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First 5K Coming Up this Week

Monday, May 09, 2011

I'm an avid cyclist but just took up jogging this year for the first time. I completed the "Couch Potato to 5K" plan earlier this year and since have run many 5K on my own, but this Saturday I plan to run in my first official event, the Maple Grove (Minnesota) 5K, 10K, and HM.

I'm a pokey jogger, been coming in at about 34 minutes, so I'm not sure what my goal will be for the event. It would be great to break 33, but whatever happens, I just want to focus on enjoying myself and then I'm actually going to put jogging aside for the year as cycling season is now in its prime for me. After my big biking event in July, I'll add jogging back into the mix and work through an interval plan I devised to help me increase my speed and break the 30 minute barrier.

Any advice? I'd appreciate anything, and thanks in advance. Have a great day!

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DAVEYSHADOW 5/9/2011 8:34AM

    emoticon on the 5k, enjoy it. I am trying a mix of runs to speed up. A run with some hills, a flatter run and a short treadmill run where I walk 2 mins to warm up then 1 min intervals at 9k and then 12k alternating for 10 mins. I am having a review at the gym on Thursday so will let you know if I find any other tips

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OLIV0144 5/9/2011 8:34AM

    My advice is to enjoy the race and don't worry about the clock. Feel and feed off of the energy of people around you. And from the get go, find a pacer! At the Torchlight 5k last year (my first) I started off a lot faster than my normal pace because that was the flow of people. I leveled off and found my rhythm, and was able to complete the race without walking which was my goal. Have fun!

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MKGARNER1 5/9/2011 7:15AM

    I've been running now for all of 6 months! I have my 2nd 5K this weekend in Grand Rapids, MI. Some of my friends from work do them together. Its fun. I just bought a bike yesterday though. Now I'm hoping to figure out the biking thing. Good luck on your run. You'll be surprised at how fast you actually go when there are a bunch of people involved.

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Good Recovery Ride

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Took an easy ride today after a couple hard and fast ones this week. I've worked very hard this winter and early spring to increase my physical fitness and cycling skills, and I kind of had to pinch myself when I saw that on this "recovery ride" I averaged 17.8 mph. In days past, that would have been a great outcome for a hard workout now it's just another day in the saddle.

It feels so good to see the fruit of my labor. Can't wait until an average of 19.0 mph, and then maybe even 20.0, is normal!

Hope everyone has a great evening.


No Sleep = No Ride

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Oh, it's such a beautiful day--70, sunny, slight breeze. A dream, especially for Minnesota. But I had to be up late working last night and only got 4 hours sleep. I'm exhausted and though this day is begging me to enjoy it on my bike, alas, I cannot.

Oh bright and beautiful spring day, I grieve your loss but await your kind.

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VEEJAY3 5/7/2011 10:36PM

    I OVERenjoyed my day on my bike, so if you divide MY overstrenuous 50-mile ride with your NO ride, we'd each have a respectable 25 miles!!! I'll share with you.

It was a hot summery day here ... everyone was nearly giddy out on the bike trails, we were so happy to have this day. At one point, I noticed a snake, off to my right, starting to cross the trail, so I stopped and watched him: a four-foot long huge bull snake! It was so cool to see him. I got off the trail to get something to drink, and ran into a friend I hadn't seen for YEARS! It was such a treat. Then back to the trail, and logging more miles than I was really ready for this early in the season.

So whattaya say? Wanna share my mileage? Maybe it will make my muscles feel better ...

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LADYRH 5/7/2011 6:03PM

    Sounds great, we had 60 today. Which for us lately is warm. Did a 5.2 mile walk for Btreat Cancer

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Bible Translator vs. Wild

Friday, May 06, 2011

Last Sunday at church, during our monthly meal, a young woman named Catherine Rivard presented her ministry to us. She's a linguist and Bible translator who's preparing to go to Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Her assignment is to put the Bible into the common language of one of the people groups there, although she's not yet sure which one.

I was surprised to hear that there are over 800 different languages spoken in that small country (about the size of California), over 300 of which do not have the Bible in their language. And Catherine said that these many languages are not similar to one another, that is, they're not dialects but distinct languages. Hard to believe but apparently true.

So when she arrives in June she will first go through a training which will cover (1) culture, (2) language, (3) Bible translation, (4) medical skills, and (5) survival skills--yes, I said survival skills. She may be put in life-threatening situations and they want her to know how to make it out there. I guess it's a "Bible Translator vs. Wild" kind of thing!

I was quite touched to hear it would take 8-20 years to complete the translation project once she starts. This young woman, in the prime of her life, is laying it all down for Christ that others might know him and love him and serve him. and perhaps someday go to other nations for him. May the Lord richly bless her and grant her the power to fulfill her calling.

Here are two links, one to Catherine's blog and the other to Wycliffe.


Easy 20 Miles

Thursday, May 05, 2011

At this time of year I often commute on my bike and though I know it's going to happen, it never ceases to amaze how the miles pile up. My office is 3.2 miles from my house and then during the day I have to ride here and there for this and that reason, and without even feeling it or even noticing I got home and saw that I had gone 20 miles.

It's not the 20 miles of riding is that much, I do that kind of distance all the time. It's that I just can't believe how the miles pile up when you're just doing random stuff.

Well, not much of a blog today, just something that's been on my mind! Hope you have a great day.


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