ONMYMEDS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ONMYMEDS ONMYMEDS'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/ Chicago Marathon race report, finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517731 My day started at 3:30AM. I had gone to bed reasonably early the night before and was able to get seven hours of relatively uninterrupted sleep. I had my usual protein shake and a banana for breakfast and after a quick check of the weather I started dressing appropriately for the days predicted conditions. I had done some preparations the night before, pinning on my race bib, filling my water bottles and stuffing gel packs in my hydration belt. With everything safely tucked into my backpack,... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 12:20:07 EST Rockford Half Marathon race report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363546 This race seemed to be jinxed from the start. <BR> <BR> I signed up for this race because, even though it was a 70 mile drive from my house, it offered race day packet pickup, so I would need to make only one trip. I originally had signed up for and planned on running the full marathon. I had found a suitable 18 week training plan that I downloaded into my calendar. The plan included daily email reminders with nutrition and training suggestions. <BR> <BR> The first month went well. I was ge... Tue, 21 May 2013 13:53:35 EST Running in the snow......is HARD!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261340 My current training plan called for a 13 mile run this morning. Having recently survived a 12 mile run on the treadmill and not enjoying the experience all that much, I was determined to do this one outside. At 23F, the temperature was reasonable. The wind chill brought it down to 17F, still not bad. I know how to dress for that. <BR> <BR> Having just been blessed with a few inches of snow the day before, running on the sidewalks was not an option, as many people out here in the 'burbs fail ... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:43:40 EST A very small minority http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5257405 My Spark buddy BOILHAM and I are always commenting about runners who start the sport at an advanced age and how few of us there are. Here is some data that illustrates just how small our group is. <BR> <BR> While registering for the Chicago Marathon, I noticed a poll on their web site that asks: <BR> <BR> "In what age group did you make your marathon debut?" <BR> <BR> Out of over 10,000 responses so far, only 41 people stated that they ran their first marathon when they were 65 or older. <... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:20:42 EST The honesty of running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252337 There are many reasons why I like running. The health benefits are a large part of it, of course, but I like the simplicity of it and the way it makes me feel both while I’m doing it and after it’s over. I like that I can run just about any time, anywhere, with a minimum of preparation or equipment. I don’t have to gather a team together or find another person to run with. I don’t need to wait for an open playing field or schedule a court time. I like that there isn’t a beginning and an end,... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 07:48:48 EST Year end cheat blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184915 Rather than bore everyone with my own summary of the events of the past year, I'm including a link to Dave Barrys year in review. It's rather a long read, but it is entertaining, to say the least. <BR> <BR> <link>www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/mag<BR>azine/dave-barrys-year-in-review-2012/<BR>2012/12/18/8aaa4dd2-3f37-11e2-bca3-aad<BR>c9b7e29c5_singlePage.html?tid=obinsite </link> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:52:14 EST My racing year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168325 I know the year is not yet over, but with only a little more than 2 weeks left, and no more races planned, I think I can safely post this now. <BR> <BR> I started running in January of 2011. I ran my first 5K in mid April of that year and ran 6 more races before years end. (I actually ran my first 5K over 25 years ago, but I wasn’t a runner and I didn’t really know what I was doing, so I don’t count that. If you have a high tolerance for boredom you can read about it in my very first blog, ... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:25:28 EST A few pictures from this mornings run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157277 I actually started a blog to go along with the pictures, but it seemed to be rambling all over the place, so I'll just include the pictures and be done with it. <BR> <BR> These are shots of a small section of the running/bicycle path in Busse Woods Forest Preserve northwest of Chicago. The entire path is about 10 miles long. Although it may look like a paved road in these pictures, each side of the yellow line is only wide enough for two people abreast. <BR> <BR> The quality isn't the best.... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 15:55:12 EST Chasing the Frozen Turkey, a race report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146011 Before I go out for a run, I always go online to check the weather; the temperature so I know how to dress, and the wind speed and direction so I know which way to start my run. If I’m heading for a race, I look at both the real temperature, and the “feels like” temperature. The “feels like” temperature is, I believe, a combination of relative humidity, cloud conditions, and actual air temperature, all processed through some weird meteorological algorithmic hocus pocus. <BR> <BR> When I’m ru... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:40:00 EST Advice for runners who like race pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140411 Many races now use timing chips that are attached to the race bib. It is advised that the bib be worn where it is visible and uncovered or the chip may not work. And we all know how much racers like to have an accurate race time. <BR> <BR> But another reason you want to be sure the bib is visible, particularly if the event has photographers, is to be able to find your picture among the hundreds or thousands of race pictures. <BR> <BR> I learned this the hard way while running my first marat... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:42:27 EST History lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123952 There was an article in last months issue of Runners World that really struck a chord with me. The article has now been posted on their web site and I am including a link. If you are a runner, I hope you find reading it as enjoyable as I did. <BR> <BR> <link>www.runnersworld.com/cda/microsite/a<BR>rticle/0,8029,s6-239-489-0-14577-0,00.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> I grew up in a household that I believe was typical of the time, Dad went to work every day, and Mom stayed home and raised the... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 19:08:13 EST Blogging for points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120267 I just realized I can get 3 points for a blog as opposed to 1 point for updating my status. <BR> I might just limit my status to wheel spin results and put all the other tidbits into blogs. <BR> <BR> So, without further ado, here is my status.....I mean blog. <BR> <BR> Just got back from a five mile walk this morning. I would have ran, but today is a rest day. I just can't rest any less than that. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone. <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 12:30:54 EST Enjoy the journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119093 As I was leaving the health club this morning, I noticed a young woman coming out of the club who looked totally defeated and dejected. During the drive home I was thinking about what I would like to have said to this person to make them feel better. <BR> <BR> I would have told her to take pride in having the courage to be at that club in the first place. <BR> <BR> I would have told her that no matter what she did in that club today, it was better than sitting at home doing nothing. <BR> <... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:28:11 EST Faster than Superman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115553 Yesterday I beat Superman in a foot race. I also beat a witch on a broomstick, a mummy, the Wolfman, at least 2 zombies, and various other unidentifiable ghouls and creatures. I beat a man the size of a linebacker wearing a pink tutu, a very cute butterfly, and several people with horns growing out of their heads. <BR> <BR> I DIDN'T beat 3 old geezers in my age group. But I'm sure they were all former high school track stars who have been running every day for the last 50 years. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 12:05:40 EST 9.5 million steps and counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105728 Soon after I started walking for fitness, Bossdear bought me a pedometer. That was 2 years and 2 months ago. In that time, I've walked over 9.5 million steps, averaging over 12,000 steps a day. Here is a screen shot of my Omron results uploaded to my computer. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l455455951.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I would highly recommend a pedometer to anyone who walks for fitness. It is an excellent tool for keeping you motivated and for tracking results. ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:22:48 EST My new normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087932 This morning I needed to take a package to the UPS store that Bossdear had prepared for shipping the night before. Two years ago, I would have simply grabbed the package, jumped in the car, and driven the .8 miles to the UPS store. I would have done that without even thinking about it. It would simply not have occurred to me to get there and back any other way. <BR> <BR> This time, realizing that the package was not that large or heavy, I could just carry it and walk to the UPS store. My nex... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 13:12:55 EST Today's 20 miler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060484 <BR> First, let me say, Chicago has a fantastic running community with several first class running stores, many active running groups, and enough races to keep anyone busy all year long. I found over 220 races in and around Chicago just from this weekend to the end of the year. Those were just the ones listed in the different running publications. There are probably more. <BR> <BR> Many of the more popular races, like the Shamrock Shuffle, the Corporate Challenge and the Hot Chocolate 5K/15... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:23:59 EST Musings on my addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044530 I ran three races in the past 9 days. I ran a half marathon the Sunday before last, a 10K the following Sunday, and a 5K on Labor Day. I even won my age group in the 5K. For someone who less than 2 years ago simply DID NOT RUN, I haven’t decided yet if I should be very proud of myself, or seriously worried about my mental health. <BR> <BR> Those of you who run will undoubtedly understand. Some of you won’t even see this as anything unusual and may think I’m not running nearly enough. But, I... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 20:15:32 EST Lining up the 6's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026159 I am running a half marathon this Sunday, and my training schedule for today called for a 2 mile run. But because today is my 66th birthday, I got it into my head to run 6.6 miles. (Hey, just wait until you're 66 and see what kind of ideas pop into YOUR head). And I was going to do it in 66 minutes. <BR> <BR> And, I did just that. 6.66 miles in 66 minutes on my 66th birthday. <BR> <BR> Now I'm going to drink 6.6 glasses of water and take a 66 minute nap. <BR> <BR> It's amazing what some pe... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:25:56 EST Long runs and tempo’s and fartleks, oh my!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014731 I’m amazed at how much my knowledge base has expanded since I took up running and how many new words have been added to my vocabulary. <BR> <BR> I already had a vague idea about aerobics as a form of physical exercise and I knew the ins and outs of lifting weights and the benefits of strength training. But now I know about anaerobic thresholds and VO2 max, lactate accumulation and glycogen stores. <BR> <BR> I have first hand knowledge of shin splints and plantar fasciitis. I know what an ... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 08:31:08 EST Running with Style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008199 Because I normally run so early in the morning I seldom see other runners. On my longer weekend runs, I do see other runners, but only at a distance or briefly when they are coming from the opposite direction. <BR> <BR> So, one of the pleasures I get out of running races is the opportunity to watch other people run. Granted, even then my viewing window is brief. Most people are either flying by me and soon out of site or, on the rare occasion when I pass someone I’m too astounded to pay much... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:10:21 EST My first 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002140 I'm a runner. Well, I'm a senior citizen who runs. That is, I run because I want to, not because I'm being chased. <BR> <BR> Running is a new thing for me. I've only been running for about 18 months. In that time, I've rediscovered my competitive nature and I participate in running events. I have completed several 5K's, 10K's, half marathons, and one full marathon. Sometimes I even place or win in my age group (thank goodness for age groups). <BR> <BR> Today I love running. I would rather ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 15:45:50 EST