MJREIMERS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MJREIMERS MJREIMERS'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/ Counting down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473230 Two weeks from today I am hoping to be almost finished running a 50 mile "race." My goal is to finish around 11 hours. However, my hamstring has been complaining so I will be happy just finishing. <BR> <BR> I have received advice to not run for two weeks and rest my hammy. Others have said give it a day or two and see how it feels. I am leaning toward the second. Today I walked with one of my "sole sisters" for 12.5 miles. She is getting over some upper respiratory issues, so we made a good... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 20:11:38 EST Training, training and more training. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471712 I am doing pretty well sticking to my training plan. I have two tweak it here and there, depending on conferences, meetings, etc. I run hills a lot, even when it doesn't call for it. It seems to be making a difference. I've run over 36 miles in the past four days. I will be the best I can be for this next "race." <BR> <BR> After this one is crossed off my bucket list, I will back off to HM and 26.2 "races." The gal I run with is in the same place as I am. We both are reaching the limit our ... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:11:23 EST A "Good Sore" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466673 Yesterday I pushed my limits. A friend and I did a Half Ironman to benefit MS. I ended up biking 56.15 miles, running 13.19 and swimming over 1.25 miles in 9.47. We probably took about 30 - 40 minutes to refuel, stretch, go to the restroom, refill water, etc. I beat my 10 hour goal. Today I went back and did another 10k. It's for a good cause and I thought the movement would keep me from getting too stiff today. I am tired and I have that "good sore" that comes from knowing that you challe... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:08:51 EST Fly Eagles Fly! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459828 I am switching my Monday rest day to Sunday. I didn't get a workout in due to the Super Bowl. I did get an entire game of elevated heart rate and adrenaline rush! It was all worth it to see the Philadelphia Eagles win their first Super Bowl! <BR> <BR> My husband, his friend and a few of the adult children had tears in their eyes. My husband has been waiting over 40 years for this day and we enjoyed every minute! We had about 20 people over to share the experience and it was awesome! <BR> <B... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 10:30:35 EST Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459267 Today I swam laps for one hour and then met my sole sister and ran 12.5 miles. I am tired, but I love the "good sore" that workouts bring. <BR> <BR> Why do I do such craziness? I am getting ready for a 1/2 Ironman in a few weeks. It will benefit MS and I have 24 hours to finish. I know I will finish way before that, but it will still be a challenge. No medals and just a shirt, that you paid extra for, but it's all for good. <BR> <BR> I can't wait to challenge myself in a new way. <BR> <BR... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 21:23:14 EST I feel like a bada$$. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453966 I haven't really swam in over 35 years. Oh, I've played in pools, hung out at lakes and just enjoyed the water, but I haven't swam. Well, I did today! I swam laps continuously for an hour. Then, I went out and ran 10 miles on some hilly country roads. I ran it in a little over 2 hours. I felt great until the last 3/4 of a mile. Then, I could feel that I needed more nutrition to keep going. I had to take my mom to the airport so I called it at 10. I know I will be sore tomorrow, but I need ... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:37:50 EST Feeling better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452000 I felt much better today! I did 60 minutes on the elliptical today. It came to 4.3 miles. Tomorrow is a "rest" day so only a 30 minute walk. Hopefully, the weather and my body will make it a run day on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the positive thoughts and comments. Happy running! Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:09:19 EST I may be hitting my limit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451356 Today was a scheduled long run of 18 miles. I was up, dressed and ready to go, but it's not going to happen. Chills, sweats, a headache, and finally a temperature check and a 99.6 degree reading, is changing my rest day. I just feel poopy and tired. I hate to say this, but I may be hitting my limit. <BR> <BR> I have been training pretty hard and sticking to my plan. However, I'm seeing that my body isn't keeping up with my expectations. Maybe this is a one time thing and that I'm just worn d... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:21:55 EST Running! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451159 Today it was a balmy 11 degrees and I ran. I ran a little over 10 miles on the trail. It wasn't bad until the last mile. Then, I got chilled. Tomorrow my training schedule says 18 miles. I have a feeling they will be a bit slow, but all that matters is time on my feet! Happy running! Sat, 13 Jan 2018 20:25:29 EST What's worse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449882 I recently had to buy a new swimsuit. Last night I needed new bras and underwear. Now I don't try on underwear. I just chance it by buying and taking it home, hoping it fits. However, I do try on bras. <BR> <BR> I really don't know which is worse....trying on swimsuits or bras. That darn baggy, saggy skin is not attractive. At least when in the nude, nothing is causing things to overflow or to be pushed this way or that. It's almost comical to see how much skin can go over a strap, top of t... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:59:08 EST Nevertheless she persisted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449392 Nevertheless she persisted. That is me! I am staying at my nutrition and fitness goals and I'm finally seeing some results. The scale fluctuates daily, that still plays with my head, but I'm focusing on the long term. <BR> <BR> All I can really do is persistent. Eat right, move, get enough sleep, and stay positive. Sounds easy and for me it isn't too hard, most of the time. I have good people around me and on this site that help me stay motivated and keep me focused. I am not defined by the... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 10:25:50 EST Oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446585 In my last blog I was optimistic. This one will not be as positive. To put it bluntly, I am frustrated. I have been training for some high goals for early spring. I am going to do a 1/2 Ironman (indoor) the end of February and a 50 mile "race" the end of March. <BR> <BR> I've been eating well, or so I thought, to imagine my surprise when I discovered I am 10 lbs. heavier this year than I was a year ago. Oh my! I have gained 4 lbs. this week alone. This completely throws me. I have been wor... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 08:35:33 EST Ever changing body. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441914 I am 50. It's a fact of life and for the most part, I am happy to be 50. I know too many people that didn't make it to my age. <BR> <BR> However, this ever changing body is perplexing. Depending on what I eat I can gain and lose 3-4 lbs. in one day. Eating out, even if it's healthy and in small portions, really makes the scale "dance" up and down. My stomach skin is suddenly much more loose and I can't tuck shirts in anymore. Well, I can if I want to look like I have a spare tire around the... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:12:47 EST This Interesting Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436526 This journey called life can be interesting. I was injured at work by a student and went to P.T. three times this week. My injured knee is healing and so is my hamstring, after another incident by the same student. I got some great stretches and muscle building exercises that will help my running, long term. <BR> <BR> I have really been watching what and when I eat and I am back on track. Back to not eating at night if I'm not hungry, not eating if I think it will cause me to backslide and g... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 18:36:23 EST Ability to say no. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433392 I'm doing well on my exercise. I ran 4 miles last Saturday and 10 on Sunday. I'm getting at least 12,000 steps in a day. However, today's devotional hit home in regards to food. Help me remain confident in You and to be able to say no. <BR> <BR> This is what I need to do, say no to eating. No to eating later at night. No to eating that one sweet treat. No to eating when I am frustrated. No to eating because it will taste good. No to eating that one bite that will lead to more bites. <BR> ... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:01:32 EST 4ish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430814 Today I ran the Beer & Bagel off-road race 4ish. It was a "race" of 4ish miles with my daughters, one of my sole sisters and one of my "adopted" daughters, aka. my oldest daughter's best friend. <BR> <BR> My "adopted" daughter has been trying hard to prepare for this race. She got up to two miles of running, which is great. However, she hasn't run for a couple of weeks. Combine that with all three of the girls going out last night and it makes for a challenging run. <BR> <BR> We weren't ... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 22:16:43 EST My birthday present. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430185 My kids got together and bought me a spa package for my 50th birthday. Tonight I got an hour massage, facial and pedicure. It was three hours of blissful relaxation. I highly recommend it to all. I would never have bought it for myself, I am quite frugal, but it was awesome!!! My kids are awesome! <BR> <BR> Happy running! <BR> Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:58:57 EST Sore knee. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426646 I rean a 10 mile run on Sunday. I ran with one of my "sole sisters." She was recovering from blisters and my about mile 8 my knee started complaining. I'm hoping a little rest and pampering will help it. <BR> <BR> Winter is fast approaching here, which will make running a bit more challenging. I hate the cold, but I'll adjust. <BR> <BR> Happy running. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 23:07:43 EST I am an ultra runner. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424049 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9aefcb03-81ff-4c63-ab9e-7bf56d109c0a.jpg"> <BR> I did it! A ran a 50k that ended up being 32 miles due to a trail error. I ran with my two sole sisters. One of them had to drop at loop two, 21.5 mile mark. Her knees were hurting and she was struggling. First loop 2:40, second close to 3 hours, the last 2:38. This was even with my other sole sister popping a blister and having to dig out a scrunched up bandaid out of her shoe. We beat out tr... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 23:09:22 EST One week to go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421482 I am running my 50k, the longest "race" I have ever done, next Sunday. I will admit I am torn. I did my 20 mile run in less than 5 hours, so I am confident I can finish. However, I run with two other ladies, who I adore, and they aren't as fast as I am. I am a little nervous about the 9 hour cutoff time. We've always stuck together and we will again. I just hope we can motivate each other enough to finish in time. <BR> <BR> I'll admit, sometimes it would be nice to just run so I can see wha... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:51:27 EST 20 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417044 Yesterday my running buddies were all running on Market to Market relays. So I did what every every crazy person training for a 50k does, I ran 20 miles. If anyone would have told me, years ago, that I'd run 20 miles, just because, I would have said they were crazy, but nope it's me. <BR> <BR> I did it in less than 5 hours and that is with taking pictures and a break to fill my water bottle and to refuel. I felt very tire the rest of the day and my lower body was achy, but I felt great today... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:54:50 EST Seeing Sparkfriends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413454 I was so excited to see ONEKIDSMOM at the Harvest Moon Hustle. We had a chance to chat before the race. I then joined others running and she headed home. <BR> <BR> I can't express what ONEKIDSMOM means to me! She was one of my very first sparkfriends that soon became a huge support system for me. When I ran the Double Half Mary, she took time to show me where the courses began. Then, she and her sister, showed up on the second day to cheer me on. When I was struggling and could see the fini... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:56:34 EST 50 years of reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410716 Today I am 50. I never thought of being a certain age. I have enjoyed each, ok almost each, moment in my life. I have cherished each stage my children went through growing up and now that most of them are adults, I am enjoying the friendship that we can now have. <BR> <BR> In my 50 years I have been a thin kid, gained a LOT of weight with each child, lost all of the baby weight, had weigh creep on when I was more focused on others, and found this space to help lose it for good. I have had a ... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:54:40 EST Getting it done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407824 Yesterday I got to run my favorite trails. When my horse was alive, we rode those same trails for decades. It has a big place in my heart. <BR> <BR> I got to meet the people doing all the mowing. It is a HUGE job and many trails. I spent some extra time backtracking and running most of the trails . I ended up running 10.25 miles. Some were still challenging as it was like running through a cut hay field, but I am not complaining. It added to the workout. <BR> <BR> I then rode my bike to w... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 07:50:41 EST Life is getting in the way of my training! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405045 Now that I'm back in the classroom, my regular life is getting in the way of my training. I'm sure all of you have had similar experiences. The days getting shorter certainly won't help, either. <BR> <BR> My next race/run is on October 22nd and it's a 50k. I will be running with the same two ladies and we are picking up a few more. I'm not sure how many of them will stick with us, but we run together. Yes I could run the distance faster, but it certainly wouldn't be as fun! <BR> <BR> I am s... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 17:33:36 EST Pictures of the crazy fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402090 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac5f7eb7-d29a-408b-820d-8b254238f3dd.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a139ba9-8b13-422e-95b0-751c4d4bc89e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2244b692-ddd0-41b1-b330-1b8167f94a48.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9000d09-00f2-438e-b5ec-e8c44737c177.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/417af799-ce9e-4d6a-bd8f-10da3616222e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:13:43 EST I am a marathoner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401923 It was a crazy, fun, challenging, and awesome day. I definitely chose a very challenging course for my first marathon! <BR> <BR> It was three loops with each loop being 8.8 miles. Each loop also had 44 hills and 850 feet of elevation. Can we say a butt kicker. <BR> <BR> The terrain was very diverse. Mowed grass ways that were at an angle, stage coach trails, wooded paths, large dirt paths, and four HUGE hills with one used as a sledding hill. The sledding hill had a motorized pulley system... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:29:39 EST Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400447 I am three days out from my trail marathon and a few things have changed. <BR> 1) I am dealing with a slight injury. Last Saturday I tripped on a small stump. I caught myself with my left leg before I fell, but now my IT band is sore. I did a slow and easy 2.25 miles last night and was feeling it. This morning it's still sore. So rest and dig out my knee wrap in case I need it Saturday. <BR> <BR> 2) My "training team" of two other ladies and I have decided to run the marathon together. On... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:26:46 EST Last long run before my trail marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399110 Today my running buddies and I ran 16.5 miles. In one week, we'll be running a pretty challenging trail marathon. We know we will finish and the beauty of trail is no one really cares what your time is. That is also what I love about trail. <BR> <BR> People no longer ask how fast I was, but did I go as far as I wanted to or did I finish. I love that! It works well with me since I can no longer run as fast I used to. The slower pace really messed with my mind and the pavement really messed ... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:09:16 EST Medals vs. No Medals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396061 I recently found out that my first full marathon, it is a trail marathon, doesn't have any medals. It's only in it's second year, but it is a challenging course. (This according to a lady that has done 30 full marathons.) There is also a 50k and a 50 mile run. <BR> <BR> I didn't notice that medals weren't mentioned when I signed up and now I feel bad for my friends, also doing their first 26.2 race, that there aren't any. We may just have to make our own to celebrate our achievement. <BR> <... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 20:01:13 EST Just when I think I'm done, something new! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395201 Well, I just keep getting crazier! I am doing a full trail marathon in a little over two weeks. An experienced runner, 30 full marathons, said it was a challenging course. Oy vai! The only disappointment is, NO medals! It's a very small town and this is only their second year. <BR> <BR> In October I have my 50k, which is relatively flat compared to the trail marathon. I said after this race I was going to back off on running. Instead I am looking at doing a 50 mile race next April! My husba... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 16:50:47 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391966 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5eb468ee-0d54-45b2-84a6-2bdd4a0155d4.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e939bb8f-0fcf-439c-8ac9-f94d07c12522.jpg"> I am back from vacation. We spent a week going through South Dakota, Montana, spent a few days in Yellowstone, stopped in Cheyenne, WY and had a friend add a tattoo to my sleeve before heading home. It was an AWESOME vacation with my third child turning 19 during it. All four kids were able to go, so it wa... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:26:07 EST The good and bad of figuring it "all" out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386869 When I started this journey I logged in daily, logged my food, blogged regularly, read articles, and spent hours perusing the site. It was what I needed and the support was a vital piece of my success. <BR> <BR> Now I no longer log daily, I go days without stopping by and I rarely blog. However, the support is still ever present. I know that Spark and all of you will always be here when I need it. I have met several Sparkfriends and I want to maintain those special friendships. I have many ... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:01:07 EST Running... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383958 I am in training mode for my 50K in the fall. I have set up some other runs to help prepare for it. August 26.2 trail marathon, September 10k, October 50k trail run, and November 4 milish trail run with my daughters and friends. <BR> <BR> I have been finding many different trails and places to run. I tried a new one last night. 3.25 miles of twisting trails with lots of switchbacks and hills. I loved it. I ran with the members of the local trail running club. They are called the G.O.A.T.z. T... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 08:12:28 EST I'm adding a new level of crazy to my repertoire. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381365 I just added a new level of crazy to my repertoire! I signed up for a marathon on one of the most difficult trails in Iowa, according to several. It's at Moorehead Park, Iowa with elevations between 600 and 1,000 feet. They had longer races going the same day, 50k and 50 miles, but I figured this was the next step. <BR> <BR> This run is in mid August. I have the last 10k in the BRIN series in September and my 50k is in October. I finish the year with a fun 4 mileish run with my daughters i... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:41:31 EST A scale victory to add to the NSV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380311 Well it was bound to happen, if I had patience, and it did. A victory on the scale. It is where I'd like it to be. I feel better and my clothes are fitting better. Am I as small as I once was, NO and I'm glad. I was too skinny. <BR> <BR> I like my muscles and having a butt. I don't need to be a stick to be happy, but I do need to be strong. I am at a happy place! <BR> <BR> Funny, I weigh more than I once did and I run a lot slower than I used to, but I am happy. I think I've found that pla... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:33:10 EST My longest run ever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379423 Yesterday was great! I can say that now. <em>211</em> I ran 22.83 miles yesterday. No 26.2 sticker, but that is OK! It's still my longest run ever. I've also never run for 6 solid hours. Ok, I stopped at 5:50, but I couldn't run a 3.25 mile loop in that amount of time. <BR> <BR> Running trail is so different than road. Road has hills, but nothing like a trail. I was so sore at the end and after talking to other runners I now know why. It's the terrain. I know, duh, but one doesn't think ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:14:50 EST Preparing mentally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378644 This is not a competitive race, per say. I will never be first, nor will I get an age award and that is fine. I am trying not to get to competitive with myself. I RELLY want to finish 26.2 miles tomorrow. However, I can't let that goal disrupt my game plan of setting and sticking with a pace that I can continue for 6 hours. I can't let that goal change my walking the hills to preserve my knees. I know I will get a finishers medal for 19.25; I've already ran that, but darn sticker! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:49:17 EST Yesterday was poop, but I feel human today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378256 I felt like poop yesterday. I barely made it through work. I literally sat most of the day. My principal asked if I was ok because I never sit. I have no idea if I had overdone it by mowing lawn and running the night before or if the leftovers I ate for dinner didn't agree with me, but I can't remember feeling that bad. I was panicked because of my run this weekend. <BR> <BR> However, I feel human again today. I still haven't eaten much, but I feel better. I can do this and I know I'll run ... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:04:51 EST Gearing up mind and body for Saturday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377383 Saturday is the Dizzy Goat 3/6/12 hour trail run. I am doing the six hour and have to run 19.25 miles, 6 loops, in order to earn a finishers medal. I can do it! I ran the same distance in 4.24.00 a few weeks ago at the Gravel Classic. I have a goal in mind, but I keep telling myself anything over the 6 loops is gravy. (I am still very competitive with myself.) <BR> <BR> So I'm tapering this week, as best as I know how, and will do my best. That's all I can do. I want to get some salt tabs as... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:16:54 EST Another 10k in the books. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376380 This morning I ran the BRIN series Cornfield to Cornfield 10k. It was a nice race and it was surprisingly clean after some major storms went through last night. <BR> <BR> I was happy to see ONEKIDSMOM in attendance. We had a chance to chat before the race while getting some of the swag. We partook in some watermelon and more conversation after the race. <BR> <BR> My time was a bit faster than the Leprechaun Chase 10k, so I was happy. I went found my own pace and just ran. No pushing too h... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:33:05 EST Running a 10k tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376077 I am planning on meeting up with a sparkfriend tomorrow at a 10k. ONEKIDSMOM is my mentor and inspiration and I look forward to seeing her again. Tomorrow will be a "training" run as next week is the Dizzy Goat 6 hour trail run. To get a medal in the 6 hour run, you must complete 19.25 miles. I did that distance in 4.5 hours a few weeks ago, so I'm confident I'll earn some bling. However, I would love to get at least 25.5 in, but anything over 20 is gravy. Have a great Saturday. Run happy! Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:17:00 EST The journey is good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372008 I haven't weighed in for about two weeks. At this point in my journey I know eating out makes my body "react" and then my mind "reacts" to the scale. My clothes are looser and my favorite running shorts aren't as tight on my thighs, so I know I'm making progress. <BR> <BR> I have also found out that my body really, really does NOT like running on concrete anymore. I still have to every so often, but the trails are always beckoning me. I ran 19 miles on gravel roads/trails and felt fine. I r... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 08:39:00 EST Not 30k, but a 31k! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367820 Yesterday was my 30k run. It was unsupported which not only meant no aid stations, but no time, no medals, no shirts, just running. I normally LOVE the bling, but I loved this run. <BR> <BR> I felt good for my "normal" amount of miles. When I hit 12/13 my body was like, "Ok, we're done," but alas I was not. My daughter met me at mile 13 for some dates, nuts and water. The wonderful thing was the coordinators did set up a water station at about mile 6 and 12. It also had Tailwind. I'd neve... Sun, 28 May 2017 19:41:46 EST My huband is motivating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365403 I was planning on going for a run tonight, but after a pedicure with my mom and dinner with my husband I had dismissed the idea. Then my husband said something that motivated me. He told my daughters that I had planned on going on a run so I couldn't workout with them. Of course, I had to go and I did. It was a short one a little over 4 1/2 miles and it felt great. I'm not sure how I'll do on Saturday running 18 miles, but I will finish! Mon, 22 May 2017 23:19:45 EST Mental Health Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360697 Yesterday I took a mental health day from work. I got a little over 8 hours of sleep, a rarity for me! I usually get around six, no matter what time I go to bed. <BR> <BR> I did some things around the house, but by 10:30 AM I was bored. It was a cloudy, rainy day, but I decided to go for a run anyway. I went out to where we board my daughter's horse; it's a friend of mine's property. I set out. <BR> <BR> About 1/2 way through the rain came back and I was really questioning my decision. I ... Thu, 11 May 2017 15:54:43 EST Changing it up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357507 Thank you for all the comments on my last blog. I have been trying to change it up, but will do so even more later this month. My friend puts on a bootcamp twice a week through the summer. He works at the local Y and really challenges mind and body. The same Y also puts on a yoga class once a week. So I'm going to be changing it up, even more. <BR> <BR> I can accept my body's changes, but that doesn't mean I can't keep trying. I'm also going to look at a new way of eating to see if it will... Thu, 4 May 2017 08:18:02 EST Coming to acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357231 This journey is full of ups and downs. Funny how when we look at the scale it's actually "backwards." The up, higher numbers, isn't what we want and the downs, lower numbers, is the "good." I continue to struggle with those darn numbers. Down 5, up 6, down 7, up 5, etc. <BR> <BR> I work hard at it. I eat balanced and appropriately portioned meals. I exercise everyday. I do my elliptical at least 5 days a week for 30 minutes, run a couple of times a week getting ready for some "races," and ... Wed, 3 May 2017 16:09:03 EST I missed my own anniversary. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354379 I completely forgot about my maintenance anniversary! It still is somewhat hard for me to call myself a maintainer when I've gained some weight back. However, I am maintaining my healthy lifestyle of eating healthy and exercising daily. I'm running and that helps my frame of mind. <BR> <BR> As I said in a previous blog, my definition of maintaining is a bit different now. Health issues and injuries can change how one views maintenance. I am, and always will be, a work in progress and that ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:57:32 EST Numbers and words. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348420 Wow, I did not catch the mistake in my last blog. It ended up being 10 miles in 2 hours. Although, I do have a six hour run later in the year. We just run, or move, for six hours to see how far we get. I figure it will be a good way to gage my time for the 50k in the fall. Ten hours is a bit extreme, though!!!! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> So besides that number, I messed up another. My log in streak. I was at 1291, but forgot to log in yesterday so I'm back to day 1. Darn fitbit!! I'll blame ... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:05:10 EST