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Where the heck have I been? And where did the extra weight come from?

Sunday, May 25, 2014

It's been almost a month since I have been online. I traveled for work, with a flight being canceled, and leave again in the morning. Got to my conference with an hour to spare for the presentation I was helping with. Had to stay up til 3 am with drunk co-worker. Made it to conference next morning, then flew home that night. Spent a week at home packing and preparing my house for a long absence. Drove 900 miles to my home for the next 6 months. Arrived at destination on a Saturday. Flew out to next Conference on Sunday. Taught all day class on Monday. Was supposed to fly home on Tuesday night but storms shut down the airport and I was up at 4 am the next day to fly home and work a full day. I've finally gotten a full night's sleep and starting to recover.

Between all the travel and preparing for the move without taking any time off, I made some bad choices for my waist line. It's not like I didn't know what I was doing.

So here I am unpacked, living .25 miles from a pave hike/bike trail that goes around a lake and connects to several rails to trails paths. Ran around the lake Thursday morning. Road bikes 23 miles round trip on Saturday. Today was an incredible calorie burn doing chores and meal prep. I've got no excuses. Living in an apartment, so no yard work. Fitness center literally 2 doors down. Organic market .8 miles away. And a brew pub 2 blocks away.

So I'm really excited about how well I'm setup for success. Just gotta "earn" my trips to the pub with calorie deficits.

I look forward to reporting my success in getting the extra 6 lbs off. Or at least the extra inches. Maybe that is how I track this. I need to measure my waist and track that. My goal is 34 inches.

There! I set a measurable goal. Now I just have to do it.

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DEBBIEDAY 5/28/2014 6:07PM

    Well...it sounds like you are in a perfect location for the summer with the trails and all right there just outside your door!

Are You Ready? (Yes-just sent out team letter hint hint!)

A Sizzling Summer of Success is possible!

I live on a peninsular with a 62,000 ( yup thousand) acre lake on three side of our town and also have walking paths, bike paths, state parks and hiking trails as well as several pools all just outside my front door withing 1/4 mile to 5 miles tops.

Let's do this!!!

Inches is a great goal and absolutely measurable! emoticon

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MBTEPP 5/25/2014 10:53PM

    How exciting. Congratulations on your new place even though it is temporary. It sounds like you are all set up for success. 6 pounds, no problem. I have faith in you. You've got the summer months ahead of you.

emoticon Missed you.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Yesterday, March 30,2014, I participated in a Biggest Loser Run/Walk Half Marathon. This was my first half marathon. I’ve previously participated in 2 5K races. One was 14 months ago and the other was at least 5 years ago. Yeah. I’m so not an experienced runner.

I chose the Biggest Loser Run/Walk Series because of the experience I had last year. These events do not cater to the skinny runner who is trying to qualify for Boston or New York. These events cater to those of us who are on a journey to turn our lives and health around. These events are a celebration of the journey, a celebration for those running our first race. The web site provides a training plan for both the 5k and Half Marathon for first timers, so you know how to prepare.

The day before the race, you will pick up your packet at the race start location. You usually have all afternoon to get there. However if you can spend some time there, it is worth it. Sponsors are there with their booths and you get to check out fitness and nutrition products. At each race, they have former contestants from the show there to share their stories and answer questions. When they aren’t on stage, the former contestants mingle with the crowd, rather than staying out of site in some back stage location. This is a great way to learn more about how to succeed and recharge your motivational batteries.

The run route will have periodic water stops and “porta-potties” for your use along the way. At the race end, they’ll hand you water and a banana or other fruit to replenish your body.

Your registration includes your “bib” with the timing chip. The bib is the number the participant safety pin to their shirts. The timing chip activates when you actually cross the start and finish. At an event like this, they release the runners in waves to keep things from getting too chaotic. It can take as long as 15 minutes to get all the runners out on the road depending the number of registrants. The chip ensures that you aren’t penalized for starting at the back of the pack. Most race registrations include this.

You will also get a commemorative shirt. Some races will give you a cotton shirt. Others give you a shirt made of a technical fabric. BL gives you a technical shirt. The quality on these shirts is quite good. Technical fabrics take the sweat and move it away from your skin do it evaporates. It doesn’t get all sticky and heavy like a cotton shirt. These shirts also last for years. I’ve never seen one wear out. My spouse has been wearing them for years. You also get a free drawstring bag that is handy to take to the gym. Naturally you get a finisher’s medal.

You will also get free photos of you crossing the finish line. Most races provide the photographers but require you to purchase your photos.

If you are feeling brave and want to try a 5K or your first half marathon, I strongly recommend this series of events. You will be “well cared for” and feel like you belong there.

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    Elizabeth Ruiz, Marie Pearl, Vinny Hickerson, and of course Dan Evans were all there. Actually got a little one on one time with Elizabeth Ruiz. She approached me and my husband about how we liked our body media bands.

Dan Evans is always the entertainer at these.

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MBTEPP 4/1/2014 6:07PM

    it sounds like they run a very organized Race. did you get to mingle with any former contestants? How was the course? Did they have any Entertainment during the run? I bet you had a blast. Congratulations again. That is quite an accomplishment, Especially since you have not done many races. You trained very well.

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10 mile run -- Lessons Learned

Sunday, February 23, 2014

10.12 miles in 02:30. Was passed by a herd of turtles in the peanut butter pit, but I still completed the 10 miles with 2/1 intervals.

My IT band issues tried to get the better of me. It’s my fault really. I didn't do as much Yoga and strength this past week. Gotta keep my but out of that laurel chair. Think I may order my own Trigger Point roller this week for at the house. Some days I just can’t get motivated to drive to the gym for just that.

Did better on the nutrition this time. I ate a big breakfast with lots of carbs. I make pancakes out of 2 eggs and a banana with agave syrup on top with berries. Sometimes strawberries some times black berries. That fuels the first hour of the run.

It really helps in that second hour to put fresh calories into the blood stream. I still don’t get as many consumed as I burn, but it does keep me from bonking (crashing from low blood sugar because you have used all your bodies readily available energy). I may try adding more calories in next time to see if there is an added benefit or not.

I used more gu’s this time than on last week’s run because I knew I was going further. Definitely think I like the chews better than the gels. They are easier to handle while walking. The chews can be a little hard to open while walking. I learned that the hard way last week. This week I opened them at the house and put them in a Ziploc snack bag. That was sooo much easier to manage. I’ll have to head out to the bike shop to get more shot blocks this afternoon.

Yeah, I said bike shop. I’m finding cycling gear is better for running than most running gear. A good running jersey is made of technical wicking fabric, has raglan sleeves (no seem on top of shoulder to rub), and has three pockets across the back that are designed to hold full water bottles. I put my ID and some cash in a snack size ziploc in the left pocket (keeps the money dry). My water bottle goes in the center back pocket and my gu’s/chews in the right pocket. When I start getting hot, I can unzip the front of the jersey for a little air conditioning.

I don’t need to carry keys as I put new locks with number key pads on the house. Just have to remember my 4 digit code. As an added bonus the lock automatically re-lock after 30 seconds, so if I forget to lock the door, it does it for me. But I digress…..

I hope my lessons learned are useful to someone out there who is just staring their run.

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NSMANN 2/24/2014 1:34PM

    Wow! If I ever get into running, I know who to ask for advice!

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MBTEPP 2/23/2014 6:38PM

    emoticon Great run! emoticon

That is a great tip going to a bike shop! I will check it out next time I head to the running store. They are side by side.

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2 days until I get to give away 3 entries to a 5K/Half Marathon in Austin TX

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hey y'all,
The people who run the Biggest Loser RunWalk Series are giving me 3 entries to The Biggest Loser RunWalk Series 5K / Half Marathon in Cedar Park, TX. Cedar Park is on the northwest side of Austin. Follow the link to my word press blog and leave a comment there to be in the running. The winners will be randomly chosen from those who comment on the blog.


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MBTEPP 2/23/2014 6:50AM

    So cool, Elizabeth. I have always wanted to visit Austin, and do a BL event. This is just too close to my event in Asheville. DH would shoot me if I even considered leaving town so soon. Post this link on your status to let people know to check out your blog. Have fun!

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Getting back in the saddle after a cold

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Today was my first run after being laid out for 4 days with a cold. No yoga, strength training or any of that happened while I was sick. The IT band problems made their presence known early on. I really wanted this to be a mile stone run. But I'm not seeing any benefit in running when it hurts and making things worse. So I'm healthy now and going to focus on stretching and strength training to get things back where I can do a strong run on next Sunday. ;-)

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NSMANN 2/10/2014 3:48PM

    What a coincidence, my personal trainer just recovered from a cold where he was out all week and he said it really set him back in terms of fitness. But just settle into you routines again and i'm sure your body will bounce back. Take care!

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MBTEPP 2/9/2014 4:45PM

    E, train smart. You need not overtrain and cause injury. Your cold was an unplanned, necessary rest period. Take it. It is not going to set your training back. You will be stronger than ever next week.


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DAWNDMOORE40 2/9/2014 1:09PM

    Lboogren, I fractured my tibia from running to much! That must be a very common thing if you push to hard! I learned from that and now I don't run as often or if I do, i run inside on the treadmill where it's less stress on my joints!
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LBOOGREN 2/9/2014 1:04PM

    Hi There, I liked your post. Today marks the second week of my injury. I fractured my tibia running and training to hard. 5 weeks off of work and crutches with no weight on my leg at all. I love to run. I will be swimming soon I hope. Just don't want to get into the depression mode of sitting and eating all day. Thanks

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