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The Big Run - May 1, 2010

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Last Saturday, I ran my 14th half marathon. It was the second time that I ran this route. The route is pleasantly flat for the first almost 15 kilometres and then it goes to heck in a hand basket... the next three kilometres were uphill. The kind of uphill that crests and makes you think you've reached the top and then starts to climb again... good thing I was mentally prepared this year. Last year I wanted to throw myself off the ridge. The good news is that I finished in 2:13:36 which is just a little less than two minutes faster than last year. The GREAT news is that all my runners finished (I "teach" a HM clinic) with a PB for this course. Except, unfortunately, one. My best bud, Howard took a spill at the 2 km mark. Despite the fact that he had blood running down his leg and his knee and hand were road rashed AND he had a heckuva bruise starting on his shoulder, he finished in 2:40. He's my hero.
It was an amazing day for a run, too. BEAUTIFUL! I couldn't go stop for photos on Saturday so I went back and walked some of the route on Sunday... here are some pics.

I can't wait to run this one again next year. Maybe some of my H2C peeps will come join me emoticon How about you Suezette? You like hills, right?

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MIAMIA7 5/8/2010 9:30PM

    Penny-great job on your (oh my goodness) 14th half! Beautiful pictures too. So as soon as I am cleared I am going to start back at the hill running! I want the great butt AND be as excited as you about hills...don't know if that will ever happen! Maybe I will join Suezette and come run with you all.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/8/2010 9:00PM

    Woohoo Penny on your improvement, in time and mentally!!! The course looks gorgeous, and that blue sky would be wonderful to run under. Great shots.

emoticon Congrats on #14.

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COOPSM 5/7/2010 8:13AM

    Penny---congrats to you and all your runners...course looks awesome!!!

Feel bad for Howard.....looks nasty!!!

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ZSAZSA4EVER 5/6/2010 10:31PM

    I did that run also. I injured myself about 3 weeks before the run. I did it...I crossed the finish line, when I wasn't sure I would make it. It was my first 1/2 marathon and I was upset about being hurt, but still glad I finished, regardless of my time. The second half of the run was tough.

The course WAS beautiful until the latter part. Hole-Y!!!! LOL

Next year I will know what I am getting myself into, at least.

You made great time...congrats. I aspire to have 14 1/2's under my belts someday. Only 13 to go.....

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ETTEZEUS 5/6/2010 10:08PM

    Penny, those are some gorgeous pictures...well, except for the last one...I'm not a fan of blood.

I'D LOVE to run this with you!! I am in the process of getting my passport. Wonder how long it would take me to convince my DH I HAVE to do these hills? Guess I got a year to work on him,huh?

Oh yeah, and WAY TO GO on #14!! You are my hero! Gosh you are such an inspiration to me!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 5/6/2010 2:39PM

    Congrats on your 14th HM! And kudos to your friend who continued on despite his fall. What an inspiration you both are.

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PEHASS2 5/6/2010 11:31AM

    Congrats on #14 and a PB for the course :)

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GEOGIRL 5/6/2010 11:24AM

  Congrats on your half!!! I wasn't even aware of this race until you mentioned it, I obviously have lots to learn about the race season in Calgary! I live somewhat near this area and I do lots of my training in and around Bowness Park, I'll have to keep this on in mind for next year.

Great pictures!

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KEAKMAN 5/6/2010 9:46AM

    Looks like a gorgeous day for a run! And Mike ought to come run with you since he likes hills so much.....

Howard is a machine! If I took a spill like that I would want to sit on the edge and cry for the rest of the race. WAY TO GO HOWARD!

And speaking of machines - 2 minutes off of your time is AWESOME! emoticon

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SKOUET 5/6/2010 3:13AM

    Thanks for the comment :) And congrats on your 14th half! Thanks for the pics, it reminds me that Alberta can be nice... emoticon emoticon

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KAYAKID 5/6/2010 2:17AM

    Penny, I love the pictures thanks for sharing them with us. You did great asnd congrats! Your 14th half! WOW! You are my hero congrats to your friend for sticking it out.


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Plateau Buster Challenge - End of Week Four & The End

Monday, May 03, 2010

The challenge was to answer these questions -
Am I physically feeling better?
Do I have more energy?
Do I sleep better?
Do I feel more self-confident?
Am I happy about the changes I'm making? and if I could answer yes to ANY of them then it shows that I'm making progress regardless of what the scale says.

Your challenge for this week is to set one new health-related goal that's not focused on the scale. My goal was for my HM - to beat last year's time.

So the answer to my quetions are: Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and DONE!

Incidently, I lost 1.4 kgs to return to 58 kgs...or 128 pounds
emoticon Can you say "Goal!!!"

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JOPAPGH 5/4/2010 6:35PM

    Great job!

I am so excited to be able to run again. Two whole miles today!

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KAYAKID 5/4/2010 6:16PM

    Your a Rock! Very well done my friend!!!!

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MIAMIA7 5/4/2010 5:56PM

    Wow Penny, way to go! Awesome job! Can't wait to get out there and run again so I can catch up to you (yeah, right!).

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ASPENJULES 5/4/2010 3:48PM

    Woohoo!! Congrats! Great job!

I may have to go back through your blogs again and see if I can do this challenge as well...

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CASSIOEPIA 5/4/2010 2:43PM

    Five yes's in a row - great job! Some weeks just can't get any better, eh?

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COOPSM 5/4/2010 5:18AM

    Nice job Penny!!!

I want to find some hills now to run..

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ETTEZEUS 5/3/2010 2:59PM

    Way to go Penny!! You're awesome!

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SPRINGTIME69 5/3/2010 10:49AM

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RDARLING 5/3/2010 10:15AM

    GREAT JOB! You accomplished a lot these last 4 weeks and should be proud of yourself!

I found the challenge to be very helpful to get through some of my struggles.

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Plateau Buster Challenge - End of Week Three

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I did absolutely no strength training this week. Moving on....

This challenge begins on Sunday, April 25th.
This week's challenge is going to be a little different. We've been focusing a lot on what you can change about your program to bust your weight loss plateau and get the scale moving again. But I think so much focus on numbers and make it easy to overlook some of the other positive benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Ask yourself some of these questions:
Am I physically feeling better?
Do I have more energy?
Do I sleep better?
Do I feel more self-confident?
Am I happy about the changes I'm making?
If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, then you are making progress regardless of what the scale says. Your challenge for this week is to set one new health-related goal that's not focused on the scale. Hopefully that can help you see that progress is about much more than numbers. It's about a healthy lifestyle as a whole.

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COOPSM 4/30/2010 5:55AM

    Penny---curious about this challenge....

Hope this week is a success for you....

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BMI = 22.1

Friday, April 23, 2010

According to the Fitness Depot website, my BMI is 22.1 which is "normal" weight. (18.5-24.9) They base this on my height, weight, gender and age. I'm okay with normal. =) The provincial average is 26.4 and the national average is 26.3 -- so now I'm below average, too. I guess that part's ok.
They also offer these bits of advice:
A mixture of cardio and resistance training is the best way to build muscle tone while at the same time maintaining a healthy weight.

Interval training is a great way to boost your current exercise activity, improve endurance and spark a renewed interest in your workout routine.

Resistance training can help raise your metabolism, help you avoid injuries, and strengthen bones this is especially important for women, who are at higher risk for osteoporosis as they get older.

Offset strength training with core strengthening and flexibility exercises it will help prevent injuries and are very important aspects of good physical fitness.

Canada's Physical Activity Guide recommends that you accumulate 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week the good news is you can accumulate your activity in 10-minute sessions.

Overall, it's best to choose exercises you enjoy doing you'll be more inclined to stick with a fitness regimen when it includes things you like to do.

I had to giggle a little. One of the products they then recommended for me is the TRX system. Ahhh, NO. LOL, ok sometimes if I have to. The TRX and I have a love/hate relationship. Not sure I'll ever love it enough to put it in my house. Maybe someday.

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RUNNINGWILD 4/25/2010 4:21PM

    ohhhh, I think that would be MUCH more fun!! emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 4/23/2010 8:04PM

    Penny, are you sure they didn't mean the Honda TRX?

(google it for a giggle)

I think it would be more fun

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No gold star for me today...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I made the decision to go to Boston Pizza with the kids tonight. That choice, and a couple of others, created an "over" of 500 calories. I didn't do any kind of workout either. I can't explain the mood I'm in but it's horrible. Funk kind of covers it. I'm blaming it on life decisions and PMS. I hope it's gone when I wake up tomorrow.

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WINTERWINGS 4/23/2010 3:33PM

    Remember, it isn't the individual day, it is the general *trend* that's important.

And what is life without pizza anyways?

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SKOUET 4/23/2010 1:37PM

    Hope today is better! How could it not be? It's Friday :) Have a great weekend!

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GEOGIRL 4/23/2010 10:24AM

  Today is another day and cheers to it being a better one :)

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NISA-JOE 4/22/2010 11:59PM

    I was a bit over today myself. Don't worry, you can start over tomorrow. Take a good rest and move on.

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