KAPELAKIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KAPELAKIN KAPELAKIN'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/ Long time no Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812273 I've been away for quite a while... and no, I haven't really backslid, just been very, very busy! However, my weight is sitting right around 168-170, and I'm better at 160, so I guess I still need Spark to keep me on track. At the beginning of the year I really started zeroing in on my finances, and have made some great progress this year in paying off debts and stashing more in my retirement accounts. It turns out that financial fitness and physical fitness have a lot in common, and I thi... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 23:20:58 EST Flexing my frugality muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597433 Although I'm still on a good log in streak here, I've been working on a different kind of strength the past few weeks. I'm building my frugality muscles! <BR> <BR> I grew up pretty poor, and as an ecologist, I'm always mindful of things like wasting water and electricity, which happens to be frugal, too. However, I've been reading the Mr. Money Mustache blog and forums the past few weeks, going over my finances and making some changes, and really reflecting on what money buys. Over the ye... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:10:02 EST How powerful is a "lifestyle change?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579463 A common mantra here at Spark People, and wherever else common-sense weight loss advice is dispensed. That is "it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change." I think I took that to heart after being here a few months, but only as it related to diet and exercise. Now, after almost three years, I see that it goes so much farther than that. Changing your health can seep into other areas of your lifestyle in so many powerful, and positive ways if you let it. Maybe it stems from being mindful of o... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 13:05:02 EST Whole 30-ish, day 4.5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576066 So on Christmas day, feeling nasty from eating too many cookies and other junk, I realized that I had a perfect time window in front of me to do a Whole30. I am not so busy with horses or gardening in January, and don't have any travel plans until the second week of February. <BR> <BR> For those who aren't familiar, Whole30 is basically a strict paleo 30 day challenge, that you modify afterwards to see which foods you react to, or just keep on going with the Whole30 plan if you don't miss a... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:56:11 EST December... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554116 The weather must be watching the calendar, because it is cold and drizzly this morning, with snow in the forecast by the end of the week. So far, we've had a fall full of great running weather, and I was able to work my horses a fair bit in November. With the colder temps in a few days, the arena will be too frozen up to use, so my horses will be on winter vacation until probably sometime in March. <BR> <BR> I have to admit that the close of 2013 finds me feeling kind of frustrated. This ... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 11:43:34 EST Weatherproof http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542795 Not so long ago, I was the one passing runners on my way to work on a cold, dark morning, or when it was raining or snowing, and wondering if they were insane, tenacious, or just plain dumb. Today, I realized I've become one of those people, and I am hoping for tenacity, but it wouldn't surprise me if a little insanity and stupidity are in the mix. <BR> <BR> This morning we had our first bit of snow for the year, but it was melted off the roads first thing in the morning. I headed out for ... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 16:01:30 EST Veggie Challenge Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536810 Today's probably the last day I'll do this daily blog, but I'm going to keep going on this challenge. Focusing on veggies, I think I've really improved my overall diet with very little angst. My fruit intake has been just about right - 1 or 2 servings of lower-sugar fruits, it's been pretty easy to stay away from sugary stuff, and I've been 95% legume and grain-free without even trying. I feel like I'm finally finding a good balance and figuring out what I can best stick with, that's best ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 20:18:32 EST Veggie Challenge Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536105 Looong day today. We were out of the house at 5:15 so I could drop my husband at the airport, and I was in the office by 5:45 (gotta love living in a small city!) <BR> <BR> Breakfast, extra early: <BR> Coffee w/ cream <BR> Eggs with asparagus and beet hash <BR> <BR> Mid-morning snack: <BR> Almonds, cheese and salami <BR> <BR> Met a friend for lunch at a coffee shop that has really good baked goodies. <BR> <BR> Green salad with pecans, goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes and a raspberry vin... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 20:53:42 EST Veggie Challenge Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535188 Wasn't super hungry today. Weight back to 165 after getting as high as 166.4. Would like to see 162 again soon. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Coffee w/cream <BR> <BR> Mid-morning Snack: <BR> Almonds <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> Caulflower/leek/green chile soup <BR> Olives, cheese, salami <BR> Raspberries <BR> <BR> Came home from work a little early and crashed for about an hour. Apparently not quite recovered from the HM, based on the muscle fatigue I was feeling. Kind of weird because I wasn't ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 19:59:57 EST Veggie Challenge Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534320 Still going strong! I've been eating more cheese the past week or two, and it doesn't seem to be an issue for me. Focusing on veggies, it's been really easy to keep my carbs pretty low, and I'm not missing bread or other starchy stuff at all. Weight was up this morning, but I've got some upper body soreness going on, so hopefully it's just water retention from that. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Red flannel hash (beets, onions and bacon) with fried eggs <BR> A pear <BR> Coffee with cream <BR>... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 21:36:09 EST Veggie Challenge Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533278 Got a 4 mile recovery run in today. Left hamstring is still pretty sore, and I messed up my toe that blistered during Zeitgeist. Need to remember to tape it before next run! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Eggs scrambled with bacon, green chile, onion and a huge handful of spinach <BR> 1/2 grapefruit <BR> Coffee with cream <BR> <BR> Lunch-ish: <BR> Cheese, salami, deli turkey, olives <BR> Almonds <BR> Cauliflower/leek/green chile soup <BR> Raspberries <BR> <BR> In the afternoon I was dealing w... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 20:36:48 EST Veggie Challenge Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532390 Another good day today: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> Chia pudding with raspberries and protein powder <BR> Coffee w/ cream <BR> Handful of almonds <BR> <BR> Lunch (actually just snacking at my desk over a few hours as usual): <BR> 2 hard boiled eggs <BR> Cheese <BR> Deli turkey <BR> Big bowl of raw veggies - broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, celery <BR> Baked winter squash <BR> <BR> Pre-gym snack: <BR> Blueberry/Coconut bar <BR> 2 Medjool dates <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> Huge salad with avocado an... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 21:54:49 EST Veggie challenge Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531378 I think recording my daily food intake for the next week or so will really help kick-start this veggie challenge and make me think twice about what I'm putting in my mouth. My schedule was kind of off, so I didn't really have normal meals, but I think I did really well today, both on carbs and overall veggies: <BR> <BR> Morning snack: <BR> Blueberry/coconut bar <BR> <BR> Late breakfast/early lunch: <BR> Coffee/heavy cream <BR> 1/2 grapefruit <BR> Omelette with bacon, bleu cheese, onions a... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 22:03:45 EST Green veggie challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530960 After bouncing around the 162# mark most the summer, I'm frustratingly up a bit, and would really like to see my weight down firmly into the 150's. I've seen 158-159 on the scale several times over the past 10 months or so, but never have managed to stay there, and obviously since then, I've gained a few pounds back. I've been toying around with eating a higher fat diet, and that doesn't seem to correlate directly to the weight gain; I think what it really comes down to is the fact that I'v... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 13:16:11 EST Zeitgeist Half Marathon - Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530175 I've been a little worried about the Zeitgeist HM. I got pretty sick in September, right about the time I would have been picking up training again after running my 30K. I signed up for this HM in early October to help me get back in the swing of training after being sick and off-kilter for a few weeks. I just had time for two long runs before it was time to start tapering, and I didn't get any hills in. Did I mention ZHM has about 1,200 foot climb? Luckily, it has that much downhill too... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 15:45:24 EST Momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499337 This has been a pretty rough month, especially fitness-wise. I ran Payette Lake 30K - my "A" race for the fall - on the first, and was hoping that it would be a logical springboard to running a marathon in October. I figured I could do a 20+ mile training run in mid-September, and one more high teens long run this weekend, and be all marathon-ready on October 13th. Well, best-laid plans and all that. My first run after Payette, my ankle started acting up, and it felt better on my second r... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:50:29 EST Well, now what? Rambling thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486113 I've pretty much decided against running a marathon in October. My ankle doesn't hurt right now, but it is a little bit sore, and I don't think it's going to stand up to that kind of mileage right now. I was really hoping that they would do the Rush Creek HM again, so I could see if I could beat my HM PR on that course from last year, but far as I can tell they're not holding it. So I could either run the City of Trees HM, which is pretty flat and might lead to a PR, or I can wait a couple... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 11:07:13 EST Cutting myself some slack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484168 This has been a busy year, and an even busier summer. It started with training for, and then running Robie Creek "The Northwest's Toughest Half" in April, and then training this summer for the 30K that I ran on Labor Day. I haven't lost any weight since the beginning of the year, but I have improved my squat and deadlift max by quite a bit, and put on muscle and lost some fat. I also bought my second horse, an untrained 3 year old filly, in July, and have started the training on her in add... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 00:23:28 EST What's your food's ANDI score? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479098 Aggregate Nutrient Density Scores - this is pretty cool! <BR> <BR> http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthy-<BR>eating/health-starts-here/resources-an<BR>d-tools/top-ten-andi-scores Sat, 7 Sep 2013 23:37:27 EST Harvesting breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354542 I'm a little behind on the garden this year, but am excited that I picked some lacinato kale, rainbow chard and lettuce this morning. Aside from a pinch of herbs here or there, this is the first real garden harvest of the year. We ate the lettuce along with some store-bought veggies for tonight's salad. Some of the chard went into a sausage, chard and green pepper frittata with home-raised fresh eggs that I'll be enjoying for breakfast the next few days. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sun, 12 May 2013 23:29:53 EST Do I meet me half(marathon)way? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345211 I am on the fence. I have my ticker set up to count down to the High Desert Half Marathon, which is May 25th, but I have not yet registered. Robie Creek was two weeks ago, so tomorrow ends my running scheduled moratorium, though my ankle might have the last word on that. Tomorrow I may try a short easy run and see what my foot/ankle say about it after the way I punished them on the Robie downhill. <BR> <BR> The problem is that I'll be in Reno working 12+-hour days all week prior to HDHM, ... Sat, 4 May 2013 10:23:20 EST Robie Creek Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330452 Let me first say that I suck at taking photos. I took exactly zero. <BR> <BR> I've been training for Robie Creek since the beginning of the year, and it's a huge deal in here in Boise, so there was lots of anticipation leading up to yesterday's race. It's also way bigger - with about 2,500 runners - than any race I've done before. Each year the race has a different theme, and this year, it was Elizabethan/Shakespeare, and they did a little Hamlet number at the beginning of the race - To ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 10:30:00 EST High Speed Pursuit 5K- I won! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314116 I went straight to 10Ks when I started entering races last year, but have been working on my speed all winter with the goal of a sub-25:00 5K this spring, then lowered that goal to 23:30 at some point during the winter. Most of my speed workouts have been on the treadmill over the winter, so I wasn't sure if running 400m and 800m intervals was going to translate well to staying sub-8:00 pace in a 10K. This morning I headed out to the High Speed Pursuit that is held by local police and start... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 22:52:39 EST 7 greens you're not eating but should be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290007 So how are you doing? We eat lots of Swiss chard, collards sometimes, and arugula and mizuna occasionally. I'd like to figure out some better ways to prepare turnip and mustard greens since they've been a big FAIL when I've tried them in the past. <BR> <link>www.nomeatathlete.com/7-greens-infog<BR>raphic/ </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110821087.jpg"> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:41:05 EST My March Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279591 I haven't really blogged in a while. After pushing to get to 25,000 Spark Points by the end of 2012, I decided to back off a little bit, though I do still try to log in each day, log my workouts and read my friend feed to keep up with everyone. <BR> <BR> This year's been going pretty well so far. I started out in January with the Freezeout Hill Challenge 12K, that ended up literally being on the coldest day of the year. Next month I'm signed up for the High Speed Pursuit 5K, though I'm tr... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 00:00:35 EST The Extraordinary Science of Junk Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262140 If you need any more motivation to shop the perimeter of the store and leave anything that is bagged, boxed or canned out of your cart, read this: <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/<BR>the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food<BR>.html?pagewanted=all&_r=3& </link> <BR> <BR> The amount of added sugar and salt in something as seemingly harmless as some spaghetti sauce is staggering. I've learned that even packaged products that seem straight-forward can have all sorts of ad... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:30:28 EST Folks, This Ain't Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237462 As a gardener and general science geek, I've always been interested in where my food comes from, but honestly, until recently I've been kind of unwilling to spend the money to buy better quality foods. Right now I'm reading Folks, This Ain't Normal, buy Joel Salatin, who operates Polyface Farms. He has an amazing diverse and ecologically sensible farming operation where the animals and plants work together in a more natureal way. This book might be a bit long and dense for someone who's le... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 16:14:00 EST First date with my running club http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234960 I joined Boise Run/Walk's Robie Creek training group that started first thing in January, but this was the first week I've made it to the weekly run and workout. The last few weekends it's been too icy to risk driving all the way across town first thing on Saturday morning, but I have been following their training plan on my own. We met in the gymnasium of the community center at 8 am and the coaches discussed in-race nutrition, use of Gu, gels and so on, for this week's topic. Then we did... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:36:04 EST OMGreen Soup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222047 This is winter's answer to the green smoothie: <BR> <link>www.splendidtable.org/recipes/basic-<BR>green-soup </link> <BR> <BR> The beauty is that you can use the greens you have on hand, and it's a great way to use up veggies that aren't quite at their freshest anymore. I made a big pot of it Sunday night using a bunch of kale, a bunch of chard (with stems) a few handfulls of spinach and a handful of parsley. It is SOOO good, I've had it at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Next time I will... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:39:56 EST Freezeout Challenge 12K Hillclimb... Brrr! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214759 <BR> <BR> This morning I almost turned off the alarm, rolled over and went back to sleep in my warm bed, knowing what was waiting for me Out There. But then I remembered my friend who's recently been told by her doctor that she will never be able to run again due to her knee, so I realized I needed to get my butt up and appreciate my ability to run. I was expecting it to be about 6F, but when I was getting ready for the race, my car was telling me it was -4F, some of the coldest weather ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 20:49:42 EST More for 2013, courtesy of Mark Sisson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180965 I thought the cold I came down with was on it's way out, but it turns out it was working on turning into more of a chest/throat thing, so I'm sidelined today and not getting much exercise above and beyond surfing the web. I've seen many recommendations to read Mark's Daily Apple, but having read the Primal Blueprint cookbook and not gotten much out of it, I hadn't bothered with the website until today. There's a lot of good information there, and I spent probably an hour this morning just r... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 14:11:01 EST Gearing up for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180237 Like many other Sparkers seem to be this time of year, I'm sort of in a fog, getting through the holidays, taking some time to change or reassess goals after a fall racing season, and generally thinking "hmm, what's next?" This fall I was thinking of doing a marathon in 2013. Specifically, I had my sights on the Famous Potato marathon in May. However, I really want to run Robie Creek, which is a mostly uphill half marathon that is famous around here and held towards the end of April. Turn... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:13:36 EST Ending the running streak, and what I've been busy with http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172935 So I made a conscious decision on Wednesday to end my running streak. I managed to, at a minimum, walk one mile per day, and most days I walked or ran 2 or more miles for 48 consecutive days. I enjoyed this challenge, and I'm now more likely to head out the door in the dark after dinner to log a couple miles, which makes my dog very happy! However, it was time to quit. Even the 1-2 mile walks on what would have otherwise been my rest days were keeping my body from recovering fully, especi... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:35:51 EST The need for speed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152030 I'm surprised at how quickly I'm getting faster. I've never run a 5K before, so I set a goal of running a 25-minute 5K in the spring, for basically 8 minute miles. I realized that I could probably go out and do that right now if my legs are fresh, so it's time to push the envelope. So, for my April 5K, my new goal is 23:15, or 7:30 pace. This might be too aggressive, but it's something to shoot for, and I think if I can work hard, I can be there in 4 months. <BR> <em>386</em> <em>182... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:54:57 EST Running streak, natural insulation and the Plod Monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151151 I am almost through the first month of my running streak, and proud to say I haven't missed a day! I did spend a week walking only, and one day I called it quits after a mile since it was dark and rainy, and I hadn't dressed for wet weather. But I have hit the road or the treadmill every day for 29 consecutive days! I've learned a few things from this experience, like: <BR> <BR> It is possible to go out and get a couple miles in at 8 pm even though it's pitch black; Headlamps are a good ... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:28:44 EST 1,000 miles and 25,000 Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139856 Those are my marks to hit by the end of this year. So far this year I've run and walked 871 miles, so if I average 3 miles a day for the rest of the year, I'll finish my first full year of running with 1,000 miles on the odometer. <BR> <BR> I have 23,604 Spark Points as of right now, so to get to the next level by December 31, I need to average 32.5 points per day, which should be totally doable, though I will need to ramp up a bit more from what I've been doing, and get back to tracking ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 23:08:38 EST Running Streak So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130150 So far the running streak is going well. I am 9 days in, and on two days I walked instead of running, but besides that, I haven't misssed any days, and I'm feeling good. I think this has been really beneficial to reinforcing the mentality of at least getting in a small workout if a full-on workout isn't in the cards on a given day. It's also working well with my goal of getting faster, with the hope of running a sub-25 minute 5K in the spring. I'm reading The Art of Running Faster right n... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 01:05:03 EST Eatin in while out of town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126625 The question comes up pretty much weekly on the Spark message boards... work is taking me out of town for a week, what do I do? I thought it might help someone if I posted what I'm eating on this week's business trip. First off, I was able to drive here to Salt Lake, so I shopped yesterday and brought a cooler with me. Good thing, because there's no fridge in the room like I expected. There are many portable, healthy foods available now. Many of these would survive a plane trip as well: ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:01:00 EST Going Streaking! Running, that is. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119646 A month or two ago I read a blog entry on No Meat Athlete about a running streak. This got my imagination going, and I wanted to start right away, but with two half marathons in the works, I was hesitant to start a challenge that could derail what I'd trained for all summer. So I decided to bide my time, and now the half marathons are over. I've decided that tomorrow, November 1, will begin my running streak. <BR> <BR> The plan is to run for at least 2 miles every day from now until the... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:04:16 EST Ugh, back on track tomorrow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098399 My dad's been here visiting for a full week while I've been on vacation, and it's been great having him here, but tomorrow he'll be leaving, and it will be time to get back on track. He's been eating mostly vegan, and although he will eat whatever we are eating, I didn't want to overload him with the bean an protein diet I've been following, and honestly, it was kind of an excuse to not really watch my eating for several days. I should have planned better, but I assumed he was only going to... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 09:27:06 EST The leaves are changing and so am I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089504 This morning the air was crisp and brisk. The last few nights have brought the first fall freezes, and with them, great running weather. I'm supposed to be recovering from my 9/30 half marathon, but I was feeling pretty recovered, and headed out with the dog for what ended up being almost 9 miles. It was great being out in the cool air and watching the multi-colored leaves get blown from the trees, swirling and chattering along the roads. <BR> <BR> Even though I was running at this time l... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 23:22:45 EST Setting new goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078887 With my first half marathon in less than two days, I've started thinking about what comes next. Honestly, I'm a little tired of the HM training, even though I haven't been following a really set schedule. I'm ready to dial back on the endurance running for a few months and focus on something else for a bit. That brings me to the Slow Carb diet and HIIT workouts. I still want to lose another 7-10 pounds and get the flab off my rear and midsection, and I think that lots of HIIT and a couple... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:25:27 EST Skipped my run this morning and I'm glad I did http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068402 I've seen the rhetorical question on Spark about how many times a person has regretted their decision to work out as a motivation for not skipping workouts. Well, this morning the alarm went off, and I'd planned to get up and do a 5K speed run but... I just wasn't feeling it. For some reason, the idea of running in the 6 am darkness seemed more ominous than usual, my legs were saying no, and I asked myself "Will this run pay off in a better half marathon next week?" The answer to that was ... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 21:53:05 EST Make Hay While the Sun Shines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061386 This folksy saying popped into my head yesterday when I was about 10 miles into my 12 mile long run. A few blogs ago, I detailed my exact training plan from tapering for the Sept 2 Payette race, through the Ste Chapelle half marathon Sept 30. Literally the day after Payette, I came down with the worst cold I've had in about eight years. I felt awful and didn't do any exercise for six days, and the second week of the cold, managed a couple easy, shorter runs, but it took until last Friday b... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 10:22:33 EST Size six here I come! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059761 I went to TJ Maxx today to pick up a few new things for fall. I can still wear most of my large tops, but almost all of my XL tops are hanging on me like potato sacks, and they've got to go. I bought three tops today, all in size medium, and two pairs of skinny jeans in size 8. However, a couple of the 8's I bought this summer are actually getting a touch loose on me, so I decided to go ahead and try a few pairsof sixes. The grey slacks actually fit perfectly, but weren't quite long enoug... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 22:39:36 EST You're Just a Big Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5049830 So, I'm 5'10" and was never slight of frame. I wear size 11 shoes and size 8 to 9 gloves. Ever since I got near my final height, I've heard that I'm "Amazonian" or "broad-shouldered," "big girl" or "athletic" as some sort of weird euphamism for being rangey and unfeminine. Until I was 15 or 16, I was gangly-thin, and my brother nicknamed me "Ichabod Crane" after the main character of Legend of Sleepy Hollow, or "Icky" for short. Thanks, bro. My mom gave me what I'm sure she thought was g... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 14:21:53 EST Payette Lake Run Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041857 I wrote up a long blog and it got eaten, so here is the quick version: <BR> <BR> McCall, Idaho is a gorgeous destination for a run. I ran the 8.6 half around Payette Lake, and am already planning to run the full 30K all the way around the lake in 2013. The top two 30K racers went flying by us right before our start, at their 10 mile mark - they'd finished 10 miles in about 55 minutes, and kept that pace the entire way. Mega-inspiring! <BR> <BR> My goal time was anything under 1:20, and I... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 00:32:56 EST Fall race plan and schedule! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030015 This spring I did my first two races: a 10K at the beginning of May, and another 10K in June. Now I'm getting very close to my target race, an 8.6 miler half way around Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho. I saw this race online last August when I first started running, and wanted to do it, but would have only been ready for the 5K option at that time, so I skipped it. Well, I'm ready now! The race is September 2, so next Sunday. The plan is to do a 6-mile tempo run tomorrow morning, and then ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 00:06:59 EST Eat better, get exercise, spend Friday night photographing vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019947 I've always been a veggie gardener. Even when I had no garden, I was a gardener. I remember going to the dollar store when I was about 11 or 12 and plunking down my allowance for a bag of soil, some little plastic pots, and various seed packets that were $10 for $1, and hauling it all home on the back of my bike. Never mind that it was scorching mid-July already, entirely inhospitable to fragile seedlings, and that our little rental house had no viable garden area. I put those seeds in th... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:44:01 EST Wet T-Shirt Contest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017396 But not that kind! <BR> <BR> I've been paying for a gym membership as a backup plan. Mainly so I can use their elliptical if my knees start acting up from running, or if the weather turns to ice and hail and flying monkeys. About a month ago, I decided I may as well start going once a week and doing some strength training to break up the solitude of running and swinging kettlebells in my basement. I've been doing one intense hour per week, and really enjoying it. The workout is basicall... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 23:34:51 EST