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Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:45:50 EST What's inside? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821470 I live in an older neighborhood, solid brick houses built in the 1930s on a residential street lined with white oaks. The trees were planted when the houses were built. Off the main street, there are a variety of other trees that were planted about the same time. Next to our house, we had an enormous red oak. It was planted the same time as the white oaks, but red oaks grow much faster and bigger than their white oak counterparts. It was huge, over 4 feet in diameter and appeared to be h... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:22:28 EST Halloween at work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808016 I was psyched to see the teaching schedule, because I get to teach on Halloween. We have a fun program, it isn't unusual to see folks dressed up for class (usually related to the lesson) or on Halloween. Last year, I was dressed in scrubs as a nurse. One of my students suddenly said, in the middle of class, "oh, it's Halloween!" So I asked what they thought it was. They said they had been trying to figure out what my outfit had to do with the lesson the whole class! <BR> <BR> I have be... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:16:57 EST Semi-annual fitness test success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804053 It is that time of year again, time for the semi-annual army physical fitness test. We have been having some cold, windy, wet weather lately. Today wasn't too bad: cool and windy, but no rain. We opted to take the test in the indoor field house track because of the wind. <BR> <BR> After a brief warm up, it was time for push ups. As many as you can do in 2 minutes. I made it to 66, which is enough to get full score (100 points). Then, it was time for situps, as many as you can do in 2 m... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:31:24 EST rearranging the house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797865 So, while I was gone for 5 days in Panama, my DW was home scheming on how to rearrange the house. We have a 4BR and had the girls doubled up in one small BR, the boys doubled up in another, and the 3rd BR was set up as a library with a couch for evening reading and quiet activity. Which I thought worked well. My DD1 is 8 and getting to the point where she needs her own space. So when I got home, my DW had the plan to turn everything upside down. Good thing we had Sunday and Monday (Colum... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:01:24 EST Best food for runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786105 Mark Remy from runners world gave his top 7 foods for runners: <BR> <BR> <link>www.runnersworld.com/fun/the-real-be<BR>st-foods-for-runners?page=single </link> <BR> <BR> I have to admit, I have a particular weakness for number 7. I bought apples and a lemon, they will either end up in a pie or in an apple cobbler... <BR> <BR> One of my friends has a water bottle that says "I like to run" on one side and "because I love desert" on the other side. Happy running, swimming, biking, danci... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:51:08 EST Best compliment/NSV lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781662 I had a routine doctors appointment recently. Before meeting with the doctor, the nurse asked some questions about prior medical history and took my vitals. When he looked up to see my pulse and blood pressure (mid 50's BPM and 106/70), he said to me, "I take it you are a runner?" I told him, "Yes, I am!" <BR> <BR> Not too long ago, before joining spark and dropping and maintaining a 20 to 25 lb weight loss, I was in decent shape and had reasonable BP, maybe like mid 60's BPM and 130/85. ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:18:07 EST Kids say the funniest things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775293 My daughter, age 3 and 1/2, was in the car singing away. My DW and I paused to listen to what she was singing and this is her song: <BR> <BR> Jesus is so strong <BR> Jesus is so powerful <BR> Jesus can step in the poisin ivy <BR> And not get all itchy <BR> <BR> Hmmm, I have to check into what they are teaching her at Sunday School these days.... :) Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:20:32 EST Missed some August goals, made some others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772633 I think most folks know about SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely). Well, even if they are attainable, we don't always hit them. <BR> <BR> I had four goals for August and was 50% on successfully meeting them. <BR> <BR> Goal 1: Get back into maintenance range of 180-185lb. Status: Did not achieve. I found myself drifting upwards through the first part of Aug, to a relative maximum of 193 lbs. That was a wake up call, and I used that as an impetus to do a 2... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 12:45:44 EST Storm King 10k run report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766588 It was a great morning for a 10k, not too hot or muggy, but comfortable. I brought most of the family today, except for DD1 who had a sleepover at a friends house. Last year she and DS1 ran the kids 1 miler before the bigger race and they both had done well. This year, the kids race was smaller, only about 10 kids down from about 20 or so last year. DS1 is six this year and was so eager, lining up at the start line, rarin' to go. They had a half mile out and back. I didn't catch his tim... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:06:59 EST Passed out after a full day (with new pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765133 My DS2 is a small dynamo and will keep on going, well at least until he can't anymore. My DW took our DS1 to swimming practice and I stayed home with the kids playing at the park and making pizza. While I was making pizza, his little motor must have run out. I came out to the living room and found him passed out like this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1563462170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A few more images of my kids passed out after big days: <BR> <img src="http://photo... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:14:16 EST Two week turn around results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763120 This summer didn't go exactly as planned (but then when does it?). I have been trying to maintain a range between 180 and 185 lbs, but had drifted up into the 185-190 range. Going from July to August, I continued to drift up until I saw 193 on the scale one morning. Good grief! I was exercising a fair amount, but I was overdoing it primarily on snacks here and there during the day and then having a glass or more of wine or beer after dinner. Which usually led to some other snack. When I ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:43:38 EST Biking with the young guys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759592 I like biking. I am blessed to be able to bike to work (most days) and enjoy taking my road bike out for a lunch time ride when I can. But I really enjoy riding single track on my mountain bike. I have had a few times when I had a good riding group and was able to get in a regular ride, including during my last teaching tour at West Point and my time in grad school. <BR> <BR> Since coming back to West Point, mountain biking has taken a back seat to other fitness events and family time (th... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:39:26 EST Before and after or a matter of trust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756435 My DW was getting fed up with her hair, it is long and thick and too hot for the summer. She wears it up in a bun, but it is heavy enough that it hurts her neck sometimes. A few times she has told me to chop it off, and finally she was fed up enough that she let me do it. <BR> <BR> Here is before: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1458258975.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And here is after: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l409146833.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not to... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 16:25:43 EST Tossing my cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752813 As in tossing them in the garbage! We got back from a weekend trip to a family reunion. While it was great to see much of the family, I ended up overindulging a bit. When we got home, there was half a tub of chocolate chip cookies left over from our out of town guests last week. They were a little stale, but I was still tempted to eat one or two. Ok, I splurged a bit over the weekend, but my recovery started when I tossed the cookies in the trash. <BR> <BR> After cleaning up, we played ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 10:06:27 EST Maintenance: reassessment and iteration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751042 It has been two years since I hit my maintenance weight and range. I haven't had a problem losing weight in the past, my problem has always been finding it again. <BR> <BR> I believe that this has been the longest I have been in maintenance after losing weight, and I credit SP with the tools, community, sparkfriends, and groups (like the at goal and maintaining group) for helping me be successful. <BR> <BR> As an engineer, I tend to come at problems in a certain way. Whether deliberate... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:51:34 EST Distractions at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750992 We don't have smart phones, but could easily replace "phone" with "iPad" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l687592260.jpg"> Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:44:28 EST Morgan Mudder Run report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748914 On Saturday, we participated on the Morgan Mudder Run, run by the West Point Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program. While MWR sponsors a lot of 5k, 10k, duathlon and other races, this was their first mudder event. <BR> <BR> It was a great day for it, overcast and coolish with rain that threatened but never materialized. They had a 4.5 mi route for adults and big kids (13+ recommended) and a 1 mi run for the kids (5+). <BR> <BR> Of course, nothing is easy schedule wise - DD1 and DD... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:49:10 EST New Garmin, first impression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742042 My old Garmin 305 died and I was looking to repair/replace it. When I contacted Garmin, they said I could repair it for $99 or get up to a $99 credit towards a replacement. I was looking at the 310XT and the 220. In the end, I got the 220. 1) it is smaller and 2) I don't think I will use some of the features of the 310XT. <BR> <BR> First impression (when compared to the 305): very light and much less bulky. The instructions and set up were straightforward. I set Garmin connect on m... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:59:22 EST Annual race as a fitness barometer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739315 For 4 of the past 5 years I have been able to run in the same race, a 5-miler in my DW's home town near Cleveland, OH. It is a flat course that starts and finishes two blocks from her house and winds through residential Cleveland suburb. <BR> <BR> The race is usually on the small side (~300 runners), but has some speedy folks in it, between the Western Cleveland Running Club and turn out from high school cross country runners doing a mid-summer training check prior to the fall race season... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:36:09 EST I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735369 As earworms (i.e. songs that get stuck in your head) go, "I want to ride my bicycle" (or most of the Queen greatest hits for that matter) is a lot better than the soundtrack to Frozen (after hearing it 6 times on a road trip to PA, it was hard to shake "Let it go" and some of the other songs out of my head...) <BR> <BR> I have been increasing my running a bit in the last 2-3 weeks. I wanted to work out today but needed an off day from running, so I hopped on the road bike for a lunch time r... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:14:02 EST Annual Fitness (Job Performance) Reports http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724788 Well, it is that time of year again. Time for the annual officer evaluation report, or OER (since everything needs to have a neat acronym). Our OER's tend to be fairly straightforward. Apparently, the British Army uses a bit more wit in their fitness reports. These phrases have allegedly appeared on British Army reports, hopefully they don't appear on mine! <BR> <BR> (Taken from: <link>usmilitary.about.com/od/militaryhumo<BR>r/a/britoer.htm </link> ) <BR> <BR> 1. His men would foll... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:21:29 EST 7 Amazing tricks to lose belly fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701670 <link>www.runnersworld.com/fun/7-amazing-t<BR>ricks-to-lose-belly-fat </link> <BR> <BR> This ended up on my FB feed, thought I would share the good news! Got in just over 8 today, making May my best month this year (though not at the same mileage as last year.). Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend! Fri, 23 May 2014 19:40:32 EST Storm King Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698264 A good friend of mine lives in Brooklyn. We don't get to see each other often but keep in touch. He started a masters program in project management. Most of it is online, but once a semester, he has to go up to Poughkeepsie, which isn't far from us. He stays with us when on the weekends he has training and we try to get a run or two in. Last time I took him on the Sea to Summit route, which he enjoyed (see previous blog for S2S description). <BR> <BR> This time we did a 4-miler on Satu... Mon, 19 May 2014 09:43:03 EST Ski Bench Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698247 My DW wanted to make (i.e. Wanted me to make) a bench from old skis. Kind of a hybrid between this bench: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1259021609.jpg"> <BR> (from <link>ana-white.com/print/5401 </link> ) and this coffee table: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1732050579.jpg"> <BR> (from this <link>www.recycledskis.com/linked/ski_coff<BR>ee_table.jpg </link> ) <BR> <BR> We had some old skis, plus she picked up a few more, and then we b... Mon, 19 May 2014 09:31:58 EST Sea to Summit, run to remember, spring version http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696490 Twice a year, during final exam week, the cadets, staff and faculty from the civil and mechanical engineering department tackle the sea to summit run. We start in front of the engineering building, run down to the Hudson River, then run up through campus to the top of the ski hill (about 950 ft gain over 2.5 to 3.5 miles depending on the route you go). At the summit, we pause and remember our graduates who have fallen during Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. We read the na... Fri, 16 May 2014 15:00:08 EST Semi-Annual Physical Training Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689965 Well, it is that time of year again, time for the semi annual APFT (everything needs its own acronym, this one means Army Physical Fitness Test. I have not been training as hard as I was before the fall test, and the results show. <BR> <BR> It starts with 2 min of push ups, as many as you can do. I did 68, enough to get maximum points. Then 2 min of sit ups, again as many as you can do. I did 74, enough to get max points. I don't usually have trouble with the first two events. Then com... Wed, 7 May 2014 17:26:24 EST North Face Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687831 I was a team member on the North Face Endurance Challenge marathon relay this past weekend. We had a 4 person relay team. Here we are, at the beginning of the race, with Brody, me, Becky and Will. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2056234243.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Becky, Brody and I teach together, Will teaches in physics. The races were at the Bear Mountain State Park, about 10 min south of West Point. In addition to the marathon relay, other races included mara... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:08:47 EST Easter Sunday and a few other things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676570 A busy weekend and a busy day today. Things are mostly winding down, glad to finally get a chance to sit and relax. The kids were up early and very excited about Easter and their Easter baskets. We had small baskets with books, puzzles, some knit hats from grandma, and some candy (of course). In the morning, I finished up prepping for our Easter dinner and my DW tried to finish cleaning up the house. (with the kids amped up, it was a bit like trying to brush your teeth while eating oreos... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:06:52 EST Reflection? Who has time for that? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593157 Assessment and reflection are two key components of any successful program. They help us set realistic and challenging goals, and then help evaluate our successes and shortcomings. While turning the calendar page often offers us a cue to assess progress and set new goals, it is incumbent upon us to take the time to reflect and capture those thoughts. The end of 2013 was a blur, going from finishing the fall semester to a fun but packed family ski vacation, to the start of the next semester... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:01:00 EST Sea to Summit - Run to Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565846 Every semester, at the start of finals week, our department holds the "Sea to Summit" run at West Point, NY. It starts at our department (Civil and Mechanical Engineering), drops down to the Hudson River (elevation about 28 ft), then runs up through the Academy to the top of the ski hill (elevation just under 1,000 ft). The total route is just over 3 miles, gaining over 900 ft along the way. Here is a snap shot of the route going up: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:40:53 EST Are we ready to move next week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563104 I know, we just moved here this summer, but we have to move again. At least it is just down the street, within the same neighborhood. <BR> <BR> We are on West Point, which has family housing run by a private contractor. When we picked the house we are in, we knew that it was scheduled for renovation before we are scheduled leave. We selected it planning that we may be able to upgrade. They originally told us that when our house went into renovation that they would move us into a house bu... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:37:29 EST November and year to date review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554941 Another month down, one more to go in the calendar year. <BR> <BR> I am continuing to maintain in the 180-185 range. I was at the high end of the range after my birthday celebration weekend and after Thanksgiving weekend. After the new year, I would like to refocus on losing and get down to and maintain in the 170-175 range. <BR> <BR> My fitness focus was on running (and bike commuting). I managed to run 89.4 miles in the month, bringing my year to date total to 951.6 miles. Less th... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 10:03:22 EST Race report from Andover, MA turkey trot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553028 Early on a chilly thanksgiving morning, we joined about 10,000 walkers, joggers, and runners to participate in the Feaster Five race in Andover, MA. <BR> <BR> It was the third year we have ran in it, and this year my two big kids (7 and 5) we're big enough to do the kids race. The 5 and 6 year olds had a 200 m dash and the 7 and 8 year olds did a 300 m dash. My kids were pretty chilly and not that fired up about it, but they ran anyway and got a nice Feaster Five medal. My DW was taki... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:17:20 EST Race report from West Point Turkey Trot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543982 Well, turkey trots are usually fairly low key, more about the fun and exercise than anything. The West Point TT was low key, even for a TT. There were probably about 150 runners with adults, teens, kids, dogs, and little kids bundled up in baby joggers. It was a $5 entry fee (free for cadets, who were fairly well represented). <BR> <BR> The start was a short walk from my house, so I bundled Elizbeth and Henry into their layers and into the buggy and warmed up a bit on the walk down to t... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:37:29 EST Go ahead and put that sticker on your car, part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541899 BOILHAM had a blog entry about adorning ones car with race distance stickers, small ovals with 13.1, 26.2, 70.3 or 140.6. I followed up with a blog in Sep after seeing a car with a "0.0" sticker. <BR> <BR> Then I read this article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.runnersworld.com/fun/the-wsjs-ge<BR>t-over-it-column-translated?cm_mmc=Fac<BR>ebook-_-RunnersWorld-_-Content-Blog-_-<BR>WSJRemyResponse </link> <BR> <BR> A great response to a column that appeared recently in the WSJ. The column, while ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:45:05 EST On behalf of a grateful nation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538557 The full citation reads: <BR> On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army, and a grateful nation, please accept this flag as a token of appreciation for yor father's faithful and honorable service. <BR> <BR> I had the opportunity to say that today at the graveside memorial for his father, a WWII veteran. Unlike today's all-volunteer army, the soldiers who served during WWII were drafted "until the cessation of hostilities". <BR> <BR> Many blessings to the vet... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:44:08 EST Semi-annual fitness test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532979 Today was the day for my semi-annual army physical fitness test (APFT, since everything in the army needs an acronym). The test consists of 4 events: 2 min of push ups, 2 min of sit ups, a 2 mi run and a weigh in. The three physical events are graded on a scale from 0 to 100 with 60 points per event passing. The scale is based on gender and on age. <BR> <BR> This past May, at the end of grad school, I aced the test, with my best score and run time in years. I was kind of curious where I ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 13:16:53 EST October review and November goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531739 I had a busy but great October and am looking forward to finishing the year strong. <BR> <BR> Here is a recap of the highlights from the month: <BR> <BR> 1) Maintenance: I am still maintaining in the 180-185 range. I had 4 days this month with a morning weigh in less than 180, which was nice. I will plan to continue to maintain through the holidays. <BR> <BR> 2) Eating and snacking: These could be better, and are main reason when I start to head towards the top of my range. Not a big c... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 09:39:13 EST Discouraging, but not discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526652 Last week was a long week. <BR> <BR> I have had some travel this month, 4 days in NC and a day trip up to MA, which has put me at a deficit at work and at home. I have been working on getting caught up at work and still make it home in time to help DW with dinner time and the kids. <BR> <BR> At work, we gave our 2nd midterm early in the week. We split out grading between the instructors and I graded the design problems, which ended up being about 15-20 hours of grading. <BR> <BR> Ad... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:02:08 EST The culprit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513599 I figured out what caused my Achilles issue in may. <BR> <BR> I have decided it was a new pair of shoes. I decided to try some new shoes and had a discount, so I bought a pair. I eased into them, taking them on a few shorter and slower runs. I added them into the mix, alternating runs with the new shoes and old shoes. After the injury/Achilles irrirtation, I stopped wearing them and recovered in my old shoes. I have been able to build back up in my old shoes, largely pain/irritation fre... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:30:01 EST Two fun bike videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502905 Here are two of my favorite bike videos. My kids are getting into biking and love them too. The first is a rider called Danny McCaskill. What he can do with a trial bike is pretty cool. He has a bunch of videos but this is my favorite: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj6ho1-G6tw </link> <BR> <BR> The second is by Martyn Ashton. I though Danny was pretty cool on a trial bike, what Martyn can do on a road bike is kind of amazing! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZmJ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 21:27:47 EST Kids Adventure Race and Octoberfest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502888 I have seen a lot of blogs lately about color runs, tough mudders, zombie runs and other big people adventure races, but I don't see many adventure races aimed at kids. One of the civilian professors in my department organized a kid-parent adventure run in Sleepy Hollow, NY. The race was last Saturday, a beautiful early fall day in the Hudson Valley. <BR> <BR> The kids were in 3 age group categories based on grade: K and 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and 4th and 5th. The small kids did 3/4 mile wit... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 21:14:23 EST September recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501764 Another month in the books! Another busy month, and it doesn't look like it is about to slow down either. I am finding/making more white space on my calendar at work and starting to get back into writing. If I can get a couple blocks of writing time in per week, I think I can make some headway. <BR> <BR> A recap of the short and long term goals for the year. <BR> <BR> 1) long term weight goal - I am still maintaining in the 180-185 range most days, with the occasional foray higher or l... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:14:15 EST Off to the races, attempt 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494297 Ok, one of my gripes about the iPad is that it dumped the blog I was in the middle of. Oops. <BR> <BR> Anyway, yesterday I ran a 8.4 miler with my little Henry in the buggy. It included a 750 ft climb, which was a bit of a smoker. So, I was planning on taking it easy today and do a 4-5 miler at a slowish pace. That was the plan at least... <BR> <BR> As I was waiting for the Garmin to find enough satellites, two of my colleagues popped out, getting ready to run. I run alone most of t... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:15:40 EST Go ahead and put that sticker on your car, part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491845 BOILHAM had a blog entry about adorning your car with 13.1, 26.2, 70.3, 140.6 and other such race stickers. The general consensus was, if you did the race, go ahead and slap the sticker on your car if you want to. <BR> <BR> Then, yesterday, I was driving to Paramus, NJ and passed a car with an oval sticker with a big "0.0" then a little "I don't run". On one hand, it was funny enough to warrant a chuckle. On the other hand, it was kind of a sad commentary on the drivers views towards hea... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:45:22 EST Some runs are great, but not today's... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483038 This week is a busy week and I knew I would not have many run opportunities. At lunch today was one of those few opportunities and I took it. I had been inside all morning and did not realize how hot it had gotten. <BR> <BR> I took off shortly after noon and my first thought was that it felt like the inside of a convection oven. It wasn't that hot, it was only like 85 to 90 deg (OK, my friends from any where south of here will say that sounds pleasant, but to me that is almost too hot to r... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:15:07 EST August Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477156 I cannot believe that it is already September. Time flies when you are busy! August was a good month, I feel like I am swamped at work but a lot of things are coming together. <BR> <BR> As a quick recap of progress over the month and for the year so far: <BR> <BR> 1) Long term weight goal - I am continuing to maintain in the 180-185 lbs range, generally. I weigh in daily and had a few days over and a few days under that range. After classes started and I was on my feet a lot more, I not... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 21:09:41 EST 10k race report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466146 This morning we did the storm king 10 k race in West Point, NY. It was a hilly out and back run on rte 218, a very scenic route along the Hudson River. <BR> <BR> It started with the one mile kids fun run. Heidi and Paul ran with Heidi, 7, coming in 5th overall and 2nd girl. Paul, 5, came in 12th overall. Both had a lot of fun. I think Heidi has a lot of potential as a runner. Paul will try hard, but I think he will be solid middle of the pack, kind of like me. We will see, it is fun to... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 21:29:06 EST First full day back in the class room - a long day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461324 Today was my first day back teaching and it was a long day. I teach 3 sections every other day, two sections in the morning and one in the afternoon. 7 times during the semester, including today, the classes are 2 hours (double periods for labs and problem solving periods), otherwise they are 1 hour each. <BR> <BR> So, today's schedule was: <BR> 5:30 wake up, breakfast <BR> 6:30 bike in to work, get changed, final prep <BR> 7:30-9:35 first class <BR> 9:50-11:55 second class <BR> 12:15-1:00... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:24:29 EST