ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog ONEKIDSMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Trying to keep Sleeping Beauty's forest at bay In between the training and racing, that is... <BR> <BR> Remember last year's deforestation project on the patio? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I posted various stages of "progress" on it, this photo is from May 17, 2015. This year, I'm trying to keep ahead of it, and with a little help from SPINNINGJW yesterday morning, this is the shape we left it in, after my time-box allotment of working just an hour on it. ... Tue, 31 May 2016 07:28:55 EST In the interest of full disclosure! Thanks everyone for the congrats on "winning" my age group... but you *did* notice I said the woman behind me won hers? And there were only 48 participants, total? And the last finisher was a 12 year old (actually 13, they don't let them race before 13, but he was YOUNG... and there were TWO really young 'uns out there). <BR> <BR> Bottom line, as happens a lot with smallish events... many of us were in age groups all on our own, including me, and the gal behind me (I got her age group wr... Mon, 30 May 2016 07:36:03 EST I think this shall become a new Memorial Day weekend tradition As usual, ONEKIDSMOM is a sufferer from Chronic Early Arrival Syndrome. I am my father's daughter. I arrived while they were still setting up transition. Mine was the first bike in... look at that, I didn't even take a picture of my bike in transition! <BR> <BR> But I did take pictures of the memorial signs they had set up... and nearly teared up at 6 a.m. in the parking lot / transition set up area. The sign I had them make for Amy was only one of a line-up. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 29 May 2016 16:14:39 EST Learning to say NO... an on-going challenge! I know that I CAN say "no", it's just that I never like to. I have the "disease to please" as one author dubs it. I have worked on this. I have practiced. I have got better. And I can say no. But it continues to take an enormous amount of social energy. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, I made a request that someone bring me my Team uniform for a Triathlon club I pay dues to and had ordered and paid for the "kit". This team is named for the whole state, but it's mostly folks up the road a piece,... Sat, 28 May 2016 09:37:07 EST Silliness and Brenda's bus ride <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, I bought a red nose with my donation to National Red Nose day. And yes, I put it on at work to make people laugh. Had to take a selfie at lunch time just to post it. And I look at this picture and see... MOBYCARP when he's mugging for the camera and doping a grin (or at least when we were younger, he would do that on occasion). Never much thought I looked like my brother, but I see ... Fri, 27 May 2016 07:45:35 EST Always have a plan B I'm plotting on taking Brenda Starr Trek (the fitness hybrid bike) to work today. The weather is a little chancy, but I should be OK for the ride TO work. That's where having a plan B comes in for today's notes. The afternoon commute looks like "scattered thunderstorms" after thunderstorms mid-day. <BR> <BR> Well! The question of whether one wants to ride the bike enters... and what would a plan B look like? <BR> <BR> The options: weather is only cloudy when I get off? Risk riding hom... Thu, 26 May 2016 07:26:01 EST Spark Chapter 9 - Aging Bet you thought I forgot (senior moment? senior months?) about reviewing the book Spark: The revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain by John J. Ratey, MD with Eric Hagerman. Not to be confused with The Spark by our own Chris Downie here at <BR> <BR> This book is old, in terms of research years, copyright 2008. But have to say it opened some eyes. I was already converted in terms of exercise, just because of how good it makes me feel, what a great job it doe... Wed, 25 May 2016 08:02:08 EST Energy cycles and healthy lifestyle It really is all about finding the balance of your life... finding what you are willing to do, what you are willing to "let go", and giving yourself permission to do just that. <BR> <BR> Now to the energy cycles... and this is a commentary on actually a little more than introversion. If you read my Saturday blog, you'll recognize a VERY active and intense day. If you read my Sunday blog, you'll have seen me backing away from more of the same. Sunday I did not have the "oomph". <BR> <BR... Mon, 23 May 2016 07:50:58 EST Wisdom, water temperatures, and peer influence I had been thinking of doing the open water swim <em>237</em> with some hardy souls who scheduled it for 8 this morning. I started looking up the hourly temperature forecast yesterday evening, and discovered it was only going to be in the low 60's. With the air temperature that low, but rising throughout the day, I was pondering over the time of the outing, and whether later in the day might be better for this old lady's body! <BR> <BR> Enter the peer influence element. On the FB group... Sun, 22 May 2016 10:22:14 EST A full and satisfying Saturday As I wrote down yesterday, my hope for today was to get a brick workout in. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, a "brick" is a back-to-back workout of two (or more) sports. In today's case, it was to be a bike/run brick... my first of this year's tri training season. <BR> <BR> But before I headed out to do that workout... two things happened. One, I got my car repaired (recall of air-bag, y'all remember the one... they expanded it to include more models, including mine). ... Sat, 21 May 2016 18:49:25 EST If you write about it... If you write about it, it makes it more likely that you'll actually do it. If you put your money down for an event (at least it works that way for me), the likelihood of showing up and doing the thing increases. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday I wrote that I would swim on Thursday, and strength train today. The swim yesterday after work: workmanlike. I went 1100 yards, 200 of which were structured drills. I am using my old Oly Tri training plan, as modified for me. <BR> <BR> The one glitch in... Fri, 20 May 2016 08:02:28 EST Grocery store burning, daughter in law home, and yikes! First the really good news: my daughter in law got sprung from the hospital not Wednesday, but Tuesday evening. She's now ensconced at home with a portable wound vac. Her follow up with the surgeon isn't until next month, the estimated return to work is in July. I'm thinking she's going to go NUTS at home all that time. Of course right now, it's no stairs, no lifting, etc., as is appropriate in the first two or three weeks post-abdominal surgery. Then a gradual return to activity. I'm ... Thu, 19 May 2016 07:53:46 EST Respect the rest day There is a reason that rest days are built into training schedules. Hey, they are structured into most religious and civil traditions, too! Why? Because we all need a respite. Our bodies need to rebuild and restore. Our minds need to reflect and assimilate. <BR> <BR> Since I opted to do the bicycle commute yesterday, that made today my rest day. And I feel the need. It won't be completely inactive, mind you, as I still have that walk to and from the office from the car, and I have my ... Wed, 18 May 2016 07:54:42 EST Bike commute and lunch date I am attempting to change up the training schedule... don't like trying to fit it in over a lunch hour. So, yesterday, my swim was after work. Turned out I only lasted 27 minutes in the pool. 700 yards. 200 of which were drills. <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> At the end of those 700 yards I needed to climb out of the pool to go use the restroom... and that was the end of that. Showered, shivered my way back to my car and came home. I SHALL make this work, somehow. It's the balance of the... Tue, 17 May 2016 07:38:08 EST Solo miles on foot You heard me all week long looking forward to that bike ride for its stress relieving properties. And it was an excellent source of activity based stress relieving. But look at my days: last weekend I was surrounded by people. First at the graduation. Then went opportunistically on a dog-walking mission with Alicia (who normally does not over-people me, and I figured I'd be OK 'cause I'd be alone on Sunday...) <BR> <BR> But then the hospital thing happened... I missed a night of sleep..... Mon, 16 May 2016 07:48:11 EST Miles in the saddle Saturday dawned with a drive up the road a piece to the Air and Space Museum, where many road rides begin, including this one. Sophia got the call for this ride (I have three bikes, for those who aren't "regulars" or have lost track... Uma Vertigo the Unavega is a knobby tired mountain bike, on kind of a long-term loan to ALICIA363... Brenda Starr Trek, a fitness hybrid and my go-to work commute bike... and Sophia Silque Trek, a sweet ride of a road bike that I indulged in after my first Oly... Sun, 15 May 2016 08:26:49 EST Bonus blog - the music will not stop... Just because the music teacher is retiring, that doesn't mean the music stops! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> The cake! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> The family who were present. From left to right, that would be me, the "surprise guest" (surprisingly, it WAS a surprise, our honoree's daughter), the honoree herself, and ALICIA363. <BR> <BR> <img... Sat, 14 May 2016 18:09:50 EST DIL did not get to go home If you're wondering about the reference to frustrations, it's about that... the insurance company and the doctor are at loggerheads of the medical appropriateness of his plan to let her go home... and she's stuck in the hospital while the insurance administrators are off for the weekend! <BR> <BR> I did not know this until after the retirement party last night... I had left it hanging in the air. Got home to a message on the answering machine from the mythical son... he didn't say anythin... Sat, 14 May 2016 07:46:49 EST NOW it's Friday! Son called yesterday to let me know it looks as though DIL will indeed be discharged some time today. He will cut his orientation short by the "campus tour" being omitted and hopes to be back in town by 2:30 p.m. Which frees me to do the sister retirement thing, no matter when I get called to do the Mom Taxi duty. <BR> <BR> Food: there will be a challenge at the retirement thing, but I've navigated those kinds of things many, many times, and it doesn't concern me. There will be an additi... Fri, 13 May 2016 07:48:35 EST Is it Friday yet? Why-ever not? I feel like my week has been too long already! End of whine! <BR> <BR> So... getting necessary things done. Jumbled up order, but getting the essentials done. My routine has been upset by the waste management company changing my garbage/lawn waste pick up day. Yeah, first world problem - suck it up! <BR> <BR> But, as of this morning, the laundry is done, the trash is at the curb, the bills got paid, and I'm 15 minutes at a time catching up on sleep. Meanwhile, back at the hospital, dau... Thu, 12 May 2016 07:49:00 EST The new looks are in I had a review of the urban flooding on my way to and from work yesterday... the lake around which I often run was up over the road all the way into the baseball fields. The bike trail underpass? Oh, yeah, you wanted scuba equipment to go there yesterday. It was even that way on the way home. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, yesterday was a dry day. Unfortunately, this morning, it's raining again. <BR> <BR> In other news, I got the text message from the eye place yesterday afternoon. I knew I ha... Wed, 11 May 2016 07:44:43 EST Stormy weather on my end of town Yesterday morning I went by the hospital to "spell" my son before going in to work. That gave him the chance to dash home, feed pets, etc. I got to meet the surgeon and get an update because timing was just the way it was. Daughter in law made it clear she's "over" this having watchers 24 hours... She, like so many of us, is introverted, and hospital stays with all the people around? Ayiyi... not the most comfy thing, even though the people are caring and concerned... just the sheer volume... Tue, 10 May 2016 07:08:15 EST Restorative niche on the run As _LINDA commented on yesterday's blog, "Hard to believe you are an introvert, just saying!" Yes, it was a VERY extrovert-activity filled weekend... from the huge commencement exercise to that overnight hospital stay. Very draining for an introvert. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, I had breaks from the people interactions... the time in the waiting room, I was completely alone, for example (except for reaching out online, of course... guess with the online social networks no one is completely alon... Mon, 9 May 2016 06:31:59 EST Mothers' Day Breakfast and the hospital games We last left you while Daughter in Law was in surgery. The next update was that they could not remove the appendix with the scope, and that meant a more complex deal, open surgery. Even with that detour, by 5:30 a.m. she was through recovery and back in her room. She said the doctor was going to show her pictures of why they had to open... (scope takes photos... technology is amazing, I keep saying)... it had indeed ruptured, "all over the place" (DIL's words).. <BR> <BR> So, she'll be in... Sun, 8 May 2016 13:19:18 EST Saturday was a loooong day... Not only was the ceremony long (4 hours... they trooped 1700+ grads across the stage), the rest of the day followed. And now, at 2:44 a.m. Sunday, Mothers' Day has not even seen the sun and I'm feeling I am fulfilling that role... as a mom. <BR> <BR> We left off yesterday's blog as I headed out the door to pick up my son. It was his gift to me to actually walk across the stage to collect his degree certificate. He thought his wife and his mom would appreciate it more than that he needed i... Sun, 8 May 2016 04:03:30 EST I am wearing a dress today Don't laugh. I VERY RARELY wear dresses. But today, I am wearing one. <em>346</em> <BR> <BR> Why so rare? Seriously, it is about the feet. My feet cannot stand regular shoes, ever since I tripped over the dog (long story) back in 2007, I think it was. I hurt my left foot, mainly the toes. Since then, I haven't been able to wear even flats with comfort. When I put on heels for special events? Torture. We won't even mention the fact that such pairs of shoes as I own in those styles... Sat, 7 May 2016 06:43:53 EST It's FRIDAY already! I mis-counted yesterday... today is actually the 999... I looked at the spin count WHILE it was spinning, and it had already been bumped and I thought it was ABOUT to be! <em>347</em> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Regardless, the impressive streak goes on, and we are sitting on a Friday... lots of stuff going on. <BR> <BR> * The food bag is already at work, having been taken there yesterday (I said I double packed... I left today's food there). Remember to eat what's in it... it is fuel for... Fri, 6 May 2016 07:38:10 EST 999 Spins of the Spark Wheel Yeah, I know tomorrow will bring the "Spark Streak" award for 1,000, but there's something magical about the resonance of "999". It's turning the demon <em>18</em> number "upside down", for the easily amused. Does that make it an "angel <em>43</em> number", she asks? <BR> <BR> Seriously, I noticed the number today... I might not tomorrow. 999 days since I missed spinning the Spark wheel... which would be the last time I was traveling and out of range / equipment to do that spin... A... Thu, 5 May 2016 07:56:34 EST A couple of references For maintainers and those who want to become maintainers, and those who may have regained a few pounds after a significant loss? Take a look at Barbara Berkeley's blog (author of Refuse to Regain)... this is her response to a New York Times article about Biggest Loser Contestants regaining weight after leaving the show... a different point of view. If you think you're failing? Maaaaybe not so much: <link><BR>flash-people-who-lose-weight-gain-it-b<BR>a... Wed, 4 May 2016 07:07:40 EST Let the planning begin The day after a half marathon, or any other endurance event, I try to take the day off work. This is not just about physical recovery (although in some cases it can be). It is about mentally and emotionally assimilating the experience. It is about taking the lessons one can from the experience, and choosing what the next turn in the path will be. <BR> <BR> This varies from event to event. This time, I know I have a clear next big thing. Yesterday, while waiting for the air conditioning ... Tue, 3 May 2016 07:20:44 EST What an athlete eats My son and I overheard a couple of folks with finisher medals hung around their necks, on our walk back to the car. They were talking, as athletes often do, about what they ate to fuel their race day performance. Being interested in all of this, I had one ear cocked to that, and then my son, picking up on the theme... says, <BR> <BR> "You know what my pre-race nutrition was? A bag of Doritos and hot dogs... oh, that was last night, I got up and had oatmeal, too." Youth! <BR> <BR> My own... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:14:48 EST All things considered, I am content: Race Report, Lincoln National Guard Half marathon The day started early. I got up at about 3:20, so that I could have my normal sense of routine before heading over to pick up my son at 5:40. <BR> <BR> Let's be honest, not every race is going to be a PR. This year's training has not been as diligent or disciplined as last year, for example. I knew darn well going in, based on results at the State Farm 10 mile race that my sustainable pace had fallen off. <BR> <BR> So I've spent the past few weeks talking Constance the Competitor down.... Sun, 1 May 2016 17:02:14 EST Shake out run and LDYHAZ found me! <img src=""> I went down and joined the crew at the shake down run at 9 a.m. Not at all surprised to find Deanna there (HOT4FITNESS): <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was only light mist to nothing coming down during our run, which was on the sidewalks of downtown from the hotel to the start line area, in a loop back to the hotel. Two m... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:40:04 EST Packet pick up day Yesterday on my lunch walk, I peeked in to the packet pickup room as it was being set up over at the race day hotel. Can we say "Calm before the storm?" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning, I drove down and parked in my normal work day garage and walked over to the hotel to pick up my race day bib and shirt and all that jazz. Here's what the first few drops of the storm to later come looked like: <B... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:07:23 EST Taper week: weather anticipation Oh, yeah, if you don't think runners look at the race day weather forecast, you'd be mistaken. <BR> I've been watching it since Sunday showed up in the 10-day predictions. With interest but never taking it too seriously THAT far out. As the days wear on, and race day moves closer, and it remains "light rain, high of 55F", one begins planning for things like "how to stay dry while waiting for the start" (remember, in a race with 13,000 runners, it may be 25 or even 40-45 minutes after the gu... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:48:06 EST Taper week: solid nutrition edition It's important, all the experts tell us, to feed ourselves properly during taper week. <BR> <BR> DO NOT TRY TO LOSE WEIGHT THIS WEEK! I've seen this repeated many, many times, by many different experts. It is often specifically targeted at women! When we taper off the miles, and we eat the same as during training, chances are the scale will go up a pound or two during taper week. DO NOT PANIC. Your body is automatically storing it up, filing the glycogen tanks for your endurance event a... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:58:35 EST Taper week: storing up on sleep Face it, fellow athletes (we are all athletes, per the old saw, the only difference is that some of us are in training), the night before a big event, we seldom get high quality sleep. Which makes it more important, during taper week, to grab a few extra Z's, store them up. So that the coiled spring will not suffer from the night before. <BR> <BR> With that in mind, last night I was in bed between 8 and 9, and slept well. Hoping to repeat that throughout the week: bedtime is a priority! ... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:25:47 EST Taper analogy, Anne McCaffrey style I have had this image in my head for a few days now, and figured I'd share it with my Spark friends, those who have read The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. In this world (a planet called Pern), there are genetically modified creatures referred to as dragons. These beasts are telepathically linked to their riders, imprinted, upon hatching. (They are part of the planetary defense system, created for the purpose... but let's not do the whole book series here!) <BR> <BR> The h... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:56:58 EST Taper time! I'm well used to the phenomenon of taper crazies. I know it's coming the week or two before a race, when you drop off the peak miles of the training plan and get your body fueled and rested for the effort ahead. Mentally your brain goes a little wild... second guessing all the training you've put in (or haven't) but the bottom line is, your training is essentially complete. One cannot "cram" for a race. <BR> <BR> So you tweak your race-day plan, you rehearse it, you chat it up with your t... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:09:57 EST We now return to my OWN training plan In all the excitement over Boston, let us not forget that Barb has a Half Marathon coming up on May 1st. Training has been impacted by no less than three bouts of illness, but at this point I am feeling good. I am emotionally still "high" from the Boston trip, and my last three runs (post the strep throat) felt good. 12 miles in Boston, 4.75 Tuesday night, 7 this morning "back home". <BR> <BR> Here's the group from this morning. Eddie, our coach, is behind the camera: <BR> <img src="h... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:32:07 EST Denouement, a.k.a. the trip home - Chapter 6 Picture it: 2 a.m. my "home" time, getting up and showering, making sure the last things are packed, dressing for the travel. Getting down to the lobby of the hotel about 3 a.m. my "home" time. I have done the "super Spring forward" thing by traveling East. So my eyes *might* be just a little glazed over. <BR> <BR> I am an early riser, mind you... I'm up between 4 and 5 a.m. most days. But with the fullness of the weekend and the short sleep? I admit I was kind of sluggish mentally, Tu... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 07:31:32 EST Deferring that final chapter I had invested quite a bit in the beginnings of Chapter 6, but then had a family phone call that needed to happen and I abandoned it. That phone call was more important to accomplish before work... real life trumps the on-line, remember? <BR> <BR> And... this evening, I'm off to one of those final elementary concerts, and not enough time to do it justice. It will come... too many funny little quirks to NOT write it! Just not today! <BR> <BR> And so... to more family stuff... and then to ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 19:18:08 EST After the ball is over... Chapter 5 I'm going to rewind a bit before continuing the account of Marathon Monday after we left the spectator spot to mention a few of the heart-warming things we saw. They are probably the same ones you saw on TV yourselves, but we were there and observed them first hand: <BR> <BR> The young man who collapsed and was carried by two other runners the remaining block and a half (he was heat-stroking)... the runners helping each other was heartening. <BR> <BR> We saw Team Hoyt finish. This is a ma... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:50:53 EST Perceived Sunday becomes Marathon Monday - chapter 4 It did not take long for me to remember that it was Monday and a Holiday at that, in Massachusetts. Because they make a HUGE deal of Patriots' Day... in fact, at the finish line, they were filming on this year's Marathon Monday for the upcoming movie of that name (Patriots' Day). <BR> <BR> TV coverage warned everyone of when things would be shut down... you'd best not try to cross that route! <BR> <BR> I did indeed rise EARLY to get myself over to the VIP lounge, where breakfast was avai... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:03:04 EST Second Saturday - Packet Pick up and all that - Chapter 3 Yes, I'm typing this from the air, folks. <em>535</em> Cha-ching! I splurged and bought the Wi-Fi access for one flight. <BR> <BR> Sunday (or second Saturday, as I called it in the first of the series) started with the text/phone call from our hero, MOBYCARP. He had arrived at his hotel, located the Citgo sign from there, and was ready to walk the remainder of the route before heading over to packet pick up. It didn't open until 9. <BR> <BR> Being me, I volunteered to meet him at t... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:54:33 EST The blogs will continue... but a brief break for Travel... I'm up in the pre-dawn, showered and packed up for the return trip. Still assimilating the experience. Today's goal: get home safe. Depending on how that works out, I may even go run with the group this evening (we're in taper, so an easy 4... and after all, our main coach-man Eddie was busy running Boston yesterday... and YES! I saw him run down Boylston!) <BR> <BR> This has been an awesome, awesome trip... and I had just a few minutes to spare before I have to tuck the tablet away, che... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 03:56:30 EST Saturday #1, next verse - i.e. Chapter 2 As we were tramping about Boston, OVERWORKEDJANET and I realized that we were ready to have some lunch. After checking out menus and availability of seating along Boylston Street, she spotted this little place down a side street: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Awesome choice, Janet. Turned out they had a Greek salad topped with (I hope she'll add the appropriate adjective for the spicing/preparation as I'm having a "se... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:39:46 EST This weekend seems like two Saturdays and a Sunday - Chapter 1 I started a blog early this morning, but it got eaten alive by the tablet being slow. And then today got busy. Since I normally race on Sundays and Saturday is packet pickup, tagging along with MOBYCARP on his necessary tasks todays felt like a second Saturday. Tomorrow, even though it is a Monday, will feel like a Sunday morning to me. <BR> <BR> That said, "FIRST SATURDAY" was SparkMeet Saturday. What a day! It started when I left the hotel thinking I'd stop at Walgreen's for sunscreen... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:05:59 EST Friday afternoon exploring It's a bit of a trip being in a major sports market. Yesterday evening the Red Sox had their opening against the Toronto Blue Jays. And the Celtics were playing as well last night. All this and a marathon Monday, too. I know because that's what's on the local TV in my cozy "home from home". <BR> <BR> The only task I had from the team back home, speaking of the major sports market, was to get "anything Red Sox" for one member of the work group. She's been a Red Sox fan for decades. An... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 07:00:09 EST Speaking of obvious... Yesterday I mentioned those who are obviously here for the Marathon Monday... today I got out among them. 38 F at 7:30 a.m. (local time) when I started my opportunistic run. The plan was for 12 miles, "long and slow". I knew the general direction from studying maps of where I wanted to run... the Charles River was my target. <BR> <BR> And I started out doing what I do even back home. Step 1: Get the Garmin to find satellites. This may sound simple, but in city canyons it can be chall... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:34:26 EST