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Lausanne 20k not exactly

Sunday, April 27, 2014

the Lausanne 20 k was incredibly better organized than the Paris half (well this is Switzerland after all) and we did leave at 6:15 and we had til 7:40 to get to the 11-k mark or be cut off from the top 4 k loop. well it was very hilly and we missed it by about 2 minutes. to tell the truth, although slightly disappointed we were also pretty relieved, because we missed the worst hill — and the ones we had were quite horrible enough, thank you. plus just as we started down it started to rain.

and then the shuttle bus back to the parking at the university was a 20 minute wait and then an hour drive back to Liz's daughter's in Frribourg in terrible pouring rain, freezing, and then — hot showers, white wine and dinner at — midnight.
anyway, it was worth it, i think. and we did do 10:26 miles in 2h17, with those hills and not in peak shape. and we can all move today.

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1BEACHWALKER 5/7/2014 1:50AM

    emoticon emoticon That would be cool to run one, let alone in a different country! emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/30/2014 2:52PM

    Great job!
Glad that recovery is well underway, too.

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MBTEPP 4/28/2014 10:33PM

    Challenging course! You did great! The scenery had to be incredible.

You found the silver lining and had fun! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 4/28/2014 10:25AM

    It sounds as if you had fun, regardless of the end result; well done!

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NATPLUMMER 4/28/2014 10:19AM

    "We can all move today" = AWESOME!!
Glad you had fun.

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SHOOPETTE 4/28/2014 7:14AM

    wow, good job anyway!

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SEABREEZE65 4/27/2014 4:21PM

    Moving is a great result!
Glad you had an interesting and fun race!!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 4/27/2014 12:18PM

    "We can all move today" -- WooHoo!

Enjoying the race is what really counts.

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ROXYZMOM 4/27/2014 11:36AM

    Fantastic job!

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spring in paris 2: the promenade plantée/coulée verte

Friday, March 28, 2014

just so the rest of you know spring is really coming … it's here in Paris. in fact, i passed bunches of dying daffodils but did not take pictures of them. emoticon
7.5 miles. the good thing about being a galloway runner is you can take pictures during the walk intervals:

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SHOOPETTE 3/31/2014 3:54PM


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LIZALOT 3/30/2014 3:55AM

    gorgeous! i must try my river run again soon, as it has been dry enough recently for all the mud to have dried.

still feeling foul though, head blocked up and not much voice left after yesterday.

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MBTEPP 3/29/2014 10:38AM

    I can almost smell the beautiful blooms!

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KPETSCHE 3/29/2014 2:23AM

    Thanks - beautiful to see Spring SOMEWHERE!!!

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SEABREEZE65 3/29/2014 12:57AM

    emoticon Looks beautiful!

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FITMAY 3/28/2014 5:52PM

    So beautiful! emoticon for sharing!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/28/2014 3:16PM

    Lovely, lovely -- thanks for sharing!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/28/2014 2:38PM

    wonderful pix! thanks so much. great run!!

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SMITTY4RL 3/28/2014 2:15PM

    Nice run and lovely pictures! Hm, I wonder what I have to do to get some of that spring around me? lol

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WILEE323 3/28/2014 1:57PM

    Lovely!Nice run!!

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CODEMAULER 3/28/2014 12:54PM

    I wondered where spring was lurking, thanks for the photo proof!


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JAMIRBLAZE 3/28/2014 12:51PM

    Lovely. I'm experimenting with the Galloway method, and I've never thought of picture taking while walking as a benefit. I'll have to keep it in mind on some of the nicer trails.

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NATPLUMMER 3/28/2014 12:47PM


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running in the spring (pictures from Paris where it's spring)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

no time to write a lot but putting up these pictures to inspire both you and me.
the first two are from the rose garden (but no roses yet) at the Vincennes woods, where i went to pick up the bibs for the half marathon 10 days ago.

and the next 3 are all from yesterday 4-mile run that is my standard run … it will remain beautiful with different things in bloom for … quite a while yet. but in March, they are especially welcome.

daffodils and flowering trees along the left bank of the Seine

and now 2 views of the magnolia (i think) trees in front of City Hall:

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Thanks for sharing!

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SEABREEZE65 3/14/2014 3:28PM

    Beautiful! a nice place for a run!!

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MADAMES 3/13/2014 7:49PM

    Very beautiful! Thank you for sharing Paris in springtime!


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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/13/2014 11:57AM

    Sigh! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 3/13/2014 10:48AM

    So beautiful!!

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PHEBESS 3/13/2014 8:30AM

    Ah, Paris!!!!!

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CODEMAULER 3/13/2014 7:18AM

    What a beautiful route!

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SHOOPETTE 3/13/2014 6:19AM

    LOVELY! can't wait to run in Paris!

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LIZALOT 3/13/2014 5:31AM

    great pics! the magnolia is gorgeous. i might try the river path again, though it may well still be very muddy. also i've discovered another lovely run in the woods.

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GHOSTFLAMES 3/13/2014 5:28AM

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ST for middle aged man in not great shape

Monday, February 17, 2014

DH has finally recognized that maybe a bit more exercise and ST might actually help lower his blood pressure, which is occasionally worrisomely high. his current main exercise is walking to and from work 5 days a week (a little over a mile each way). so he wants me, as the great expert :-(, to recommend something. i personally have no idea about what is appropriate for guys, or what they might find annoying. i use coach nicole videos, especially, the different bootcamp series, and also when i'm ambitious, jillian michaels 30 day shred, which i think is directed at women, but not to say it wouldn't work for men. but i'd like recommendations from guys who have not always been bodybuilders (which hes not interested in) and in good shape. maybe some particular exercises, with or without video, for starting out for a couple of weeks, and then maybe a video or 2 by some guy who is good … but this is for health and (hopefully kind of fun), not getting super strong etc.
ok maybe i should add that he's overweight but not obese, a hs math teacher who spends a lot of time at his computer, runs a lot of errands on foot, discovered at the end of C25K that it hurt his knees. we live in a city and walk a lot. no car.
and stuff we could do as a family (18-year-old DD as well) would also be appreciated.

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SEABREEZE65 2/17/2014 10:28AM

    My husband has a weekly routine that is not the same everyday. He does continue to go to the gym and use weight (resistance) machines two times a week and feels much stronger since he added this.

He does not use any videos.

He does yoga a few days a week. He does his sciatica exercises a few days a week. He does some weights at home and some sit ups and push ups.

He also does cardio, but that is not ST.

Here is a link to a full body iron strength workout that is designed by a guy and is a very good workout.


There is no link button here.... so it must be copied and pasted. I've tried it a couple of times and want to fit the entire workout into my schedule.

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MBTEPP 2/17/2014 9:44AM

    My DH was motivated by my results too, but HIIT with Jillian Michaels was not his first choice;)

We are fortunate to have a home gym that we have accumulated over the years. He started out with a trainer and learned how to properly use equipment. He started using the treadmill every morning, and went from walking to jogging. Your DH may find that his knees won't bother him, as he loses weight.

Now DH is back to the training and learning about interval training, after losing 60 lbs and wanting to lose more. He is running is first 5K this weekend, and quite excited about it.

Good luck, whatever he chooses. It is nice having similar lifestyles and eating habits. We hike together when we can now. We have become connoisseurs of fish and how it is served. We continue to motivate each other.


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WILEE323 2/17/2014 9:12AM

    Does he have access to weights or need a body weight workout? A twice a week, full body ST that I do (and I lift like a guy!) is chest press/one arm row, alternating biceps curls/triceps extension, military press/rear delt lift/anterior-lateral lift. Each is a superset with no rest. I throw a leg exercise in with each superset also i.e. squats, lunges, deadlift, calf raise.

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SHOOPETTE 2/17/2014 8:27AM

    don't know if you are wii fit fans or knect but these offer games you all can do.

family runs could be fun too though I figure they are way behing your level!

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NATPLUMMER 2/17/2014 8:07AM

    Maybe try the beach body program power 90. It's the predecessor to P90x and is less hardcore...about 30 minutes. Led by Tony Horton. Can use weights or bands.

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last LSR of 2013

Sunday, December 29, 2013

15 miles along the river, through 2 parks at almost opposite ends of Paris. 43°F (39 with the wind chill factor), relatively nice.
(for some reason i do not get, spark does not want to upload the map. to be honest, it's a fair amount like the last one, except that i also ran through the jardin des plantes, and i did not run through the tuileries this time. so you're not missing much).
30/30 run/walk intervals except for mile 12-13, which was 60/30, and i definitely had the strength left for it, but that used it all up. the next mile was way slow, due to pedestrians and traffic lights, and the final mile not too bad. otherwise, i never felt like it was hard, and my average heart rate seems to confirm that.
1 13:37 117
2 14:42 125
3 13:42 129
4 14:33 132
5 14:29 124
6 15:07 121
7 13:14 124
8 13:47 127
9 13:29 127
10 14:15 128
11 14:06 129
12 13:45 132
13 12:33 141
14 15:17 133
15 14:23 134
13 14.04 128 (69% max)

3 for enjoyment. and no sore calves, and minimal sore shoulders. gorgeous winter blue sky.
listened to Austin/Memphis country/folk (Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle). it was enjoyable. til the phone battery died at 14.5 miles. also thought some about my goals for next year. might blog about them too.
a tree that flowers in December and/or January, in the Jardin des Plantes

and my new Oesh la vida wonderful evidence-based running/walking/working/living shoes designed by a woman MD with a ph.D in biomechanics. these purple ones are for running; i have a black pair for walking/working/living

wishing everyone a healthy happy and productive 2014!

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LISALGB 12/31/2013 7:38PM

    Way to go!!

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MWWENSIN 12/30/2013 7:18PM

    Great run. Maximize battery life by closing all unnecessary apps and internet browser windows before the run.

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SEABREEZE65 12/30/2013 11:30AM

    Great run! Your HR looks very good also. That's the way it is suppose to look on a slow run!

Keep up the great work!

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MBTEPP 12/30/2013 11:22AM

    Sounds delightful!

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SMITTY4RL 12/30/2013 9:06AM

    Great run and good pace, too. Gosh, what a lovely are to run in! Are the shoes minimalist type? I like the toe box, it seems wide (I'm always looking at toe boxes now I run consistently!). Again, super run and report.

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BOILHAM 12/30/2013 7:13AM

    Great job.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 12/29/2013 1:47PM

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ROXYZMOM 12/29/2013 12:44PM

    Cute sneaks! your run sounded wonderful! you are doing great!

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SARAWALKS 12/29/2013 12:28PM

    So glad to get this report and I'm so looking forward to meeting you this spring! Off to send you a Sparkmail... emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/29/2013 12:03PM

    Great run and fabulous shoes!!

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