JTAYLOR2011's Blogs

Ultra Marathon? Anyone?
Wednesday, May 09, 2012      9 comments

I've been researching ultra marathons... When I went to pick up my packet the day before my race (North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear Mountain - Half Marathon) a lot of the 50 milers were coming in, along with the marathoners, 50k, and ... Read more
Nicknames on the Run!
Monday, May 07, 2012      7 comments

For you runners out there! Do you give nicknames to the other runners when you race? I do!! From the Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago there was: "Zombie Man" as he was talking about a weird race in NJ where Zombies chase you... Zo... Read more
Taking Care on the Way There
Wednesday, April 25, 2012      3 comments

I'm just getting to a point (almost there!) where I can write about Sunday's Half -- such a wonderful experience. However, my pesky right achilles starting to hurt about half way though. I ran for 30 mins yesterday and did a ST workout afterward... Read more
Run a Marathon? Why?!
Sunday, April 15, 2012      9 comments

A member of one of the Spark Boards I'm on posted the question, "Why run a marathon?" She signed up for an October race like I have and seems to be checking her motivations and perhaps is looking for a bit of encouragement. I'm really enjoy... Read more
A WooHoo Week!
Monday, March 19, 2012      6 comments

I had a Woo Hoo Week! Monday, 14.7 mile long slow run; Wednesday 8 min repeats @ 8:57 pace, total of 6.3 miles; Friday 7.9 hilly run, 1200 feet of elevation, some of it I even had to climb FUN; Sunday 90 mins easy, @ 11:03 pace (a ... Read more
Running and Yoga Today
Sunday, March 18, 2012      1 comments

I treated myself to a flat run today -- a popular 3 mile route around the perimeter of a lake. Temp was an ideal 47; I started just before sunrise at 7am. I made the mistake of leaving my HR monitor at home, since my runs are based primarily on ... Read more
A Taste of my Burgeoning Love for Running
Saturday, March 17, 2012      2 comments

Yesterday's hill workout... SO much fun. There were five major hills, the total elevation ended up being 1200 feet according Runkeeper. The lowest elevation was 110 feet, highest 734. A combination roads and trails with one short portion actuall... Read more
Spark Teams Rock!
Sunday, March 04, 2012      2 comments

As I ramp up my running I have gotten invaluable advice from more experience runners on various running Spark Teams. For example I was advised to rethink doing a full marathon just 9 weeks after running a Half Marathon. I did reconsider and deci... Read more
Marathon in 2012!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012      3 comments

The long runs keep adding up. 10% more per week, less than that actually, has added up to a 12 1/2 mile run as of yesterday. With this much mileage this early in the season... what the heck?! Why not just keep adding miles in preparation for a M... Read more
Becoming an Athlete (again)
Tuesday, February 07, 2012      4 comments

I have two Half Marathons back to back, two weeks apart coming up this Spring. I'm making the transition from guy who works out on a fairly regular basis to athlete. And as a Master's Athlete (well over 40) working out means much more than the r... Read more
Injury treatment and prevention...
Saturday, February 04, 2012      3 comments

I have shin splints. Very common for runners. I'm trying to balance taking the rest needed to recover and putting for the effort to stay in condition. Time to learn the restorative practices needed as I make the transition to athlete.... Read more
Sparkpeople, becoming a way of life :)
Monday, January 30, 2012      1 comments

After a month of recommitting to the Sparkpeople way I am happy to report that it has become a natural part of everyday life. ... Read more
For breastfeeding mothers?!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012      4 comments

This morning I had a laugh... So what do some male runners and breast feeding mothers have in common?? Lanolin cream! Here's what it says on the box: "For Breastfeeding Mothers. Soothes and promotes healthy, supple skin." Sin... Read more
Focusing on Running...
Wednesday, January 18, 2012      1 comments

Refocusing my efforts on running after splashing around the pool (a tough class for triathletes) and spinning on those cool spin bikes (another triathlon focused class). Yesterday I did my long run and ran 9.7 miles. I'm feeling good about my tr... Read more
Mixing it Up...
Wednesday, January 11, 2012      0 comments

Hit 515 minutes! Instead of doing the very same things, running and the elliptical machine, I've tried a spinning class, a swimming class Saturday, a boxing demonstration tomorrow. This month I'll add weight training to the mix as well. My goa... Read more

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