Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Alzheimer's runs in my family. I care for my mother, in her 5th year after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. My aunt and my great grandmother too.
I am running from dementia. It has been studied that vigorous exercise can reduce the chances of getting dementia. Now the Alz association is saying that running 15 miles per week can reduce the onset of the disease by 40%. Wow. Two years ago, I made a conscious decision to run from dementia by averaging 25 miles a week.
Great article on this very topic appears www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/
I will continue to run from dementia and gain all the other health benefits as well.
Friday, November 28, 2014
It was a beautiful, relaxing, hectic, fun day. I started out running the Pumpkin Plod 10K, in its 39th year, with my DIL! We both did incredibly well. She ran it in 49:48 and only had to wait 20 minutes for me to finish!
I missed a PR by 1:30, which was amazing since I had not come close to PR in 13 months. I was happy.
My DIL is making me a grandma come June 4th! It is a Blessing and we are thrilled for this change in life.
We were down one son for Thanksgiving, but we talked with him, messaged him, and exchanged snap shots and snap chats all day. The new age of spending the holidays with family.
I missed my son, but not so much. He was in good hands with good friends.
I Join @SparkPeople #fit2feast for a daily fitness challenge, aiming for at least 10 minutes of exercise every day from November 1 through Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28). Total success and I blew the minutes out of this world. The cross training renewed my fitness for the holidays. I am taking 2 weeks off from running, a planned rest. I will continue to workout every day, no excuses.
I was the host for Thanksgiving, and the meal prep. As a vegetarian for 3 years now, this meal was hard the first 2 years. I had tofurkey the last 2 years, in hopes of keeping with the traditions. This year, new tradition. I made all the favorites for all my guests. My DIL brought two amazing home-made pies to top off all the dishes! I had been in the kitchen every evening since Monday, to my pleasure.
For me, I chucked tradition. I prepared my stuffing vegetarian style, adding turkey sausage for my guests, and saving a bit and adding clams with its juice to my portion. I topped a portabello mushroom with my stuffing, baked a sweet potato, and enjoyed the brussel sprouts along with everyone else, a popular veggie in my house. I did imbibe in a glass of wine, and a sliver of each pie. I appreciate the new tradition of not being stuffed with all the starches.
It was a lovely day, spent with family, RUNNING, doing puzzles, watching football, talking about the pregnancy. It was a great day to slow down and smell the roses, or the turkey cooking!
Thanks for visiting!
Friday, October 31, 2014
No cape or super heroes for me, although there were many runners adding to the fun. My heroes are the ones who serve our country. I was dressed in fatigues! Thank you, Amanda in the National Guard; Derek, in the Air Force; Chris, Joe, Dad, Uncle, Grandpa, Mr&Mrs. D for your past service, to all the unknown and fallen soldiers, your efforts do not get by me.
I ran through 1.5 miles of mud and puddles to get a PR on HM clocked at 2:34:27. It was a slow course because of the obstacles, so I am nearing my goal to be under 2:30. I was very happy with PR!
I ran with my DIL who placed 1st in AG!
This race last year was my 1st 10K! I have come along way since that milestone. This race completes my goal of 4HMs in the year 2014!
My biggest fan was there to greet me at the finish line with water and much celebration.
The Lake shore was cool, but magnificent on a sunny day.
Monday, September 08, 2014
The Chicago HM did not disappoint in any way. It was a fabulous race for me, since it is my largest one yet. I ran the 26.2 Challenge when I entered two of the three race series, the other race was in May. Both races were run along the beautiful famous lakeshore with the cityscape as a backdrop. This race was larger in participants (7,833) and they closed Lake Shore Dr (LSD). It started and ended in Jackson park, in south Chicago, so we did not come close to downtown, as in the Spring race we were a block off of the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave). The May race was on the beautiful bike path on LSD, and I feared runner congestion, but it was a scenic race, better than being on the Drive itself.
My DIL joined me, since she lives in Chicago. I gave her a VIP parking pass so we met at the YMCA across from the start line! Otherwise, no parking, only busing and the Bears were scheduled to play. I drove in from Indiana that morning, so this was a real perk.
DIL finished 35th of 733 in her AG with an impressive 1:43:34, 1 minute off her PR!! WTG! I finished 119/201 in AG with 2:35:53, a PR by 6 minutes!! I was happy, especially since the heat was a factor starting at mile 6.
The weather looked so perfect for a good 10 days before race day. A 7 am start, the only thing I worried about was wind off the lake (the windy city effect), and a hot sun beating down on the LSD pavement. The latter proved to be a problem, and the heat moved in sooner than expected. So by 9 am it had already hit 70 degrees, but I will take that condition over rain.
There was a positive buzz pre-race and post race.
The corrals were large enough to handle the crowd of runners. DIL was in corral D and I was assigned corral K, and I was at the start line only 8 minutes after the gun start. That was really fast. Thank you race organizers!!
My splits were real good until mile 6 when the heat was affecting my HR. Not a problem, I could still see the 2:30 pace group until about mile 9. I almost hit the wall at 11M, but I pushed through. My garmin reported a pace of 11:21 (I was targeting 11:22 to come in at 2:29), however the garmin registered an extra .6 miles do to not running the tangents well. I have to work on that. I could not have done any better. This is exactly what I trained for.
This is a cool picture of LSD. The northbound lanes were used for the first part of the race, and this is a shot of runners coming close to the finish line.
Great entertainment for the post party. They were serving Chicago style pizza from Malnado’s and Michelob beer. Pizza and beer never tasted so good, and it was Sunday well before lunch! The event was wrapping up as planned at 11am.
MY RACE BLING!
I still get excited for the finisher medal.
I am not sure why I am waiting to sign up for next year’s races. It is an absolute must to repeat. Great race organization. Runners were supportive. Crowds were controlled. Expo was fun (Navy Pier), and it was a big race (my biggest TD), with a small race feel upon completion.
My next HM is scheduled 7 weeks from now! Ciao!
Monday, August 25, 2014
1:36:12 7.5 Miles 635 Ft Elevation climb
I did this run 8 months ago for the first time. Last week, I did it for a second time.
I was fortunate that the weather was cool (70 degrees at 6 am) and overcast in beautiful Tucson, AZ. There were several water holes I had to run through, given the monsoon season!
And I ran up to THAT peak!
And this run was a warm up for my 6 mile hike the following day, where I climbed 1200 ft, there and back in 2:50:00. The road you see way down yonder is the road I ran.
I would say, I am just about ready for the Chicago HM on Sept 7th. YIKES, just 13 days away!
Keep on running, SparkFolks.
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