Finished My First Half Marathon Today!
I did it! I'm going to blog more about this, in pieces, over the next few days but for today I just want to say that the training plan worked, the plan for the day worked, the weather was perfect--what a gift from the Lord--and I had tons of fun... Read more
My First Half Marathon Tomorrow!
Wow, hard to believe it's here, but tomorrow, Lord willing, I will mostly jog the Maple Grove Half Marathon. I haven't been feeling well, sick and dizzy and weak, and actually couldn't even complete a 2.1 mile jog yesterday so I walked instead. ... Read more
One More Short Jog, Half Marathon Saturday!
After so much preparation, it's hard to believe that the big day is now only four days away! Wow. So I jogged today, about 2.4 miles, I'll walk a little tomorrow along with a very mellow bike ride, I'll jog for 2.1 miles on Thursday, take Friday... Read more
Wondering What to Do...
It's my day off and I usually rest on this day, but I was unable to exercise Saturday or Sunday and am very tempted to go out for a ride. It's a beautiful day, although the wind is blowing pretty hard, and my favorite 22 mile bike ride is beckon... Read more
Today is our Daughter's 18th Birthday!
Wow, did that go by fast! Can't believe that our little baby is now a legal adult and can tell us to bug off if she wants to--she won't, we still have the cash!
The plan from here is to finish out the school year and then she's off to the... Read more
Ten Days Until my First Half Marathon
I've never liked jogging or running. However, a year and a half ago, as winter set in and cycling season came to an end, I decided to work on improving my aerobic fitness in preparation for the next season. At that time I came across the Couch P... Read more
What's Motivating You Today?
Today's a new day on this journey of pursuing health and wellness, so what's motivating you today? Not yesterday or the day before, but today? For me...
1. The grace of Jesus that has taken me so far and yet bids me on farther still.
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Sticking to the Training Plan
I'm still getting over the cold I've had for the last couple of days. It caused me to miss my last scheduled training jog of 12.1 miles on Sunday because I was dizzy and weak and had a very sore throat. It was the right decision. But since then ... Read more
Caught a Cold, Change of Plans
Yesterday I was supposed to take my final training jog/walk for the half marathon that's coming up on May 12, but I caught a pretty bad cold and didn't feel up to it. Foregoing the workout was the right thing to do, but now I'm wondering how to ... Read more
Discovered a Simple Key to Faster Sprints
I don't know why it took me so long to figure this out. For years I've assumed that in order to sprint fast you had to work up speed at a normal to high cadence (100-120), kick it up a few gears, and then hammer as hard as possible. But a couple... Read more
Ooppss, Ended up Riding for 35 miles Today!
I really didn't mean to do it. I went for a short walk this morning, about 30 minutes, and then did a few things after which I rode my bike along the route for the 12.1 mile jog/walk I plan to take this Sunday. Sometime after that, I decided to ... Read more
4 Mile Walk, 10 Mile Bike Ride Today
After my 11.2 mile training jog/walk on Sunday, I took yesterday off and then walked at a 15 min/mile pace for 4.0 miles today. Finished in 59:31 which is brisk enough to warm the muscles and help with the slight soreness I have from two days ag... Read more
Exercise Plan for the Week
Here's the plan:
Tuesday: 4 mile recovery walk and speed endurance cycling workout
Wednesday: Recovery bike ride
Thursday: 2.7 mile jog and strength cycling workout
Friday: Recovery bike ride
Sunday... Read more
The Blazing Turtle Strikes Again!
Just returned from an 11.2 mile effort. I finished in 2:10:15 which means I averaged 11:36-7 miles. I was shooting for 12:00 min miles so I'm very happy with this, which is why I proudly brandish the name, The Blazing Turtle!
He breaks onl... Read more
Day of Rest Today, 11.2 Mile Jog/Walk Tomorrow
Well, I'm getting closer--much closer! The half marathon is on May 12, and in preparation I have only two more long jog/walks to take--11.2 miles this week and 12.1 miles next week. Then I take a week for recovery, with two shorter jog/walks, fo... Read more
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