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Fall 5% Challenge Day 2

Monday, September 27, 2010

Today my only exercise was riding my bike to work. It was a little tougher than usual because the wind has returned with a vengeance. It took me twice as long to get to work and when I stopped peddling I'd get blown off the road. Not particularly enjoyable but good for my muscles and the Shooting Stars.

I've been having trouble with my wireless internet connection for a while. All of a sudden it just disappears. Last night it faded before I could post my exercise and blogging points. It was still out this morning. I was afraid that I would not get to blog today. When I came home at 10:00 o'clock I just kept trying to get it to connect and it finally did.

So, while this blog is short,(and not very interesting) it is still a blog. It's not yet 12:00 o'clock, so it counts.

And finally,I know I promised a picture of my new hair cut but my daughter keeps forgetting to bring the camera. Soon, I promise. I think I'll get someone at school to take it for me.

Everyone have a wonderful week.

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DEBINS 9/27/2010 4:44PM

    Riding your bike to work sounds like good exercise to me. The wind resistance definately adds even more to your exercise.
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OTTAWABOUND 9/27/2010 4:40PM

    It is amazing how much extra effort the wind in your face creates when biking. Yay you for pushing through.

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POLK-A-DOTS 9/27/2010 10:34AM

    YAY for you (and the Shooting Stars as well)! Sounds like a brutal bike ride...but glad you did it! We need some points! Not to mention it was good exercise for you! Keep up the great workouts...and blogging! Hopefully your internet connection will work with you instead of against you! emoticon

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C25K Week 5 (and Fall 5% Challenge Day 1)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

This week I completed Week 5 of C25K. I wasn't sure it was going to happen.
The weather here has been windy, cold and rainy. It totally sucked any momentum I had going right out of me.

At first I thought that the beginning of school had something to do with my malaise. Those first few weeks back at it can be really tiring. But yesterday the sun came out and suddenly I had all kinds of energy. Today was a beautiful day as well. Not only did I complete Week 5 but I rode my bike to my weekend job too.

I'd been riding all spring and summer but the last few days every time I got on my bike it was a chore. But today's ride felt good. So I can only conclude that the weather is responsible. It's really interfered with my exercise regimen. I haven't ridden my bike to school since September 8th because it's been so windy. I'm going to have to start on the stationary bike to keep up my exercise minutes or I'm going to have to adjust my calorie limits. If I don't there us no way I'll lose 5% of my weight in 10 weeks.

My weight loss to date has been slow and steady. I don't really have a problem with that but I have wondered if I was a little more strict about my diet if I might not have a little more success. I have gotten a little lenient in the food department lately. I guess I'm looking to use my commitment to the Shooting Stars to keep me on track.

I'd better post this so I can claim the points. It's almost midnight and I don't want to miss the deadline.

Let's go Shooting Stars. See you in the Grand Canyon!

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COMPUCATHY 9/26/2010 8:31PM

    Sounds like you're doing great! I'm glad the weather is cooperating with you and you're feeling better and enjoying your exercise more. You're going to be a great credit to the shooting stars. Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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TLOVESB 9/26/2010 2:33PM

    Congrats on getting to week 5!! So far I haven't been able to make it past week two :( Gotta give myself more time to heal from surgery, then I plan on giving it another shot. I have the opposite weather problem here - the heat and humidity sucks the life out of me, but when we have a cloudy breezy day it's great for exercise!

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SPEEDY143 9/26/2010 2:11AM

    Grand Canyon here we come... I'm on my way team mate and congrats on getting your exercise in... the weather always affects my moods and windy rainy days are not good for bicycling!!!!

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C25K Week 4

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I've just survived my first full week of school. I wish I could say I was totally in the groove but I'm not. It was cold, rainy and windy for most of the week. I didn't ride my bike once. Not feeling too good about that. Soon it will be too cold to ride. I did play outside with my classes a bit (in spite of the weather) but I could have been more involved. I just felt sooo whipped. My hips, knees and ankles were aching mostly because of the barometric pressure I think. Even my neck and shoulders were getting into the act. Don't you just love that unforeseen perk of old age, the ability to predict the weather?

My cross country team has been practising for 2 weeks now. I had intended to run with them and I did briefly, but I felt so achy that I didn't keep it up. I needed to observe. (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!) Cracking the whip is way more fun anyway. ;)

I was supposed to do my C25K W4 runs on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday this week. I managed to run late on Sunday. On Tuesday I was sore and achy and put it off until Wednesday. On Wednesday I was still sore and feeling lethargic. I did not run on Thursday either! Same reasons. I was starting to feel like if I didn't get a run in soon I would be toast. With visions of having to start all over from the beginning running through my mind I forced myself to actually go running on Friday night. I wore my new shoes. It wasn't so bad but it was certainly more of a chore than any previous run had been even though my feet were nicely cushioned by the shoes. I wasn't short of breath and my calves only tightened up a bit. I squeezed my third run of the week in late on Saturday night. I wore my second pair of new shoes. These are even more cushy than the other pair. I think they are my favourite. Even so this run was more like work than any time before. I just felt blaaahh. My bad ankle and foot was acting up but not enough to make a real difference. I think I was still suffering from the crummy weather. It was cold and windy. I ran with mu hood up and my hands tucked in. At least I finished it. According to my schedule I should be running tonight but because I was behind all week I will do it tomorrow night. I think it will be a wet one because it supposed to rain again!

Today was a much nicer day. There was very little wind and the sun was out all day. As a result Iíve been feeling much more lively all day. But my fitness minutes have really dropped off since school started. I rode my bike twice this weekend for a total of about one hour. Iím a little concerned about what will happen to my running routine when the weather gets a little colder. The thought of running on the ice makes me a little nervous as well. Thatís how I broke my ankle in the first place. I was planning to use the treadmills at school for those really tough days but they are all in storage at the moment. We have lost our fitness room due to overcrowding in our school. Itís supposed to be temporary but Iím not going to hold my breath. I see myself running in the hall with my indoor track group.

I have been concerned about my flagging enthusiasm. Itís not the running. I quite enjoy it. But I really need to get out of this funk or find something to drag me through it. I have been considering doing the 5K Run for the Cure in early October. I figure if I have that looming over me it will be enough of an incentive to keep at it in spite of my miserable mood. I have a little time to decide.

So, this is totally a downer of a blog. Iím feeling crappy. Iím not exercising enough. For most of this week I was over my suggested calorie intake. My nutrient intake was all over the place. I had a soft drink. I ate chocolate twice (but only 200 grams each time). I ate some jujubes. I had a doughnut on Saturday. I slept okay but found myself exhausted by 3:30 pm. everyday. With all these things going wrong can anyone explain to me why Iím losing weight?? I followed my exercise and eating plan diligently all summer. I varied my exercise. I ran, biked, swam and rollerbladed. I ate a wide variety of foods, heavy on the fruit and vegetables. But I never lost a pound for all of June or July and I actually gained weight in August. And NOW Iím losing weight. I think my body must have a warped and sadistic sense of humour OR it has determined (in spite of this weekís glitches) that I must really be committed to this whole health thing and has decided to forgive me for 25 years of neglect.

Hereís to a better week ahead. Even if things donít improve Iím just putting my head down and going for it. Apparently thatís all that my body is requiring of me these days.

Just remembered...I forgot to mention that I got my hair cut SHORT this weekend. I really like it. I will post a picture soon. I was totally fed up with the enormous amount of hair I was carrying around. Hey! Maybe that explains the missing two pounds!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/23/2010 4:07PM

    You'll be in your groove soon, gorgeous. Things can be hectic when school starts... Take a deep breath, make a new plan and battle on. You are still a contender ;)

Congrats on your new haircut - sounds cute.


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JUNEPA 9/23/2010 2:57PM

    You are a track coach so know much more than me, but I want to share this with you, just in case you find it helpful. I started running last year (I am 52) after doing lots of low impact cardio like swimming, biking and indoor rowing, and I was cautious to start because I have had trouble with my knees in the past. I had started and not completed countless C25k programs. What turned me into a runner was the discovery of interval training. I used to think only wimps interval trained, I was going to train to run the whole distance, which is what C25K programs do. Now I am a convert to interval training, ran a personal best 5k 28:26 last Sunday running intervals of 90seconds:walking 30seconds. I went from 9min:1min to 3min:1min to 90s:30s and a personal best. Interval training is awesome for improving fitness and speed and avoiding injuries. I also learned that when we start running, our cardio improves much more quickly than our joint and tendon strength and that regular running, (3-4 times a week) over time (I decided to take a year, before trying to improve my 5k times) strengthens the joints and tendons ( a lot of runners get injured when the cardio fitness increases and they do too much to soon). Just saying what worked for me, I now think interval running is the cats miao, the bees knees ... A useful site to check out interval running is

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COMPUCATHY 9/19/2010 11:44PM

    I can't explain it...but don't question it...just take it! Have you ever considered getting a "trainer" for your bike. I think it's a stand that pulls the back wheel up off the ground so you can ride it indoors. I've read about it on a friend's blog. That might help you with your inclement weather. Also, you might check the internet for BioFreeze for your achey joints. We sell it at our office and it's good stuff. Hope you have a better week...with your eating and exercise...and the weight loss continues! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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C25K Progress Report and other news

Monday, September 13, 2010

I completed C25K W3D3 on Friday. The actual run went pretty well and I felt good. I wasn't out of breath and I didn't start to tighten up until the last interval run. Then my right Achilles tendon and calf muscle were getting a little stiff. This is weird because that is supposedly my good leg. The next day it was about the same.

I also attempted to cycle the 9K to school this week. Tuesday was great. I felt good and did it both ways in about 35 minutes. I had an appointment on Wednesday (mammogram - oowwww) so no ride that day. Thursday was really windy. No matter what direction I turned the wind seemed to be in my face. It was worse on the way home. Instead of the usual 35 minutes it took me an HOUR to get home. I was beat. Friday it rained (I was secretly grateful) and I decided not to ride. If the wind continues like this I think I may have to pack in riding to school until next spring. I can't get up early enough to build in recovery time into my day! I will continue to ride my bike to my weekend job. Itís only about 2.5K. I can manage that even in the wind.

On a related subject I think my bike riding may have inspired a neighbour. He came in to wash his car today and made a point to share his story with me. He was at a picnic this week. There was a raffle for a bike. He admired it and determined to win it. He bought a wad of tickets and he WON! He told me how he planned to ride it in the neighbourhood. He particularly wanted to ride it to his usual 10:00 oíclock meet at Tim Hortonís everyday. He didnít say it outright but I got the idea that seeing me ride down the street everyday got him thinking about exercise and winning the raffle made it possible. AnywayÖ thatís what I choose to believe. There had to be some good purpose to my hour long struggle home the other day.

Today I am beginning Week 4 of C25K. Iím leaving it late because I like to exercise at night. Iím sure my neighbours think Iím nuts. I even rollerblade at night. Itís cooler. There is no traffic. Itís quiet. There are fewer witnesses. I havenít had any success syncing the podcast on my Ipod. Iíve tried a few times. I am trying again as I type. Up till now Iíve managed okay without it. Iím a little concerned since the intervals are getting a little more complicated. If it doesnít sync today I have a back up plan. I have the intervals written on my hand.

So I just checked the podcast and no luck. It looks like itís just me and my crib notes. I hope I can read them in the dark. I hope I donít sweat them off my hand before Iím done. IíM OFF! Wish me luck and good street lighting. Maybe I should take a flashlight?

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COMPUCATHY 9/13/2010 10:04PM

    And I saw your status...and it was a SUCCESS! And you feel great! Yay! Good for you. Your determination is showing! You're doing terrific! Keep up the good work. It's so neat that you inspired your neighbor and that he won the bike! You're sparking! ...and your spark lit another's light! Good for you! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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ANITAWPG 9/13/2010 10:35AM

    if you are joggin as it is getting dusk/dark

please make sure you wear something reflective

and get one of those small keychain type flash lights and carry it with you - some are pretty darn powerful

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Winnipeg to Reykjavik or Bust - C25K W3

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Today I'm going to give you a little update on my C25K progress.

I completed W1 and 2 workouts so easily it was kind of scary. I kept expecting something to go wrong. I was anticipating stepping in a pothole or some other unforeseen disaster. I thought at some point my body might rebel and stop cooperating. But things went really well. I was elated! It appeared that my body and I were working well together and sharing a common purpose.

Then I woke up Friday morning following my W2D3 run. My knees were sore, my ankles and hips ached and the Achilles tendon in my right leg was stiff. Was this the rebellion? As I hobbled around I couldn't help but ask myself if I'd pushed too hard. I was afraid that I'd asked my body to do something it wasn't quite ready to do.

My pain and stiffness continued into Saturday. My body was clearly not happy with me. I took a short bike ride and did a little stretching throughout the day. I'm not sure exactly when it happened but at some point the pain disappeared. It was just ...gone. I can only conclude that my body was attempting to get my attention. It was a warning of sorts.

I think I have correctly interpreted the message. My body has told me that it doesnít object to the running per se but it does take issue with my failure to stretch effectively when Iím done. It also strongly suggests that I invest in a new pair of running shoes to preserve the integrity of my support system. Itís willing to forgive these oversights on my part for now but isnít making any promises in the future should I fail to comply. Well it worked. Iím paying attention.

Running room Ö here I come!

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Next stop Reykjavik!

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BARBIETEC 9/7/2010 9:37AM

    Always when I read your blog I have a BIG SMILE on my face :) :) :)

I am so proud of you! Of course your body hurts, that only means THAT YOU ARE ALIVE!!!!

RUN WOMAN RUN!!! and cycle and swim heheheheh

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MISSY1013 9/6/2010 10:34AM

    I have been there and I must say that changing my shoes made all the difference. I was also reminded that stretching after the runs is just as important. Now I'm not tortured by all the aches and pains that I had before the shoes and stretches.
Great job on making it through week one and two! I just began week 3 so I'm right there with you.


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KEIRASMAMA 9/6/2010 9:44AM

    Good job! Hopefully some new shoes will help keep the aches and pains at bay and you can continue on with reaching your goal. I really want to do the C25K too but I know I'll have to get some very good shoes too before i start because I have arch issues that I don't want to mess with. Keep it up!

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CANADIANKIM 9/5/2010 10:52PM

    Awesome job! Keep listening to your body - way to go!

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ANITAWPG 9/5/2010 10:08PM

    having good shoes is really important when running - that is a whole lot of pounding on your feet.

I remember when I first learned that shoes actually wear out - I was quite surprised - then I actually thought about it and it did make sense

When I lose another 30 / 40 pounds - get somewhere around 180 I will likely add jogging to my cardio efforts, right now my knees just do not like it at all

best of luck in your training

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COMPUCATHY 9/5/2010 9:33AM

    Sounds like you're doing terrific. It is a little scary when the body hurts like that. We are definitely here to get "better" not "worse." I think you are right, though. Stretching and new running shoes are in order. Especially, since the pain "went away." That's a really good sign. I am noticing that the aches and pains that I get are decreasing so I take it as a sign that the body is adapting. Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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