ECOAGE's SparkPeople Blog ECOAGE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community InfoGraphic: When Do People Run? <img src=""> Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:31:12 EST more Beat A Number numbers 2016 is speeding by quickly and I can see progress in my numbers. I should visit my numbers more often! I have my monthly totals for fitness walking &/or running going back through 2011. I try to "Beat A Number" keeping track of days, miles, and minutes. <BR> <BR> January 2016 has set a new all time record for fitness days/month. And January 2016 beat my miles and minutes for every month in 2015 and 2014. Brisk winter air and dry pavements this winter! <BR> <BR> What happened in 201... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 11:25:56 EST Beat A Number numbers I am making progress. There are days that I feel like I'm not getting anywhere. I keep track of days, miles, minutes spent fitness walking &/or running. Proof that I am making progress. <BR> <BR> As of today those miles have added up. I'm looking at the amazing mountains of Wyoming on a virtual trip across the USA that started in Virginia. It is a virtual trip but every step is real. The minutes and the miles are really adding up each day I put one foot in front of the other. <BR... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:27:26 EST Be yourself. I was out for a long walk today and a driveway caught my attention when heading back towards home. A young girl wrote this quote with colorful chalk letters. The rest of the driveway was decorated with free form designs. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 4 May 2014 00:36:48 EST HIIT on a treadmill Push the speed higher and go faster during the TV ads. Bring the speed down to an easier to maintain but challenging speed during the show. <BR> <BR> Monitor your comfort level and heart rate to adjust both the faster and slower speeds. <BR> <em>56</em> <BR> <em>231</em> <em>315</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 14:28:17 EST Happy New Year! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every day is day #1 of a new year. Celebrate every day. No resolutions necessary. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:50:43 EST Notes to Self I almost wrote "Conclusion" but this is not an ending. <BR> <BR> My Feaster Five race pace and finish time are on the record now. It is better time than last year --- meeting my goal to beat the year before. But I was hoping for a better time because my practice times are better than my race pace. I have to remember that my race pace is not as fast as I can go. <BR> <BR> My running coach (years ago) told me that a race will have variables out of my control. She was right. I c... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 17:44:29 EST I'm not in Kansas anymore! I crossed the state border into Colorado from Kansas on the virtual TransAmerica highway! <BR> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:43:46 EST Notes to Self: W5, D4 Finished 6.5 miles <BR> Finish time: 1:52:01 <BR> Pace: 17:11 <BR> hill, long route with untimed running intervals <BR> <em>88</em> <BR> <em>201</em> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 17:29:53 EST Notes to Self: W5, D3 Finished 4.7 miles <BR> Finish time: 1:16:12 <BR> Pace: 16:11 <BR> timed running intervals <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> completed the full distance with intervals <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:27:40 EST Notes to Self: W5, D2 Finished 2.2 miles <BR> Finish time: 34:08 <BR> Pace: 15:40 <BR> timed running intervals <BR> <BR> Remember: Enjoy! <BR> <BR> New toys for a new runner! New shoes are comfy and very lightweight. The new jacket kept me warm but not overheated and it is so SOFT. I have a new Timex Ironman to beep at me and it is purple! <BR> <em>185</em> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:47:51 EST Notes to Self: W5, D1 Finished 4.7 miles <BR> Finish time: 1:19:50 <BR> Pace: 16:57 <BR> timed running intervals, random throughout route <BR> <BR> Recent finishes with all walking for this route: <BR> 1:20:53 17:11 <BR> 1:22:00 17:25 <BR> 1:20:44 17:09 Sun, 17 Nov 2013 17:40:29 EST Notes to Self: W4, D3 Training: timed running intervals, 30 seconds running & 1 minute walking <BR> Next week: repeat intervals, add distance <BR> <BR> Finished 2.2 miles <BR> Finish time: 33:51 <BR> Pace: 15:32 Sat, 16 Nov 2013 13:06:56 EST Notes to Self: W4, D2 (& beepless Timex Ironman) The training program is working. I'm adding to my running time. Another endorsement of listen to your body and everyone is an experiment of one. <BR> <BR> Training Program: Repeat with timed running intervals, 30 seconds running & 1 minute walking <BR> Finished 2.2 miles walking & running <BR> <BR> Finish time: 34 minutes plus seconds <BR> Pace: under 16 minute miles <BR> <BR> I looked at my beepless stopwatch and saw the time but unfortunately it didn't stop when I thought I stopped ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:41:18 EST Notes to Self: W4, D1 (& beepless Timex Ironman) Finished 2.2 miles <BR> walking with random long running intervals <BR> <BR> Finish time: 35:41 <BR> pace: 16:23 <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> <BR> It took three tries to get a replacement battery for my Timex Ironman. The mall kiosk charged $15. And although all the functions work, my Timex Ironman lost its beep. The jewelry guy made multiple attempts and I tried again after letting it charge. I googled possible fixes. I called Timex. Yes, the back cover is on correctly. Ye... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:41:20 EST Notes to Self: W3, D3 Finished 2.2 miles <BR> walking with random longer running intervals <BR> <BR> pace: unknown <BR> <BR> Watch battery died. The urge to stare at my wrist was strong! Very strange NOT knowing exact start and finish times. <BR> <em>12</em> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 17:57:56 EST Notes to Self: W3, D2 alternate Finished 2.2 miles <BR> walking with a couple of random longer running bursts going towards home <BR> <BR> finish time: 35:09 <BR> pace: 16:08 <BR> <em>31</em> <BR> <em>185</em> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 18:06:15 EST Notes to Self: W3, D2 Finished 2.2 miles <BR> 20 second running/1 minute walking intervals with 5 minutes warm-up <BR> <BR> finish time: 33:49 <BR> pace: 15:31 <BR> <BR> <em>31</em> <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 5 Nov 2013 18:30:40 EST Boston Strong Duckboat Parade <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't doubt that IT IS POSSIBLE to go from worst to first. Boston Strong! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my city. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Boston Strong! <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:40:35 EST Notes to Self: W3, D1 Finished 2.2 miles. <BR> <BR> 20 second running/1 minute walking intervals with 5 minutes warm-up <BR> <BR> Gail runs in hail. See Gail run in hail. <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> Sun, 3 Nov 2013 10:22:09 EST Notes to Self: W2, D3 Finished 4.8 miles. <BR> <BR> 20 second running/1 minute walking intervals for first mile. <BR> <BR> Decreased warm-up to 5 minutes from 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> LOTS of neighbors for chats and walked with other neighbors .... so the pace is irrelevant. Got in some running according to the plan. And completed a 4.7 mile walk (minimum) on alternate days. <BR> <BR> Next Step: Repeat Fri, 1 Nov 2013 19:26:13 EST Notes to Self: W2, D2 Finished 2.2 mile route in 34:02 for a 15:37 pace. <BR> <BR> 20 second running/1 minute walking intervals for laps 2 & 3 <BR> <BR> Comparison: I prefer the increasing running plan while maintaining the 1 minute walks. <BR> <BR> Next Step: Decrease warm-up to 5 minutes from current 10 minutes. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:18:45 EST Notes to Self: W2, D1 Finished 2.2 mile route in 33:54 for a 15:34 pace. <BR> <BR> 15 second running/45 second walking intervals for laps 2 & 3 <BR> <BR> Comparison: Cut seconds off pace and overall finish time as compared to 1 minute of walking intervals. Harder than 1 minute walking intervals. <BR> <BR> Let's see if I can get better at this running thing and make more running worthwhile or if I should stick with mostly walking and even less running. Still not sure if I should sign up for the 5K or ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:05:20 EST Notes to Self: W1, D3 Finished 4.7 mile route in 1:17:32 for a 16:28 pace. <BR> <BR> 15 second/1 minute intervals for laps 3 and 4 and last half of home stretch <BR> <BR> Comparison: Cut about a minute off pace and a couple of minutes off overall finish time as compared to recent all walking for 5 miles. <BR> <BR> Next week: long and short routes. Walk and run. Modify Mayo Clinic/Jeff Galloway plans. Evaluate. 5K or 5M race? <BR> <BR> Suggested: 15 second running/45 second walking intervals Sat, 26 Oct 2013 19:16:37 EST Notes to Self: W1, D2 Finished 2.18 mile route in 34:00 for a 15:36 pace. <BR> <BR> The 3rd 10 minute free form run replicated the 2nd 10 minute pattern. <BR> <BR> Faster today than yesterday. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The plan is based on completing a 5K. I plan on finishing the 5 mile Feaster Five. Again. In better time. I have one month. <BR> <BR> Instead of following the structured plan and increasing running intervals to 30 seconds running/1 minute walking next week, I want to see how far I... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:46:20 EST Notes to Self: W1, D1 Really. Not much here that anyone else will care about! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> So I remember that I felt success with today's routine. Even though the scale bounced up this morning (too much salt last night after the lecture?). <BR> <BR> This was a comfortable pace. I easily ran 15 second intervals. I did NOT need recovery time to return to my walking pace. Under 16 minute miles. <BR> <BR> Finished 2.18 mile route in 34:26 for a 15:48 pace. <BR> <BR> I finished Week... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:02:27 EST Inspirational Marathon Finisher With a time of 16 hours and 46 minutes, Maickel Melamed, of Caracas, Venezuela, was the very last of the more than 39,000 participants to finish the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The 38-year-old man has muscular dystrophy. "My message is: If you dream it, make it happen. Your life is the most beautiful thing that could happen to you. Make the best with that, and share the best of that," he said shortly after finishing the race. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 01:13:11 EST I won!!! <em>334</em> <BR> I won a Spark People Exercise DVD by spinning the wheel. I guess I have to talk nice about that wheel from now on even when it only gives me 2 points day after day after day ... <BR> <em>347</em> <em>304</em> <BR> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:09:19 EST Brooks Glycerin 10 --- do you like them? New running shoes! <BR> <BR> I tried on several. My feet were videotaped in action on a treadmill. The Brooks Glycerin 10 fit better than the others. <BR> <BR> These shoes are replacing two pairs of Brooks Ravenna 3. I was happy in these shoes until they suddenly gave up the ghost. My legs felt heavy, my feet slapped the ground. The one week older pair have 275 miles. I know the experts say to expect them to die and need replacement at 300 - 500 miles. <BR> <BR> I'm nervous ... Wed, 8 May 2013 21:26:20 EST My heel healed <em>334</em> <BR> Thank you for the sympathy! All better today under my blister tape. And I completed 4.8 miles on a dark and drizzly day. <BR> <BR> My heel healed. This was not an equipment failure. My running shoes are professionally selected. I literally wore the tread off pairs 1 and 2 and now I'm seeing wear on pairs 3 and 4. No blisters when brand new! I buy two at a time to give the shoes a chance to breathe in between wearings. They were so comfortable that I bought ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:22:14 EST Blister!!! And another reason to continue on the exercise path: <BR> <em>331</em> <BR> All sunblocked and dressed for outside and then tied up my sneakers. Ouch! The special blister bandage didn't help today. I created a blister yesterday completing what would have been a short route (out for an hour) back in the autumn. I've been slowly adding days, and distance BUT it's hard to get back on my regular routine. My feet no longer like my running shoes. <BR> <em>68</em> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:34:45 EST Slow to Fast <img src=""> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 21:56:15 EST Warning: Do NOT stop your exercise routine! <img src=""> <BR> Where are the warning signs when you REALLY need them? <BR> Life needs warning signs more than a highway. I can tell when I'm headed for a curvy road. It can be hard to know that there are challenges ahead. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This winter weather was unpredictable with intense storms. <BR> <img src=""> ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 21:52:26 EST C2-5K Here we go again! <BR> <BR> A local running store is offering FREE (can't resist that!) training for Couch to 5K in preparation for a local charitable 5K. <BR> <BR> The negative voice in my head is VERY loud. I've done C2-5K programs before, multiple times. And I completed walk to run programs, multiple times. Running never became a part of my routine. <BR> <BR> I have bibs for walking this race. Last year was a personal slowest time -- is that the opposite of personal best?... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:51:13 EST Still winter! Seems like I made a mistake with my last blog --- it's still hibernation time. Another no school day today. LOTS of snow. <BR> <BR> And I decided that I need to write myself this reminder so I don't call myself wimpy when the heat of summer keeps me in the house too. <BR> <BR> This the first time I can ever remember the school system trying to figure out where to get extra days for school. The latest option was Good Friday or a Saturday to be named later. <BR> <BR> The cold does not ... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:07:44 EST February hibernation is officially over! It still looks like winter. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It still feels like winter. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But my February hibernation is over. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I hit the roads again today and discovered the sidewalks are still hidden under frozen snow piles. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:29:57 EST Sluglike tendency but not a slug! I cleared the walkway of all that snow in an hour --- the old-fashioned way: a shovel. This afternoon I will clear the steps, I KNOW I left them there in front of the house somewhere! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:37:22 EST Slug or lifestyle? I usually do my best to get out and walk this time of year because I'm not a fan of the hot weather of summer but no motivation this month. I don’t want to go out if it’s really cold, or slippery, or windy. I’m not sure if that means I’m a lazy slug. I'm not seeing lots of runner out there in the cold, or on the ice, or fighting the wind. Maybe, "lifestyle" does not require being out there on ice or in single digit temperatures. Or maybe, I'm a lazy slug. <BR> <em>88</em> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 21:20:07 EST Happy Groundhog Day! This cold and slush and ice has crushed my motivation "to get out there" on more than one occasion this season. I'm hoping Phil is correct and this winter ends sooner & not later! <BR> <em>219</em> <em>444</em> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 16:25:01 EST Thoughts on a Healthy Lifestyle I've spent some time thinking about the concept of "healthy lifestyle" as compared to let's say "dieting". I've decided that I've got the "healthy lifestyle" thing going just fine. But sabotage lurks in the corner's of my mind, temptations. Just wondering if anyone knows of a good diet for someone who has a healthy lifestyle??? <BR> <BR> I've been outside walking at a FAST pace occasionally even running a little on cold, dark New England days AND nights. Because it is "good for me"... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:51:38 EST "What I did instead ..." #2 Instead of eating the perfectly good lunch of egg salad (with onion, red pepper, tomato, and a small amount of 365 Brand full fat mayo) on whole wheat toast, I had a yogurt parfait made with a homemade oatmeal muffin, blueberries, and Chobani yogurt. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:04:39 EST "What I did instead ..." #1 I think I might be under-estimating the lifestyle changes that I've already made. Modifications have become routine. Choices are made without deep thought. Time to evaluate and give myself credit! I'm going to post a series "What I did instead ...". <BR> <BR> Number 1 in the series: Instead of taking my actions for credit, I will write about them in this permanent record. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 14:00:44 EST Another one! There must be a money tree somewhere in my neighborhood! I found a dollar bill today. It was folded in a different way than the 20 I found the other day so I don't think it fell from the same tree. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 13:53:58 EST Another 20 A 20! Lost and found! Kind of ironic how I'd love to lose 20 pounds but it's not going anywhere too fast. In the meantime, I've found a total of $70 while adding up the miles in an effort to LOSE 20 pounds. I was happy to find a $20 bill neatly folded in half on the edge of a lawn on this very windy day while adding another 7 miles to my virtual walk across the country. I found a $50 bill while out walking on 8/6. It was in a grassy area near the side of the road. <BR> <B... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 17:37:54 EST Tracking Weight & The Yellow Line I changed my goal tracker on my start page to adjust for my real life weight of the here and now. It was too depressing to see the chart with the yellow goal line so far below the zigzagging actual my weight line. That nice yellow line is such a nice neat progression downward to goal. My weight line was getting further and further away from the lovely yellow line. The reality of my weight line is more like 2 pounds up and 3 pounds down, stay the same, bounce up 4, drop 2, stay the sa... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 13:38:40 EST Emergency Cookies?! Today's SP Recipe of the Day has a close-up picture of a chocolate chunk chocolate cookie. This is sad on so many levels! <BR> <BR> It has the unfortunate name of 911 Chocolate Emergency Cookies. <BR> <BR> It is cookie season! This time of year special cookie plates are everywhere! Who doesn't have at least one cookie swap memory??? <BR> <BR> A healthier (or healthy) cookie recipe would be welcomed. Why is this recipe healthier than other can't-eat-just-one chocolate cooki... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:06:06 EST Variations on a Theme: Cauliflower <em>335</em> <BR> Personally, I'm a fan of cauliflower. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Cauliflower is beautiful. One white cauliflower can look very cool sitting on a counter surrounded by candles. A colorful cauliflower assortment in a fruit bowl is an outstanding centerpiece for a kitchen table. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And as we all know, beauty is more than skin deep! Cau... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:01:21 EST Planning and Snow <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> Planning for this season means planning for weather conditions. In New England that's easier said than done. It's snowing today. Snow that is smart enough to coat the lawns but stays off the street! I like smart snow. It's pretty. I don't have to shovel it. It is not slippery. I can still go out for my miles of walking and I can even run my brief intervals when I feel like it. <BR> <BR> Ice stops me. Huge piled snowbanks blocking vie... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 12:52:07 EST Cooking: Variations on a Theme <em>335</em> <BR> By popular request (two people), here are some more meal ideas. I can't call them "recipes" because I don't have exact measurements. Let me know if you need more detail on anything. <BR> <BR> I have a few basics that I use for a starting point. I vary the veggie and my protein based on what I have available and my mood. Change the seasoning for different ethnic flavors. The big difference is my goal to create a healthier version than the traditional versions o... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:23:20 EST Grilled Eggplant The first step in making eggplant is buying eggplant (unless you are lucky enough to grow your own in a place that is warm enough to allow a long growing season). Purchasing an eggplant takes skill. An eggplant can be bitter. There are some theories on how to select an eggplant that is less likely to be bitter. I prefer the smaller types of eggplant. Smaller eggplants tend to have thinner skin and less seeds. Choose an eggplant with smooth skin without wrinkles or bruise mark... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:59:59 EST