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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.
CHANGE IS POSSIBLE!
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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!

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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.

2009
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 :(
boooo!

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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  • v JUST_TRI_IT
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    Hey - THANKS for the FRIEND ADD and your comments on my blog! With the support from our friends here on SP, we can do this... I am inspired by your running and biking! WOW!!

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  • v ACURVYLADY
    I really like reading your blogs you keep me motivated !
    3463 days ago
  • v RIDETBRED
    zoe, you look terrific, and WOW on the level of activity you maintain! as a n00b here with a long way to go, i find this incredibly encouraging. i only put my short term weight goal up, i should go change it reflect what i want long-term. i don't think i will ever do 2 miles in 24 minutes, but if i can maintain doing SOMETHING on a regular basis, i'll be all about the win.
    :) khairete
    suz
    3463 days ago
  • v ZOEMCMAC
    I find packing my own food makes a huge difference for swim meets. Even hot chocolate made from real milk for the winter meets (outdoors in the rain!) for my daughter. However, we stopped packing lunch for her as we know she will want a hot dog, and we will throw away the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I hope I can start to change my 7 year old's food habits!
    3464 days ago
  • v IMSMILEY88
    I loved reading your background. Right now, running a mile seems like a dream to me, but I know it will become a reality. I am looking forward to riding a bike (with my sister-in-law) for the first time next week while on vacation. Good thing she has changed to healthier ways, too, as I think I'll lose not gain on this vacation!

    Also, my dd is on a swim team, too. I've started taking a protein drink, yogurt, fruit (watermelon or apples) and nuts to the meet. I used to eat really poorly at the meets, but this is getting me through! Oh, and lots of water & sometimes some Gatorade. emoticon
    3464 days ago
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