MYLAUREN2's SparkPeople Blog MYLAUREN2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community still not breaking any land speed records my goal for the year is to put in 2013 miles. I am on my way, walking and running. I dont expect to set any land speed records at this point in time, just to cross that finish line strong. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:45:32 EST ready for a new year.... finished strong 2012, december 9 and december 31 completed half marathons, and started this year with one as well... call me crazy. I have to keep up with such a strong ending. Just have to have that will power, and being mindful of eating habits. Here is to a great 2013 Tue, 1 Jan 2013 16:16:08 EST back pain day number 5 out of work.... and no running... hoping to be able to move freely again soon. Dont like the feeling of just sitting here. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:43:18 EST new shoes I figured it was time to get some new running shoes.... I dont know how people know how many miles they have logged on the shoes. The last pair I bought was six months ago. I now have some gold shiny like a fish going after a shiny hook...they felt really good to try on and my feet were in heaven. Now I will get them on the road in the morning to see if they feel the same way. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:31:03 EST ok, next time I will try them on first I went shopping for some pants for work... of course I found some shorts to work out in...mmmm I said to myself, well i will just get the same size I have at home, same brand and all. I finally tried them on... oh my my. I dont think I will be wearing them out anytime too soon, due to the fact, One, I dont wanna scare anyone, small children, animals, and Two, I have way too much pride to walk out the door with every nook and crannie shown to the world. I will be able to wear them in time.... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:14:12 EST Plano Balloon 5k I will be taking part in this 5k, I am not running I will be walking with a friend. she is sooo excited to be taking part in her first 5k. we went and got our packets today, t shirts, bibs and extra tickets into the festival. I cant wait to see the balloons up close. I have seen them in the air every year and I never went to the area where they launched them. <em>410</em> <em>67</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 22:54:05 EST back to work now vacation is over... I am done ironing my uniform. It was nice while it lasted. Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:34:54 EST I have done nothing all week while on vacation so today, I decided to take a walk. I mapped it out, it would be close to 12 miles. I left at about 1145am, did a little running and then got to my destination in 90 minutes, my down fall was I sat down, so I only got a 7 mile walk in today. and i stink... SO i got a ride home, told my friend I was waiting for a bus to take me home, however this section of town had no buses... so she gave me a ride.. I did warn her that I stink.. she said it was ok. Now to hit the shower and smell good aga... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:54:33 EST ten miles Sunday, it was a great cool morning. 65 degrees 615 am, we all ( i didnt count, but i would bet close to 250 people) met up at run on! dallas for our weekly long run. the run walk group I am in, we leave last, you would usually find me holding on to the tail of the group. I never claimed to be breaking any land speed records. But on this nice cool morning, I found my self in the middle group of ours. As we went about our route, we ended up on Swiss ave, thats where all the old fancy ric... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:21:25 EST west nile... I guess by walking in the mall at night keeps me fairly safe from the west nile bug biters.. how ever, running at 5 am outside leaves me a target. I will start to invest in some bug spray...i know the chance of getting the bite from the right bug is slim, but why take that chance. They say wear long sleeves and bug spray... long sleeves will have me dying of heat... <em>419</em> maybe i should get a pet bat... its a green way to keep the bugs at Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:19:57 EST I got my dog a cat I finally gave in and got the Old Maggie girl a kitten. right now she is guarding the door of the bedroom, Maggie on one side and Twinkletoes on the the other. Maggie has tried to "taste" tinkletoes several times today. I think i am in for a long night. Hoping the transition goes <em>240</em> <em>338</em> Sat, 4 Aug 2012 22:57:15 EST back to business My back is feeling better. I see the dr tomorrow. this morning I went for a five mile run, with tape again. Dr said I would most likely have to keep taping all the time i run. I really did not want to hear that. That tape gets expensive, but it works.,...I had a better run this morning than last week. I guess i will have to keep taping till I can find something better and less costly. Thu, 2 Aug 2012 21:47:42 EST power sneeze friday... I had one of those power sneezes.. so much so it hurt my back. went to see good old dr tom and he had me mostly pain free... said i couldnt run on sunday morning. I have to go back to see him, i am gonna try to run tomorrow morning. Lets see how it goes. Must not be stubborn and if it hurts to stop and go home. sounds like a plan Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:48:35 EST sore legs I have been suffering from sore shins since last sunday. I have tried compression sleeves, cant seem to get them tight enough. So I guess I will go back to rock tape... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:44:31 EST ok...miracle mile is in the book I wasn't as fast as i wanted to be... 12:26 but I will take it. I was at the end of the group... I will get faster, if not.. i will always finish. Hoping, that tuesday will be cooler at 5 am Sun, 22 Jul 2012 22:57:31 EST miracle mile tomorrow will soon be here.. and the miracle mile is upon us. Lets see how well I have impoved since last time. This is the start of the half marathon training...and only 107 degrees today.. feels like 95 at 11pm what will six am bring Sat, 21 Jul 2012 23:58:22 EST when its winter... I forget how hot the summer was.. I remember now...arghhhh Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:47:35 EST half marathon training to begin for the past six months I have been doing 5k training.. I am now taking that next step. Half marathon training, which will also be a lesson in getting up really early. i have signed up for the dallas half in december, now gonna work on getting a better time for myself. let the training begin. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:29:23 EST shopping for shorts.... really? I decided to invest in some new shorts....hmmm I think i will wait a little longer. I saw some that were my size. I truly believe they were mismarked. they looked like short shorts. Sorry I dont go that short,I really dont need my backside hanging out for all to see. Maybe in several more years I may think otherwise. oh well I tried Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:47:09 EST I thought the rain would cool it off but nooooo..... hills tonight in the hot mugginess? it was awful.. i had water(sweat) running down my arms and off my fingers...yuck. I did do all my hills, glad I had a towel in the car when I finished. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:08:01 EST increasing the mall walking I really dont like shopping and mall shopping is painful. walking the mall means going past all the open doors.. the clerks asking you to come in and shop.. no thanks. free samples? only in the food court right? no thanks. tonight increased the time it took to do one lap around the mall... i entered in to Macys... yup.. even went to the shoe dept.. and i dont do shoes... i own just enough to barely get by with.. two pairs of work shoes, one running one walking shoe and some pair to bum aro... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:28:47 EST rearranging my day I was to work today a normal nine to six day today... how ever, I forgot that Kaboomtown is going on tonight. Fireworks and such and it is taking place just a few short miles from where I work. I am guessing there will be more than a few people wanting something on the way home from the fire works. So I will be working over night tonight... wont my employees be so happy to see me <em>40</em> So I get to nap after I finish running around today.. you know license pic... getting the food shop... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 12:09:13 EST still mall walking Having to walk in the mall is such fun. Once again, passing the cupcake place.. it was so so sad, they only had one flavor left....still wasnt tempted. I noticed that there are lots of people walking in the mall to walk. but for some strange reason none of them seem to acknowledge the other walkers there. hmmmm wonder why. We now make a stroll through Hollister? shop... how can anyone see what they are buying in there, its so dark. Sizes are all very small, maybe that is why they dont try... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 23:35:05 EST Mall walking I have taking to mall walking... yup and I dont feel that old yet!! It has become very hot out there now that summer is here. I still run with my group out in that heat.. what is wrong with me? I am walking with a friend in the mall. We walked three miles tonight and did some window shopping.. checking out the cupcake place..mmmm and the choc expensive place, you know the one I mean. Lets not forget about the candy shoppe while we were at it. However, did not purchase any of those items. s... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 23:46:20 EST I have taken on the hills Last blog was about getting ready to love the hills. i have attacked and survived the hills. I was ready to do it again. I heard we are planning on taking them on again this week.. I cant wait. I think doing the stairs at my complex helped with the leg strength, i could be wrong. Hills are my friend <em>345</em> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:37:08 EST I love hills. I love hills.... I have been told to keep repeating that to myself. I will be taking on the hills tomorrow in my running group. I know I was complaining about the heat in May, now here it is June and its even hotter. Hotter and Hills, what more could I ask for? I guess it cant be too bad can it? I love hills... I love hills... I will continue with my mantra.... I love hills... I love hills... hills are my friend Mon, 11 Jun 2012 23:40:20 EST may heat ok ok now.... i would like to be outside and doing more... however this heat. since when did it start getting to be over 90 in may. i really need to find someone to walk or run with me. i dont wanna pass out on the side of the road alone. Thu, 24 May 2012 23:40:12 EST ok, training for the longer run now... Ok, been training for the 5k for the past what 18 weeks... I enjoy the folks that I run with, some are quite amusing. I think come july? i will start dong the longer training thing for the half marathon. Lets see how that does for me. Tue, 15 May 2012 22:49:34 EST mmmm watermelon season yup, time for some of my favorite fruit. watermelon. I have to remember to not indulge as much as i like... Thu, 10 May 2012 23:51:55 EST st patties day 5k can you tell i was not in dallas this weekend. we left at 7 am the gun went off at 730am, i was thinking about parking and walking to the start line. we got there ar 715, time to spare. get in our corral??? none to be seen, just some one on the speaker saying if you run slower than a 7 min mile, please be behind the line. the national athem came, i hoped for a fly over, and would you believe, i got one with a small plane with a smoke trail, like the kind that use to sky write. he flew ov... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 23:58:51 EST Ok the calender says its winter.... but it is humid and close to eighty degrees. Maybe I missed the weather change and wasnt reminded to dress for summer weather. Took my run tonight... sweaty and yuck... but ya know, it felt good. Can I call it conditioning for the summer? Lets see how I do on my 5k this weekend, aiming to set a new pr. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 23:48:43 EST and so it goes.. i did my 5k in a time of 38 mins, which i was very happy with. I have in the past week have had several people come to me and ask if i were losing weight. Or saying... you look skinny,. i feel pretty good when some one says that and they have no idea that is my goal. Looking forward to keep going and getting to my goal and maintaining it. now if i could just cut out the good and fruity... hmmm only 54o cal a box, anyone care to share them? Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:48:02 EST steps and stairs Ok, so i am getting ready for that 5k on saturday...aiming to get lower than 41 min. feel the I am doing all the steps here at the complex, still waiting for someone to join me in my endeavor. so far no such luck, just strange looks as i go past huffing and puffing... oh well Sun, 5 Feb 2012 14:28:47 EST what happened to winter... last year on this day.. snow freezing temps.. this year lovely weather... Worked up a good sweat doing the stairs today. even thought about hoping in the pool... might have been a tad bit cold. thought against it...Lets see what tomorrow brings Wed, 1 Feb 2012 23:53:30 EST my time to run I took friday and saturday off... seems to be taking a pattern of sorts... I went for my run this morning. I made a goal for myself to get to Campbell Road. I was longer than the thirty minutes that was scheduled. I started off well... got to the hill.. omg.. I was not ready for that energy drainer yet...I failed to bring some water..I was dying fast. I walked more than I had planned on walking. In my last Half mile, there was a woman carry groceries in the middle of the sidewalk.. so I o... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 14:01:48 EST 5 mph I use to think when i walked and did 4 mph i was doing really well. Since starting with run on, i have stuck to doing my work outs. this morning i tracked my run and low and be hold... 5mph... feel the wind as i rush Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:43:21 EST now i cant sit down my plan for the evening was to rest. ha! after eating dinner, i just could not sit here watching mindless tv. I took on the steps of the complex again. seven buildings, havent counted how many stairs yet, but do know that there was 8 lights out. much improved over last month when there were 25 out. woohoo Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:55:48 EST first week of the year, only 51 more to go this first week has had its ups and downs. Doing the run on training for the 5k and wanted to do the run with them this morning, how ever, what ever i cooked last night for dinner had other plans for me. tomorrow i will make up my missed time. but really? it has only been a week in this new year. hmmm Sat, 7 Jan 2012 21:46:45 EST Had to do it again.... for the past few years I have been helping out at the White rock marathon. I had fun handing out the participant t shirts, high fiving the first time marathon runners, giving out the mylar blankets and the ribbons. This year, i did the fun stuff at the expo, but choose to do the half marathon. Hmm, looking back, I would have choosen a warmer day to do such an event.... I haven't gotten faster, yet. I did know where to potty with out waiting in line at the porta potties( its my secret when ... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 21:41:36 EST ready or not 13.1 Ok, I did my 13.1 today. was I ready for that.... after thought would tell me nope. I was doing well up to the eight mile marker. I struggled to get to the finish line. I never had any intention of running this thing. That is something that will come with time. It took me three hours and thirty minutes to finish, actually, just under that. For some reason, whenever I plan to do one of these things, I tend to get sick just before, and this was no exception. i am gonna work at getting faster ... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 18:51:53 EST GO RANGERS second world series in a row... woohoo Sat, 15 Oct 2011 23:48:44 EST 5k your way rookie day one Ok, now i am getting serious here. I signed up for that group today, had to really think about it. I have been feeling like crap, no energy, do I really want to sign up and not complete what i started? nope where is the pride and purpose and passion in that. So went to the doc in the box today, got a couple of old shots to the tushie and took a nap, woke up feeling like a million bucks. So I signed up and just completed day one, feels good feels like a plan. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 23:30:00 EST nice fall walk I took on a challenge to myself to see if i could do 8 miles in two hours. I did it in 2 hours 9 min. two bottles of water and some music. I really wanted to do white rock lake, for the views and knowing how far I was walking. Instead... I did from the north dallas tollway to coit rd, more exciting to see if cars would actually yield to someone walking. I did have one person wave as they drove past, I dont believe I knew who they were. I got to see and smell the freshly run over skunk a... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 15:48:34 EST evening walk back to walking....hmmm <BR> felt good to be walking again, to feel the sweat on the back of my neck, the beat of the music in the ears, losing track of how many laps around the complex and how long I am walking. Now to improve on the time....ahhhh Sun, 25 Sep 2011 23:31:06 EST lets try this again... ok, its time to get back on the horse so to speak. Finding it hard to get motivated here. I just gotta do it now. Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:56:51 EST My second day number one I have been living, let me take that back... I have been surviving. I have not been doing what I should have been doing, and as such I feel and see it. I had made the resolve to get this started again when I went on vacation... yes on vacation. I have started walking and making plans to complete a few half marathons ( walking) at this point. I believe I have the mindset to get through the start of this and continue on to where I need to be. Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:09:23 EST Need to start increasing my cardio minutes I have been wallking more often than not. still I need to walk farther and longer to get to where I need to be, With the cooler weather I plan on making that goal in short time. Wed, 13 Oct 2010 22:22:13 EST Rangers Woohoo Rangers move on to the next round!!! Wed, 13 Oct 2010 00:38:14 EST I am tired And I didnt do anything today. I brought the maggie dog to Dogs Rule resort, where she could run and play all day. We got home and in less than thirty minutes, she was crashed out on the floor. I wish it were me...I dont know why I am so tired. I didnt even watch the Rangers win today...GO Rangers!!!! I am looking forward to tomorrow...maybe I will have more energy. Wed, 6 Oct 2010 20:18:53 EST Still going took me a while to get going again, but I am doing it. I feel like the pace is back. I have to make time to walk and fitting my maggie in there too.. she can do about twenty minutes before she gets pooped and I am leading her. Poor girl. I am trying keep up the pace and not stop. Still have not found anyone to walk with, but I am ok with that. I have been walking the parking lot in the apt complex here, several laps keeps me going and then I get the maggie and we finish together. Sun, 3 Oct 2010 20:18:38 EST