MOBYCARP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MOBYCARP MOBYCARP'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/ Medical Advice and Changed Running Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968872 I have a slide on my Goal Board that says, "I will seek medical advice when things aren't right." I didn't call a doctor on Monday because my ankle was doing better. It wasn't that the ankle was totally normal, it was that the ankle wasn't as urgent an issue as it had been on Thursday. And I knew I had an appointment with my podiatrist scheduled for today anyway. I figured I'd see whether the podiatrist's field of expertise extends into the ankle. <BR> <BR> Yes, it does. We didn't talk ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:39:54 EST I only ran 15 miles today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966499 One of the minor pleasures available to runners is talking to non-runners as if they were runners. Some of the reactions are predicable but amusing. For example, if a runner tells a non-runner, "I only ran X miles today," the non-runner is going to be Very Impressed. It doesn't seem to matter what number X is. I've had another runner tell me she enjoys saying this with X=10. I've noticed the phenomenon with X=4. I suspect it would be just as strong with X=2. <BR> <BR> Occasionally... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:51:01 EST Ankle is better on second rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966158 It's been a good day. My sore ankle is much better, and it felt good to walk briskly at noon. I started the next 10K steps per day streak. Tested running perhaps 200 meters this evening, in jeans and wearing my walking shoes (Asics 33-Ms, as opposed to the Saucony Kinvaras I run in). It felt good enough that I'm pretty sure I can run normally tomorrow. <BR> <BR> That's a good thing, because I'm supposed to pace 17 miles tomorrow. The other pace leader won't be there, because he's at Lak... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:49:18 EST An anniversary, of sorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965632 One year ago today I had a visit with my podiatrist. He gave me the green light to start running, so I went home and ran that first quarter mile. One year ago tomorrow, I did some walk 2, run 2 intervals. I built time and distance, and made it to 10 miles the Saturday before the Rochester Marathon. I salvaged a half marathon out of the marathon entry fee I had paid before I got the stress fracture. <BR> <BR> I had anticipated writing an anniversary blog describing a routine Thursday even... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:42:07 EST Bad Food Day, Extra Run, and Rolled Ankle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965102 The socialites at work decided to have a monthly grill-out in the summer. I missed May, because it was held on a day I normally work at home. Unfortunately, the socialites decided to adjust and put them on Wednesdays, a normal work in the office day for me. I survived June's grill-out with a large lunch, smaller than normal snack, normal dinner, and controlling the evening to come in within ranges on calories and macronutrients. <BR> <BR> I, um, didn't do so well with July. My area was r... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:31:07 EST Race Report: 2015 Shoreline Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962832 Picked up the packet yesterday. The shirt design is uninspired, but it's an okay shirt. It will go into my running rotation starting with Tuesday's run. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/08893937-b64d-4124-a961-9b9f4afffb93.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Noticed during the night as I stirred there were flashes of yellow light from my window. I wondered why we would have salt trucks or snow plows out at night in July. (To be fair, I wasn't all the way awake.) Of course, it was... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:00:24 EST I'll have company in training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958263 In a comment on my last blog, TERI-RIFIC said she hadn't realized that qualifying for Boston meant qualifying by a lot. Well, that depends on how much you consider a lot. By virtue of being given a very generous target, I qualified by 34:07. That's a lot by most runners' understanding. But you don't really need to beat the BQ time by that much to get in. <BR> <BR> A running buddy posted the Boston registration dates to his Facebook page: <BR> <BR> Quote -- <BR> <BR> BOSTON MARATHON REG... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 20:08:08 EST What is September 14? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957178 Quote -- <BR> <BR> Registration for the 2016 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The B.A.A. will use the same process to register qualified runners as it used for the Boston Marathon in 2013, 2014, and 2015, allowing the fastest qualifiers in their gender and age group to register first. <BR> <BR> . . . <BR> <BR> Registration will occur on a “rolling admission” schedule, beginning with the fastest qualifiers. On Monday, September 14, eligible runn... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:52:59 EST 13 miles on July 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955482 Yesterday I blogged my uncertainty about a potentially injured foot. Given my foot injury history, I have reason to be cautious. <BR> <BR> This morning, the foot felt much better. What twinges I have are in the joints at the base of the toes, and feel an awful lot like the other foot, which is known to have arthritis. I'll still want to talk to my podiatrist about this, but it can wait for the next scheduled appointment. <BR> <BR> Today is a holiday, and there is no paced group run. Tr... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 16:59:38 EST Yesterday's Run, and Today's Rest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955092 Yesterday evening I went out to do speed work with the Genesee Valley Harriers. As is traditional, I got there early enough to do a 2 mile out and back warmup with other runners. Based on past workouts, I was expecting to run 5 to 7 miles total, including that warmup. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's workout was appealing for a distance runner: 3 miles at MP, followed by 2 to 3 miles at T.* This was to be done on the Erie Canal Path, and we set out as a group. The consensus was that we would start... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 20:51:34 EST Unclear Goals, for now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951490 It's been almost two weeks since I've blogged. Sometimes, that's a sign that I'm very busy. I'm not so sure that's the case right now. Mostly, I'm wrestling with stuff and not coming to any firm conclusions. <BR> <BR> I ran a 5K on Sunday. Turned in a PR result by a whopping 47 seconds, and I didn't write a blog. Yes, there was plenty of material there for a blog, but writing it didn't make the priority list. Hmm. That probably is telling me something about my mental state. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:28:24 EST Return to Routine Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944633 I woke up this morning, dawdled a bit through the breakfast routine, and got out on the road to run about 7:30. It was 61° with light wind, but noticeable humidity. The weather feed that Garmin pulls from says 88% humidity at the time, and it felt it. I set out to run 12 miles somewhere between 8 and 8:30 per mile, with a half baked thought of seeing how it would feel to pace an 8 minute mile. Aside from a slower first mile (8:32) and a late run decision to pick up the pace to MP during ... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:04:07 EST Today's Race - Mendon Mauler (8 mile) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940906 Back when the taper toward Buffalo Marathon was playing with my mind, I signed up for the Mendon Mauler. This is a trail race offered in nominal distances of 4, 8, or 12 miles. It is reputed to be a difficult event, with steep uphills and steep downhills. The route is organized in a loop, with the 4 mile runners doing 1 loop, 8 mile doing 2, and 12 mile doing 3. <BR> <BR> The race shirt is touted as being one of the more desired shirts. It's pretty enough, but it's 50% cotton so I can'... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 21:10:35 EST Yesterday's Race - McMullen Mile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940806 Yesterday evening I ran the McMullen Mile. This is a one mile race on the track at Nazareth College. It is run in heats, preferably of 20 or fewer runners per heat, with the heats seeded by gender and estimated time for completing a mile. There was a lot of buzz about maybe this year we would see someone break a 4 minute mile. <BR> <BR> I had never run a track race, and I had never trained for anything as short as a mile. It hardly seems worth the effort. So why enter? Because it's a R... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 17:08:32 EST Buffalo Marathon, Part 2 - Community Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934103 A lot has been written about the Spark People community. In addition to the official bragging, many members have said that the community has helped them lose weight, get fit, start running, maintain weight, or meet various other goals. <BR> <BR> A community that supports your goals is a wonderful thing to have. It makes achieving the goals easier. It helps with getting back on track wyou you stray, as we all do. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I realized that I'm plugged in to a running community in... Mon, 25 May 2015 17:28:58 EST Race Report: 2015 Buffalo Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933618 I didn't sleep well last night. <BR> <BR> Part of that may have been having some coffee later than I should have, but most of it was being keyed up in anticipation of my first marathon. Yeah, I was in a hotel room instead of my own bed; I don't think having the marathon close enough to stay at home would have made much difference. <BR> <BR> Got up at 4 AM. Did as much of my morning routine before a long run as I could, given that I was in a hotel room instead of at home. So, no pull ups ... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:16:00 EST Racing on the road, figuratively as well as literally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933094 Every road race I've run has been local, in the sense they have been close enough for me to sleep in my own bed and eat breakfast from my own kitchen. That changes tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Buffalo is close enough that I could drive there for a race that started at 9 AM or so, given good enough planning for traffic. But the Buffalo Marathon starts at 7 AM. Parking close to the start/finish will be impossible, and roads in that area will be totally closed by 6 AM. So, I'm sitting in a hotel roo... Sat, 23 May 2015 16:03:46 EST Taper Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932219 Taper week is more than half done, and I'm surviving it. <BR> <BR> Today's schedule called for an easy 4 miles. Tuesday I ran my easy 4 at noon. Today, it was overcast but dry at noon. It's spring in Rochester, and it's not raining. Must be time to mow the lawn. <BR> <BR> So I got the lawn mowed on my lunch hour instead of running. That was good for about 3000 steps, and it removes the lawn from the worry list for the weekend. Then as fate would have it, late emails in the afternoon h... Thu, 21 May 2015 21:25:32 EST Tuesday Easy 4 and Taper Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931016 It's Tuesday, the day for my first of three easy 4 mile runs in taper week. Sunday, I thought that along about today the taper would be getting to me. Perhaps it is, but not in a huge, obvious way. <BR> <BR> It was about 70° when I went out to run at noon. Yes, at noon. Tuesday is a work at home day, and 4 miles is short enough to squeeze into a generous lunch hour. Worked at keeping it easy, but the pace crept up there for a 7:45 third mile. Still, I was able to slow down enough to g... Tue, 19 May 2015 21:10:17 EST Race Report: 2015 Lilac 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929776 The formal name of the race is the Highland Hospital Lilac 10K. It was held at 9:15 AM on the last day of the 10 day Lilac Festival at Highlands Park, Rochester, NY. <BR> <BR> The Lilac Festival is a big deal locally. I've lived in the area since 1991, and had never gone to a Lilac Festival. It has always been just a big traffic mess on my way home from the office, and I had no desire to dive into that crowd. <BR> <BR> The traffic is a lot easier to forgive, now that my office has moved ... Sun, 17 May 2015 19:40:33 EST Taper Mind Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929225 Taper: Physically easy, mentally challenging. <BR> <BR> Today I wanted to run 10 miles. Voices of experience talked me into limiting it to 6 miles. My co-pace leader Jim was there today, which helped. He has a lot more running and pacing experience than I do. I kind of turned off my monitoring of pace and followed his lead, and he brought us in at an average pace of 8:33 compared to the target of 8:30. He's that good. <BR> <BR> So what does an addicted runner do when he knows he isn't... Sat, 16 May 2015 17:24:08 EST An Anniversary of Sorts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928819 Today is Friday, May 15. There's a lot of stuff going on with my running hobby. <BR> <BR> I picked up my packet for Sunday's Lilac 10K. <BR> <BR> I'm almost halfway through the taper toward the Buffalo Marathon. This is an odd taper, distorted by the existence of a 10K that I registered for before I knew I'd be running the marathon. <BR> <BR> Notwithstanding the taper, today would be a non-running day in my regular running schedule. That makes it feel somewhat normal to not be running t... Fri, 15 May 2015 21:02:46 EST Today's Run & Early Taper Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928310 The plan today was to limit my running to about 5 miles. Got past the work day, and didn't feel like running near home. So I went to the Thursday Pub Run in the city. I don't particularly like that venue, and the custom of having a beer after running doesn't fit my lifestyle, but I like the running community and the longest route offered would be about 5 miles. That fit my mood and distance need. <BR> <BR> Got there, and the weather was gorgeous. There was sunshine and a pleasant breeze... Thu, 14 May 2015 21:51:18 EST Musings on shopping for running shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926566 Runners wear shoes designed for running. Economics being the science that it is, running is the *secondary* purpose these shoes are designed for. The primary purpose the shoes are designed for is to sell shoes, preferably with a high profit margin. <BR> <BR> To fulfill the primary purpose, the shoe manufacturers have created a market that has some similarities to software. New versions come out every year. The new version may be better than last year's, or it may be worse; but it will be... Mon, 11 May 2015 20:28:13 EST Foot Notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925928 Today's blog is sparked by a conversation arising from HOT4FITNESS' blog from Friday: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924612 </link> <BR> <BR> Deanna had talked about getting new running shoes, and the choice between sticking with shoes that are known to work versus trying something new with the aspiration of getting something that works better. <BR> <BR> My comment was, in part: Not messing with my Saucony Kinvaras, but my podiatr... Sun, 10 May 2015 18:59:18 EST Are your friends making you run? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925404 Today I was reminded of a Spark People article I dimly remembered, and had to go search for it: Are your friends making you fat? <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=909 </link> <BR> <BR> I didn't pay a lot of attention to the article the first time past. It cites a July 2007 study that found when someone becomes obese, his friends' chance of becoming obese increases by 57%. It goes on to explain that obesity is not contagious in the medical sense... Sat, 9 May 2015 17:06:33 EST Looking toward Buffalo, and looking beyond Buffalo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922671 It is 20 days to the Buffalo Marathon, and the training details are dominating my thoughts. <BR> <BR> A while back, I asked the marathon runners I run with where their weekly mileage peaked when training for a marathon. I got answers ranging from 40 to 60 miles, with 50 being the most common number. The training week ending yesterday, I ran 41 miles. That will be the peak, and it will have to be good enough. <BR> <BR> I don't have a formal training program. What I do have is the long ru... Mon, 4 May 2015 21:17:20 EST Today's Run: 22.3 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921418 It was a much reduced running group this morning. There were several reasons people weren't there. <BR> <BR> The running group is comprised of people from the Half & Full Marathon (HFM) training program, plus those who paid only for the pace pass to have the long runs, plus the volunteer pace leaders. <BR> <BR> The major target race for HFM was last Sunday, the Flower City Half. After that race, the pace pass formally ended. The group runs continue for those in HFM who are targeting th... Sat, 2 May 2015 17:15:33 EST The plan for tomorrow is now 22 miles, maybe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920987 As I shuffle my way toward the Buffalo Marathon, I agreed to pace lead the 8:30 group tomorrow and a week from tomorrow. Prior to agreeing to this, my thinking had been that I'd run 20 miles tomorrow, 15 a week from tomorrow, and 10 the week after that. <BR> <BR> Today the routes for tomorrow's run came in the email. The email routes were labeled 8.27 miles, 11 (for 20), and 2.03 (for 22). Astute readers will note that the numbers don't add up. So I mapped the routes. I came out a shade... Fri, 1 May 2015 20:36:36 EST Long Run Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919871 Flower City Half, which I ran last Sunday, is four weeks before the Buffalo Marathon, my next major race and my first full marathon. Now that I'm past Flower City and enough recovered from the high of a new PR, I can think about what I need to do to train for Buffalo. <BR> <BR> I haven't been following a formal marathon training program. There is a local Half & Full Marthon ("HFM") program, but I just paid for the pace pass to run the long runs. I've tagged along on the full marathon trai... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 20:47:41 EST . . . and it was no big deal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919341 Status: MOBYCARP ran 6 miles of hills Tuesday evening <BR> Comment from ALICIA363: And it was no big deal, right? :) <BR> <BR> Right. <BR> <BR> I've been in marathon training lite, up till I registered for the Buffalo Marathon. At that point, I began to take the marathon training more seriously. <BR> <BR> But still, I was doing 20 mile long runs. That's marathon training, even though I was pointed at a half marathon. <BR> <BR> So I ran Flower City Half on Sunday. I tried to hang with... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:55:55 EST This and That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918725 While I was busy during tax season, I had many ideas for blogs that I didn't find time to write. Today's blog is a bunch of rambling thoughts and fragments from some of those ideas and stuff I left out of recent blogs. The sections are not necessarily related to each other. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> Many Sparkers have reported difficulty sticking to the eating plan while traveling. Last week, I traveled. Sure enough, I had difficulty sticking to the eating plan. Available food was differ... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:54:01 EST Race Report: 2015 Flower City Half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918032 It was 34° when I got up this morning, with a gun time forecast of 38° rising to 41° during the time I expected to be running. Wind forecast was mild, 3 to 6 mph. That's easy enough to dress for. Bonus: It was supposed to warm up to the 50's by the time I would be walking back to my car. <BR> <BR> The weather forecast turned out to be spot on. It was near-perfect running weather. <BR> <BR> I still had the remnants of a head cold, but it wasn't bothering me. So I lined up with the 1:... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:02:13 EST The Day Before the Half: Time to Breathe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917579 My sister ONEKIDSMOM writes about getting over-peopled, then needing her cave time. We're both introverts, but perhaps she's a bit further out on the introvert scale than I am. <BR> <BR> Lately, I've been relating to her feeling of being over-peopled. But with me, it's not people; it's commitments. If I am too heavily scheduled I go into overload, even if everything is fun stuff I want to do. So . . . <BR> <BR> January through April is the heavily scheduled time for me. Work ramps up, ... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:11:45 EST Saturday Long Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909593 A week ago I ran 20 miles. There was no pressure, it was simply the assigned training route and I wanted to run it. I had a good pace leader who held us close to the 8:30 target, and I felt pretty good afterward. I felt so good, I ended up registering for the Buffalo Marathon on Monday. <BR> <BR> Today the assigned longest route was 22 miles. The first part was a preview of the most intersting part of the Flower City Half route, including all the hills in the middle of the route. Ther... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:48:45 EST Registered for my first marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906709 I've been in marathon training lite, where I run the marathon distance on the long runs from the local training program. There's no pressure, because I don't actually have a full marathon scheduled. I started the year with four half marathons scheduled, then added a fifth later on. The plan was to stay more or less continually in shape to run a half, and work on building a base for a full marathon at some point in the future. Mostly, I was thinking 2016 Rochester Marathon, a year from Sep... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 21:55:10 EST Race Report: 2015 Spring Forward 15K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901265 I'm in marathon training lite. What I've been doing is running with the Fleet Feet pace pass group, doing the long run assignments for marathon training, and just running as I think fits out the schedule three other days of the week. Saturdays are long runs, Tuesdays are usually hill workouts, and Sunday and Thursday is whatever I feel like. I'm short on speed work, compared to a formal training program. But I'm having fun, and I seem to be in good physical shape. <BR> <BR> The point of ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:36:09 EST Race Report: 2015 Johnny's Runnin' of the Green (5 miles) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893439 Yesterday was Pi Day, a fact that I didn't notice till late in the day when I saw several Facebook posts referring to it. But by chance, I know what I was doing at Pi second, 3-14-15 9:26:53.5. I was lined up and waiting for the start of Johnny's Runnin' of the Green, a 5 mile road race that is traditionally regarded as the start of the Rochester running season. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I had been to the Cobb's Hill run, as is my custom. While there, I ran into my pace group leader for Saturdays... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 16:33:21 EST Being the Pace Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879945 Today's paced run was at Mendon Ponds Park, a venue that I really like. The forecast was for moderate winds, 10 mph or so, and temperature warming from the high single digits to the high teens during the time I should be running. There is a lot of snow on the ground, and I assumed there would be a lot of snow covered roads at Mendon. The forecasts and assumptions turned out to be close to reality. It was 10°when I left home, 21°when I got back, and I ended up running a mixture of snow cov... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:14:02 EST More snow, more cold weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878960 It's been a tough week in a tough month. On Ground Hog's Day, the amount of snow I had was getting to me: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l716550082.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I went out and ran 6 miles of hills the next day, and I could cope again. Good thing, because we got a bit more snow since then. Here's the view at noon today: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l294798294.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No, it didn't snow every day. We got no new snow on Fe... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:33:28 EST Race Report: Running with the Serious Runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875746 Today I could sleep late. Instead of doing a paced run at 7:30, I would be doing a race at 10:00. I managed to sleep in till 5 AM, which allowed me a leisurely morning pre-race. <BR> <BR> When I got up, my driveway was clear. But there was a half inch of snow in it by 7AM. Shoveled that much, on the theory that having that much less might make the difference between shoveling and running a snowblower later. This marks 14 days in a row of enough snow to be worth clearing the driveway. <B... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:00:22 EST Wind Chill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875314 Yesterday and today the local media made a Very Big Deal out of the wind chill. At various times, we were in a Wind Chill Advisory, or Wind Chill Watch, or Wind Chill Warning. I didn't pay much attention to which term was used when. <BR> <BR> Wind chill is not a number I find particularly useful. I want to know air temperature, wind speed, wind direction, and what type of precipitation is in the air. Then I can decide what I'm going to wear to run. <BR> <BR> No fewer that four people to... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:25:49 EST Milestone Patch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874120 It's tax season, and it's snow season. That has added up to not much blogging, as sleep is higher priority. Between volunteering 8 hours a week, working 40 hours a week, and dealing with snow, most of my formal cross-training hasn't been happening. I do hope to bring it back when we get a break from the continual new layers of fresh snow. <BR> <BR> Today I got a goody in the mail: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l468829134.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I signed up fo... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:37:36 EST Snow and Running Therapy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869635 Snow is a great time suck. <BR> <BR> I've known this for some time, and the snow we've got recently isn't that big a deal, as snow in Rochester, NY goes. But this is my busy time of year. It's tax season, and I volunteer 8 hours a day doing tax returns for low income people. I work a 40 hour week, and it's the time of year to hoard paid days off that I will want later in the year. And I'm planning on running five half marathons this year, which means I need to train to stay pretty much c... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:41:03 EST Good Life Halfsy and the 2015 Race Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861233 Today is Friday. It's a rest day on my training schedule, which means I don't run. Instead I do a little kettlebell work and some squats, walk enough to get my step count in, and do my every day exercises. Some rest days, I barely make it past my step count goal. <BR> <BR> The big event today is not running, or any other exercise. The big event today was the opening of the second round of early registration codes for the Good Life Halfsy. This is a half marathon in Lincoln, Nebraska on ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:30:01 EST MLK Day: Blood Donation, Cross Training, and Race Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858125 It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is a paid holiday for my employer. It also happens to be the day for my routine blood donation, which works because the Red Cross does not take today as a holiday. I donate blood 6 times a year, and I've been running and maintaining my weight long enough that this is pretty routine by now. Take the day off work (when it's not a holiday anyway), hydrate well in the morning, and front load the exercise and steps so I can take it easy after blood donatio... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:46:54 EST Cold Run, and Thinking Like a Veteran Runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856679 I could write a long blog about this morning's run, but that's not where I want to go today. Here's the short version: <BR> <BR> It's the week between the half marathon and the start of the next pace pass session, so I was on my own for a long run today. Today's high was forecast for 30° F, but when I got up this morning it was -3°. I thought, it will get warmer. When I finished breakfast and got out to run, it was -5°. That's a new low temperature for me to run in, but because there wa... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:35:45 EST Race Report: 2015 Winter Warrior Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851884 **Disclaimer** <BR> <BR> Disclaimer and explanation for those who haven't followed the back story: I am 59 years old, and fast for my age. My target pace on long slow training runs is 8:30 per mile. It's always a struggle to keep it that slow. Yes, I know it doesn't sound slow to the majority of recreational runners. Yes, I know my slow pace is faster than many people's tempo pace. I've had time to get used to that. The principles of running long runs slow and learning to run at diffe... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 14:49:18 EST Musing the evening before the race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850624 It's so predictable: The taper is over. It's the evening before a big race, and I'm all anticipation. I want to run! Picked up my packet for the Winter Warrior Half, which consists of just a bib and the race hat: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1299160231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The route is not terribly exciting, 5 times around the parking lot of Monroe Community College plus a leg off to Bill Gray's Iceplex at the finish. But I have to love an organized race at ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 21:08:53 EST Last long run before Winter Warrior Half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844921 Today was the last day of the 14 week pace pass program. The scheduled route was a mere 6 miles, as the formal training program it's linked to has the half marathon trainees entering the final week of taper. <BR> <BR> I ran 6.3 miles of hills Tuesday. I ran a 7.5 mile race on Thursday. The "long" run of 6 miles would be the third longest run of the Monday-Sunday training week. Counting last Sunday's 7.3 miles, it would be the shortest run of the calendar week. Mr. Testosterone has a pro... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 16:26:31 EST