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I almost did it...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Back in 2011 I attempted to run a sub30 5k. The closest I got to it was 30:23. Then last year I did a half marathon and trained to finish with no time goal. The weather was hot last summer and I did not focus on time for any of the races until the last one on Thanksgiving and that was nothing to brag about.

This year I signed up for that half marathon again but am focusing on a time goal. This morning I decided to see how fast I could run a 5k on the treadmill. According to my Nike Running app, I completed 5k in....***drumroll here*** 30:11 So close! I had to stop and retie my shoes at the beginning of the run. If it weren't for that, I might have done it.

It was a good run even though I had to stop and walk a few times after the 2 mile. I found myself running faster than I ever ran before on the treadmill. That makes me feel good about my fitness level because I am not getting any younger.

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CYND59 3/1/2013 8:21AM

    Good for you! You can do it. emoticon

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TINY-RUNNERGIRL 2/28/2013 2:10PM

    Ooohh!! You will do it - try to run a 5K two weeks after your 2nd half-marathon. All that additional mileage will absolutely get you to your sub-30, maybe even sub 28!

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KERRYG155 2/28/2013 1:00PM

    It was a great run and the next one will be the one that breaks the 30 min mark!

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LIV2RIDE 2/28/2013 8:58AM


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  Great job!

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IMREITE 2/28/2013 1:20AM

it takes time to build up strength, speed and stamina. as long as you keep working you will get fitter.

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I watched the Biggest Loser Last night

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

and I wonder what their real message is. I am referring to Jillian and Bob's reaction to the two who spent the week at home. I get the impression that the producers are implying that the only way to be successful is to do it with the "Biggest Loser". Make sure you sign up for the Biggest Loser Challenge.

In past episodes, they imply that the contestants are learning the skills to make it at home then someone volunteers to go home for the week-at-home challenge and according to Bob and Jillian that was the stupidest thing to do. The best place is to be in the house. Of course that is true; the best place to play the game is in the "house".

I also hate how they act like an 8 pound weight loss is such a terrible thing. I personally think it is unhealthy to lose that much so quickly. But it is a "reality " game show. I think that the producers would like us to forget that. The object of the game is to lose as much weight as you can in a short time so you can win a cash prize.

This season has solidified my dislike for Jillian. I think she is a bad actress, especially when she is being portrayed as caring. Who is she, Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? However, she is a great trainer for the game.

Despite all that, I still watch the show because I like seeing the transformations as the contestants lose the weight. But I would not say that the contestants are an inspiration to me because they are playing a game and losing weight, getting fit and healthy is not a game.

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LIV2RIDE 2/26/2013 3:57PM

    I've watched BL since it started. I used to love Jillian and her tough as nails approach....not so much anymore. I've read a lot of behind the scene blogs on the show and I really don't think it is a healthy approach to weightloss and understand why so many contestants have a problem maintaining it after the show. Kim from last season often comments about how unhealthy she was at the finale and how this year for the finale she will come back a more healthy version.

Bottom line is it is a show. These people know what they are signing up for. Do I think it's healthy? No! But some of these people wouldn't have been able to do it any other way. We also don't see everything. We only see what makes good television.

I also thought the back and forth last night about Jackson and Jeff going home was a bit odd. I thought it was a good thing that they "went home" and had such a great loss on their own without the trainers. I was really confused by Jillian's reaction.

The makeover show is my favorite and I hope they do a better job this year of picking outfits and hairstyles. The past couple years it's like someone's grandmother is dressing them.

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MARGARITTM 2/26/2013 10:27AM

    Isn't it fun - either to love or dilike Jillian or to crtique the show. It is a lot of fun!

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ROSE-GARDEN 2/26/2013 10:21AM

    Couldn't agree more!

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SMILES_CAN_DO 2/26/2013 9:23AM

  I've watched the Biggest Loser for years. I admire the contestants for seeking out a way that will finally push them into doing what they need. Kudos to them for doing whatever it takes. They have to put everything out there for the world to see- they make their challenges very public. I laugh with them and cry with them, I feel everything they're going through. They are me! Their transformations are amazing and they inspire me!
However, I do not care for Jillian's approach. I would never work with her. As for the two who wanted to give it a go at home- yay for them!! They were positive and confident, just what the trainers want them to be. So, I agree, there was something else behind that.
I also question the negativity of only an 8 lb loss. Good grief! And Danni- how does she lose 10 lbs in one week- at this point in her weight loss?? That's crazy! How do they do that?
So, I look forward to Makeover Week next week. My favorite! The reactions of their family members is wonderful! I'm sure to have lots of happy tears!

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SUNSHINE99999 2/26/2013 9:06AM

  I like going at my own pace in a positive way. I do not like being yelled at. emoticon

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ULTRALISA 2/26/2013 8:49AM

    I felt the same way about so many things you talked about. I always liked Jillian, not the most by any stretch of the imagination but I understood after a few seasons that she was trying to get the contestants to break away from whatever was holding them back sooner and then she showed them a softer side but this season she is so negative. These people are doing really well the exception of Gina's meltdowns they are all really positive and there is no real backbiting. She is just way too negative about everything. What I think has happened is that poor Alex has be berated so much that she couldn't see how amazing an 8 pound weight loss was. I watch it because the contestants inspire me...much more than the trainers. They have given me way more Ah Ha moments than the trainers for sure.

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MYBULLDOGS 2/26/2013 8:44AM

    i would not like someone screaming at me. to me that is not motivation. jillian lost the majority of her team first.

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She's braver than I am...

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It is almost the end of February and I think I ran outside twice so far this year. It has been so cold and I feel like such a wimp because my granddaughter is doing the plunge this year. It is a fundraiser for the special olympics where they cut a hole in the ice on a lake and people "take the plunge". She is 11 and asked me to jump with her; I declined and told her I am too wimpy to go jump in the lake before the ice has melted.

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MELMOMOF4 2/23/2013 7:34PM

    yeah no I wouldn't be able to do that either

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MSCARCHICK 2/23/2013 6:40PM

    I can't even imagine!

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CASSIOEPIA 2/21/2013 8:34PM

    I love that she asked, but I don't know that I'd be able to say "Yes" to her either. Brrrr.

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BRAVELUTE 2/21/2013 8:19PM

    I'm positive I couldn't. I can hardly handle the heated pool when temps in the 20s wick off the heat and bring the temperature down to 80. But I don't feel bad about not being able to be a polar bear. Leave me warm and cozy.

I also understand about not likig to walk outdoors when it is so cold. You have to get creative in the winter!! Lots of things to try, I liked the Zumba DVd the best. And I figure I'll use it indoors for the opposite--The heat in Florida in July, August and September if I don't get a walk in before the sun comes up.

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GAILRUU 2/21/2013 3:40PM

    My granddaughter and her dad did that in Duluth a few years ago. Brr! I don't even like cold showers!!

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TREENERBEANER 2/21/2013 1:23PM

    I had a co-worker do the polar plunge for the first time this year. She said she is addicted and can't wait for next year. I too don't know if I could do it. I don't like being cold.. and that might be too much for me to handle. I also have never heard of anything negative happening to anyone while doing the plunge. I think a big part of why, is they cover you right away and you go into a warming house to get dry and stay warm.

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WINACHST 2/21/2013 11:58AM

    It is a very popular fundraiser and fully staffed with medical and divers. Haven't heard of any negative incidents, unlike some marathon races.

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COOP9002 2/21/2013 11:57AM

    There's nothing wrong with avoiding ice cold water in the Winter. It's great that she wanted you to join her though.

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INSPIRATIONAL3 2/21/2013 11:24AM

    I don't know if you were wimpy or just being smart. We would need to have a doctor's report in on that.

You would think they would have some other form of fund raising activity that woud be a little less controversial to raise money.

Just my thoughts on this subject.

Yvonne emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Long Run of 9.30 miles

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Yesterday, I did my long run and ran 9.30 miles on the treadmill. I started using my Jeff Galloway app along with my Nike + but for some reason I could not get both apps to run at the same time. Frustrating. I chose to stick with the Nike+ and keep track of my run/walk by watching the timer.

I find it easier for me to push myself if I have a voice telling me when to run or walk. Otherwise that "other" voice inside my head gets too loud and convinces me that I am too tired, isn't that a pain in my foot, etc.

I had a couple of rounds where the other voice won and I walked a bit more than the scheduled, but I also want to stay injury free. However, I finished strong and close too the time the JG app had for the time the workout should take.

My half Marathon is 10 weeks away, doing 9.3 miles and the fact that I did not have to take a nap after this workout is a great confidence booster.

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BRAVELUTE 2/17/2013 2:40PM

    Good for you. Sound like you will be SO ready for the half marathon!!

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GABBY98_80 2/17/2013 9:22AM

    Fantastic!!!! That moment of having energy post workout is amazing! I can't wait to get back to it. Great job!

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A 9:20 minute mile

Friday, February 15, 2013

I went to the gym yesterday for the treadmill workout. I am in some week of the Jeff Galloway Half Marathon training and was thinking it was the day to do the long run. I say some week because I do not even know where I am in my training plan. Crazy, huh?

I started my app and when I heard his voice, I realized I just was not in the mood to have his chatter in my ear. Plus I was ill earlier this week and that took a lot out of me, so I thought I would just do an easy run and see how it would be from that. I decided to do a 5k and realized that it was a wise decision to take it easy.

Then I went to a Zumba class. The class was too long and I got bored after 20 minutes. I felt better by then so I decided to run a mile. Somewhere in the training program is a day to do "the magic mile".

9:20, my fastest mile so far this year. Yah! This old lady still has it in her!!

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JPAMPY 2/15/2013 11:43AM

    AWESOME JOB!!! That is great!! Keep it up!! emoticon emoticon

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