IDUBRAWSKY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IDUBRAWSKY IDUBRAWSKY'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/ Countdown to a half-marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509255 I'm under 2 weeks away from the Runner's World Half-Marathon on October 20th and my training has been pretty good. I had a bit of an interruption because I caught the flu in late August and then developed sinusitis on top of that (note to self: don't try to keep training when you're running a fever...not the smartest move - felt even worse). Anyway, I'm not at the level I want to be for this half-marathon but I'm determined to do it - I'll just take it easier than I originally planned. <BR>... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 20:06:11 EST Hmmm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451638 After taking time off to allow my left ankle to heal from WHATEVER it was that was bothering it (after numerous trips to the orthopedist, x-rays, MRI and blood work - the doctor was unable to pinpoint the source of the problem) I've finally gotten back to running. My Fitbit replacement came last week (the first one died just five weeks after I got it and Fitbit replaced it under warranty!) and I've been ramping up my mileage - slowly and carefully. However, even watching what I eat (careful... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:48:14 EST Closing in on my primary goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291133 I am now 1.8 lbs from my primary weight loss goal. This feels fantastic as I haven't been this light since I was in college and I was bike racing. I feel great and am getting more charged than ever to push on towards a secondary goal I set for myself (which is only 2.8 lbs away) which would be my dropping 40 lbs since I started on this journey back in February of 2012. I am also working very hard to prepare for the Marine Corps Historic Half-Marathon in May and I'm planning on having my da... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:02:29 EST Update on my foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221127 So it turns out that the pain completely subsided before I even got to see the podiatrist (go figure!). No idea what the cause was - potentially an injury to the fat pad over the calcaneous bone of the left foot or a pulled tendon from when I did my leg workout two weeks ago. I ran 3.5 miles on Tuesday without a problem and 4.5 miles this morning - also without a problem. What I have realized is the need to focus some stretching on the tendons and muscles in the foot. Looks like I will ad... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 06:34:18 EST Another Year - Another Injury http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205239 This year started off right - and wrong. I started at 173 lbs and set myself a goal for dropping down to 165 (and the eventual hope of reaching 154). I was going to the gym in the mornings - running three times a week in the afternoons (regardless of weather) and walking the dog 3 miles daily. I ran a GREAT run last Tuesday - I went for a short run (I'm prepping for a Half-Marathon in May) and did about 3.5 miles at 8 min/mile (I'm 44, weight 172 lbs and my normal mile time is 8:45 - 9:00... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:41:39 EST July Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986165 Ok...so it's been quite a while since I blogged on this site. Since my last post I've lost another 6.2 lbs and I'm currently sitting at 176 lbs. My goal is still 163 by the end of September and 155 by the end of October. My current BMI is 25.3 (although I don't put a lot of stock in the BMI calculation). What's even better is that my blood pressure which, back in February when I started, was 125/79 (which classified me as "pre-hypertensive") is now down to 109/74. <BR> <BR> My knee is ge... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:55:50 EST Lightest I've been in years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889621 This morning, I woke up and did the usual weigh-in. I'm very pleased to say that I'm down another 2 lbs to 182.6 lbs - the lightest I've been since before I got married over 15 years ago! It's been a tough few months (3 months later and 21 lbs lighter) but I'm feeling great! Yesterday I went for an 8 1/2 mile hike on the Northwest Branch Trail/Rachel Carson Trail and loved it. I'm really looking forward to this week and getting even more into the swing of working out and starting back to ... Sun, 20 May 2012 10:51:10 EST Almost Half of the Way There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4880494 I weighed myself yesterday morning - usual routine, wake up really early, get on the scale, see where I am. I'm very happy to report that I lost another 2 lbs last week! I'm down to 184.6. I started in mid-February around 204 lbs - so I'm down about 20 lbs (just a little less). I still haven't started running again but I have FINALLY put together a schedule I can stick with as well as a training routine I can follow more effectively. I still wake up around 4AM and get to the gym at 5 (th... Mon, 14 May 2012 09:16:05 EST Cleared to Run and Other Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869388 So, this past Friday I went to see the Orthopedist with the MRI scans of my left knee. The doctor looked over the images with me and said that he doesn't see a stress fracture or a torn meniscus (although he noted that the radiologist did note something "suspicious" but wasn't convinced that it's a torn meniscus and the orthopedist said that he didn't see what the radiologist was talking about). Anyway, the upshot is I can go back to running - with three caveats: back off on the mileage, st... Sun, 6 May 2012 20:31:08 EST Another setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849958 About three weeks ago I was doing really good. I was down to 188.4 lbs and my mileage on my running was up to about 22 - 23 miles. I was feeling great and headed to doing the Takoma Park 5k on May 6th and then the Marine Corps Historic Half marathon on May 20th. Then I got sick the first week of April and my left knee started bothering me. After I got better from being sick I tried to get back on track with my running but my knee kept bothering me. I backed off on my mileage but there wa... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 13:38:34 EST Still Recovering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836549 Well, Passover may be over but I'm still recovering from being sick the week before Passover and from injuring my left knee. I don't think it's a bad case of runner's knee but it does require some more time to recover. I walked the dog 3 1/2 miles this morning and later took the girls for a bike ride down the street (up and down multiple times so that they can get better riding their bikes). After that I went for a 6 mile run. I guess I wasn't prepared for several things: the warmer tempe... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 20:05:16 EST Finally back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826556 After being sick all last week with a horrible cold or flu I've finally been able to get to the point that I can get back on track. I took a long afternoon hike with the dog yesterday on the Northwest Branch Trail and this morning I went for the usual 3 1/2 mile walk with the dog in the morning. On top of that I'm going to go for an easy 3 mile run later today and see how my left knee is doing. I've given myself about a week of taking it easy (both because of the knee as well as for being ... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 08:23:53 EST Broke 190! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814531 It's been a long time since I've been below 190 and this morning it has finally happened! I woke up this morning and went to the bathroom to weigh myself. I've normally been very good about this since I started to work out and track my weight. However, 2 weeks ago I had gone up a pound (from 193.4 to 194.4) and then I had a couple of business trips so I was a bit discouraged. Even though I was still working out I was afraid that I had gained weight rather than lost. <BR> <BR> I stepped o... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 07:27:51 EST The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4801705 Well...the trip to France this week resulted in my not running since last Thursday. Bummer...a real bummer. I had intended to run about 3 miles on Monday after I arrived in Macon but the weather was nasty and I didn't have the right clothes to make it bearable. Ok, I said to myself, run tomorrow! Well...after a full day of meetings (I did walk to and from the office which as about 2.5km from my hotel) I just didn't feel like it. Similarly on Wednesday. The return train to Paris/CDG got ... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:42:31 EST Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792959 Travel takes the most out of my workout schedule. When I have to travel overseas I have to take into account the fact that I need to adjust my workout schedule - sometimes substantially to accommodate the additional interference in my routine. For example, when I go to France for business I may not be able to get my long run in on Sunday. To adjust for that I try and run a shorter run when I arrive in France (it also helps to recover from the jet lag) and then pick up my schedule where I ... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 06:55:29 EST What a difference a year makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771349 I've had some success and some failures over the past year. I fell off the fitness wagon towards the end of the year - not because of the holidays but more from overwork, stress, and just general exhaustion. I made some changes and I picked myself up and got back into the swing of things. I have been more devoted to my running than I was at this time last year - I finally realized that you can't hide inside on the treadmill and wait for perfect conditions before you run outside - you'll ne... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:46:00 EST Running, P90X, and more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4028384 I finally broke down this week and and bought myself a Polar Heart monitor - the one that works with CardioTrainer on Android. All I can say is - I love it. This thing is so awesome. I have more information about my workouts now than I ever had before. I went out for a quick, easy run with my two daughters - and it was great. I can't wait for the arm band to arrive next week so I won't have to hold the phone while I run (and I can play tunes on it as well if I want). <BR> <BR> Now, P90X... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:09:44 EST