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Milestone Coming Up

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I'm about to hit 10,000 points on Spark People. I'd like to say that in the past year or so that I've been on the Web site, I've lost lots of weight, but it's not so. I lost some, gained it back. But I've been soaking up the message and the attitude and they have led me to embrace running as a hobby.

I started running last March, unable to run a solid minute. Then the rains came. Then the heat wave came. It was September before I consistently ran. But I never entirely gave up. So when I started again to run, I could run five minutes.

At Halloween, 2010, I ran my first solid mile. It took me over 20 minutes of running - I'm a Slow Fat Runner - but I did it.

How I use SP has changed as my attitude has changed. At first, I read everything I could, then I tracked my food religiously, then I burned out on it all. And now i track my mileage and I'm happy to do it. I really like running. I really hate calorie counting. My use of SP now reflects that. I'm still tracking my food, but less diligently. I don't miss an entry of miles run, though.

So thanks, SP. I am in a better place and I wouldn't be there without you. I look forward to another year of tracking my goals and spreading the Spark!

  
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JESSICAPAGE 2/16/2011 10:44AM

    You know its the little things that build up to the big things. It must have felt so good when you kept increasing your time. Good for you! I remember when I could hardly get through five minutes on the elliptical. This is a process. Becoming healthy and fit. You are doing great! Keep it up. 8-)

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BDTHOM 1/28/2011 10:50AM

    It's great to hear you're still running. And, enjoying it!

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PLUSTODOWNSIZE 1/4/2011 12:40PM

    That's what I love about Spark, use the tools YOU need and want to...
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ITSHOWYOULIVE 1/4/2011 12:30PM

    What's the saying... A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step? You are making progress on your journey! Here is to continued and increased success in 2011!!

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FISHINGLADY66 1/2/2011 8:26PM

    Wishing you the best!!!! I'm sure you can do it. YOU'RE sooo worth the effort!

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No Resolution, Just Ongoing Goals

Saturday, January 01, 2011

This year, I've already started the changes I want to make, so no new resolutions for the new year.
Goal 1: Run a mile a day, three days/week. I can already run the mile, but sticking to it for three days a week has been challenging with weather and colds.
Goal 2: Run 3 miles a day, three days a week for one year. If I can do that, I can begin to safely train for a marathon.
Goal 3: Build core body strength on non-running days. This will help me avoid injuries when I run.
Goal 4: Bike a little on running days when the weather improves. The cross-training is good, but being able to go on bike outings with my husband is better. And since biking works the same muscles as running, it's better to do them on the same day so they can rest and recover afterward.
It's great to look at this list and know that I've already fallen in love with running and that these are not brand new goals, but points along a trail I'm already taking. A Healthy, Happy New Year to Everyone!

  
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Another mile down

Friday, November 26, 2010

Today I ran a mile for the second day in a row, which I haven't done before. I'm taking tomorrow off and trying for two miles on Sunday. Everything feels pretty good....

  
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CLEVAGAL 12/2/2010 6:56PM

    thats so awesome, that news has made my day aye!

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Long run done - 1.6 miles

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Goal for this week: 1.25; 1.25 and 2 miles for the long run next weekend. Hooray!

  
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ITSHOWYOULIVE 11/16/2010 12:03PM

    Yay! You are building your distance, you are going to rock your 5K!

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Long run day

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Going out soon to run my "long" run - 1.6 miles, with several big hills. It's a cold, clear day. The frost is off the fields now. Good running weather. Portia will come along.

  
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FISHINGLADY66 11/16/2010 8:27PM

    Enjoy you run.

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 11/14/2010 11:27AM

    Have a great run! Enjoy the clear cool day!

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