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/ 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 Race Report: 2015 Resolution Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843068 I don't' do New Years resolutions. I never have done them. When I am prepared to change something in my life, I start working on changing it at the random time I'm ready to start. The most significant random date was July 11, 2011, when I reluctantly admitted I needed to track what I eat and joined Spark People. <BR> <BR> Later on I became a runner. That leads to running in races, and most races on New Years Day will be called Resolution Run. The local race today is no exception, so tod... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:00:18 EST New Year's Eve - Looking toward tomorrow's race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842247 It's New Year's Eve. Traditionally, this is an evening when people stay up till midnight to greet the new year. In some circles, consumption of alcoholic beverages is customary. Even in circles where alcohol is not used, consuming traditional party fare (read: junk food) is common. <BR> <BR> I am an empty nester, with no social tradition of consuming alcohol. I joined Spark People in July 2011, and found within the first two months that getting enough sleep is a key thing for making my h... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:49:33 EST Shorter Long Run and Returning to Normal Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839304 On Christmas Day, I ate too much. But that was yesterday's blog. Today is Saturday, a day for a long run. I slept till the alarm went off, but fortunately had set it early enough to have enough time to get to the run. Still a bit shaky from my loss of control on Christmas, I tried to make today as normal as possible. I had my normal breakfast, did my normal chinups, pushups, abduction/adduction, and calf raises as part of the breakfast routine. The weather was a gorgeous 40° F with mini... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:19:19 EST Maintenance and Holiday Lapses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838949 I found Spark People in 2011. I struggled through the Christmas season that year, with a spectacular lapse coinciding with the Christmas Lunch at work. By the end of 2012, I was solidly into maintenance. The 2012 and 2013 Christmas seasons were tightly controlled, no big deal. For the 2014 Christmas season, I was a three year maintainer. This should be easy, right? <BR> <BR> Maybe it *should* be easy, but it wasn't. This year, I was kind of faking training for a marathon. No race is... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:58:20 EST Race Report: Reindeer Run 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836043 Today would have been a long run of possibly 20 or 22 miles, but instead I registered for the Reindeer Run 5K. 5K isn't very far when the long runs are over 10 miles, but it's a fun race. You wear fake antlers, and mingle with both serious runners and not so serious runners. Proceeds go to support The Strong Museum of Play, and the awards are toy-themed trophies. <BR> <BR> All week long I hadn't been in the mood for a race. I'd been doubting the wisdom of signing up. Maybe I just should... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:10:36 EST Adjusting to the Holiday Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834626 Today was the departmental holiday lunch at work. This fall, my employer shut down the building I had worked in for 23 years, sending my department to two separate locations. The lunch was at the other location, a 50 mile round trip. I knew in advance that I would not get my walk in at lunch today. <BR> <BR> Three years ago, as a newly minted maintainer, the departmental holiday lunch was a concern. What was it like? (Digs through old blogs . . . ) Oh, my. Three years ago, the departme... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:00:23 EST Snowy long run and contemplating a marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832535 Today's long run options were 10, 12, or 20 miles. When the routes came out, I didn't like the way they were laid out. The first 10 miles ended with a spiral around some blocks near downtown, with plenty of options to bail early and cut some distance. The 12 and 20 options started on the same path, with the 12 turning left and going back early while the 20 went on to a different route with only one opportunity to cut a couple of miles, with a choice having to be made about mile 14. It wo... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:41:21 EST Listening to Your Body 201 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832089 Yesterday Robert (ON2VICTORY) posted something on Facebook that I wanted to respond to in more length than the Facebook format easily allows. Today he kindly reposted it as a blog on SparkPeople: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831921 </link> <BR> <BR> This is a cautionary tale, a result I hope to avoid. I don't think I push myself as hard as Robert tends to push himself, but I have pushed myself hard enough to get on the disabled list th... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:12:37 EST Saturday Long Run - new distance PR at 18 miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828793 Today is Saturday, a day for a group run. At 7:30 AM it was 37° with light rain and negligible wind. The forecast was for these conditions to persist for 3 to 4 hours. This is better running weather than walking weather, and much better running weather than standing around weather. <BR> <BR> I run with a pace group that is attached to a half and full marathon training program. I never know till I get there who will show up. Today, there was the pace leader; the running buddy who pushed ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:06:51 EST Aiming for consistency in strength training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828293 I am an adult onset runner. Becoming a runner was a physical and emotional process, and it led to places that I did not even consider when I set out to see if I could train up to running a 3.5 mile event without slowing to a walk. <BR> <BR> In the first round of 5K training, I had sore calves much of the time. The soreness was because I was developing the calf muscles, using them in a way I had not used them before. But I did not have any issues with my quads or hamstrings. That was okay... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:32:13 EST Streaks, Consistency, and Today's Shorter Long Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824779 I have several Spark streaks, and I confess I don't look at them as often as I used to. Over time, some of them become routine. I don't look at the log in streak, or the exercise 90 minutes a week streak, or the 8 cups of water per day streak. Those things are just part of life, and they happen. There is no motivation and no insight to gain there. <BR> <BR> Then there are the streaks that I keep breaking and restarting. For example, the 10K steps per day streak. I had a streak of 335 d... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 16:34:11 EST Waffle Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824353 It's Friday, which is normally a non-running day for me. It's also the last day of a week off work; Monday it's back to work. And it's Black Friday, with all that implies for shopping in the United States. <BR> <BR> The marketing email from the local Fleet Feet listed their Black Friday specials. The one that interested me was 30% off GU products. That would put their single GU packets down almost as low as I can buy them online; what about boxes? Maybe I should go look. <BR> <BR> And a... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:38:52 EST Race Report: Race with Grace 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823958 For most of last week, the forecast for Thanksgiving called for temperatures in the mid 30s and no precipitation. It turned out to be a little colder and a little wetter. I woke up this morning to see a snow-covered driveway, and a mostly covered street with clear tire tracks. By extrapolation, I expected the major roads to be mostly clear. Snow was still coming down. I looked at the hourly forecast, and it called for this to continue through race time. <BR> <BR> That affected my plans... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:18:09 EST Podiatrist, Blood Donation, and Upcoming 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822392 It seems that even the days off work tend to be a bit busy. <BR> <BR> This morning I saw the podiatrist again. X-rays show healing progress in the stress fractures on the left foot, but the process isn't done. I described my foot twinges, and he gave me a wrap to support the arch. It works kind of like an ace bandage, only thinner, easier to apply, and specialized for the foot. The sound track was that I could wear it against the skin and put my sock over it, or I could wear it over my s... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:50:21 EST