! I'm sure it's a race you won't forget. I'll bet you'll do even better at the 10K! emoticon

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SHEILA1505 4/10/2011 12:18PM

    Well done!
Sounds like a great morning altogether - hugs

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KARBIE18 4/10/2011 12:15PM

    Hooray! Great job! See, nothing to worry about! (Except maybe crossing deer!)



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FRECKS96 4/10/2011 11:47AM

    Awesome! Congrats on a great race! I'm happy you've decided to go for the 10K. I actually really like that distance. It seems to be a good balance of comfort and challenge.

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When the stars align - running thoughts

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Sometimes that's how life feels - things just seem to come together (of course, sometimes the opposite is true).

Tomorrow I have a 5 mile race - my longest to date. It's been a whole year of PRs cause each race has been longer than the last. I asked my husband yesterday if it was wrong to be sad that no one I knew that's slower than me signed up - and lo & behold now someone has.

I'm just a tad nervous - we're now getting into the distances I'd normally do run/walk intervals on my treadmill, but OTOH it's only a mile longer than my last race. Course I already know that that last mile can seem longer than the first three.

And speaking of races, I see there's a 10k at the end of the month. Should I or shouldn't I? I don't want overtraining injuries, but I am working on increasing my mileage slowly & steadily.

And now my running club is offering a series on how to increase your speed! Sweet! I've even met a couple of the people signed up for the first session, and yes, one of them is slower - and the other is quite a bit faster.

So yesterday was an easy run - seriously easy at about a 13 mpm pace. That's the pace I actually feel comfortable at. Even tho I do start getting tired after a half hour or so, still, I could've kept going. I really wish I felt comfortable at 10 mpm, but I don't - I feel like my lungs might burst at that pace & it isn't a fast pace!

OTOH, when I began running anything over 4 mph felt hard, & now that feels so easy, so progress has been made.

Oh, and note to self: gloves are really nice when the temp is hovering at the freezing point. I swear it took me about 2 miles to warm up yesterday & I was really glad I didn't wake up early enough to go out at 6 am!

I doubt I'll have my personal photographer with me tomorrow - I've got to leave when he's barely functioning & it's about half an hour away. Plus since it's a longer race he'd have to hang around longer. My goal is hopefully to finish in under an hour. I'll let you know whether or not I meet it.

  
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LIBBYFITZ 4/10/2011 4:13AM

    All the best for your race! I just finished my first 5 K today in 45 mins!.... emoticon

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HEYRED221 4/9/2011 9:26PM

    Good luck! Sounds like you are doing great - I would try to the 10k, you can do it! And that group to help you increase your speed should help.

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SHEILA1505 4/9/2011 2:08PM

    Good luck tomorrow - and well done with this progress - speed and distance improving all the time.

And thanx for the comments and celebrating my 2 years with me, my Friend

hugs
xxx

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NATPLUMMER 4/9/2011 10:31AM

    Good luck tomorrow!! I'm sure you will do great!!!
If you do sign up for the 10k, you know you don't have to run the whole thing.
You are making great progress.

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KARBIE18 4/9/2011 9:18AM

    Don't blame you for being nervous - that's natural. But I have no doubt you'll do well. And I wouldn't worry about your speed. It sounds like you plan to keep at this, and the speed will come. While I have no desire to be a runner, your persistance, and the way you keep challenging yourself, is an inspiration to me.

Kick some booty tomorrow!!
Karen



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FRECKS96 4/9/2011 8:41AM

    Good Luck tomorrow! I'm sure you'll do great!

I think you have a really good grasp on where you've been and where you want to go. You've done really well so far and I have no doubt that you will continue to push your own limits and go faster and farther.

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