FITFOODIE806's SparkPeople Blog FITFOODIE806's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2014 is not about my thighs A week ago I found last year's wrap-up and goals blog. And I attempted to write something. And days passed. Concrete goals work for me. I love checklists, numbers, charts, and my sticker workout calendar. I met many many 2013 goals. I ran another marathon, I got the 1:49 HM that I'd been chasing for over 2 years, I completed an Olympic distance triathlon in the small town my mom grew up in. Cousins and aunts cheered my dad and me on. A major fitness highlight of the year. <BR> <BR> So why w... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:54:14 EST HM #8: the sub 1:50 one Reading over my old race recaps helps get me ready for races. It reminds me of what I've learned, how I felt at certain points, what my goals are, etc. This race was a week ago and it's already a little fuzzy. <BR> <BR> I read my marathon blog. And the lesson from that was: START SLOW, START SLOW, START SLOW. I read HM #s 6 and 7 and the lessons there were: start slow. And then run fast! You want that sub 1:50. You know you can do it. Get under 1:50!!! I read HM #5 where I was in such a zo... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 09:42:51 EST now what? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been in love with racing since I lined up at the start of my first 5K. I don't think I even liked running then. I liked the racing. So I signed up for another race and then another and somewhere in the mix I feel head over heels with running. <BR> <BR> My first HM was Monster Dash 2011. I didn't even sign up. I ran the Twin Cities 10 miler in the beginning of the month and then a friend offered me her bib ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:02:18 EST stunning finish line photos Since Sunday's marathon, I have experienced intense moments of pride. And equally intense moments of disappointment. And that is exactly why I will do it again someday. The range of emotions makes me feel alive. <BR> <BR> These pictures capture those feelings better than any words ever could: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>3/10/07/amazing-finish-line-moments/ </link> <BR> <BR> I passed the man in the last photo. On the back of his shirt was a sign: 80 years ... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 13:36:21 EST Marathon #2 I have learned a lot about running & racing from Spark blogs. When you read that no race will be like your first marathon; they're right. When they say to start slow; they're right. <BR> <BR> My first marathon experience was magical. And I really did soak it in. But how can you tell something is so special while you're living it? Part of me thought marathon #2 would be just as incredible. <BR> <BR> And it was. And it wasn't. I woke up Sunday and had a strange feeling. It just didn't fe... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 10:39:43 EST ready for a marathon 3 years ago I threw my name in the Twin Cities lottery for the 10 mile event. I heard it was hard to get in and didn't think I would. Well, I got in. My first thought was: "Crap. Now I have to learn how to run 10 miles." My longest run at that point was 6. I ran it and loved it. <BR> <BR> After several HMs I ran my first 26.2 and immediately knew I wanted to do it again. <BR> <BR> My name got drawn in the lottery again in 2012 and my time improved by a huge 7 minutes. It was a great race.... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:07:40 EST HM #7: the hot one that I'm so proud of Marathon training has not gone as perfectly as I planned. Add in a monster heat wave and I am mentally & physically crushed. It was so hot this week that the largest school districts in the state closed for 2 days. That is unheard of! <BR> <BR> The race offered free downgrades to shorter distances. If I wasn't training, I would've changed to the 10K. They said they were adding water stops, sponges and would have cold towels at the finish line. The forecast was supposed to drop for Saturd... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:17:31 EST marathon training & weight gain Prior to this summer I was in maintenance mode for 2 years. Now I'm not even sure what to call the mode I'm in. Frustration mode? My running shorts don't fit right - but it's hard to create a calorie deficit when I need to fuel an 18 mile run - mode? <BR> <BR> The first time I dug out my running shorts in May and they rode up my inner thighs while running, I knew I had a problem. That never happened before! I knew my weight was up a pound or 3 but I hadn't been too worried. Now clothes were... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 10:52:10 EST almost an Oly tri race recap Last summer I raced my first Olympic triathlon. And it was a doozy. Immediately afterwards I said I'd never do that distance again. Within a few days, I knew I needed to conquer it. I am a swimmer: It comes fairly easy to me, I love it, people bumping me isn't a problem. You'd think I'd be made for triathlon swims. Well, I still panicked last year and that bothered me. <BR> <BR> In January my training girls and I looked at all the choices. I saw a great opportunity: an Olympic tri in Green ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:07:05 EST training, bears, and rain. oh my! One surprising thing I learned after my first marathon is that it's not the 26.2 miles that are the most significant. It's the xx.x training miles that make the experience so intense. Because of that, I was equally excited and nervous to start the whole process again. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the process wasn't going so well. I felt like I had lost my running mojo. Nothing majorly wrong. Things just didn't feel right. <BR> <BR> Then we left for vacation with my whole family. I envisioned... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 09:43:24 EST running with my family Some last minute 4th of July planning had my family running a 4 mile race. My dad has done the race many times before. He emailed us about a tough course, no medals or T-shirts and a "minimal fee." Well, what the heck does that mean? We have to double race prices because DH and I usually both want to run. We've reached our race budget for the year. But it was a holiday and my dad and sister were going to run, so I figured it would be worth the cost. <BR> <BR> 50 cents!! Best deal ever. Two ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 09:45:26 EST a sprint tri, an endurance blog race report Croixathalon <em>67</em> Camp St. Croix <em>67</em> Hudson, WI <em>67</em> June 29, 2013 <BR> <BR> Two women that I work out with at the Y asked me to do this Sprint Triathalon. I don't get a ton of time in the water or on the bike until I am done teaching mid June. This was earlier in the season than I had wanted to race, but since it's a fundraiser for a Y camp, I was in. <BR> <BR> I've been enjoying training and feeling confident in all 3 sports. Not nervous at all. Then I got a... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:03:20 EST prep for a tri and a track win <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh boy, am I having fun this summer. I've planned our weeks with fun stuff to do with the kids and friends to see and THEN I plan my workouts. Last summer those plan priorities were flip flopped which led to a crash in July of mom guilt & over training. Experience is a good teacher and I feel so much better right now. <BR> <BR> I even feel comfortable in each of the 3 disciplines even though I've really only been... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:34:19 EST more running wisdom from dad <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 6 miles with my dad's group again this morning. Loving summer! <BR> <BR> He told me a story of a race he ran in his 30s. He met a guy that was in his mid-50s and they chatted about running. The man said that his children didn't understand why he ran so much. They joked often, "What are you doing? Trying to live forever?!" The man's response, "No. I just want to *live* until I die." <BR> <BR> My dad (now 65) said... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:28:20 EST dad's day/running day I've been in a reflective mood since Father's Day. From now on the holiday is going to remind me of running. <BR> <BR> 2 years ago I ran my first race: a 5K with my family. If you're interested, here's the blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4308613 </link> <BR> Cliff notes: Thanks to Spark blog inspirations I got the courage to sign up for a 5K and asked my whole family, including my lifetime runner dad, to do it with me. We all h... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:56:45 EST The summer triathlete Last summer I swam, biked, and ran through my first Sprint and then Olympic distance triathlon. I was a competitive swimmer when I was little and my running girls convinced me to get a road bike and give this whole multi-sport thing a go. Of course I loved it. <BR> <BR> Then September happened: I'm a teacher so the endless hours of summer workouts came to an abrupt halt. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> I told myself I'd find a good spin class. I never did. I didn't even really try. A friend gav... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:36:52 EST HM #6: the horrible one <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I should just leave it at that. I finished. That's it. <BR> <BR> But, really, how fun is that? Let me whine for awhile about how miserable 13.1 miles can be. <BR> <BR> Quick backstory: The Minneapolis Half is part of The Team Ortho Series. Great organization that is known for their gear and fun races. They offer a package deal that is basically 4 HMs for less than the price of 3. Sign me up! Well, because of ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 16:43:59 EST HM #5: Lake Minnetonka hills "You don't get better at running hills by walking them." <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw this on Facebook a few weeks ago and used the line often. My running has not felt great since HM #4 7 weeks ago. I won't bore you with excuses. I've struggled through a fair amount of runs and have taken far more walk breaks than normal. But not on the hills. One day I even said it aloud as a trugged up that hill. whatever it takes. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 6 May 2013 21:28:11 EST April stats & May goals April was a great month. I admitted that I needed to focus on nutrition. I don't track calories, but I did mark on my calendar everyday how I did with food. During day and after dinner. 2 goals everyday. I took 2 or even 3 rest days every week. And it worked. I am finally back to my happy weight. 0.5 away from my low before Christmas. With continued focus, I know I'll get there this month. <BR> <BR> Of course this doesn't mean I slacked on fitness. I love working out way too much to do ... Wed, 1 May 2013 13:44:38 EST planning for marathon #2 On June 16, 2012 I ran Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN. The 26.2 miles were obviously a big deal, but the training was the real challenge. As soon as I crossed the finish line, I knew I wanted to do it again. I also knew I needed to wait a bit. Training is a HUGE time commitment. The affects it had on my family, social & work life were not what I expected. <BR> <BR> I've put a lot of thought and effort into planning the next. I've finished my race schedule for this season and finally ha... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:13:48 EST real life strength Yesterday DH and I moved a couch from the living room into the den/study. Then we moved a couch from the basement into the living room. By this point I had broke a sweat. We hopped in the car and drove to some stranger's (yikes!) house because we bought a huge sectional couch on Craigslist. I love when rich people redecorate after 1 year. (score!) The seller said that he would help us get it in the van. "no, thanks! We got it." DH and I carried all the pieces together. Then we drove home a... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:12:39 EST run, ST, food I think I only have the mental capacity to really give my all to one goal at a time. I haven't figured out how to balance running, strength, and nutrition goals all at once. One always seems to get priority. In Feb. I tracked strength moves. I saw and felt improvements. Upped my goals for March, started tracking, lasted a few days. <BR> <BR> I switched into racing mode. And I'm glad I did. It was a great race. I still can't believe i ran a 1:51 HM! <BR> <BR> Then it was time to get ov... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:16:17 EST HM #4: I am racing myself <img src=""> <BR> And this has not always been the case. Most of you know me as a runner. You didn't know that I would run around the block, feel miserable, give up, quit, try again a few months later, repeat. I thought I couldn't do it. It just wasn't in me. I wasn't a runner, I was never going to be a runner like my dad. I watched him run, race, I tried on his medals. I wanted to be a runner, but I couldn't do it. <BR> <BR> Luckily,... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:19:15 EST February checklist <em>26</em> <em>26</em> February Goals <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> 1. 90 running miles <BR> 81.3/90 <BR> <BR> Oh well. February is a short month. And I skipped 2 long runs. One because of vacation and the other because...______(insert excuse here). <BR> <BR> <BR> I like to track a few strength moves every month. Makes me do more than I normally would. I kept my goals low this month and it was still a struggle. better than nothing! <BR> 2. 100 push-ups per week <BR> wk 1: 90... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 15:42:21 EST an active vacation = happiness I grew up downhill skiing in Minnesota. My parents have a time share in CO and there's an annual trip of uncles, cousins and siblings. Since having kids, I have not been a part of those trips. They were talking about it on Christmas and there was a great deal on airfare so DH and I made a semi-last minute decision and booked a trip. Our last ski trip was 5 years ago. Our last week + long trip was our honeymoon, 6 years ago. We've never left the kids for 5 days. This was a big deal for u... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:30:44 EST My first trail race It really bothers me that I can't use emoticons on an iPad. Can you please picture a cute pattern of snowflake, runner girl, snowflake, runner girl... <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ran in my first trail race. In February in Minnesota! It's part of a very small race series and they had a Black Friday event with race deals. 10 miler for $13. I'm in! Plus, the timing was perfect for my HM training. 10 mile long run. Since it was a trail run, I had no time goal for this race. I'm serious! I just want... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 08:29:05 EST Speedwork & bulk meals info I got some questions after my 2013 goals blog. Good thing regular blogging wasn't one of my goals because I'd be failing miserably. <BR> <BR> Speedwork #1 <BR> warm up as needed <BR> Incline 2.0 to simulate outdoor running <BR> <BR> 0-1 mile HM PR -30 seconds <BR> 1-1.5 HM- 45 <BR> 1.5- 2 HM-15 <BR> 2-2.5 HM-45 <BR> 2.5-3 HM - 30 <BR> <BR> This is a killer workout. I didn't make it through the first time. I had to jump off twice and stopped at 2.5 miles. You are definitely in the "uncomf... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:22:41 EST 2013 plans & goals I'm behind on getting these in print because I've been busy working on my goals! My first goal for 2013 is to read one fiction and one non-fiction book every month. Already done for the month! <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Another goal is one DIY/pinterest house project. I'm into 3, including a race medal holder. I spray painted it. Now it needs some funky hooks. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> goal 3: Healthy meals for the whole family. I am guilty of giving my kids cereal or mac & cheese for dinner ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:41:54 EST 2012 races and searching for balance <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <em>312</em> <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <em>312</em> <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> In 2011, I lost 40 pounds and discovered a love of running. In 2012 I kept running and added a love of triathlon. <BR> <BR> The fitness moments I want to remember: <BR> <em>320</em> January: started teaching at the Y <BR> <em>425</em> February: braved the MN cold and ran outdoors <BR> <em>137</em> March: horrible HM that taught m... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:09:00 EST Run hard and be nice I've been waiting for this moment since I realized it was in reach a few months ago. When I made goals last January, I had no idea what my yearly mileage would be. Now I know! This morning I crossed 1,000 miles in 2012. 1,004 to be exact. And with a month to go. woo-freaking-hoo! <BR> This pretty number represents: <BR> <em>363</em> 4 full months of training for my first marathon and actually entering 26.2 into my tracker on one day! <BR> <em>363</em> Running outside through a Minnesot... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 19:21:29 EST amazing transformation. watch for incredible inspiration! <BR> I promise that it is worth 5 minutes to watch this video. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>IPeiMtE </link> <BR> <BR> I want to meet this guy and introduce him to Spark. Wouldn't he be a great fit here? <BR> <BR> You can feel the love of yoga. I have found that love in running. It doesn't seem to matter what it is that we find: Crossfit, zumba, Insanity, pilates, hiking, whatever! Just fall in love and live an active life. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:28:17 EST why I weigh everyday Bottom line: It keeps me on track. <BR> <BR> My son turned 2 last week, which means I have gotten on that scale nearly every single day for 2 years. I understand that a number doesn't define us and the scale is only one way to measure progress and Spark doesn't recommend it and yadda yadda yadda. <BR> <BR> But we all have our own stories to tell. And different things work for different people. Here's my weight loss journey in a nutshell: <BR> <BR> Basically I've been around 150 as lon... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:13:22 EST Love your decade. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I remember the day I turned 20. I was in my college dorm room reading a card from my mom. She wrote about how excited she was for me to be in my 20s. She listed all the major things that happened to her in that decade. And my 20s were fun and certainly memorable: graduated from college, lived abroad, grad school, lived with my best friend and had more girls nights out than I can count, met DH, got my first teach... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 19:49:57 EST adios October! In Sept. I picked a few things to track. My goal was to beat myself in October. Well, we all know what happens when you get injured. Goals need to be adjusted. The good news is that I actually did a lot more in Oct. than I thought. I was surprised when I added everything up because throughout the month I felt like I was not doing as much. The bad news is that I used the broken pinkie as an excuse. And we all know about excuses: they snowball! <BR> <BR> September: <em>431</em> <em>431</... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 16:06:21 EST write down your goals! This week a friend posted on Facebook about some of her Crossfit goals. She had told a trainer (is that proper Crossfit lingo? I'm sure they made up their own word for trainer!) Anyway, she whined that she didn't want to write down her goals because then she'd actually have to work on them. ha!! Isn't that the truth?! It can be scary or intimidating or just plain work. <BR> <BR> I have been much more successful when I have a specific, measurable, attainable and realistic goal set. (SMART ... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:43:40 EST x-ray pic <img src=""> <BR> <BR> lovely, huh? <BR> <BR> I was at the doctor's office on Friday afternoon and everyone was a little punch drunk, I suppose like any workplace right before a weekend. I was scheduling with the receptionist at 4:55 and was things weren't very clear. So I called first thing this morning to get more info about the surgery and... no surgery tomorrow! It's the consult appt. Then we'll schedule surgery. Maybe by some mi... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 13:22:27 EST The pinkie injury story I know I've whined about this before: spark and apple are not friends. I really wish I could easily upload pics. I emailed some to myself to post on my last blog and they're sideways. I'm sorry! And now I'm typing this on my iPhone. Autocorrect disasters abound! <BR> <BR> 3 weeks ago today I was all excited about a new 14 mile running route with DH. Not even 2 miles into the run, I trip. On a shoelace, on a sidewalk crack, on my own clumsiness. Who knows?! Basically I landed on my left pin... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:35:04 EST 10 miler top 10% I follow a great blog on Facebook: Run Like a Mother. The 2 women that write the blog and have published 2 books are incredible. Lucky for me, one was running the Twin Cities Marathon and the other was running the 10 miler. I was a little starstruck when I met them at the Expo. Then I went home and read their race goal blog. They recommend having several goals. As for time: have a "everything is perfect" time goal. And have a "everything is normal" time goal. Add a goal unrelated to time... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:12:55 EST That monthly goal blog I didn't put September goals in print because basically my objective was just to get through it. Sept. is a transition month for my family since I'm a teacher. I spend more hours at work than usual and it's just tough. But I did have some goals in mind and the month went much better than usual. <BR> <BR> I've realize that I love spark challenges, but sometimes I overdo it. Shocker, I know. Several times I've done loads of push ups just to meet a goal number but then the next month I don'... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 19:58:04 EST requested muffin recipe :) <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Several people asked for my pumpkin chocolate chip recipe. The modifications I mentioned in my last blog are what I do consistently. Any time I make bread or muffins I use Greek yogurt instead of oil. I've tried applesauce and I like yogurt better. I love Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything cookbook and app. <BR> <BR> recipe (my healthier choices) <BR> * 4 eggs (sometimes, I'd use 2 eggs + 2 e... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:33:19 EST Pumpkin muffins & other Fall goodness I love to bake. I especially love to bake with my kids. Some sparkers have asked how I do it and what I cook with. I've experimented lots and found what works for me. For cookies, I use the real stuff. I almost always half or even quarter the recipe. But I use butter and other real ingredients. I've tried apple sauce and stuff in cookies and they have never turned out and then I don't feel satisfied. Sometimes I throw in flaxseed and I use a little less sugar than the recipe calls for.... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:34:28 EST My 1st Olympic Triathlon <img src=""> <BR> Transition area: photo by Maple Grove Tri <BR> <BR> <BR> My first thought when I woke up Saturday morning was, "man, I wish I would've stuck to that training plan." but, oh, well, here we go. I threw the plan out after vacation in July when I realized it was stressing me out and the whole point of this is to have fun. I managed to get in a handful of bike rides that were 20-25ish miles, some were extremely hilly route... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:17:42 EST Some Friday morning fitspo with my summer goals I've focused on nutrition for the past few weeks in an effort to lose just a couple of pounds or inches. It has definitely worked, but VERY slowly. Today is my lowest weight of the summer. by a whole 0.2 pounds!! but, hey, I'll take it. I've been working super hard and I understand the scale does not define us, but it's still nice to see a number that I'm satisfied with. <BR> <BR> It's also good to remind myself: <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:44:40 EST What I'm reading now I often read several books at once. Right now these two compliment each other well. They were both popular several years ago. I'm a little behind the times! <BR> <BR> The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner <BR> Lessons for living longer from the people who've lived the longest. <BR> I appreciate that the research not only focuses on longevity, but on quality of life. The description of several centenarians that are active in their daily lives, have respected responsibilities in their communities, ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 08:58:41 EST The gender gap Ironman is not only a distance, but a brand. There are 140.6 and 70.3 races that don't fall under that m-dot branding. Ironman has done an incredible marketing job. If you're in the tri world you recognize that m-dot like every other American recognizes the golden arches. <BR> <BR> I was looking at pictures from a friend's event recently. Her parents had Ironmom and Irondad shirts on. I asked about her husband. Now, get this: all the Ironmate shirts for sale were pink. And I have no issu... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 09:06:57 EST My first triathlon As soon as I made the decision to go for a tri, I knew I'd love it. I have been swept away with the energy of running road races. It is such a positive, strong force. I know it's not for everyone, but I love racing. I had no doubts that I'd love tri just as much. <BR> <BR> The girls I run with convinced me to sign up for a tri once they saw me swim this winter. They promised to help me with the bike. I was a little apprehensive because 1. I was in the midst of my first full marathon training... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 21:19:26 EST August prep, tri prep Checking in on goals. <BR> <em>356</em> <em>356</em> <em>356</em> <em>356</em> <em>356</em> <em>356</em> <em>356</em> <em>356</em> <BR> For the year I said 800-1,000 miles. So far I've run 622.65 miles for 2012. Super happy with that. <BR> July: <BR> <em>356</em> Run: goal was 10-20 miles/week and I ran 50 total. Low end of goal, but I made it. Pretty good considering the heat and 2 weeks of vacation. <BR> <em>356</em> Bike: goal was 40-80 miles/week. Ha! Not even close. I threw... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:28:58 EST Family fitness I have eased up on tri training because it was making me crazy. That's the opposite of what I want it to do. Like my dad said, "it's not like you're going to win. What's the big deal?!" exactly. I am doing this for myself. Not to place in my age group. Everyone has different life circumstances that lead to different training options. I'm not racing the 33 year old single woman that can fit in 3 by 3s. I am racing myself. Can you tell that I have to type this out in order to convince myse... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:27:14 EST Move with meaning & joy I am saddened by the CO tradgedy. It's senseless and devastating and just plain sad. I made myself turn the news off last night and I went and watched my daughter sleep. All you parents know the beauty of a sleeping child. Especially a sun kissed summer girl with mosquito bites on her arms and cuts and bruises, the proof of hard play, all over her legs. I took some time to soak in my gratitude that she is healthy, that my whole family is healthy. And I said a prayer for those that have lo... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 08:41:45 EST Cocky confidence & humble pie One thing I love about exercise is the options. Just when you think you're good at something, try something else and a whole new challenge is waiting for you. <BR> <BR> Running came relatively easy to me. Don't get me wrong, there were horrible awful days when I cried. There are STILL horrible awful no good very bad runs. But, overall, running just feels right. I have worked very hard, but mostly I've logged lots of miles while having fun. I have yet to become too obsessed with pace or ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:22:37 EST