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Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Monday, April 14, 2014

...go out in the morning rain. I'm not truly English and, according to the song, they actually go out in the midday sun. But it's raining:
here, so I thought I'd improvise a bit.

Stood on the scale this morning and didn't like what I saw, so corralled the dog and took her for another 4 mile hike in woods with the rain coming down. She wasn't especially thrilled getting wet, but seemed to manage okay. We both did.

Had a epiphany of sorts yesterday when I was reaching into the kitchen cupboard for something: I eat when I'm happy.

Not maniacal like SpongeBob here, but just that sense of happiness one gets from time to time when things are going pretty right. I knew that ate when stressed or bored, but this happy thing caught me off-guard.

Hm, since being happy is a part of life (or should be), I'm not gonna go out of my way to make it crappy. I could be confusing the situation with a sense of 'reward', too. In simple terms: ran 2 miles = happy = eat more. Or: finish a big project = happy = restaurant dinner.

Anyway, I guess awareness is the first step, right?

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/18/2014 10:29AM

    Awesome that you are making connections. For me, boredom is the worst enemy. If I'm busy doing something I love, I forget to eat.


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FEARLESSNOW 4/15/2014 10:45PM

    Jealous of your rain!

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ROXYZMOM 4/14/2014 7:56PM

    Our culture uses food for celebration. Great job on becoming aware, and hiking out in the rain!!

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VONBLACKBIRD 4/14/2014 5:08PM

    O I do the same!!!

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MARAGRAM 4/14/2014 4:39PM

    I eat too much!

Rewards are tough for me, I already have done all the not food rewards I care about.

The one thing I read about was to reward yourself with a square of chocolate for doing your exercise. I finally found a chocolate I could stop at one square. Ross 85% dark chocolate, Meets the chocoholic urge, and I don't want more!


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BARB4HEALTH 4/14/2014 12:07PM

    If we eat on all occasions, it is not a diet. It is celebrating life. I like that idea!

Like the flower background, too!

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2BDYNAMIC 4/14/2014 11:35AM

    Absolutely!! I really like this blog and using Sponge Bob!! ........... Good work! emoticon

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TURTLETALK 4/14/2014 11:34AM

    I eat when I am happy, sad, stressed, excited, and occasionally when I am hungry. emoticon

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Sunday Smooth

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I had one of these this morning:


If I had to sum up Timmie's coffee in one word it would be: SMOOTH. It was the right thing at the right time, you know?

One other item that was the right thing at the right time: the 4.1 mile hike in the woods with the dog. That was pretty smooth, too. emoticon And now I'm off to mow. Have a great Sunday all!

  
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MBTEPP 4/18/2014 7:32PM

    I can smell the coffee....

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GARDENCHRIS 4/14/2014 8:59AM

    like your page! gonna win this month again?!?

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FEARLESSNOW 4/13/2014 10:57PM

    Yeah!!

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    I hope the rest of your day goes as well.

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Women's Active Wear Clothing

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

When I ran my half-marathon on Sunday it presented an issue. Not of training or logistics, but of what to wear. In training I wear one brand of capri-ish tights made by Fila. They're black, part spandex, don't show anything they're not supposed to show, i.e. sweat, and I love' em. So, with the bottom half covered, the top becomes the thing.

In training, I wear an old white tech shirt from a 5K done years ago under another long sleeved, albeit cotton, shirt. It's been cold here in Ohio. This shirt has a few minor holes in the underarms as I found out a few weeks ago (hey, nothing gets past me). I figured for the race that if I didn't volunteer for anything (raise my hand), it would be fine. But yeah, cotton is not so fine for sweat. And I do sweat, not glow.

So off to the store, something I normally avoid like the plague, the day before the race. Yep, sometimes I'm a procrastinator.

I procrastinate because they don't make running clothes (tops) in my size. I'm somewhere between a large and an extra large in athletic wear. The sweet-looking shirts and colorful pullovers and jackets all seem geared for little girls with no boobs and/or shoulders. Totally not knocking the slim folks--I aim to emulate them as soon as I get rid of a few or 30 pounds, but in the meantime shopping is tough.

I Googled "active wear' for larger chicks and was unable to find anything in that awesome grey area of a smidge larger than large. In my fantasy dream world there would be a place that sells lovely functional running clothes for us in-betweens. You could buy tops that fit well. The drape would not cling to the belly fat roll (or show the back one, if we're being honest), but fall delicately to the waist line without a ton of fabric, and still stand up to a hard 10K or more. And since we're talking about a fantasy, maybe you could return the clothes when you changed sizes--wouldn't that be good? Where is this nirvana?

The stars were aligned because I did find a blue half-zip to wear for the race made by Nike, extra large, on sale. But it's something that if I lose 5 or more pounds will probably be too large. I hate spending money for something I'll outgrow.


  
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52BINCE 4/12/2014 1:08PM

    Being Clothed just right for every occasion is truly a girl thing....... However once females find the right clothes, the workouts just go a lot easier right?

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2BDYNAMIC 4/11/2014 7:32PM

    Glad you found something and in time ............. I know they tend to make 'adorable' things for the petite ...... eensy bitty gals and forget about the rest of us ............. btw: love your background flowers .......... Wow! emoticon

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HILLRUNNER 4/10/2014 1:13PM

    It's out there!! Glad you found some and others had suggestions for you as well!! emoticon

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MBTEPP 4/9/2014 10:24PM

    You should always feel good in what you wear! In 5 lbs, wear it anyway!

I am glad you went shopping. I love the dry fit stuff since I sweat like a you know what.



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HONEYBEESBLISS 4/9/2014 12:22AM

    LOL I feel ya! Same problem here between Large and XL with a tummy!!! I hate that most workout tops are all snug in the torso. I hate shrinking from something I just bought too, it's hard because it's nice but bad at the same time! LOL But at least you found something that works and if it's still in good condition maybe someone will find it in a thrift store and be really happy...that helps me thinking I'm helping someone at the Thrift Store! ;-)

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VONBLACKBIRD 4/8/2014 3:23PM

    know exactly what you are talking about. So lucky you found something that quick though.

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MARGARITTM 4/8/2014 11:25AM

    Someone in my local running community started a facebook yardsale for gently used athletic clothing and gear.... It has been great! If you do find yourself with an item that doesn't fit any longer it might be a godsend for someone else.

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RRUDEPARANORMAL 4/8/2014 11:04AM

    As long as we're talking about dream work-out clothes, how about we get some pockets? I actually do my walking / running in jeans, because I can't stand not having pockets. (Real pockets, that will hold my cell phone.)

I suppose I should get one of those armband holder things, because jeans are going to be really hot soon.

Maybe I'll just turn them into cut-offs.

Congratulations on completing the run!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/8/2014 10:57AM

    Haven't there been several articles on SP about attractive plus-size clothing? You might look for those.
And while we're at it, where's the clothing for us short but not tiny athletes?

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AMARILYNH 4/8/2014 10:48AM

    Oh yes - the capris - WILEE323 mentioned Champion at Target. The Champion C9 brand of microfiber is my choice this year for capris - they have some that fit exactly as I like! A bit more expensive that Wal-Mart but worth the $$ for great fit!

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AMARILYNH 4/8/2014 10:42AM

    Tree57 beat me to it - go to the Women's Sports section at Wal-Mart and try Danskin Now. They are microfiber (DriFit) and they have some awesome pants and shirts. NOT capris (that I like anyway - I like a looser fit and the ones they have now are fitted) but they have some great loose fit pants for fall/winter and a number of different kinds of shirts. Just be sure to try them on - they don't all fit like you'd expect them too.

Plus if its cool enough I find a microfiber tech vest is a great thing to have on hand. Its 52 degrees with sun here in Georgia today - so I'll start out in capris with a long sleeved thin microfiber shirt and a tech vest - with my trusty little fanny pack in which to carry my tissues (pollen season here!) and my iPod. When I get too warm later in my walk (remember - sun!) I'll just unzip my vest, pull it off, kind of roll it around the belt of my fanny pack and still be comfortable!! Comfort is EVERYTHING at my age LOL!

For a less cool day (or this afternoon) I find a long sleeved shirt over a short sleeved one works great - then if I get warm a remove the top shirt, hand it in the back over my fanny pack belt, and stay comfy!! Layering is everything!!

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TREE57 4/8/2014 10:00AM

    I hear you on this issue. I have exactly the same problem. I normally don't buy anything at Wal-mart, but they do carry Danskin XL and XXL. I love the way the shirts aren't clingy and since all I'm going to do is sweat like crazy, I don't even care they're from Wally World. Plus they are CHEAP and I don't feel so bad when I have to get a different size because I didn't spend a fortune.

Check it out, it might work..

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MAINEALI 4/8/2014 9:38AM

    I'm so looking forward to all these wonderful problems when I get to the point of actually doing a race. In the meantime I'll just wear any old thing!

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WILEE323 4/8/2014 9:29AM

    I have much better luck with half zips than long sleeved tops as far as fit. Champion brand at Target is pretty good and inexpensive.

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ROXYZMOM 4/8/2014 9:03AM

    I agree! I hate running in a clingy shirt, I find it so uncomfortable. I tend to go with the bigger size which then is way to big in my arms and shoulders. Maybe SparkPeople can come out with a clothing line!

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WATERMELLEN 4/8/2014 8:36AM

    Maybe a Spark clothing exchange?

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    Plus-size workout wear is hard to find! emoticon

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ORRRC (Xenia) Half-Marathon Recap

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The race today was awesome. I had 2 prerequisites going in: it had to cheap and it had to be close. The early bird discount for this race (they also had a full marathon) was $25 bucks, and it was only 40 minutes away.

The Ohio River Road Runner’s Club (ORRRC) put on a good race. It’s small by any standards at around 2000 entrants and is held in Xenia—a smallish town that was almost blown away by an F5 tornado in 1974. The course was a loop n’ back, mostly on a ‘rails to trails’ type of bike and running path. With the first and only loop, we were out in the country—beautiful running there. In fact, it was a beautiful day, especially when it started out like this:


Stats
Weather: started out at 29 chilly degrees, was 48 degrees when I crossed the finish line, sunny
Miles: 13.1, long rolling hills and flats
Total time: 2 hrs, 45 minutes and 37 secs. I was hoping to break 3 hours, was gonna settle for 3.5. This is so cool!
Average Pace: 12: 39 (according to my Garmin, I did anything from 12:08 to 13:10). The average pace per mile was surprising because in training I kept hovering around 13:40-13:47.
Intervals: anywhere from 4 min (run): 1 min (walk) to 2:1 to 1:30:30, all depending on terrain and tiredness
Fuel: only took 1 GU (Salted Caramel—YUM) at mile 8. I had pre-race oatmeal (plus a few walnuts and a bit of banana thrown in) that held me through until then.

Speaking of training, I used this method from Jeff Galloway, www.jeffgalloway.com/training/half-m
arathon-training/
, and it really saw me through the whole thing. I had been running for a while before starting the training so didn’t stick to his interval times per se (generally 1:1 works well for me). But I did my best to be faithful to the miles. Can’t say enough about how good it was to train this way.

Notes:
1. Body glide: when you think you have enough on, slather on some more. I have a few hot spots, mostly on the front of my shoulders where the bra straps were rubbing.

2. I had a hard time figuring out the watering holes, despite having them written on my hand, lol: . I didn’t carry water, so I had to depend on the timing to take the GU because it’s best with a few ounces of water.

3. I found I have a certain rhythm to my pace (because of training) and I easily slipped into that ‘sweet spot’ during my intervals.

4. There wasn’t much, if any fanfare, from cheering crowds at this local race, but I found I really liked the simplicity of just getting out to run.

5. Post-race was pretty simple, too. However, I got a great-looking medal, and an intensely orange tech shirt that I can use if I ever want to stand-in for a traffic cone. And as for post-race munchies, they had soup! Now when I think about post-race food, soup does not immediately spring to mind, but this was the best homemade soup I’ve ever had—chicken noodle (they had 3 kinds). The saltiness was terrific, because judging from the salt rings around my neck and forehead and oddly enough the knees of my tights, I needed it.

6. I saw a lot (a lot!) of Air Force marathon t-shirts out there today. Am seriously thinking that might be my next half ;-).

Super race, fabulous day!

  
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HILLRUNNER 4/10/2014 1:09PM

    WELL DONE!!! emoticon
Very proud of you and always have another race in your sites!!! emoticon

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BLITZEN44 4/9/2014 10:29PM

    You're amazing! WTG on a race well run! Thanks for sharing the great pics and recap. emoticon

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DRADDIE 4/8/2014 5:07PM

    Brilliant idea of writing down the water stop mileage!!

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SIOBHANKNITS 4/8/2014 2:49PM

    Congratulations! Great job!
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I like to hear about how different runners approach a race like this one. I like some of the smaller races, especially if they are well-run & organized.
~Ann

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/8/2014 11:00AM

    You look great! BTW, my Significant Other complains that he can't see me during a race because I'm short. So International Orange has become my color of choice during a race! Go flaunt it.

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TREE57 4/8/2014 10:04AM

    Congratulations. I'm not a runner, but are definitely impressed by those of you who do.

Thanks for the notes, as an outsider looking into the realm of running, it was very interesting.



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BROOKLYN_BORN 4/8/2014 7:29AM

    Congratulations! Great race, great time and great report.
That's a great price for a HM. I just spent 4 times that.
You may consider carrying your own water on a fuel belt. You can get a drink whenever you want one and you miss navigating the crowd at the water stops.

I remember Xenia very well. We had just moved to Ohio (Columbus) from NYC in 1973. I convinced DH that a job in Ohio was better than CA since there weren't any natural disasters. Then we learned that tornados didn't only happen in Kansas.

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KJDINSC 4/8/2014 6:37AM

    Congratulations!! emoticon

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MARGARITTM 4/7/2014 10:43AM

    congrats on the great race!

and big thanks for the nice report!

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ROXYZMOM 4/6/2014 9:10PM

    Awesome time!! Congratulations! You did great!!

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I was thinking about you this morning while we were doing our Color Run. Fantastic job and great report! You have me getting excited.

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TURTLETALK 4/6/2014 7:18PM

    Wahoo, Great job!

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WATERMELLEN 4/6/2014 5:44PM

    Sounds like a super time indeed: with the ol' adrenalin affecting your pace positively!!

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PASTAFARIAN 4/6/2014 5:35PM

    Great race report. Well done on hydration and nutrtition aspect! And love the pic of your hand and the traffic cone aspiration :-)

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RUN4FOOD 4/6/2014 5:19PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

Sounds like you had a great race. You should be very happy with your pace being a minute faster during the race compared to your training runs.

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And a great race report too!

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2BDYNAMIC 4/6/2014 5:03PM

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Get Motivated

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

There's a bit more to being or getting motivated than a bunch of words. That being said, here are some favorite words for you (and reminders for me) today:

All is well.

Believe you can.

Everything is possible.

Stay strong.

Never give up.

Seize the day.

Do it now.

Make things happen.

Do your best.


  
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ANNWOGGER 4/3/2014 3:47PM

    I'm from OH too.. Westerville near Columbus,. And you are right...Sunny and 73 on Tuesday, Pouring rain today. Good Luck on your HM on Sunday. I am doing my HM on May 3rd in Columbus OH. On Sunday, I have a 9.3 training run. I will be thinking of you. You will do great. During my training runs I sometimes do the alphabet of qualities I "have" to help me thru the race..example:

A - I have a great attitude
B - I fought thru many battles thru my training
C - I have great cardio, I have been consistent in my training
D - Determined to do this, I am disclipline... I dare to reach the end


Etc... You get the idea but it helped me to get my mind on something else and positive self talk.

Can't wait to hear how you did! Hopefully the weather is dry...

Ann

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ROXYZMOM 4/3/2014 2:09PM

    Love this blog! Thanks!!

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MBTEPP 4/3/2014 1:44PM

    You got this!

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JANICEMC 4/2/2014 10:27PM

    I could use all of those! :-)

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HEALTHY_IN_2014 4/2/2014 10:26PM

    Great list of motivators. I saved the list to my desktop. emoticon

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MISSLORI5 4/2/2014 9:42PM

    Love it!!! I am motivated!!!! emoticon

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TRINIITY1 4/2/2014 8:34PM

    Great!!

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WATERMELLEN 4/2/2014 7:11PM

    Great motivators!!

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