RHYNIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RHYNIC RHYNIC'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/ Rum Runners Relay 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3672087 Hello - I am back from a weekend away. Every weekend is one away from home since we are still camping and I work Saturday mornings 275km away from home. <BR> <BR> Last weekend was hectic. this weekend was hectic. and yes, next weekend will also be hectic...but even though my weekends are hectic, they are also fun. <BR> <BR> On Friday I geared up for my farmer's market and then Mark and I headed for an overnight at the camper. we were up at 4:30 packed the frozen stuff in the car and he... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 18:15:33 EST 4th attempt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3334503 here is my 4th attempt to blog... I am cranky today and I just can't seem to get in the writing mode! Nothing comes out in the way I would like to express myself...so I will use point form. <BR> <BR> -lets me start with Friday 3 hours of work was stretched to 6 hours because the fish didn't arrive to the plant on time! I had a relay to get ready for. I had a market to get ready for. I was a tab bit stressed. <BR> <BR> - relay went well, but the news of a co-worker dying from cancer one ... Mon, 14 Jun 2010 20:25:26 EST it's Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3323196 It's Friday and most of the times Friday's bring a bit of excitement because one can focus on a couple days in a row of relaxation. that's not quite the case for me. Still I am pretty excited about my weekend. <BR> <BR> In less then 30 minutes I have to head off to work. I though today would be a day off but I never get to excited about a day off because more often then not I get called in. <BR> <BR> I will work until mid afternoon. After work I have to pack my fresh seafood. I have t... Fri, 11 Jun 2010 06:42:52 EST The Perfect Hill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3100420 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459884758.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been looking for the perfect hill to do hill work. I typically do my hill work on a hill about 390 meters long. there is always traffic and it's never much fun. (As far as I am concerned running hill isn't real fun even without traffic.) <BR> <BR> Anyway yesterday Yvonne and I went for a run in my community but in a place that I had never really run before. We have a windmill farm that is at the tip of P... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 16:31:00 EST The Marathon Review - Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2968904 What is a runner supposed to do after a marathon-gone-bad... well go out for a run and start working on making the next one better! what else? I ran 10k today in 56 minutes. That's a great start. <BR> <BR> What could I have done differently? And would I change anything if I had the chance to do it all over again? <BR> <BR> I could have done a lot of things differently, but most likely if I had the chance to do it again I would change only a few little things which most likely would not... Sun, 7 Mar 2010 12:10:41 EST Louisana - the SparkPeople Reunion. (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2959204 As promised the second part of my blog...and possible it will be a 3 part blog - part 3 I will try and figure out what when wrong and how I am going to fix it. <BR> <BR> Sit back and imagine the excitement of going on your very first international vacation, I was more excited than a 10 year old child on Christmas Eve. <BR> <BR> Our vacation started in Halifax Nova Scotia. We had dinner with my son Nic and my friend Christy. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l95704657... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 18:37:36 EST Rock and Roll Mardi Gras Marathon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2954388 Like many of my friends I find myself sitting here not knowing how to start my blog. It’s been one fantastic week. I think the will need to be a 2 part blog. Part 1 - a race report and Part 2 - a sparkpeople reunion report. <BR> <BR> New Orleans is a few thousand miles away from Nova Scotia. It’s not hot there during the winter but it’s a lot warmer than Nova Scotia, at least it’s suppose to be. Sunday morning we work up to near freezing temperatures. It was cool but beautiful. Then te... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 17:20:57 EST Not a typical Sunday long run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2881039 this was not a typical relaxing Sunday long run. It was one of the toughest run ever! Actually I must forget how hard a tough run is, because when a run gets tough I always feel as if it's never felt that hard. :-) <BR> <BR> My tough day actually started last night. This is how my day/run had gone. <BR> <BR> I went to bed last night with work on my mind. The boss is away and an unexpected overload at work happened. I do not have to training to do what needs to be done, but someho... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 16:51:23 EST Can you run every day for 394 days? I did. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2842193 The streak has ended. Last Friday (January 28) I decided to take the day off. That's right. It doesn't sound unusual for most of you but for me it was my first day off since Dec 31/08. <BR> <BR> Once Dec 31/08 I decided that I was going to try and run every day in 2009. And I did. At the end of 2009 a whole bunch of Road Runners joined me. Instead of giving it up I decided to keep my streak going. <BR> <BR> In all honest my heart wasn't in it. There was a few reasons for this. T... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 20:44:18 EST 2009 - was a pretty good year - and yes the streak will continue into 2010! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2675247 365 days of running. 2053 miles. 3 months of 200 or more miles. One marathon, one 1/2 marathon, one 10k and my first 5k ad a relay race. <BR> <BR> What a great running year. <BR> <BR> I have proven to myself that I have the ability to not only set goals and achieve them, but I can even surpass expectations. <BR> <BR> 2009 started with the thought of running for 100 days (thanks Mau - your 100 forum was very motivating). I almost gave it up before the 100 days were up but with enco... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:31:48 EST it's been a long time...but I think the time has arrived. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2541669 Am I wasting my time typing away? Is this going to be another failed attempt at getting ride of those final few pounds? I guess I will only know the answer to my question sometimes in the future. <BR> <BR> I have once again started charting my food intake. I have even made my food journals public. I am only on day 3, so no major record shattered but so far I am very happy with my effort to eat healthy. I typically don't make my food journal public because I really struggle with healthy e... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 10:02:54 EST Rum Runner's Relay - 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2432284 My race yesterday was fun. Let me share with you how things unfolded. <BR> <BR> We left for the city early. Took a detour and drove my leg of the race. it was described as scenic (and it was very nice), rolling hill (and there were lots of them) and 16.9 km long (and that was pretty accurate also). <BR> <BR> The look of the hill made me nervous. there were no huge hill but it was up and down pretty much from start to finish with a 1/2 mile here and there of flat. The first mile looke... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 10:47:34 EST 100 days to go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2418015 I first started a running streak 265 days ago (Dec 31/08). After nearly giving it up on day 59, I can hardly believe that I made it so far with very little difficulty. 265 days of running, no injuries. I ran a 10k in May, a 5k in August, a marathon in July. I am planning a relay race on Saturday, my leg is roughly 10 miles, and a 1/2 marathon on Oct. 11/09. <BR> <BR> What will the next 100 days bring. More of the same I suspect. Running every day has just become a part of my life. I... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 19:15:19 EST Nova Scotia Marathon, another race ticked off my list! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2264012 That's right, I have now successfully completed my second marathon...and I have the sore legs to prove it...OUCH!!! <BR> <BR> If you have ever run a marathon and swear to never do one again I urge you to reconsider. I ran my first marathon race in October 2008. Before the finish line I swore I would ever do this again...it was just to darn difficult. Well I am here to tell you that the second time around is much easier, and I hear that the trend will continues. Will there be a 3rd marath... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 16:00:48 EST 100 days of running! Completed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1958524 On December 31 2008, with my running partner Lisa (via text messaging) I ran my last run of 2008, and my first run of what has now become a 100 day running streak. <BR> <BR> Today, sunny but very windy, I set out to do my interval speed work with some of my favorite things: My Boston Marathon running hat - given to me by my girl Didi, my Ipod, my Garmin Forerunner, and some Accelerade. I knew from my first strides that I would successfully run my intervals. Even though I had run every day ... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 14:53:13 EST the decision has been made! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1835662 I have decided that today my running streak will end. I ran every day since dec 31/08. that's 58 days in a row. <BR> <BR> Why am I stopping?...hummm I am not exactly sure. The plans were to run until I felt like stopping. then I decided to run for 100 days straight...then I even thought that it would be cool to run every single day this year. But I only wanted to do it while it was fun. I only wanted to run every day while I wanted to do it. Once it started feeling like work, I promis... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 17:31:50 EST What's in the Number 3? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1638406 Three turned out to be a pretty important number for me in 2008. <BR> <BR> 3 is the number of miles I need to run on December 31/08 to make my 1500 mile (2413.5km) goal. <BR> <BR> I made a date with my sparkbuddy (via text message). We were going to run our last 3 miles of the year together. Did you guys know it's possible to run and text at the same time? I did you guys know that no matter how silly I looked to my neighbors and the traffic I was as proud and happy running and texting ... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 09:11:45 EST The Valley Harvest Marathon - 2008 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1509058 Where do I start...how do I condense all that I have gone through in one blog...here's my attempt. <BR> <BR> I live about 3 hours away from the marathon i was running so we left on Saturday. the weather forecast was fantastic...that made me happy. The race route description was lots of flat section with a few rolling hills. This was a new route. Last year I ran the Valley Harvest 1/2 marathon, the race description was the same and I had a fantastic race. So even though it was a new rou... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 09:30:56 EST Try and try again, and who knows you may suceed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1413040 Sunday I was scheduled for a long run, but we had a 5 hour drive back home from a weekend visit with friends, so I pushed my run back one day. <BR> <BR> Monday I had to go to work. I worked until 1:00, had lunch, digested a bit and then set off for my 20 miler. <BR> <BR> I was't really excited about this long run. I am in training for an October marathon. I had already tried 3 times to run 20 miles. Twice last year and once a few weeks ago. Always falling short by many many miles. <B... Wed, 20 Aug 2008 18:46:15 EST The tale of the Killer Rodent! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1362652 SO camping had it's ups and downs. I just arrived home from a 10 day camping trip. <BR> <BR> I crashed twice on bike, no major harm done. I went swimming twice (if floating on a tube counts). Ran a long run, a tempo run and a bunch of shorter runs. Cycled 20+ miles a couple times and put in a bunch of shorted rides. The kids left because of the rain only to be lock out of the house without a key when they got home...but they did manage to break in. We had to deal with post tropical st... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 17:50:01 EST My First Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1330340 I did it...I completed my very first sprint triathlon. It was tough, but it was fun. <BR> <BR> The course consisted of a 4k run, 18k mountain bike ride and a 2.9 kayak paddle. <BR> <BR> The race started late in the afternoon (4:00PM) due to the high tide schedule. It was one of our warmest day so far this year. Around the 80 degree mark, but the breeze was nice so heat really wasn't an issue. <BR> <BR> I live in a small town, so even though this was our biggest turnout ever, it was s... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 08:26:23 EST 13 weeks of Marathon Training to go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1319512 So far marathon training has gone picture perfect. I have run every scheduled run. All at suggested pace, sometimes a bit faster. All but this week. <BR> <BR> Last Friday (my long run day) I ran 17 miles and the last 3 miles I struggled with right knee pain. (oh darn - scary - way to early in marathon training for that). <BR> <BR> I have been running very well but. I even have been cross training. I cycle 2 days a week between 20 and 25 miles per session. One day is with this really... Tue, 8 Jul 2008 11:08:19 EST marathon training has begun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1275166 I am 16 weeks from my marathon (Oct. 5/08) in Portland Maine. I will be following the Run Less Run Faster program. My training so far a real easy. Day one of week 1 was an off day. I had no problems with that. Today is a cross training day. I should be fine. Tomorrow intervals. Yikes...it's getting tough. :-) <BR> <BR> I am still very undecided as to what to shoot for. Logic tells me that it's my first marathon and finishing is all I need to do. Race predicting charts suggest I sho... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 07:58:51 EST Chronicle Harold 10k (halifax NS - Bluenose Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1215120 I have bad new and pretty good news. I just found out the good new a few minutes ago. <BR> <BR> Here goes. Bad news I didn't make my time goal (which was 51:30). Now here is the rest of the story... <BR> <BR> 1575 runners showed up to run the 10k. (over 8000 runners ran this weekend) <BR> <BR> The run was hard...for me...real hard...the hills were a killer. There was no huge hill, but there was a lot of ups and downs. I didn't mind the hills last year, but I ran it at a much easier pace. ... Sun, 18 May 2008 18:20:37 EST just one of those days...again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1167658 Today has been a bit stressful. Yesterday although wasn't stressful I still found myself not dealing with my day as I have been. <BR> <BR> I totally over ate yesterday. Everything unhealthy. Today was going to be better. Breakfast was pretty good, but I was having a hard time encouraging myself to head out for my run. Morning turned into afternoon...finally I headed out for an 8 mile run. The scheduled called for a 6 mile tempo with one mile warm up and cool down. Well it was very w... Fri, 25 Apr 2008 17:35:41 EST Runner's Attic's Running Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1121974 today I went for my second run with the group from Runner's Attic, our local running store. It was so much fun. <BR> <BR> Last week was my first attempt at running with other people. I have been a runner for 2 years now, and I have run with only 2 people in those 2 years (other than at race time). <BR> <BR> Last week it was nearly a disaster. I tried to keep up with the quicker runners. It was not possible. One runner stayed back with me, but even so I was so worn out after 3 miles I a... Sat, 5 Apr 2008 15:18:18 EST half way there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1117079 This week is week 6 of 12 weeks of charting. Boy how fast time goes by...still, 6 weeks to go sound like a long time. <BR> <BR> I lost 4.4 pounds and my body fat dropped 1.7% during the month of March. My goal for the month was 5 pounds, I came close but didn't quite make it. <BR> <BR> Now I am looking to lose 5 pounds in the Month of April. <BR> <BR> I had a few tough days where I really didn't feel like charting my food, and I really didn't feel like eating low cal. Out of those few... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 11:55:34 EST Day 1 of week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1080525 I am still going strong. I am on week 4, and for 3 weeks in a row I have lost weight. This week it was only .4 of a pound. Although there is a part of me who would like to have lost more, there is a bigger part who is very happy with my loss. It's that TOM, typically I gain 1 or 2 pounds, so the weight in under what I weighed last week, really, is great. <BR> <BR> I since I lost 2.6 pounds last week and over 3 pounds the week before I have added 200 calories per day. I was feeling hungr... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 14:16:37 EST I survived week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1052234 hey guys week 1 is a thing of the past. I am now on day 2 of week 2 of 12. <BR> <BR> I feel great today. <BR> <BR> I've had breakfast and a cup of coffee and soon I will be putting in a tempo run on my treadmill soon. <BR> <BR> Last week I lost 3.6 pounds. That put me near the bottom of my old weight range. I am determined to lose 11 more pounds. I am very excited to see how it will effect my 10k race in May. My goal is to loose 5 pounds in March. (last week's weight loss is mar... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 08:45:32 EST Here I go again!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1034442 Today is day 1 of week 1 of my 12 week 10k training. I weighed in this morning. OH MY, I think I was better off staying in denial. :-) I was .4 over my maintenance range. That's like a 4 pound gain. As horrible as it sounds it's really not all bad. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my birthday. My mom brought me a birthday cake and I ate 3 big pieces. My hd brought me for dinner and I ate way to much. So give this food a couple days to go through my system and I will be back within my range. ... Mon, 25 Feb 2008 14:38:33 EST it's been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=912254 Well it's been a while since I have blogged. I don't have a lot new to report. Things are going well and my goal this year are not a lot different that last year. <BR> <BR> If I have anything to report it would be that I have dropped 2% body fat since my last blog and I am very encouraged about losing even more. <BR> <BR> I still have days when junk food is more a part of my day than natural foods are, but those days are becoming fewer and fewer. <BR> <BR> I have decided to lose 10... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 14:46:24 EST body fat % http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=837969 Today my focus is body fat. It has been in my thoughts for a little while now. I just posted on a thread in 'Spark in the Dark' and felt like I could have just wrote on an on about the subject. Instead of putting my friends through it, I though I would blog about it instead. <BR> <BR> I recently read the book 'Performance Nutrition for Runners'. it was a very good book. In the book Matt Fitzgerald suggested the purchase of an Omron Fat Loss Monitor. I thought that sounded like a good ... Sun, 25 Nov 2007 09:35:33 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=803670 I am back to charting my food intake, and so far I feel pretty good about it. Better than the last few times that I have tried. Here is what I have done differently. <BR> <BR> 1) I have told other sparkers that I have started charting. that has proven to be helpful because one sparker is checking up on me. Thank you Chris. <BR> <BR> 2) I am planning my menu one day ahead of time. That isn't always fun but I feel it will get me through the days that I work. I only work mornings but s... Sat, 27 Oct 2007 12:37:55 EST How a couple days can change things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=799540 Monday I was totally down and out. <BR> <BR> I thank everyone for their kind comments and wise words. It gave me a lot to think about. <BR> <BR> Tuesday I went on a run and felt like my old self. Today I put in an easier 4 miles. <BR> <BR> There is something that happens to me after a race that has nothing to do with my body being physically tired. I do admit that I have the personality to over do it. After my first 1/2 marathon in July I took one week of easy running and then jumpe... Wed, 24 Oct 2007 10:03:25 EST it was bound to happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=797078 humm, I think I have the post race blues. :-) <BR> <BR> I was planing a bike ride today. it's just beautiful out there today. We never get a 20C days this late in October but we have today. what did i do...I took a nap. <BR> <BR> It's hard to understand what happens to my body after a race. The build up to the race, the feeling of excitement and anxiety leading up to the race. The non-stop chatting about time goals, tempo runs, confidence or lack of it is all done. <BR> <BR> This... Mon, 22 Oct 2007 15:51:01 EST here's an update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=409578 one of my biggest concerns while losing my weight was how in the world was I going to keep it off. Losing weight has really never been a problem for me, but keeping it off was a totally different story. <BR> <BR> I have dedicated many hours to reading people's opinion on what are the best strategies to keep weight off. I think I am finally making my way. I still want to trim off a few pounds and become a bit leaner. I run 30+ miles a week, so I want my body to be well nurished. I want... Fri, 2 Feb 2007 16:59:17 EST new years resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=341072 I've never been one for resolutions, but last year I decided I would make a couple and take them really seriousely. I chose to do a couple of things that just got me to expect a tiny bit more from myself. <BR> <BR> One was to get all the dishes done before I went to bed at night. I was terrible that way and always had a sink full waiting for me most morning. Another was to visit with my sister once a month. She live 30 minutes aways from me, and we get along great, but for no real good r... Sat, 16 Dec 2006 11:13:57 EST hill running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=315876 this week i have changed up my running routine a bit. I am running a few less miles. I am going to vary my workouts. <BR> <BR> I will be doing tempo runs, easy runs, intervals...and yes hill running. <BR> <BR> i tried hill running yesterday and really like the hard workout. I did my hill running on a treadmill. Running on an incline and then recovering and them on an incline again. I wasn't able to maintain the pace I was striving for, neither the distance. I hope next week I will se... Wed, 15 Nov 2006 15:27:18 EST workouts - some are bad and some are good!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=309523 Each workouts are never the same. I use to think running was as much of a mind game that a strength and endurance thing. Now I am even more sure. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went on a run and it turned into one of the worst I have ever had to endure. I was psyced to go on this run. the sun was shinning. there was very little wind. I was mentally prepared for a long run of 1 hour 30 minutes...2 hours if I could...holy cow...was I in for a surprise. <BR> <BR> I messed up in more ways than one... Wed, 8 Nov 2006 19:37:54 EST Yesterday's long run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=302636 Yesrterday I ran to work and back, or at least I tried. I didn't know the exact distance but I knew it would between 7 and 8 km. I didn't believe I would have the stamina to run both ways but my goal was to at least put in 13km (which would match my longest run) and 14 would be even better. <BR> <BR> well I ended up running 14. Averaged a 10mm. I am very happy with that. <BR> <BR> I learned a few lesson yesterday also. the next time i run to work, I have to eat a bigger breakfast....... Wed, 1 Nov 2006 07:49:11 EST Does running make me a better person? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=274162 I recently had a conversation with a friend. He stated that through his years of running he has come to believe that running makes you a better person. <BR> <BR> How can that be? why do I run? What does running do for me? What is running teaching me? How can it possible change who I am, let alone make me a better person? <BR> <BR> I run because I am now hooked. It's an obsessive thing. On the days I can't run, my heart and thoughts are out there wishing I could be running. Obsessiveness d... Tue, 26 Sep 2006 14:35:20 EST