RUNNERKDB's SparkPeople Blog RUNNERKDB's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Run By the Sea Santa Cruz, CA 12K Race Report I have been trying to do races if possible when I travel these days. When I found out I was going to be going to CA late August <em>67</em> I started to look for a possible race to do right away. I was rather hoping for a half-marathon since I need the mileage at this stage of my marathon training but I did not find any. However, I did find a 12K on trials along beautiful undeveloped beach area in Santa Cruz. <em>141</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:18:50 EST Summer Training ramping up! YAY! Yesterday was my second long run after several months of not being able to run more than 6 miles due to extreme pain from ischial bursitis also known as a pain in the butt! Last weekend I ran 14 with mild pain. Yesterday 15 with no pain. For a while there I was thinking I was not going to be able to do a fall marathon because I could not get my mileage up. <em>39</em> I am SOOO happy that things are looking up now for a fall race. <em>522</em> <BR> <BR> I desperately needed new shoes a... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:06:17 EST 2014 Bridge the Gap Half Marathon Quincy, IL I had a great race today in my home town after a somewhat disappointing marathon a few weeks ago. I decided to go into this race to just HAVE FUN and not look at any data on my watch. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> This is me at 13 miles almost done! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been working with a coach the last year and a half and this had led to me becoming over focused on my times and taken a lot of the joy out... Sat, 17 May 2014 18:35:10 EST First International Race! London! RACE REPORT! <em>665</em> <BR> Richmond Half-Marathon - Richmond Borough of London England <BR> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> This is a race report for a Half-Marathon I ran Sunday March 23rd in Richmond England. I had known for several months ahead of time that I was going to London to teach a week long course March 24-28. Whenever I teach in Europe I leave on a Friday, typically fly overnight, arrive Saturday late morning and then have the rest of Saturday and Sunday to recuperate from fl... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:23:59 EST I'm coming BACK! 5K Race 8-17-13 Hull of a Race 5K in Hull, Illinois 8-17-13 <BR> It was an amazing morning for a run! 55 degrees in August in the Midwest in unheard of! <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This was my first race since coming back from a non-running related surgery. <em>282</em> The five weeks of “no exercise permitted at all” definitely set me back a bit but this last week I have been feeling a lot stronger. July 23rd was my fir... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:15:45 EST 2012 Reflections and Recap 2013 Goals! Reflections on 2012 <BR> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> I completed 12 races including 3 full marathons and my first Tri longer than a Sprint. I set an all time marathon PR and a new Masters 10K PR, I lost 15 more pounds toward my ultimate weight loss goal. This makes a total of over 30 pounds since joining SPARK in May 2008. <BR> <BR> Before Photo: One of my first races after joining SPARK in 2008. This was taken just before the Bix 7 Race Davenport Iowa July 2008 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 23:01:02 EST Kansas City, MO North Face Half with Dean Karnazes! 11-17-12 This was an enjoyable but very challenging race. <em>198</em> It was part of a series called the North Face Endurance Challenge. It was only the second time the North Face has put on a race in KC and one of the few (maybe only) road races they put on. North Face, in the running world, is more known for trail running and ultras. <BR> <BR> My husband Kirk and I left Quincy around 9:00 AM after I took some time to have coffee with the Running Club Starbuck’s hooligans. We arrived in KC ar... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:35:40 EST Recap of this week's training...It ended with a big OUCH! I am training for the Illinois Marathon April 27th. I am really hoping for a PR at that race and would LOVE to break 4 hours. My workouts this week were: <BR> <BR> Sunday: 14 mile hilly bike ride. Local Tri-Jesus Sprint Tri course plus a little bit more. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Monday: 5 mile Fartlek workout. 1 mile warm up 4 miles 30 seconds on (5K plus pace) 60 seconds off- recovery pace. This was really fun. I did it with my speedy running pal Sarah. I timed the 30 seconds and she time... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 10:24:07 EST Twin Cities Marathon 11 minute PR Report! Twin Cities Marathon Report Race Date October 7, 2012 <BR> <BR> Before all the hoopla! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Weary of dealing with Chicago heat and crowds, I decided to head further north this year for a fall marathon. I had heard wonderful things about the Twin Cites marathon in Minneapolis-St Paul and I had never been to the Twin Cities before so I decided this would be my marathon! What a great decision! I absolutely loved this... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 14:56:58 EST Down 30 pounds progress pics! Thanks for all your support! So excited! I have FINALLY hit to 30 pound weight loss mark! It has been a very long journey to get here and I am not done yet but I am thrilled! How wonderful it will be to be running my 6th marathon Sunday so much lighter! I am so thankful for SPARK and all my SPARK friends who encourage and inspire me! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fall... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 20:50:03 EST It never hurts to ask! Do it! ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT! <BR> <BR> I work at am amazing place and my boss, the CEO, has taught me to think big and that it never hurts to ask for what you want. What’s the worst that can happen?…someone says no. Big deal. I have always been amazed by what taking action with this attitude can make happen! My latest big ask turned out to be a blast! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Amy on the left me on the right! <BR> <BR> I have a Wom... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 22:55:43 EST NEMO Tri - Stepping up the distance! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I decided about 4 months ago to train for the Northeast Missouri (NEMO) Triathlon just outside Kirksville, MO in 1,000 Hills State Park. I had planned to do this with race with my friend Laura but she broke her collarbone in the middle of our training <em>46</em> and is only just now getting back to being able to exercise. This triathlon was recommended to me by several local athletes as a great stepping stone... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 12:01:45 EST No Long Ritual No Long Run I don't know if everyone is this way but once I get past the half-marathon distance in marathon training I really have to prepare myself physically and psychologically if the run is going to happen. Yesterday I wanted to run 16-20 miles but with the rain from Isaac I decided to stay in and run Sunday. Each change in plans like this for me usually means it is less likely that I run. -Got up today 5:30 AM and procrastinated until 7...another change in the plan, garmin was dead another change..... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 18:01:27 EST Try Try and Tri Some More! Triathlon Training Camp 8-25-12 & 8-26-12 in Hannibal, MO and Quincy, IL <BR> <BR> SATURDAY DAY 1 <BR> Photo of my running club pals before 10K. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Triathlon Training Camp started Saturday at with a 10K race. The Mississippi River Run in Hannibal , MO. I was hoping to set a new 10K PR in this race but I missed it by 6 seconds. <BR> I did take 1:30 off my time when I ran this race in 2009. So, I did live up t... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 17:36:51 EST Will my Garmin slow me down? This coming weekend I am taking a marathon training "break" to do a multi-sport weekend training camp. I did my 20 miler I was scheduled to do this coming weekend this past Saturday so this week will be step down week. This allows me to not feel so concerned about changing things up. I am so excited about the camp and it is FREE! I love free. And just in time for my upcoming Tri next month. <BR> <BR> Here is the link to it: <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <link> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 21:23:53 EST Thoughts on losing weight while marathon training controversy I have lost 9 pounds in the last 36 days. I am training for a marathon and a triathlon this fall. At first I started at 1200-1600 calories and then I hit a plateau. I am burning 4000-5000 calories a week so I needed to add more food and as soon as I did my weight loss started up again. I am expecting now for things to slow down and I would like to lose .5 or 1 pound per week. <BR> <BR> For me, I just keep it simple....burn more calories than I eat within reason! When I try to make it too com... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 20:30:28 EST Book Review: Running on Empty by Marshall Ulrich Hello All: <BR> <BR> It's Saturday afternoon so I trust some of you are feeling the aches and pains of a long run earlier today. Some of you who know me well know that I am a voracious reader. This review will be on Marshall Ulrich's book Running on Empty I met home at the Illinois Marathon any many club members are going to this marathon. <BR> <BR> Amazon gives this overview of the book: <BR> <BR> A versatile, world-class extreme endurance athlete, he's an ultrarunner, Seven Summits mo... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:39:47 EST Older, Lighter, Faster... The last month or so has been a real turnaround for me. I have dropped 8 pounds after struggling with gaining and losing the same 3 pounds for more than a year. My running times are dropping after two years of various injuries and weight gain. I am now 47 but still chasing a marathon PR. Age is just a number. Just ask Dara Torres. <BR> <em>208</em> <BR> Today I had a 4 miles tempo run and hit under 8 minute pace. <BR> <BR> Isn't is amazing how one success builds on another and one positiv... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:00:56 EST Renewed and Revived! -How does that happen anyway? So, I have been "on the wagon" now for a few weeks consistently following my calorie range and exercising like I fiend. I have lost 6 pounds. <BR> <BR> Exercise is never the issue for me, I battle overeating and stress eating. So many times I have wondered why does this sometimes click and I can follow my calorie ranges and track my food down to the last bite and other times I go for weeks just tracking breakfast and then trailing off into "mindless grabbing whatever I want" eating as the d... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:55:25 EST Time to Regroup <BR> <BR> I have had to adjust some of my goals for 2011. Due to breaking a bone in my foot by kicking my unpacked suitcase from my trip to Africa! - I missed 6 weeks of training for my planned spring marathon the Illinois Marathon in Champaign. I decided that I needed to drop back to doing the half-marathon rather than the full. I will train for a full marathon in the fall or winter. I am considering the St Jude Marathon which is Dec 3 in Memphis. I want a marathon where I can be sure t... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 23:06:40 EST 2011 Goals! Bring on the new year! <img src=""> <BR> This picture is my beautiful family Christmas Eve. I thank God for them and all the gifts and blessings of 2010. <BR> <BR> "The merry year is born <BR> Like the bright berry from the naked thorn." <BR> ~Hartley Coleridge <BR> <BR> I have been working on my goals for 2011! I am dividing them into several areas: <BR> <BR> Physical/Fitness: <BR> <BR> -Lose 20 pounds using Beck Diet Solution workbook, spark food tracker ... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 18:09:10 EST Chicago Marathon 10-10-10 I ran this Chicago Marathon yesterday for the second time. The first time I ran it was in 2000. The first marathon I had ever completed. The race is MUCH larger now so it was a different experience. I had hoped to run it in under 4 hours and qualify for the Boston Marathon. This has been a dream of mine since jr high school when I first started to run competitively. I used the Furman Institute Training Program as I had excellent luck with it training for a half this past spring that blew awa... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 15:44:57 EST 2010 Bix 7 Race Report, Ryan Hall, Joan Samuelson and Bill Rodgers! There was tons of energy and excitement surrounding this weekend's Bix 7 Race in Davenport, Iowa. Check out the following headline: <BR> <BR> Top American runners, including Olympians Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall, will race the Quad-City Times Bix 7 in Davenport, Iowa on July 24, 2010 for a national 7-mile championship title. Two-time winner and defending champion Keflezighi will once again face his toughest American foe in U.S. half-marathon and 20k record holder Ryan Hall. Boston Marathon ... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 20:06:11 EST A Runner's Dream Weekend! WOW! A Runner’s Dream Weekend <BR> <BR> This past weekend was arguably the most exciting weekend, from a running perspective, of my life. It was the weekend of the Bridge the Gap 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon race here in Quincy, IL. This race, which was celebrating its 10 year anniversary, was expected to draw up to 3,000 participants. Last I heard a count, it was at 2500. This race takes runners across 2 bridges that transverse the Mighty Mississippi River. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sun, 16 May 2010 19:19:08 EST My Boston dream lives on! I am currently involved in the Bridge the Gap to Health Half-Marathon training Program in Quincy, IL as a cheerleader/pacer! Training is going well. It is a community effort that is just amazing! See link below to the race. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> There are 3 levels of training: <BR> Walkers <BR> First-time half marathoners (Hal Higdon Program) <BR> Experienced half-marathoners (FIRST Program) <BR> I am doing the FIRST Program ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 15:15:23 EST Facing Challenges... but not giving up on my goals! 2010 here I come! I completed my first marathon since 2000 back in October with a PR! Running it in 4:25:55 was not very hard for me so I decided to register for another marathon in December the Dallas White Rock Marathon. Well about 2 weeks into my training for that I started to have severe back and later ankle and foot pain. I found out, after going to a sports medicine doctor and getting x rays that it was all related to my back issue. I have a spondylolisthesis in my L5-S1 area which means that my L5 verte... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 08:39:37 EST I did it! I hit the National Masters All American Standard for the 5K! When I first joined SPARK in May of 08 I had big goals. I would say they were definitely what you would call "stretch goals." In addition, to weight loss goals I had a number of running goals with the major one being to hit the National Masters All-American Standard in the 10K (48:19). <BR> <BR> "The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan ... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 11:45:36 EST Chasing my dreams and I am catching them! General Updates on my Progress: <BR> <BR> Weight Loss and Body Fat <BR> <BR> I have now lost 21 pounds and have reduced my body fat percentage from 29.7% to 20.7%. My goal when I started was to get to 20%. Total inches lost: 24 <BR> After many years of yo-yo dieting and Weight Watchers fees (I was a disaster in Weight Watchers) I have been consistently dropping weight since May of 2008. What I discovered is slow, steady and overall consistency (not always everyday!) is the key for me. I h... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 13:55:18 EST My Masters Runner Marathon Training Secrets... I am 44 and have not completed a marathon since Chicago in 2000. My goal is to qualify for Boston before I am 50. Training for a marathon now that I nearly 10 years older than when I trained for the last one I did is different. However I can honestly say I feel that the training is going better. One reason is that I am at a very different phase of life having teenagers versus preschoolers! They want to see less of me not more of me so I do not have mother guilt being out on long runs and reco... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 08:55:50 EST Reigniting my spark! I am updating my goals and spark page. I have lost focus and gained a few pounds. I am determined that I can get back on track and succeed! I still want to lose about 20 pounds and I want to drop my 10K times to be in the competitive masters runs range. <BR> <BR> I have joined the swimsuit bootcamp and I am registered for a 10k on Mother's Day weekend. I have taken back on the presidency of the local running club that I founded in 2000 to find people to train with me for the Chicago Maratho... Sat, 2 May 2009 10:07:35 EST Reaching my goal... Today I ran a 5K race. I had not been planning on running it bit was feeling like my pace had been dropping in my training runs and I wanted to know what I could do in a 5K. My goal was to run under a 9 minute mile. I finished the race in 24:12 which is a 7:48 pace! I was so shocked and happy that all my hard work is really paying off. My goal of moving toward becoming a competitive Master's Runner is that much closer! I was first place in the 40-49 age group. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2008 20:03:27 EST Leaving for Kiawah Island SC in the morning I am leaving for a vacation in the morning! Vacations have tended to be "food fests" for me in the past. I am really determined to make this one different by: <BR> **Drinking 4 liters of water per day <BR> **Entering every bite I eat into my tracker <BR> **Planning ahead on meals...we are staying in a house with a great kitchen so I want to go to the grocery ASAP to get some healthy foods for the week. <BR> **Keeping up my exercise program <BR> **I would love to have the accountability of... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 04:27:18 EST Bix 7 Davenport Iowa I have been wanting to run the Bix ever since I moved to the Midwest 15 years ago and this year was the year. <BR> <BR> Woo hoo! I did it this morning! What a fun race but a tough course! ...lots of hills. My chip time (which is the one I am going by of course) was 1:08:16 so I ran about a 9:45 pace. Rank 4,574 out of about 13,000. 110 in my age group out of 462. With just getting back into running and still having quite a bit of weight to lose, I am very happy with my accomplishment. I woul... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 21:14:54 EST Completed first 5 mile race since joining SparkPeople On July 4th I ran the Ephrata Firecracker 5 mile run in Ephrata, PA. My official time was 46:21. I ran this same race in 1990 40 pounds lighter in 34:28. I know that I should not be comparing myself with times that I ran when I was 25 but it is hard to be so much heavier and slower. I would appreciate any words of encouragement as I am new to SparkPeople. I placed 21st in my age category 40-49. The race had 611 people. My next race is July 26th the Bix 7 in Davenport, Iowa. I am very i... Sat, 5 Jul 2008 19:19:30 EST