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Short Run & Beck Notes

Monday, June 25, 2012

Run-walk-run: 4 miles in 50 minutes and 7 seconds today. Felt good!

Very healthy eating day; met nutritional goals. Beck: Could improve meal pre-planning --more specifics than "veggie" or "fruit." Hard to claim no unplanned eating when the plan is weak.

Victory: No artificial sweetener today!

  
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REXTINE1 6/27/2012 4:42PM

    There are only so many restrictions to worry about that I don't get excited about some of them. The artificial sweetners are one of the things I don't worry about, but I'm glad that you did succeed at your goal.

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WATERMELLEN 6/26/2012 10:52PM

    Good work! And: thanks for your great comments on my eating disorders blog. You are always so encouraging.

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NATPLUMMER 6/26/2012 7:10PM

    Great run!!

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MEXGAL1 6/26/2012 10:36AM

    Yeah....good for you!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/26/2012 8:58AM

    Way to go with no artificial sweeteners! You are doing such a great job! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 6/26/2012 6:10AM

    that is a fast pace!! i hear you about meal planning...

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NEW-CAZ 6/26/2012 2:55AM

    emoticonMarsha. Good pacing!

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_LINDA 6/25/2012 11:46PM

    Well done Marsha!
I imagine if you were running with a group, they would have a set pace and time expected would they not?
Keep up the great work!

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FROSTY99 6/25/2012 11:04PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/25/2012 10:09PM

    Amazing training pace, Marsha! Was that group or individual? Do you find yourself going faster when running with others?

Food for thought for me!

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Pun Was Not on Purpose

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I re-read the ending of my blog from yesterday, "I think this approach of building up slower will benefit me in the long run." I was talking about the Galloway group method of training for a half marathon.

No, I didn't mean it as a pun, BUT I expect the approach to help me in my 13.1 mile "long run" and as I try to train so that I can run for many years to come. LOL

  
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REXTINE1 6/25/2012 5:25PM

    Good luck with the long run - and in the long run.

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MEXGAL1 6/25/2012 12:46PM

    good idea!

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_LINDA 6/25/2012 1:34AM

    emoticon plan! I fully expect you to be one of those 100 year old runners ;)

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MSLZZY 6/24/2012 3:43PM

    Great plan-no pun intended!

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YICHE12 6/24/2012 12:49PM

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NEW-CAZ 6/24/2012 12:12PM

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/24/2012 12:11PM

    Both in the long run and during the long run!
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JOYINKY 6/24/2012 12:10PM

    I took it as a sensible approach. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/24/2012 11:50AM

    Yeppers... we want to stay active as we can for as long as we can, and that means being sane about our training! Well stated! Pun intended or not.

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STUFFNEARTABOR 6/24/2012 11:47AM

    Sounds like a sound & sane approach! Good Luck.

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UMBILICAL 6/24/2012 11:36AM

  Galloway Good.

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First Official Galloway Group Run

Saturday, June 23, 2012

I was in plenty of time, before 6am. The pacegroup leaders were having a meeting when I arrived, so I got in a little walking warm up. My pace group co-leader, Mary, came to meet me 10 minutes later and to introduce me to Patty. Mary explained that she was running a 5K race today and so were several others in our group, so I was to run with Patty. Patty's group is training for a full marathon, but today they were to run-walk-run 3.6 miles with walk 1 minute, run 1 minute, which is pace I was scheduled to train today for 3.1 mile. I certainly don't mind the extra half mile.

Patty said that my group (Mary and Aster's) will often run together except on the weeks they have longer runs. I mostly ran with Jill, Jennifer, Patty, and Brendan, four very nice people. We sipped coffee under umbrellas outside Starbucks for almost an hour afterward even though it was trying to drizzle. I enjoyed the conversation, much of which was about running and fitness. Although I definitely have the cardio to run faster and farther, my hamstrings are tight and I think this approach of building up slower will benefit me in the long run.

  
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MONTY68 6/24/2012 11:40PM

    Hi Marsha
Sounds like you got in a great group. I know that you will be committed to the training and will be successful

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AQUAGIRL08 6/24/2012 12:24PM

    Now that's my type of morning! Sounds like you had a blast. I hope you continue to enjoy your training and making new friends.

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TRILLIUM22 6/24/2012 8:19AM

    Group runs sound like such fun. Wish there was a Galloway group near me.

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SEABREEZE65 6/24/2012 8:19AM

    How fun! Being active is the key - rather it is as fast as you can run - or an easier run!

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_LINDA 6/23/2012 4:43PM

    Good for you taking it slowly -cardio fitness occurs far more rapidly then muscular fitness unfortunately -its good to listen to your body! Its absolutley WONDERFUL that you have the opportunity to shmooze and learn from like minded people! Enjoy your fellow runners and this group!
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MEXGAL1 6/23/2012 4:29PM

    Great job....woo hoo!

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NEW-CAZ 6/23/2012 4:14PM

    slow and steady does it Marsha, good game plan.
Hope you have many hours of enjoyment with the group.
I know you'll do well! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/23/2012 4:14PM

    slow and steady does it Marsha, good game plan.
Hope you have many hours of enjoyment with the group.
I know you'll do well! emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 6/23/2012 3:27PM

    I really wish I could try that type of group run. I know I can't do it with my church group. I can do it alone but I think I would really get some good feedback from a group with the same mind set! I think it's wonderful that you have the opportunity to do this. I know you will do well!
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ONEKIDSMOM 6/23/2012 1:45PM

    Sounds like a solid program. You are going to be so ready! emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/23/2012 1:44PM

    Sounds like a wonderful morning. I think it wise to build up slowly too. Be well.

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Do You Like the New Fitness Tracker?

Friday, June 22, 2012

I think I'll like the new SparkPeople fitness tracker once I learn the proper names of all my strength training exercises and get my favorites and groups set up. The one thing I don't see is how to search when looking to update a strength training program. I liked the old option of looking for beginner or advanced core, upper body, or lower body moves. I'll just keep working with it and may find just what I need. If not, I can still go to the old fitness tracker.

I appreciate SparkPeople and all the efforts to keep improving this powerful program!

  
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EVERGREEN99 10/21/2012 10:19PM

  I've given up on the steps/walking tracker. Doesn't make sense to me. Too bad, as there is so much about sparkpeople to like. Would like to have an easy, user-friendly option to track my daily walks.

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JOHAL52 6/24/2012 6:36PM

    I like it because it counts Curves as strength but it is difficult to figure out the reps, weights, etc., when I am using the Curves machines which don't have weights. Since I wear a pedometer I have switched back to the old view so I can enter my own numbers though when I dog walk :)


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AQUAGIRL08 6/24/2012 12:27PM

    At first I thought that I had clicked on the wrong thing but quickly got the hang of it. I discovered that you really have to read everything on the page in order to find everything. Some things are now in smaller print but most of it is still there. I think that I'm going to like it once I get used to it.

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MOBYCARP 6/23/2012 3:56PM

    I was disconcerted that it changed in the middle of a day, but I can work with it.

The good: It was a lot easier to search for "pushups" than to scroll through the old list of core, upper body, and lower body exercises I didn't care about, while having to be aware of *which section* I was in.

Better: The old didn't let me add the SP strength exercises to favorites, though I could create my own. The new does. Having all my regular strength exercises in favories makes entering my 2 to 6 strength exercises per day more efficient, because I don't have to wait for a machine response after each exercise.

Not so good: Entering stretching is clumsier, though I can enter an honest 10 minutes and get 2 Spark Points instead of 1. But I have to manually enter 5 minutes on each strength training exercise to get a Spark Point. Somehow, that feels dishonest if I didn't take 5 minutes; but I was okay with the old tracker just doing that. The search for stretching is a one-time thing, as it gets added to favorites.

The disappointing: The new will not aggregate a 22 minute run plus 8 minutes of stretching into 6 spark points. It's still 4 and 1. (I would have hoped that any change would aggregate total exercise minutes for the day into spark points. ) So anything I enter with under 5 minutes is no Spark Points. Yeah, I know; that's stupid. But stupid motivational tricks are important.

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REXTINE1 6/23/2012 12:22PM

    The new program will have good and bad points - it's just that you have to learn how things work every time someone changes the software. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 6/23/2012 10:54AM

    I appreciate sparks working on making things easier for us but this still has many kinks. It isn't working for me sometimes and I click to use the old way.

Hopefully they will get all the kinks worked out.

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SCOOTDOG 6/22/2012 10:42PM

    I like it. I expecially like the groupings. Takes a bit of time to set them up but is faster to track once set.

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NWFL59 6/22/2012 10:13PM

    I am not thrilled with the change but then at my age, I don't embrace change for what appears to be for change sake. I find logging less efficient.

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HEALTHIERKEN 6/22/2012 10:07PM

    Seems quick and easy to me : )
I've only used it twice but definitely so far, so good.

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DRB13_1 6/22/2012 8:46PM

    The ST portion is a work in progress, and I think this is an improvement that will help me see progress. I can put in the sets, reps, and weight used. Agree that it was easy to look at pictures to see what exercises I did, but with the new system I can also simply add in new techniques that weren't pictured. emoticon emoticon

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STITCHERFRIEND 6/22/2012 8:06PM

    I like it. It's much easier to add your calories burned if you already know what you did burn for a cardio exercise. I like that it transfered all the "favorites" that I already had too.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/22/2012 6:52PM

    I'll get used to it. I was OK with the old one. It's a little less obvious to find my mileage with the new one, but one CAN reach it. It's a little less convenient to find the stretching, you have to add it as its own exercise type rather than just checking a box.

But... I'll get used to it. It still does the job.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/22/2012 4:13PM

    I liked being able to just check things off and it is giving us time credit now for things we did not get before. I think I am going to really like it!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 6/22/2012 2:59PM

    I think it is just what you get used to - we will adapt I am sure. I have gone back to the old one (fabulous to have that option) cause it meets my needs now. I may change when my program does. Enjoy your workouts!!
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JOYINKY 6/22/2012 2:53PM

    I was/am happy with the old one and haven't taken the time to figure it out.

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NEW-CAZ 6/22/2012 2:49PM

    I love it! the only thing I can't figure out for myself is the calories burned on my multi gym ST exercises whereas all the ones listed on SP exercises show calories burned. No matter! I KNOW when I've worked out!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 6/22/2012 2:25PM

    I like it better than the old one, but there are some things I miss, like being able to browse (for what I am looking for OR for fun exercise ideas).

The official blog post about it said they were taking feedback. I encourage you to share your thoughts. :)

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_LINDA 6/22/2012 1:50PM

    I really don't like it. It took away the option of adding stretching to earn an extra Spark point, so I especially didn't like that. I find it far easier to search for things on the old trackers, both for the food and fitness. Also, the food takes so much longer to load then the old style, and is more difficult to see.
LOVE the new way of earning more Spark points -you can now earn a maximum of FIVE points for commenting on people's blogs instead of just two!! Its about time. A lot of people never get comments on their blogs, so hopefully, this will encourage it!
Have a Fabulous Friday!

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ANNE1123 6/22/2012 1:43PM

    Aren't we funny, how much we resist change? I'm still on the fence too. Do I like it or is it just a new hassle I don't want to deal with now? I just have to wait and keep on using it to know for sure.

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LOLAINSC 6/22/2012 1:38PM

    I went into a panic since I usually track mileage and couldn't figure out how to do it. I didn't know there was going to be a new fitness tracker and just thought the old one was malfunctioning. Then I saw the button to return to the old tracker and then I noticed the "learn how to use..." next to the button and now know how to track mileage on the New Tracker so I am no longer hating it. Haven't tried anything else. With the old tracker, I just tracked strength training minutes on the QuickTrack.

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JKPONYGIRL 6/22/2012 1:26PM

    I think i like it too, it just takes some getting used to emoticon

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Can't Wait!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I got my e-mail assignment to a Galloway training pace group. There are a few people in Galloway training who I know well, including one I've known for 20 years, but none of them are in my group. I have met one co-leader of my group several times. I know she went to school on a track scholarship. She's the one who said I have young legs because I don't have a long history of running, whereas she used to be a speed demon but now has to listen to her body. The other leader I've met, but not really talked to.

At first I was a little disappointed, but the people I know are either training for a full marathon (26.2 - I'm training for a half, 13.1 miles) or considerably slower than I am. So I suspect I am placed in the correct group. I look forward to getting to know more people at my level. First run with the group is Saturday, at 6am prompt. Can't wait!

  
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FROSTY99 6/21/2012 8:05PM

    I am sure you will enjoy this group and make some new friends along the way. It is always more comfortable to be with a group where we know folks but this will help stretch your horizons. Have fun and enjoy running with your new group.

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REXTINE1 6/21/2012 5:08PM

    The biggest thing is to not get hurt - then you have to go slow for a long time while you heal up. Have a great time.

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_LINDA 6/21/2012 1:15AM

    That sounds awesome!! I eagerly await hearing how this training goes too :)
Enjoy Saturday!

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TBRANCH2 6/20/2012 10:36PM

    Good for YOU!!! Keep up the great job!!

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MEXGAL1 6/20/2012 6:59PM

    Enjoy the program Marsha.
Best of everything.
Sallie

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AQUAGIRL08 6/20/2012 6:11PM

    Sounds like a good program. As you told me this morning at the Y, it is more important to finish the race and have no injury than it is to run fast and hurt yourself. I know you can do it Marsha! Thanks for the talk this morning. I'll see you next week!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/20/2012 1:34PM

    Sounds like they really have a good program - enjoy!

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NEW-CAZ 6/20/2012 10:50AM

    have fun Masrsha, love your attitude!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/20/2012 7:56AM

    I can't wait, too... to hear all about your training. After going to watch the triathlon last weekend and hearing about the benefits of training with a group, I'm studying up on it... through your blog, among other places.

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JOYINKY 6/20/2012 7:55AM

    I love your enthusiasm! Have fun!

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