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Just A Check-In

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Nutrition within ranges - Check
Fitness - Nill
Sleep - Need some - Could not get up this morning - hence no fitness....dinner and chores when I got home and work tomorrow at 7AM. Hopefully if I get to bed right now, I can get up at 4:30 and get in some fitness in the AM.

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MIMIKK7 6/10/2010 10:31AM

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Hope your day goes well! Hang in there, you are doing great! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/10/2010 3:19AM

    Another vote for getting some rest.

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TEXASG-MA 6/9/2010 11:55PM

  Sweetie, get you some rest. It will probably do you more good than anything else. If you don't get enough rest all the other can get to be for nought. Don't want to see you get sick.
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TEAPOT57 6/9/2010 11:11PM

    You need your rest some times more then exercise. It's not like you are not working out. A days rest is needed sometimes. So don't be hard on yourself.
Get your rest and maybe tomorrow will be a better day for exercise.
Take Care Of yourself.

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BE_STRONG 6/9/2010 10:54PM

    I hate it when my alarm goes off at 4:30. I'll get up at 5:00, but anything before that probably won't happen in my world. Hope you were able to do it.

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Are The Days Getting Shorter?

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Why does it seem like the days are getting shorter? I never have time to get everything done. I did manage to get up this morning after hitting snooze a couple of times. Still, I was just too tired to talk myself into running and now it's 8:30 and drizzly and I'm getting to bed. We'll try it again tomorrow. I did get in twenty minutes of circuits and ran a half mile on a 10% incline just to get some fitness in, but not great time and my heart just wasn't on the treadmill thing first thing in the am. Hoping tomorrow am goes better.

Food wise I was okay, but higher than I like, especially in fats. My sis has been on a red meat (hamburger) kick, and even a half of one of those burgers is 22g of fat!!! But, by the time I get home from work, I hardly feel like preparing two meals. Well, the next couple of days I'll be home by 4:30, so maybe there will be some time and decent weather to run after dinner. The down side is that I have to be a work at 7AM on those two days, so to get any fitness in first will be a trick. Hence, off to bed I go.

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TEAPOT57 6/9/2010 11:17PM

    You just have a very busy life and expect to do so much a day and sometimes you can't do everything you wanted to. There is always tomorrow for things you didn't accomplish yesterday. So don't be hard on yourself. You can only do what you can. Maybe you are burned out so give yourself a break.
Take Care of your health don't push yourself so hard.
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MIMIKK7 6/9/2010 11:01AM

    The days do seem like they are getting shorter! But I think we, as a society, try to pack to much into 24 hours. Makes our life more difficult. I sure know I am very guilty of it. Celebrate in your small successes that you got your exercising in and that you did very well in it!! emoticonYou are an emoticonperson, with a very full life that manages your time extremely well! Have a wonderful day emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/9/2010 7:29AM

    Hope you got your early start this AM!

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BE_STRONG 6/9/2010 7:27AM

    Way to go getting on the dreadmill. You did it! You got your fitness in! Celebrate the small successes one day at a time.

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LKEITHO 6/8/2010 10:32PM

    Hang in there! You can do this!

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DJ4HEALTH 6/8/2010 10:24PM

    I think that they are getting faster, like we are heading toward the end of this age and then Christ will be here.

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MERRYLYN 6/8/2010 10:23PM

    I do think the days are getting shorter.... or something.
So much to do and no time to do it.
This weather takes the heart of just about everything.. I was cold all day today. Did my walking to a dvd in the basement.
I think you are doing well to get in as much as you do plus working. Hope you find some more minutes to your week and things straighten out a bit for you... Hang in there.

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    Hey- at least you got SOME fitness in! Sounds like great fitness to me! I can't believe you ran at that incline!!! Walking that is difficult!!! Way to go! You're doing awesome!

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Calling It An Earl Night

Sunday, June 06, 2010

This weekend flew by. Race, work, dinner, church, lunch, baby shower, dinner and all the little daily sundries to keep life moving....wow, I'm tired. I seemed espsecially hungry today, and even though I indulged in a cupcake and 6 potato chips, I managed to stay within my fat, calories, carbs and proteind....barely.

Got zero fitness in though, and almost thought about trying, but it is all I can do to type this out. It's 8:30, and I'm hitting the sack. Gonna get up tomorrow early and run and try to get in a little strength training before work. Don't have to be in until 11:30, so as long as I'm on the road between 7 and 7:30, I shoukd be able to get in a decent run and still have time to eat, pack lunch, strength, strength train, and get a couple of chores done. Got a heavy load this next week. Work Monday-Friday and Saturday I have our Serving Saturday with my church in the community from 8-4, technical arts dinner in the evening and at nine my friends band is competing in the battle of the bands. Sunday AM is a mandatory mtg at work at 6AM before church, then church and if I'm still standing an event in the city in the late afternoon. I'm tired just thinking about it. Better get some rest.

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PAM1864 6/8/2010 12:02PM

    Yeah. now I understand how tired you feel after your busy day. emoticon

Take rest and emoticon well. Have a great day tomorrow emoticon

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MERRYLYN 6/7/2010 10:57PM

    My lands!! And I thought I had a busy week!
Your schedule for this week makes me exhausted just reading.
I hope you can fit a little 'me' time in somewhere because you have so many 'have to' and 'need to' and 'going to' things to do. Whew.
emoticon emoticon Here is a couple of bottles of energy to help you through this week. Just remember to take care of yourself. emoticon

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BE_STRONG 6/7/2010 8:29PM

    Wow! Sounds really busy. At least some of it will be fun stuff, not all work. If you can make it through the week, then it stills sounds busy, but that is when the fun kicks in. :)

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/7/2010 4:07PM

    Hope you got lots of rest last night ~ it sounds like you are going to need it!

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TEAPOT57 6/6/2010 10:56PM

    Wow what a busy schedules you have this week.
Remember to eat enough calories and get your rest in among all your actives this week.
Take Care and Have a good week.

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UMUCGRAD 6/6/2010 10:22PM

    Wow! Not sure I could keep up with your schedule. Get some rest!

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NELLIEC 6/6/2010 10:14PM

    Definitely rest with all that!

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MIMIKK7 6/6/2010 9:56PM

    emoticonWhat a mind boggling schedule emoticon Your stamina is AMAZING!! You are an inspiration! Take time to smell the roses this week along your journey! emoticon

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Run II - I Am So Amped!!!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Today I ran my second 5K ever. Last month, in my first, I was pretty happy with my 36:21 time. Today, in temperatures a full 35 degrees warmer, I ran my second race.

It was a totally different experience! This time we were chipped...which I love! It was a much larger race (1184 total runners, 708 were women). It seemed to take forever just to get to the starting line....thank God for chip timing! (Your time doesn't start officially until you cross the starting line.) It was warmer and muggy with threatening clouds. In fact, at around the 3/4 mile point it did drizzle for a few minutes, nothing bad until about 45mins to an hour after the start of the race.

I started off a little faster than I had anticipated, but I was feeling pretty strong, until the first turn at 3/4 of a mile in. Right after the turn we hit a hill. It was a moderate incline, but loonnggg (almost 1/4 mile of hill)! Right after the hill, we passed the split time marker and I passed it at 10:45 - I couldn't believe I was running that clip, I thought it was just the hill making me feel especially winded. When I got home and got the officials, it turns out that I actually did the first mile in 10:12!!!

The second mile, I slowed up a little and finally felt like I was getting a stride. We zigzagged through some lovely neighborhoods, and I felt like I was recovering my breathing rhythm even though the warmth and humidity was making me sweat worse than I have on an outdoor run since I started back in February. Mile marker two, I was just starting to feel drained again, but the split showed that I finished the second mile in about 11:15, so still feeling quite pleased, I was certain that if I kept pushing through the drained feeling, I would finish with a better time than my first race....and that was my goal for this one.

Mile three was tough though. There were a series of minimal inclines and declines, but they were really draining me fast. I was so tempt to walk, but I didn't want to take the chance with not beating my first race time. I knew my speed was pretty drastically decreased from where I was at the beginning of the race, but I just didn't have anymore to give except for the last 1/8th mile or so and very little extra then. When I crossed the finish, I glanced at the clock and it read 35:30 (or there abouts - as I could tell through the sweat drippin in my eyes). I was THRILLED!!! That's 51 seconds better than my run last month! Come to find out when official times were posted, I actually did 34:49.2!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That's 1:32 better than last month!!!! I still can't get the smile off of my face!

The race results were 1184 total runners - I placed 856
708 women - I placed 456
73 women age 45-49 (I'm 49 1/2) - I placed 49
11 min 12.4 sec per mile

I am ready to go again!!! Gonna take tomorrow for strength training and Monday morning get up bright and early for a nice long leisurely road run. I want to start increasing my endurance because now I'm just itching to start seriously training for a 10K!

Thanks all you Sparkers out there - you kept me going through all this training and I know you were all behind me, especially in that last mile telling me I could push through! I love you all!!! And I love running, especially when I'm done!

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LKEITHO 6/6/2010 7:22PM

    Great job! They are addictive, aren't they? Before you know it you'll be training for a half marathon!

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    Veddy noice, way to go.

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/6/2010 7:13AM

    You are awesome!
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MERRYLYN 6/6/2010 12:38AM

    I am SO proud of you!
You can stop grinning and that makes me grin too... emoticon
Isn't it amazing what success can do to an attitude?
Makes you want to do it again and better... way to go!

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PPCM_SURVIVOR 6/6/2010 12:27AM

    CONGRATS!!!!!!! You are such an inspiration and prove that if you set your mind to something it can be achieved!!! I can only hope to be in your position one day soon :)

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MIMIKK7 6/5/2010 11:20PM

    You are emoticon!!! I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments!! What an inspiration to all of us!! You are a winner in every way!! Have a Blessed Sunday emoticon
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BE_STRONG 6/5/2010 10:15PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I knew you could do it. You set a goal and you not only beat your time from your last race, but you weren't even close. That is so great! I bet your feet feel like they haven't touched the ground yet because you are flying so high. :)

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    WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!! Way to go beating your time!!! Even with the warmer temps and the incline!!! So proud of you!!! CONGRATS!!! You're an inspiration!

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It's a Mini-streak!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Slright, two days down and the race tomorrow starts at 7:30, so I'll have more than ten minutes of fitness in before 8AM, so that'll make three in a row. Sunday will be tough since I have to be a church at 7AM to do the lighting, but I'll figure something out....it maybe one of those sleep in the workout gear nights.

I have my race clothes and a change of clothes laid out for tomorrow since I'm going to breakfast with a friend after the race and then to work by 11AM. Then, I work until 5PM. I even have breakfast ready and sest aside in the fridge with strict instructions to my sis not to touch it so I can grab and go.

Today was a lousy day, not nutritionally or anything, but it started with spillling coffee on my new white capris on the way to work and went downhill from there. We are NEVER allowed to work late and you guessed it....the one time my sis has cooked in weeks and weeks and weeks and I had to work an hour late. Go figure. We'll hopefully I used up all my bad luck and tomorrow will take a turn for the better.

Almost 9PM now. Got to hit the sack. Wish me good running tomorrow!!!

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BE_STRONG 6/5/2010 3:09PM

    I'm thinking about you running. I'm sure you did great!

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/5/2010 7:43AM

    Have a great race today!!

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60SIXTY 6/5/2010 6:08AM

    emoticon Have a great run.

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TEAPOT57 6/4/2010 11:16PM

    I wish you all the best tomorrow on your run. Enjoy the run tomorrow hope it is cool and no rain for weather tomorrow. To bad you have to work from 11:00 to 5:00 . You will be exhausted tomorrow night and will sleep like a baby.
Make sure you eat plenty of protien after the race. You are going to need engery food to get through the rest of the day.
From your other blogs it sounds like you are not eating enough food. Thats not good so make sure you eat.
Take Care !

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MIMIKK7 6/4/2010 11:13PM

    Sweet dreams!! The best of luck in tomorrows race!! emoticon

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LKEITHO 6/4/2010 11:02PM

    Have a great run tomorrow!

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