ZIRCADIA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZIRCADIA ZIRCADIA'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/ Ruby's Birth Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764041 So, obviously - I'm a little behind in updating my SparkPeople blog... but my daughter was just born! :D And I wanted to memorialize the story before it is too long out of my mind. <BR> <BR> TL;DR Version - <BR> <BR> Due date: 8/24 <BR> <BR> Ruby Arrived: 8/15, no meds all natural, 11:56 PM, 8lbs 7.4 oz, 20.5 in <BR> <BR> For the full details: <BR> <BR> Slightly earlier in the pregnancy, my Maya Abdominal Therapy doctor commented during one of our sessions on how much space my baby ha... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:34:29 EST 28 weeks! OH my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709125 Yes, that's 10 weeks further along, I'm in the 3rd trimester now :O Still is so weird to be pregnant, but things are going well. <BR> <BR> It is sooo hard to eat healthy - I just try to make sure I get some freggies in and protein, but a lot of things don't sit well on my stomach so that's a problem. I also have like, zero motivation to really COOK anything, so convenience is big. That said, overall I'm still doing well. I'm managing to run a few times a week, although sometimes that i... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 18:02:19 EST 18 Weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655445 So I finally really gained some weight and my belly popped out. I had an appointment today and the HB sounded great, around 145-150 - and that baby was moving around and kicking. We'd hear the heartbeat and BANG! BOOM! <BR> <BR> In two weeks we go in and find out the gender. :D WOOHOO!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2042789508.jpg"> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:14:35 EST Big Changes coming! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622943 SO! <BR> <BR> Since my last blog, I ran one more half marathon in November - it was a brutal experience, a cold snap left me quite unprepared for the temperatures that day and I also felt I got injured, but was able to recover well after a massage at the chiropractor. <BR> <BR> Then in December more exciting things happened..... <BR> <BR> And then I was keeping mum because.... <BR> <BR> I'm now over 12 weeks pregnant. :) <BR> <BR> YEP! Sadly my fitness and nutrition are completely ou... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:13:51 EST Once a Month Blogging? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512967 This morning was a new low for me for the year, 197. Still borderline overweight for my height according to BMI, but pretty much back to where I was in Dec of 2012, before all the hysterics. <BR> <BR> Amazing what cutting out gluten and dairy and eating buttloads of nuts and fruit and beans and stuff will do. I'm sure I'm eating more fats and maybe more calories even, but it's just different stuff. <BR> <BR> Anyway - this past weekend I was kind of "hostessing" for a group of runner ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:28:33 EST Long time no blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488351 So, I should probably do a little catch up. :) My weight hasn't been dropping as dramatically as it did when I started the elimination diet, I haven't started tracking again yet either. <BR> <BR> BUT! <BR> <BR> I'm under 200lbs again. WOOHOO!!! I've consistently weighed around 198-199 for about a week now, so I'm pumped about that. FINALLY. I'm closing in on my pre-off birth control, pre-all this nonsense weight. <BR> <BR> Now I can keep the momentum and keep treating myself well and ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:57:30 EST Body Kindness Challenge - Catch up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447620 Day Four: Get Ready on the Inside <BR> <BR> "How much time do you spend getting ready each day? Today use the same amount of time to get ready on the inside. Meditate, write in your journal, or perform an act of service." <BR> <BR> This was completed on Sunday and I was teaching a young kids sunday school lesson as a substitute (ages about... 8) I got dressed and ready quick as a flash, and then spent a good amount of time spiritually preparing and studying the lesson I was supposed to c... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 12:06:49 EST Day 3 Body Kindness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443205 So I actually did the exercise yesterday, but I'm doing the prompt today. And I'm not gonna beat myself up about that! :D KINDNESS! hehehe. <BR> <BR> Here's the challenge: <BR> <BR> THE CHALLENGE: Exercise for fun—choose a form of <BR> <BR> exercise that you enjoy, a form you wouldn’t normally <BR> <BR> choose because it calls attention to your body. <BR> <BR> WHY: Exercise is necessary for health, but we have turned <BR> <BR> it into a duty, obligation and punishment--something we... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:51:33 EST Day 2 Body Kindness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442355 Today's challenge is 10 things I like about myself - both for appearance and other qualities. <BR> <BR> Let's start with appearance: <BR> <BR> 1. My eyes are big and blue and pretty! <BR> 2. I used to not like how tall I am, but now I love it <BR> 3. My feet aren't huge for how tall I am <BR> 4. My legs are nice and long <BR> 5. My hands look pretty, long and lean <BR> 6. My hair grows fast, thick, and fine. <BR> 7. I like my long neck! <BR> 8. I like my jawline/chin - it's strong... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 13:35:28 EST New Diet and Body Kindness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441434 Two things to blog about! :) First I want to talk about this Body Kindness Challenge I'm doing with the Young Women I lead at church. Here is a link to the pamphlet online - <BR> <BR> <link>https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9CY<BR>nTRKZBdIZVZScWVwOXNRczJrSFNndVM5eGNDZw<BR>/edit?pli=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Each day has a journal prompt to reflect on the whole thing. Today's prompt is to consider the divine qualities in the reading for the day and discuss how to discover and develop the qua... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 19:26:15 EST Dr's Appointment and Other Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423902 So at my Dr's appointment yesterday I actually DID still get massaged! WOOHOO! It was pretty neat. due to finding the uterus and whatnot, that massage gets pretty intimate in location, but I felt very comfortable with this doctor - she is great! And the massage was cool - she found my uterus and it was leaning to the left a little so she tried to help line it up, and she said it did feel "ready to bleed" since I mentioned I'm spotting a bit and should be having my cycle start soon. <BR> <B... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:29:37 EST Trying to get HEALTHY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422744 Long time no post, again. <BR> <BR> Well I mentioned at some point that I was heading to the Naturopath, right? Well... I've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroid disease, as well as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. <BR> <BR> I'm still waiting on a treatment protocol for both things, because we're waiting on some last blood results on the Hashimoto's to find out my food allergen blood testing, to identify triggers. It is very likely I may be going gluten free from... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:22:20 EST Virtual Race Event! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384520 So I had a big weekend, travelling, concerts, the whole nine yards. <BR> <BR> First was the Dealer.com YO! DDC Raps Party. Yeah, my husband's work has huge elaborate theme parties for it's employees. We missed the best acts, but I still had fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l337944916.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The next morning, I ran a 10K. It was fun - no PR, but a good hard effort for me. <BR> <BR> And then we went to NH to go to a show of Old Crow Medicin... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:17:45 EST Another Long Time Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380274 So I've been tracking my food pretty consistently lately. My weight isn't exactly dropping, but I haven't gained since the initial jump after going off BC still. <BR> <BR> My gym going has become quite regular, my running is a little less. Still dealing with some heel pain. I've been going to a PT now, yesterday was the second time. I've been getting some graston done and I have exercises to do with my foot to try to make it stronger and stuff. But they're talking about doing some iont... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 11:37:09 EST Too long, no post! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323657 Thanks, sparkfriends, for commenting and getting me to blog again. :) <BR> <BR> Things have been going pretty good. I've been tracking, I've been hitting my gym classes. <BR> <BR> And.... I ran that half marathon last weekend! <BR> <BR> It went much better than I could've expected - apparently experience can pay off for some things when training isn't as good as it should be. I ran 2:28:50 garmin time, 2:29:10 gun time (no chip timing) so another sub 2:30 marathon and only less than 2... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:37:20 EST APRIL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309347 So I did go a little haywire for Easter treats... but I'm here. I'm tracking today, and I'm not going to let my setback set me even further back by letting it disuade me from continuing to try. <BR> <BR> I can do this. <BR> <BR> I made a new workout schedule for myself with a gym class most days of the week, and I will run when I want to in addition to that. <BR> <BR> Monday: CXWorx - this is a Les Mills core and lower body class and it was GREAT. 20min intense ST. I'm so sore. <BR> ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:33:24 EST Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302960 THANK YOU SO MUCH for the comments and sparkmails after my blog yesterday. They were much needed and appreciated. Sometimes the positive self-talk can only help so much and it helps to hear it from someone else (even if it's the same exact speech) somehow hearing it from someone else when you're down the the dumps makes it seem more valid. I guess I just needed validation that it's going to be ok. <BR> <BR> After that post yesterday, I felt myself let go and forgive myself (which brought ... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:59:44 EST So Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5301759 I know I shouldn't let the scale get to me... <BR> <BR> but it's really getting to me. <BR> <BR> And I just replaced the battery so I shouldn't compare before and now... <BR> <BR> but I am. <BR> <BR> I am still so frustrated with the weight since going off birth control. I know it wasn't where I wanted it to be before that but at least I was still at a healthy weight for my height and I felt pretty comfortable in my skin. <BR> <BR> Now I feel frumpy and fat and roll-y and I've been trac... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:22:58 EST Injured Runner :P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288764 So I'm battling Plantar Fasciitis again. I've had it from time to time since my first episode back in 2010, but I've always managed to get rid of it fairly easy and run through it. This time I'm feeling like it's more annoyed, so I'm going back to doing everything I did the first time around in hopes that it'll clear up in about a week. I ran last weekend my 10 mile LR in shoes that should be reserved only for short runs or retired altogether. I felt the mistake toward the end when I star... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 12:26:30 EST Missing Person - ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277275 So I've been having a good week - eating well, exercising, tracking, going to the gym, running. All good stuff. <BR> <BR> I even did a little (very little) housework. <BR> <BR> Very tired today so taking a day off from most stuff. <BR> <BR> I WON that Nike GPS watch, btw. :) So thanks if anyone went and liked my review! I love having another toy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1170219309.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It gives me bonus mileage I think... but not a TON.... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 10:56:51 EST Short Blog and a REQUEST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251929 I need your help, SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> I wrote a review for a shoe and if I get the most facebook likes on my review, I win a Nike GPS watch. I had the lead for a while, but my nearest competitor is gaining on me fast. <BR> <BR> Please take a moment to go and like my review! GO! then come back and read more. <BR> <BR> <link>www.runningshoesguru.com/2013/02/use<BR>r-review-mizuno-wave-inspire-8-by-dana<BR>-mckeen/ </link> <BR> <BR> My update is not a good one, I'm afraid. I went o... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:57:42 EST Day 4 - still going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158565 I got a LITTLE off track last night with my food - but not in a bad way. I ate some extra pesto and croutoncracker thingies. But not crazytown. <BR> <BR> I'm back to tracking again today, and right on track to be within range again. WOOHOO! :D <BR> <BR> I ran today, 4 miles, and did Making the Cut day 4. I'm modifying a little bit so that I keep with it. <BR> <BR> For example, I loathe mountain climbers with all my soul. They are just lame. So I don't do them. But I make myself... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 19:46:58 EST Day 2 Making the Cut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155760 I haven't actually done it yet. But I am sore from yesterday - yayyy! I'm working! haha :D <BR> <BR> I came within range tracking yesterday, too. Woohoo!!! So far so good. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 09:43:43 EST PROJECT GET FIT - RESTART! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154636 Yes, I let myself get de-railed by my sister's wedding weekend (I didn't really eat bad at the wedding, it was all the travel and everything else that messed me up), and then Thanksgiving right after. <BR> <BR> But I'm restarting. <BR> <BR> It's ok. I also just started Making the Cut today. <BR> <BR> YES. I did Making the Cut when I lost these lbs the first time, so I'm doing it again. <BR> <BR> I'm also going to track all of my food. <BR> <BR> I'm also making my ticker actually accu... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:21:44 EST Project GET FIT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141470 I had a derailment with my sister's wedding this weekend, but now I'm back and yesterday was a good day. <BR> <BR> Today will be another good day, and so on. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving will be a free day. I will try to keep portions in mind so I can try everything without being ridonkulous though. <BR> <BR> I did walking lunges in the airport last week. So I didn't hit my 2 FULL BODY ST days a week, but I DID get 2 days of ST and my legs certainly felt the lunges - hello glutes! <BR> <B... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 11:46:11 EST Focusing on Getting Super Fit Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133736 So I was looking for a particular picture of some cookie decorating party I helped put together a few years ago, and as I was going back and back through all my photos I saw a lot from a time period where I was looking definitely and clearly slimmer and trimmer. <BR> <BR> I really liked how those photos looked, and I remember how I felt at that time. I might have gained SOME muscle since then, but mostly I've gained some fat. <BR> <BR> I held that lower weight for about a year, then got ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:05:55 EST REALLY BIG FREE MARATHON RACE REPORT!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132721 Sorry it has taken SO LONG to report back - you all probably thought I died or something. <BR> <BR> No! On the contrary! :) But I will get to all the details in due time. <BR> <BR> First - major stress. There was some question if the race might get cancelled because there were some trashtalkers on the web saying bad things about the race organizers, etc., and I was starting to be super worried and looking at back up options for races. <BR> <BR> I then received confirmation from the race... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:29:14 EST 11 Days till Marathon!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109742 BLERGH! I'm tapering and I'm full of taper madness! I need to go run now. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to check in! <BR> <BR> I've been eating everything in sight, and I need help. :P I'm going to write down everything I eat from here on out until Vegas and there I will be super careful with food until the race to make sure I don't have any problems on race day. EEK! Tue, 23 Oct 2012 10:29:02 EST Marathon Countdown!!! T-34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080734 Today I notched my newest weekly mileage PR with 50.15 miles. WOW!!! <BR> <BR> And that is after a half marathon on Sunday. Not gonna lie, this was tough. But I had to do it! :D <BR> <BR> I have one more big week before my taper. This week is a cutback to 40 miles and I think the LR is only 12. WOW! :) Looking forward to this week. Then another 50 mile week, my final 20 mile LR, and it's TAPER TIME. <BR> <BR> SO CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> But right now I'm tired. I've got a swing... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 15:14:03 EST RACE REPORT: Marathon Oasis et Demi-Marathon de Montreal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077156 OK - so before you really get your hopes up, I did not get a PR. It wasn't my day - but it is all good and I will give you all the details so you can really appreciate how it all went down. :) <BR> <BR> First of all, it was our first trip to Montreal and it was so cool! We were definitely surrounded by French speaking folks, but all we had to do was say, "Sorry, English?" and everyone spoke English. So it is an easy trip for someone who wants to experience being surrounded by a foreign... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:25:03 EST D2??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068048 Do I count today? And Sunday? Well... in any case.... two more days BETWEEN today and the race. D3? D4? OH WELL. You get the deal. It'S CLOSE. <BR> <BR> I'm nervous, and pumped, and excited, and scared, and stoked. All at the same time. <BR> <BR> Hoping to get a sub 2:25.... YEP. Probably won't be blogging again until after the race. :) Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:21:45 EST D7??? :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5061773 So one week from today I should be setting a new half marathon PR in Montreal. I'm soooooo excited but... I'm also nervous. <BR> <BR> This was a heavy week for me - it wasn't my biggest mileage week YET. It was going to be, but I got a stomach bug type thing mid week and missed a run and had to cut another one short. But I got in about 43 and I might... might...still go out for a short recovery run today. <BR> <BR> I think I'm not going to... my body feels tired and I'd just be doing it... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 15:43:57 EST D17 - WOAH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046827 So I fell off the face of the SparkPeople planet. Ooops.... <BR> <BR> Thanks to MBSHAZZER for calling me back! <BR> <BR> So my food has been kinda all over the place. No big surprise there... <BR> <BR> My running has been ROCKING - I had a new weekly mileage PR the week before last with 45.5 miles. <BR> <BR> Last week was supposed to be a cutback week, ended up being WAY more cutback than I intended cause I had some scary heavyheadedness and then the next day lightheadedness. On those... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 09:48:20 EST D31 - Running - CHECK! Food... squiggly half-check? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027858 Food hasn't been crazy but it hasn't been perfectly tracked and on point either. <BR> <BR> Room for progress!!!! <BR> <BR> I just did my run for today, 4 miles, which means I'm on schedule to do my 8 tomorrow and 17 Saturday. WOOHOO! If I get in those runs that means I'll finally have my normal Sunday off day and be back really on schedule. I've been kinda swapping things around a lot lately and running a lot of days together between my family visiting and then the hard half marathon the f... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:13:36 EST D33 - woah. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024495 So... I've been awful at my challenge lately. I did pretty ok the first couple days without tracking anything, but then not. <BR> <BR> I'VE KILLED MY RUNNING! YAY! So there's that!!! WOOHOO! :D <BR> <BR> But I really need to get on track with food. REALLY reallyreally. I have no excuses. I am trying to understand what is the deal with me and this whole thing but I don't get it. I think I just need to get in the habit again and stop trying to figure out some big reason why I'm not doin... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 07:49:45 EST D37 - Fridge stocked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019130 So yesterday I was supposed to (well, not really, I switched my whole schedule around but after switching I was going to) run a 16 miler. I instead dilly dallied until it was really too late and hot for all that and I had errands to do so I ran 4 and did my errands. <BR> <BR> Good news? The fridge is stocked. I weighed myself yesterday and I haven't gained weight, I'm about the same. Still. But hey, not gaining is a blessing honestly with how I've been eating lately. <BR> <BR> Anyway... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 08:51:02 EST D39 - Pretty ok... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016231 We're having a kind of de-railing nutritionally issue right now in that we have lost use of our stove/oven. It's broken and our landlords are fixing it, but it anyway... that led to Subway two nights ago and Vietnamese last night. I think I've eaten pretty good during the day though and minimized the sweets like I was aiming for. <BR> <BR> So I'm calling it a kind of half and half win. <BR> <BR> I need to do some proper grocery shopping that will prepare for some meals that do not invo... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 08:19:15 EST D40 - :) Code name! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014729 Hahaha, I didn't have anything else to add to the title but felt odd leaving it at D40. <BR> <BR> Mostly I wanted to check in on yesterday. <BR> <BR> Did my 4 miler yesterday, legs still mega sore. Taking today off/maybe 4 so I can be more rested/recovered for my 11 that was supposed to be today, but I'll do tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Food - I had some nutella+fluff. That was my sweet incident. <BR> <BR> Dinner went kinda awry because our stovetop is cracked and we're waiting on a reply from... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 08:28:41 EST Proper Race Report (and new challenge - D41 and counting!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013244 So I decided instead of streaking to an indefinite date in the future... I'd try something different. A COUNTDOWN to my race in September!!! :) It's more than a month away, but not by a whole lot. People can do challenges that are 30 days long and it gives a nice finite amount of time to manage, why not do my own challenge until my next half marathon??? <BR> <BR> My goal is to fuel with good nutritious whole foods, not overeat, avoid the sweets except for a max of ONE small treat a day (th... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 09:30:08 EST Race! SD5! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012459 So I'm super sore, my half marathon yesterday was hilly and I decided to run it really hard anyway. :P I got a pretend PR, because the course was short. So my time looks like a PR but it's a LIE!!!! <BR> <BR> I got to meet a friend from Runner's World forums and that was great. It was a nice race, I liked the whole atmosphere, but it was pretty minimal as far as course support. I'm glad I carried my handheld water bottle! <BR> <BR> Ummmm not sure what else to say right now.. <BR> <BR... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 18:32:52 EST Bust day!! (SD 4) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009262 Shoulda tried to blog early yesterday, I bet it would've helped me stay on track. I had no excuse for it, but yesterday was ridiculous. <BR> <BR> I ate way too much food. <BR> <BR> Today is going to be spot on!! I'm racing tomorrow morning and I don't need to feel heavy or bloated, or sluggish for poor nutrition choices the day before. The fridge is stocked, I can do this. Fri, 10 Aug 2012 07:13:21 EST Family Departing! (SD 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006313 So my sister leaves today from the airport first, and then my family will hang out a while and get on the road. <BR> <BR> We got up early and ran 5 miles, so that was wonderful. We did the trails near my house and went and sat on this pretty part where there are rocks and you can see the lake. <BR> <BR> I've never been bold/brave enough to climb down the rocks (it's really not treacherous, that stuff just makes me nervous) on my own, but my sister led the way and we had a nice peaceful f... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 09:10:29 EST Long Run Day (SD 2!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005364 Streak Day 2! <BR> <BR> I did 10 miles in the AM. WOOHOO! :) <BR> <BR> It went really well. Family comes back tonight. Excited. <BR> <BR> I practiced my trombone today - YAY! Tue, 7 Aug 2012 16:04:08 EST Family fun! (Streak Restart - Day 1!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003368 I've decided I'm sick of the titles being all just Blog streak whatever, but I skipped too many days so I definitely need to re-start now. <BR> <BR> So anyway, so much fun with my family. My IT band isn't better, but it isn't any worse, and I ran a LR with my sister (10+) Saturday, 7 miles on Sunday, and 3 miles this morning. So I'm gonna keep working on it, 11 miles tomorrow, 5 miles Wednesday, and then I get a rest day (or maybe two) before my half marathon Saturday. Hopefully that will... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 11:46:18 EST Blog Streak Day 12! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999349 Family gets here today - so excited. <BR> <BR> They were camping on the way up and found out - hey our tent leaks BIG TIME. So they ordered a tent online and rush shipped it HERE, since the next nights they would be staying with someone else and the next time camping would be here. SO! <BR> <BR> Still waiting on the tent... eek! <BR> <BR> Just did a 5 mile run. My IT band is acting kinda wonky... it doesn't bother me when I'm running so I hope I've caught it early enough to stretch a... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 10:27:18 EST Blog Streak Day 11? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997547 Maybe every other day can count as a streak????? I don't want to start over, because I might just completely throw in the towel.... but then again I don't want to be too easy on myself either. <BR> <BR> I'll continue to count my streak if I blog at least every other day, but if I go two days, I'm gonna call it and the streak starts again! <BR> <BR> So I've been eating willy nilly having been sick, but now I'm better and I need to get back on track. I haven't done that yet. My family gets... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 08:16:38 EST Blog Streak Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994442 Yeah I'm giving myself day 10 even though I didn't blog yesterday. <BR> <BR> Nothing happened yesterday. I decided I was still sick and I did nothing. Absolutely nothing. <BR> <BR> Paid off because I'm feeling much better this morning -- too bad hubby's sick now, too. He stayed home yesterday, and again today. Well I'm going to go do a SHORT EASY run. <BR> <BR> 3 miles, easy peasy. I'm not going to push myself like crazy because I want this improvement to stick! Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:37:19 EST Blog Streak Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991396 Maybe pushed myself too hard yesterday to go run when I had so little sleep... I couldn't do it this morning, even though I got much more sleep. I might be able to get in a run later but if not, it's ok. <BR> <BR> I was sick this week, I still logged a good number of miles all things considered, and got in a LR. And if I get a few more miles today, yay, if not - I will start next week's plan fresh off a rest day! Sun, 29 Jul 2012 09:01:31 EST Blog Streak Day 8! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990730 YAY I made it over a week! :) <BR> <BR> Did a run this morning. It was going to be 6 but I was feeling just plain awful so I made it 4. Just so tired, legs dead, mentally tired, actually tired due to only like 5 hours of sleep... <BR> <BR> But hey! I still ran 4 miles! And I did my band concert! And then went out to lunch with pals. <BR> <BR> It has been a fun day. :) Sat, 28 Jul 2012 16:48:09 EST Bonus blog! LONG RUN ACCOMPLISHED!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989549 I almost talked myself out of it, and I did only one mile less than scheduled, but I still did it!!! <BR> <BR> 12 miles vs. 13 is no biggie, I've been sick this week, and I ran in the hottest part of the day (granted it's Vermont, so that means 80 degrees unlike parts south - but the sun was bad in the areas it wasn't shady).... I ran out of water from my camelbak, but I had only 1.5 miles left at the time and there was a water fountain by where I parked. WOOT! <BR> <BR> So considering al... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:10:02 EST