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May 2, 2010, Feild Stone Winery, the turn around point in Alexander Valley


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November 2010
For my 43rd birthday I cycled 101 miles!

May 8, 2010
Ran my 3 miles in 35:13 and did a 80 mile bike ride the weekend before in 6 hours. My spark streak is now 6 months for cardio.
updated April 20, 2010:
Soon my "sparkstreak" for getting 90 minutes of cardio a week in will make the "half a year mark" so it seems like a good time to update this.
Change is possible! Running a mile seemed like a monster goal, and now I can run 2 miles in under 24 minutes. (Just please let it be cold, misty, and on the padded track. I have learned I can do it warmer or on city streets it just won't rock, it will slog.). I am looking forward to my first 5k and to see how fast I will run those 3.1 miles. My expectation will be that it's under 36 minutes, but if it's hot or congested I will let go of that.
When I finish the "couch to 5k" program for the ipod touch I am moving right into the "bridge to 10k".

In my previous intro, a 30 mile bike ride seemed like a long shot. That is my normal weekly ride now (40 is more like a "longish weekly"). My longest ride is currently 5:44 for 66 miles at the Cinderella Classic. It had a LOT more hills than I was expecting and a big storm was whipping up viscous crosswinds.

I find my long bike rides (3 hours) with the club really shred the calories and I love riding my bike. Running... it's more like a demented obsession. I suspect it helps the cycling, but mostly I am a junkie for the elation of the accomplishment. Each run seems like a miracle.

I have lost 20 pounds, and seem to have hit a plateau. Not enough calories to fuel my activity level? Or too many "swim meet days" where I gave up trying to track my food? I am so happy with my athletic accomplishments, and focused on those goals, that I am finding the plateau just "vaguely annoying". The tape measure seems to think my body is getting smaller around my waistline, and more leg muscles so I am trying to be mellow about that issue.

If you want to know more, I update my blog about 3x week.
------I just read the wisest thing on another sparkie's page about the "one bad day - don't throw in the towel":

"If you have a flat tire, you don't get out and knife the other three." -

-- previous version as it amazes me how far I have come! --
I signed up for this over a year ago, and it has been a great place to keep coming back to. I made my first goal for the summer of 2009 and could wear my shorts at the beach.
Then I ate WAY too much on vacation! At least I was working out a bit in the fall, but December 2009 wasn't great for food either. I nearly backslid into starting over entirely :(
2010 has been MUCH better. I have learned that tracking my food and regularly moving up the duration and intensity of my workouts have made a HUGE difference. I am really motivated by results, and feeling athletic. I don't think I have been this fit (cardio wise) in 25 years. Run a mile? Bike 30 miles? yes I can!

Feb' 2009
I am hoping this will be a place to "get back in the routine" for when I get bumped off track. I find I get in a groove with working out and eating right but after a while, something happens (bad cold, schedule change) and I don't stop, refocus and figure out how to MAKE IT WORK.

I hope I inspire some of my friends and family to take better care of their health as well!

Watching "The biggest looser: couples" has been inspirational and given me a lot of insights. I was amazed they could run 13 miles after just 12 weeks. WOW. I would be thrilled to run 1 mile in 12 weeks!
My feet hate me for that goal.

My first "milepost" is going to the beach on June 27th (2009). In 11 weeks I want my shorts to fit nicely, and my goal is to loose 2lbs a week to that date.
Then the summer heat is coming and I will have the challenge of my daughter's summer break. Staying moving will be a challenge!

Also, I want to get back into running before the big heat wave starts.

SparkPeople went a bit nutso with with groups, I will have to prune them at some point.

I feel risky posting my weight like that, but if the biggest looser people can do those weigh ins, then I can handle this level of accountability.

Member Since: 2/27/2009

Fitness Minutes: 30,143

My Goals:
Loosing a lot of weight, getting strong, and being able to run. A mile seems like a big goal.
I dream of climbing half dome -or at least the 9 mile hike to the base. I have read up on the cables and I am not sure with my fear of heights if that part would be wise.

My Program:
I run M-W-F doing a couch to 5k and then bridging to 10k. See my blog for where I am at.
I like to bike 3x a week, but often it's just the Thursday ride, no weekend, no Tuesday :(

core work? weights? uh yeah, someday.

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gear I love:
ipod touch loaded with great tunes and the Alex Stankovic "Couch to 5 k program" (http://c25kapp.com/) with intervals. Love it so much I have already purchased the "bridge to 10k" app. The only earphones that stay in are the green Sennheiser Twist-To-Fit earphones (Amazon.com)

I also adore the Forerunner 305 I won, as I don't have to calculate my pace with a sharpie on the back of my hand (tick off laps) and stopwatch. Yes, it has a heart rate monitor but I don't look at that until I am done (or I worry). Love how it tells me how many calories grinding up a hill is torching.

I run in ASICS foundations (love!) on the lovely padded high school track.

Girls, I really must recommend the Saucony sports bra (forget what the name of the high impact one is.) and ExOfficio Give-N-Go sweat wicking panties. Get thee to Marshalls (or REI) and invest in sweat wicking gear!

I got my "hydration"belt (that holds ipod, keys, cell phone, tissue, li

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    Thank you and yes I did go cold turkey before my ride. I didn't want to waste energy or eisk getting injured si I did not ride for 10 days before ride I also did not fuel properly. lessons learned : ) Thanks for comments. Sorry to hear about injuries. get better soon.
    2402 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my blog... Sounds like you have been really active and having a ball at it! I'm not a "dieter" so the books on diets just don't fit my style at all. I'd rather go the route of exercise, eating healthy and finding out more about how foods affect me. You are right.. no 'sit and starve" for me either!

    Way to go on your rides and runs and walks :)

    2643 days ago
    I wish I were as good at getting my "fitness on" as you!!!!
    2690 days ago
  • v SWILLIAM621
    Hey girl just wanted to give you a shout as have been out of touch. I was reading your blog from last month and I too am trying to get back in the swing now that the heat is breaking. Did another 5k over the weekend and was slower than in May when I finished the C25K so need to get back in training. I still have a hard time with my breathing so have to stop and walk at times. I guess it is all about progress not perfection. I hope you are doing well!

    2810 days ago
  • v IMSMILEY88
    I loved reading all of your home page. I can't wait to see where I am at in a year! I just started C25K a month ago. I can't wait to say I can run a mile! What an accomplishment! I can't even run 1/4 mile yet. But, I'll get there!

    I've also started swimming and bike riding. I've only got in 2 rides - on vacation on a borrowed bike about 2 weeks ago. The first was 4 miles and the 2nd for 7.5 miles - in rolling hills! I LOVED it. I hadn't been on a bike in about 2 decades!

    Anyway, keep up the great work! You are story inspires me!
    2879 days ago
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