STRIVER57's SparkPeople Blog STRIVER57's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Lausanne 20k not exactly the Lausanne 20 k was incredibly better organized than the Paris half (well this is Switzerland after all) and we did leave at 6:15 and we had til 7:40 to get to the 11-k mark or be cut off from the top 4 k loop. well it was very hilly and we missed it by about 2 minutes. to tell the truth, although slightly disappointed we were also pretty relieved, because we missed the worst hill — and the ones we had were quite horrible enough, thank you. plus just as we started down it started to rain. <... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:28:54 EST spring in paris 2: the promenade plantée/coulée verte just so the rest of you know spring is really coming … it's here in Paris. in fact, i passed bunches of dying daffodils but did not take pictures of them. <em>211</em> <BR> 7.5 miles. the good thing about being a galloway runner is you can take pictures during the walk intervals: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:43:31 EST running in the spring (pictures from Paris where it's spring) no time to write a lot but putting up these pictures to inspire both you and me. <BR> the first two are from the rose garden (but no roses yet) at the Vincennes woods, where i went to pick up the bibs for the half marathon 10 days ago. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and the next 3 are all from yesterday 4-mile run that is my standard run … it will remain beautiful with diffe... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:24:11 EST ST for middle aged man in not great shape DH has finally recognized that maybe a bit more exercise and ST might actually help lower his blood pressure, which is occasionally worrisomely high. his current main exercise is walking to and from work 5 days a week (a little over a mile each way). so he wants me, as the great expert :-(, to recommend something. i personally have no idea about what is appropriate for guys, or what they might find annoying. i use coach nicole videos, especially, the different bootcamp series, and also when ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 04:53:20 EST last LSR of 2013 15 miles along the river, through 2 parks at almost opposite ends of Paris. 43°F (39 with the wind chill factor), relatively nice. <BR> (for some reason i do not get, spark does not want to upload the map. to be honest, it's a fair amount like the last one, except that i also ran through the jardin des plantes, and i did not run through the tuileries this time. so you're not missing much). <BR> 30/30 run/walk intervals except for mile 12-13, which was 60/30, and i definitely had the strength ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:45:21 EST another sunday long slow run <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 11 hours of sleep last night (or this run could have been even worse than Thursday's, which was not good but was at least short). Enjoyment: 3/3. <BR> first time i ever did the rest slow enough to have strength left to run hard during the last 2 miles (of 14). ran on cobblestones miles 3-4 to stay slow. it worked and the view was great. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 10:33:25 EST sunday long slow run was the best run in a really a long time. maybe because i slept for 13.5 hours the night before? <BR> and a very pretty run, as you can see: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> along the river, Luxembourg Garden, banks of the Seine, Champs de Mars (i.e., around the Eiffel Tower), and around the Tuileries Gardens. enjoyment on a scale of 3: 3! Sun, 17 Nov 2013 10:13:37 EST the comeback kid ... needs to come back things have not been great. september started with 3 weeks of 15-hr work days. when the project was finished, i had only missed one run, had done & 14-mile long slow run (on sept 15) in preparation for my october 20 day-after-my-birthday half in amsterdam. so then i finally did train tickets, hotels (3 day family vacation -- none of us has ever been there). and went out for a run that very afternoon and ... felt light-headed, and stopped, walked home, remembered that when i'd gone off my bloo... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 09:55:51 EST this sunday's 12 mile run -- 4 parks and 3 of them different from last week. the park around Notre Dame, Luxembourg Garden, Tuileries Gardens, and the Botanical Gardens. quite a bit warmer, and the garmin strap definitely needs to be fixed. low heart-rate run, and quite slow (especially with stops to try to fix the strap -- i ended up carrying the garmin the last 3 miles -- and a broken traffic light where cars never stopped coming!). great run. <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 10:04:16 EST new things for runners and bikers and skaters and children in Paris yesterday on our way home from the greenmarket (kilo of fresh local sweet peas, kilo of fresh local little fava beans, kilo of asparagus, 4 baby local cauliflower, 3 little boxes of really sweet delicious strawberries (mara des bois, a species bred to be --- especially tasty and delicious; imagine that, they don't keep well, they were bred for flavor instead of shipping qualities), white peaches, apricots ... and some other stuff... <BR> we went down to what used to be a highway along the le... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:04:24 EST running again with pix of roses & Notre Dame i'm running again. and it's wonderful. 10-mile slow low-heart-rate run today, along the river, through the Jardin des Plantes and their wonderful fragrant rose garden, back along the river, approaching Notre Dame from the apse, then up to Pont Neuf, back along the highway (closed to traffic on Sunday for runners, bikers, skaters, walkers, etc) and finally home. i didn't mean to take so many pictures of roses, but i did. these aren't all of them. and then a couple of Notre Dame today. 64°F, lo... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:32:33 EST forsythia in January: Sunday run serendipity (pics) it was pretty cold (37 and lower with the windchill) and very gray, but about 12 miles into my 16 mile run, i ran across these as i was heading generally toward home from Luxembourg Garden. They brightened my day and will maybe brighten yours. I whipped out my hand-me-down iphone3 to take a picture though it took longer than my 36-second walk interval. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:55:14 EST pics of new year's day 2013 run through central Paris in 2011 one of my goals for 2012 was to take regular monthly pictures of my run, to watch the seasons pass. but i never had a phone or camera til October, then i had to learn to use the hand-me-down iPhone. and so for today's run, i started figuring it out. here are a few (a lot of) pictures. Because today is a holiday, the Pompidou expressway that runs along the Seine on the Right Bank was closed for traffic (as it generally is on Sundays). Because of this (and because i needed to pass the p... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:58:45 EST running and other goals for 2013 -- <BR> these are not resolutions. they are goals, and/or plans. <BR> i will keep running on a regular basis and training because it provides structure. it's pretty clear to me that i don't have the time to try training for a marathon … some year maybe. i do plan to occasionally get the LSR up to 18-20 miles, once every month or two. figuring two 5-mile weekday runs (much shorter doesn't make a lot of sense, because i spend 20 minutes getting to and from the river), and the alternate Sunday ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:05:51 EST 15 miles! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> new route ... along the left bank all the way to the parc andré citroen (after the car factory that used to be there, i think), around the park, back along the river to the eiffel tower and a loop of the champs de mars, across the pont de la concorde, 2.5 loops of les jardin des tuileries, straight through the louvre, back briefly to the river, and home. very lovely day, very nice way to finish the year a little s... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:33:53 EST 12-mile Sunday run <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> brilliant blue sky. in low 40s. 3 beautiful parks. deliberately slow training run. <BR> <BR> geek details: <BR> Galloway run/walk 45-second intervals <BR> Distance: 12.00 mi <BR> Calories: 723 C <BR> Time: 2:44:38 <BR> Moving Time: 2:32:20 <BR> Elapsed Time: 2:44:44 <BR> Avg Pace: 13:43 min/mi <BR> Avg Moving Pace: 12:42 min/mi <BR> Elevation Gain: 679 ft <BR> Elevation Loss: 688 ft <BR> Avg HR: 120 bpm <BR... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:25:41 EST More Half Marathon pics These are the official pictures -- so a couple are pretty good pics of me running and some are sightseeing pictures -- but i wanted to share them (ok, show them off <em>104</em> ): <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 02:12:54 EST my first half marathon!! (with pics!) Lizalot and i (and our DDs & her SO) went to London together and after a somewhat disastrous trip transportation wise, the three runners (her DD & us) both had a wonderful wonderful Royal Parks Half Marathon. <BR> I did much better than expected for my first half - 2h40:50 chip time and 2h50:57 garmin time (the garmin also says i ran 13.3 miles, so respective paces of 12:16 or 12:06). <BR> It was beautiful cool day, blue sky day in the various Royal Parks (cooled off afterwards and left me s... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 04:55:39 EST a wonderful run <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Time: 2:03:59 <BR> Moving Time: 1:57:56 <BR> Elapsed Time: 2:04:05 <BR> Avg Pace: 13:45 min/mi <BR> Avg Moving Pace: 13:05 min/mi <BR> Best Pace: 4:51 min/mi <BR> Elevation Gain: 399 ft <BR> Elevation Loss: 369 ft <BR> Min Elevation: 77 ft <BR> Max Elevation: 207 ft <BR> Summary 2:03:59.3 9.02 13:45 <BR> 1 12:57.2 1.00 12:57 <BR> 2 13:05.9 1.00 13:06 <BR> 3 13:05.6 1.00 13:06 <BR> 4 13:35.2 1.00 13:35 <... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 07:59:59 EST feeding my family except when i make pasta or rice (which actually is about half our dinners), with vegetables incorporated, my family isn't so crazy about vegetables. however, they have this bad habit of eating what they dislike first ... so they fill themselves up on the veggie (which i put onto their plate ... less than i put on mine but more than they would choose), before they start the protein and starch. they think that's an efficient way to get rid of the veggie. ha ha ha. how volumetric can you get :-... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:40:27 EST half on october 7 possible ?? I was never athletic until i started running in April 2011 (at the age of 59). i have always had a problem distinguishing hypochrondria, wimpiness, and laziness from pain. <BR> Back in March, when my long runs were up to about 7 miles (at about 12:40 min/mile for long runs), i signed up for the royal parks half marathon – with Lizalot and her daughter – as a charity runner for Oxfam (committing to raise at least 300 £). by June 3, I was up to 10.6 miles (all at slow increases, never more tha... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:46:51 EST what's reasonable to expect from a running coach if you had a (not so inexpensive at all) running coach and had about 6 sessions, which mostly went well <BR> and you liked her and were also in the process of joining the group program she also worked at AND you developed excruciating pain during one of the group sessions and left early because of it, <BR> and emailed her about it, and she said, ice it, take 2 days off, then try again and let me know <BR> and you did and that was agonizing and you told her so and asked some questions <BR> a... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:54:14 EST could you help me choose my before and after pictures for the before and after picture sweepstakes? <BR> i made DH finally look through the old pics on his computer to find some suitably awful before pictures. i think the best candidates are: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> or <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have 3 ideas for the after picture: <BR> <img src=""> <B... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:16:23 EST "If I used being busy as an excuse not to run i'd never run again. I have only a few reasons to keep on running, and a truckload of them to quit. All I can do is keep those few reasons nicely polished." <BR> from Haruki Marukami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, p 73 (Vintage). <BR> quite an interesting book. su & liz, you will both like it, i think. <BR> tomorrow's the race i'm not running. but i hope i will be able to run again this week, and after the first week, i have kept in shape and worked out pretty well for someone ... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 17:11:54 EST (Not) exercising another blog that started out as a blog comment:-) to TinaJane, who still doesn't like exercising. me neither totally, but ... oh i miss it so much. <BR> the doctor thinks it's tendonitis of the gluteus medius or maximus - but it's totally on the side of my hip, not my booty! it doesn't even exactly hurt. just very mild discomfort when i walk. i'm still waiting for the PT to call me back with an appointment. i left a message friday and another one yesterday. if they don't call back today ... ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 04:27:33 EST shopping sweaty FitformyFamily just asked me in a comment on one of my status updates; Do you ever feel funny about running errands when you're all sweaty? Or is it pretty common that others are doing the same thing? I don't even like to go into a store in my running clothes BEFORE I get all sweaty! <BR> <BR> i started to answer there and it was too long, so i decided to make a blog post out of it, especially since now that i've started thinking about it, i'm a bit worried. <BR> what i started to say was: <... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 12:03:40 EST yoga for (old lady) runners as some of you know, i started yoga for seniors in February, at the suggestion of a friend who said that maybe i'd fall less (and be generally less of a klutz and slice my fingers less often) if i learned to be more mindful and that yoga could be good for that. the class i go to is free (for which i feel somewhat guilty although i would not have started probably if it weren't) for those 60 and older, and the class is easier. <BR> the biggest problem so far that yoga teachers seem to be very ... Sat, 5 May 2012 03:50:51 EST omg i've got 4 races planned for this year (with pics) 3 of them decided in the last 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> may 13 : 10 k Courir pour Handicap International, bois de boulogne <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR><BR>Courir-Ensemble-Handicap-International <BR> <BR> july 1 : 8 or 15 k (to be decided shortly) in the garden of the chateau at Versailles ! with a picnic afterwards. and my family's even going to come to this one. and we contribute to planting tre... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 06:32:47 EST multipark run <img src=""> <BR> <BR> this is my longest run yet (14.2 km/8.8 m) ... probably a bit longer than I should have gone. It was slower and harder than usual, but I guess since there's supposed to be a long slow run, it's ok that it was about 6 min longer at 13 k than last week's 13 k with Minium. or maybe because it was quite a bit colder (36°F/2°C when i went out, and not a whole lot warmer when i finished 116 min later. <BR> but probably t... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 11:21:56 EST Longest run & fastest long run <img src=""> <BR> <BR> spring has sprung! indeed, we got to see lots of dead daffodils as well as lots of new beautiful blooming ones, and trees and bushes in every color and stage of blossom, and a few red tulips. <BR> I ran the first 2 km to the Bastille Opera, where I met <BR> <em>223</em> Minium and we ran 11 km together, along the Promenade plantee and back & then down to the river, across, to the Jardin des Plantes, then along... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 07:01:57 EST SPRING (with pics) as the end of zone C's vacation approaches, i dragged DD & DH out for a walk along la promenade plantée ou coulée verte, the French inspiration for New York's High Line. and was i surprised! lots more flowers and trees in bloom than i had seen last Sunday in the Jardin des Plantes. DH's phone provides proof positive that spring is arriving (as Becky's heart told her today): <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:17:43 EST today's run & song of the day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 4.11 miles in 55 minutes (53 moving minutes) ... average moving pace: 12:53 <BR> <BR> complainte pour Ste Catherine, Kate & Anna McGarrigle <BR> <BR> longtemps qu'on fait la politique ... <BR> faut pas croire que je suis une crétine <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 05:58:58 EST music while running: ruminations This started out as a comment on Cannie's page and grew too long. <BR> i'm still thinking about the music while runniing issue. maybe because i feel guilty for enjoying myself with music on my run. for not giving myself the time to process my feelings and my thoughts during what is about the only time of the day i'm not working or spending time with my family: work, working out, meals with family, and cooking account for most of my non-sleep time (of which there also is not enough). <BR> i ... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 06:00:03 EST new york and the new year we had a glorious family trip to NY. stayed with an old friend whose daughter is kind of a big sister to mine (both being only children) and spent the holidays up in Hastings on Hudson with my sister and her husband. <BR> <BR> saw lots of old friends that i don't keep in close enough touch with (10, actually, mostly but not all friends from when I worked at Legal Aid representing juveniles from 76-81. my, that was long ago). <BR> <BR> spent quality time with my sister, including a 4.5-mile... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:40:47 EST 3 week sparking cutback it is very clear that if i want to leave for NY in 8 days with all my due work turned in and not have a nervous breakdown first, and then have a wonderful time with my family and friends in NY celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary (and weighing what i did when i left NY 27 years ago for a "sabbatical" and cooking classes in France), i need to focus on work this week and family and friends for the holidays. sparking will continue, especially running, walking (especially in NY); portion cont... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 04:14:15 EST Sunday's 10.1k run, with map & pix a lovely fall day. not too many tourists but lots of runners, cyclists, & skaters out on the voie georges pompidou on this sunny Sunday. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> these aren't my pictures, but they do show the reason i take this route: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 07:47:37 EST 10 things the pre-Spark me never thought she would do 1. run <BR> 2. run in a race (a real 6k and a virtual 10k) <BR> 3. want to run/mind not running <BR> 4. run with my sister who has run forever (not yet, but planned for xmas) <BR> 5. fit back into my wedding dress <BR> 6. do strength training and weights (even if they're only 2 kg) <BR> 7. like strength training and weights <BR> 8. stop minding having my picture taken <BR> 9. voluntarily wear polyester :-) (cute running clothes) <BR> 10. know, care about, and be inspired b... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 06:18:29 EST 10 k!! with the garmin! i totally don't get how to embed the activity in a blog, which i think i've seen other people do. and a direct link includes my whole name & email address, which i'd sort of rather not. so if anyone knows how to do it ... <BR> a beautiful beautiful day, although i seem to be the only person still in shorts & t shirt without jacket. guess i need fall/winter running clothes:-) <BR> sounds like a good reward for making it to 10 k. <BR> <BR> if the average moving pace is what i should be conside... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 08:46:57 EST Goal/turning 60 15 months ago I came home from a vacation with a torn meniscus and badly sprained knee and decided life as a klutz would be easier if i weren't obese. i had previously joined Spark on a friend's recommendation for the exercise videos, though i'd never done any of them. eating better started first (since i couldn't really move so well), and i found the food tracker essential, the fast break goals encouraging -- as was the quick initial weight loss (followed by a long plateau). I made a spark p... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:29:51 EST feeling wimpy as some of you know, in the midst of a major (over) work crisis (problem with being a free-lancer, you're the boss), i tripped over a cobblestone on a run Tuesday, and ended up with 5 (highly visible) stitches in my forehead, a headache, and, i subsequently discovered, a very bruised left fifth of my face and a cracked or bruised rib. so i decided to focus on getting the work done and didn't work out Wed, Thurs or Fri. and ate more than i should have, though not out of my range, or even much ... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 09:14:59 EST My first race well Lizalot and I ran la Parisienne 6-k today, in the rain. we didn't get to start til after about 90 minutes of waiting, about 30 of them in the rain. 21 633 women finished -- and 1861 of them were slower than me! i didn't trip over the women who passed me or slide on the wet cobblestones, so finishing neither last nor injured are 2 pretty major accomplishments from my perspective, plus i ran the whole way (and without my ipod). and some of that time I even felt as if i were developing a r... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 10:46:38 EST Bleg for 1st race advice/strategy My very first race is next Sunday, 6-k. I know I can do it, because i preran the course Sunday, in 55 min at a rousing pace of 15 min/mile. same as my usual pace, according to google maps. I blame my age and short legs, but it could also be laziness (though my HRM, which sets low levels for old people, says i'm running at 92 to 98% of capacity). OTOH, i can (and do) run for 55 minutes and I just started C25K in May. <BR> I started at a faster pace than usual, because i was running (ok, call i... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 17:04:12 EST 1 year change-versary: 22 kilos & health it's not a spark-versary because i joined spark a while before i started this journey seriously. today is a year since i got back from what would have been (was anyway) a glorious family trip to Tuscany except that i missed a step at the Siena train station getting off the bus and very badly sprained my knee, tore my meniscus, etc. and spent the next week in severe pain (refusing to see a doctor because i was, inaccurately, convinced they'd tell me to stop walking and i couldn't, I was on vac... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 02:15:11 EST 1 year change-versary: 22 kilos & health it's not a spark-versary because i joined spark a while before i started this journey seriously. today is a year since i got back from what would have been (was anyway) a glorious family trip to Tuscany except that i missed a step at the Siena train station getting off the bus and very badly sprained my knee, tore my meniscus, etc. and spent the next week in severe pain (refusing to see a doctor because i was, inaccurately, convinced they'd tell me to stop walking and i couldn't, I was on vac... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 02:15:09 EST