Thursday, September 13, 2012
I was perusing my benefits at work the other day and noticed that abortions are paid at 80% after the deductible is met. IVF is not covered. There is some sort of group discount program for family planning and although infertility treatment is covered 80% after the deductible, the only thing the insurance covers is artificial insemination.
I guess I just find it ironic that the insurance will do a lot to help prevent pregnancy and even end it but very little to help a couple who wants to have a baby.
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Today, I ran the Defeat of Jesse James Days 15k in Northfield, MN. It's basically farm country in that area but don't let that fool you into thinking it's a flat run, because it sure isn't!
The first year I ran, I was basically in my running prime and finished fourth in my age group. Of course, there were only six runners in my group but I felt really good about that finish.
Every time I have run it since then, I have gotten progressively worse, which is basically true of most of my race times for the last 2 years. And today, I got my official course and distance PW (personal worst). I finished third from the last.
During much of the race, I was the very last runner and the sag wagon behind me really got into my head. When I initially realized I was last, I spent about 2 miles barely able to breathe because I was afraid I'd get pulled from the course. A DNF (Did Not Finish) was not an option and I managed to finally shake it and get my breathing under control.
I was able to have a nice chat with the girl who finished second to the last and encourage her that she'd be able to run a marathon in about a month because she was on about a 5 MPH pace. That would allow her to finish within the 6 hour time frame. I also determined to pass the older guy who was shuffling along, which helped my thoughts. Mostly, I am glad I finished.
Monday, September 03, 2012
I am participating in SparkCoach and today's motivational video challenged me to think about why I want to lose weight. Well, for me, it's relose weight as I have regained around 35 pounds after losing 80 about 4 years ago.
When I initially lost weight, I wanted to look better in clothes and feel good and be able to play with my silly nieces and nephews. At one point, I was planning on joining the Army, which helped me get the last 20 pounds off and start running.
Now, I am married and, well, fat. I don't know if I have a reason right now to lose weight like I did before. I have lost about 9 pounds this year only to gain 16. Yes, I want to be healthy and I can't afford to by a bigger wardrobe; I have two drawers full of pants I can't quite squeeze into right now.
Hopefully, if I focus on trying to find the main reason to get back to where I was, I can find one. Sometimes, I just need time to mull over an idea and it will eventually hit me in the face.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
The last 10 months or so have been a real struggle for me. I have put on around 20 pounds (in addition to the 15 or so I'd previously gained back) and it's just not coming back off.
More importantly, I have not running well at all; the last really good race (for me) was the Mankato Half-Marathon in October of last year. I have been calling 2012 the Year of the PW (Personal Worst). So far, I have gotten my worst times in the half-marathon, the 10k and the 5k. Ugh.
This last Thursday, it was terribly hot and I slowed way down, even walked. I ended up so far behind everyone I lost them and had to figure my own way back to the gym because the map of the course hadn't made much sense; fortunately I know my way around town. What's the point of running with a group if you're not even with the group?
However, I am determined to get better. And I think I know part of the problem. I participate in my gym's run club. There are a lot of great and fast runners. Some win their age brackets regularly. Others have qualified for the Boston Marathon, even multiple times or after completing their first marathon.
Thus said, the group does include a variety of skill levels and speed levels. I am one of the slower ones. I know deep down I will never be the speediest one or qualify for Boston but I know I have done better than where I am now; I have run 5ks in under 30 minutes and a 10k or two in under an hour.
I think the problem is I have become too dependent on the group. Yes, I have learned a lot from them and have developed some great friendships. However, when I started running, I started for me. I need to run my long runs on my own. My goal is to run 3 to 4 days a week; one of those days will be with my club as they are nice people and I learn a lot from them.
The Mankato Half-Marathon is coming up again on Sunday, October 21. My time last year was around 2:18. My best half this year was 2:27 earned on June 3rd in the Team Ortho Minneapolis Half-Marathon. I am hoping the Mankato time will be at least the 2:27. However, its a mostly downhill race. Here's to hoping I can get closer to the 2:18.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Well, I have been working out more consistently. I can tell it's working. I am feeling less flabby and I ran 4 miles with my run club on Tuesday. Miraculously, I wasn't the last one to finish for once! That was a huge mental victory.
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