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/ 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 A long run and a leaky bladder. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347725 I got your attention with that catchy title, didn't I? <em>30</em> Tonight I did a "long" run by myself so I ran my pace. I am still much slower than I used to be, but I was pretty happy with my time. <BR> <BR> My fitbit said I ran a little over 9 hours, but Map My Run said a little over ten. I checked the map and it was accurate. Either way I am pleased. I was pretty sore after I finished. I'd rather run on a trail than on the cement. It's easier on my body. <BR> <BR> I was pretty di... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:21:42 EST Playing poker. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343567 I've never "really" played poker, but I do know a little about the game. I've come to the conclusion that life is a little like poker and right now I am holding too many deuces. It's time to throw them out and get a better hand! <BR> <BR> My deuces are made up of old habits that have snuck back up. I am going on 6 years of "maintenance" and although I don't truly feel like I am in maintenance, weight wise, I am maintaining my perseverance. <BR> <BR> I got up this morning and spent 30 minut... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 08:23:10 EST A new definition of maintenance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6336080 Maintenance is defined as the process of maintaining or preserving someone or something, or the state of being maintained. We often think of that as maintaining the weight we've lost. For many that is true, but for some of us that is very difficult. Hormones, thyroids, injuries, etc. may not allow that number of pounds lost to be maintained. <BR> <BR> I've often wondered if I can still consider myself as a maintainer since I've gained some of my weight back. Then, I realized that maintenance... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:35:51 EST Ups and downs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335201 A couple of days ago I was at the lowest I've been in quite a while. Not my old goal weight, but still lower than I have been. I have not changed how I eat and I'm still moving, but today I'm up 5 lbs. This is when I get frustrated! <BR> <BR> I have tried many things to get back down to what I was, which is about 10 lbs. lighter, but nothing is working. I get within 5 lbs. and back up 5 I go. I am trying to decide if this is my "new weight" and just stop fretting about it. <BR> <BR> I'm to... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:02:12 EST Avoid Comparisons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333422 Another page from my devotional was Avoid Comparisons. This resonated with me due to the nature of our society. Everywhere we look we see young, thin, and beautiful women. Magazines, billboards, maybe at the gym, or in the car next to us. We forget many of the photos and pictures are airbrushed and thusly never attainable. <BR> <BR> Besides, why to we want to be like someone else? No one is perfect. Let me repeat that NO one is perfect. Humans, especially women, have been "programmed" to hav... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:58:13 EST New Beginnings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332811 Yesterday's devotional was about new beginnings. It made me think that it really is true, that everyday is a new beginning. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is never promised, but today is a day of new beginnings. <BR> <BR> Every morning we have choices. We can make it the best day or we can wallow in a misery that we have created. Sounds harsh, doesn't it? I've come to my conclusion by my own experiences. <BR> <BR> We have the choice to eat well and move. Sometimes the movement part may be ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:11:27 EST Things are moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330912 I am heading out for a nice trail run before the expected snowstorm arrives. At least eight miles and maybe ten, if my running partner wants. <BR> <BR> I am moving the same amount, but I went back to a habit I had when I lost my weight in 2011. I stop eating after 7:00. Even if I didn't get dinner, I don't eat. It has changed everything!!! I notice I eat less throughout the day and I don't have the cravings like I did. I should add that I've also cut back on grains and carbs. All I know is ... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:19:04 EST A lesson from my dog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330524 I love the way my dog looks at me. It dawned on me that we should take a lesson from our dogs, or other pets. <BR> <BR> Dog love us unconditionally. They don't care how we look, what the scale says, if we had a cheat day, etc. (However, they really like walks, at least mine does.) They just want to love us. <BR> <BR> We should treat ourselves with the same adoration. We need to eat well, but not beat ourselves up if we slip. We need to strive for a healthy size, but love our bodies for what... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 22:20:06 EST Glory days past and maybe the present?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329634 I call 2014 my glory year of running. I ran 12 races in 12 months, 7 half marathons, five 10k's, and three 5k's. I achieved several age awards and felt like I was on top of my game. <BR> <BR> Three years later things are a bit different. Hypothyroidism, injuries, premenopause, and about a 10 lbs. weight gain has slowed my running pace down dramatically. I'm not thrilled with the skin that is getting looser and the little extra that is showing up around my middle. ONEKIDSMOM said that mainta... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 07:56:24 EST Ups and downs of "maintenance." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328581 The ups is it was a beautiful day for a 10k. It was windy, hilly, but an awesome day for a 10k. I was very pleased with my time of 1:09 for an average of 11 minute miles, especially since I haven't "really" ran for about a month. However, it made me realize that I have a lot of training to do for all my long runs this summer. I signed up for an 18 mile gravel road run in May, so I need to hit the trails! <BR> <BR> The downs is my weight "maintenance." I put it in quotes because I don't real... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 07:56:15 EST Enough sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322710 Two of my maintainer friends asked if I was getting enough sleep. My fitbit says that I'm not. I rarely have gotten 7 hours the past couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> We had a pretty big happening last week that is not helping. Nothing is proven, but we do know that a friend's daughter, she just turned two, had "direct physical contact" according to the ER doctor. It happened after the little one visited her dad. There is an investigation going on, but it doesn't help the heart. <BR> <BR> I have ... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:57:56 EST UGH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320907 So I had a great run on Tuesday and a swollen ankle on Wednesday. Not bad, but some swelling and it was red. So another week off from running. Oh, well. I can still run and my 10k will be slow, but at least I can run. <BR> <BR> I am trying to bump up the metabolism. I am trying some probiotics, not eating after 7:00 P.M., getting in 12,000 steps a day and at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise, plus some strength training. It can be frustrating to do the things I did when I lost my origin... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:16:06 EST I'm back to running. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319555 It's been two weeks since I've been running and boy could I tell. It took a while to get into the groove, but I did. It felt great!!! <BR> <BR> I have a 10k on March 4th. This may not be my best race and it will be far from my fastest, but I'll be there, I'll run, and I'll finish. Then, it will be time to train for a 6 hour trail run in late June. I still need to figure out my nutrition since I'll have to eat "on the run." I have time. <BR> <BR> I want to be "in shape" enough so that I ca... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:59:17 EST Scale shock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315179 I knew I shouldn't do it! I told myself not to. With it being "that time of the month," having cellulitis, and having eaten out (MSG's) I knew it wouldn't be good. Wow, that is all I can say, WOW! I haven't seen that number in almost six years. <BR> <BR> I'm still below where I started, but wow! I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm disappointed. I maintained a 30 lbs. loss for five years, but not anymore. So now what? <BR> <BR> This journey is ongoing and I'll keep at it. People say I look go... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 23:31:10 EST Getting better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312445 I took my fourth dose of meds at lunch with some ibuprofen. My foot still looks bad, but it feels better. I did use crutches starting around 10 AM, but I can stand on my foot without too much discomfort. Ah, the wonders of medicine. <BR> <BR> I have my last coffee run this weekend. I will go to pick up the mug I've won. If things continue progressing, I'll walk it, slowly. I won't run until my meds are finished in 9 more days. I think I'll be ok even though I have a 10k on March 4th. I won'... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 17:24:51 EST Started as a blister and it blew up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312022 Well, my little blister blew up into something more. I should say my foot blew up, aka. swelled up. It started yesterday. It was pretty infected last night. I soaked it in Epsom salts this morning and it felt a little better. I got my walk in this morning. My ankle was stiff, but not horrible. However, by 2:00 P.M. it was swelling to where it was quote uncomfortable. By the time I got to an emergent care, my entire foot was swollen. My toes were numb, my heal felt like I was walking on ... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 22:37:56 EST First strong and then being a baby! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311378 I have discovered, at least for me, that trail running is much more challenging than street running. I can run 10 miles on the street and finish thinking, "That was nice." Yesterday I ran 10.75 miles in mud, on some frozen ground, in the wind, and on hilly terrain. I loved it, but man was my muscles feeling it at the end. I really wanted to do 16, but I had worn a thin part in my left sock that was letting my shoe rub on my heel. Today I know that I made the right decision. <BR> <BR> Yester... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 19:25:52 EST Working at it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308893 I ran 6.75 miles last night. I met a friend for coffee and then ran home from the coffee shop. It took a little planning to run on sidewalks and not the busy street with only a shoulder. I am feeling it this morning. Road running is harder on my body than trail running, but that makes sense. <BR> <BR> I have a long way to go until I am up to 26 miles. I figure I just need to find a weekend day and just start running. It works best if I figure out a distance and run home. No excuses can be us... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 07:34:06 EST Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307386 Today I had coffee with a Spark friend, JAMARIEHICKEY. We meet every so often just to catch up on life and to support each other. We often meet with other local Sparkers for a reunion of sorts, every few months. <BR> <BR> I got to meet up with ONEKIDSMOM a few weeks ago when I picked up my swag for the BRIN Blackout Series. She was picking up her swag for this year and her medal from last season. To earn the medal one must run a series of three 10k races. Next year, both of us will be gett... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:21:21 EST I marched. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303581 This is not meant to be political, nor negative in any way. However, I am proud of the fact that I marched in the Women's March held in my city on Saturday night. <BR> <BR> I should mention that I am the mother of four, two girls and two boys. I am a special education teacher and I am called "Mom" by children of all races and colors that walk through my door. Unfortunately, I know too many women that have been victims of rape and assault. <BR> <BR> The march was all about unity, love, acce... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:37:59 EST Stuck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299160 We did get the predicted ice storm, but I don't think it's as bad as the weathermen/women thought it would be. No school or work for me or the kids due to Martin Luther King Day. Hubby is already at work and said the roads weren't horrible, but not great, either. So it looks like I'm stuck! <BR> <BR> I am stuck in the house. I am one of those people that need outdoors and nature to recharge. Yesterday I did 25 minutes of weight training and I'm feeling it today, so I know I did enough. I als... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:13:54 EST