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Did Candy Bars Really Slow Me Down?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I have had a goal to do a sub30 5k for over 1 year now. This spring and early summer I was beginning to think that maybe I am too old to accomplish that goal. But then my daughter and son in law wanted to quit smoking and I said if they do I would quit eating candy bars.

Well, they are smoking and I ate some tootsie rolls. But I did not want to stop my challenge so I declined candy bars from my daughters that they were offering me as a thank you for doing something for them and said, "I am giving up candy". I even told that to the nice lady handing out samples in the store and when I said that there was a chorus "You're giving up candy? I could never do that." from every one who was in earshot.

Anyway, today I am on week 1 day 4 of the 30 Day Fastest 5k program and it was an endurance run for about 30 minutes or so. It was basically running for a stretch of time followed by a jog. It was such a good run for me. I managed to run for the whole time I was supposed and when the last run was done, I looked at my garmin and saw that I only had 1k to go before I reached 5k. The next thing to do was cooldown - slow jog for 5 minutes. I was a little over 1 1/2 mile from home, so instead of the cool down, I ran and ran and ran. NEW personal best time for me 31'22". And then I walked that last 1+ mile home. I felt so good.

As I was doing that last 1k, I began to see how eating all those sweets have been affecting my performance and I thought "Did all those candy bars slow me down?" I am thinking yes, they did. There is little micronutrients, if any at all, in candy bars. Since candy consists mainly of sugar and fat I am now seeing there is no benefit to my performance eating candy.

I am focusing on eating better so that I can acheive my goal of a sub 30. I entered a race in September and I should be graduated from the program by then. Even if I don't make the sub 30 (a sub31 will make me happy) I am so happy with the improvements I am seeing in my endurance and strength. If I can run that race hard beginning to end I will be satisfied with my fitness improvement.

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KELLEEH 8/17/2011 7:29PM

    Great incentive to give up the candy! I've tried to improve the quality of my sweet tooth indulgences, but I could definitely do better. This is a great way to look at it!

Good luck on your 5k! I know you will rock it!

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CAROLCRC 8/17/2011 7:58AM

    Good for you! A sub-30 is a very reachable goal, and you will feel great about it if you even come close. I try to reserve candy as a treat for being good for a certain number of days - and then just a taste. (yes, I know we are not supposed to use food for rewards... but it does work!)

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GOING-STRONG 8/17/2011 1:09AM

    Great job and wonderful goals! My best 5k run is 32:50 so I still have a way to go to catch up to you. Spark on!

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LIV2RIDE 8/16/2011 8:55PM

    emoticon You are doing it! I'm so excited for your progress. Keep it up!

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PAMMY222 8/16/2011 6:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Fabulous! And how great for you! I am also training for my first 5K, and am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed to be sufficiently trained by 9/11/11.
Good luck with your efforts. I'm also jealous of your time! Good job!!

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FRAN0426 8/16/2011 5:38PM

    emoticon on eating heathier and runnig, emoticon

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JOPAPGH 8/16/2011 4:36PM

    Great job! Those empty calories will not help your running.

How much does weight loss impact running?

According to, "The loss of a single pound doesn't mean much for a single mile, but the effect multiplies nicely. Ten pounds equals 20 seconds per mile, which grows to a minute-plus in a 5K, more than two minutes in a 10K, nearly 4.5 minutes in a half-marathon and almost nine minutes in a marathon."

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I'm Thinnking

Monday, August 15, 2011

No, that is not a typo, I did make the typo while typing and thought - "Hey, I like that!" 'I'm Thinnking", that is I am thinking about being thin. But not just thin - I am thinnking about being fit and healthy.

I also realize that I have to do it myself by educationg myself about nutrition and fitmess so that I can make intelligent and educated choices about the foods I eat. Every thing I put in my mouth begins first with a thought even when I eat mindlessly and stuff food in my mouth without thinking. I first had the thought to begin.

So, I am going to start thinnking, that is retraining my brain so I will think about eating foods that will fuel my body instead of foods that will give me momentarily pleasure. Really, when I think about it, a candy bar will make feel me good for maybe 30 - 60 seconds, but a really good workout refreshes me for hours.

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LIV2RIDE 8/16/2011 6:24AM

    emoticon Knowledge is power! I found once I started reading about the vegan lifestyle I had more reasons than ever to be committed not only to the diet but changing things in every day life as well.

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KELLEEH 8/15/2011 7:18PM

    I like the way you think! Great insight!

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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Sunday, August 14, 2011

My daughter asked me to watch the baby last night and had her computer set up nearby with her Netflix account open, so since baby was sleeping, I searched the titles and found Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It was a documentary about a guy who had a chronic issue and decided to do a juice fast for 60 days.

What I found interesting was the comment on how hard it was not to give in to eating unhealthy foods while fasting. The thing that I got from it was that the choice is always set before us to eat foods that are unhealthy or not and it is up to us, as individuals, to educate ourselves on the foods that we decide to eat.

I recall those days when I was working full-time with overtime and how I fed my family with processed foods because it was quick and easy. Back then, we thought that type of food was tasty. I realize now that I was totally ignorant as to the effects that such foods would have on us.

My youngest daughter has eaten the most processed foods as she became an adult and continues to do so even today. She is now realizing that she needs to eat less processed foods in order for her to just feel better. She is making a gradual shift in her diet and for that I am grateful.

I am finding that education is key for me to eat healthier. I just had my 53rd birthday and the last thing I want to say in 5, 10, 15, etc. years from now is that i am "fat, sick and nearly dead".

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MARTHASPARKS 8/14/2011 10:10PM

    I am NOT a fan of processed food. I ate a hot dog for dinner and I am feeling it!

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LIV2RIDE 8/14/2011 8:50PM

    I love this part of the transition. Yes, it's hard but well worth it. It also takes time to prepare all your food but it's so worth it. It's difficult to eliminate ALL processed foods so pick your battles. I've never heard of the movie you mention. It sounds sad.

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FRAN0426 8/14/2011 4:31PM

    I think that as we eat more nutritious foods we find out just how unhealthy much of processed food is for us. So many people liked processed foods as it was quick and easy; reading labels got us wiser as to what we were eating. I admit there are some processed foods that I buy( but rarely), as it is a treat once in awhile.

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SWEETLIPS 8/14/2011 11:21AM

    I saw that movie and was greatly impressed and encouraged. I have done 30 days and am now considering the 60 days as I do the wonders of fasting. We live in a time that promotes a microwave life, get aLL that you can as quick as you can, and don't stop and smell the roses. No, slow and easy does it. I like processed foods even when I ate freggies, but now, I am doing everything I can to prepare all of our foods. I have spoken to my son about the chicken nuggets that is being fed to his daughter (now he is a junk-food vegetarian), he agreed. As I result I made vegan nuggets and they all loved them, but I was told it was work. Well, I want to do the work, and I pray they will see it by and by. Your observation were spot-on. Have a great day on purpose!

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AIMLESS07 8/14/2011 11:20AM

    The other day I ate pizza for dinner and I felt sick and bloated. I think I just ate too much of it. I still love pizza, but I am thinking I need to do a thinner crust with more veggies and maybe it won't be so heavy on my system.

I do processed foods I admit. But for now it's easier and the Lean Cuisine/Healthy Choice frozen meals for lunch are good b/c they are portioned controlled and easy to enter in my nutrition tracker. I think people over-react to the whole "eating clean" thing. I know that eating fresher food has more nutritional benefits, but I also think that our country is hurting itself mainly due to the quantities of food that we eat. I can go to a restaurant and ask to order off a kids menu and have a nice portion of food. Or if I order an adult portion of food, I tend to take half of it home for left overs. Yet I see people eating horribly large portions of food and I honestly wonder how they can eat that much.

I am going to look up that documentary on Netflix. Thanks for mentioning it!

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SUNNYH99 8/14/2011 10:50AM

    Wow! How cool you got to watch that. We don't have Netflix, barely use the DVD player, & only record a few things on the DVR. Mostly drive ourselves crazy with lefty politics (yay!), news (ugh, can it get worse?) and sports (our teams are dog poop right now :( ). I'm with you! At 60 now, I don't want to be "fat, sick and nearly dead" today or at any time in the future! I'm SO grateful I was converted to the vegetarian lifestyle and then took the plunge to be fully vegan and abandoned the M&M, donut, bacon, egg, dairy, fish & meat menu that once characterized my eating.

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EVELYN5877 8/14/2011 10:07AM

    The great change that most people need to do is to cut down drastically on their sugar intake, not just for their health, but for their teeth. It seems to hide in everything.

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BLACK741 8/14/2011 10:06AM

    interesting, I find it odd that as we move to less processed food, the "junk" food actually makes me sick to my stomach to even smell. As I drive around town and smell the grease from different fast food places it smells so bad. We make decisions based on the information we have at the time, we now know better so try to teach others.

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New 5k PB!!!!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

I have a goal to do a sub30 5k but this summer has been so hot and humid that I just cannot seem to do it. I decided to make my goal for the summer to be a sub 31 5k so I won't get too frustrated.

Although I won't be blogging that I reached the new goal of a sub31, I am going to state that I now have a new personal best time of 31'30.

I am going to be doing Running Mate Media's Fastest 5k program starting next week and hopefully, during the training time, I'll reach that sub31 time and by Sept 24, I'll be able to reach that goal of crossing the finish line in less than 30 minutes.

In the meantime, I am going to continue to enjoy my progress with each of my runs.

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LIV2RIDE 8/13/2011 8:44PM

    Great job! I give runners a lot of credit. It's one thing I just can't get into. You are doing great!!

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KELLEEH 8/13/2011 10:01AM

    Congrats on your new personal best! That is an amazing time!

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Am I really that slow of a runner?

Monday, August 08, 2011

Yesterday, I went for a walk/run with my granddaughter who is 9 years old. She wants to run a 5k with me, so we are training. I used a podcast from Motion Traxx that had a coached track from Jeff Galloway using a 30:30 ratio for 30 minutes.We covered about 2 miles. Then we walked a mile home. That was a good workout for her.

Then I decided to get my workout in and did a podcast with a 2:1 run/walk for 30 minutes. On this run, I felt like I was really pushing myself but by the time this 30 minutes was completed I only accomplished 2.5 miles. I felt like I ran a lot harder for 2 minutes and walked faster for that 1 minute than I did with my granddaughter on the 30 second run/walk.

I thought that I should have been able to do a bit more distance with the longer run time since I was running and walking faster. Unfortunately my garmin's battery was too low to record my workout so I have to rely on my Nike+ information. I really wish I could compare my pace between the runs and walks. So for now I am left with the thought that my easy jog is almost as fast as my run.

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JITZUROE 8/9/2011 5:49PM

    I think it is so awesome to be training with your special teammate : )
Perhaps it was just a fluke bad run day. Or, perhaps your gear wasn't behaving since you should just enjoy the freedom on the run? : )

I am jealous either way! Keep it up!

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MARTHASPARKS 8/8/2011 3:10PM

    With fibro, most of us can't even walk very long, so being a slow runner is a great thing! Keep up the good work. A slow run is better than no run! emoticon

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VICD25 8/8/2011 1:50PM

    I totally feel your pain! My "run" pace is barely greater than my walk pace. I think if I did 5K now, i'd come in 40min or so. . .

WTG to train and keep up with your 9yo grand daughter. That's more important than the time, right?


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TRIXIERUNS 8/8/2011 12:30PM

    awe... I feel your pain and frustration. Everytime i put my time and mileage in my SP tracker I get "walking" when I was running. uggh...

we will get better.

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KELLEEH 8/8/2011 11:42AM

    Either way, you're doing great!

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MNNICE 8/8/2011 10:28AM

    The good thing is that at your age your body is in good enough shape to keep up with a 9 yr old! Don't worry too much about the time, just think of those muscles and joints working for you!

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JOURNEYTO60 8/8/2011 10:01AM

    I am moving into a walk/jog program and found the same thing! My time is not much improved at all on my distance, despite the jogging. Do I really jog only as fast as I walk? I am going to keep at it and believe that I will improve! I can feel the difference in the workout just with the difference in movement, so am happy now that I am jogging. But it won't keep mehappy forever!

Keep at it! Sounds like you are doing great!!!

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