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Finished Week 7 of "CP25K"
Monday, February 21, 2011      3 comments

I did it--week 7 of the "Couch Potato to 5K" program is in the bag! I had so much fun on the final run of this week and here's why: W6D3: warm up, jog for 25 minutes, cool down--last half was very hard. W7D1: same workout--last five minut... Read more
Cycling: Body Position Workout
Sunday, February 20, 2011      1 comments

My main fitness goal this year is to increase my average speed from the 17.0-17.5 mph range to the 18.0-18.5 mph range. One mph of average speed may not sound like a lot but it is, and it takes a lot of time, focus, energy, and hard to work to i... Read more
Winter is Back!
Saturday, February 19, 2011      4 comments

Well, I'm glad I took advantage of a warm week in Minnesota--3os and 40s--and got out on the bike 4 or 5 times, because today we're back to reality. It's about 10 degrees right now and slated to start snowing/sleeting tonight and tomorrow, we mi... Read more
Jogging & Cycling: My First Duathlon Like Day
Friday, February 18, 2011      0 comments

Recently while reading another SP member's blog, I discovered duathlons, that is, events in which participants both jog/run and cycle. Usually the pattern is run--cycle--run. The two events that look most intriguing to me call for a 2 mile run, ... Read more
Cycling: Cadence Workout on the Road
Thursday, February 17, 2011      1 comments

It was another warm day in Minnesota yesterday, 45 degrees or so, and thus I was able to get out on the road and complete my first "on the road" cadence exercise of the year. These kinds of exercises are very different on the road than on the tr... Read more
So you say it's my birthday? Yep, it is!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011      3 comments

I'm not one to make a big deal about my birthday, but I am very grateful to God for the gift of life and I hope to use it today for His glory and the good of others. So what am I going to do to celebrate? First, I got a free drink at Dunn ... Read more
Runner's World: if that's what you mean by beginner...
Tuesday, February 15, 2011      3 comments

I really can't believe I'm even reading Runner's World or spending time on their website, and enjoying it, because I've always HATED running with a passion. But lately, thanks to CP25K I've actually started to enjoy running. So I spent a l... Read more
Cycling: First Road Ride of the Season
Monday, February 14, 2011      7 comments

Yesterday it was a balmy 45 degrees in the Twin Cities and so I just couldn't resist getting out on the road! There's still snow on the sides of the roads in my development but plenty of room for one car and one bike to pass each other so I went... Read more
Wow--I Jogged for 25 Minutes (CP25K Week 6)!
Sunday, February 13, 2011      3 comments

I know for some of you, jogging for 25 minutes is nothing but for me it's a big deal. In fact, it's the longest period of time I've ever jogged in my life--that's right, in my life! What's more, I've actually been enjoying running which I also c... Read more
Cycling: Great High Cadence Workout
Saturday, February 12, 2011      1 comments

Hey, everyone, yesterday I completed a high cadence workout I do on my Cyclops trainer from time to time, here's how it goes: After a 5 minute warm up, shift into an easy gear and hold your cadence at 95 for 5 minutes, followed by 3 minute... Read more
Can't Believe I Now Like Running!
Friday, February 11, 2011      0 comments

Yesterday I completed the second workout of the sixth week of the "Couch Potato to 5K" program--warm up, run for 10 min, walk for 3, run for 10, cool down. All day long I was excited to do this run and at some point it hit me--I'm excited to run... Read more
Big Exercise Day Today
Thursday, February 10, 2011      1 comments

I exercise 6 days per week but three of those days I do longer and more intense workouts. Today is one of those heavier days but it feels more significant than usual because I've been dealing with shin splints, nursing them as well as I can, and... Read more
Update on the Shin Splints
Wednesday, February 09, 2011      3 comments

A few days ago I asked for advice on dealing with shin splints and received the following seven pieces of advice: 1. Get good running shoes--done. 2. Stretch the shin muscles before and after each run--getting there. 3. Ice the... Read more
Want to Hear about my New Running Shoes?!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011      5 comments

I feel like a little kid! This is the first time I've ever bought shoes specifically designed for running, and having tried them out I can say (1) they DID NOT make me run faster and (2) they made a big difference, especially in the areas of arc... Read more
Off to Buy New Running Shoes
Monday, February 07, 2011      1 comments

Recently I developed a slight case of shin splints and everyone who offered advice mentioned that my shoes were probably at least part of the cause. So I'm off to get some good running shoes today, hopefully they'll help. I did a little reading ... Read more

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