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Almost my 2 year anniversary...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

...just shy of one week. I am sort of in a slump. I do not have much motivation to do the things I know I ought to be doing. However, I am thinking it is time to get with some type of program. I have about 5 weeks til the half marathon and I have no idea where I should be in my training program for it. Lately, it seems my workouts have been shoveling snow.

We have what my mom describes as a "pit of a patio" and to shovel the snow off of it I have to toss the snow up and over. Only we have had so much snow I had to knock the snowbank down a couple of times so I could get the snow up and over.

I am getting to the gym at least twice a week and I am making sure to include a long run. My last long run was 13 treadmill miles. I am making sure to include lots of stretching when I am done. The gym has added one of those thigs where you hang upside down by your ankles and it feels so good after my cooldown. I hope that piece of equipment does not get broken like the treadmills.

April 1st, I start the running class with my granddaughter, so I know I will be ruuning outsdie then. I am hoping for normal temperatures by then.

Now, I am working on getting my mindset to eat healthy again. I fell off the bandwagon and hit the ground hard. It is time to pick myself up, dust myself off and get back on track.

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DOTTIEJANE1 3/19/2013 11:52AM

    You sound like you are in a good feram on mind .Once you can get outside you will feel so much better and you will just do it . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CYND59 3/19/2013 9:08AM

    Sounds like you are in the right frame of mind. You will do well. Keep up the good work.

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 3/19/2013 9:00AM

    Good luck with your half marathon! You will do great!

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DS9KIE 3/19/2013 8:53AM

    I know how you feel, its hard to get back on track but we both can't do it... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Snow! Snow! anhd More Snow!

Friday, March 15, 2013

It is snowing again! I am sore today from shoveling yesterday and I woke up this morning to see that I will have to shovel again today.

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DS9KIE 3/15/2013 7:22PM

    couple of weeks ago I had two big snowstorm of 10 inches each within a week from each other and now its melted with 80 degrees today then in the 40's with rain tomorrow...I hope there is no snow coming my way emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAT1970 3/15/2013 11:51AM

    I totally understand you thoughts of snow!! We are finally on meltdown here... Only to expect a huge storm here for beginning of the week! I am glad I am on Mat leave and I can just watch it fall... let hubby do the shoveling if he feels like it if not I am sure it will melt by the end of next week as another mild spell comes through.

It is pretty but when you know that you have to shovel it ... it becomes the evil white powder HEHE

Hope you don't have much to shovel :)

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LIV2RIDE 3/15/2013 9:46AM

    How beautiful! I'm one of those oddballs that finds peace in the snow. Yes even the shoveling. I hope you are able to find something positive in the situation.

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HANDYV 3/15/2013 9:08AM

    Snow is beautiful - BUT - I don't like it. I am glad we don't get much snow here. 1 or 2 inches can cause our little town to go into chaos.

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Vanity sizes

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I watched the Make-Over week of the Biggest Loser and was amazed at how proud the one contestant was to fit into a size 10 at 173 pounds.

Wow! a size 10 at 173 pounds! A few years back when I was at my heaviest (174 pounds) I was outgrowing a size 16. I must have been shopping at the wrong store.

Back in my high school days, I weighed 135 and my mom made my clothes. I was a size 12 then. Now, I am back to 135 pounds and I can gain 40 pounds and drop a couple of sizes. Wow! How awesome is that!

~chuckle for today~

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/14/2013 9:24AM

    It can also depend on the brand. Certainly it depends on body shape and height as well.

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    It really all does depend on how you are built. I am 224 pounds and am a size 16. At 200 pounds I was between a 12 and 14. I would never go by what sizes they are wearing on the show. Juat go by what feels right on you.
Best of luck

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/13/2013 1:22PM


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CURVYCATHY1 3/13/2013 12:17PM

  It also depends on how tall you are and where you carry your weight (and how much muscle you have). Two people both weighing 175 can be totally different shapes and sizes from each other.

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LOPEYP 3/13/2013 12:15PM

    I'm just bought a size 10 dress and I'm 155 so I think they are shopping in a special store. Wish I knew the name of it because I'd probably be a 6! emoticon

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STARR3575 3/13/2013 12:14PM

    It is crazy how it all works. Your right that some clothing stores are definitely different than others. When I was 165 I was a size 10, I am 198 and I am a size 16. I think it has a lot to do with how much muscle is on your body. Muscle holds in your body tighter so you can fit into smaller sizes. I just watched this past Mondays episode and Danni had gained 19 pounds of muscle and they said that was the most anyone has in 11 weeks on the show.
Anyway I hope that helps put it all into perspective. I hope you have a great day and keep pushing!

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my 11.5 miler

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Yesterday, it was my long run day; I am still running indoors on the treadmill because it is still too cold to run outside (too cold for wimpy me, that is). I was doing the Jeff Galloway week 7 day 4 which was to run 11 miles. I choose to do the 2:30 /1 ratio of run/walk. I did ok until mile 10 then I got hungry and it was a struggle to keep going. I think I need to work on finding out what will work the best for an energy boost.

Since the treadmill only goes for an hour, I took a small break after the first hour (similar to a water break). I ate a fig and part of a banana. Then got back to running for another hour. I managed to run 5 miles each of those hours, that was my goal. But I just wasn't able to keep the pace for that last mile.

I am satisfied that I kept the pace for the 10 miles because I wasn't sure that I would be able to keep it up as long as I did. I had a small moment of discouragement when I thought that if I had to go 13 miles then I would not beat my time from last year. I quickly dismissed that thought because I still have 8 weeks to train and that is plenty of time to improve.

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SEABREEZE64 3/14/2013 7:32AM

    Good job on the longer run. Refueling continually after an hour is important. I agree with Catherine - about 100 calories every 45 minutes is correct.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/13/2013 11:37PM

    You should be eating about 100 calories of carbs every 45 minutes on runs lasting more than an hour. Figs will work, but you need more than one. Ideally, however, you will be eating what you plan to eat during the race so that your system adjusts to it. Personally, eating every 4 miles works well for me. I use gels because that's what I use for races. Figs and bananas are too bulky to carry in sufficient quantities for me.

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PAMDAQTPI 3/3/2013 9:24AM

    Keep on going! I'm going to be getting longer and longer runs in over the next few months so hearing about yours gets me excited and mentally rev'd up for mine, thanks. You're right, you have plenty of time to improve, just give it your best every day.

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CYND59 3/3/2013 8:48AM

    That is awesome. I find it very hard to run long distances indoors on the treadmill.

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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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