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Race Report: Pride and Remembrance 5K

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hello! I ran in a 5K race today. It was for AIDS and LGBT charities and it was extra-festive this year because World Pride is here this year.

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I did it in 39:29, and I was working hard! I'm not happy with my time. I've been running every 3 days for several weeks, plus Body Combat and Zumba, plus getting enough sleep and eating mostly well. I took a few walking breaks but fewer than usual. So why isn't my time improving? I guess I'm running for longer intervals, but slower, but it still doesn't make mathematical sense. Maybe I won't be ready to do a half marathon in the fall if this flat 5K have me so much grief.

It was a nice enough race, though it was hot and there wasn't much shade on the course.

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MBTEPP 6/30/2014 8:32AM

    Wow! love the finish photo!! emoticon

YOU did fabulous! emoticon Never sell yourself short.

I find when one race does not go well, another one does better than I expect. So, do not get down on your progress. I try to have fun with the 5Ks with less expectations, and get real serious about the longer distances. The HM is all about stamina. Your zumba will come in handy for that!



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INGMARIE 6/29/2014 10:14AM

    way to go, you did it. emoticon ANNEMRGAR has a goodpointthere is also help here on sparks and has some good tips as well. emoticon

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ANNEMARGAR 6/29/2014 7:04AM

    Way to go finishing your 5k!! I am not sure of the training that you are doing, but running a 5k for a fast time and runnung a 10 mile run are very different. I have completed 4 marathons and a few 10 milers and I must tell you that the 5k's are always the hardest for me. For me, it takes me the first 3 miles of the run to warm-up and start feeling good - so don't let your 5k time discourage you from doing longer runs if that is what you want to do. If you want to increase the speed of your 5k run, you should break your weekly runs into different goals. One day should just be to run at your regular pace, one day should be a longer (maybe 5 miles) slow pace, and the other day (or two) should be running sprints (all out as fast as you can) or HIIT training while you run.
Perhaps you already know all of this - I just wanted to lend some advice.

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raw vegan running heroes!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I met Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray last night!

I've been hearing about them in the veg community for awhile...they're in their 60s and in 2013 they ran a marathon distance EVERY DAY for 366 days!! And they're raw vegans! And it was in the Australia heat! AMAZING!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/27/2014 2:08PM

    Inspirational for sure!!

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until further notice: CELEBRATE EVERYTHING!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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LORIVIOLA 6/2/2014 9:51AM

    emoticon this is emoticon

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MBTEPP 5/29/2014 10:01PM

    Happy everything!

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STEELHEAD01 5/29/2014 4:26PM

    Tlhat's great.

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A_RARE_BEAN 5/29/2014 12:16PM

    love this!

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INGMARIE 5/29/2014 11:48AM

    emoticon will do.

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MAMACHAE74 5/29/2014 11:00AM

    This drew me in. Nice!:)

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GAYLLYNNE 5/29/2014 10:54AM

    I will try and remember that!!

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Bike to Work Day

Monday, May 26, 2014

It's Bike to Work Day! I joined one of the group rides down to City Hall for breakfast, speeches and a bike fair. I feel so safe and visible riding in a group of cyclists, I wish I could ride to work in a group every day!


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CRAZY_BREEZY 5/26/2014 2:18PM

    That's wonderful. I used to ride my bike all the time, I miss it. Alonsie!

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MBTEPP 5/26/2014 12:01PM

    It is becoming more bike friendly in every city. Kudos to you!

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INGMARIE 5/26/2014 9:38AM

    Maybe you can find someone ore "some 2" to ride with? emoticon

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minimalist running shoes?

Thursday, May 22, 2014


I "need" new running shoes because my two beloved pair of New Balance shoes have really been working hard! I took a chance on buying these minimalist shoes last night. I haven't worn them outside yet so I can still return them.

I LOVE how light they are! And the colour! BUT I have flat feet and I'm wondering if these are the right shoes for me. I'm working on landing flat/on the front of my foot, so the pronation should be less of a problem if I can keep that up.

The guy at the store said this is a good transition shoe from my chunky stability shoes. 8mm heel and 3.5mm drop. He also suggested I only wear them every second time I go running, and that if I'm tired and therefore tempted to heel strike, to wear my stability shoes that day.

Pros/cons if you've tried minimalist running shoes?

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PAPAMIKIE 6/2/2014 10:58AM

    As I moved to "Less shoe" I put my old shoes on the back of my car and ran my 400 m short block then switched to my old shoes and did my normal run. After a bit I went twice around the 400 m (800 m) before switching. I gradually added more to my runs in my "less shoe" and less to my run in my "More shoe" I made a few different transitions doing this each time.

Gradual progress is the order of the day when switching shoes and when switching running styles.

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ANNEMARGAR 5/23/2014 6:18AM

    My brother was experiencing pain in his heel when he was running (I forget the medical term for this) - I read in the WSJ that Newtons can help alleviate the pain so he bought a pair and has been running pain free ever since. I have a high arch and need room in the toe box - I bought two different pairs of running shoes last time - one was my high stability cushy shoes and the other was a new harder sole shoe. I noticed that the harder sole shoe caused me to have terrible pain in my shins.

I guess the reason there are so many different running shoes is that we have different kinds of feet and running styles that support the purchase of all of these different shoes. If you do keep the minimalist shoes - remember that you will be changing your running style so you should slowly introduce the miles in these shoes.

Do a Google search on the shoes - I thought there was a Wall Street Journal article on a law suit that was brought against them - that perhaps the shoes don't do all that they say they do, but I can't be sure. There are a large number of loyal followers to the minimalist shoes.

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INGMARIE 5/22/2014 12:38PM

    I have not tried these shoes, I run in a pair of Newtons, cool colors LOL
I strike with forefoot first so Newtons are good for me. I am on my 3rd pair.
Let us know how this works for you. emoticon emoticon

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EJB2801 5/22/2014 12:26PM

If you don't have padding issues, maybe these would be worth keeping to further encourage your new stride. I don't have flat feet, but I do have to be careful to wear shoes with soft, shock absorbing innersoles that fit very well, even for general purpose. Although I need the "toe bump" used in Birkenstock type shoes, I find that the somewhat hard innersoles are not kind to me. It affects not only my feet but also knees and back. I hope to learn this method myself, but I think I'll have a challenge to find footwear.

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