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There is no trophy for reaching a New Years Resolution, but there is great satisfaction in knowing I followed through with my commitment and now I am living a new lifestyle.

January 15, 2014 is my one year anniversary committing to a healthy weight and healthy. I lost 30 lbs this year, and I have been maintaining now for 18 weeks, and maintained successfully from Halloween to New Years. Thatís a biggie for me! Last year at this time, I threw myself into HIIT and Cardio on the ...
There is no trophy for reaching a New Years Resolution, but there is great satisfaction in knowing I followed through with my commitment and now I am living a new lifestyle.

January 15, 2014 is my one year anniversary committing to a healthy weight and healthy. I lost 30 lbs this year, and I have been maintaining now for 18 weeks, and maintained successfully from Halloween to New Years. Thatís a biggie for me! Last year at this time, I threw myself into HIIT and Cardio on the treadmill to jumpstart my weight loss. Now I am regularly road running, racing, and training for my first HM! I did many firsts this past year, it has given me a new outlook, and I am pledging to continue my healthy lifestyle in 2014. I ran my first 5K (3 total), 4M(2), 5M, and 10K (2). My litmus test to being fit is I successfully completed the 8 mile turnaround, with a 635 ft climb, Rave Run up and down the Sabino Canyon Road, Tucson, just last week. I could not have done this a year ago when I started this journey. It was a great way to start the New Year.

Running is a passion for me now. I began road running, at age 52, in March of 2013, after walking for 2 years. I needed a challenge, a change, and a stress relief. Running does it all.

Maintenance here I am. I am here to stay!
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My Goals:
I reached my 30 lb loss on Sept 6, 2013 after 9 months of fitness, running, and dietary modifications. Now in maintenance, I strive to become more fit with a regular commitment to HIIT and cardio, and continued training in running and races.

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Keep on Running!

Perseverance and the desire to change.

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I started my running career at age 52. Your never too old to start.

I planned to run my first 10K in October and I am looking for my first HM in the winter or spring.

Other fitness choices begin with HIIT using Jillian Michaels circuit training, Jump Roping, and swimming.

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Active recreational choices include hiking, jet skiing, and running tours. I would love to do a destination HM to a special location.

Lucky mother of 4 kids, 3 dogs, 1 hubby, and MIL.

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RACEWELLWON
4/24/2014 9:45:55 AM

I was at the game lol talk about getting my adrenaline up lol- I need a twelve step program for the Blackhawks - we need to stay strong !! :) have a good day - I am going to try your ramp training method today with speed walking - thanks - hugs k



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HIGHNRG13
4/23/2014 7:18:28 PM

Ok. So cadence. I'm assuming you run with a counter (metronome.) I have one that I run with here and there to attempt to increase my pace. When I was training last year, my main concern was keeping up with the person I was running with. So because of that, I was counting off in steps. I didn't have any of the gadgets to measure speed, time, or distance. So I figured out how many strides I typically did in a minute, and went off of that. This was VERY important as we planned on running the race 3:1 run/walk intervals. It was VERY good for me to prepare and with me still being fairly new to running. The thing that I took from it was the internal pace and cadence I have. It made me a very consistent pace runner. I really don't run mental cadence that much anymore with the metronome and me being a more of a progressed runner, but I still value it. Sometimes, if I feel a little out of sinc, I'll break it out to overcome an obstacle I'm having in a run (but doesn't happen too often.) It's very easy to get focused on increasing paces, speeds, and times when you get into running (as I am focusing on a better time for my next half.) In reality though, I think everyone's body has certain limits. You only can increase a pace so much before you start sacrificing other stats in your runs (as I talked about in one of my blogs.) You can quicken your stride and you can shorten your stride and increase your strides per minute, but you may encounter a point to where it actually can create slower finish times. It's just something I think you have to play with a little bit to see what's good for you (the sweet spot.) Be careful not to get all caught up in the numbers to a point where it affects how great you feel when you run.



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HIGHNRG13
4/23/2014 7:02:54 PM

YAY I HAVE ANOTHER SPARK FRIEND! Yeah, I'm not very aggressive on seeking out people on here, but I'll accept a friend request though. WOW! You kind of put comments here and there on my page (thank you by the way) and you touched on a lot of points that I can definitely connect on. Well where should I begin???????? Well, I'm a little different (than a lot of runners out there) as there are a lot of them that are team orientated and very supportive. Supportive, YES I AM! Team member.........um no. I've just come accustomed to doing stuff on my own (even though I ran my first half marathon with probably the closest friend to me on the planet last year in the Chicago Rock N Roll.) I also ran the Chicago Half you were referring to after that in the fall as well (small world huh?) Yeah I saw medal for running that and the other in the spring, and there are some running series that do that. After running through the downtown Chicago Loop in between the tall buildings and stuff, I just wasn't impressed with running in the Chicago Half last September. I mean it was really cool to run my first race, but visually it was dry compared to what I ran in the July half, and the loop around style course didn't do anything for me. I'm not knocking the race, but everyone has different tastes, and (for me) I need some REAL STAND OUT eye candy. So that's how I wound up with the idea of the Vegas half this coming November (and that fact that I have another childhood friend who lives out there.) I'm all about things that peak my interests, and I don't think I can have anything bigger and brighter than running the Vegas strip at night. So I also see you have given Chi Running a whirl. Yeah, it's good stuff if you can adjust to it and buy into it (again everyone's got their own thing.) It really wasn't that hard of a transition for me as I'm a natural mid striker (one of those weird 5% of runners out there statistically.) So for me the biggest adjustment was learning the lean and lengthening my stride out behind me. The result is minimal leg strain when I run. I actually feel more of the run in my hips and core when I run. It's been a big help since I read Danny Dryer's Chi Running book as well. I left a comment on his site, and actually got a response from him personally, so that was kind of cool. My latest experiment is with manufacturers of mid and fore foot cushioning shoes, but more towards maximalist rather than minimalist shoes. I used to run in Brooks (and still do long runs in a pair I still have,) but I'm also running shorter runs in a Hoka One One shoe (which are actually causing a little shift in my stride and building my legs, but that's because of the extra leg lift required to lift the thicker soles of the shoes.) Skechers GoRun Ultra will be more than likely my next acquisition in the fall and probably my Vegas half shoes. Same concept as the Hoka but about 2 ounces lighter. So that's pretty much where I'm at. I was never a runner before a friend of mine turned me onto it a few years ago, and it stuck. I have to say, even more than what I lift at the gym, running is the BIGGEST body changing exercise for me. Sorry, this has been a loooooooooong comment, but I'm sure you've enjoyed it. Feel free to leave comments, thoughts, and questions on my page. I'm a pretty responsive person as you can tell.



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RACEWELLWON
4/23/2014 3:10:38 PM

I did not either as for many years I ran until the accident took that from me leaving me only to speed walk in which I am grateful , the accident added the weight the loss of two legs in one day is not a picnic , I wish I could run again but it will never happen but I am fast at speed walking ! Thanks for dropping by - hugs K

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POSITIVE41
4/23/2014 6:24:50 AM

Thanks for your comments on my blog - it was really strange because it took me a week to write about it and it kept nagging at me until I did it. Enjoy the rest of your week! emoticon



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