LAB-LOVER's SparkPeople Blog LAB-LOVER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New Year, New Blog Hi Everyone -- I've been a little scarce around here lately and I'm not promising that that's going to change, but it just might. In the meanwhile, I've started a new public blog and wanted to share it with you here. I'll be blogging about running, motivation, health, vulnerability and who knows what else as I work on establishing my new running and life coaching business Run To Your Life... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>29/the-why-behind-your-want/ </link> ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:25:11 EST Good, Bad, Ugly Good: I ran my 11th half marathon last weekend in Chicago -- my 11th state for the 50 states half marathon challenge. <BR> <BR> Bad: It was my worst race ever, with a PW of 3:16:03. <BR> <BR> Ugly: I ran the race with a broken 3rd toe on my right foot. I wasn't sure it was broken at the time (but I was pretty sure). I broke it Friday morning as I was packing to head to the airport and ran on it 48 hours later. It hurt quite a bit for the first few miles, then settled into an ache. ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:02:14 EST A Four Year Running Adventure I am a bit amazed to realize that I am celebrating four years of running this week. <BR> <BR> Wow. <BR> <BR> In that time, I’ve logged more than 3000 miles. I haven’t taken a break longer than a few days except last summer when I injured my back. <BR> <BR> I’ve run in at least 12 states from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon and Costa Rica. <BR> <BR> This spring I’ll add Missouri and Vermont to the list. <BR> <BR> I’ve run in at least 30 of the 351 towns in Massachusetts (yes, ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 06:44:09 EST And You Thought You Were Hiding I spent the last three days in a simply amazing and transformational coaching class with 30 or so other people. I am still processing much of what happened in that room and I know that it will take some time to do so. But it was an incredible experience. <BR> <BR> We did an exercise today in groups of six. The person who was "it" had to stand quietly and simply focus on breathing (not reacting) while the other five looked -- really looked -- at them and identified the qualities that they... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 18:18:20 EST 'Bout Time for Some Goals So it wasn't that I hadn't written goals, but I just wasn't ready to post them when it came time for the annual posting of goals and resolutions that seems to happen at the beginning of every year here on Sparkpeople. And I know that because I've now "been there" -- meaning here -- for four years. Sometimes I've been losing, sometimes not, but I'm continuing to learn and grow and try new things. <BR> <BR> During 2008 and 2009 when I first joined Spark I kicked butt, losing 50 pounds and t... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:03:49 EST Smarter Starter (2) - Newport Half Race Rpt. So last weekend I ran the Newport (Rhode Island) half marathon with two friends. We drove down the night before to go to the expo, pick up our numbers, and bunk for the night before the early race start. The expo was tiny and we didn’t spend long there, but did head out to drive the course after that. It was beautiful. The course started on a barrier beach and hugged the water for most of its distance. And when there were no water views, there were views of some of Newport’s incredible o... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 21:12:50 EST Smarter Starter I haven't been around here as much lately, but am on track with losing. Lots of things going on... <BR> <BR> 1. I turned 50 last month. Egads! <BR> 2. I just ran my first 5K of the year. And I think it was the smartest race I've ever run. Ran the whole way with negative splits and just missed a PR by about 20 seconds. I had enough in the tank for a wicked finishing duel with another woman, during which I ran faster than I've ever run in my life. And it showed on my heart rate monitor... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 19:21:05 EST Crisis of Confidence I am having a big case of pre-Hood to Coast jitters and I thought that writing about it might help me. <BR> <BR> It started a while ago, a nagging, gnawing bud of a worry that blossomed fully on tonight’s 6.75 mile run. The internal rant started… the old rant...the one that I haven't heard in a while... <BR> <BR> What do I think I’m doing? Seriously? <BR> <BR> A 200 mile relay? I’m just getting over a back injury and haven’t had time to train as much or as hard as I would have like... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 20:32:52 EST Seattle RnR Half Marathon Race Report Seattle was the third half marathon on my dance card for 2011, but it’s only the second race I’ve completed. I was a DNS for my second race, Covered Bridges in Vermont, due to a back injury in mid-May. I am slowly recovering, and doing lots of abs, glutes and hip strengthening work in physical therapy, but I am still officially not running. I’ve been walking two miles a day, almost everyday, and as preparation for this race I walked 4 miles two weeks ago and 8 miles last weekend. When I... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 14:11:56 EST Bling! Well this was about the last thing that I thought would happen when I left the house today. <BR> <BR> I was signed up to run a 5K in my hometown. This is a fun race, because I know lots of people there and because it was also my first 5K. Today was the third anniversary of that race, which I ran in 2008 after finishing Couch to 5K. <BR> <BR> A week ago I injured my back doing yardwork and it's been achy all week. I hadn't run all week until Saturday, when I did a 1.5 mile test run and f... Sun, 22 May 2011 21:12:47 EST Continuing to Evolve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I haven’t been around here much. It’s not you -- it’s me… I feel like I’m struggling. Inner demons? That sounds too melodramatic, but it feels that way a bit. And yes, overwhelmed and tired. More and more of my spark friends are on Facebook and this just feels like one more place I have to check in and one that comes with team leader responsibilities that I haven’t wanted to face. <BR> <BR> This winter has be... Sun, 15 May 2011 07:35:10 EST Tired I am tired. It's been a long difficult winter. And all I can think about lately is how tired I feel. But yesterday I felt a light dawn. <BR> <BR> I am tired of trying and not making any meaningful progress here. <BR> <BR> I am tired of the struggle. <BR> <BR> I am tired of being in the 175-180 zone, where I’ve been hanging out for over a year. <BR> <BR> I am tired of looking in the mirror and seeing someone that is no long obese, but still as my friend El would say “fluffy” <BR> <B... Fri, 22 Apr 2011 06:36:32 EST Goals - 1st quarter report... So I haven't been hanging out here much lately... but I'm still working at it, still running and being semi-successful. Lately I've been working on getting a little faster and it seems to be paying off. I've always been a 12-13 minute mile runner for most of my training runs, but I did 10:30-10:40 half mile intervals today. I've been focusing on increasing my cadence using fixed beat music and also getting more comfortable running for longer periods (I ran 3.1 miles without stopping last we... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 18:31:22 EST 50 States Half Marathon Challenge – ING Miami Half Race Report Sometime between the Richmond, Virginia Marathon last November and the ING Miami Half Marathon yesterday, I decided to ‘go for it’ on the idea of completing a half marathon in every state. I’m a big list maker and currently also working on seeing all the major league baseball parks, so the current challenge is to put both of those things together! <BR> <BR> Florida was my 5th state (Massachusetts, Maine, Texas and Virginia are already in the bag) and I’m signed up or planning to do Vermont... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:39:25 EST Miami Sparkers Photo Here we all are -- marathon and half marathon finishers! <BR> <BR> A blog and more photos will come at some point. Meanwhile, if anyone wants a copy of the photo, please SpMail me your email address! <BR> <BR> -LL <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Jan 2011 13:09:06 EST My 2011 Goals - Toward 50 and Fabulous! I've been spending some time over the last couple of days thinking about my goals for 2011 and I decided to put them into a blog so that I can compost on them for a few more days before finalizing them. Meanwhile, I've already gotten started on a few. <BR> <BR> Weight Loss – Reach my goal in 2011 <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 25 pounds and reach goal (155) by 8/15/11 <BR> (short term goal - reach 175 by the end of January) <BR> <BR> Exercise – Be 50 and Fabulous <BR> <BR> 2. Complete the 100 days c... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 20:43:58 EST 2010 Goal Retrospective I’m a little behind in wrapping up my goal from 2010 and setting new ones for 2011. There are a lot of reasons for that which may make it into future blogs, but today’s blog is a simple accounting for me on how I did this year. <BR> <BR> MY 2010 GOALS*** <BR> <BR> 1. Weight Loss and Health <BR> <BR> a. Focus: Reach my goal weight by 9/30/10 – Fail. I actually gained a few pounds from New Years 2010. <BR> <BR> b. Reinforcement: Daily log in on Spark, 40K sparkpoint trophy; put a befo... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 22:11:53 EST New Running Goal for 2011 OK, I am currently hyperventilating. <BR> <BR> I had already decided that my goals for 2011 were to lose weight, get faster and get better at hill running. All things I wanted to do, but also NEED to do for my teammates on the Sparkin' Hood to Coast Team -- and for our run in Oregon next August. <BR> <BR> But I've just learned (reading the Hood to Coast manual) that I ALSO have to learn to run without my ipod. <BR> <BR> And run faster and up hills without it! <BR> <BR> Gasp! <BR> ... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 07:58:51 EST From Couch to Marathon – Richmond Race Report BLOG WARNING-- THIS IS LONG. Bear with me... the RACE was long! <BR> <BR> Two and a half years ago I started running with the Couch to 5K program. It was March in Florida. It was hot… and the plan called for me to run 60 seconds and then walk for a few minutes. I thought I would die several times during that first minute of running. I checked my watch at least 5 times asking myself “is it almost over yet?’ Two months later I ran my first 5K, then 5 months after that I ran my first 10... Mon, 15 Nov 2010 07:01:42 EST Pre-Race Report - Richmond Marathon <BR> After increasingly feelings of anxiety all week, my running partner Jess and I flew to Richmond on Friday morning to run our first marathon. Arrived at our hotel at 9 am expecting to leave our bags and head over the expo, but… NICE!... our room was ready. So we checked in relaxed for a couple of hours. <BR> <BR> Over the expo where we got our bibs and explored. This one was not as big as San Antonio which was nice (because that was a little overwhelming!). I was doing the Runner... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 08:53:50 EST Pre-Marathon Jitters... I am forcing myself to blog tonight. Don’t know why, but I’ve felt completely uninspired on this front lately. Yet there’s a lot going on in my life and it feels like there are some milestones that deserve mentioning. <BR> <BR> My first marathon is less than a week away. I am starting to quietly freak out, while at the same time doing what I do best – setting stuff aside to pack, checking the 10 day forecast, printing a map of the city, printing all my tickets and confirmations, purchasi... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 22:57:33 EST What's the WORST that could happen? Really now... I am scheduled to run my first ever 20 mile training run at 12:30 today. If all goes well, I expect that it was take about five hours, given our oh so slow pace. Yup, running (and definitely some walking) for five hours -- that's a long time! <BR> <BR> And frankly, I am a little terrified about this. For a few weeks it has loomed large as "something I need to do" to get ready for my mid-November marathon. <BR> <BR> And I'm more than a little terrified by that. <BR> <BR> My longest ru... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 09:37:16 EST The Best that I Can Do MUST be Good Enough <BR> Today’s blog is not filled with a lot of inspiration. It IS filled with a lot of doubt. <BR> <BR> I am having a tough time right now and trying to focus on what is going well, but continuing to get sidetracked by what is not going well. <BR> <BR> On the positive side, I am on sabbatical from my job right now. I will be away for six weeks during which time I am supposed to be focusing on skill building in one aspect of my job (my choice) through an apprenticeship with another organi... Sun, 10 Oct 2010 18:19:39 EST Portland Half Marathon - Race Report with Pics It was an absolutely crazy week, but I picked up Jess and we made it to Portland in time to pick up our numbers and fancy race bags, filled with all kinds of good swag (one of the best swag bags I've ever gotten). Plus long sleeve technical t-shirts. We then high tailed it to the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth for a pre-race dinner and made it just in time to catch some sunset on the waves. Dinner was majorly fried, and I had some reservations about THAT the night before the race. <BR> <... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 21:14:36 EST And Another Thing I LOVE about Sparkpeople's all the assertiveness going on around here. <BR> <BR> Why, it's downright contagious! <BR> <BR> People of all shapes, sizes, ages, abilities and backgrounds standing up and asserting their RIGHT to be healthy, to try things they've never done, to step outside of their comfort zones and confront the unknown. <BR> <BR> Ending long standing relationships that aren't working. <BR> (Bye, bye tomato man) <BR> <BR> Jettisoning new ones that are not living up to expectations. <BR> (Fo... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 21:09:19 EST Week 6 - Marathon Training - Longest Run to Date I've been posting these in my running journal, but thought I'd also put them here. <BR> <BR> Run 1: 4.03 miles total, 3.1 running. 61 minutes total, 42:37 for the 3.1 miler. Didn't feel great -- started off too fast. It wasn't too hot but it was humid! Didn't have a firm plan and started off just running with regular tunes. Got tired and switched to 2:1. Just didn't have it in me today. 433 calories burned. HR Max was 154. HR Avg for run was a lame 142. AP: 13:45/mi or 4.4 mph for run.... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 19:38:47 EST When Life Gives You Lymes… I have gone from 60 mph to 0 mph overnight it seems. Or from 20K to the couch. <BR> <BR> It all started Wednesday, I felt better than fine before that. Wednesday night I was abnormally fatigued after my run – though the run itself was fine. As in lying-on-the-couch-can’t-move fatigued. Unusual. It was hot, but it wasn’t that long a run. I went to bed early. <BR> <BR> Then Thursday at noon I started feeling sleepy. Barely kept my eyes open through an afternoon conference call. Kn... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 08:32:32 EST It's all about me today! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am rebelling today. I am taking the day off, turning off my blackberry and making myself unavailable. I've had a bunch of days "off" lately that have been encroached on by meetings with reporters, or "urgent" calls from staff (that really aren't so), or emails that have stressed me out. Plus I have to work tomorrow at an event, so my weekend will be encroached upon. This week most of the senior staff in ... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 06:49:15 EST PMC – (Not) Ride Report <BR> I’ve been a little scarce around SP lately, but it’s only because I’ve been crazy busy. I’m on vacation for the rest of the week and spending it on Cape Cod. <BR> <BR> This past weekend I worked as a volunteer for the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 190-mile, two day bike ride across Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research. It’s a huge event with 5200 riders, 3000 volunteers, several routes, people cheering all along the way, and every dollar raised goes directly to fight cancer (thi... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:16:17 EST Just a little 12 Miler <BR> My training schedule called for 12 miles today but I was pressed for time with a 10 am vet appointment and decided that if I ran 11.25 and did a .75 mile warm/cool that would be good enough. I got up and out early -- 6:15 am -- to beat the sun and the heat, but it was a remarkably cool morning, probably in the 60s the whole time. I did a series of loops around my neighborhood -- it is a nice shady route and familiar ground. I didn't have the entire route plannned out ahead, so just went... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 08:59:37 EST Cool Shorts Nope. Nothing new and sexy in the wardrobe unless you count a new dress I’ve worn to two fundraisers recently. These are just cool short updates about things going on in my life. You see I’ve been quiet here, but been busy making plans everywhere else… <BR> <BR> 1. I joined Craig Harper’s 28 day challenge and am pleased to see a few of you there! My challenge is to do 20-30 minutes of strength training and stretching at least 3 times a week. I’m hoping to work up to more times, but start... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 21:39:31 EST Momentum This is going to be one of the spur of the moment mini-blogs. I need to blog about my 10K two weekends ago, my trip to the ER, my trip to Toronto, but this is none of those things. <BR> <BR> It's about momentum. As many of you know about me (and many of you have admitted about yourselves) there's been some stuck-ness going on here at Sparkpeople. I've been bouncing around weightwise 10-15 pounds from where I had gotten and have been feeling frustrated with myself that I haven't been able... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 07:11:52 EST Cool and Not Cool So it has been unbelievably hot here for the past few days. My car thermometer read 100 degrees at 9 pm one night this week when I pulled out of the parking lot. Within about 2 miles it had come down to a modest 90 degrees. Yuck. <BR> <BR> I ran a 10K on the Fourth of July. Even a week before the race, the long term weather forecast wasn’t promising. Hot, humid. And for once the forecasters got it right. Race morning dawned hot and the race announcers started right in by saying that... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 19:09:29 EST A Big Fat Reality Slap <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK I’m starting with the good news. And it IS good news…. <BR> <BR> The good news is that I had a couple of big wet slaps in the face this week from reality. <BR> The good news is that I recognized them for what they were. <BR> The good news is that I stopped the slide before I hit 180. <BR> The good news is that I've been quietly doing something about it. <BR> The good news is that that scale already has a numb... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 21:44:58 EST Hiking Cape Cod - Because We Can <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Oh my God!" the man exclaimed from his front yard when he heard that we had walked from Falmouth to Truro - almost 90 miles. "Why?" he asked. <BR> <BR> Why indeed? Perhaps it is because the landscape of Cape Cod begs for exploration on foot at three miles an hour, as so many, including Thoreau have discovered over the years. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 19:20:52 EST Heartbreaking Photos from the Gulf There are just no words... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ught_in_the_oil.html?p1=Well_MostPop_E<BR>mailed1 </link> Sat, 5 Jun 2010 20:36:46 EST Aiming to Get Beyond Comparison <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lately I've tuned into the fact that I spend a lot of time comparing myself with others: <BR> <BR> Am I faster? Slower? <BR> Fatter? Thinner? <BR> Losing weight quicker? More slowly? More steadily? <BR> How do I stack up to my peers at work? More visible? Less? More efficient? Better communicator? More effective? Less so? Better leader? More poised? Less confident? <BR> And then there’s stuff… More friends... Fri, 28 May 2010 21:21:50 EST Advice Needed on Blogging and Support <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK, Sparkbuddies, here’s your chance to divulge your blogging secrets. <BR> <BR> One of my SpBuddies recently got in touch by SpMail and asked how to develop a following for her blogs – and a better support network here on Sparkpeople. She’s bummed cuz she’s blogging and no one’s reading and is feeling kind of invisible. <BR> <BR> I started off trying to come up with 10 tips for writing kick azz blogs that get... Wed, 26 May 2010 06:24:34 EST Running Just As Fast as We Can <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After a disappointing finish in my last 5K, I’ve realized that if I’m going to get any faster as a runner, I must TRAIN to get faster. Most of my runs lately have been either easy training trains during the week or progressively longer weekend long runs which have been done at a slow pace. So I’m trying two things to get faster – running the Couch to 5K program again, but instead of run/walk, I’m doing run ... Tue, 25 May 2010 06:50:59 EST Milestones <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As of yesterday's 4.35 miles (5K plus a short walk), I am crossing the Mississippi River on my virtual run/walk across the U.S. When I reach the end of the bridge, I'll start trekking across Missouri -- a new state. I started this journey in November 2008 and I figure it will take me at least another year and a half to finish! But just think of all those calories burned! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was also the annivers... Mon, 17 May 2010 06:56:40 EST Help Me Choose - (m)iTunes OK... I'm running a 5K on Sunday. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago my Sparkbuddy ELISEL asked for your help in selecting her race shirt. I have that decision firmly under control (which means picking the first semi-clean thing I pull out of my drawer), but I'm looking for help with my tunes for the race. <BR> <BR> This is my favorite race of the year. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> 1. It is in my hometown. Yes, that means I can show off and still amaze people that I actually DO run. <BR> 2. It ... Fri, 14 May 2010 18:39:41 EST Sometimes it IS all about the numbers Just a short blog tonight. I'm pooped from my 8.3 mile run tonight and the post-run hot shower did me in! <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed in at 175.4. This week I am DETERMINED to see 174 on the scale. It can be 174.8 for all I care, I just want the first part to be right. The last time I saw 174 it was Saint Patrick's Day. Once I see 174, I'm going for 173. The last time I saw 173 it was February 24th. Yes we're turning back the clock folks. Because even though it isn't ALWAYS al... Sun, 9 May 2010 22:11:21 EST Getting in Touch with your Inner Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Sparkbuddies that have known me for awhile will recognize the “Serious” face that’s back this week. Yep, that’s me… serious dog... with newly rekindled focus and energy. Before I left on vacation I was exhausted -- like a depleted cell phone that was beeping faintly as a warning that it was about to die. Now I’m full strength – charging down the road and not looking back. I took off five of the pounds tha... Sat, 1 May 2010 09:44:08 EST Chapter Two, Page 1 I'm starting a new chapter today. Back from vacation and tired of betching and moaning about how I'm stuck. Tired of my husband's skeptical comments about my ability to get this done (he tries to be supportive, but sometimes he slips). Tired of the fact that I haven't made any progress since last September and feeling the "extra pounds" that I've gained. So I'm going to make this happen. I have 17 pounds to lose before I can start losing again. And I'm focused on getting them off one at a... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 22:24:26 EST Phew! It sure is hot in Costa Rica. And we've been doing LOTS of hiking, sweating, picture taking, sweating, and oh, some eating too.Followed by more sweating. I'm trying NOT to be on the computer but here's a picture of my sweetie and me in the park. QUEENOTHEFOREST posted a picture of herself today and so I thought I follow suit... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm gonna go for another run tomorrow at dawn (the only time of the day y... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 21:41:57 EST LL's in Trouble... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> LL’s in trouble. <BR> <BR> The evidence is unmistakable and it is staring me right in the face. I’m a daily weigher and track my weight. And of course I can’t ignore what I’ve been putting in my piehole (as one of my Sparkbuddies calls it). <BR> <BR> I reached a low of 163 on September 19, 2009. I was just about 10 pounds from my goal. Woo hoo, right? Whoops! I started celebrating too soon. <BR> <BR> Too... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 07:06:17 EST 10K By the Sea - Race Report The 10K by the Sea in Cohasset. <BR> <BR> Look up “quaint” in the dictionary and you will find Cohasset. Charming little New England town by the sea. Multi-million dollar homes overlooking the rocky coastline, white steeples and a huge leafy common with a pond. There is a lot about Cohasset that is incredibly pretty. There is a lot about Cohasset that is very exclusive too. You have to take the good with the bad. <BR> <BR> There are a lot of things about the 10K (my third) that wer... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:51:15 EST Rules to Live By Just a quick blog tonight that's written more for ME than for YOU, but hopefully you can get something out of it... my most favorite motivational writer Craig Harper had a great blog this week that included 22 no brainers to help you stop sabotaging yourself. Not all of them apply perfectly, but they are pretty darn good. And I've made a lot of improvements in this area in the last two years. I'm copying them here because I want to remember them and share them. And I might just hang them ov... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 21:30:20 EST Turning Adversity into Opportunity <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So the big news here is the rain… and the flooding. We had more than 14 inches of rain in March, shattering every Boston rainfall record except one set in a hurricane in 1955. Every major river in the region is out of its banks, and roads – including major highways – have been closed all over the place. There is a small suburban town west of Boston where every single road entering and leaving town on the east si... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 09:17:13 EST I Simply Refuse to Drown! Some of you know that I’ve been struggling. After a difficult couple of months, I’m just having a really hard time regaining my focus and my balance. I feel off-kilter, tired, and yes, a little cranky. I’ve particularly been struggling with the healthy eating thing. I’ve been turning to foods that are easy and not healthy. Lately, calories in has been more than calories burned. And while I realize that I’m doing it, I just haven’t had the willpower to stop it. And not surprisingly, my... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 06:50:10 EST