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Been a while . . .

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Been sorta partially out of comission for a while. What I mean is that due to what I believe was an "overuse injury", I haven't been rowing for nearly 2 months. And with S.E. Wisconsin's way less than optimal weather, my attempt at being a runner has been suffering.

BUT, it's not all crummy news. I've been keeping active. With all the snow, I've used some left-over vacation from last year to take some 3 day weekends and have spent some solid time snowshoeing, usually 2-3 hours at a time, burning gobs of calories. And when the roads are decent, I've been getting some walk/runs in and have mostly continued my daily lunch-time walks at work (though a 3 day seminar on project management and several all-day meetings spoiled my perfect record of daily walks for the last 6 months or so).

Anyway, I hit the erg today for 10,000 meters and my back felt great. Not a bit of soreness in the strained/ overused back muscle that had been ailing me. I was a bit suprised that I had to rejoin the rowing team to log my meters. Did I get kicked off ?? Maybe it was a SparkGlitch. And though it was just my usual run/walk/run routine, I did do the Blarney Run 5k down in Milwaukee this past Saturday. It's been a long time since my last 5k, but I had a good time despite not being ready to run the whole thing.

Met the owner of a local minimalist running store at the race. Having spent a bunch of last summer walking around in a pair of Fivefingers shoes and having done some research after reading a very cool book called "Born To Run", I've decided to take that plunge. I've been having increasing pain in my plantar tendons since the Holidays, and despite having been "fitted" and having my form checked by a recommended running store and dropping serious coin on the corrective shoes they recommended, I've come to hate them, and can't wait to take 'em off. At home, I'm always in socks or barefoot, and never required any "adjustment time" to the Fivefingers, and my first run in my new zero drop running shoes today was really good. Didn't even take them off afterwards. Spent the afternoon in them. And no aches tonight. My feet are smilin'.

Well enough rambling. Hope I'm back for a while. Still have a bunch of weight to lose, and need to get back to daily erging and make WAY more headway with the running.
Hope you're all finding your own ways to success.
Rick

  
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DDOORN 5/14/2013 11:18AM

    Looks like weather is looking up for you these days? Hope you're able to get out and enjoy!

I've finished my one & only official 5K of the year...that's all I'm willing to do, lol! Have to say, however, when I go for a walk I find it tough to "settle" for walking and often shift into a jogging...SLOW...mode! :-)

Now it's time to get over my Coumadin jitters and get on the bike and GO!

Don

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JUNEPA 4/1/2013 5:18PM

    I am glad to see you are running and rowing again. I also like the minimalist shoes for running, I have Merrell Pace and Dash gloves and also just got a pair of the Vibram Five Fingers. I switched from the standard overpadded running shoes last year about May and my feet have gotten stronger and able to do longer distances without blisters (the injinji toe sock help a lot for this as well) or most other endurance foot problems. I

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ERIN1957 3/14/2013 6:28AM

    Great to see you back.
Altra shoes are the best!
I have spent many years looking for and wasting money on great shoes...or should I say 'what should have been great shoes'. Night and day from any others I have tried, but then again I am not the typical person either.
It sounds like you are doing good, awesome!
I am hoping for my first 5K this summer/fall.
Take care,
Erin

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CRISPINI 3/13/2013 10:28AM

    Welcome back to Spark!

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TRILLIUM22 3/12/2013 10:16AM

    good to see you back

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 3/12/2013 9:30AM

    Why is it that the first thing I see when I come back to Sparks after being gone is one of your blogs about coming back to Sparks after being gone? Weird.
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I am so bummed! I wanted to do the Blarney 5k this year, but I have a Saturday class and didn't get out in time to run it. It's the first 5k I ever ran nonstop, so it holds a special place in my heart. Plus they have beer. Glad you could go and had a good time! Someday we will be in the same place at the same time...perhaps somewhere with beer.
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Are you still doing the Tough Mudder this year? Did you register? A couple of my friends are not doing it, but a couple others are contemplating it. Maybe we can sign up for the same time!

Glad to hear you are feeling good and doing well. I am back at it, trying to start making that forward progress once again. Keep giving updates on those shoes - I've been curious but am afraid to try them!

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I won again !!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Today was weigh-out day for the quarterly " Biggest Loser" contest we have at work. Lost 22 pounds since the beginning of October (8.39%), and picked up a cool $300 including the $60 in penalty fines from the 3 contestants that GAINED weight. And I'm the first one in the 7 or 8 years of the contest at work to win 2 quarters in a row. Now, obviously, I must try for 3 in a row.

So I'm down a total of 60 pounds now since May 30th. Rowing has been going great - I'm on pace to exceed 3 million meters in the current rowing year. And almost 4 weeks ago I started a running program (learning to run again, using the Jeff Galloway method), which has also been going very well so far.

Still using the PolarFit program, still drinkin' the green smoothies, and though I hit a bit of a playeau a few weeks back, overall progress has been really steady.

Thanks for droppin in.
Hope you too are finding successes !!

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 12/24/2012 7:52PM

    emoticon emoticon !MERRY CHRISTMAS! emoticon

Wishing you and your family a Wonderful Christmas
and a Blessed New Year!
I am so happy to hear you won 2 in a row!

WEIGH-2-GO!

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FLAMENM 12/23/2012 12:10AM

    Great job!

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ERIN1957 12/21/2012 11:15AM

    Well I am very impressed and I have to say WOW!! You are doing an amazing job, more than amazing...Incredible!!
What you are doing is obviously really working well for you.
My best to you!
I too love the green smoothies, they are truly the source to health in a glass.
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CODEMAULER 12/20/2012 8:44AM

    That is really terrific; woohoo!

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JUNEPA 12/20/2012 12:42AM

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CHOCOHIPPO 12/19/2012 8:47PM

    How terrific for you! You are doing such a great job. Keep it up and I hope you win for a third quarter!

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Rowing Marathon

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Did my first rowing marathon today. Time was probably terrible by most rowers standards (just over 4-1/4 hours), but I kept up a steady pace. In fact my 2nd falf was 5 minutes faster than my first half. Physically, I feel better than I expected to, though my back muscles are pretty sore. And I learned tonight that in rhe eyes of my Beagle Rocky, over 4 hours of rowing DOES NOT give me an excuse to get out of our half hour evening walk.

  
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ERIN1957 12/18/2012 4:46AM

    Bravo!

Something for me to work toward.

You inspire me!

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FLAMENM 12/9/2012 10:35PM

    Great job!
The dog always knows best.
Or he just wants to remind you who is boss.

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JUNEPA 12/6/2012 8:30AM

    wow great feat
I have done two marathons (2008 and 2009), I remember it was much harder mentally than physically. I could keep the pace comfortable but my mind would, after about 2 hours, would harass me, why am I doing this, do I need to be doing this, trying to get me to stop. My rowing machine is in the basement and the first one I was getting bored rigid just seeing the wall in front of me for so long. For the second one I brought the rower upstairs and watched tv while rowing, kind of comical because the tv had to be at a very high volume for me to hear above the rowing machine woosh. I planned it for when the rest of the family wasn't at home. Now that I have improved my running endurance I should try one again. I am not doing too much rowing lately though, good intentions and not getting it done. I will make another effort to return to a regular rowing routine. Re the marathons, when I entered my times in the rankings of the concept2 site, it made me feel pretty good that only 4 one year and 5 the other in my age group had done a marathon. The 2000m distance by comparison had a total of 144 rower rankings in my age group.

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CODEMAULER 12/5/2012 11:22PM

    Nice to know that Rocky made sure that you were cooled off and stretched out.

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I've never rowed more that 45 minutes at a time, so color me impressed!

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2,000,000 Meters

Friday, November 23, 2012

So I passed the 2 million meter mark last night while starting the Holiday Challenge with a half marathon. It took nearly a year for me to cover the first million. The second million took just less than 3 months. Hope my motivation stays high for the next million.

  
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FLAMENM 11/28/2012 1:26AM

    Erg on!

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JUNEPA 11/25/2012 11:49AM

    Nice !!
Great momentum, keep it up

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CODEMAULER 11/23/2012 9:30PM

    I hope so, too - woohoo!

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Thanksgiving day, and a new challenge

Thursday, November 22, 2012

So today is Thanksgiving Day, and of course I'm thankful for family, friends, a good job, and a nice home in a great community.

I'm also thankful that I'm still finding success in my weight loss endevor. The tools and methods I've chosen are still effective and motivating for me.

Today is also the start of the "Holiday Rowing Challenge" over on the Concept2 site, and as soon as my belly settles a bit (turkey dinner - yummm !), I'm gonna hit the erg for a half marathon. Sometime early in this evening's workout I'm going to be crossing the 2 million meter mark. Seems like only a few months ago I hit 1 million. The meters are really piling up fast, and my current official streak is somewhere over 55 days (unofficially over 75 - but I didn't know how to start the streak counter). The Holiday Challenge runs from today through Christmas, and the more I row, the more Concept2 donates to charity! Great incentive !!

So things are cruising right along. Even starting to add some jogging into my daily walks. Need to be able to run for next summer's Tough Mudder, and I've already committed to a local 5k in March with a buddy. Sure hope things keep rollin' along, but I sure am thankful for the way things have gone so far.

Thanks for droppin' by, and Happy Thanksgiving Day !!
Rick

  
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DMEYER4 11/22/2012 6:06PM

  great plan. Happy Thanksgiving

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LASKIE2 11/22/2012 6:02PM

    Wow, great thankful list and fitness plans emoticon

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