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New Year, New Blog

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hi Everyone -- I've been a little scarce around here lately and I'm not promising that that's going to change, but it just might. In the meanwhile, I've started a new public blog and wanted to share it with you here. I'll be blogging about running, motivation, health, vulnerability and who knows what else as I work on establishing my new running and life coaching business Run To Your Life...

You can click on the link to read and follow by email.


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DMPRIDER 1/2/2013 12:24PM

    Happy New Year Kathy! I was mostly off-line over the holidays so I am just catching up with your new blog. Great work. And good luck with the new business!

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MARCHMAIDME 1/1/2013 12:22PM

    Good luck, Kathy! It's never too late to follow your heart in a new direction and best to do it sooner rather than later!

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JESPAH 12/31/2012 10:27AM

    W00t best of luck. Let me know if you ever need any assistance with WordPress.

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 12/30/2012 10:10PM

    Kathy! Good luck with this. And Happy New Year

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Good, Bad, Ugly

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Good: I ran my 11th half marathon last weekend in Chicago -- my 11th state for the 50 states half marathon challenge.

Bad: It was my worst race ever, with a PW of 3:16:03.

Ugly: I ran the race with a broken 3rd toe on my right foot. I wasn't sure it was broken at the time (but I was pretty sure). I broke it Friday morning as I was packing to head to the airport and ran on it 48 hours later. It hurt quite a bit for the first few miles, then settled into an ache. By miles 9-13, I was passing people and not feeling a thing. Yesterday I confirmed via x-ray that it really is broken.

Good: I have an appointment with a podiatrist next week.

Bad: I'm still limping.

Ugly: I'm facing the prospect of not running for as long as 5 more weeks. And I'm registered for another half marathon in 4 weeks. I'm willing to walk it, but not even sure about that right now.

Good: I'm still working out. Both yesterday and today I got on the elliptical at the gym. I really want to maintain my fitness during this non-running time.

Bad/Good: I'm at my highest weight in a long time. I'm worried that not running will make that worse. But I'm determined not to let it. I actually need to lose during non-running time. Time to focus!

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LESS_IS_MO 9/17/2012 1:35PM

    Wow. Ran a half on a broken toe.
WOW! Contemplating walking another one!

Good for you! Not sure what they can do for you, but I hope that they can do something to help keep you up and moving.

I'm as always unhappy with my weight too. Although my number doesn't seem to be up a lot, I know that I am at my flabbiest in 5 years. I can feel it.

I TOO have to take a break from exercising. I am having a hysterectomy (nothing dangerous, - I am bleeding half the month with fibroids and polyps and I'm tired of it) and will have to take off SIX weeks from sweating. ( I think it was you who said, we are moving in parallel! And once again, we are!)

OK, so we are going to do as Carol says and focus on nutrition. Didn't she choose a wonderful word?'s what eating should be about, and I am going to try to lose weight despite not being allowed to sweat! Let's do it! I am going to be coming around here more during my lay-up, so I'll see ya around!

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JESPAH 9/17/2012 10:59AM

    Ow, just reading this.

Hang in there.

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TRILLIUM22 9/16/2012 9:59PM

    Ran the air force marathon this weekend and at one point I was next to two people with broken toes. One had one broken toe the other had two.

Sure hope your toe is better soon.

Great job (I think) at focusing on your goal and running through the discomfort. I tend not to use th P word. I only experience discomfort.

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KASHMIR 9/16/2012 8:32PM

    Heal Quickly, and in the meantime, TRACK your nutrition!!!

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/16/2012 7:40PM proved your rockstar status...yet again. You've got to track your will lose with the right nutrition...even if you can't work out.

I swear by it....

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CAMELSAMBA 9/16/2012 7:25PM

    You ran with a *broken toe*? Wow, that's impressive! Think of it this way: your PW was also your "personal best with a broken digit"...

Hopefully the podiatrist will have good advice for maintaining fitness. I used the elliptical for my cardio when recovering from a leg injury. Swimming might be another option.

(tricia from jg team)

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ELISEL 9/16/2012 7:15PM

    Oh my goodness, a broken toe!! That stinks. I hope it heals quicker than expected and you're not in too much pain.

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A Four Year Running Adventure

Friday, March 09, 2012

I am a bit amazed to realize that I am celebrating four years of running this week.


In that time, Iíve logged more than 3000 miles. I havenít taken a break longer than a few days except last summer when I injured my back.

Iíve run in at least 12 states from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon and Costa Rica.

This spring Iíll add Missouri and Vermont to the list.

Iíve run in at least 30 of the 351 towns in Massachusetts (yes, I keep lists)

Iíve run morning, noon and night. Through snow and heat. On vacation and during my hardest periods at work. I've run 6 miles down a mountain in a raging thunderstorm at 4:30 am and Iíve run on a deserted beach at dawn. Iíve had fabulous runs, crappy runs, and lots of just average runs. Iíve had to struggle to get out some days, but have never regretted doing so.

Though it all Iíve met friends from all across the country who Iíve laughed with and cried with through our adventures. Most of them also discovered running late in life and we are all having so much fun. I've run dozens of 5ks and 10ks, 8 half marathons, one marathon and the Hood to Coast Relay. And I found a new best friend who is also my running partner.

Itís been a grand adventure. As Bart Yasso says ďnever limit where running can take youĒ Ė and thatís both a physical and a mental thing. Running has taken me to new destinations, but also to a new place mentally.

Iíve gained confidence that I can do anything that I put my mind to doing. Iíve learned that even after a lifetime of couchdom, I can get fit, and stay fit for the long haul. I've struggled to get faster and also learned to be satisfied with what I can do. Iíve introduced friends to running and celebrated their accomplishments and become a certified running coach.

Four years ago I sweated and struggled through my first minutes of the Couch to 5K program. I was miserable and it was hard, but I had decided that I needed to start to exercise if I was going to get the weight off and keep it off. That was Ė without a doubt Ė the hardest mile Iíve ever done.

I only wish I had started sooner.

Happy running, friends and here's to many more adventures together!

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SEABREEZE65 10/26/2012 8:48AM

    Great blog.... I should keep a list of cities I've run in. I like that idea.
Keep up the great running adventure!

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CAROLISCIOUS 3/12/2012 8:53PM

    Awesome blog and recap of 4 exciting years! I'm happy I've been here to watch you blossom!
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DMPRIDER 3/11/2012 7:26PM

    Happy Runiversary! Thanks as always for sharing your adventures. I'm coming off a long lay-off from running due to knee and foot problems. I am hoping to start running again soon. I know it will be hard, but with friends like you for inspiration, I know I can do it.

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KASHMIR 3/9/2012 12:48PM

    I am so glad I got to meet you and shared some of those adventures with you, and I hope there will be more in the future!!

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JESPAH 3/9/2012 9:40AM

    How wonderful you are. I'm so glad I'm one of those people you've run with. :)

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MNCYCLIST 3/9/2012 8:59AM

    Wow, that's so awesome! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you and keep on keeping on!

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ELISEL 3/9/2012 8:25AM

    Couldn't have said it better myself. I think I started right about the same time that you did and remember never believing that C25K would work for me and looking at that 20 minute run in week 5 in disbelief. It's amazing what we can do when we turn off those negative thoughts and just do it.

Here's to the next 4 years!!

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TRILLIUM22 3/9/2012 8:02AM

    Great job on your running. We'll have to try to get together when you are in St. Louis. Before the St. Louis RnR race we met at the expo and then went to lunch. It was fun. Of course the RnR title meant that there were a lot of people coming for the race. I doubt the Go will have similar attraction

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And You Thought You Were Hiding

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I spent the last three days in a simply amazing and transformational coaching class with 30 or so other people. I am still processing much of what happened in that room and I know that it will take some time to do so. But it was an incredible experience.

We did an exercise today in groups of six. The person who was "it" had to stand quietly and simply focus on breathing (not reacting) while the other five looked -- really looked -- at them and identified the qualities that they could "see" in the person who was "it." Then they identified the qualities they would like to see more of. Keep in mind we did not know each other except for our in class time. I was told I was outdoorsy and connected to the earth, even though they had no idea about my work. I was thoughtful, fun, strong and other things I can't remember. They wanted me to be more spontaneous and open, and said that they could see a light or fire in me that was still a little behind me and hadn't yet reached it's full brilliance. We did the same thing for the other people in the group and it was amazing how much you could see in a person if you really take the time to look! And connecting with "what we could be more of" really changed our styles of coaching.

All of this is not to say that you can know everything about someone on first meeting them. But we hide far less than we think we do!

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    Yes this really does sound fabulous. By the way did I tell you that you looked fabulous on Tuesday. And your hugs are no longer so squishy. But they are strong and sturdy and comforting. Yay!

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TELERIE 1/23/2012 5:58PM

    To really see others you've got to Look. Most people aren't really looking or perhaps they are too occupied with hiding? It sounds like a really tough exercise with 30 people. I think I would have wimped out from it, to shy to come out of hiding?

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MARCHMAID 1/23/2012 5:33PM

    This interests me. I've always been very good at assessing people at first or second meetings and am not surprised. Brave of you to participate! ; )

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DMPRIDER 1/23/2012 11:57AM

    Wow what an interesting idea. It does sound like an amazing experience.

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JESPAH 1/23/2012 11:33AM

    How interesting. And of course your group was rather open to that kind of seeing. Hmm.

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MARATHONMOM26.2 1/22/2012 11:05PM

    Fascinating! I wish I could be a part of an exercise like that... or maybe I'd rather just witness one... I am amazed at what people can really "see" when they trust their intuitive brain.

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CAROLISCIOUS 1/22/2012 8:39PM awesome. If I had to be "it," I would be a nervous wreck. I'm so shy. Guess that's why I'm not training to be a coach. LOL!

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KASHMIR 1/22/2012 7:12PM

    Oh, this sounds fabulous!!!

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TERRIPAL1 1/22/2012 6:21PM

    Amazing and you're so right!

Great blog!

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'Bout Time for Some Goals

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So it wasn't that I hadn't written goals, but I just wasn't ready to post them when it came time for the annual posting of goals and resolutions that seems to happen at the beginning of every year here on Sparkpeople. And I know that because I've now "been there" -- meaning here -- for four years. Sometimes I've been losing, sometimes not, but I'm continuing to learn and grow and try new things.

During 2008 and 2009 when I first joined Spark I kicked butt, losing 50 pounds and taking on lots of new challenges. In the time since I've been up, down and sideways. I'm a daily weigher and daily logger. So I can look back over all those months and see trends. And frankly, I don't like what I see. Starting Weight 221. Goal 155. Got to 163 in September 2009. Got tired of it. 173 in January 2010. 180 in January 2011. 184 in January 2012. Are the warning bells ringing? You bet! It won't take too many years to be back where I started and THAT is not going to happen. So I thought hard about my goals for 2012 while I was on vacation over the holiday. I composted on them for a bit. I've tried them out over the past few weeks and am making a few tweaks and I'm finally ready to share... not goals, not resolutions, but my "will do" list for 2012. Because I need to kick things into higher gear and reverse the trend. And I'm heading back to basics. I've tracked my food every day but one (intentional) since January 1st. I've worked out everyday. I'm focused. I'm Jake with the hamburger and I've got the Eye of the Tiger. Sadly, there are only a few friends who will remember that Jake reference. But it's back there in those blogs somewhere.

Lab-lover's Will Do List for 2012

Health and Fitness

**16,000 exercise minutes, 750 miles of running and walking. Track on Sparkpeople.

**Successfully complete 100 days exercise challenge - 30 min/day of intention movement. Track on Facebook and plan 1 week ahead for workouts on calendar.

**Exercise at least once a week during the work day, and calendar this a week in advance to help make sure it happens. Track in "other goals"

**Strength/core at least 3- 4 times/week. Track in "other goals"

**5 half marathons - NH, VT, Missouri, Chicago and 1 more. Signed up for the first three to date.

**PR at one distance

**End new year lighter than it started (reverse the trend). Bonus - end 10 pounds lighter. Six pounds lost since January 1st.

**Use Spark to track food and exercise minutes.


**Calendar 1 hour of thinking and review time at work per week

**Change the way I use email (there are more specific here, but I need to make them more measurable to know that I'm on track)

**Stay more positive. Again, more specific here, but I don't want to share them.

**Coach another 5k class

**Take a least one coaching class for professional development

**Be intentional about carving out time for leadership development of younger staff at work

**Calendar more personal time to reduce the space taken by meetings - includes thinking time, exercise time

**Have a social lunch/meeting once a month.


**Move and settle

**Update our wills

I'm already making a lot of good progress and feel good about the year to come!

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WOLFKITTY 1/22/2012 12:29AM

    Sounds fabulous!!
And I love that most of my good SParkiFriends are foursies like me.. I keep seeing them everywhere!


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CAROLISCIOUS 1/21/2012 8:54PM

    Jake and the burger...oh yeh...we want it THAT bad! Thanks for the reminder.

Love your goals...and love that you aren't settling for less than you deserve!

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JESPAH 1/21/2012 12:01PM

    I like that you're focused, and not on tearing at yourself but on just getting it all done.

And we both know that you CAN.

Jake and the Hamburger? Are they, like, a crime-fighting duo, or something?

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/19/2012 6:26PM

    Hi! Great goals, and good job recognizing the pattern and nipping it in the bud. You can track your exercise on facebook? I didn't know that...but then again I'm not much of a facebook user. I've been meaning to tell you, I think I saw a blurb about you - I think it was on - about your weight loss!

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THECITYMOUSE 1/19/2012 10:51AM

    I, too, remember Jake and the hamburger! BWHAHAHAHA!!!

Two things I'd like to mention:

1. You're back.



2. You aren't whipping yourself over gaining some back. I did that and disappeared from SP all together for a while there. It wasn't very good of me to do that.

Love that you wrote this blog, sweetheart! Thinking of you!!


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LESS_IS_MO 1/19/2012 10:05AM

    Hi. Good luck with your goals. And thanks for the visit to my page. I`m sorry that I`ve not been sparking lately. I wish I could promise that that would change, but that could turn out to be a lie. (I like that I got a notice on email when you wrote this blog though and I`ll visit when you do!).

I joined TOPS to get rid of my extra weight. I weighed in my first week there (first week Dec) at 178.0. Next week up a 1/2. Missed two weeks for Christmas and when I cam back I was up 4.5 lbs!!!!!!! Holy hell! OK---I did eat all my leftovers birthday cake, but I didn`t think I`d done that badly...Maybe I was wearing some skiing layers too, come to think of it. Anyway, I got a bit serious right after that and in two weeks I had 6.25 lbs off (got to 176.5), but now I`m up a bit again - home scale said 179 yesterday. What`s with all this yoyoing???? --- I think it is due to trying new exercises (trying to learn skate skiing, and also doing some snowshoeing in very hilly areas -- my body adds a lot of water when new muscles are first stressed)

But I seriously recommend TOPS because it is CHEAP! (And I am very gentle with the buck). For my chapter it costs $30 to join (per year), and $5 in monthly membership fees. It also apparently has a proven good track record for those members who stick with it beyond the first year. And they have trophys and prizes and fellowship. Plus I love the face-to-face support. I seem to need that - because otherwise I`m like you - letting the old weight creep on and on. This virtual world no longer seems to do it for me, though I wish that were different.

Sorry for all the blah blah blah. (I seem to do that to you a lot on here)

Take care. HUG! Mo

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    Goals and objectives! Ah yes. My short term goal is to collect a warm hug next week. I don't think you are going to be squishy any more. Read a good piece in Harvard Business Review about how movement increases mental focus during meetings. There is a nice objective to support our goals.

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TRILLIUM22 1/19/2012 7:32AM

    Great goals, what race are you doing in Missouri? I'm in St. Louis.

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LAB-LOVER 1/19/2012 6:58AM

    Yes! MADonna, that's right! You gotta want it BAD!

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DMPRIDER 1/18/2012 11:04PM

    I remember Jake with the hamburger! How bad do you want it? :) Thank you for sharing your list of goals. It's a reminder that I need to do something similar. It's not something I usually do, but I can see the value of it. I am also determined to reverse the trend/rut I've been in. Thanks for sharing your determination. It's inspiring!

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