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A Solemn Day

Saturday, September 11, 2010      0 comments

Woke up this morning and the phrase "what I do, I do by grace" was circling around in my head. At the time, it all made sense - a linear train of thought. From "Today is 9/11" to "Why do bad things happen?" to "Life is too short / It'... Read more

August Checkpoint

Sunday, September 05, 2010      1 comments

August was a difficult month. I was either fully on or fully off. It was either easy or impossible to make myself exercise. I made 22 of 31 days. That's more missed workouts than in the previous 4 months combined. The number of workouts was... Read more

Surprise Motivation

Saturday, September 04, 2010      2 comments

In my rush to get to the fitness center, I forgot the barcoded tag I needed. You'd think that after seeing me nearly every day at the same times, they'd just wave me in. Nope. They've gotta look me up in the computer, see that my account is a... Read more

First 5K!

Sunday, August 29, 2010      5 comments

I ran the Kings Powder Keg trail run 8/28/2010. It was a blast! Folks were friendly, the weather cooperated, and I finished. Well, it was advertised as a 5K. The final measurement showed 3.5 miles! I naively expect the 'trail run' to be... Read more

Small Victory

Sunday, August 29, 2010      1 comments

The scale is hovering around 180-182, toying with me. Three pounds to lose, and two weeks to lose it. Time to get strict and adhere to my Spark plans more tightly. I did have a Woo Hoo! moment today. Sorting through my closet, I found a ... Read more

4 Month Anniversary

Tuesday, August 17, 2010      3 comments

4 months. 122 days. A modest start to a lifelong journey. I found Spark while searching for an online meal planner that could generate a shopping list. The 'fast break' sounded pretty easy. I think I chose 'Drink 8 Glasses of Water a D... Read more

In Control

Wednesday, August 04, 2010      1 comments

Runner's World has a quote of the day email. Today's Quote: Running gives me a sense of controlling my life. I like the finiteness of runs, the fact that I have a clear beginning and end. I set a goal and I achieve it. A good run ma... Read more

First Trail Run

Sunday, August 01, 2010      2 comments

My long run this week was my first trail run. I ran 9 miles on the Little Miami Scenic River Trail from Grandin Rd in Kings Mills to the Salt Creek bridge north of Loveland, and back. My goal was to run without constantly checking time to see ... Read more

July Checkpoint

Saturday, July 31, 2010      0 comments

July was running month. I finished C25K early in the month and decided to concentrate on running. C25K gave me the confidence to push myself, and I did. First 60 minute run, Longest week yet - 37 miles (previous best was ~18). Highest mileag... Read more

How High is Up?

Thursday, July 22, 2010      2 comments

Last week, I ran farther than I've ever run before, 5.56 miles in an hour. I never thought I could do that. Last night, I ran longer and farther than I've ever run before, 9.89 miles in one hour, fifty minutes. I never dreamed I could do tha... Read more

Word to the Wise

Thursday, July 22, 2010      2 comments

Don't compose your blog entries in the @#$ form if you're using IE. If you include something that the server thinks is html, you'll get the error message "No HTML please". Instead of the text you just laboriously typed in. #$@)($*% If... Read more

The Extra Mile - Pam Reed's Incredible Story

Wednesday, July 21, 2010      0 comments

I picked up "The Extra Mile" at the library yesterday. It's the autobiography of Pam Reed, an incredible athlete in a obscure sport - ultrarunning. She's a two-time winner of the Badwater ultra run. Badwater is a race from Death Valley Ca... Read more

The Next Mountain (2)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010      2 comments

My challenge 7/13 - 7/19 was to run 35 miles in a single week. I don't remember ever having run that much before. C25K limits weekly mileage. It's great for beginners like me, since you're walking/running 3 times a week for ~30 min session... Read more

The Next Mountain (1)

Monday, July 19, 2010      4 comments

I finished Couch to 5 K on 7/2/2010. I had gone from not exercising for over a decade to running 3 10 minute miles in 9 weeks. That was a tremendous boon to my self esteem, and a strong reinforcement to staying on track with my journey. But I... Read more

What is tenosynovitis?

Thursday, July 08, 2010      1 comments

This is a geeky post, but then I'm a geek. I find random science facts fascinating, especially when they're about me. Read at your own risk. At the end of June, I took my sons kayaking. At the end of the day, I notice a slight soreness ... Read more


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