GLADGAD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GLADGAD GLADGAD'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/ I've Gone Basil Crazy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763462 I love to cook. I love to eat well, too. One of my most favorite ingredients for the past 1+ years is basil. I don't use the dried basil - either fresh or the basil in a tube that I find in the refrigerated produce section of my grocery store. I use basil in almost everything. There are health benefits to it, too. It helps protect DNA and it also has anti-bacterial properties. <BR> <BR> Here are some of the ways I use it: <BR> <BR> Add either fresh or tube basil to scrambled eggs. If f... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:34:03 EST Six Week Anklebreakerversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761941 Today marks 6 weeks since I slipped and broke my right ankle, and I believe healing is coming along as it should. <BR> <BR> Shortly after the break, a couple of friends lent me boots that they had for their previous injuries, and I brought them to my 2 week appointment for the ortho to look at. He said one was too big and the other might work, but I could not go into a boot until the 4 week mark. My last appointment, 11 days ago, was the 4 week mark and I brought in the boot thinking I was... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:17:16 EST Our Health Care System – More of a System than Health Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748297 Warning – if you are not currently active in the health care System, you will find this completely boring. However, if you or a loved one is sick, or if you are new to The System, then I hope that my experience and insights below will be helpful: <BR> <BR> Today is the 3 week anniversary of my broken ankle. While the recovery has been a challenge in and of itself, it’s nothing compared to navigating the current state of our health care. I will state that I am totally against Obamacare, eve... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:49:17 EST Good News and How I Am Spending My Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746230 First, the good news: <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor yesterday and after an x-ray he told me that the bone has moved back into place and is healing as expected. I am really happy with that. <BR> <BR> I have two friends who loaned me boots that they had from previous injuries. I brought both of them to the doctor’s office to ask him which one would be more appropriate. Unfortunately the one that was more suited to my injury was too big, but he took a good look at the second one and said t... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:46:02 EST My 8 Week Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745208 About 2 ½ weeks ago, I was carrying a 40 lb bag of water system salt to my softener tank. It had been raining on and off for several days, which is typical for a South Florida July. I stepped on a wooden deck, not realizing how slippery it was when my right foot slipped out from under me and I started falling over. On my way down I heard a pop, thought, “Uh oh, this is NOT good,” and then I hit the ground, thankfully on grass. <BR> <BR> I knew it was bad, and my second thought was, “This ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:57:04 EST Trail Racing - What a Blast! (Pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657836 Wow! I can't believe it's been over a year since I posted a blog. I will have to put a catch-up blog out soon, but in the meantime, here is a race report from my first (and recent) trail run. <BR> <BR> I have been running for about 7 years now, and all of my races have been on the road. A few weeks ago, however, a friend of mine asked if I wanted to do a couple of trail races with her. I couldn’t do both, so I chose the Citrus Trail in Inverness, Florida. Inverness is a small town about ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:52:47 EST Pushing On Through HM Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254935 Last week I was a little concerned as I strained a calf muscle where it connects to the back of the knee. Every time I would stand up after sitting for a while, it hurt enough that I had to limp the first few steps. Once I would walk a few steps it felt fine, but a little tight. Running didn’t seem to make it worse and I was trying to decide whether or not I should continue to run on it. Since running didn't make it worse, I thought I would push it a little to see what would happen afterw... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:42:28 EST Catching Up - New Job, Future Plans, Meeting Dean Karnazes, and Back to Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248343 The last time I wrote about running was in mid-December when I just about killed myself running 4 miles. I was coming off a 4 month medical issue during which I became anemic. During that time I could hardly make it through the day without needing a nap, but I was also working a contract position where I was commuting to San Juan, Puerto Rico every week and working 10-12 hour days. Feeling awful, working long hours, and living in a hotel is not much fun, let me tell you. Then when I came ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:03:58 EST Six Sick Cats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177517 A few weeks ago I took the last of the indoor kitten to the Humane Society to get spayed. A couple of days after bringing them home, I noticed that Maui's incision didn't look right, so I took her back. They said it was herniated and needed additional surgery. The recovery from that surgery required that she be kept quiet for about a week. This meant no jumping on anything - she had to be confined. Since I have 7 indoor cats right now, even putting her in a separate room would be next to... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:52:40 EST Long Run Fail? - Maybe Not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154617 Yesterday I decided to do a 6 mile run. Mostly because the guy I have been seeing is at the point in his running where he needs to start bumping up the miles if he wants to do a HM. I decided I would give it a go, but I wasn't sure I was quite ready for 6 miles yet. <BR> <BR> We got a late start, so the sun was up, it was slighly humid and warm - in the 70s. I was moving along at a moderate pace and looked at my Garmin - I was pacing at about 12:44. I felt disgusted that I was going at s... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:05:42 EST Making a Comeback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150677 For the past few months, I have been dealing with a medical issue that I was afraid would be serious (thankfully it wasn’t). I had some minor surgery about 3 weeks ago, and am following up with some medication. Without going into detail, I have spent the past 4 months feeling physically uncomfortable to miserable, anemic, tired, cranky, and depressed. Although the doctor told me I could continue to run and exercise, it just seemed to make things worse (not to mention the anemia didn’t make... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:02:18 EST My First Race as a Race Director! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141517 Last Saturday I participated in a race wearing a completely new hat – Race Director! It’s something that I have wanted to do for the last several years, but never really knew where to start. <BR> <BR> The idea for this race started about a year and a half ago. I occasionally ocean swim with a group of people, a few of which I have known for a number of years. One morning one of the guys said that it would be cool to put on a mile swim to benefit veterans. Since I have wanted to give ra... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:28:08 EST Getting Derailed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090232 Again, I am going through a quiet spell on Spark, although my life has been anything but quiet. <BR> <BR> First there are the cats. I am now down to around ten. Three are adults that are mine (brothers from a feral’s litter), two are feral moms who are now fixed, two are from a 5 month old litter, and three are from a 14 week litter. The fixed moms kind of come and go as they wish, but the rest are housecats. The five kittens are all up for adoption, although the youngsters still need the... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 16:24:04 EST Stuff That Makes Me Nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4884126 Today’s blog is not about working out, running, or any sort of accomplishments. I am in day 2 of getting off of caffeine, and I am tired, I still have the headache that started yesterday, and am feeling a little cranky, despite a run this morning (running with a headache is no fun). So I thought it’s a perfect day for complaints and getting stuff off of my chest. Below are few of my top pet peeves. Please feel free to add yours! It’s Whiney Wednesday! <BR> <BR> ENGLISH LANGUAGE STUFF THAT... Wed, 16 May 2012 12:14:09 EST Lousy Race - GREAT Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4859097 So yesterday was my fifth half marathon in five months. I probably would not have done this race, except Sharon (MBShazzer) offered to let me stay at her new house, which was only about 15 minutes from the race start. That, and I was thinking that since I did four halves in four months, I might as well keep the streak going for as long as I can. <BR> <BR> The race web site indicated there was no packet pick up in the morning, so I got the pick up address from the web site. Thank goodnes... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 10:55:27 EST Back to Back Racing and Adjusting the Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839354 Last weekend I did back to back races – a 5K on Saturday morning and a triathlon on Sunday morning. Actually, the tri was supposed to be a 3 person relay with me doing the bike, but we wound up with only 2 people. Let me start from the beginning. <BR> <BR> There is a 5K race that I have run every year since its inauguration 5 years ago. I like this race because for $25.00 you race, get a nice t-shirt, and then are served a delicious buffet breakfast that includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sa... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 13:04:19 EST Crawling Out From Under My Rock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830122 It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a blog, or even been on Spark. I used to be very active on this site, but life has a way of making you concentrate on other areas of your life. That’s not to say I haven’t continued running and doing those things I enjoy, but I had to pull back on them considerably. <BR> <BR> From mid-2010 to mid-2011 I was working on starting a senior move management company. It didn’t get off the ground, and I went back to a conventional job (i.e., desk job) in th... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:29:40 EST My Hopes for Marathon Glory Have Been Dashed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4553531 I ran my first marathon last January. I didn’t think I would want to do another one anytime soon, but I signed up for Palm Beach which is December 4. My training started out really well, but life has simply thrown me too many curve balls, so I decided to postpone my next 26.2. <BR> <BR> As some of you may know I spent about a year trying to start a business. The short story is that I didn’t make it and needed to get back to “real” work. I got lucky last July when a previous co-worker cal... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:54:42 EST Life Lately - A Quickie Blog (At Least for Me) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4491115 The last couple of weeks have been very busy. I have 3 consecutive travel weeks where I fly out on Monday morning and get back late Thursday night. Thankfully my employer lets me work remotely on Friday. <BR> <BR> This past week was my first week traveling to Dallas. Work was super busy and I generally work 10-11 hour days. I’ve been on this job for about 8 weeks and finally feel like I am getting a handle on things in that I am learning the finer points of the project as well as the p... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 13:44:23 EST Long Time, No Post. Where I've Been. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4448510 I know I haven’t posted anything in quite a while, but I had a couple of life changes and I am just now starting to feel like I’m getting my feet back under me. <BR> <BR> After my marathon in January, I rested for a couple of weeks and then raced every weekend into early May. I did a bunch of 5Ks, a couple of 10Ks, a triathlon, a 100 mile relay, and a 2 day underwater hockey tournament. After all of that I was spent and cut back on running to 2-3 days a week for a few weeks. In March/April... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 20:29:38 EST THANK YOU!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4245805 I woke up this morning only to see that I had A LOT of new e-mail. Since I had a run planned followed by some yard work this morning, I decided to wait until later to start going through them. I was surprised when I saw dozens of e-mail from SparkPeople telling me I had a new comment on my SparkPage, but I thought my ISP was replicating e-mail again and sending the same one over and over again. <BR> <BR> I opened the first one, didn't recognize the username, and clicked on the link. It wa... Fri, 20 May 2011 16:13:52 EST A Week of Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4193866 It’s been kind of a crazy week with ups and downs. <BR> <BR> On the down side, as you probably read, one of my parakeets got ill and died on Easter Sunday. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much I could do. My choices were to let him go naturally or totally stress him out by grabbing him and taking him to the emergency vet where, at the tune of around $200 they would euthanize him. Due to his untame nature, I think that might have been worse for him, and he may not have even made it to the ER. ... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:45:46 EST Sick Parakeet - Need Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4186119 <BR> UPDATED SUNDAY 4/24 - UNFORTUNATELY LITTLE BONKERS DIED JUST BEFORE 1:00 TODAY. I AM MOST UPSET BECAUSE HE SUFFERED AND THERE REALLY WASN'T ANYTHING I COULD DO. THANK YOU FOR BEING CONCERNED ENOUGH TO TAKE TIME OUT OF YOUR DAY TO HELP. <BR> <BR> <BR> My male parakeet started behaving like this earlier today. He isn't throwing up, but he obviously is ill. Have you see this before, and if so, do you have any idea what this could be? <BR> <BR> **************** <BR> <BR> In response... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 18:57:49 EST Triathlon Analysis – WTH? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4184421 As some of you know, I am a bit of a geek and I really enjoy drilling down into statistics to discover trends, patterns, and come to conclusions about things. I had a grand time doing this with last weekend’s triathlon results! <BR> <BR> First I know that while this triathlon course is basically the same, conditions vary wildly from year to year, and even hour to hour during a race. It’s really hard to compare one year to the next, unless the conditions are similar. Thankfully, South Flor... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 19:00:17 EST FAU Sprint Triathlon - a PR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4172199 I competed in the FAU Wellness Triathlon this morning. It’s the 4th time in 5 years that I have done it. I woke up at 4:10, ate some oatmeal, dressed, fed the ferals and left a little after 4:30. I had packed the car the night before, so my morning was pretty easy. I arrived a little after 5:15. I wanted to get a good spot in transition, use the potty a couple of times, check out the beach conditions, do a warm up, take a gel and walk the ¼ mile to the beach to the swim start. Of course... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 16:54:05 EST Palm 100 - Great Race. Perfect Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4124342 Last Saturday was the Palm 100, a 100 mile relay race from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach and back. I ran this with Sharon (MBShazzer), two of her friends (one of whom is an Ironman triathlete) and two of my friends who were also part of the team last year. We also had two support staff – Rika (RunningMomof2) who drove us and Caye (3RedDoxies) who followed in her car for moral support and later rode in the RV with us to the finish. Unfortunately, both Rika and Caye are currently sideli... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:02:09 EST Assessing the Damage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4107219 I returned from my underwater hockey (UWH) tournament late last night. I was so tired I didn’t even bother to unpack the car. I just fed the critters and went to bed. I rarely sleep through the night, but I think I did last night. <BR> <BR> While I have played UWH for about 20 years now, it’s been a few years since I participated in a tournament. This particular tournament, the Championship of the Universe, is a small, laid back competition that our club hosts every year in Key Largo, Fl... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:01:32 EST An Interesting Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4086470 This past week exercise has kind of taken a back seat. I’ve run several days this week, but none of it has been very long or hard. I did a 10K last Sunday and finished in 1:00:15. I really wanted to break an hour; only 16 seconds short of that goal. Oh well. <BR> <BR> About a week and a half ago I started strength training. I usually do it at the gym and use the machines, but one night I decided just to use the hand weights that I have at home. I have had a chronically sore right should... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 14:34:34 EST A Run Without an Animal Encounter is Like Bread Without Flour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4055663 I am officially out of post-marathon recovery, so now I plan to slowly start ramping the miles back up. Since I am also starting triathlon training, I’ll be running 3 days week instead of 4. The plan is to cycle 4-5 days a week, since I’m a terrible cyclist and that’s the part of tri where you can get the most bang for your buck in terms of time. The problem is that cycling is uncomfortable for me - my hands go numb and higher miles makes my "bad" right knee act up. I've been for a profess... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:21:36 EST Post Marathon – What’s Next http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4023751 I’ve now had about 2.5 weeks since the marathon for things to sink in. I didn’t get the post-marathon blues like some people experience. I think I was ready for the race to be run and was glad when it was over. Besides I almost always have something else on the schedule, but more on that later. <BR> <BR> For the past couple of weeks I have been eating like crazy, and not the healthiest stuff. I weighed myself last night thinking I must have put on some pounds, but despite the fact that I ... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 21:16:26 EST First Marathon - Done! Race Report (long) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3981155 This is going to be a long blog, so go get a cup of tea or bottle of water, and maybe some snacks. <BR> <BR> I drove to Miami on Saturday and met Teal (Indychix) and John (Freedomstar) at the hotel. My BF, Dave, drove down separately and once he arrived, we all drove together to the expo where we met up with a bunch of Sparkers. We were supposed to meet at 3:00, but the traffic was terrible, so it was about 4:00 by the time we arrived. We got our packets, did the expo walk around, and t... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:40:10 EST Less Than 24 Hours and Still Not Feeling It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3971087 Here I am less than 24 hours before my first marathon and I'm still not feeling this race. I'm not nervous, although I do expect that to set in later today, probably just as I'm trying to fall asleep. LOL! What I AM feeling, however, is the pain of a couple of my long runs. It's discouraging. The worst of the two was so miserable that I am afraid by thinking about it that I'm going to sabbotage my run tomorrow. I'll have to remember Lance Armstrong's words, "Pain is temporary. Quitting is... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 09:09:37 EST Marathon Training Week 19 - The Final Stretch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3955198 Not a whole lot to say this week, so this should be short. Well, shorter than many of my long-winded blogs, anyway. <BR> <BR> The runs this week were good with the exception of my 12 miler yesterday. The weather was comfortable, but it was humid, and I finished the run totally soaked and dripping. While I brought electrolyte capsules with me on the run, I totally forgot to take them at the 1 hour mark like I had planned. At around 1:45 I realized my mistake when I started cramping. I sto... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 08:20:51 EST Let the Taper Begin - Week 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3933400 I finished week 18 of marathon training yesterday, which was my first week of taper. It was a good week, and all of my runs went better than expected. <BR> <BR> I ran 5 moderately hard miles on Thursday, and then decided it would be a good idea to play underwater hockey Thursday night. It was our first night for hockey in about 3 weeks, as mid-December through mid-January swim teams from around the country come down to train. Just my luck - the temperature was in the mid 50s and there w... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:37:09 EST Week 17 Marathon Training - Baaah-WOO-Gaa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3908026 It's hard to believe that I have made it this far. Only 3 more weeks to ING and my first marathon. <BR> <BR> Training was good this week, other than a close call with a speeding parent who came a little too close for comfort from BEHIND me. I was running on a 2 lane road that generally has very little traffic. I was heading westbound, so I was running the south side of the road into eastbound traffic. I had just passed some surveyors who were working on the north side of the road, and tak... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 21:08:06 EST New Years Celebration and Week 16 of Marathon Training Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3881505 I had a nice New Years Eve with Dave. We made burritos with delicious beef brisket, pulled pork and pulled chicken breast that he picked up at a local fresh market. Afterward we exchanged Christmas gifts, and then around 9:30 took an hour walk. It was a beautiful evening and we were able to see some of the locals shoot off fireworks. New Years Day we went to a park with great trails and hiked about 3-4 miles. Although we were on the trails for about 2 hours, we stopped from time to time,... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 19:14:07 EST Week 15 of Marathon Training - Holiday Survival http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3868670 Since I consider my long run to be the end of my training week, I again ended late. I wasn't sure how I would handle the holidays and my training, but it all worked out. It just takes calm and careful planning, and since I'm a project manager, it wasn't that bad! <BR> <BR> I flew to Michigan on Thursday, which was supposed to be a 6 mile run. By the time I got there, ate, and settled in, I really didn't feel like running at all. There was recent snowfall, which means that places on the s... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 08:41:06 EST Week 14 Marathon Training and Alan! Alan! Alan! Alan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3854410 I finished week 14 of marathon training a day late (again), due to other activites that were much more fun than pounding out miles. This past weekend I went up to New Smyrna Beach to help Holly (Dragonfly1974) celebrate her birthday, as well as visit with an aunt & uncle in Daytona, which is just north of New Smyrna. Holly's birthday party was a surprise (GREAT JOB Sueann!), but unfortunately I missed her entrance since 1) I was running late leaving West Palm, and 2) Someone in Melbourne de... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 17:27:37 EST Week 13 of Marathon Training - The Run from Hell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3842006 I finished Week 13 of marathon training today with my longest of the long runs. Before I get into that, I'll just recap my past week. <BR> <BR> After I did the Palm Beach Half on December 5, I took Monday off and then went back to the schedule on Tuesday. I was supposed to do 6 x 800s @ a 5K-10K pace, but since I not only pushed it at the HM, but I did 13.1 miles instead of the scheduled 10, I decided to use this as a recovery run, and did a nice 3 mile run. I felt great. <BR> <BR> Dave ... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 17:57:19 EST Week 439 of Marathon Training & The Palm Beach Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3825503 Okay, so I'm not in week 439, but it kind of feels like it. In the past 2 weeks I have done 3 races, run hills/bridges, and did a 20 miler, not to mention some other training runs. I have also managed to squeeze in some extra curricular aquatic activities in the form of a few games of underwater hockey, some easy pool swims, and an ocean swim yesterday. <BR> <BR> Over the past few weeks I have gotten up early and trudged down to the beach in the hopes of being able to get in and swim. How... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 14:16:49 EST Marathon Training Week 11 - Too Much Racing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3809847 I certainly wasn't thinking clearly when I scheduled a couple of races, and I certainly didn't consider my training plan when I signed up for them. In the past week I did the Muddy Buddy last Sunday, ran 5 long hills plus about 45 mintutes of underwater hockey (UWH) on Tuesday, did a 4 mile race (with a 1 mile warm up) on Thursday, played an hour of UWH yesterday, and ran 20 miles today. I was supposed to run 9 miles on Friday, but after the two races I figured I was better off resting than... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 12:05:34 EST I AM Pie Worthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805725 'Nuff said. <BR> <BR> Well maybe I can say a little more. I busted my PR at this 4 mile race by over 2:00 with a finish time of 37:14. I came in 22nd out of 40 or 50 somthing women in my age group, and I came in 659th overall out of about 1,500 runners. I think I had negative splits along the way, but since I missed the 3 mile marker, I'm not exactly sure how I did for miles 3 and 4. Mile 1 was 9:50 due to crowd congestion, and Mile 2 was 9:27. Since I averaged 9:19, I must have really p... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 17:19:33 EST Super Duper Muddy Buddy Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3799163 Yesterday wrapped up week 10 of marathon training. I was scheduled to do a 9 mile long run yesterday, but the Muddy Buddy race was that day, so I had to change some things up. I did my speed work on Tuesday and took off Wednesday as scheduled. I was going to do the 9 miles on Thursday, my Thursday 7 miles on Friday and my Friday 6 miles on Saturday, but then adding the Muddy Buddy on Sunday would have meant running 3 days in a row and then racing the 4th day. I didn't think that was very s... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 09:46:53 EST And The Beat Goes On.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3789759 So I wrapped up Week 9 of marathon training last Sunday by doing my longest run yet - 18 miles. I was lucky in that my running buddy and fellow Sparker, RunningMomof2, met me at around my 8 mile point, which is a grocery store. This is actually about 5 miles from my starting point, but I added in 3 additional miles along a canal and golf course on one of the back roads before meeting her. The location of the store is perfect, and gives me a chance to use the bathrooms and refill bottles fr... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 10:23:26 EST The Sea Was Angry That Day My Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3772921 If you don't understand the title of this blog, then you need to watch some Seinfeld. One of the best episodes of the entire show. <BR> <BR> So this morning I went to the beach not expecting the conditions to be great, but there have been times when the coastal forecast has been wrong and conditions are flat and clear. Well, they were spot on this morning - 4 to 6 foot seas. I walked down the beach to an area of seawall. I guess the water had been pounding the seawall, so these iron pilla... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 13:09:13 EST Plugging Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3759091 This is how I'm feeling this week - just plugging along. While every week I'd like to report having overcome some spectacular obstacle or have some new adventure or business success, that simply doesn't happen. So this week I feel like I'm just going with the flow. <BR> <BR> I guess training is going okay. I did my longest run ever at one time on Sunday - 15 miles. I did a little more than that in one day when I ran the Palm100 relay, but that was easy compared to all in a row! I left th... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 10:58:34 EST Tamer Adventures and More Marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3741983 I haven't posted an update on the training for a couple of weeks, so here goes. <BR> <BR> I just finished week 6 of marathon training, but since I didn't post anything for week 5, I'll try to remember back that far. Week 5 was my first week of hills. Since I don't have any hills, I use bridges. I chose a bridge that wasn't very big since I hadn't done them in awhile. Funny but running up that bridge seemed much easier than several months ago, so that must mean that I'm getting stronger... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 15:48:32 EST My Day in Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3720005 I had a good day today. A cool front moved in last night so I woke up to around 60 degrees. I got up a little before 6:00 and left around 6:30 for the beach. When I arrived one swimmer was there, and several others arrived over the next 5-10 minutes. It was another beautiful morning with calm seas: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l711944669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The water was warmer than the air so it was easy getting in. I wore my Barney suit (a purple and black dive sk... Sat, 16 Oct 2010 23:00:50 EST Rest Day - No Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3713282 I have to say that I am one of those people who doesn't mind a rest day. I'm sitting here with my feet up and enjoying it. I ran hills (bridges, actually) yesterday. The plan called for 3-5 passes @ 5K to 10K speed. I wound up doing 6, because the 5th one took me on the OTHER side and I had to come back to my car! I did it really easy, though, walking through most of the steepest part of the bridge. It's not like I ran on a really big bridge, either. I think of it as my "starter bridge.... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 16:13:45 EST A Good Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3705193 I finished week 4 of marathon training this morning. The week went well with no major pains or problems. We finally had some South Florida fall like weather which means morning temps under 70! We had one 65 degree morning, and I was actually chilly the first few mintues of the run. I finished the week with a 10 mile LSD. My goal was to not go over 2:00. I woke up to rigor mortis as a result of a 2 mile swim yesterday morning, so I spent about 10 minutes slooooowly stretching before I act... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 10:39:46 EST