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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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My No Candy Bar Challenge Update

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Day 4 - I have not yet had a candy bar. As a matter of fact, I have not had any candy at all. You see, I mention this because the thought did cross my mind that Skittles are not a candy bar.

I have realized that I have not been taking my eating too much sugar as serious as I ought to. It is time for my reality check - to eat something that has had all the nutrients and fiber stripped from it cannot be good for my body. I am hopeful that focusing on my challenge of no candy bars will spill over to eating less sugar overall.

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LIV2RIDE 8/9/2011 6:18AM

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KELLEEH 8/7/2011 1:23PM

    Love it! You are doing great! and LOL at the Skittles. :)

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GSWINNIE 8/7/2011 10:54AM

    emoticon That's awesome. You know, after a week or so you won't even want them. You are doing so great! keep up the good work!

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I am Hanging in There

Thursday, August 04, 2011

I had a busy day yesterday and had to drive to town for some appointments. This does not sound like a big deal, but getting in the car seems to be a trigger for my husband and I. I was pressed for time and did not have time to eat as well as I should have. But before we left, I took the time to make a green smoothie - spinach, banana and papaya. (So at least I got some nutrients)

I went for a 5k run before we left and when we got to town, I noticed my muscles were a bit sore - must not have gotten enough protein in that smoothie. We stopped at a Taco John's near the place we had an appointment. I opted for the refried beans with no sauce or cheese. It was tasty. My comment was that those beans were really good or else I was truly hungry. The soreness went away after that (Note to self: feed my body after a workout)

The appointments were finished and Hubby said he wanted a hamburger from Hardees. My daughter and niece went to Taco Johns. I was not too tempted because, to be honest, it just did not look very good. I did not really miss not getting anything from the fast food places. When they started eating there was this horrible smell in the car; it smelt like grease, onions and artificial food.

I have to admit that I was getting hungry. I need to put some gas in the car, so at the gas station when I saw the fruit display I decided to buy 2 apples (one for the ride home and one for later) 2 for $1.00. Who says it is too expensive to eat healthy?

It was easy to pass by those candy bars while holding to apples in my hand. It is all about choices. I made some good choices throughout the day, but then lossed it in the evening when I discovered 2 peanut buster bars in the freezer. Needless to say, they are no longer there.

Today is a new day with new choices to make.

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    "Today is a new day with new choices to make."

Most significant sentence in your blog for me personally--I choose today what I will do for my health. The end.

Thanks for reminding me of a very important point.

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LIV2RIDE 8/4/2011 8:40PM

    celebrate the good choices you made and don't focus on the other. You did a great job with not caving to the fast food. I know what you mean about the smell though. I hate when people eat fast food around me. It just stinks!

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KELLEEH 8/4/2011 4:19PM

    Wow, great job on your healthy choices! Sounds like you had a great day!

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NJMATTICE 8/4/2011 2:50PM

    Your description of the smells in your car took me right into the car with you. You are right. That food smells unhealthy. Great choices for nourishing yourself. Good job. Keep it up!
Positive Bloggers Team

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MISSLADY09 8/4/2011 2:20PM

    Keep fighting... great choices while out and about!

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HOPESPRINGS22 8/4/2011 12:11PM

  Yea for making good choices. It can be so to do when others around you are not but so worth it to stay on track.

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Time to get serious

Monday, August 01, 2011

MY daughter and son in law have been trying to quit smoking and so I said that if they quit smoking I'll stop eating candy bars. My SIL told me I had to pick something easier. HA! if he only knew, I think we are on even playing levels here.

Yesterday was day 1 for me and I successfully said no thank you when my other daughter bought me some Junior Mints - and GUESS WHAT?! I am alive and well today. Oh, who would have thought I'd survive not eating candy for a day.

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DDESERTDDAWN 8/3/2011 2:00AM

    Ahhh survival is possible, eh? Wow!

It is amazing and freeing.


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LIV2RIDE 8/2/2011 9:44AM

    I quit smoking in 2007. I used a number of different things to help me through. Whenever I wanted a smoke I would drink a glass of water or go for a walk. It got me to drink A LOT of water and exercise A LOT. Instead of gaining weight when I quit I actually lost. Find something healthy to replace your "need" for candy bars. When you want one drink a glass of water, do 10 push-ups, run around the block...something that is healthy instead of food. emoticon

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    "HA! if he only knew, I think we are on even playing levels here."

As someone who would get up during the night, drive to the store, buy a pint of ice cream and eat it before going back to bed, I can relate to how hard it is to give up any kind of junk food. Even as a vegan, I continued to eat more junk than healthy food.

But I got off the hard stuff. And so can you. And just think what a gift you're giving not only yourself but also your daughter and SIL by doing so. They'll have an example before them to help them make it through their nicotine addictions.

Hang in there. You can do this. And you will be so glad you did.

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WILD4STARS 8/1/2011 7:30AM

It's a win-win for both of you!

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