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Blog Streak Day 2!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Yes, trying to just start a blogging streak. If I blog everyday, it will keep me mindful of everything. This will be a great thing... because blogging is fun! And not stressful! :) So it's a no pressure way to get me on track sneaky style. hahaha.

So I ran 6 miles this morning, 4.66 on my own, 1.34 w/ the Roscoe (our loop is 1.34 so I know what to run on my own to get whatever total I want, and I always go out and back on my own so it's a piece of cake...).

Things are going pretty good in general. I start marathon training officially next week - WOOHOO!!!! :D I'm soooo stoked.

I also have a half marathon next week - not the usual start to marathon training, but it just happened to fall that way.

I will have another one in August that I will run as a training run of sorts, and then one in September which will be my official marathon pace tune up and half marathon PR attempt. Then NO RACING in October - and the Really Big Free Marathon Nov 3rd!!! :)

I'm so excited, because also in August my family is coming up to Vermont to visit us! :D And then in Nov, my sister is also running the marathon with me (her first). My DH and I are making this a nice vacation trip to Vegas - I've never been. We're staying at the NY NY and I'm so excited. My brother is supposedly also doing the marathon but I don't even think he's trained at all. I think we're gonna have to convince him to cancel or step down to the half...

And then all the BUN BUDDY BRIGADE are coming! Well not everyone, but a good portion of delegates, including bunnies I have not met before... so that is super exciting...

And my friend from RW that I paced in the local marathon will be there, too, so I will get a chance to see her again.

Also my goal half in September is in Montreal and we are going to have a fun weekend out of that. The hotel we're staying at is so cute and is pet friendly. We haven't decided for sure if we will take Roscoe or not... it always makes logistics for doing things a bit more tricky, but at least we'll have a room at a pet friendly place so we can leave him in his crate if we need to... but we might board him.

So I thought I was going to get a new mileage PR for this month, but I forgot that I logged that hike on daily mile... still, I'll be close, and I'm not even in my marathon training yet. So that monthly mileage PR will be falling soon! :)

I tracked all my food yesterday and came in almost 1800 calories. So over my SP fast losing ranges, but under my BMR, so I'm ok with that. I'm an active person. I think I just need to focus on eating well and coming somewhere in that realm of calories and make sure I keep doing strength training.

Edited to Add: I adjusted my calorie burn per week to 4000 since that's closer to what I'm actually doing, and changed my lose rate to 1.5lbs a week. that will get me to about 173 by the date of my goal half marathon in September so I think that's a good goal. Then if I can take off a little more by marathon date, all the better. With those two changes, my Sparks calorie range goal is now 1590-1940 - much more manageable for me.


I DID STRENGTH TRAINING YESTERDAY. CHECK. I need to do some again on Saturday to start a good groove going to continue next week.

We're going to a baseball game tonight. :)

  
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MOSTMOM1 6/30/2012 9:18AM

    You are a running QUEEN!!! Go, girl, go!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/29/2012 5:31PM

    4000 cals a week. you are a monster!

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/29/2012 11:23AM

    Have fun in Vegas!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 6/29/2012 10:50AM

    Streaking is good.
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Long time no blog...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

So, when I blog regularly, I track regularly, I track - I succeed.

I need to keep blogging!!! When I stop blogging, that means I'm not really staying on my game.

But my running has been going great, at least! :D

I'm going to set a new monthly mileage PR this month, looks like - super excited about that.

I tracked my food so far today.

I need to do strength training today. REALLY REALLY REALLY.

  
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OPALMOMMYFIRST 6/29/2012 10:02AM

    Good job on the running. Strength training is my own personal nemesis so good luck getting on track with that and staying there. Good to see you blogging.

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HEALTHYCHIC 6/28/2012 10:34PM

    Would love you to write more! It'll keep me checking in regularly ;)

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/28/2012 9:37PM

    I haven't been blogging either. I dunno. Nothing to say. I've been doing all the right thing for the past week or two, but my weight isn't really doing anything worth writing about. :(

PS - Congrats on your new mileage PR...it's awesome that you're so into your running! sorry for making this comment about myself. :P

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HOPERY 6/28/2012 4:11PM

    I saw you managed that strength training. Keep it up!


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FITGIRL15 6/28/2012 12:46PM

    Toss a few things around today! Lift the couch! You'll feel like Hercules!
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... but make sure to bend your knees, and keep your back straight! RAWRRRR!

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Trying to get accountable again!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

OK! SO! Here's the rundown...

Didn't track yesterday so I don't have that for you...

Ran 12 miles today - 8 on my own and 4 with Roscoe, for the 12athon challenge (12 miles the 12th of every month for 2012).

I got going so early I didn't weigh myself, but I did after... but that was also after a really long run so??? I did drink water after the run and before weighing. So I have no clue how accurate the weighin was... but it was 190.

I did some pushups and my abs workout today - thinking I'll do lower body tomorrow cause my legs are DEAD after racing Sunday and doing 12 miles today.

I've been tracking my food all day today, so I will be able to check in more on that tomorrow, as well.

I got a laptop! My DH's work was raffling refurbished laptops for donations of $100 to charity and we got one. It's kind of crappy, but it works. I can surf the internet from any room in the house now! :D hahha. the battery life is awful, but I don't need to be super mobile with it, so it's totally fine. I feel so fancy now. ;) haha. But the best thing is I can track food downstairs as I go without schlepping up and down the stairs... isn't that lazy? I can also do mindless computer things instead of munching when downstairs and bored, so that's kind of good, too... it's dumb, but I think it will help. Of course right now I'm writing from upstairs, but still.

  
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SNOWANGELDIVA 6/18/2012 6:14PM

    emoticonlaptops...and ones with webcams, soooo much easier to vlog, well, everything.
190 is awesome your ticker is showing 185 so, it looks like you are rocking your journey and your little guy is about to fall off the tracker!
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SEEHOLZ 6/16/2012 1:35AM

    Roscoe's getting in shape I see-LOL! Next thing, he'll be training for his first marathon.
I love my laptop- well it's our laptop and it's sometimes being fought over, but so much better than running upstairs for me too :-)

Great job on your 12-12-12 challenge!

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SKYFYRE 6/14/2012 1:33PM

    Ooh! A lap top! They are some some!!! Great job on your 12 on the 12th! And Roscoe is up to 4 miles? That is so rad!!! You have gotten that boy in serious shape!!

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FARRAH511 6/14/2012 8:59AM

    It's good to hear from you... Congratulations on the laptop... Keep going girl, emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 6/13/2012 1:01AM

    I so need a new laptop!

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LITTLE_GIRL 6/12/2012 11:59PM

    Congrats on the new computer! I got in 7.5 miles this evening, 3.5 miles run/walk and then 4 miles walking with my husband. Glad you had a great day!

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MBSHAZZER 6/12/2012 5:10PM

    No, it's not dumb at all. It has to be easy for you to do it!

And I love the 12-12-12 challenge! Great idea!

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SHARPISTOL 6/12/2012 4:27PM

    First, congrats on your computer. I love shopping for deals! What kind of computer is it? And, it could just mean that the battery is worn out, now (why it sucks on battery life); and you just need to get a new battery. Also, when you are at home, or anywhere a plug is available to you, plug in, and use your computer. Do not use up the battery life, of your battery. You want to save your battery (charged full, of course) for when you go somewhere that there is no plug access. Oh, most important, remove your computer battery, before you start using it, if you are plugging up. Otherwise, you are killing the battery life of the computer. They make them this way; so they can suck you dry, making you replace your computer battery, etc. Just from reading your paragraph blog about your new computer; I can tell how excited that it made you.

Also, what mile race did you run on Sunday. After running Sunday, you deserve a day of rest; so, please, you do not have to apologize about not tracking, yesterday. Even, running 12 miles, today, sounds great to me.

I found your blog inspiring; although, I am still sitting in this chair; responding to your blog. HaHa! However, it was inspiring! lol I guess I just need a little bit more motivation, to get to moving, today. Maybe, after I take a nap. lol Anyway, thank you for sharing!

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SWAN47 6/12/2012 4:15PM

    You're back on being accountable... emoticon I try to go up and down my stairs a lot to burn the calories but glad you got a computer. Have a great day and week. Hope you can track and exercise every day this week. Have great success and great belief in yourself... emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 6/12/2012 4:11PM

    Congrats on the new laptop! And it's for a good cause!

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RACE REPORT: Lake Placid Half Marathon

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Long story short – 13 seconds higher than my PR on a difficult course and a warm day – ASTONISHED.

Long version:

So last month I ran what was a fairly hilly course in very nice weather conditions in 2:36 - I was aiming for an average pace around 11:52-12 and totally nailed it. I didn't think I had it in me to go faster, and definitely not a PR.



Today was Lake Placid Half - the elevation profile is just wicked. Rolling in the best parts, the start heads straight uphill, then after a loop around mirror lake, it's screaming downhill for a bit (unfortunately, that screaming downhill is part of the out and back we had to come back on... OUCH!)



I got about 4 hours of sleep last night, and yesterday was a very busy day for me. Trombone gigging all day, little time to hang or eat properly. Then I had a snafu printing directions for the race. About 45 min into our drive I check my wallet and realize my ID isn't in there - needed for pickup. UGH! We have no choice but to go and hope they are lenient. (I have all credit cards and even Social Security card but no photo ID - they were fine with it! PHWEW!) We also realize I didn't check to see if it was ok for Roscoe to go on the ferry on the way back, so there was some stress about that... (turns out it was fine).



So I was feeling kind of unprepared in general, but I did have some good few weeks recently... just wasn't feeling great this morning. It was already 65 by the start, and supposed to get warmer - not hot for me, coming from AL, but not my preferred racing temperatures and it did get warm in the sun by the end.



So anyway - we start out. I'm thinking - woah this hill is just the beginning? UGH!

I figure today is NOT going to be a banner day, but I just try to relax. The thing is, with all the uphills, there are downhills… I looove a good downhill run. So many people were seeming to be pretty conservative on the downhill so I was moving ahead quickly (surprisingly…).

Mile 1 – 11:50 (up fairly steep grade)

Mile 2 – 11:33 (still kinda climbing)

Mile 3 – 10:48 (that screaming downhill I mentioned…)

Then we get to be sorta rolling. Just kinda up and down. I’m feeling like I might be working too hard, but try to relax. So many downhills to take advantage of… I’m loving the scenery and trying to really rock the downhills – I’m feeling as we finish the loop and head out on the out and back portion that there are a lot more downhills than up hills and that the way back is going to SUCK.

I figure, I’ve gotta go for what I can get now because I’m doomed later on…

Mile 4 – 11:21

Mile 5 – 11:12

Mile 6 – 11:18

Mile 7 – 11:28

Through this section I tuck in between a pair of Team in Training chicks. We talk a bit – mostly commenting on the runners we start to see coming back – this race is a half and a full, the half course is a loop and an out and back – the marathoners do the out and back bit twice, plus add a little hoop at some horse show grounds or something. In any case, we see the first few half marathoners scream by, and then shockingly the first marathoner. WOAH. Dude was flying!

Speaking of Team in Training – there was a buttload of them at this race, and a buttload of coaches. Considering the size of the race, it was a mob of them. I got a little sick of hearing Go Team! Yay Team Purple! (followed by silence… for me. Hahaha)

In this stretch we run past horses, fly fisherman (I yelled – “Are we scaring the fish???” – he said “not at all!”), and a lady asks me how far we are. 7 and a third, I tell her – she’s like – IS THAT ALL?! I reassure her the turnaround is coming soon, but admit I’m afraid of the uphill that must be waiting on the way back. She says I don’t know what’s worse, the hills or the sun! I instantly say, The sun. I’ll run a hill in the shade any day! What’s gotten into me??? I’m a hillchomping mama at this point. And I leave her in my dust.

This is a common trait during this race. Tucking in behind some folks and then deciding they are TOO SLOW for ME! (WHAT?!)

Mile 8 – 11:09

OK. About this time I realize I’m really far exceeding my expectations for the day….

Mile 9 – 11:09

At this point I realize that if I keep this up, I have a chance at a PR – and a really good chance at my 2nd ever sub 2:30 at the LEAST. I decide that it’s time to put up or shut up – I’ll see what I can throw down each mile until I can’t anymore.

Somewhere in this stretch I mow down the Team in Training duo and then some other Team in Training chicks as well. Sorry ladies, byebye!

Mile 10 – 10:50 – last downhill I think… so I rock through it! Feeling more and more confident!

Mile 11 – 11:16 – still no steady uphills, but some more rolling and flat and more sun… but still running strong! 2 more miles to go!

Mile 12 – 10:58 – holy sweet downhill, pushpushpush the uphills are coming!!!

OH CRAP.

Worse than I had even anticipated. The neverending hill of doom. At least part of it had shade. We enter some kind of switchback/ramp kind of area to head into the Olympic Speedskating Oval. I gave it all I could on that hill without passing out. It was getting warm now and with my effort at this point and the sun I was starting to get that kind of sick/dizzy feeling….

But everyone was walking up those final hills or walking and running occasionally – while I was chugging steadily up them (SLOW but steady) mowing people down left and right…

Mile 13 – 11:28 – WHAT? Even with that hill??? I was WORKING it….

As we enter the Oval, the relief from the uphill grade hits me and I feel my body start working more efficiently – I speed up and recover slightly, and then I’m able to REALLY kick it in around the track, taking out 2 more victims before crossing the finish line.

Final .11 – 9:44 pace

Yes – my Garmin measurement is a 13.11 – I realllly tried to nail the tangents in this race, but not sure if I’m just amazing at this now, or if the course was somehow slightlyslightly short since I’m usually a little higher on the Garmin. I know the course is certified… ??? but…? In any case.

Garmin time: 2:27:29

PR Set last Nov in ideal weather and a much easier course: 2:27:16

WHAAAAAT?!??!?! I was practically in tears. I felt I executed perfectly, I left everything on the course, and I was astonished at my time. Sure had I had another tenth or two to run, I would’ve been a couple minutes higher, but I strongly believe I still could’ve pulled off my only 2nd ever sub 2:30 half.

Totally thrilled.

Also the course is GORGEOUS!

I don't love this picture but you can see how thrilled I am. :)




Do not love the medal or the shirt, but the course was gorgeous enough to make up for it. I believe the full and halfers got the same medal and shirt, as well...

  
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CHERRY666 6/27/2012 4:47PM

    Congratulations!!

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SKYFYRE 6/14/2012 1:41PM

    Dana, you are cracking me up: mowing people down and hill chomping! YOU ROCK!!! FANTASTIC RACE!!! Sounds like you had a great time despite those purple elitists, I think they should cheer for everyone not just themselves. I find them somewhat annoying myself! Way to go on a great run!!

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SEEHOLZ 6/11/2012 4:48PM

    First off, how COOL you got to run at Lake Placid- that's where so many people do IMs.
I LOVE that picture of you-you look exactly how you describe you feel!!! HUGE CONGRATS on an amazing race! I think it shows that ultimately it is not all about PRs- just about running your BEST and that's just what you did on this course!

JUST AWESOME!!!!

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YHORNBUCKLE 6/11/2012 4:06PM

  So awesome Dana!!! You Rock!!!



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MBSHAZZER 6/11/2012 2:59PM

    Dana, AWESOME!!!!! You did FANTASTIC! So proud of you! :D Sounds like it was a gorgeous race,t oo, in between all those hills. One of my friends did the Ironman there 2x, I'm sure she appreciated the hills, too! :D

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BHBRTN 6/11/2012 12:00PM

    WTG Dana!

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BOILHAM 6/11/2012 9:15AM

    Good job ont those hills! You rock!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/10/2012 7:48PM

    what a great race girl! you rocked it.

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/10/2012 7:33PM

    Congrats!

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Even lower!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Granted... I also got a haircut....

But today: 189.5

I didn't track everything yesterday, but I have tracked everything so far today and WILL STICK TO IT!

Got a haircut, just did my run - need to do some weight stuff and then research for a meeting tonight and then I will feel I have accomplished what I needed to do today. :)






I went to the Aveda school near me - $8 for the cut, I left a $5 tip - so $13 for my dream 'do! :) Of course, it took all morning, but I was totally taken care of and I think the student learned some stuff. There were two instructors who came over and checked over throughout the haircut and also fixed/demonstrated techniques. They made sure I was happy. :)

  
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CAROLA28 6/21/2012 12:36PM

    Nice haircut! My son's girlfriend is attending an Aveda school in Michigan. I hear Aveda is very good. I'm back on Spark after about a year's break. I was under a different name (Writer28--Carol) Have a lot of weight to lose, so I want to read Sparkpages of people who have reached their goals so that it is a motivator for me. I don't blog, so I won't add you as a friend, but I'll bookmark your page.

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LIVEYOURDREAMS 6/18/2012 9:30PM

    Cute new do! :-)

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BUTTERFLYROSE1 6/11/2012 11:19PM

    They did a great job you look great!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/9/2012 1:23PM

    Love the cut. Looking fantastic!

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SEEHOLZ 6/8/2012 4:05PM

    I think I will get a hair cut now-LOL!

I love that you went to Aveda- I always want to try it, but seem have issues making appointments for haircuts in general- hopeuflly this will give me the extra push, because the cut is very cool indeed!

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LISEIGHT 6/7/2012 4:57AM

    Love the hair!!!!


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FARRAH511 6/6/2012 4:59PM

    The hair cut is AWESOME, I love it.

Thanks for sharing.

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MARLIE13 6/6/2012 9:17AM

    Sassy! I love it on you!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/6/2012 3:40AM

    you are too cute! LOVE the cut!

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SKYFYRE 6/6/2012 2:38AM

    You are adorable with this do! So brave to cut your locks off! Glad u've been productive as of late as well as tracking!

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FITGIRL15 6/5/2012 7:32PM

    This pixie cut accentuates your delicate features! Love it!

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KENSINGTONC 6/5/2012 5:23PM

    A) I LOVE LOVE LOVE the hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So cute! They did a fantastic job, it's perfect for your face. Keep it forever!

B) Congrats on the scale! Your blogs continue to inspire me even though I am in full-fledged packing/moving/cleaning mode with little to no time to blog. I read every one of yours!

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MBSHAZZER 6/5/2012 1:58PM

    LOVE IT!!! And you are toooooo funny, weight is down due to hairloss! hehe!!

I wish I had straight hair so I could go short and be free!

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