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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:31:39 EST I WILL figure this out............maybe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670835 So the jury is still out on the new shoes. I've done four runs in them, and I ham fighting some unexplained uncomfortability inside the toe box area. Ok. So when I get fitted for shoes, I come in at a 10 1/2, but with the shoes running so narrow up front, I usually go all the way up to a size 13 (yeah, I know it's 2 1/2 sizes bigger.) Both the Ghosts I have are 13s and I haven't had a problem. The new shoes I got (Hoka One One Bondi 2) have a REALLY wide toebox. I mean the footprint of t... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:50:41 EST Last half marathon?????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669434 Yeah so FINALLY the weather is pretty much at that comfortable point (60s and 70s) after a BRUTAL and LoooooooooooooooooNG winter. I started this year with the challenge of running everyday of the year, and I think tomorrow will be the first 100 days. I'm burnt out, and actually have been for over a month. I guess it's the lack of scenery and the usual routes that's brought this on. I mean, without the rush of a subzero run (because I'm like the only nutjob out there) or 20 foot piles of ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:28:55 EST Where's the "right" place to be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666989 My runs vary from one day to the next a lot of times, and with that so do the tools I take with. Some days I take my pedometer with the Mp3 and run for time and distance. Other times I just take the Mp3 and just run to escape all the mental thought I put into my runs. Then there are the ones that I don't take anything, and I just mentally run cadence through the whole run. Then there are times that I just throw on the shoes and knock things out as fast as I can (sometimes short on time an... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:31:37 EST THEY ARE CHEAP$$$$ but are they THE OTHER cheap? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665276 So I picked up a couple recent Competitor running magazines issues a couple of weeks ago, and one of them had their ratings on some of the new shoes that are out. I've been seeking out a possible new brand (well new for me) to run in, even though the Brooks Ghost series shoes have been good for me. Today I tried a few pairs of Skechers on. There was an outlet by were I was today, and I checked them out. Walking into a shoe store for running shoes is a little adventure for me a lot of time... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 21:03:44 EST Too bad I can't wear basketball shoes anymore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659570 OMG I've been driving myself crazy with looking at which running shoes I'm going with next. I'm a forerunner/midstriker and an underpronator so my options are rather limited. You would think that he decision would be made a rather easy with the far less options than the traditional runner, right? WRONG! The first problem you run into is the lack of cushioning in the mid and front part of a pair of shoes. There are some out there that do cater to runners like me though (Hoka, Altra, Newto... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:44:06 EST Make SOMETHING happen SOMEHOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627847 I walked into the gym tonight after a week long absence. I did the usual with sitting in the steam room and mentally planning my workout. It unraveled like a ball of yard bouncing down a long flight of stairs though as soon as I got into the work area. This is one of the worst times of the year to go to the gym as a regular. The gym is full of new members on their mission to failure (new year's resolutions.) I'm not being mean and negative. I'm just being honest. Along with that are th... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:43:29 EST COMMITMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613532 So on my first run today (yeah one of those days that I wanted to do two,) I'm running proud thinking about how I've lived up to this running everyday commitment. I wasn't thinking about today's running. No, I was thinking actually about the one mile run last night. I was fighting some bug or allergy the past few days, and last night I was SHOT! I barely stayed up in the afternoon to watch a movie on the couch. About like 9:30 (I think) I remembered that I hadn't done my run for the day.... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 23:55:42 EST It's going to be a REAL challenge this time around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588647 So of all the new year's "resolutions" I have taken on this year (4 if anyone is counting) two are gong to be quite challenging. Running in Vegas, well I just have to be ready for the long run and show up (not that bad.) 100 miles in a 100 days of running? Yeah well I'm up to 20 already so I might have that mission accomplished sometime in February already. The 1000 mile challenge? Well I might be playing catch up once spring arrives, and once fall hits I have to find a way to keep racki... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 22:33:25 EST 2014 MADNESS HAS ALREADY BEGUN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577219 New Year's resolutions. Yeah, almost everyone has them. Unlike most people though, I live up to the ones that I make (like drinking my coffee black last year.) So now it's that time again. I didn't give it any thought to be honest until today. Along came a post on Facebook from a friend wondering how many miles they were going t do. I, not knowing what it involved, just threw up 2,014. For what ever reason, my eyes looked at the number and thought "Ok thats probably like 2 or 3 miles a... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:46:37 EST REDEMPTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572657 So being a couple of days after the polar tumbles, I met my wife up at the track, and I ran. The run just didn't take, after a mile I just shut it down. I think that my frustration stems from the environment I'm running in. Indoors, running in the same circle, and passing the same people. It's a place where I can work on my speed and sure I've had some decent short runs, but nothing compared to how they are outside. Like tonight (yeah I couldn't just settle on that mile at the track,) I... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:37:31 EST DISAPPOINTMENT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570673 Checked the weather tonight. 4 degrees outside and a 25 below zero windchill. TIME FOR A RUN! Sweats over pants, thin outer Columbia shell coat over hoodie, slipped the thermal facemask on, slipped on knit gloves followed by thermal mechanic's gloves, and weaseled the earphones to the MP3 into my ears. READY TO GO! Fall #1 not even 100 feet from the house as one of my feet caught something on the ground. Stop, drop, roll, get up, and GO! Half a block from turning the corner for the 2.5... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:56:23 EST Toys make a difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564575 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119432798.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I got one of those counting/clicking things today to help run on the track, because I can barley keep track of 9 laps on a mile run to begin with. WORKED OUT AWESOME! So I was thinking driving on the way home from the indoor run today about the different gadgets and gizmos I have and how they change the runs I do. So this new one is to count the laps around the track I said. I threw on the MP3 player just to... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:05:00 EST 0 to 100 to 0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560953 I'm unlucky enough to live in a state where there's four seasons of weather. On the other hand I'm lucky enough to endure and then embrace those four seasons of weather as well. I will have to say that I'm gifted with the ability to run easily in extremely hot and muggy conditions. On the opposite side of the spectrum I am able to run as well in the cold. When it starts getting cold, it takes around a month or so to get used to the changes as a seasonal asthmatic. This year winter came e... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:47:52 EST RANDOM thoughts RANDOM workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559046 I usually run into a day like this once a month. The wife has to work a Saturday, and I spend the morning goofing off on the computer, watching you tube videos, and then trying to do something with my day. So here I am, typing away, and letting the WILD workout hairs come about. Went downstairs to throw a load of laundry in (yeah this guy does that) and did a little lifting downstairs. The plan is to get to the gym still for some stress relieving time in the steam room and then some more ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 12:15:32 EST ELEVATED LEVEL OF EXCITEMENT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550962 So I tried out the elevated (or raised) track at the new place we signed up at a couple times now. Yesterday I spent about an hour on it. I did a mile walk, then a mile run, then a half mile walk, and then a half mile run. Seems like the track runs wear me out faster than my outside runs. It could be the softer surface absorbing some of the energy on my footstrikes. It also could be the slight inward lean of the track. Another thing is that with being inside on a level surface, I'm able... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:37:35 EST Another weapon for the arsenal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549217 I signed up at a local park district today to use their raised running track. It's a nice new facility, but I don't like it enough to leave the gym I've been a member to for about six years now. Not being a 24 facility made it a little of a challenge to squeeze into today (especially when an unexpected mishap happened at home) whereas the place doesn't have limited hours. There's also not enough mirrors to see what your doing, no steam room, and the equipment is too new and user friendly (... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 16:21:15 EST My point of view http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543042 When someone comes up to me and asks me for help, I take it as a commitment. All of a sudden I feel like I'm like this team mate of theirs now. When they fail to follow through with what they say they are going to do, I feel like I got misled or lied to. What I fail to realize is that they might not actually be ready to make the necessary sacrifices to get to where they want to be. These changes take A LOT of time and effort. I think it took about a year for those changes to turn into my... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 22:30:56 EST Let's get real here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541323 Eat terrible, feel terrible, and look terrible. I still see it, even though I have made a vow to myself not to jump in front of anyone anymore. Poor food choices are an indicator of a lack of caring. They don't care, so why should I. So essentially, if they continue to follow the same habits, it's obviously not REALLY that important of an issue (even though my opinion or anyone else's may be different.) They aren't actually serious about changing anything. It obviously works for them, s... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:50:02 EST CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538783 First measurable snow of the year, 26 degrees, and at the last minute of the evening I'm out for a quick 2 mile run. Just wasn't feeling right and had to do it. The air seemed to feel colder than last winter, but that could be because I'm a little leaner heading into this kind of weather this time around. The slight wind made my nose feel FROZEN, but other than that I was good. I just put the tunes in the ears tonight to get it done. Nice to hear and feel the crunch of the snow and leave... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:01:12 EST Crazy thought process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537415 So I was on this running streak of 5 days in a row (longest streak since I was training for the half marathons or even before that.) So I was thinking of just running everyday, since I wasn't feeling sore in the morning when I got up and the runs were a lot shorter now with the colder weather. THEN CAME YESTERDAY. Felt some soreness in the hips, so I figured on taking a day off. Went about the day, went to the gym last night, and the mental running gear starts turning once again. Actuall... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:58:24 EST CRAZY STUFF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533448 The runs I've done the last two days have been excellent. They aren't long like the summer runs, and they are more by choice and very care free. I mean, yeah running the Vegas strip next year is like a year from now and a couple weeks change away, so I'm not even going to really crank it up until next spring or possibly even summer. So I run when I want. Sometimes the urge is there in the beginning of my work day, but when I get home it's gone. SO I DRAG MYSELF OUT. Then it comes back. ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 00:03:40 EST NEVER 2 SMART 2 LEARN, but 2 DUMB 2 SHUT UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530612 People fall short of what they set out to do health-wise all the time. Most of the time the fault falls on them, and some of the time it does not. None the less, I have to learn to just back off or turn a blind eye and run away from the dramatic broken record players. It's extremely difficult though. It's kind of like when I used to sell tires. I would sit at a red light and glance over at the tires on the car next to me and judge them. First judge the tires, then judge the car, then ju... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 05:18:56 EST STILL GOING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516610 Tonight was a demonstration of stubbornness and determination (or CRAZY to other people.) So the plan today was to finish out the work day, chill for a few minutes at home, and do a run from the house do the doctor's office for an appointment. With one phone call though, THERE WENT THE RUN! So after the appointment, it was off to get chow and go to the gym. I couldn't let it sit though. I had to do a run............TONIGHT! So it hit me. I would have the wife drop me off 3 or so miles ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 01:58:30 EST YOU are going to tell ME????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513731 So the guy that has been occupying the chair across from me for the past 5 years at work was talking about the Chicago Marathon yesterday. At some point he begins to tell me about how bad running is on the body. Since I used to share the same opinion, I offered an experienced difference of opinion. He cut me off within a sentence, and began to argue. I wasn't going to argue with him, just left it at a sarcastic "OKAAAAAAY!" He responded to that by telling me to google what he was talkin... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:12:46 EST Thoughts on 26.2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511970 So tomorrow morning is the Chicago Marathon. Am I running it? No. Do I want to? No. I can't completely rule it out in the future though, because there was once a time not too long ago that I wouldn't even have thought of running a 5k or much less 1 mile. I did see the route on tv tonight on a newscast, and I was like "That looks like the route of the Rock n Roll half I did in July. Maybe once I got out there I would just..........." NOOOOOOOO! That's just the wild hairs talking. I t... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 00:02:05 EST I WILL NOT FAIL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505603 I WILL NOT FAIL! I WILL NOT SCREW UP THIS 9+ YEAR EFFORT! The wife and I decided to eat at Jersey Mikes sandwich place tonight. Both of us got philly chicken wraps on wheat tortillas. I of course wanted the extra protein boost, so I had to have another thing of chicken added. Very filling, not really loaded with crap (except cheese.) Looked it up, and WITHOUT THE EXTRA CHICKEN WAS 910 CALORIES? Ewwwwwwwwwwww. TIME TO GO FOR A RUN!!!!!! I was NOT going to let this turn to ADDED POUNDS... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 23:19:09 EST KEEP IT ROLLING!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503212 I try to keep the train rolling everyday, and when I do I develop this fear that if I take a day or two off hear or there (workout wise or eating wise) then I feel like the wheels are going to come off the track. When the train is of the tracks, just like a real derailment it's hard to get it back on. It's not a good feeling. I ran into this on Monday cooking brats on the grill and having some drinks. So I ran down in the basement a lifted weights. It sounds crazy, but it's just how it w... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 07:43:44 EST Trade long run for long ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498747 I saw this messenger bike movie a few days ago, and I think it planted a seed in my head to go out for a long bike ride. After goofing around today I decided to ride out to where my wife works which is almost 20 miles away. It's been about a year since I did a long ride like that, so I was looking forward to it, and a good day for it weather wise in the 80's. I rode through the paths that I've been running on and kept thinking "I must have been NUTS to run all this way!" Biking through th... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 18:37:42 EST DRIVEN PEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496174 Driven people seem crazy. Many you find are very consistent and rather stubborn when they are going after something. It's not even so much by what they normally do, but also what they dont' normally do as well. I know it sounds confusing. If there is some kind of limitation (injury, illness, in-climate weather, etc.) you will often notice that they still make something happen to maintain or improve themselves. A lot of times it's because there's this goal they are aiming for or an event ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:57:52 EST About as many flavors as Baskin Robbins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492380 Every run brings something different. They all say something. Some go smooth, some are a struggle, some are a stress relief, some are a goal, some are forced, some are looked forward too, some push the limits of sanity, and some just make you say WTF AM I DOING WHEN I CAN JUST DRIVE THE DAMN CAR! Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:12:12 EST What am I doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489559 Still in that weird workout place right now. Just don't feel motivated. For a while I had goals and things that I was shooting for, and ever since I ran that half marathon a few weeks ago I just don't feel energized to get out there (gym or run.) I mean it's good from the standpoint of healing and "rebooting" the muscle memory within the body, but I just don't feel the crazy wild hairs like I did. I finally made it to the gym, and I think it was the first time in like 2 weeks. Sure once ... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:08:26 EST I'VE BEEN HEALED!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485000 Yeah, so in the past 13 days the only run I've done was that half marathon. I have to be honest, it feels good to take some time off (after the half not before.) I've been on vacation all week and stayed out of the gym as well. The funny thing is that I REALLY want to start running and the gym I'm more like EHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (NEED SOME STRESS FOR THAT KIND OF MOTIVATION.) I'm starting to feel really solid again. What I mean by that is that I get up in the morning, or even from s... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 23:04:46 EST Kind of a strange place to be........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481751 It's weird right now. I have no work stress, so I'm not itching to go to the gym. <em>224</em> I'm not running because I'm "recovering" from all the running I've done in the last year. I'm also not doing either one of those things or working out in the basement because I'm trying to prepare for a race. No goals, nothing to shoot for, and directionless is how I am right now. I mean I'm on vacation and they are "supposed" to be relaxing right? <em>38</em> I guess I'm still staying ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:27:24 EST Here we go........AGAIN?????????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481132 Just a day removed from running my second half marathon, and I found yet ANOTHER run downtown that grabbed my attention. This is getting CRAZY now! Even though I am satisfied and happy with my time and how I felt afterwards, I know I need to take some serious time off. I mean I was a little concerned from what I was feeling in the hips after the last long training run I did a couple weeks ago. So much so that I cut the final run down to only 6 miles (and I still felt it along with a littl... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 22:51:11 EST Just cushion the blow doc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479112 I see it time and time again. People just try to take shortcuts and detours on health issues that they are having rather than tackle the and solve them. My mother in law's husband touched this rant (yeah I'd have to call it more that than a blog) tonight. The guy is severely overweight, has a had heart and a pacemaker to boot, and bad knees as well. Within the last couple of years he has also had a bout with throat cancer. To make things worse, he still smokes and the most activity he se... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 00:09:45 EST A little OVER 2 days AWAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477303 I don't know. I guess I save a lot of the energy and excitement for when I finally get to a big event. Yeah this half marathon is all about seeing what I can do. Just get out there, run it, and see where I come out. I know how close it is, and I'm giving it a alot of thought, but I'm not all CRANKED UP about it. I'm just gearing up for it preparation wise. Thinking about taking the train to the expo and back home after the race, where I'm going to put my race bib, what I'm going to brin... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 23:50:01 EST It's a 24 hour a day job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475997 It's a job that many apply for, quit, and the reapply for again. It's your health. Here's what touched this blog off today. A salesman I work with comes in on his normal day of the week and makes an unsolicited comment to the guy I work across from about how he needs to workout to have arms that look like mine as he points to me. Yeah, normally it's a nice compliment and an ego boost, but not from this individual and not this time. This is the same guy that has had a gym membership for l... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 18:22:11 EST THE MOTIVATION CAME FROM............... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468235 My motivating factor for my run today came from seeing a couple of older guys (had to be at least in their 60's) running by where I worked. One I encountered just as I left the parking lot at work, and the other was a block over and a few blocks down. AWESOME! They push aside the fact of their age and the heat in the 90's (with whatever humidity adds to it because I don't know about that,) and they just do their thing. I was motivated yesterday too in seeing all the runners around Elmhurs... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:50:44 EST Saved by the runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458419 So the wife and I get invited to a birthday party by one of our friend's kids. Yeah I know her, her husband, her husband's parents, and that's about it. Ok I also know one person that also came over that I went to school with like 25 years ago. It's just one of those uncomfortable large gatherings that I'm not crazy about. The bigger the crowd, the more uncomfortable I feel. So with screaming midget strangers running around and their parents keeping tabs on them, and only catching up wi... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 21:48:33 EST Sunday, SUNday, SUNDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457650 So Sunday's run is 12 miles. The path I'm going is the same one I attempted a 13 mile run last year on (but a half mile shorter this time.) It was on of a few runs that I just threw up this crazy number or goal and went after it. Just like the others, this one I ended up having to walk a good deal on the way back but still completed it. I haven't been on this path since then, but it's probably one of my favorite ones to go on because it's so wide, yet secluded as it runs through a lot of ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:00:35 EST When you just ease the burden of the mind you just do it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455552 I just watched a clip of a video of Bruce Lee where he said that. It's true. That's the goal with running for me. No thought involved, just run. Form, speed, distance, cadence, ratios, etc. That's all stuff that I look at and utilize to try to get to that point. Have I ever gotten there? Yeah, once. I pushed all the thought of what I was doing, just ran with who I was running with, and embraced the whole environment around what we were doing. While we were running at a 3:1 walk rati... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:52:36 EST short run..........LOOOOOOOOONG STRIDE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455354 EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE RUN!!!!!!!!! Parked the car by the trail. Started out looking forward to it, about a half mile into it I was like "Man these runs are starting to be a pain in the a** again!" <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l117794398.jpg"> <BR> I got over the new series of bridges that were just built and a kid says "SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE GOING TO BLOW UP!" I was offended. Really. Is that what I look like? Do I sound like I'm going to pass out. Then I heard "beep,beep,be... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:40:03 EST 1,2,3,4,5...............6? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450843 So this winter it'll be 10 years. TEN YEARS that I've been on this thing (fitness quest?) I've seen changes through the years sure. Sure there's changes you see in the mirror, there's looser fitting clothes, and there's things that you couldn't do before that are now possible. When the ball gets rolling, and I mean REALLY ROLLING, you see your appearance change and it's exciting. However over time, as you continue to stay the course, those moments get further and further apart. Well I h... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:26:21 EST EVERYDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450337 I believe in it. Everyday will count for or against you. Life is like a car on a hill. You can drive it up, or you can lay behind it and just let it run you over. And life's temptations WILL put you behind that car if you give into them. It takes stubbornness and determination to develop the willpower and mindset not to give in. If you make it a life change, eventually it will became a form of habit and nature. It will make sense. Until you get to that point, it will feel like punishm... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 22:05:31 EST ON AUTOMATIC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448303 So I have set up my training with my long runs on the weekends, a short run the first half of the week, and a medium run the second half. Much like the last training, the days are going to vary a little. With the exception of one week, I ran a minimum of 4 days a week. This time around there will be only 3 runs a week, especially because time is a little short and I'm upping the mileage on every run for the most part. Tonight was amazing. I wanted to knock this run out right after work, ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 00:15:13 EST