WILEE323's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WILEE323 WILEE323'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/ Seem to be singing the blues lately http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716563 I was in a major league funk this morning. It seemed as thought the weight of the world was suddenly all dumped on my shoulders and I was quaking under the load. Better now, but thinking about it, I haven't been my happy-go-lucky self recently. Lots of self loathing going around as I struggle with my weight. I packed on an extra 15 lbs over the winter, and it is stubbornly refusing to leave. I can string together a day or two of eating within my calorie range, then I blow it out of the water... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:23:11 EST Supporter, not runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671284 The 2nd running of a local half and full marathon was this morning. It sprinkled, cleared, then poured. The route took the race just a few blocks from my house, so I grabbed a chair and some ankle bells and headed over. I've always been the runner, so it was a change for me. I thought about all of the terrific strangers who have cheered me on in the past as I shook the bells and called out encouragement. It was an absolute joy, and I felt so blessed. I've been feeling sorry for myself as I'... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:15:01 EST Take 2 - Spring 5% Challenge Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658570 Have you ever read something you wrote and thought, OMG, I'm an idiot? Well, that's me today! With a gentle reminder from a Spark teammate, I realized that my initial nutrition plan was way off base. Yes, I am trying to lose weight, but far more than that, I'm trying to strengthen my body and progress with my running. Plus start training for an almost 500 mile bike ride. I can't do that on severely limited calories. <BR> <BR> When thinking, really thinking, about my eating habits the last fe... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:28:43 EST Spring 5% Challenge Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657149 This is the part I've really been struggling with! I do great all day long until supper time. No portion control, wine with the meal (and before and after!), then dessert. Yikes! I don't want to diet, I want a lifestyle that I can sustain. So… <BR> <BR> 1500 calories divided in to 5 - 300 calorie meals eaten about 3 hours apart on Monday through Thursday. <BR> 2000 calories on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:40:35 EST Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655363 Run 3x's per week following my half marathon training schedule. Two 45 minutes runs during the week and alternate 800M intervals with long runs on the weekend. This is not anything new, just life. <BR> <BR> IronStrength from Runner's World once a week adding reps/sets as I can. Heavy lifting once a week focusing either on shoulders or chest. <BR> <BR> Add in spin or biking outside two times a week. I NEED TO CROSS TRAIN!!! Start with 30 minute spin sessions and work up to 45. <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:28:08 EST Albany Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640875 I almost missed this one! The plan was to fly to Tampa late Thursday, drive to Ocala to spend the night and pick up my BFF, then leisurely drive to Albany on Friday. Plenty of time for packet pickup, checking the place out, etc. Well, the best laid plans sometimes go awry. My flight was delayed 18 hours due to hydrolic issues. I got in to Tampa at 4 pm on Friday...just in time for crawling, bumper to bumper traffic on I75. Got my friend picked up and arrived in Albany about 11:30 pm. Thankful... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 22:44:58 EST 2/8 ST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618724 Superset 1 <BR> Shoulder press 10x22.5 lb, 8x25 lb, 6x27.5 lb <BR> Posterior delt 10x22.5 lb, 8x25 lb, 6x27.5 lb <BR> Anterior/lateral raise. 10x7.5 lb, 8x10lb, 6x12.5 lb <BR> Goblet squat 3x10 with 20 lb kettlebell <BR> <BR> Superset 2 <BR> Bicep 21's x25, x35, x45 <BR> Skullcrushers 10x25 lb, 8x35 lb, 6x45 lb <BR> Single leg deadlift 3x10 with 15lb kb <BR> <BR> Superset 3 <BR> Incline chest fly 10x22.5lb, 8x25 lb, 6x27.5 lb <BR> Cable row. 10x55 lb, 8x70lb, 6x85lb <BR> Side leg rais... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:54:37 EST 2/5 ST Session http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617774 Superset 1 <BR> Incline Press 10x27.5 lb, 8x30 lb, 6x35 lb <BR> One Arm Row 10x27.5 lb, 8x30 lb, 6x35 lb <BR> Front, Rear, and Side Lunges x 10 <BR> <BR> Superset 2 <BR> Alt Biceps Curls 10x22.5 lb, 8x25 lb, 6x27.5 lb <BR> Triceps Kickbacks 10x7.5 lb, 8x10 lb, 6x12.5 lb (easy) <BR> Calf Raises 3x10 with 45 lb plate <BR> <BR> Superset 3 <BR> Military Press with kettlebells 10x10 lb, 8 x15 lb, tried for 6x20 lb, but couldn't on left side <BR> Rear Delt Raise 10x25 lb, 8x27.5 lb,... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 11:16:17 EST Love and pets and grandkids! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611191 First off, pets. Whether you are a dog lover, cat person, or have some other type of animal companion, aren't they the best? My two cats never fail to make me smile or bust out in a big ole belly laugh daily. This morning my cat Ash, the young scamp, poked his head out from under a blanket on the couch. Normally he lays ON the blanket, but he must have been cold. It was simply one of those cute pet moments. His daily ritual is to wait until I sit down with breakfast, then jump into my lap, ge... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:14:23 EST Just for today - Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606448 Just for today, I will be thankful for the little things in life. Like chicken soup on a snowy winter evening. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:48:41 EST Just for today - Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605138 Just for today, I will be present in the moment . Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:15:33 EST Just for today - Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604164 Just for today, I will not drink alcohol. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:01:38 EST Just for today - Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603128 Just for today, I will look in the mirror and tell myself that I AM beautiful. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 08:56:34 EST Just for today - Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602030 Just for today, I will smile and be more open to people. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:26:11 EST Just for today - Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600974 Just for today, I am going to get up out of my office chair every hour and walk for a couple of minutes. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:29:24 EST Just for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599856 Just for today, I will eat 1800 calories. Focus on one meal at a time and enjoy. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:53:36 EST New year, but not necessarily a new start. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584256 I'm not much of a New Year's resolution maker. I've spent over a decade as a member of the same gym watching the numbers grow during January and steadily decline through March. I am using the beginning of a new year as impetus to get back to what I know works. Because my jeans are feeling tight, I know that I've overindulged too much the past few months. Running three times a week will not outrun a bad diet! I've also concentrated solely on running and excluded ST for fear of injury. I know t... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:11:25 EST Singing the Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541773 Through a series of unfortunate miscommunications and misunderstandings earlier this week, some conflict arose in my life. Now conflict is not necessarily a bad thing, but this could have been so easily avoided. As it is, it has left me with some open wounds and a great big case of the blues. I've been surprised at how many bad memories and feelings have come bubbling to the surface in the aftermath. It's just been one of those weeks when every moment, I'm on the verge of tears. Perhaps I've ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:24:57 EST A thankful November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529324 Goals for November: <BR> <BR> 1. Training for the Santa Hustle according to Galloway's plan for time. <BR> 2. 20 minutes of exercise every day. <BR> 3. Hip exercises and bicycle crunches every day. <BR> 4. Acknowledge something I am grateful for each day. <BR> <BR> Today I am supremely thankful for my beautiful granddaughter! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 14:00:09 EST The Lil Miss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474413 It's September now which means I can start counting the days until my granddaughter is born. To say that I am excited would be a vast understatement, but it's been a journey. When I think of Grandmas, I picture my own who was a tiny, wizened old lady with white hair who was wheelchair bound by arthritis. She died in her 70's when I was in 4th grade. It's been interesting reconciling the stereotype in my head with the reality of me! I'm an active 48 year old who loves to run, bike, dance, and ... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:07:55 EST Madison Half Marathon Race Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370232 Goal time: 2:30 <BR> Official time: 2:30:12 with 13.21 miles on my Garmin <BR> <BR> I planned to start out slower than the 11:27 minutes mile pace I needed to make goal and gradually speed up over the course of the race. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans! I haven't downloaded my exact splits yet, but I pretty well followed the 2:30 pacer until mile 10 when I passed her. Glad I did because after the race, she told me her pace was off. <BR> <BR> The course had a couple... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:32:12 EST I'm throwing away the scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370198 No scale for me in June. I've been too blinded by the numbers on the scale and how I perceive them lately. Here's the truth as measured by my trainer: <BR> <BR> Body fat: 23.4% <BR> Chest: 37.5 in <BR> Waist at belly button: 33 in <BR> Hips: 40 in <BR> Thigh: 23 in <BR> Bicep: 11 in <BR> <BR> I'm wearing a size 8 jean and a medium shirt. <BR> <BR> The numbers on the scale tell me I'm 10-15 lbs heavier than I should be. My BMI say that I'm overweight. Well, I'm not going to listen any mor... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:03:09 EST June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363406 June will be all about fitness! My Game On pals and I have decided instead of weight loss goals, we will focus on fitness. <BR> <BR> 1. Ride 100 miles per week on my bike. Spin class on rainy days. <BR> 2. Run 13-15 miles per week. <BR> 3. Strength train using heavy weights 2-3 times per week. <BR> 4. Stretching and foam rolling daily. <BR> <BR> While I'm breaking my new bike seat in, I'll be doing daily 20 mile rides in the afternoons and running or lifting mornings before work. Later in ... Tue, 21 May 2013 12:06:06 EST Madison Half Prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347319 20 day and 8 more runs until Madison. I had a good 13.1 mile training run on Saturday. I aim to make the most of my taper. I'll continue with daily (well almost daily) hip/glute exercised and stretches. I've added in daily foam rolling and plan to do some trigger point work too. Planning a chiro visit and massage early next week. Thanks to the Game On diet, my nutrition has been very good the last 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm always excited about my races, but this one is extra special. My son mov... Mon, 6 May 2013 11:20:15 EST San Diego Half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287578 My body and mind are still getting used to "real" time after being two time zones away from home and having daylight savings time hit. Luckily, I can sleep in and nap a little this weekend to catch up. <BR> <BR> San Diego is a beautiful city! I'm an active vacationer, so we explored Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, La Jolla, Old Town, Coranado, and downtown SD. We loved the surfer vibe in OB. That was definitely the area that we felt most comfortable in. <BR> <BR> Sunday's weather was perfect to... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:23:30 EST My Toughest Critic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241445 I'm taking a beginning pottery wheel class at a local arts center. Last night's class was the halfway point. The last time I worked with clay on a wheel was in middle school - over 30 years ago. I'd had a pretty good outlook while dealing with my ineptitude up until last night. The instructor talked about how each of us get so much glaze and firing space in the kiln as part of the class. The majority of participants already have several items done. Me, I have zilch. Well, I did save one small... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 11:00:28 EST 12 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004104 I'm sitting here wearing the 5 inch heels I bought to wear for my son's wedding. I'm hoping if I wear them a bit every day, I won't fall off of them come the big day!! I'm a flip flop and running shoe girl, so this is a big change. <BR> <BR> I've lost 30 lbs and regained my passion for the gym as I've been preparing for this wedding. My arms and shoulders are toned and my legs strong. I'm not just sitting back and accepting status quo during this homestretch. No sir! I'm going to kick my ow... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 21:09:11 EST It's a fact...my baby is all grown up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952232 I got a wedding invitation in the mail this weekend. Not just any wedding invitation, but one to my oldest son's wedding on August 18. As I opened it and saw his name in elegant script, so many feelings and thoughts flowed through my head and my heart. Part of me screams that I am nowhere near old enough to have a married child!! Part of me bites my nails and worries. Part of me is so happy that he's found someone to love. I hope and pray that my own divorce from his father doesn't mar the ha... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 16:04:49 EST The long and "shorts" of it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931322 In an attempt to change it up a bit and get my focus away from scale weight, I'm initiating a new challenge for myself for the next two weeks. I have a pair of rather expensive denim shorts I wore in 2008 that I can now get buttoned, but barely. My goal is to rock those shorts in two weeks. How? <BR> <BR> 1. High protein with loads of fruits and veggies. <BR> 2. Limited alcohol. <BR> 3. Mindful eating- quit when I'm full, not when the plate is empty. <BR> 4. Lift 2x's a week heavy. <BR> 5. ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 10:37:39 EST Saggy Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907426 Yup, I've reached that oh-so-fun stage in my weight loss where most of my jeans are too big. We are going out on the town tonight, will be outside listening to bands, and it's going to be chilly. What's all this mean? NEW JEANS!!! Since I want to lose a bit more weight, I'll go with a less expensive pair than the ones I really want. Those are still 10-15 lbs away. Since my belt is cinched up as tight as it'll go, that's on the shopping list too. For almost 3 years, I've limited my purchases t... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 12:52:23 EST RAGBRAI and Rock-n-Roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896274 Now that my May half marathon is complete, it's onward and upward to other things. I'm resting for a bit this week. *lol* My "rest" has consisted of a 28 mile bike ride Tuesday, 30 minutes of hiking yesterday, and running intervals today. Oh, and a 44 mile bike ride planned for Saturday. That's just the way I roll! <BR> <BR> My challenge for June and July is to keep up with my run training for the Rock-n-Roll half in September while training for RAGBRAI the last week in July. My plan is to r... Thu, 24 May 2012 14:18:13 EST I can only be me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812254 I've been reading a lot of member blogs lately. I am truly in awe and humbled by stories of people losing 100+ lbs. I can't even imagine the strength and dedication it takes to lose that kind of weight. I read blogs about members who weigh and measure everything they eat - even when dining out. Wow, what control! Stories of running marathons, dealing with debilitating illnesses and family crisis. Inspiring, every one of them!! <BR> <BR> But...then I start comparing myself to the people in t... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:57:35 EST Planning for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4790883 My scale liked me this morning! I was down 2.2 lbs this week for a total of 15 lbs in the last 9 weeks. Am I happy? Yep. Am I satisfied? Mmm, no. I'd really like to see the weight come off more quickly. Guess patience is not my virtue! But since I not lacking in stubbornness, I'll call upon that to get me through. I'm trying very hard to celebrate the small battles won and not focus on winning the war...not quite yet any way. All the small things WILL add up to a huge final victory. Things li... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:39:29 EST What I did RIGHT this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771594 Like many people, I have a tendency to be hard on myself. I'm a perfectionist and hold myself to standards that I'd never set for other people. Today I decided to look back and congratulate myself for all that I did right last week. <BR> <BR> 1. I exercised every single day! Even yesterday when I sat on the couch, looked at the snow falling, and tried every excuse in the book to talk myself out of it. My snowy 3 mile run turned out to be rather fun! <BR> <BR> 2. I stayed well within my dail... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 10:26:33 EST Up, Down, and All Around! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763622 It's week 6 of my weight loss challenge. I've lost exactly 10 lbs thus far - over half of that in the first week! I've been a little down, a little up, a little down, a little up. I just read on a favorite trainer's blog that weight loss is all two steps forward, one step back and if you can embrace that, you will succeed. Well let me tell you, I'm just not that kinda girl! It frustrates the ever loving bejeebers out of me. I know exactly where my trouble spot is. It's weekends. After being v... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:49:19 EST End of Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698850 It was a good week. I proved to myself that forward planning is essential for this challenge. According to this morning's weigh in, I lost 5.6 lbs. I did have cravings, but for the most part was never truly hungry. <BR> <BR> Things I did right: <BR> 1. Plan, plan, and plan some more!! <BR> 2. Adjusted as the week went by. <BR> 3. Continued easing back in to exercise. <BR> <BR> Things I did wrong: <BR> 1. No refeed day. <BR> 2. Didn't walk enough <BR> <BR> I'm averaging 200-300 calories a d... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 12:00:54 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4686429 Motivation is something that I just haven't had lately...well, lately as in about the last 3 years. I've watched the scale creep up and up, dieted here and there, kept exercising, but not with any intensity or drive. That all changes today. I joined a 10 week weight loss challenge at work. The prize is $$$!! I truly believe this is just the incentive I've needed being that I am an uber-competitive person. Also, I've lost weight before and kept it off for over a decade, so I know what to do. T... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:17:58 EST May flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4214035 May seems to be my month to get motivated. Last May, I used Joel Marion's XFLD to lose 11 lbs in 25 days. I fasted, counted every calorie, and worked out like a demon. The weight stayed off for about 6 months and now it's back...plus more. This May, my philosophy is a little different. I know how to lose weight and keep it off. I lost over 40 lbs years ago and kept it off for over a decade. Then perimenopause hit and over the last 2 years, I've gained almost 30 lbs back. It is time for that w... Fri, 6 May 2011 09:32:59 EST Going with the flow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4129523 Sometimes things just don't turn out the way you want them to. That's life, right? I've always had a hard time accepting not being in control. Now is one of those times. I've been training to run the Iron Girl Clearwater half marathon since late December. I've put in a lot of miles - speedwork, tempo runs, and long runs. I've run through snow, ice, cold temps, and various tweaks and twinges including a groin pull. I started with the lofty goal of finishing in under 2 hours. With 30 extra lbs ... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:55:40 EST It's what is inside that matters. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4109634 I learned a very important lesson last Thursday. My family and I had gathered around my 91 year old father for his last days, then hours. Although his heart was steadily failing, he talked and joked with us. His concern was not for himself, but for his wife of almost 70 years, his 5 children, and many grand and great grandchildren. As sick as he was, his life force shown brightly. His hand was warm as he held mine. In vivid contrast, mere minutes after his last breath, there was nothing but a... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:18:20 EST I feel like a big, fat hog today!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4060395 It takes discipline to train for a half marathon. I've only skipped out on a couple of runs and that was because of a pulled groin. So...why don't I have any discipline whatsoever when it comes to my eating? I had every good intention of going the month of March with good eating habits and little alcohol. I didn't even make it through the day yesterday! I had my day's worth of calories FOR SUPPER!! And I had eaten regularly the rest of the day. I know I shouldn't but I keep beating myself up ... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 12:20:41 EST Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4054088 The plane tickets and rental car are bought. The race registration done. Training is going fairly well. And I still have butterflies in my stomach at the thought of running 13.1 miles! I have to laugh at myself because I've done it before. This will be my 3rd half marathon. I'll be running 10 miles this afternoon and still have 6 weeks of training before the race. I should be confident, but I'm not. I've put a lot of pressure on myself to run this race well. I'm doing speed work every week tr... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 11:32:54 EST Dealing with the downward slope to 50. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3893200 A friend and I were complaining over drinks the other day that we aren't aging gracefully - more like kicking, screaming, and biting! We are both feeling much the same about another year passing. My early forties were years of discovery, confidence, and joie de vivre. Now, at 45, with the slippery slope of 50 looming ever nearer, all that seems to have jumped ship. Hormones, or lack of them, have hit me hard. I've gained weight and lost confidence. When my friend, a brunette, and myself, a bl... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 14:41:40 EST Training for St Louis begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3866784 April 10, 2010 - that's the date. 15 weeks to train and to drop weight. When coaching my 7th graders, I always have high expectations for them. How could I have anything less for myself? I tell them that they can achieve anything. That's much harder for me to believe of myself. Training for the other 2 half marathons I've run have been unique journeys - this one looks to be the same. For the first, training kept me sane through my separation. Philly brought me a wonderful new friend and siste... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 11:48:00 EST I am a Runner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=911491 I am a runner because my runs have names. I do tempo runs and threshold runs and fartlek runs. I do long, slow runs and track workouts. My runs are defined, even if my abs are not. <BR> <BR> I am a runner because my shoes are training equipment, not a fashion statement. The best shoe for me is the one that makes me a better runner. I choose the shoe that goes with my running mechanics, not my running outfit. <BR> <BR> I am a runner because I don't have running outfits. I have technical shir... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 10:40:55 EST Divorce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=889442 Well, as of December 31, 2007, I am single! Getting the message from the lawyer saying it was over seemed somewhat anti-climatic after the grueling process it took to get there. The end of 22 years of marriage, 2 years of internal debate, and 2 years of separation. Whew! But, in those years, I've grown and developed. It's incredible how once you start pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, the amazing things you find yourself doing. For me, a week long bike ride across Iowa each summer, m... Thu, 3 Jan 2008 14:37:19 EST Almost there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=548257 Less than a week until the race. My 8-9 miles yesterday went great. Slight hip pain, but tolerable. I think the stretches are helping. Only easy runs scheduled for this week. Something to look forward to! :) I'm going to really watch how I fuel my body this week, so everything will be in prime condition. I can't wait!! Mon, 7 May 2007 08:03:21 EST Just over a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=544659 The big day is fast approaching. Did 12 miles on Sunday. Lots of pain in my left hip after the first 6 miles. The last 2 miles were very tough. I've done a 3 miler and a 4 miler so far this week without pain though. Will do 8 this Sunday and see how it goes. I'm determined that I will tough it out and run the race no matter what. Then I can back off and let myself recover. Got some stretches that I've done the last few days that seem to help and feel wonderful. Fri, 4 May 2007 08:51:19 EST Long Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=528835 Sunday's long run was supposed to be 11 miles. I miscalculated, but still did 10...non stop, with the last 5 straight into the wind. I was hurting at the end, but determined to run the whole way. It came to me as I was running how much those long runs mirrored what's going on in my life right now. Going through a divorce is alot like going on a long run. Intimidating at first, many painful steps toward the goal, but so much strength and self knowledge to be gained along the way. And in the b... Tue, 24 Apr 2007 08:44:42 EST Tempo Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=523263 I'm not sure I totally get what a tempo run is, but I tried. 1 mile warmup, 2 miles @ .5 mph faster than my 10K pace, then a mile cooldown. I'd planned 3 miles at tempo, but it just wasn't happening. I'm a little leary of pushing too hard, adding too many miles per week, and injuring myself so I can't run my race. It was a good run though - got me winded and sweaty. Fri, 20 Apr 2007 08:58:36 EST