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Monday, February 11, 2008

Waking up at 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning never really makes me happy but waking up to -26 on a day when I'm supposed to run a half marathon well...... it kind of stunk. On the other hand, knowing that my HM group was meeting me down at Eau Claire for our "graduation" run, THAT was pretty exciting. 21 of the participants ran. That's AWESOME! I have to admit, it's one of those bittersweet moments. I'm going to miss the people that I've been running with for the last four months but I'm really looking forward to meeting the next group, too. Hopefully, the graduates will have come to love running enough that they'll be out for Run Club.

Today I'm at home sick. Not at all race related. Glen's cold has now become my cold. My head hurts, my throat hurts... pretty much everything hurts LOL. I'm drinking Neo Citran and hoping for the best for tomorrow. Until then, it's plenty of water, fruits, veggies, and rest.
Here's to Tuesday!!

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KWASYLIW 2/11/2008 11:43PM

    Hi Penny! I am so proud of you. Proud of your run, proud of your goals, proud of your determination, proud of your leadership. I have said it before 'Go Penny Go'.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

I just got in from walking the stairs @ McHugh Bluff with some friends. We climbed them 8 times! That's 1,336 stairs. We didn't take the stairs down, we walked the bikepath back down to the bottom. It took us about an hour and 22 minutes. Not bad.

My run clinic ends this Tuesday, the Half we've been training for is on Sunday. I'm pretty excited to see how my friends do on what is, for most of them, their first Half Marathon. I feel very good about their progress and I'm extremely proud of them.

I'm on day 2 of my "stay within calories" streak. Hopefully, I can keep this up. I've made a deal with myself that every day that I'm in range I pay a dollar to the piggy bank. Once a month, I'll reward myself with something using the loonies I've collected. I'm thinking that some months the reward will be better than others.

Is it weird that I've not even run my HM and I'm already looking forward to training for the next one?

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KWASYLIW 2/9/2008 3:43PM

    Penny, I don't think it is weird. When you find something you enjoy and is good for you, it can become its own type of drug. I am so proud of you. I can't wait to hear about your HM tomorrow.

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Training with Denise

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Tonight I had the pleasure (only a little sarcasm, here) of taking a class with Denise Beatty. It was a ball class and focussed on using tubing to do strength and core training. I have to admit, I'm feeling it. A LOT. The woman is an amazing instructor, even at 5 months pregnant.
I can't wait to see how I feel in the morning.
Better yet, I can't wait to see how much fun I have running 9 hills tomorrow night. LOL. I'm toast.


January 3 - Hill Training

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Last night the HM clinic members & I ran a total of 9.6 kms. 400m x 8 of that was uphill. I did it with little to no pain in my shins! I am SO thankful for my new runners. My only complaint was that the wind was a little on the obnoxious side. Most of the time it was a gentle westerly wind but the gusts! Almost always when I was facing the most difficult part of the hill, it would blow so hard that I felt like a cartoon character: my feet were moving but I wasn't going anywhere. Turns out, it was blowing at 35 km/hr. Not bad by some standards but..... hm, let's just say that I was running a little more crooked/backwards/slower than I would like.
Yesterdays eating was not too bad. I went about 100 calories over but I also burned 752 on my run so I feel no guilt.
Today is a rest day from running. I've challenged the ladies in LIC to a little strength/cardio challenge so perhaps I'll get a good start on that. I have until Sunday to complete a LOT of lunges, squats, pushups, situps and planks.... it wouldn't look too good if I didn't meet my own challenge, would it?


January 2 - 2007 in Review

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

In 2007, I ran 1213.73 kms and walked 110.75
In 2007, I did 28 hours of dedicated aerobics classes.
In 2007, I did 19 hours of yoga
In 2007, I did 20 hours of dedicated strength training classes. ** have to check that one, it should be more, I'm sure.**
In 2007, I did 2 hours of Pilates, 1 hour of skating and 9 hours of cycling.

I walked one half-marathon.
I ran to half-marathons.
I ran A LOT of smaller races. (see sparkpage for more info)

Not hard to tell where I need to make improvements in 2008, but overall a good year.


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