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Can I do a Half Marathon?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I set a goal to do a 10k next year, but as I was looking for local races I happened to see one that is close by where I live is going to have pacers for the marathon. And they had just my pace. I think a marathon would be too much for me at this time, but a half marathon may be doable if I start to train now. I figured I could tag along with the slower pacer group and then be able to complete my goal with over exerting myself.

I have til Dec. 31 to decide and get the lowest entry fee. It is something for me to think about.

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KELLEEH 11/28/2011 3:53PM

    I think you can do it! I have completed two half marathons - I walked one and walked/jogged the other. One day I would like to run one. It's tons of fun. It's exciting to train for a race like that. Best of luck to you!

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MISSLISA1973 11/28/2011 7:28AM

    I bet you can! emoticon
My recommendation would be to work out a starting-to-train plan for now to the end of the year and see how it goes for you. I had planned to do a half, but it was too much too soon for me, but you are much more active than I was (am). Plus I did silly stuff, like walk after work in my work clothes and the heat of the day instead of going out in the morning or evening in workout clothes. Wore myself out quick. But you won't make those mistakes, so I think you'll do GREAT!
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LIV2RIDE 11/27/2011 5:57PM

    I'm not a runner so I can't offer any specific advice. I'll tell you what my dad has told me all my life. You can do anything you set your mind to. So if it is something you want to do, come up with a plan and do it. The only one stopping you is you and what is in your head. emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 11/27/2011 3:10PM

    If you can currently run 3 miles with relative ease and you have 3-4 months to train (and you can run 3-4 days per week), you can probably do a half.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 11/27/2011 11:27AM

    You will know by then if this is the next challenge for you to take on. Anything is possible with a plan. Find the right training program for you and run, run, run. Consistency is the key.

Daphne in Doral (Miami)

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MOLLYSARAN 11/27/2011 11:19AM


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I did not even miss the turkey

Friday, November 25, 2011

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day and I started it with a Turkey Run 5k, a charity run for the Shriner's Hospital for Children. Then for our dinner, I prepared a nontraditional meal. I decided to do a Fall Harvest Theme rather than the Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings.

Here is what we had:
Butternut Squash soup
Salad with mixed greens
Roasted Vegetables (squash, sweet potato, potato, Brussel sprouts, carrots, onion)
Black Bean and Carrot Tamale
Apple Pie Lara Bar for dessert

It was my first attempt at making tamals and boy, were they yummy; much better than those we get a the local Mexican restaurant.

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ELEMENOPEO 11/26/2011 10:28AM

    Sounds wonderful! We had a stuffed roast chicken since my son hates turkey. It turned out well. But I think tamales sound fantastic. And soup...mmm.

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DORY1949 11/25/2011 3:06PM

    Loved your Thanksgivng Day Menu-next year will try some of the dishes. I didn't miss the turkey either-had Tuscan White Bean soup, baked stuffed w quinoa acorn squash, salad w lots of greens, appetizers of green and orange and red peppers and hummus.

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LIV2RIDE 11/25/2011 10:53AM

    Your meal sounds delish! I'd love the recipe for the black bean and carrot tamale if you are willing to share. I've never made tamales before but LOVE mexican food.

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SPARKLED146 11/25/2011 7:48AM

    That meal sounds delicious!

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IMEMINE1 11/25/2011 7:10AM

    Sounds very good.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

emoticon Man, I can do so well on some days and on others I wonder if I even give a single thought about eating what is good for me. One of my favorite shows is the Biggest Loser and I get the same thought every time - if I did not exercise the way I do, I'd have that much weight gain too.

I eat too much, even the things that are good for me. For instance, last night I made homemade corn tortillas, then some fat free pinto beans (mashed to pretend they were "refried"), water-sauteed onion, red peppers, mushrooms, sweet potatoes; topped with a bit of guacamole and salsa. Served this tostada style. It was so good and I ended up eating 3 servings. I could have stopped with 2, but I didn't I just had to have one more, not because I was still hungry but just because it was so tasty.

I have to learn how to stop eating when I am satisfied, not full. Any advice??

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LIV2RIDE 11/22/2011 6:39AM

    I like GSWINNIE's advice. I might have to try that myself. If I put it all away I can't get more.

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MARTHASPARKS 11/21/2011 6:11PM

    Portion control is essential. Measure your food and weigh it. Eat slowly to let your body feel the food. Serve onto plates but don't put bowls on the table. Remind yourself that enjoying your food is wonderful but that you want to feed your body's needs instead of your mouth's wants.

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GSWINNIE 11/21/2011 12:10PM

    Put the food away right after you make it. Section out portions for yourself or family and put any leftovers directly in the fridge, you'll be less likely to have more if you have to reheat it.

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I am going to leave my ticker where it is...

Friday, November 18, 2011

I weighed myself this morning and saw that I am finally on the downward side of coming off that DQ Peanut Buster Parfait and Halloween candy diet. But I have decided not to record it on SP because I kind of like seeing it sitting at 125 pounds. I think that 127 is more reasonable for me to maintain, but I have only seen 125 twice in my adult life and I want to be reminded that I can do it.

I feel like I am finally getting back on track. I am running a 5k on Thanksgiving and my times right now could be improve upon. I am positive that all that junk as made an impact on my running times. I have a photo with a 29'44" time on my garmin and that was accomplished when I was behaving and eating the foods that nourished my body. That, and more comfortable running weather I am positive helped me achieve that goal. It is cold outside now and that takes a bit getting used to.

So, to be realistic, I am aiming for a sub 32' time on that run. There is one more local run in December, that I am thinking about but do not want to commit to because I am such a wimp running in cold weather. However, my daughter wants to do this charity run for an orphanage at the end of February. Does she not realize how cold it is that time of year?

So, here is to once again returning to all those accomplishments I have made this year and doing it during the holiday season.

And since the stores are already playing Christmas music here I might as well get in the spirit of things: Have a Healthy Holiday Season everyone.!!!

and don't forget to post about all your successful and wonderful accomplishments.

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KELLEEH 11/21/2011 1:49PM

    Have fun on your Thanksgiving 5k! I also don't like to run in the cold weather. I'm sure you'll do great.

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PATTIE441 11/18/2011 4:50PM

    That's awesome! You go girl! Woo Hoo! emoticon emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 11/18/2011 11:31AM

    Have fun! emoticon

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My 10k time to beat

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I have decided to train for a 10k and since I have been running for a while now, I decided to do a trial run and see what my time is. 68:09

I am setting a goal to do a 10k in 65 minutes or less.

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HENRYSC 11/16/2011 12:39PM

    your garmin shows a sub 30 5K...a rule of thumb would be to double the time and add a minute for you expected 10K time that would put you at a sub 61 you can do it go for the sub 65

great job

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ELEMENOPEO 11/16/2011 12:26PM

    Sounds great! My husband has been running for years. I usually do in home dvds but am wanting to learn to run (sounds silly) so we can spend some time together doing so. I am sure with determination you can set a new best PR! emoticon

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JITZUROE 11/15/2011 11:13AM

    I'm excited for you and KNOW you will beat that time and set a new PR!

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RONNIEHUEY 11/15/2011 11:05AM

    Wow! You are doing a great job! Keep it up!

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