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/ Pup is healing nicely. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763811 We are half way through the healing process of Halo's broken leg. Last night he decided to chew on his splint so today the vet put him in a hard plastic cone. The x-rays show that the bones are knitting and that he should have full recovery. <BR> <BR> The vet wants him back on Monday to check the newest splint. They had to put a different one on because he had a sore on his foot. This splint leaves the foot open and has a bit more movement over the shoulder. <BR> <BR> Our vet leaves als... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:07:17 EST Doing well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763148 It's been a great week, so far. I changed my nutrition tracker so that they aren't "connected" to my fitness. This way I stay in the same calorie range. It's too easy for me to see higher calories and then eat them. I know that I must stay in my calorie range in order to remain in maintenance. <BR> <BR> I've continued to keep up my fitness regime and that feels great! I'm definitely back and I'm not only doing well, I'm doing <em>345</em> ! <em>104</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:31:43 EST I've listened, I've learned and I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761002 It's been a great beginning of the school year. Yesterday a teacher brought in chips and dips, cupcakes and a Texas sheet cake for her birthday. I didn't do well with the food! <BR> <BR> It snowballed into a bad eating day. I even had a greasy fast food burger and some fries. I am regretting it today! My body can't handle food like that any longer and I've felt awful all day. Sluggish, bloated, crabby... <BR> <BR> I realized that I can't continue to make excuses for this 5 to 7 pound we... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:23:10 EST So far so GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759975 All the students on my class list showed up to school. One mom was giving me some dirty looks because she didn't know her child was in a new class. Another one of those, "not my issue" moments. After talking with her a few minutes, I could tell she's another parent that doesn't always make the best choices when it comes to her son. <BR> <BR> In spite of it all, we've had a GREAT first two days. The kids have adjusted well and after talking to all of the parents that will remain in my clas... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:49:03 EST First frustration of the school year!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758484 I received a call from my supervisor this morning. She told me that a parent of one of my new students, that I had met last night, decided that she didn't want her child in a portable classroom. REALLY? When we talked last night, it sounded like everything was fine. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to keep it in perspective, but after going through a year from h-e-double hockey sticks last year, it makes me question myself. I've come to the conclusion that it's their issue. The child would have done... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:15:29 EST New students http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757876 I was able to meet two of my new students tonight. I only had a 60% turnout for Meet the Teacher Night. As bad as that may sound, it's better than average. I am pretty excited to try new things this year and to have a small class. <BR> <BR> I was able to get about 30 minutes of walking in today. I'm in a portable so going in and out of the building does add up! I also came home and ran over 5 miles tonight. Nothing fast, but a nice run. I saw quite a few people walking tonight. Of cou... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:24:32 EST A "lazy" day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757135 It was a rather "lazy" day. I slept in until around 7:30ish. I ran errands for pet supplies, things to keep Halo busy and to get thing for my daughter heading back to college tomorrow. We went to "coffee shop church" and then had vegetarian stir fry for dinner. <BR> <BR> I'm not ready for her to leave. She's in her sophomore year, but has taken so many classes that she will be a junior by the spring. She is planning on graduating in three years. I'm proud of her! <BR> <BR> All my kid... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:27:12 EST A day of feeling humbled. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756501 I've had several moments of feeling humble today. The first goes along with an update on the pup. Halo went to the vet today because the wrap on his splint had moved. My friend is a tech there and took care of us. We ended up changing the splint because it smelled. The vet found three spots on Halo's leg where the splint had rubbed. He is now on an antibiotic to prevent an infection. I <BR> <BR> I feel humbled to those taking care of him. They are working so hard to heal him and I feel ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 19:27:36 EST Getting back in the groove. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755160 I started back to work. Meetings, getting my room together, schedules, curriculum for very individual students, and trying to get ready for "opening day." <BR> <BR> I'll admit my eating hasn't been the best the past two days. Staff breakfast, lunches out and mindless snacking. However, I'm back on track today and I do well when at work. I just have to stay away from the chocolate. I'll load up on my water, get my fresh fruit and protein drinks in my classroom and I'll be ok. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:58:41 EST Thumbs up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753545 Since yesterday was such a frustrating day, I went for a run last night. My oldest joined me as it was frustrating for her, too. (She's the one taking out the student loan.) <BR> <BR> At one point two cars full of teenage boys went by hooting and hollering. I yelled back something to the affect that I was their mother's age. My daughter was not happy that I returned their vocalizations. She told me that if I do that to the wrong car, I'd get shot. <BR> <BR> I'll admit that is a possibili... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:25:16 EST A day of frustration. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753264 Today was one of those frustrating days. The pup's leg is healing, but the bones have moved a little. The vet isn't overly concerned, but I was hoping for a little better x-ray. He said he's just being picky, but I like picky. We go back in two weeks for a splint change and new x-rays. I hope the news will be good. <BR> <BR> Then, my oldest and I went to a bank to apply for a student loan. She had to open a savings and checking account first. We finished our part and found out that we... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:55:58 EST Swelling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752544 Our puppy is doing as well as can be expected. It will be a long six weeks, but we'll manage! <BR> <BR> Today I noticed that I had "no" ankles. My legs are really swollen. I'm not sure why, but I suspect it's yesterday's eating. We went out for lunch and I had two seafood tacos. For dinner, we made sandwiches with smoked turkey breast, green chilies and cheese. I also had some chips. I figure my body is reacting to all the sodium. <BR> <BR> I find it interesting that once we start to ea... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:46:11 EST Feeling bad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751263 Yesterday my Aussie pup got stepped on by a horse. It wasn't our horse, but her larger paddock mate. He was screaming and wouldn't put any weight on it. It had a "dent" and I thought it may be broken, but I decided to give him a night and see how it looked in the morning. <BR> <BR> This morning his whole leg was swollen and he still wouldn't walk on it. When he accidentally put it down, he cried. My heart was breaking. I called the vet as soon as it opened. <BR> <BR> X-rays revealed b... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:18:01 EST Perceptions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750551 I went on a short run this morning. It was slow and easy. I'm a little sore after my cross training workout with my daughter. A good sore, but still sore. <BR> <BR> While I was running, I started thinking about how others perceive me and how I perceive others that I see working out. Working out includes walking, running, cycling, hiking, etc. There is a camaraderie between those of us trying to get and stay healthy. However, how there is also a competition. <BR> <BR> I want to look ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:10:48 EST Personal student loans. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749529 My oldest is returning to college in a couple of weeks. Last year she made it through without any loans. She has a soccer scholarship that helps with costs. However, this year she did have to take out a Stafford Student Loan this year. <BR> <BR> The problem is that she needs more. We cannot take out a Parent Plus loan due to the fact that we have four kids. Four kids x four loan x an average of 3 years each means we don't ever retire. Even if we cosign it will end up over extending us.... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:30:46 EST My daughter kicked my butt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749328 I ran 9.5 miles last night. It was a beautiful night for a "long" run. Long in my book, anyway. <BR> <BR> Tonight I went with my daughter to "the stairs." Here she put me through her college cross fit conditioning workout. Thirty minutes of high heart rate, sweat and "feeling muscles." I felt so out of shape. Her reply was that it was a different type of fit. <BR> <BR> I get it, but it kicked my butt. It was a nice ego boost for her since she was the one in better shape doing this wor... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:04:37 EST Which numbers are better? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748407 My body is driving me crazy. I am running three days a week and normally, I'd lose about five pounds. I haven't lost a single one! I've looked over the list of symptoms for perimenopause and I have many of them. <BR> <BR> Here's my "struggle." Although I weigh about 3 -5 lbs more than I like, I feel great. My IT band is doing fine and my energy is good. Then, yesterday happened!! My daughters and I were in a store and the lady behind the counter asked if we were related. We all loo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:28:14 EST Great "conversation." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747085 I knew that we'd have some great conversation about the catcalls. I guess I find them annoying because I'm either in the zone or trying to get in the zone. When someone honks or yells at me, it distracts me and I "lose my momentum." <BR> <BR> Once again, this is a perk of Spark. We can put a topic out there and, even though we may all not agree, we can discuss it and find some common ground. If no common ground can be found, at least we all respect each other and our own opinions. <B... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:50:18 EST Are catcalls good or bad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746375 I was watching GMA this morning. They had a woman on there that talked about catcalls. She would approach them and tell them that their behavior made her uncomfortable and that it wasn't appreciated. (More or less.) She also hands out business cards that tell the caller that their opinion isn't welcomed and it made her uncomfortable. Here is a link to the cards.http://www.cardsagainstharassment.co<BR>m/PrintAtHome_Sheets/CardsAgainstHaras<BR>sment_MixPack1_Sheetcopy.pdf <BR> <BR> One TV pe... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:32:14 EST Keep spreading the spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745267 Today I went for a nice easy 7.65 mile run. It was humid, but not too hot. I did lots of sweating anyway, but it wasn't bad. <BR> <BR> After that the day became frustrating. Insurance companies, people that were rude, college student loans, family members sleeping on my couch, etc. <BR> <BR> There is more, but I need to remind myself that MOST of life is "good." Sometimes it's hard not to think that most humans are just plain idiots and that everyday life just isn't fair. I know this ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:48:45 EST Aging younger. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744278 Last night a friend of mine told me that I was "aging younger." What she meant by that is, as I get older I actually look and act younger. Part of this is due to Spark and being committed to getting healthy and staying healthy. <BR> <BR> The other side of that is being true to myself. When we try to act a certain way, be someone we aren't or just ignore the person that we are meant to be, we are cheating ourselves and those around us. <BR> <BR> I believe that we are each meant for a pu... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:48:41 EST The day after. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743373 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l660531653.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The day after my 1/2 marathon I feel pretty good. I did my "normal" Sunday routine which may have helped. I did some work at the barn for an hour or so and took the dog for his walk. I'm a little stiff and my legs are complaining a little, but to be honest, I like that feeling. <BR> <BR> Strange to like being sore? To me it's proof that I put it "out there" during the race. I am learning that time doesn't matt... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:56:46 EST The Canal Run and my numbers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742769 I ran the Canal Run in Hancock, MI yesterday. It was a beautiful run with trees, the canal, a wide variety of houses, and a nice overcast sky. A lot of cool things to look at during the run. <BR> <BR> Most of the run was a nice gentle downhill grade. The very beginning was a nice downhill run, but the last 1.5 miles was just the opposite. A "gentle" uphill grade to the finish line. That "gentle hill" was quite challenging and I wasn't the only one that thought so. <BR> <BR> I ended ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:26:37 EST Tomorrow is my race. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741720 Today was a pretty low key day. A walk with the dog, mindful eating without obsessing about calories, and a little last minute Yooper food. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my next HM. We drove the route and it is beautiful! It should be a nice run with lots of scenery to look at. Then, it's in the car for the 13 hour drive home. <BR> <BR> Here's to happy running! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:11:07 EST At the top? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740767 I have reached level 20 on SparkPeople. I think this will help curb some of my obsession with sparkpoints. I can still accumulate them, but now that I've reached the top level, I "can relax" a bit. <BR> <BR> Do we ever truly reach the top? Some would say the Olympics is the epitome of "the best" and being "at the top." However, that gold medal is a reflection of that one moment in time. If it was a different day or a different moment, would that same race result in gold? Maybe or maybe ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:05:43 EST Fun times! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740112 I am enjoying getting to eat some good food while on vacation. Pasties, a food that the copper miners ate, Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream, goulash, breakfast sandwiches, walking tacos, etc. All eaten within moderation! <BR> <BR> I'm getting in lots of fun exercise, as well. A few 30 minute runs, LOTS of walking with LOTS of hills, baseball games, disk golf, hiking, etc. I'm moving, moving! <BR> <BR> I'm having fun times! I can only hope that my half marathon will add another memory of a... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:30:43 EST Good numbers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739330 The increase in calories has been offset by the fitness minutes! I'm right in a "happy place" with my weight. I'm still in the maintenance challenge and very happy with where I'm at on the scale! <BR> I'll keep doing what I'm doing and I should be good to go on Saturday! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:49:22 EST Moving, moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738927 I may be hungry and I have upped my calories a couple of hundred, but I'm also moving a lot! I have 155 minutes of fitness today. I ran 3 miles, walked the dog this morning, played a game of baseball, walked with my daughter this afternoon and went for a walk on one of the beaches on Lake Superior. I also did my after running stretching and some strength training. Not all of it was strenuous, but I was still moving, moving! <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:37:47 EST I'm always hungry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738582 I've been getting lots of exercise! Walking the dog in the morning, walking the dogs in the afternoon, disk golf, hiking, etc. This made me famished! I was hungry all day yesterday. It's hard for me to eat the recommended calories, but I did eat a little over 1700 calories. That's a lot for me! <BR> <BR> I know I need to eat a lot due to running a HM this Saturday. However, I need to weigh in tomorrow and if I've gained some, it's still a head game. I'll deal with it, though. Especiall... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:23:25 EST We are in Yooperland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737583 We made it to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in our normal time. Lots of time in the car, but I did great on my eating today. Maybe a tad too much coffee, but I love coffee! <BR> <BR> It's cool here! 50's to 60's. It feels nice, but I like the warmth! However, it will be great if it's this temp for my run on Saturday! Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:39:45 EST Getting ready to travel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736967 It was a busy day. I got a 3 mile run in this morning, coffee with a friend to catch up, grocery shopping for the house sitter, cleaning the car, packing, and loading the car. We will be ready to take off early in the morning for our 13 hour drive. <BR> <BR> I will try to check in, but since we are on vacation I'm not sure how much I'll be blogging or responding to others blogs. <BR> <BR> I'll definitely let you know how my HM on the 19th. I run that morning and then jump into the car... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:28:20 EST Now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736002 I ended up running my last 10 mile workout last night. It was a cloudy night and the moon was covered, but the temp was just right. I ran 11 minute miles, but I was ok with that. I start out in a very hilly area and since I walk the hills, it takes a while to get out of that "neighborhood." <BR> <BR> Ok runners, now what? I've never really followed any type of tapering program before. I could use a schedule of what the rest of time should look like. I run my HM on the 19th. <BR> <BR> B... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:54:46 EST Good doctor's appointment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735589 Today was my annual physical. I lucked out and the water weight was gone so I was only 6/10ths above my "goal weight." My blood pressure was a little higher than normal at 114/74, but we had been discussing the girls so that may have caused it to be bit higher. The best part is since I've had a normal pap for years, I didn't have to do one today! Yay! <BR> <BR> Then it was up for a mammogram. In and out quickly and results will come later. A phone call if bad a letter in the mail if goo... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 20:39:38 EST So much better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734883 I've been wearing supportive shoes, doing some new "runner's stretches," and taking a running rest day between my training and my IT band is feeling <em>250</em> I think I may have figured it out! <BR> <BR> Tens days until my nest HM. I am listening to all of you! Don't worry about the time and finish with a smile on my face! (I finished the Lincoln HM that way and I loved it!) <BR> <BR> Thanks for the reminders of how to do it "right." I often need it repeated in order for it to... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 21:43:53 EST I am my worst enemy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734046 I keep telling myself that time doesn't matter when running 1/2 marathons, but my competitive side is telling me otherwise. I went out for a 2.6 mile run at a very slow pace. I walked about four blocks as part of my warm-up. (It's a first for me, but it seemed to help.) <BR> <BR> My boys' pediatrician mentioned sports injuries and told me about his IT band troubles. I asked what he did to fix it and he confirmed my suspicion. He stopped wearing "summer shoes" and made sure that all of h... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 19:41:33 EST Darn those numbers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731850 I normally don't weigh in everyday and now I know why. We've eaten more salty food than normal and I mentally can't take a 2 lb. gain every morning. Now I am up six pounds! I've ran three times this week AND stayed in my calorie range. UHHHHH! <BR> <BR> I know it's water weight, due to the food and other "factors," but I need to weigh in for a challenge. I keep putting it off because, at this weight, I'll be out the first week! I'll eat clean today and hopefully, I'll see a decrease. <... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:01:07 EST Shoes may be the answer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731334 I've been trying to research IT band issues and find out a bit more. I know that I have NOT been running a lot nor have I been pushing hard when I do run. Nice and easy is the key. <BR> <BR> If I remember right, this was when my IT began acting up last year. I think! I've figured out why. I think it's the season and the shoes I wear. <BR> <BR> I love flats and sandals. I wear basically as little shoe as I can in the summer and I think this is where the problem lies. Minimal "cute" ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:11:22 EST Getting the kinks out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730845 My darn leg is sore. I'm just going to keep running and make sure my mileage is done nice and easy. I'm at the point that time is just not an issue anymore. I just want to run and to finish the races I have lined up. I have 17 days until my next 1/2 marathon. <em>521</em> and I WILL DO IT! <BR> <BR> Happy running!! <BR> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 20:44:03 EST Heroes vs. those that Inspire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729811 I've read over and over that our servicemen and women do not consider themselves heroes. Even WWI and WWII veterans will tell you those that lost their lives in battle are the true heroes. I recently read about a little girl that asked a WWII veteran if he was a hero, of course he denied he was. The little girl's father walked up and stated that all true heroes say that. <BR> <BR> It got me thinking about those that inspire. Those of us that have been around spark a few years have said ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:52:07 EST Thank you Sparkfriends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729003 As I take a moment to reflect back on my last run, the obstacles I've encountered on this journey and all of the support I've received from you, my Sparkfriends, I need to say thank you. <BR> <BR> I can't imagine this journey without Sparkfriends. Through the high roads and the low, the weight loss and slight gains, the good runs and the difficult ones, you've always been here. You are here without the judgement so many of us have felt in the "outside world." You are here with positive c... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:47:17 EST Another 10K in the books. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728387 This morning I ran the Sienna Francis House 10k. Sienna Francis House is a homeless shelter and this is their annual fundraiser. The director announced that they had over 500 men, women and children in the facility last night. It's so sad, but makes me think about how blessed I am. This is one way I can help. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine was going to run her first 10k this morning, but couldn't due to a bulging disk in her back. My oldest ran in her place. We stayed together until the th... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:20:04 EST I've got this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727650 I really took my colleague's thoughts to heart. She is 12 years my senior and I know she is just concerned for me. I also really thought about all the comments and advice given from all of you; those that understand this journey. <BR> <BR> I've decided that I will continue as I am now. It works for me and I've successfully maintained a 40 lbs weight loss for over three years. I don't want to go back and I love the skin I'm in now. (Ok it could tighten up a little, but I'll I look darn go... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:12:26 EST Needing time off? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727138 My colleague mentioned that I am getting to obsessed with calorie counting. She thinks I need to take some time off from Sparkpeople. I do wonder if I could maintain without logging, but I'll admit I'm very afraid. I'd also miss all of you. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what I'll do, yet. I told her I'd think about it. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:52:53 EST A "good" run!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726747 I ran about 2.9 miles tonight. The best part is I ran with both of my girls! It was <em>250</em> It felt so good! <BR> <BR> I spoke with my oldest, she is the one recovering from an ED and is going into nutrition, and she said I need to eat more and get more sleep. (I kind of figured that.) <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I have a real hard time eating more calories. I know it's all in my head, but after losing 40 lbs. I still get nervous about regaining it. <BR> <BR> I'm g... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:34:29 EST Appointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725526 My doctor's appointment is for July 9th, so not that far away. I'm going to cross train with my oldest tonight and we'll see how I feel tomorrow. I feel fortunate that I only have a 10k on Sunday. At this point, I'm not going to push it so that I'll "be better" for my HM on the 19th. <BR> <BR> I went down the checklist and here are my results. Shoes are fine as I just bought this pair in April. I could get more sleep and probably eat more carbs. That may help. <BR> <BR> I really think... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:19:33 EST Getting worried. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725198 I'm getting worried. I have only run two or three times a week with last night's run being four miles at a nice easy pace. Within an hour after stopping I started getting sore. I don't mean muscle sore, but a soreness that seemed to go into my leg bones. <BR> <BR> I haven't been pushing hard and I've actually eased up due to the soreness. I stretch out after runs and I'm properly hydrated. I'm getting worried that I may have "peaked" in my running already. <BR> <BR> I have already signe... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:06:57 EST Tapering? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724319 I read how others taper their workouts the week before a run. What exactly does this mean. What days do you run and how far? Most of my runs are on Sunday. So what should the week before look like? Thanks for your help. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:26:18 EST a natural workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723042 Today my leg was a little sore from my run the other night. I've just come to accept that I'm going to have little aches and pains when I run. I will finish out my one run a month and next year I may have to re-evaluate my workouts. <BR> <BR> Today I went to puppy class this morning. It's so fun with lots of movement as we try to keep our puppies attention on us. Then this afternoon it was 90 minutes of cleaning horse stalls. Lots of sweat and wheelbarrows full of manure. There is a hi... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:25:50 EST The three of us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721749 Tonight both my daughters and I went running. They ran 3.1 miles and I ran almost 5. It was fun and we all were happy with our runs. <BR> <BR> My girls have an interesting way to motivate each other. My oldest got all of the competitiveness in the family. She not only played club and varsity soccer, but was on the cross country team and practiced everyday, but never got to run a race because of her low heart rate due to her eating disorder. My younger daughter has done cross country, but ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:36:52 EST Wandering, but not lost. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720417 I couldn't do it! I figured I had taken three "rest" days so I ran. It was a nice easy pace of 10 minute miles and I ran four miles. It was very humid and I did stop for some sweat wiping, but it felt great! <BR> <BR> As I ran I thought about my oldest daughter's favorite quote. "All who wander are not lost." Aren't we all wandering on this journey to better health? We wander around grocery stores trying to make good choices when it comes to food. We wander around the gym trying to find ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:03:11 EST