HILLSLUG98239's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HILLSLUG98239 HILLSLUG98239'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/ Going Beyond "Thank You" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202695 Along my triathlon journey, several people have told me I've inspired them. That's nice, but I haven't put much thought into it. Yesterday, I chatted with an acquaintance about her triathlons -- she's done one -- and I described my three-year struggle with swimming (still struggling!) and why next weekend's race will likely determine how much longer I continue trying. At the end of our conversation, she thanked me, and told me it really inspired her. <BR> <BR> That set me to thinking why I l... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:03:20 EST Kim's Pity Parties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126792 First Pity Party of This Week: <BR> <BR> We were transporting a rescue dog; he bit me. He didn't do anything wrong, and I don't think I did anything wrong, either. (Sometimes the transport itself is very stressful, because the dog is being handed off from one stranger to another, repeatedly.) <BR> <BR> Rex bit my left hand, which is the better choice because I'm right handed. The damage is minor as dog bites go. (He's a 2 1/2 year old, 95-pound lab. That's a LOT of bite force.) My hand is ... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:39:30 EST Badger Mountain PR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123564 I ran Badger Mountain on Friday. I had an 8-mile run scheduled for Saturday, but with the weekend The Hubs and I had laid out, I wanted to get the run out of the way so my workout wouldn't interrupt our plans. I haven't run Badger in about a month; I think running it once a month is enough to gauge my fitness progress. <BR> <BR> After warming up for 10-20 minutes going up hill on Skyline, I switch to a 1:1 run:walk ratio on the uphill, allowing for longer runs where the grade slacks a bit. G... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 12:18:20 EST My Race Season Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122309 I'd devoted so much effort the preparing for the Richland Half Marathon and the St Patrick's Day 10K that I hadn't spent any time looking ahead. I have several other races already on the calendar scattered throughout the summer and early fall, but I hadn't set up a training schedule. <BR> <BR> I love the planning end of it. I know it's a quirk - I suspect most people do not enjoy this aspect of training. I'm the neurotic over-planner type. The Hubs has learned to accept this, and he's come ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:48:05 EST 10K PR Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117601 Today's 10K was a personal record for me. It was my first 10K race, so, um, no matter what the result, it would have been a PR. <BR> <BR> I didn't have a specific goal for this race. That isn't really a good idea. I think most coaches will tell you it's a terrible idea. Why put a race on your calendar if you don't know why you're running it? As I mentioned in my last post, doing a 10K two weeks after a half marathon was not a great idea. It isn't enough time to recover from the HM and start... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 16:21:32 EST My First Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107891 I tried copying & pasting my blog entry on to this page, but this software insists there are HTML tags in it and it won't let me post it. I'd rather not re-write everything, so if you're interested, please click on the link to my blog. <link>https://hillslug98239.wordpress.com/<BR>2016/02/28/my-first-half-marathon-is-i<BR>n-the-books/ </link> <BR> <BR> Short version: I did it, and I did it in under three hours (my hoped-for goal). And I'm probably gonna do it again. <em>30</em> Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:18:52 EST Half-marathon Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080747 I'm still recovering from a bad cold that knocked me out over the MLK holiday weekend. I skipped several workouts - from the 15th through the 19th - and I've been taking it easy with workouts since then. <BR> <BR> My first run was a slow, easy one - slow as in I ran it at about 4 mph. I skipped the morning swim on the 21st - sleeping in was more important - and I rode my bike home that evening. It was my first bike commute in three months! Friday (the 22nd) had a 9-mile run on the workout sc... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:03:08 EST Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044442 I'm still a week and a half from starting my re-vamped half-marathon training plan. (I was using an Endomondo plan. We broke up a few weeks ago. It wasn't me; it was the plan: it didn't care about me, it didn't listen to my needs, and it made me sad. So I dumped it.) I'm still working on an IT band issue with my right knee, so I'm doing relatively short (5 miles and less) runs. <BR> <BR> Last night, I had a meeting starting at 7:00. I'd intended to do a short (2-mile) run at lunch. When I ar... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 18:16:26 EST Celebrating Little Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040096 My new focus on better nutrition is working. Yes, it's only been a few days but I am going to celebrate. I get derailed so easily - especially with real whipped cream sitting in the fridge. (My mom is allergic to palm oils, so I always make real whipped cream to go with our Thanksgiving desserts. It means a lot to her that I do this; truth be told, I love how good it tastes!) <BR> <BR> I didn't gorge on Thanksgiving. I didn't record what I ate, but I'm sure I ate enough for two people. That... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:35:29 EST Getting Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039055 I do these re-sets too often: yes, it's better than staying off track, but I wish I stayed on track longer instead of constantly derailing. <BR> <BR> I've been training for a half-marathon at the end of February, but I'm doing it half-heartedly. I'm using an Endomondo training plan and it's not particularly well-suited for me. The designers appear to think the slowest a person can run is 12:52/mile. I can do that, but not for the 8-10 mile runs it wants me to do. It didn't take me very long ... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:13:03 EST RIP Tuffy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037255 This past weekend, we made the difficult choice to euthanize one of our cats. <BR> <BR> Tuffy showed up at our house two years ago. He walked into our garage while I was unpacking the car following a trip. We already had two cats; we were not interested in adopting a third. It was September, so not too hot and not at all cold. I put a bowl of water and a towel on our front porch so he'd be comfortable, but I hoped he'd go home. <BR> <BR> We noticed a changed in the sky, and the wind start... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:38:35 EST *frowny face* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018278 Since ending triathlon training for the year, I've only been riding my bike as transportation to and from work. I haven't recaptured the joy I used to feel on the bike. That stinks. <BR> <BR> It's self-inflicted. Because I'm training for a half-marathon, my Saturdays are now occupied with a long run and the gazillion chores that don't get done during the week. I'd like to find a weekend day to go for a fun, agenda-less ride. But the next few weekends are already booked. *sniff* <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 15:44:07 EST Running is HARD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014447 I'm having some difficulty with my half-marathon training. <BR> <BR> The tonsillitis has passed, but I think my body is still recovering. I forget sometimes how strong my immune system is. I may not feel the full effects of whatever is attacking my body, but the end result is often that I'm weary, or that my immune system is exhausted. (I had chicken pox in my 30's. It was a VERY mild case. A few weeks later, I had one of the most awful upper respiratory infections I've ever had, and I ende... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:06:25 EST I Am Not Supposed to Be Sick - so knock it off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011788 I woke up Sunday morning with a sore tonsil. When I was in my teens, I'd get tonsillitis every six months or so. It's probably been thirty years since I've had tonsillitis, but I'm very familiar with the feeling. It's just one tonsil, and the adjacent lymph node in my neck is also sore. <BR> <BR> I took Monday off work, and I skipped the 2.5 mile run that was on my training calendar. <BR> <BR> I went to work Tuesday, and since I felt decent, I went ahead and did Monday's run Tuesday evenin... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 19:28:27 EST A Day Filled with Unexpected Delights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009780 Last Friday, I drove over to my parents' home. It's about a five-hour drive. I'm the child that's closest to them emotionally; one of my siblings is closer physically, but he'd kind of a jerk and they'd prefer he not come around too much. They're at the stage where they're planning to sell their home - their dream home on Whidbey Island - and move to the area where I live. One purpose of my trip was to help them clean up a little, and to get some of my junk out of their house. <BR> <BR> The ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 13:11:57 EST The Start of Another Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008013 I've opted for an Endomondo training plan for my half-marathon. Because it has all my workouts stored, it calculated the training plan based upon what I've been doing. So its first workout was a 7.3 mile run at a 12:52 pace. <BR> <BR> 12:52 is a little fast for me, truth be told. I told my Garmin I wanted to do the run at a pace between 12:45-13:10. I ended up at 13:39. I'm okay with that. I'm sticking to my 4:1 run/walk ratio. My quads are still sore from last Sunday's trail run (that's a s... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 12:05:31 EST Multnomah Falls Trail Run and What's Next http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005658 This run was a milestone for me. I worked hard, I made sacrifices, I did what I need to do, and I WON ..... the Best Costume contest. My prize? A bottle of maple syrup. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Here's the costume. Yeah, it's pretty awesome. Yes, that is a Lariat of Truth hanging from my race belt. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3b2bd43-4fa3-4f91-9a08-2ad406e0ef96.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All kidding aside, it was a great day. My Garmin came up with 5.1 miles and a 1600' ele... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 15:42:38 EST Switching Gears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998738 The trail run I'm doing at the end of the month has an 1800' elevation gain. There's no where nearby that I can train for that. The only trail runs I've done have been on relatively flat ground. While they give my lower legs the challenge of running on a trail, there's no substitute for running up a hill. <BR> <BR> /cue the Kate Bush singing\ <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Last Saturday, I decided to run Badger Mountain. It's a nearby hill. It's a local treasure - publically held, wild area, wi... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 19:51:43 EST Dear Food, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996094 You know I love you. Some people tell themselves, "You are not a dog. Food is not a reward." I am not one of those people. Food is comfort. Food is love. Food is security. Food is a reward. If that makes me a dog, bow wow. Scratch me behind the ears and give me a Milk Bone. <BR> <BR> But here's the thing: I can't let you control me. Biologically, I'm still the same hairless chimp I would have been tens of thousands of years ago. Or just a few hundred years ago, really. While my body carries ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 14:54:47 EST Get Back to Work!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994721 I'm at a conference I attend annually. I don't particularly enjoy it, but it's free CLEs and three days out of my office. I've been prosecuting juveniles long enough now that I'm a presenter at the conference, as well. <BR> <BR> On the drive here yesterday, I was lamenting my lack of focus. My A race was last Saturday, and I haven't yet decided what I'm going to do next season. And then this voice screamed at me: "You have a trail race in less than three weeks! Write up a workout schedule an... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:30:10 EST Titanium Man Oly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992059 I did it! My first DLF, too! <BR> <BR> I struggled more than I anticipated I would on the swim. I swam this course two weeks before the race, so I'm not sure why I had trouble yesterday. It started with leaky goggles. I got that under control. I couldn't get my breathing & heart rate under control. I wasn't panicky, but it felt like my heart was racing. I back-stroked the first two-thirds of the route. I finally felt comfortable enough to switch to the forward crawl. <BR> <BR> I was fortuna... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 12:26:31 EST Reflecting on the journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990490 In April 2013, I decided I would celebrate my 50th birthday in September 2015 by completing an Olympic-distance triathlon. That race is this Saturday. My last workout was last night, and I’m using the downtime of taper to reflect on the journey. <BR> <BR> Two years ago, I was an avid cyclist who viewed running as something one does in the winter to avoid getting too fat and who disliked swimming. My last swim workout was a leisurely swim in the water and, for the first time, I can honestly s... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 20:05:37 EST Today, I Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972178 I am so tired. <BR> <BR> I've been having trouble getting enough sleep for the past few weeks. It's not uncommon for me to start the week sleep-deprived. This past weekend, I needed to be up around six a.m. (my work week waking time) on both Saturday and Sunday. I rarely sleep in past seven, but that extra hour can be the difference between me feeling sleepy and feeling rested. <BR> <BR> Generally, I sleep for a few hours, and then I'm awake for a few hours. Because it's summer and twilight... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 19:50:50 EST Huge Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963494 I did the Race the River Sprint tri in Coeur d'Alene today. In sharp contrast to my last race, this one was AWESOME. I'm tired, so I'm just going to copy & paste the email I sent my coach : <BR> <BR> The water was a little choppy. Not bad, but I've never encountered chop before. My pre-race splashing around in the water went well. THANK YOU so much for the advice to focus on forward movement rather than form. I occasionally reminded myself to roll more, but it helped to not worry so much ab... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:43:02 EST Why I Will NEVER Do An Ironman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953424 This past weekend, I volunteered as an athlete catcher at the finish line of Ironman Coeur d’Alene for the last shift. Forget Disneyland: the happiest place on the earth is the finishers’ chute at an Ironman. <BR> <BR> Leading up to the event, I fully anticipated I’d spend my entire shift crying. Seeing people meet an amazing goal makes me very emotional. A few hours before my shift started, I was standing on a sidewalk, watching a woman about five blocks from the finish line. The top of her... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:42:44 EST My Dreadful Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942432 I returned to Tygh Valley for the Pine Hollow Sprint Tri this past weekend. I had an awful day. <BR> <BR> The irony is, I arrived full of confidence. My goal was to best last year's time. Should have been a cake walk. It wasn't. <BR> <BR> I skipped the wetsuit this year. The lake temperature was at least as warm as the pool I swim in at the club (about 70°F). I didn't want to wrestle with the suit, and I hadn't yet gotten in an open water swim this year. <BR> <BR> Somewhere between the tru... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:56:41 EST Reports of My Imminent Departure Were Exaggerated ... by me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926047 So I'm not giving up on SparkPeople just yet. It occurred to me that I haven't been blogging. My past blogs are great motivational tools (for me - they may be whiny boring blather to everyone else), and I need to get back to regular blogging. <BR> <BR> Why no blogging? I've been writing weekly emails to my coach. A lot what what I write would be duplicated in a blog post. But I'm also more honest in my blog posts, because those are for my consumption, not my coach's. I'm somewhat surprised t... Sun, 10 May 2015 23:15:14 EST Experience Can Be a Painful Teacher http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905847 ...but if I actually learn something, it's worth it! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I developed plantar fasciitis in my left foot last year. X-rays of my ankle showed a bone spur on the heel in January, but the doc didn't diagnose it until July. In the interim, I'd run Bloomsday, a duathlon, and a sprint triathlon. I did another sprint tri in August, and then quit running until the end of the year. <BR> <BR> My left foot didn't heal, but it was better. I finally bought a brace to sleep in, and ... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 12:36:45 EST You Gotta Be Cruel to Be Kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894626 I had to be mean to myself yesterday. <BR> <BR> I was in a snacky mood. I ate a serving of trail mix - about a third of the package. I wanted more. No, I said, or you won't have any calories left over for dinner. I want more. Okay, but this means no dinner. I want more. So I ate the whole package. <BR> <BR> And then I wanted dinner. No no no - we had this conversation already. Your "dinner" was a bag of trail mix you ate at 4 p.m. *sniff* Well, that stinks. <BR> <BR> I ate a banana and a... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:43:13 EST And Now, The Crunch Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892340 I'm keeping tabs on my body, as much coach asked me to do. I rode into work today and made it into a Brick workout. Ugh. I haven't done a Brick since the tri I did in August. My poor legs! <BR> <BR> I am at the point I need to throttle back on my "extra" activities. I kind of want to walk at lunch today - I think it would help my legs a bit - but I've decided against it. My legs aren't sore, but I'm running a 5K tomorrow and I'm hoping to ride my bike to the staging area. It's only about six... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:06:24 EST My Body May Be Inflexible, But My Schedulde Is Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891898 A while back, I asked Coach CiCi if I can continue to do my walks at lunch and bike commutes on non-bike days. (Tuesdays, my commute is my workout.) She said yes, but ... She wants me keep tabs on my body and make sure I'm not over-doing it. <BR> <BR> My workout schedule for this end of the week was: Thursday - swim; Friday - run; Saturday - Brick. While I was swimming this morning, I was thinking I'd have to skip the ride home tonight because after swimming today, running tomorrow and doing... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:00:59 EST Feeling Like a Slug http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891400 Today's workout was a run: warm-up for fifteen minutes, run a mile as fast as I can, then walk for twenty minutes. <BR> <BR> It sucked. <BR> <BR> Last April, I ran a mile without stopping. It'd been at least a dozen years since I'd done that. I was so proud. I was hopeful I could do the same today. I couldn't. If you'd been chasing me with a knife, I could have gone a little faster, but not for long. And I could have then called 911 and asked the police to take me home after I wrote my stat... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 22:28:41 EST Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890521 Coach CiCi has me doing swim drills as a part of every swim. I'm swimming at lunch today, and the drills take about as long as I have available during my lunch break. The advantage of the drills is they're less boring than just following the line on the bottom of the pool. <BR> <BR> I just bought one of the photos of myself from the indoor tri I did a few weekends ago. I only bought a swim photo, because I'm unlikely to get a photo of myself swimming. My head is too far out of the water, but... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:05:16 EST Indoor Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885891 I did an indoor tri last Saturday, and it was a blast! I intend to do the same event next year, and I'm hopeful my enthusiasm - and the fact they give away finisher's medals - will encourage a few friends to do it with me. <BR> <BR> The organizers called it the Coeur d'Alene event, but it was really in Plummer, ID, about 30 miles south of Cd'A. It would be a lot tougher to get people excited about a triathlon in Plummer. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> The club that hosted the event is on the Co... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:53:05 EST How'm I Doin'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878867 Given how wretched I felt a week ago, I'm surprised by how good I feel right now. <BR> <BR> I swam this morning. I have an indoor triathlon in nine days, so my swims are focused on preparing for that event. I use fins for the floatation and I don't really kick -- so I thought. I did a few laps without the fins this morning, and I'm about 45 seconds slower per lap without them. The indoor tri swim leg is ten minutes - I'll be lucky to get in five lap in that time. <BR> <BR> I will start doin... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:57:30 EST The Sickness Fog Has Lifted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877521 I have an indoor triathlon in a week & a half, and I haven't been in the pool in more than two weeks. The Hubs & I went to a backcountry resort the first weekend of the month. I started coming down with something that Saturday evening. It derailed me for better than a week. I'm still not sure what it was, other than a pesky virus. The sore throat was awful, but I rarely coughed or sneezed. Every time I rinsed my sinuses, a fair amount of yellowish bloody goop would come out of my upper sinuse... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:52:21 EST Good/Bad for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866144 GOOD: At lunch, I swam a few laps without the fins. I did pretty good. I'm doing an indoor triathlon in about a month, so it's time to start prepping for that event. <BR> <BR> BAD: The staff at the juvenile court had a potluck lunch. Despite not being hungry, I ate enough food to count as a complete lunch. I drank about 20 ounces of Sprite - and it's been months and months (as in probably six) since I've had a soda. Just as I expected, it made me a little quesy almost immediately. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:19:58 EST Not AGAIN?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865587 I think I need to start prefacing everything I write with "This is not a solicitation for advice. Please resist the temptation to give me advice. Unsolicited advice from people who do not know me nor my chronic injury issues makes me cranky." <BR> <BR> I posted this on the Athena group on Facebook: <BR> "I cannot do a legitimate push-up. It's a fact. I'm working toward that goal, but at this point, I cannot. It's not the end of the world - I have NEVER been able to do a pull-up, either. But... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:15:59 EST *WHEW* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864837 I decided to try an experiment by not weighing myself for a week. I did okay, but my body fat percentage went up. <BR> <BR> I have had bunion on my right foot for years now. A few weeks ago, I felt one developing on my left foot, the foot that's recovering from plantar fasciitis. (Soooooooooo not fair!) Years ago, I had a chiropractor who treated my feet, and he'd tape the foot to alleviate the bunion. I decided to try taping my feet, and it really helped. <BR> <BR> Years ago when I was ta... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:32:22 EST I'm Such A Loser (and why I have no problem with that) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861041 This blog post has nothing to do with my athletic goals. Fear not, my self-esteem and confidence are intact. <BR> <BR> Today, I spied an email subject line that addressed my "career goals." Pfft. I don't really have any. No five-year plan. No desire to run for an elected office. No quest for world domination. <BR> <BR> If you read career advice, we're all supposed to have these plans; without them, we are doomed to toil away and grind away the years without accomplishment or fulfillment. Ag... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:32:00 EST Celebrate the Little Victories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853467 I've been uber-busy at work, which means I've had less time to goof off online. But I am waiting for a file to be delivered, so now's a good time for a quick journal entry. <BR> <BR> I swam at lunch yesterday. I came to the conclusion that, for now, I will ignore Swim Coach Kathy's advice about nose plugs. She did suggest getting rid of it unless I absolutely needed it. One of her concerns is that it's hard to get complete air exchange with your nose plugged. However, in open water, I cannot... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:48:11 EST I Feel Things Turning Around :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848908 I ran again at lunch today. When he initially diagnosed my plantar fasciitis, my doctor recommended starting out by running a quarter-mile. Today, I noticed that I'd been running for ninety seconds, and this thought went through my head: stop it. <BR> <BR> When I've started running after a long lay-off, I always start with 15- or 30-second runs, with 60-90 seconds of walking. Why in the world would I think I could just head right out and run non-stop? <BR> <BR> This run felt a lot better.... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:03:37 EST Yesterday Was An Odd One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841383 I went to yoga last night. That was a battle in and of itself. I talked myself into, and out of, going to the club a dozen times. The battle was raging even as I approached the club. The "just give it a try!" side of me won. <BR> <BR> My back is a LOT better, but I spent a fair amount of time in childs pose instead of doing what the instructor suggested. Some of it was just too much. I am glad I made myself do it, though. <BR> <BR> But I wasn't very glad when I looked in the mirror and all ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:09:22 EST Wow, I Can Really Be A Jerk Sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840793 I'm a member of an Athena triathlete group on Facebook. One of my Athena sisters posted this on the group's page: <BR> <BR> "Hi Athena's: as we go into the New Year with some pretty amazing triathlon goals upon us I'm curious to know if anybody has any questions, thoughts, concerns etc going into your tri planning? <BR> <BR> "Anything goes... if you are training for your first ever tri to training for an Ironman. I had a million questions from lady issues to how do I balance it all. Just ... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:45:12 EST Screw Joy. I'm Feeling Sorry for Myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838023 My back hurts. It sucks. It's self-inflicted, because I kept putting off going to the chiropractor. I've been telling myself for a couple of months that I needed to schedule some adjustments to get my back ready for running in January. And yet I put it off and put it off until I could barely move. Now, I'm icing it and whimpering and looking forward to my next adjustment next week. <BR> <BR> I can move about, but with caution. The good news is I can stretch my hamstrings and lower back with... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:17:11 EST Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836966 Today is just one of those days! <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm sick. I skipped my workout at lunch. Swimming with gooey sinuses seemed like not the best use of my lunch break. And I felt really tired, so I skipped going for a walk and took a nap. <BR> <BR> And then I proceeded to eat everything I could get my hands on. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> On the plus side, the fact I don't have any cash in my wallet saved me from giving in to my Taco Bell craving. <BR> <BR> Tonight is our church's Ch... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:26:00 EST Come to the Dark Side, Kim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836342 I stopped by a local thrift store yesterday. Outside the store, they had a Burley HepCat recumbent bike for $140. <em>40</em> The front brake needs re-assembled, and I couldn't get the seat to adjust. I hemmed and hawed. We each own a road bike and a mountain bike. I'm going to by an event bike this spring. I got rid of several bikes when I merged households with The Hubs. The Hubs is going to kill me if I come home with another bike. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:55:45 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835070 I tried a few intervals. Nothing structured, just "GO SWIM FAST!" These were my first swim intervals. Hmm. They suck as much as hill repeats. <BR> <BR> Last night, I noticed my lower legs - outside, at the bottom of my calves - are sore to the touch. I skipped my foot stretches in the pool because of it. I figure a foam-roller session is in order, and that is going to be the weirdest foam-roller session ever. <BR> <BR> I only got about 6 1/2 hours of sleep last night. I need 7 1/2 to feel ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:32:26 EST In a Lull http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833881 I am not the dedicated workout machine some people think I am. <BR> <BR> I skipped yoga last Thursday. Then I skipped strength training Friday, thinking I was going to do it Saturday. Saturday was insanely busy - including a 3-hour bike ride, my first ride in over a month. I went to a party Saturday night, and I drank more beer than I have in years. <BR> <BR> Thanks to the 1000 calories worth of beer I drank, my calorie intake was pretty high over the weekend. After a three hour ride, I nee... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:44:09 EST Taking Care of All of Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832019 I skipped yoga last night. I see the benefits of yoga, but my primary goal is not to an awesome yogi. It's to be an awesome triathlete. I figured yoga once a week is enough to help me with my flexibility, and there's no reason why I can't have a little facetime with Chad on the Wii Fit. (Chad is the rather androgynous but clearly more male-looking "person" in the Wii Fit. He tells me I'm very flexible. It's pretty obvious he's flirting with me with lines like that.) <BR> <BR> More importantl... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:02:23 EST