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Marathon 6 (Columbus, OH) recap and fresh start

Monday, October 27, 2014      10 comments

So, marathon number six is in the books. I ran Columbus, OH on October 19th. I went in knowing that my Boston Qualifier of 3:40 would be a stretch. I missed some training late in the cycle and had a flight out after the race to a work con... Read more

Love Letter to Myself

Friday, February 14, 2014      12 comments

While I find this really silly, 100 points on a BLC weekend Challenge is still 100 points... "LOVE LETTER TO MYSELF" emoticonRead more

Wicked SMAHT goals

Tuesday, January 21, 2014      13 comments

So, I'll be on SparkPeople five year is May. By now, I know what works and what doesn't. I need to note my goals for BLC 24. As fearless leader Penny says, this round is about participation not perfection. I agree. My primary goal this... Read more

Marathon journey #4 starts tomorrow

Sunday, July 14, 2013      14 comments

Just finalized my plan for the Outer Banks marathon on November 1oth. North Carolina will be a good friend's last state to complete a marathon in, so a group of us are going down to share the fun. We a renting a 14 bedroom house of the beac... Read more

BLC 22 starts tomorrow & my 10 gallon hat sized goals

Tuesday, June 04, 2013      11 comments

I have not been the Sparkiest lately. I haven't been tracking my exercise or food or doing much interacting will fellow Sparkers outside of a small group on Facebook. I plan to use The Biggest Loser Challenge to rectify this. As part my fi... Read more

Four Year Sparkiversary Yesterday

Sunday, May 12, 2013      10 comments

So yesterday marked four years on Spark. Four years ago, on May 10th, 2009, I biked to the end of the Pittsburgh marathon and watched the last runners cross before the course was opened again to traffic. It was so inspiring; the next day I... Read more

Marathon training update and today's top running songs

Tuesday, February 05, 2013      9 comments

So I just began week 5 of marathon training yesterday, and so far, so good. I ran 126+ miles in January, my highest mileage month since last August, and augmented it with stationary bike and walking. I have dropped 3 lbs so far in 2013 agai... Read more

ABCs of Me...

Monday, January 07, 2013      7 comments

One good blog theft deserves another. Thanks Penny! A Available or Married: Married for 26 years B Book: Novels and running books C Cake or Pie: Boston Creme pie D Drink of Choice: loose leaf chai tea (not the sugary liqu... Read more

Third time's a charm: Training for the Pittsburgh Marathon starts tomorrow.

Sunday, January 06, 2013      20 comments

I ran my first marathon in October, 2011 on my 51st birthday, then finished the Marine Corps marathon this past October. My hometown Pittsburgh marathon (seen above) on Ma... Read more

New Year's Eve Day PR and 2013 goals.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013      5 comments

2012 ended on a high note: I got a new PR on my 5K on New Year's Eve Day, finishing in 24:05, placing 9th in my age group. I ran negative splits throughout: Mile 1 - 7:51; Mile 2 - 7:40; Mile 3 - 7:36. My average cadence, according to my foot ... Read more

Wrapping up 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012      13 comments

I have a final 5K race tomorrow, with BobbyD31 and MiaMia7. The resulting miles puts mo over 1100 running miles for the year. I have had the goal of running 100o miles for the past three years; this is the first year I have exceeded it. In ... Read more

Marine Corps Marathon training: Week 3 recap

Sunday, July 29, 2012      8 comments

No major aches or pains. so another good week. Monday was an easy, short run followed by 7+ miles of hills on Tuesday. I needed to leave early a.m. Thursday for an overnight business trip to metro Cleveland so I did my 6 mile tempo run Wed... Read more

Week 2 of Marine Corps Marathon training in the books

Saturday, July 21, 2012      8 comments

Week two was a success. I have dropped almost 3 lbs in less than two weeks by paying attention to what I am eating and following my marathon training plan. I'm giving myself an extra gold star for running in miserable heat and humidity and ... Read more

Back in black to take another crack...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012      9 comments

Well, just my shirt, with brown shorts and royal blue Saucony trail shoes. So it has been a while since I blogged. I ran my half in May in really hot conditions, with a two mile uphill near the finish. Came within 1 min 30 sec of my persona... Read more

So, about the toe (with pics)

Tuesday, May 01, 2012      34 comments

Backing up for a minute, I had a great time with fellow Sparkers at Just a Short Run. Lots of dining and a little wining, followed by a personal best in the half marathon distance: 1:49:59!! Read more


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