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Monday, May 20, 2013

My first back to back Saturday 5k's. Not sure how I was going to do on this one considering I recovering from being sick the previous Saturday 5k. I did feel better when I woke up Saturday morning. I did manage to get at least 5 hrs of sleep vs. 2 hrs the previous Saturday. I felt like my body was finally over the sickness. I was excited race to race this one since it was a Christian run and events all day at the park. So that made me happy for my family. They would have something to do besides just showing up and cheering daddy on :) (which I love & I am very grateful for).

This was the 2nd Annual No Hungry Children event and 1st 5k run they have organized. It was really surprising to just turn around and be able to see ALL the runners. I think we might have had 50 if that many. It was the smallest race I have ever competed in.

I was excited after seeing my race time. It didn't feel like my run was that faster than previous race (previous 5k = 25:12) Then it was show time for my little runner. She ran her 50 yard dash. She loves those. We are all so proud of her! We also had a friend of ours from church that ran and completed her first 5k. It was very exciting. We had a great family day!

Next race is June 15th on my dad's birthday in Dallas "Dad's Fest 5k" It will be mine and Jayleigh's race together for 3.1 miles. This will be total opposite of what we just did Saturday. This will be our biggest race either one of us have been too. We are excited. We will be running it for my dad and her "PoP" for his 69th Birthday!

Now on to the pictures :)

our pre-race picture

and we are off, brb in 24:27 minutes

i can see the finish line

sprint mode "DIG DEEPER"

emoticon new 5k PR 24:27

it's Jayleigh's turn

Daddy is catching it "live"

all the camera's capture the moment of Tyler's Tutu Girl finishing

Jayleigh's friend (Maddison) from church. Her mother was the one that completed her first 5k.

Thank you baby and sissy for your support and for the emoticon picture's!
We emoticon you bunches! GO TEAM SHADDEN!!!

Time to continue on with my Insanity: Asylum Vol. 1


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Peel A Banana

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Peel A Banana

As you probably know, bananas are an excellent source of potassium.
It is not true, however, that bananas are the “fat-fruit” unless you eat
a few dozen a week! What you may not know though is that potas-sium is essential for your body to be optimally hydrated. A lack of
proper hydration is one of the top ways to depress your metabolism
since every single energy process in your cells relies on a molecule of
water at some point in time!

Potassium also aids in proper muscle contraction. It is important
for chemical reactions within the cells, stabilization of blood pres-sure and transmission of electrochemical impulses. Thermo gen-esis, which is crucial to a high metabolism, is strongly related to the transport of potassium ions across the cell membrane. A depressed sodium potassium pump will lead to a depressed basal metabolic rate!

In case you just can’t stand the flavor or the yellow mush of bananas,
other great sources of potassium include milk and oranges. LeanFactor
includes a particularly beneficial source of potassium aspartate
which vastly improves energy levels. EnerPrime contains potassium
citrate, which is under consumed by Americans and often depleted
due to overuse of sodium and caffeine. The combination of the potassium aspartate in LeanFactor and the potassium citrate in EnerPrime
makes them ideal supplements to your diet!

source: Ben Greenfield


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MODDEDCOROLLA 5/16/2013 4:15PM

    I eat a banana every day. :)

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PAMDAQTPI 5/15/2013 9:16AM

    I love a banana after a run. No mush hating here.

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HAMMERROB 5/14/2013 10:36PM

    Count me among the people who can't stand the yellow mush of bananas. My next creamsicle I'm going to congratulate myself for pumping up my potassium levels!

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STUDLEEJOE 5/14/2013 4:52PM

    Thank you for a very interesting blog

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Race for the Cure 5k Race

Monday, May 13, 2013

Saturday's 5k run was a success in that I finished. My time wasn't bad considering I was sick most of last week & no workouts. I placed 5th in my age group. Time was 25:12 It amazes me some of the competition that is in my age group. As you will see, 1st place guy ran it in 20:45. That is quick for our age group. Time to put that race behind me & get ready for this Saturday's 5k.

Shout out to my wonderful and fabulous wife for getting up early to support her family at the runs. She is not a early bird like me and my daughter, but yet she gets up and gets everyone ready to go run. Thank you baby!

Jayleigh did AWESOME! She ran her 4th run this year. She ran her 50 yard dash like it was nothing. Now she is prepping for her next race Saturday too Great job baby girl! TEAM SHADDEN is proud of you!


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PAMDAQTPI 5/14/2013 11:46AM

    That's an awesome time! You should be proud of it, I'd take nearly twice as long as that.

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RUN4FOOD 5/13/2013 9:01PM

    Congratulations on a very good run and keeping your priorities straight by focusing on your family.

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GRACEISENUF 5/13/2013 2:56PM

    This is such a "family" team...love it! Jayleigh is growing up so fast. Wish I could "shrink" my two and do it all over again, lol.

Way to go on finishing strong Eric and also teaching Jayleigh how to exercise and have fun. Hope your wife had a wonderful Mothers Day!


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JAN155 5/13/2013 2:18PM

That is a great time! Your age group is a very difficult one where we live as well. In fact, there's a 43 year old guy here that routinely finishes 5 K races in 16 to 18 minutes. Yea - no chance of catching him!

Your daughter is just darling! Very cute! I think it's great you have the whole family there participating. Just keep running and be happy every time you do the best you can do that day.

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8 Running Apps to Help You Train for Your Next Race (2 of 2)

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

8 Running Apps to Help You Train for Your Next Race (2 of 2)

5. Run Half Marathon

Best for: Intermediate runners who want a structured training plan

Cool features: This training program takes runners who feel comfortable running three miles a few times a week to completing a half marathon in just 13 weeks. The app features a built-in calendar to schedule your training runs, saves your stats (distance, pace, elevation, and calories burned), and checks off each completed workout on the calendar—how's that for a feeling of satisfaction? The developers also created 5K and 10K training plans in case you're not quite ready to take on 13.1.

6. Bit Timer

Best for: Advanced runners or anyone who wants to lose body fat, boost speed, or improve overall fitness

Cool features: Most runners (or gym goers) are familiar with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and its proven power to help increase speed and endurance. But rather than blindly poking at the treadmill console or constantly checking your watch, download this super-helpful app to stay focused on your footwork. Bit Timer, which promises to be the "World's Simplest Interval Timer Ever," has a clean and simple interface, making it easy to plug in your desired number of work periods, rest periods, and repetitions.

7. Best for: Cross-training

Cool features: To get in tip-top shape for your race, you can't rely on cardio alone. The Full Fitness app puts a comprehensive exercise library, most with accompanying videos, at your fingertips. You can choose from 30 workout routines designed by top fitness professionals and tailored to specific goal, whether it's losing weight, defining your legs, or improving overall fitness. It's like having a personal trainer in your pocket!

8. MyPlate by LiveStrong

Best for: Runners who want to shape up their diet

Cool features: Getting fit for a race involves more than just running—eating the right foods to fuel your body is just as important! With the MyPlate app from LiveStrong.com, you can track your intake of protein, carbs, fats, and more to make sure your nutrition is on-par with your training goals. With a comprehensive database of more than 1.3 million foods and restaurant items, you can easily keep track each morsel that goes into your mouth. It also features a community of members who can inspire you to stick to your goals.


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LINDAKAY228 5/9/2013 10:33AM

    Great suggestions! Some I'm never heard of!

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8 Running Apps to Help You Train for Your Next Race (1 of 2)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

8 Running Apps to Help You Train for Your Next Race

1. Couch to 5K

Best for: Beginning runners

Cool features: This app from Active.com will make finishing 3.1 miles a breeze after you complete the nine-week training plan, running just three days a week. You'll pick from one of five different "virtual coaches" to guide you through each workout, plus the app tracks your distance, pace, and routes, and it even shares your progress on Facebook (if you so desire).

2. Proof!

Best for: Runners who like a little friendly competition

Cool features: Hold yourself accountable for every mile with Proof, which lets users "compete" with Facebook friends or contacts in your smartphone to achieve fitness goals—or anything, really. Anyone can post a status that they just finished an 18-miler, but this app requires "proof" of completion—i.e. a photo or video. To keep things interesting, the app has a real-time leader board where users make bets, offer words of encouragement, or talk smack to fuel the competition.

3. WalkJogRun

Best for: Runners who prefer outdoor training

Cool features: With a database of more than 1.7 million user-contributed routes, filtered by distance and time, the WalkJogRun app takes the monotony out of race training. Choose a "training diary" from the app's pre-set plans or create your own for any distance goal. It's a bit pricier than many running apps, but the incredibly accurate GPS tracking system eliminates any chance for surprises on race day (Are you really running an eight-minute mile?).

4. Upbeat Workouts for Runners

Best for: Any runner in need of musical motivation

Cool features: We've all been there: You're logging miles like a pro with up-tempo tunes to help you keep the pace, when all of a sudden that 90s ballad comes on and totally ruins your stride. The Upbeat Workouts for Runners app uses beats per minute, BPM, to match your cadence with songs from your music library. So your run will never be interrupted by Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" again!


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LINDAKAY228 5/7/2013 4:57PM

    Those are all really cool. I love Runkeeper too, and it lets me create my own interval workout. I use it all the time. The other app that I also use is called CharityMiles. It's also a free app and has a number of different charities to choose from. For each mile I walk or run they have sponsors who donate 25 cents to the charity I chose. For bicycling they donate ten cents per mile. Today I did 7 miles of a lot of walking and some running and so it donated $1.75 to the charity I selected. Doesn't sound like that much but over the course of a year it adds up. One of my favorite to donate to is the Wounded Warriors Project, but they have charities for cancer, hunger, education, autism, and lots of other things. So just going out and doing what I do helps others without me having to do anything but start the app, and accept the sponsorship at the end. It doesn't really help you train, except that it does motivate me to move more and get more miles to help others. I'm looking forward to the next part of this. Great blog!!

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SPECIALK2122 5/7/2013 2:24PM

    thanks for the info!!! emoticon emoticon

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RITEEBEE 5/7/2013 2:15PM

    These all sound great!!


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