CLOVERR1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CLOVERR1 CLOVERR1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ long time, no blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460308 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950888631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been over a year since I last posted here! <BR> <BR> I was out and off my feet for three months (no, not bedridden, just not running!) with hip bursitis last fall, but even with that, I had a pretty eventful year. <BR> <BR> My BIG achievement during that time was making the goal of finishing a 100 mile race. Actually, it was 107 miles, done in May during a 48 hour event (with some rest breaks). <BR> <BR> T... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:23:03 EST Another 50K (trail run) done :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992975 Back from my weekend's adventures. It was a long, hot but mostly enjoyable summer Saturday on the trails in Clinton, MS for the Big Butts 50/100K. <BR> <BR> I had the biggest butt out there, and was the last place finisher in the 50K (not sure of my time, a sloth slow 9 hours:50-something minutes), but that's all okay; I kept moving and having fun! <BR> <BR> The course was a 6 mile looping Mtn bike trail with lots of quick turns and short, steep ups and downs. The biggest hill we had was... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:20:04 EST 9:09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979513 M 3.5 mile run <BR> T 3 mile walk <BR> W Rain/rest day <BR> TH 1.75 mile walk <BR> F 2.5 mile warm up/ cool down walk 1 mile times run <BR> <BR> Just wanted to see how fast I could push myself for a mile today. <BR> 9:09 <BR> <BR> That pace may not look like much, or really even mean much overall, but it's the fastest non-treadmill training time I've been able to manage in longer than I can remember. <BR> <BR> grumbles about another low mood and low mile week. planning to gym tomorrow and ... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:42:16 EST Another low slow week, but that's ok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973411 Only got in 4 work outs and a total of 28.5 miles last week, and 20 of those miles were at one go on Sunday! <BR> <BR> I just seem to be stuck in this higher week/lower week pattern. Averages out ok, I guess, but a little more consistency might be nice. <BR> <BR> My excuse for last week was the rain. I'm a real weather wuss. I don't really mind being out on a run and getting caught in the rain, but I am loathe to stick my toe out the door and start if it's already raining! Also had some all... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:57:25 EST Over 50 (and feeling good about it) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960739 10.4 miles. <BR> One of those days you wish all days could be like! <BR> Felt excellent with a decent pace throughout. Wore my favorite Saucony road shoes. <BR> Warm (88 degrees) and humid but tolerable. <BR> Explored a new street route, took Explorer Blvd past where I have previously turned around and discovered it actually makes a nice big loop. <BR> <BR> That makes a total of 53.65 miles for the week! :) Sun, 8 Jul 2012 15:13:36 EST activities and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959466 M 7 mile run at Indian Creek Greenway; 2 mile walk <BR> T 4.25 mile evening walk <BR> W 9 miles at gym, 2 miles on Arc trainer; & 7 miles on elliptical machine <BR> Th 16 miles run/hike on Monte Sano State Park trails <BR> F 2.5 mile walk <BR> S 2.5 mile walk <BR> <BR> PLAN (and hopefully since I'm saying it here beforehand, I'll actually follow through and do it) to get out for 8 miles running tomorrow morning so I can bump this week up to past 50 miles total. A very mixed bag of pedestri... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 16:01:11 EST This week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957560 M 7 mile run at Indian Creek Greenway; 2 mile walk <BR> T 4.25 mile evening walk <BR> W 9 miles at gym, 2 miles on Arc trainer; & 7 miles on elliptical machine <BR> Th 16 miles run/hike on Monte Sano State Park trails Fri, 6 Jul 2012 07:51:54 EST summer running tattoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953166 Got another tattoo last week. If anyone is keeping count (as I do), this is tattoo #54 for me. A memento mori piece and a running tattoo. <BR> <BR> A memorial for author Ray Bradbury and for my friend Angela Ivory. Both died recently, within the same week. Bradbury lived the full life of a famous author. Angela was famous in her own way, well known in the regional runners community, but cancer took her life early. <BR> <BR> Bradbury's story "The Sound of Summer Running" was part of the nove... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 08:43:55 EST stuffs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953155 Ended up with a total of 39 miles for last week. <BR> <BR> Longest workout miles I got in was a 11.5 day, and that was in the gym! 2 miles warm up on Arc trainer; 5.25 miles on elliptical and 4.25 miles on the treadmill. I kicked the pace some, so it was actually a hard workout. <BR> <BR> Still in between races for another 4 weeks, but really need to do a 20+ miler this week and or next. <BR> <BR> It has been freaking heat wave hot, last week's highs were over 100 degrees; hard to get moti... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 08:36:08 EST catch up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4943226 S 3.75 miles. short slow unmotivated jog over to the UAH campus, around the duckpond and back. <BR> Sn 18 miles. long trail run at Monte Sano State Park. Lovely, even if I did get lost for a bit. <BR> <BR> Total for week: 49.75 miles. :) <BR> <BR> M 8 mile run Indian Creek Greenway. 2.5 mile walk in evening. <BR> T 2.75 mile walk; lunchtime <BR> <BR> Have definitely decided I like the Hoka shoes! Wore them out on the trails on Sunday. Didn't pretape my feet at all, but no blisters or hot ... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:22:52 EST note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4937646 W rest day (with a 2 mile walk to the Farmers Market to buy fresh veggies for lunch!) <BR> <BR> Th Double day 3.5 mile at lunchtime and 8.25 miles after work in the evening. <BR> Noon session was over at Delano Park; walking gait (in street clothes) but at a good clip! Evening was at Point Mallard on the riverside trail. Felt good there too! <BR> <BR> Don't want to jinx myself, but it seems like something is "clicking" with my training at the moment. Am enjoying myself and feeling good in m... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:13:33 EST exercise notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933495 M 4 miles on Indian Creek greenway. Plus 1.75 mile walk at lunch. <BR> <BR> T 4 miles on Deramus-Sherwood Park. Plus 2.5 miles at lunch. Managed to get up an hour earlier than usual to go running this morning; wasn't real peppy without my morning coffee first. <BR> <BR> However, I am getting in the habit of break time walks; just doesnt feel right to sit around and do nothing on my lunch hour. <BR> <BR> athletic fashion fail: I ebay splurged and recently bought myself a cute Nike tennis dr... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:50:49 EST Not a bad week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932100 Finished out the week with a 6.5 mile run/walk on Saturday; over to Bridge Street Centre, a few loops of the walking path around the ponds by the Carousel, book browsing at B&N, and walked home with a cup of coffee. <BR> <BR> and 12.25 mile run on Sunday; did 4 laps of the local 5K Cross Country Park course. <BR> <BR> Weekly total: 44 miles. <BR> <BR> NEXT weekend, I'll go out for a "real" long run again. (in my book, anything over 18 miles is a "long" training run.) Or at least a long hi... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 19:45:43 EST not perfect is perfectly ok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927991 lol...my lunch today was a handful of carrot sticks and 2 pieces of Phyllis' famous delicious not to be missed homemade white chocolate walnut fudge. <BR> <BR> Maybe not the most nutritionally balanced meal, but omg yummy! Sometime you just have to enjoy! <BR> <BR> F 3.5 mile run. <BR> <BR> Okay, in 2008, I weighed 225 lbs. <BR> In 2009, I weighed 125 lbs. <BR> <BR> Four months ago, I weighed 172 lbs; Currently, I weigh 155 lbs. <BR> <BR> Like most (statistically 95%) people who lose... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 15:49:10 EST numbers and stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926673 On March 6, 2012: I weighed 172 lbs (got weighed at a doctor's appointment I had that day). <BR> <BR> Almost 15 weeks later I am almost 17 pounds lighter. That's that oft quoted "good for you" 10% weight loss. :) The level at which there can be noticable health benefits. <BR> <BR> Yes, I've been mindful of what I eat, but I have not been "restriction dieting" like CRAZY as I have in the past. I've been eating what my body needs. <BR> <BR> “The main objective of your training and diet is t... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:23:23 EST later on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926591 W 10 miles* <BR> Th Rest Day <BR> <BR> *On Wednesday, I mixed things up a bit by going to the gym and working out for 2 hours on the elliptical machine. In some ways, it's less taxing (less stress on joints) than outdoor running; in some ways, it's different-harder. <BR> <BR> I do seem to have a problem with my feet getting numb if I'm on the machine for an extended amount of time; weird and a bit annoying. Did some internet reference queries, seems its not uncommon. The problem isn't my ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:11:43 EST New Note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923664 So, I logged a few walks and very short jogs for a whopping total of 11.5 miles last week. Hey, average that out with the week before (and the ultra I did) and it still comes out to 50 MPW! My body needed the recovery time. :) <BR> <BR> Wasn't too awfully muscle sore post race, but I was severly lacking any pep or energy for a few days there last week. I'm feeling better again now and beginning to get back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> M 6 miles on Indian Creek Greeenway and a 2.5 m... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:32:52 EST midweek note/ race results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915043 I do like these go-as-you-please timed events! My sloth slow and steady 68.2 miles means I finished in 6th place out of 19 women, and tied for 10th place in a total field of 54 participants in the 24 hour division of the Black Mountain Monster. <BR> <BR> Lol..viewed that way, it actually seems almost impressive. :) <BR> <BR> Ego check though, the winning mileages in the 24 hour run were: male 105.4 and female 96.1 miles! And in the 12 hour race, the top female runner also did 68.2 miles, ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 16:22:37 EST One more photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913303 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l693439098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's a trippy photo manipulation of a race pic by B. featuring the fast Bruce Sung Ho Choi, who was the overal race leader with 105 miles total, and the slow...me! :) <BR> <BR> btw, if anyone is counting (and you know I am!) I logged a total of 89.6 miles last week!!! <BR> <BR> M REST DAY <BR> T 3.1 mile <BR> Just an easy walk today after a long weekend. lol..I've promised B. that I'm going to rest and recover ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 13:58:07 EST About the race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913166 Am just going to do this race report in edited fits and starts and paragraphs. Eventually it will be complete. :) <BR> <BR> I had a great weekend. I feel good about what I accomplished. <BR> <BR> Unlike the first 24 hour event I did (18 months ago), and the second I attempted last December (when I bailed at 12 hours), I did not crash and burn during this one! No naps required. The only time I sat down was for 5 minutes when I needed to swap out my light batteries so I could continue in the... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 12:23:58 EST For Angela http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912995 It's hard to tell in the photos I posted, but I (and many other runners) wore an ivory rubbon for the duration of the race this weekend. <BR> <BR> This was in remembrance of our friend ANGELA IVORY who passed away last Thursday after a long bout with cancer. <BR> <BR> I've written about Angela here before; she was a special person, inspiration and friend to so many in the running community. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to a fine blog with a couple of articles about Angela: read and be ins... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:41:11 EST Black Mountain Brief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912979 In brief I had a great time at the Black Mountain Monster. Made my goal of 100K, then added on one more lap in memory of Angela Ivory, then still had time on the clock and so did one more final lap. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243517832.jpg"> <BR> Out there on the scenic 5k loop course of the Black Mountain Monster <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l871203317.jpg"> <BR> Sometime after dawn, and after completing 100K, I did a lap ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 10:27:56 EST note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905711 W ended up being a running errands* and not running rest day <BR> Th 3.9 miles <BR> <BR> *Oh good grief...bandaids and blister care, insect repellant, new underwear, a sun visor, energy snackies, batteries for nightlights....who was it who so obviously erroneously said "all you need to run are your feet"? <BR> <BR> My feline alarm clock woke me up early enough to go out before work this morning. I suppose I should thank her for that, but I didn't at the time... <BR> <BR> Enjoyed running a... Thu, 31 May 2012 11:11:55 EST numbers and such http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4903179 S 10.96 M <BR> Sn REST <BR> <BR> Total for week= 29.55 <BR> <BR> M 6.2 m run*/ 1.5 m walk <BR> T 4.5 mile walk (2 miles before work and 2.5 at lunchtime) <BR> <BR> *Cotton Row Run 10k race. Largest road race here in Huntsville; about 2100 finishers. My time was 1:10:25; slightly faster than last year but not a PR or anything to brag overmuch about. Still, I'll take feeling good at a 12 minute mile pace.; never felt like I was over taxing myself on a warm morning. Saw some friends. Got a ... Tue, 29 May 2012 17:45:03 EST Addicted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4897594 I've ordered yet another pair of running shoes! And they are the most expensive pair of running shoes I've ever paid for.... <BR> <BR> Heck, only my dearly departed beloved pair of vintage Rocketbuster Rockabilly Roachkiller-toed Appliqued Cowboy boots cost me more as vanity footwear. lol...I finally resold those after about 5 years and only wearing them a couple of time, beause they were at least size too small. :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, after several years of going the minimalist route, I'm ... Fri, 25 May 2012 12:31:00 EST How's THIS for cross training? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894228 I had quite the dilemma yesterday. By evening time, I hadn't yet gotten in a workout, but I also had a new library book that I was itching to start reading. Sometimes, I hate making choices! <BR> <BR> But, it's OK...I did BOTH! After work, I headed over to Delano Park to walk in circles while I read! <BR> <BR> <BR> I can't move very fast, if I want to keep my feet untangled while also concentrating on the story, but it was still fun to walk and read! I got in 6 miles in 2 hours and 175... Wed, 23 May 2012 08:51:29 EST Where the wild things will be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893001 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l105868310.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Amusing myself with Microsoft Paint. Tue, 22 May 2012 12:56:04 EST for my 52nd birthday, I WANT... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891479 To learn how to ride a unicycle! It'd be good cross training, don't you think? :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853686885.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l41964508.jpg"> <BR> vintage variation on the theme! Mon, 21 May 2012 14:24:45 EST YMMV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891063 B asked me "Which would you prefer, running a PR race and hating & hurting every minute of it? OR being slower but enjoying yourself throughout the time and distance? <BR> <BR> Despite admitting to having my share of competitive/comparison impulses, that's really a no brainer question... <BR> <BR> I'm in it for the long run and for feeling good both about and within myself. <BR> <BR> YMMV <BR> <BR> Things not me in a race: <BR> Running hard enough to make myself puke; <BR> Running wi... Mon, 21 May 2012 10:45:23 EST Relay Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889647 Good overnight dusk to dawn training for a good cause at the the ACS Relay for Life. <BR> <BR> Slow steady walk/jog pace as planned. There is a real advantage to that, instead of now being post-race sore and stiff, I'm already feeling pretty darn good again! <BR> <BR> btw, this was 114 laps of a .5 km circuit for 35.42 miles. <BR> <BR> High points were the Luminaries ceremony and seeing the flock of hot air lanterns released to sparkle and flicker as they floated away in the night sky, and... Sun, 20 May 2012 11:17:14 EST giggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887232 LOL...is there a message here of what? <BR> <BR> My summer event schedule now includes: <BR> <BR> The Big Butts 50K (held in Butts Park, Clinton MS, late July). <BR> My own FatAss birthday run in August. <BR> and the Merrill's Mile event put on by Dumassevents.com (Dahlonega Ultra-Marathon Association) over Labor Day weekend. <BR> <BR> Guess my theme song should be Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls". :) Fri, 18 May 2012 12:34:18 EST Up ALL Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4887039 Getting started on a long day. <BR> Working 8-5 at the library. <BR> Tonight is the local ACS Relay for Life, 7 pm to 7 am. <BR> <BR> So yeah, basically, I'm going to be up and active for the next 24 hours (unless I catch a nap at lunch). Not only is the Relay for a GOOD CAUSE it is also a good overnight time on feet and up past my bedtime training session! <BR> <BR> Last plug for donations: <link>main.acsevents.org/&#8203;site/&#820<BR>3;TR?px=27218362&pg=personal&fr_i&#820<BR>3;d=380... Fri, 18 May 2012 10:32:22 EST snippet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885904 TH 1.66 mile walk at lunch. Did the Delano Park loop at a liesurely stroll just to see what my wearing work clothes work-a-day walk-a-mile pace is (17:28) Thu, 17 May 2012 14:20:58 EST More notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884018 T 3.3 mile lunchtime run. Did the Love Your Library 5K (and a bit) route. <BR> W 3.1 mile walk at lunch. Second workout of the day, went over to Point Mallard park after work and ran 5 miles on the riverside path. <BR> <BR> Now, I get to take it easy until my overnight walk on Friday. <BR> <BR> Mid weigh through the month: 161 lbs. <BR> That is a slow and gradual loss of 11 lbs since the 172 high weigh in at a doctor's appointment March 7) <BR> <BR> I haven't been perfect (mumbles somet... Wed, 16 May 2012 11:12:15 EST week's notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880427 Total mileage was a mere 23.5 miles for the week, but I'm not going to feel overly bad about it. <BR> <BR> It was just an easier week in between longer events and more miles; being bracketed by last weekend's Strolling Jim and the upcoming Relay for Life next Friday night. <BR> <BR> Was rainy all day yesterday, so that adds to my excuses. Call it a Mother's Day respite. <BR> <BR> I snagged yet another new pair of shoes for a great price on Ebay. A lovely pair of Saucony Kivarna (last yea... Mon, 14 May 2012 08:40:34 EST Doing it NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4878474 <link>https://danceswithfat.wordpress.com/<BR>2012/05/12/what-if-you-did-it-now/ </link> <BR> My favorite quote from this inspiring blog post: My body and I have had some crazy awesome adventures.” ME too!!! <BR> <BR> This was good timing. Over on another online forum, a running friend was reporting happily about how she finally was at a racing weight of under 130 lbs. I was feeling a little jealous. (ok..one snark: even 30 lbs heavier and 34 years older, I can still run just as far ... Sat, 12 May 2012 16:21:33 EST easy week (sort of) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875354 M 6 miles on elliptical machine at gym <BR> <BR> T & W Rest Days* <BR> <BR> *But can I count them as cross-training? I usually have a semi-sedentary desk job, but for the first three days of this week the entire library staff was up and moving, working hard unboxing, reshelving, and shifting a large part of the collection after having the upstairs carpet replaced. After 7-8 hour days on my feet doing that, I was too wussed to want to workout after work as well. <BR> <BR> Should be able to ... Thu, 10 May 2012 10:53:02 EST Strolling Jim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871268 Saturday was a great day at the Strolling Jim 40 miler (actually 41.2 miles). <BR> <BR> My finish time wasn't as good as I wished, but better than I feared; so, I'm happy with that. Overall pace was maybe just a fraction quicker than at my last ultra event, the 12 hour run at Delano Park back in March. But that was an easy loop course; the roads, hills, and heat were a bit more of a challenge at the Jim. <BR> <BR> We had a thunderstorm and hail in the first few miles, but at least it didn... Mon, 7 May 2012 21:11:28 EST Friday note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866566 Th: REST DAY <BR> F: 2 mile walk <BR> <BR> plus for today was *finally* doing a 60 seconds/ 180 cadence in tiny fast baby steps. This still does not feel natural to me, but it's interesting. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow: STROLLING JIM 40 (Actually 41.2) Miler <BR> I'm really looking forward to this event! Going to be some great folks & friends there. <BR> <BR> I cut back on carbs and focused on protein the first part of the week. Yesterday was B's birthday, so we celebrated and I started carb loadin... Fri, 4 May 2012 15:32:25 EST RELAY FOR LIFE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862841 I'm participating in the local American Cancer Society Relay For Life again this year. The Huntsville AL event will be on May 18, 2012, from 7 pm to 7 am. Funding cancer research and showing my support of fighters and survivors is important to me. <BR> <BR> If you feel likewise, and are able to contribute, here is a link to my fundraising page for online donations: <BR> <BR> <link>main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForL<BR>ife/RFLFY12MS?px=27218362&pg=personal&<BR>fr_id=38031 </link> <BR>... Wed, 2 May 2012 10:38:12 EST chain of thought and images http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861712 Watched this YouTube video on ChiRunning Simplified!, Efficient and Injury Free Natural Running Form Technique: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=H26liWMDH8U </link> <BR> <BR> It really helped to clarify some of the concepts for me (visual thinker that I am). One of the things that made sense to me was thinking of efficient running motion as being "round" like a wheel, not like a pendulum. And having the ankles, hips, shoulders all alligned, and then tipping slightly forward, "fall... Tue, 1 May 2012 17:51:33 EST conflicted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860812 164.2 <BR> So, once again, I've dropped the 5 or so lbs that I keep bouncing around. (when I went to the doctor in Feb, the office scale read: 172, highest weight in three years and incidentally also my top pregnancy weight 29 years ago.) <BR> <BR> But how about taking off some more? I'd rather be fluctuating between 145-150 than where I am. (and even 145 is high, compared to most stick girl runners, but I think it might work for me.) <BR> <BR> Come on, it's not that much weight to cha... Tue, 1 May 2012 09:13:41 EST monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859865 Mostly a rest/recovery day. <BR> <BR> Seems like everytime I do weights at the gym, I'm achy the next day...hmmmmmppph, maybe if I got to the gym on a more regular and less haphazard basis, I'd get past this! <BR> <BR> Bought the book Chi Marathoning at Barnes & Noble yesterday. Spent some time today watching online videos about Chi and natural running form; interesting. <BR> <BR> The essence of the Chi Running technique is its use of the forward fall for momentum rather than using the m... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:55:47 EST opps...I was supposed to be tapering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858049 M 6 <BR> T REST <BR> W 10 miles +2 miles at gym +weights <BR> Th 3.5 <BR> F 2.33 walk <BR> S 6.25 <BR> Sn 6.5 +4.75 * at gym +weights <BR> Total miles: 41.38 <BR> <BR> *I can't believe I've had a gym membership for over a year and today was the first time I got on the elliptical machines. Took me several long torturous moments to find my rhythm, but once I did- I got into it! I had already gone out running in the morning, but ended up putting in another 4.75 miles on the machines. <BR> ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:00:56 EST subject to whim & change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855180 Todays lunch hour included a 2.33 mile walk and my first purchase of the season at the local farmers market! Sweet potatoes and pepper relish today, with more fresh veggies and other good stuff to come as spring moves into summer. I don't know if I'm going to get a garden planted at home this summer, but I do intend to frequent the Farmer's Market and buy locally! <BR> <BR> Subject to change, but here's my marathon and ultra event schedule for the year: <BR> <BR> MAY 5: STROLLING JIM 40 mil... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 16:21:25 EST ReRuns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853396 T was a rest day <BR> <BR> W was a workout day: 10 mile run; followed by a 1 mile walk back home; followed by an hour at the gym consisting of 1 more mile on the Arc trainer and some strength training. <BR> <BR> Will be taking it easier and tapering between now and my next race, the Strolling JIm 40 miler on May 5. <BR> <BR> btw: here are a couple links to good articles about carboloading and race nutrition: <BR> <link>www.runyourbq.com/how-to-carbo-load/ </link> <BR> <link>strengthru... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:16:58 EST Monday (sometimes I'm just not creative with topic headings) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848179 6 lovely miles on the Pt. Mallard park riverside path this morning. Looked for herons, but didn't see any--maybe next time, or maybe check out some different parts of the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. <BR> Cool temps, about 50 degrees and breezy, but quite comfy in long sleeves. <BR> Wore my new Newton trail shoes for the first time out and felt really good in them. <BR> Walked the first half mile, ran/walk the second and "ran" the rest (if you can call a near 14 minute mile pace running). <BR> H... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 13:16:40 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847208 I slept in late on a Sunday morning, but told myself I'd go out for a bit after work in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> So, when I got done at the library, I headed over to Delano Park. Had got just a half mile of warm up walking in when the wind began to blow and it began to rain HARD and cold. I cut across the park back to my car, soaked. <BR> <BR> Gave it up and started to drive home. But, along the way, the rain let up, and so I talked myself into stopping at the Indian Creek Greenway and... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:43:10 EST random notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845327 After doing my longest run in over a month yesterday, I am feeling surprisingly well! <BR> <BR> Sure, a hint of awareness in my muscles letting me know I did something yesterday, but I'm not really creaky at all. I feel like I could almost go out an do it again today. :) But I wont, busy day...I may take a short stretch walk at lunch/break time though. <BR> <BR> things to note: <BR> --on long runs, be sure to hydrate and fuel properly; don't skimp. <BR> --walking is still a pace, and I se... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 12:13:40 EST What I did on my day off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844459 A pedestrienne go-as-you-please effort, mixed walking and running, for 22.25 miles. Am feeling virtuous, I can't remember the last time I did a 20+ mile training day! <BR> <BR> Route was from the house over to UAH campus, down Holmes Ave across town to Pratt, up Bankhead Parkway to Monte Sano State Park and then back... <BR> <BR> I walked the first mile to warm up, and then alternated walk/running. <BR> <BR> Since there wasn't anything to eat for breakfast at the house, I stopped at 3 m... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 18:10:14 EST