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Starting Again--Again! Help!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I hesitate to write this blog. My exercise life has been out of whack for almost 6 months now, the longest stretch since late 2008, and that is not good. I have put a little weight on, but not too much, the bigger issue is that my fitness level is very low and I know how much work it will take to get that back.

That's not what's actually causing the hesitation, though. What's causing the hesitation is that I've had several fits and starts over the last few months, and yet I haven't remained disciplined, focused, and committed. Now my marathon training plan starts next Tuesday, and boy do I need those 18 weeks to get ready.

So the bottom line is this: I need to start and stay started! Encourage me, SP friends, rebuke me, tease me--do whatever you can to help me because I need you right now!

Thanks, friends, I've missed you, and I look forward to reconnecting with many of you again. By the grace of God, I AM GOING TO DO THIS THING!!!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 2/13/2013 8:31AM

    You can (and most importantly WILL) do this! It doesn't matter how many times you've quit or given up. What matters is how many times you start again!

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MNCYCLIST 2/13/2013 8:13AM

    Thanks everyone, the encouragement means a lot!

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MAGGIE101857 2/13/2013 7:25AM

    I could have written this blog! Time for both of us to stop procrastinating and get on track; my marathon plans on still on the back burner due to injury and PT, but I hope to get back to that level.

emoticon !!!! emoticon !!!!! Let's get moving!!!!!

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BILL60 2/13/2013 7:24AM

    Okay Slacker, get on down and starting knocking out those Allmighty "20's". Let's get back on that program and make the Gang proud. BTW, welcome back.

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MIRAGE727 2/13/2013 7:13AM

    I have no problems doing this! Look at your wife and your daughter! There's your motivation! A father's influence in his daughter's life shapes her self-esteem. She will see your training effort and the result! There's no doubt in my mind that she has grown spiritually through her Mom & Dad! Focus on them and look to your Creator for strength! I look forward to hearing about your amazing Marathon journey! Stay strong, stay focused, and train well!

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KA_JUN 2/13/2013 12:06AM

    18 weeks, you have time to right the ship, you can do it! Focus on the event! emoticon

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MNCYCLIST 2/12/2013 10:44PM

    Thanks for that advice--one day at a time, and today, I did what I needed to do!

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MKMMARTY 2/12/2013 10:41PM

    Just concentrate on today - do what you know you must do. Just go and do what ever training you must.

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MNCYCLIST 2/12/2013 10:41PM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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NANCYPAT1 2/12/2013 10:39PM

    You can do this . . . YOU WILL DO THIS. . .Good luck on your training - we will all be watching and some may even join. YOU are a role model whether you intend to be or not. YOU are someone's hero - don't let yourself or them down.


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Training to get ready for my marathon training plan

Friday, December 14, 2012

Earlier this year I jogged in the Maple Grove Half Marathon (Minnesota), after which a friend of mine persuaded me to join him at the Grandma's Marathon in northern Minnesota (Two Harbors to Duluth) in June of 2013. I downloaded the marathon training plan from the Grandma's site, but the issue is that I have to train in order to get ready for the training plan!

They start you off slow as far as daily miles go, but they have you jogging/running six days per week, and right now there's no way I could do that. So two weeks ago I started a modified form of the CP25K plan which has me jogging three days per week and walking one. I've also been riding my bike (on my indoor trainer) five to six days per week just to get myself ready for the rigors of daily cardio.

I have about ten weeks before the actual training plan begins so I'll be ready, but I find it funny that I have to train in order to get ready to train! For today, a day off of jogging, and either one or two 45 minute sessions on the bike depending on how much time I have.

Well, glory to God, blessings to you all, hope you have a great day!

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RUN4FOOD 12/14/2012 9:50AM

    Hope your pre-training and training go well, good luck.
If you want to look around there are other marathon training programs that have you running 3 or 4 days a week. 6 days a week is a tough schedule.

Have fun with your first one.

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BILL60 12/14/2012 9:47AM

    Hang in there. I know that you'll come through, in the end. You're a tough Dude.

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RJSAMS 12/14/2012 9:00AM

    Good for you! If you are in the Cities, the MDRA (MN Distance Runners) has a marathon training class starting in Feb that preps for Grandmas.

I am doing the Garry Bjorklund half, but my daughter wants to do Grandmas. So I will be there cheering you on!

Way to go!

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Racing with the Pros in the Tour of Beijing!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I'm not much of a techy so I don't understand why this has happened, but I'm so grateful that You Tube now has so many videos lengthier than 10 minutes. And in particular I'm grateful for the many awesome cycling resources that are there, among which are a series of 50+ minute recaps of the 2012 Tour of Beijing.

So it's winter in Minnesota--and praise God we finally have lots of snow--which means I spend lots of time on the indoor bike trainer at this time of year (Cyclops Fluid). Over the last few days, I've set up my computer on a TV Tray right in front of my bike, hooked it up to some speakers, and raced with the pros in the first three stages of the Tour of Beijing. I came close the first two days, but yesterday I finally broke through and won the stage!

Can't wait to hit stage four this evening! If you love cycling, I encourage you to check out the mass of cycling related video on You Tube. It's not front page news, but it's probably the best store house of such material available in the USA.

Blessings to you all!

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GREENGENES 12/11/2012 10:47PM

    That's a pretty cool idea. We have various stationary bikes in our fitness center in which you can "participate" in a wide variety of scenarios but so far I've stuck with the traditional stationary bikes. Maybe I'll give the other ones a try. Thanks!

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ELRIDDICK 12/11/2012 8:15AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Car Situation is Not Good, but the Lord Works all Things Together for the Good!

Friday, November 09, 2012

A few months ago the engine on our main car started making knocking noises which, without going into the details, means that we have to change the engine. Since it's a 2008 Hyundai Sonata and we still owe plenty of money for it, we really have no choice, but the change will cost around $4,000-5,000 which we don't have--not even close.

Our other car, a 1990 Honda Accord that has 250,000 miles on it, became our "good car." In fact, I joked that I was going to get a bumper sticker that says, "This IS our good car!" Well, now it's not. As I was just about to pull into our driveway last night, the right front axle broke and the car got stuck right in the middle of the road, across both lanes of traffic. Thanks be to God, I had just returned from a trip to the city on which I was doing between 60-70 mph the whole way, I am SO GRATEFUL that the axle didn't break at that time.

Indeed, the overwhelming feeling I have right now, the morning after, is thankfulness to God and a peace in the knowledge that he controls all things, that he was not surprised by any of this, that he has provision in store for our family, and that in a myriad of ways he will work this together for his glory and our good. I believe this because he promised as much in texts like Philippians 4:19, "And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." And Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for the good for those who love God and are called according to his purposes."

Built upon these great and precious promises is a wealth of life experience in which I've seen the Lord honor his Word time and time again. This is without a close second the worst vehicle situation we have ever faced as a family, but it's not the worst the Lord has ever faced, and the difficulty is no match for his grace and ability and willingness to provide.

And praise be to his great name, a family in our church had already been letting us use one of their vehicles so we're not without transportation this morning. There's no need to fret about yesterday or worry about tomorrow, the Lord has provided today and that's good enough for me. I am eager to see how he will glorify his name all the more as we call upon him, lean upon his wisdom, and patiently wait upon his answer.

May we keep our eyes on the Source of grace today rather than the content of our problems! Hope you have a great day, my SP friends!

Your friend, Charlie

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JOYATLAST 11/28/2012 6:39PM

    Only Believe!!! God loves it when we exalt Him by trusting His unfailing love and provision.

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TRI_BABE 11/13/2012 7:02AM

    Wow! Nice way to stay positive in this all. I'm glad you are getting help with your car problems.

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BILL60 11/10/2012 8:26AM

    I certainly hope that it all works out for you and your family,

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MAYBER 11/9/2012 9:39PM

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    I'm sorry to hear about your car problems!! Something as small as my car needing an oil change has been known to bring me to tears on the wrong day! I can't imagine 2 big problems like this!! I love your faith and your positiveness through it all though!

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Feels good to rest

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I've been working a lot over the last few months, all good but lots of hours. I was finally able to take an extra day off this week and it sure feels good! One day off down, one to go, and then back to it tomorrow bright and early--I have a 5:30 a.m. meeting!

Rest is good and an important part of health, so I hope to find a better balance in the coming months. Until then, I'm off to enjoy my day today!

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FRAN0426 11/6/2012 4:57PM

    Great that you were able to get a couple extra days off to recharge after working so much overtime. Glad you are to enjoy this time.

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IRISHF 11/6/2012 9:52AM

    Me too, I need some rest. I think I'll go fire up the hot tub too.

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JUDYAMK 11/6/2012 8:52AM

    Have a good restful day to recharge your body & regroup your thoughts.I remember when my husband worked at the power plant. He was at work at 3:00 am came home at 5 :00 pm for supper went back to work until 11:00 pm. This was 7 days a week,this was during the outage. The money was fantastic paid our home off car & truck & a great nest egg. But guess what his health was starting to go , he could not recharge it was not worth it he eventually quit we have a normal life.I do not think people realize how important it is to take time out for you.We had people say to us with all that money how could you quit, money is not every thing he was working his way to a heart attack, high blood pressure. So you enjoy your day

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CHUM48 11/6/2012 8:45AM

    Way to find balance in your life! Rest is the ultimate balance needed! Have a great day!

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