KAREN42BOYS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KAREN42BOYS KAREN42BOYS'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/ 40 Pounds Gone in Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945097 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1b81e4a-963c-4190-8528-b74196e84d64.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c1f541b7-6f34-4c9a-a0cd-8aaa2201bad6.JPG"> <BR> 2013 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8e744d4-32bc-4d2e-8ff5-773820b95de4.JPG"> <BR> May 2014 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/baacfdc0-7a33-43d1-bcca-99e1048f6d0d.PNG"> <BR> October 2014 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2848164f-f1bf-4ece-b009... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 17:42:37 EST Today Marks 40 pounds Gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944235 Since March 2014, I've lost 40 pounds, run two 5Ks and five half marathons. <BR> <BR> Today I ate. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/416e972f-6635-455c-a6e4-8db6ea12d792.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49027955-4525-42c8-a364-f33708f0dd3b.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fb491525-323e-48c7-bf8a-d3ebe52c9583.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a7410b9-f62e-4969-bfea-827a19d3fdc5.jpg"> <BR> chicken, avocado, and... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:38:28 EST Meeting my 2015 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921882 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1194764588.jpg"> <BR> This year I set 4 running goals: <BR> 1. Run a favorite trail loop without stopping. <BR> 2. Run that favorite trail loop in under an hour. <BR> 3. Run a half marathon in under 2 and a half hours. <BR> 4. Run a 5k in under 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> As of this morning's 5k officially at 29:24, I've met all those goals except for the trail loop in under an hour. And my current fastest pace on that loop was 1 hour 16 seconds ... Sun, 3 May 2015 16:16:47 EST 5k Next Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918659 I'm running in the high school sports booster 5k race next weekend. A nice smalltime race. But I'm all dazzled by the lights because I've decided this is the year I run a 5k under 30 minutes. This is my first 5k of 2015, and since it's only April, if I don't make my goal, I've got lots of time to keep chasing it down. <BR> <BR> I have tons of half marathon experience, but this will only be my 3rd or 4th 5k over several years. Knowing how to pace myself for a 5k is a skill I know in theory, b... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:52:09 EST Half Marathon Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915330 Great weather starting in high 40s and got up to low 60s. Clear blue skies to really set off this spectacular coastal run. I’d say the Santa Cruz Half Marathon is in my top 3 list for prettiest races I’ve ever run. <BR> <BR> Gear: Wished I'd worn my running sleeves pre-race but comfortable during the race in my capris and short sleeve running top. Wore my sunglasses which I don't need for most races but we had plenty of distance running east into the sun. Didn't regret leaving my running... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:17:37 EST Half Marathon Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915329 Great weather starting in high 40s and got up to low 60s. Clear blue skies to really set off this spectacular coastal run. I’d say the Santa Cruz Half Marathon is in my top 3 list for prettiest races I’ve ever run. <BR> <BR> Gear: Wished I'd worn my running sleeves pre-race but comfortable during the race in my capris and short sleeve running top. Wore my sunglasses which I don't need for most races but we had plenty of distance running east into the sun. Didn't regret leaving my running... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:17:35 EST Eating My Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909412 For the most part I don't binge any more. Most feelings will just be feelings. <BR> <BR> Physical hurt is different; I still numb out the pain with food. Yesterday my hip and back were hurting because my chiro had to push them pretty hard to get me put together for my race Sunday. I did the stuff I needed to for the pain; stretching, icing, etc., but I ate the food to numb it out, too. <BR> <BR> And I forgot that I have a plan for what to eat for pain. I decided awhile ago I'd eat my health... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:42:08 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900919 Half marathon mid-April (need to figure out if I’m sleeping near the race or if I’m driving there early early early with a friend) <BR> 2 mile time trial to get a sense as to how fast I am currently. <BR> Register for 5k early May. <BR> Weight: lose 3.5-5 pounds. Weight loss is harder when my running mileage is high; I need that food! <BR> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:10:40 EST Crushing My Comfort Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900220 Running a 5k under 30 minutes is outside of my current perception of myself, but it's totally part of how I want to see myself. Doing that would count as crushing my comfort zone. Crushing my comfort zone is a phrase I got from another Sparker CHNGEISADCISION. <BR> <BR> Running a 5k under 30 minutes would mean an average pace of 9:37 per mile. That sounds like a mix of doable and crazy to me. I do hit that pace sometimes on the short team runs, but that includes us stopping at stop lights an... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:35:40 EST I bonked Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889963 I bonked Saturday. Thursday I’d run the favorite trail hard, setting a new PR. Saturday I ate my usual breakfast, had a caffeinated Stinger 68 minutes, around mile 6 AND I needed it. Saturday’s run just felt hard, not mental hard but hard on the body. We made a wrong turn, so the run became 9.25 instead of the 8.5 planned. I was really dragging last mile but one of our running coaches kept me going nicely. <BR> I had planned to dash home to make a PB&J before heading to my son’s track meet,... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 15:33:24 EST 2 mile time trial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886902 I'm on a running team that has regular 2 mile time trial. These are a good way for us to get a sense of how our speed is working and protecting our times for races. We did one last month and I ran it below 20 minutes for the first time. <BR> Last night we had another I wanted to see if I could run to a pace rather than just run below what time. I did calculations for running the mile pace of 9:15 minute miles and 9:30 minute miles. <BR> To make it easy for me to keep track of them during the ... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:22:31 EST 2015 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827079 Pondering on 2015 goals. <BR> <BR> Here's some that have gotten real, meaning I WANT them, not just "wouldn't that be cool if". :) <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 40 pounds. While the idea of 40 sounds like FORTYYYYYYYY as in big and huge and scary, when I think of the monthly goal of 3.3 pounds average, that sounds pretty doable. Especially since I've lost 26 pounds since the very end of March this year. That's 2.9 per month average, and I wasn't actively focused on weight loss in May and June this yea... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 16:27:17 EST That Inner Critic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797609 A few weeks ago on either my ten or twelve mile training run, well, the run wasn’t any fun. It was just hard and mentally I had a hard time. The big hill in the middle of the run was freaking me out in the miles before I got there, and needless to say running that hill was pretty darned hard, too. My inner critic the one who puts me down whom I’ve worked so hard to eradicate, well, she was pretty loud, too, in the midst of this hard hot run. <BR> <BR> At the end of the run, I told myself it ... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:02:46 EST Post Long Run Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778643 Since the summer I've been working every couple weeks with a dietiican. My eating is now pretty tightly tweaked to healthy, but we're still finetuning some. <BR> <BR> This week's skills are to have in place proper post-run food when I've run an hour or longer. Cows' milk doesn't work for my tummy, so we talked about alternate options. The big thing to be aware of for supporting the muscles and brain and all that post-run is the ratio of 3 grams carbohydrates to 1 gram protein. Soymilk does w... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:25:09 EST Running Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778226 It's interesting how running goals come and go. Certainly I plan on having an awesome half next month, and I'm doing lots of mental as well as physical prep for that. <BR> <BR> But right now a new goal has emerged. There's a very hilly 5 mileish loop that I've been running weekly. It's mean. Steep long uphills with some happy flying downhills. It's teaching me lots. I'm finally learning how to open up on my downhills and pick up speed. And I'm catching on to slowing my pace down significantl... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:39:14 EST Needing Comfort Foods! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763116 I'm at the start of a hard time that I've already lived through once. Last time it blew my weight up, and I'd really prefer not to have to go through that again. I'm recognizing that when I'm crazy stressed, feeling like I can't breathe, that I want and seek comfort foods. So I'm being pro-active by creating a list of foods that count for me as comfort food (I get your body is different, and some/many of these might not be comfort foods to you). If I've got a plan at hand, I'm more likely to ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:36:06 EST Learning to Run Faster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760976 Processing this article. <link>greatist.com/fitness/25-ways-run-fas<BR>ter-now </link> <BR> <BR> The big ideas for me to put into practice are: <BR> Use the treadmill to practice running at higher speeds <BR> Keep my eyes forward looking ten to twenty yards down the road <BR> A spinning class builds hip rotations and cadence work Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18:00:56 EST A Taco Epiphany http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754637 Last weekend we had friends over for dinner. I decided to have a soft taco buffet, so people could make theirs the way they wanted. I had Mexican-spiced ground beef, shredded cheese, grated carrots, salsa, guacamole, freshly pickled onions, cilantro, jicama and probably some other things I'm spacing on now. And there was a fair amount of leftovers. <BR> <BR> Well, that meal continues to shape how I'm eating. The last several days I've added some grated carrots to an omelet, the pickled onion... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:13:35 EST Half Marathon Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738956 Great temperature in the low 60's at the start of the race. Because the race started at a high school track, I warmed up well with good dynamic stretching. <BR> <BR> It was my first solo half since my very first half Big Sur. While I didn't have the benefit of buddy camaraderie, I could run when I wanted to and walk when I needed to. I carried a fanny pack with my water bottle, so I would have the water station volunteers top my bottle off at each stop. I accidentally put two Nuun tabs in it... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:29:29 EST First time meeting a Registered Dietician http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736821 My husband and I've been talking about our health, and he encouraged me to see a dietician. I ended up with one who specializes in weight loss as well as working with endurance athletes. Good fit for me. <BR> <BR> I met with her this morning for an intake. I'll go see her again in a couple weeks when I've taken care of some of her "to do" list. <BR> <BR> Tentatively she has me on a 1500-1900 calorie range because of my level of exercise. <BR> <BR> She wants me to restart the Vitamin D that... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:19:59 EST First Half Marathon of 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735476 I have my first half marathon of the year this Sunday. I'd planned on at least 1 or 2 already this year, but between a repeatedly sprained ankle, a shoulder injury and my younger boy's now stable medical issues, my winter/spring training season got blown apart. <BR> <BR> I'm doing this race solo. None of my regular running buddies are doing it, but I'm not letting that deter me. I've been getting my runs in on the street and cherishing my trail runs. I've been running enough years to know I ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:28:06 EST Great Blog Celebrating Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065033 <link>www.wardrobeoxygen.com/2012/09/perso<BR>nal-style-inspiration.html </link> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:16:43 EST Running Gave Me Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5059178 Wednesday I decided to run down the pedestrian/bike trail not too far from house. I needed to get some hill training in, and I didn't feel like hopping on my bike or driving to the park to do that. I figured I could just run the overpasses on the local trail to build that intensity in. The newest and closest overpass opened just a few months ago. I'd biked over it once, but this was my first time running it. <BR> <BR> After running it twice, I discovered that MapMyRun didn't know it was yet ... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:39:40 EST Body Image and Fashion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054503 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l674313400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For me body image intertwines closely with how I dress. I feel good about how I look today, so I snapped a photo. I'm happy that this is a cooler morning, so I could wear this favorite sweater. I picked up this on-trend cranberry tank from Target yesterday. I'm experimenting with wearing nicer shoes in my ordinary life; these Earthies are very comfortable and make me feel like I've got some pizzazz. And the silver ... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:41:23 EST Changing Slowly in Radical Ways http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047114 HEALING_LORI wrote: <BR> I love how structured and determined you are. I wonder... were you like that when you were younger? I mean striving for goals, pushing yourself, determined, ect.? Just wondering because you seem to be good at it! You set a goal and go for it. So many people set goals such as a big race but let things get in the way. <BR> ***** <BR> The answer is no, I haven't always been like this, and I'm still happily astonished at how far I've grown in the last 4 1/2 years. <BR> <... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 13:11:46 EST Long-term Goals: the Big Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042444 So why am I doing this? I know the reasons I started this weight loss journey in 2008, but those reasons aren't my reasons now in 2012. I am now the rockin' athlete I could hardly imagine. Just not at goal weight, but dang, I've surprised people by what all I've taken on and made happen. Me not only running a 10K but 2 half marathons so far. 2 sprint triathlons, several open water swims followed by 5K's. I'm living the happy casual racer life. <BR> <BR> So what do I want? I want to be faster... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 12:44:32 EST October 1 Goal: Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041569 My weight is 174 right now. I want to make it into the 160's by the beginning of October. There. I said it. <BR> <BR> Normally I have a hard time imagining losing weight. Which is weird because I can imagine running half marathons and swimming a mile and stuff like that. Losing some pounds shouldn't be such a brain bender. But it is. <BR> <BR> Today though I can imagine losing 4.5 pounds in one month to get into the 160's. Then October 1 I'll need to find something new to envision. Sun, 2 Sep 2012 19:42:47 EST August Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039943 Much of August tanked from my usual expectations of exercise should look like. Haven't swum in about a month. Haven't biked except for getting the kiddo to school since my late July triathlon. No runs over 3 miles. <BR> <BR> I started physical therapy to rehab my weak shoulder a few weeks ago. Slowly building things back together, that included a reinjury or tweaking of it this week which was not fun. <BR> <BR> Physical exercise continues. Hiking has resurfaced as a good source of exercise.... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:53:40 EST Half Marathon Training Adapted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039305 Having had this shoulder injury and mild IT Band Syndrome (which is basically now gone), my half training schedule has gone to pot. I went for a run today but only went a little over a half mile because my shoulder started getting sore. Still a little skittery about shoulder pain, so I opted to walk home. When I saw my PT today, she said I should do my shoulder warm ups (that I'm to do with daily PT homework) right before going out for a run. Hopefully that will do the trick. <BR> <BR> So no... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 20:59:54 EST 10 Days of Green Smoothies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031939 Pineapple, fresh, 200 grams <BR> Beet greens, fresh, 2 cup <BR> Apples, fresh, 1 large (3-1/4" dia) (approx 2 per lb) <BR> Celery, raw, 2 stalk, large (11"-12" long) <BR> Beet, 1 <BR> <BR> Spring Green Salad Mix, 2 cup <BR> Honeydew Melon, 450 grams <BR> Pineapple, fresh, 169 grams <BR> Carrots, raw, 1.3 large (7-1/4" to 8-1/2" long) <BR> Celery, raw, 150 grams <BR> <BR> Pineapple, fresh, 150 grams <BR> Spring Mix Salad, 3 cup <BR> Apples, fresh, 1 large (3-1/4" dia) (ap... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 16:36:54 EST Things are Looking Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029691 My shoulder is improving! I've got an increasing list of exercises from my physical therapist to do, so I'm building strength there. Yesterday was the first day I didn't feel a need to ice my shoulder, and when I told my PT that, she opted to not ice my shoulder at the end of treatment to see how I tolerated it. I need to get a couple of 1 pound weights for my latest ST from her; Target doesn't have them, so will probably need to hit Sports Basement where I can use my team 10% off discount. I... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 18:40:28 EST Diana Nyad: Swim from Cuba to Key West NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021737 <link>www.diananyad.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Former Olympian, 63 years old, power swimmer Diana Nyad is making her 4th attempt to swim from Cuba to Key West. First attempt at age 30. 2nd and 3rd attempts last year (first derailed by asthma which she'd never had before, 2nd attempt failed because of 2 jellyfish stings, one of them the box jelly which can be lethal for humans). <BR> <BR> She started her journey yesterday in choppy water, and during the night she had to swim backstroke for 3 ... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 11:46:02 EST Exercise and Nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021043 The shoulder report: I started physical therapy for my shoulder this week. It's definitely hurt and weak. This will be interesting to get all figured out. Wonder if we work this all the way through if my swim speed might increase considering that I should then be using my shoulders more evenly...? Physical therapy is helping but the day after I work with my PT, my shoulder hurts. Hopefully that will diminish quickly. Possibly I'll be cleared for swimming at the end of next week, but I'm not c... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 20:19:34 EST The Shoulder Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005675 Diagnosis: <BR> Tiny bit of arthritis on top of the shoulder and most of the pain is soft tissue meaning muscular, properly called right shoulder posterior impingement. <BR> <BR> The Plan: <BR> physical therapy twice a week for 4 weeks with an option to extend if needed. <BR> <BR> Predicted Outcome: <BR> full recovery except for the arthritis. <BR> <BR> Not sure yet how swimming over the next couple months will go. That will be on a play it by ear basis. If swimming hurts, well, then I sho... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 20:06:20 EST SparkCoach, A Cold, and the Shoulder Checkup Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003890 Checked out SparkCoach today. Not sure how new and fresh it is, but I'm needing to jazz things up, and since the first 2 weeks are free, I figure this will let me figure out if it's useful for me. <BR> <link>www.sparkcoach.com/coach/welcome.asp </link> <BR> FYI, don't go to that link unless you're around the next 2 weeks. Looks like as soon as you visit the site, you start the 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> My boys had a big bad cold for 4 or 5 days last week. Now I'm showing signs. I don't want to ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 18:23:18 EST Big Thighs and Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000998 I posted last night about Gabby Douglas and her big thighs. I've had issues with my thighs since I was a teen. I remember reading back then in Seventeen Magazine about how you're supposed to be able to stand up straight with your knees touching each other and that there should still be some room in between your thighs. Mine failed that test. <BR> <BR> The running craze happened when I was a teen, too, so even if you weren't a runner, you had to have at least one pair of running shorts. The s... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 17:27:54 EST Gabby Douglas Has Big Thighs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999883 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l924696275.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think Gabby Douglas is stunningly beautiful. Her body moves in exquisite ways that mine will never achieve. Proportionally her thighs are big to her waifish body. She has big thighs. Without her thighs being as large and powerful as they are, she wouldn't be able to accomplish her gymnastic abilities. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l857951537.jpg"> <BR> I have big thighs, and I've been k... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 18:14:03 EST My Shoulder Hurts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995458 For a few months, I've had a low level pain in my right shoulder. I thought when I made a radical improvement in my swim form, that would take care of it, but it's still going on. It's related in part to a deformed neck vertebrate causing pinching. I'll always be good money for some chiropractor with that deformed vertebrate. So I see my chiropractor regularly, I know how to roll and stretch my neck and shoulder I think pretty well, but it hurts. <BR> <BR> It's ramped up to me icing a couple... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:06:52 EST Planning this weight loss thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993880 Okay, I don't get to just crash and lose a bunch a lot of weight fast. Because I'm having too much fun doing this athlete thing now. That makes the approach different. I need to fuel for my physical exertions and not to pull too many calories out so I don't bonk and I also don't want to lose muscle mass. <BR> <BR> Ideally I'd lose this during my off-season, but you know if I can pull some pounds off now, that will improve my season currently. Just gotta go gentle on it. <BR> <BR> Goal: Los... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:06:04 EST Race Results Posted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992936 Here is my initial race report. <link>http://tinyurl.com/brymyf4 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l724627404.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Swim 2:42minutes/100 yards <BR> Bike 16.2mph <BR> Run 4.9mph <BR> <BR> Okay, swim pace was within 2 seconds of the weekend before 1.2 mile swim. Good! <BR> <BR> Bike pace, don't really have something to compare to, so good! <BR> <BR> Run; well, could have gone faster for sure, so time to figure out how to be an athlete who lose... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:54:06 EST 2nd Triathlon Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992299 I did my 2nd sprint triathlon yesterday. First one was a year ago June. Yesterday was a sprint course which means 800m swim, 14 mile bike ride, and a 5K. I've had a series of shorter distances in the last couple months which set me up really well for yesterday. I've been doing a swim/run event monthly over the summer (and good grief, the last one is this Thursday, so I'd better get my wetsuit soaking and then drying to be ready for its next adventure); that's been great for getting me really ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:06:56 EST New Spark Trophy in Sight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988112 Less than 900 points until my next Spark Trophy. No idea why I am excited about it, but I am. This is my present one. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l856465474.jpg"> <BR> This will be my new one. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l45901930.jpg"> <BR> My present one is much more impressive to me. And the next one I'll have for about a year I figure because it's for 20,000 points. That's assuming I get 55 points every day for the next year. At th... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:19:14 EST Sparking 4 Years Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985119 "I really enjoyed hanging out with you- you are simply glowing with life!" That was part of an email from a friend today. Lovely timing since today marks 4 years into my Spark journey. <BR> <BR> My life is radically different from 4 years ago. Back then I was just learning how to be a physically active person. Walking around the block counted as exercise. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l56827222.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 16:39:37 EST Thinking about my 2013 Racing Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4983851 It takes my brain awhile to figure out what I want, so I've started noodling on what races/events I want to join in for 2013. Downside of starting now is most races aren't officially public for their 2013 dates, so I'm just having to make guesses based on which weekend they fell in a month this year. <BR> <BR> Currently, the plan: <BR> Half marathon late January/early February <BR> Considering joining in the Wildflower triathlon, maybe as a relay, early May <BR> a sprint triathlon late May ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:27:05 EST Training is Making Me Faster! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982502 I'm at a pretty cool place physically right now. My body is suddenly capable of going faster for longer times than it used to be able to do. <BR> <BR> I ran a 5K at under 10 minute/mile pace (after a 1500m swim) earlier this month, and yesterday I had my fastest open water swim pace 00:02:42/100 yd -- slow per a lot of people, but I'm comparing me to me, not to the speedies around me. <BR> <BR> Honestly yesterday was such an impressive day in a number of ways. The race was about 25 miles fr... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:20:19 EST Got a lot done today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975101 <em>237</em> Swam for an hour <BR> <em>420</em> worked in the garage sorting and sorting <BR> <em>433</em> trip to recycling center, Good Will, library to donate books, and Office Depot to recycle ink cartridges <BR> <em>388</em> photographed and listed all sorts of things to give away or sell <BR> <em>435</em> delegated getting the compost sifted and put on garden veggies <BR> <em>435</em> I started up the next batch of compost in the circulating composter <BR> <em>478</em> turn... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 19:48:15 EST My Fastest 3 Mile Ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973174 Saturday I rode my bike 18 miles and ran a 5K afterwards. My fastest 5K with me staying under 10:30 min/mile the whole way. <BR> <BR> Today I did an easier shorter ride, only a little over 10 miles, and again I followed up with the same 5K distance run. Since Saturday's run had gone so well, I wanted to just push myself the whole time to see what pace I could achieve today. At mile one my Iphone told me I was at a 9:50 pace! That definitely motivated me to keep pushing hard for the rest of t... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:49:58 EST Bike and Run Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970125 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l717074960.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm training for a sprint triathlon at the end of the month. 1/2 mile swim, 15 mile bike ride, 5K run. <BR> <BR> Today I got out for some solo training in. <BR> Bike ride: 17.78mi, 1:21:42 time, 13.1mph Avg Speed <BR> Run: 3.05 miles, 31.55 minutes, 5.7 mph <BR> <BR> Whoa, MapMyFitness has done a significant upgrade to their app, and they give me mile splits now! Whoohoo! That is cool! Oh, and I can now see ho... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:41:48 EST Photo of Me Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969211 I've been reading some style blogs lately. Ordinary women posting about what they wore that day. The practice of dressing yourself thoughtfully. And it's made me curious about trying it. Not that I'm all Ms. Fashionista, but more for the experience of seeing if the Me I think I see matches the Me in the photos. And to celebrate me as I am because sometimes I get to wishing for things I can't have (like longer legs), so this is my chance to work on appreciating my body for what it is. <BR> <B... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:24:06 EST More Thoughts on Finishing Last http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963844 Yesterday I wrote about coming in last place in a swim race (actually a swim/run but I only completed the swim part of the race last year) last summer. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961381 </link> <BR> <BR> If you want to read my race report from last year's last place finish, here you go: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4349444 </link> <BR> <BR> Some of my spark buddies commented on how ... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 12:06:56 EST