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Intervals -- Done!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Since I demolished my previous record at the Eau Claire Half Marathon (2:41), I have wanted to do it again and again. It's an addiction!

Right now, I have my eye on the Whistlestop Half Marathon in October. A time of 2:30 would be awesome. This means I have to shift my focus for training a bit. For the first three half marathons, it has been just complete the race. Now, with the most recent one, I want to improve my time to be faster. This means running with a purpose (tempo, long slow run, intervals, hill repeats) rather to just run to run.

For the last few weeks, I have been meaning to start with some speedwork - interval and hill repeats. I kept dreading it so I put it off. Well, TODAY I did intervals on the treadmill. I even did 4 miles like it was nothing. It even felt like I was flying at times. Oh, I was... during the 1/4 mile I did it at between 8-10 minute pace. And, I even didn't have any discomfort or anything. I haven't done that in more than a month! SOO excited!!!!

Before I sign off, I would like to send a thank you to my Stephanie, RUN4ME21, who had a virtual running date with me. Our goal was to do intervals but being accountable to the other one. Well, I did it! Stephanie, did you?! emoticon

  
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MYLADY4 6/29/2012 9:04AM

    You go girl, bust that time.

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DOGLADY13 6/29/2012 5:10AM

    Good for you! Interval training is tough.

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RUN4ME21 6/28/2012 9:06PM

    You rock lady! I like the virtual training thing. I knew when I woke up this morning that I would have to be accountable to someone if I didn't get it done! We'll have to actually do them together next time!

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TYKXBOY 6/28/2012 5:56PM

    I love when a good workout comes together. Awesome!


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PURPLE180 6/28/2012 4:20PM

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SHERYLDS 6/28/2012 3:57PM

    emoticon YOU CAN DO IT.....YOU ARE UNBELIEVABLE

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NATPLUMMER 6/28/2012 3:55PM

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/28/2012 3:52PM

    I'll be cheering for you! GO GET IT!

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Final Run for Run for Life

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

For the last six months, I have been part of a running program called Run for Life. Run for Life is a three tier program with training options for a 5K, half marathon or full marathon. I was in charge of the 5K program.

Tonight we commenced with a final run and a celebratory BBQ. It was great to hear how they reached their goals -- running a 5K or half marathon for the first time to reaching their goal time for the half or full marathon. You know, there were times I wanted to quit because of personality conflict issues with another coach. I stuck with it and I gotta say I am incredibly proud of these girls!

Our group dwindled down during the 6 months. Here is a photo from tonight.



But, tonight is not the end of the journey. In the fall, I will be doing my internship as the Run for Life Coordinator. This means, basically, I will be in charge of the program. This may not be the most ideal internship for someone with my experience, and near degree. I figure I won't have many opportunities where I can run a running program. Right now, I do. So, I am going to take it.

In addition to that, I am the Employee of the Month! During the meeting with my boss and our CEO when they told me I am the Employee of the Month, the CEO asked what my plans were for the future. I told him I love the Y (because I do!), why I love the Y (great community!) and would love a place in the Y. My boss spoke up and said how great I am and that I was looking into program management. In a couple weeks, I am having lunch with both my boss and CEO as part of being Employee of the Month. Hopefully, there that lunch I can sell myself in why he should create a position for ME!

  
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PATRICIAANN46 6/27/2012 11:40PM

  Hi Savannah........
That is wonderful news and they would be lucky to have you!!!
You're the emoticon!!!
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BAILEYS7OF9 6/27/2012 5:02PM

    good luck!


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GETFIT2LIVE 6/27/2012 2:02PM

    That is awesome news, Savannah! You have done a great job, and it's wonderful that all your hard work is being recognized. Way to go!

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KKINNEA 6/27/2012 1:56PM

    Great news all around and well deserved!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/27/2012 1:18PM

    YAY!! I think it's great that you get to run a running program:-)
Congratulations!!

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ZANNBEE 6/27/2012 9:20AM

    Way to go. Good luck with that! I'm sure you'll do great.

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MYLADY4 6/27/2012 12:30AM

    Good for you and don't be afraid to sing your own praises.

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TYKXBOY 6/26/2012 11:48PM

    With an attitude and results like that, they should be falling all over themselves to create a position for you, if they know what's good for them. That is awesome!
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Full Rounded Healthy

Friday, June 22, 2012

What does healthy mean to you?

Healthy is more than the physical component. Healthy has a total of six components -- physical, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental and mental.

In the last year, I have been focusing on mere ONE component of healthy -- physical. I measured my maintenance success by my scale. If I was above 160, I failed. If I was below, I was successful.

Well, today as I was reflecting on the last couple heart wrenching weeks, I realized I am really healthy. Yesterday, a guy I really, really liked, who stayed with me for a week, told me how his ex-girlfriend of two years wants him back and he certainly was not opposed to trying it again even through they broke up two years ago. Well, I was/am heartbroken, to say the least. I was the most open and trusting like I haven't been with anyone else (but my family) before. It's suffice to say that I will not be able to trust him with my feelings like I before so whether he's with her or not, I do not know if I can be.

But, my heart break isn't the point. The point is how I dealt with my broken heart. I turned to family and friends to talk about it. I asked for hugs. I cried. I did NOT turn for food. This was the THIRD time this week I dealt with my feelings instead of trying to hide or eat them. Sure, I worked out today but I didn't eat my feelings. This is a HUGE victory for me.

And, this helped me understand I am a truly a healthy person - eating right, exercising, dealing with feelings and stress without sabotaging myself, and having the maturity to deal with these situations. Maybe TODAY should be my maintenance date as today is the FIRST day I feel sincerely full rounded healthy -- physically, emotionally, mentally, and even socially.

Are you full rounded healthy? Are you working on all your components or just one?

  
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JPGSMOM 6/30/2012 10:16PM

    Savannah, I am so proud of you! And, you are so right about all of the aspects of being healthy. You are wise beyond your years! Love ya girl!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/24/2012 10:03PM

  Hi Savannah.........
emoticon!!!!! You are definitely healthy in so many ways and this is something you can display for all of the people you work with to see. You are and will be a wonderful inspiration.
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YDAVIS23 6/24/2012 9:18AM

    Great post. I am going to take each piece of the puzzle and do my own reflecting - thanks for sparking me!

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DOGLADY13 6/23/2012 6:55AM

    I am doing better at using exercise to rid myself of frustration, anxiety and anger. Eating food for comfort hits deep in the reward centers of our brains and re-wiring the brain takes a lot of conscious effort. Keep it up. It'll get easier every time.

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EMFRAPPIER 6/23/2012 6:00AM

    emoticon Dealing with emotions without food is so hard. I'm definitely still working on it. Good for you!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/23/2012 12:55AM

    Yes, you are healthy!!
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EJOY-EVELYN 6/23/2012 12:53AM

    Congratulations -- What a great message! You now have what I like to call "achieving balance."

My written goals now reflect measurable action in areas of faith, family, friends, food, fitness, and fun in an attempt to finish with my ultimate goal to achieve balance.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/22/2012 5:49PM

    I know exercise has helped me come out of a deep 2 yr depression from loosing my job...

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Northern Minnesota Flooding

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hello Sparkers!! I just wanted to send out a quick note that I am fine. Many of my sparky friends know I live in northern WI/MN and may be worried. Today we have some flooding going on with some major roads being closed, like the bridge! Guess I won't be going to work today. At least the power is back on. The Internet, though, is not, so I am writing this via my new IPhone! Anyhow, I am safe and sound. I could use a boat if anyone is building one or has connections with Noah.

If you are interested in what it looks like, google Duluth, Mn or Duluth News Tribune.

Stay dry!!!

  
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PATRICIAANN46 6/22/2012 6:13PM

  Hi Savannah........
I am glad to read that you are safe. Our oldest son lived in Duluth for a year and has always said what a beautiful city it is. Mother Nature can be very cruel at times.......
Stay dry.....
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SHERYLDS 6/21/2012 1:35PM

    stay safe and sane. hope you get relief quickly

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/20/2012 3:08PM

    Stay safe! Thanks for letting us know you're okay--hope things get better in that area SOON!

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NATPLUMMER 6/20/2012 1:27PM

    Glad you're safe. Be well!!
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MYLADY4 6/20/2012 10:45AM

    I saw footage from up there. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad to know you are safe and sound.

So sad about the zoo animals. The campground we usually camp at is about 6 blocks from there and I wonder how that is fairing.



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MNGIRLIE 6/20/2012 10:40AM

    stay dry! I just read that Don Ness declared a state of emergency. Yikes.

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 6/20/2012 10:40AM

    Glad to hear you are ok. I work for the cable company and we have techs in the Duluth/Superior area. Sounds like some very bad circumstances going on. Hope things turn for the better for all of you! Or, that you learn how to build a boat!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/20/2012 10:36AM

    Stay comfy and enjoy the day as best you can. I can't wait to get out to Amnicon Falls after all this rain again . . . should be an even more incredible site. By the time I wait a couple weeks for Gooseberry Falls, it should be back to normal, again. I see all the schools public and 4-year colleges are closed and the two major Bridges to Minnesota are closed. The pictures on the news of cars under water or in sink holes are something else. Hope to get out (locally) for lunch today!

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Emotional Eating Progress!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I made progress!!! Sometimes it takes another person's blog to help me realize I have made progress in my own journey. This time is was my progress with emotional eating. Since the beginning of this journey, I have struggled with this but overall, have been making some slow progress.

This week I had a break through!

In the last couple days, Sunday and Monday, I dealt with a couple situations that ended up with me crying. Obviously, I was sad and/or hurt. In a nutshell, one was that my guy friend, Z, who I romantically like that stayed for a week left. The other was a bit more complicated. More than a week ago, I broke it off with the guy, N, I was FWB because I was really started to like my friend, Z. After Z left, N said some hurtful things like asking if Z was better in the sack than he was, or that he was disappointed in me or that I was hanging all over him. It was like being slapped. Since this conversation was online, I was able to sit down and cry it all out.

The point of this blog isn't to tell you how I was hurt. But, to point out, I didn't EAT my feelings!!! I let myself FEEL my feelings, good or bad. Progress!!!

  
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PATRICIAANN46 6/22/2012 6:10PM

  Hi Savannah........
Good for YOU!!!!!!! That is amazing progress. Emotional eating can be an awfully hard habit to break.!!!!!!! I am proud of you.
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ERLYWA 6/19/2012 6:54PM

    Good girl! I had an experience yesterday of helping myself to not eat emotionally too, and it is such a powerful thing! I'm proud of you for putting yourself first even when someone had hurt you.

keep up the great work!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/19/2012 6:37PM

    So sorry about the situations with the guys, but it is great that you were able to feel things without turning to food for comfort. You will find the guy who loves you for who you are, and it will be worth it when you do.

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 6/19/2012 2:21PM

    that is great progress! good for you hon, seriously crying is better for you than a chocolate bar (or whatever your emotional food of choice) it gets toxins out and then you can look at things with more clarity.

*hugs* don't let N get you down, he is obviously insecure and looking for an outlet for those feelings; they should not be directed at you. ever. I'll kick him in the jimmies for you if you like emoticon

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MYLADY4 6/19/2012 2:14PM

    Bad that all this happened, good that you are able to deal with it without feeding the feelings with food.

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NATPLUMMER 6/19/2012 2:05PM

    Yes, that is progress. I'm sorry it's been such a hurtful time.
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OPTIMIST1948 6/19/2012 2:04PM

    Good for you, feeling your feelings. Use the time to heal your emotional wounds and use some good old-fashioned endorphins to help you recenter.

You'll find the right guy, they are out there. Its the whole "Gotta Kiss alot of frogs" thing....

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KKINNEA 6/19/2012 1:54PM

    Sorry to hear about these troubles but glad you were able to deal with them without compromising health and fitness.

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