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Sunday, May 04, 2014

On April 27th. In Vancouver. For the Vancouver Sun Run. 10k.

Well, I should say I walk-ran. Well, maybe I should say I shuffled. But I did do the course.

*And*. Get this: I bettered my last year's time by a few seconds! Go figure. This after the most erratic, on-again-off-again training period in the history of running, I'm sure.

So the course timer says I finished the 10k in 84 minutes--right in the middle of my age group and pace group. But *I* know I did better than that because *I* know I had to make a potty stop : )

What's the take-away? What *could* I have done if I'd trained faithfully??? What will I do at the YMCA Fall Run in Prince George when I've trained faithfully over the intervening months?

'Cause I *will* train. I like myself better when I'm training. It's as simple as that.

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RUN4FOOD 5/5/2014 9:37PM

    Good for you.
Hope your training over the summer goes well.
I love to run. I usually run by myself. Races give me motivation, keep me focused and give me a chance to socialize with fellow runners.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 5/5/2014 5:49PM

    And did you wear your tights? emoticon You did improve your time so emoticon

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How many people did *not* run today?

Friday, March 28, 2014

That's what I have to ask myself when I run but am not satisfied with my efforts. Remember, Self, you did more today to achieve fitness than millions in this country did. Give yourself a little credit!

So anyway, I did run. On the Dreadmill. It was a surprisingly good run, actually. Whereas I've only been able to run 2 minutes/walk 2 outdoors, on the dreadmill I was able to run 15 minutes, walk 5, and that's with the dreadmill at a 5% incline. I did that for an hour. Only covered 3.4 k, but whatthehell whatthehell it was a significant improvement in endurance, so I'm happy with it.

As PAULOBRY suggested, I've incorporated Usain's 'lightening bolt' stance as the final act in my day's run--a little celebratory, self-congratulatory concluding ritual. "A man's reach must exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?", right? ; )

Thanks for all the encouraging remarks, SparkFriends. They really do make a difference : )

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/31/2014 11:57AM

    No matter what your speed, you're always faster than the guy sitting on his couch. I'm paraphrasing a T-shirt I saw.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 3/28/2014 2:22PM

    I had to look up the 'lightening bolt' stance. emoticon that would be awesome! I've been running a bit myself lately but now I'm gonna have to do the stance at the end. But only in my yard with no one watching. emoticon

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NWFL59 3/28/2014 11:15AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RHOOK20047 3/28/2014 11:13AM

    Good job, I hope someday I will be able to run again. It is on my list of things to accomplish! Good run! I am envious!

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PLMITCH 3/28/2014 11:03AM

    Clearly runners and other folks who exercise regularly are in the minority. We just need to keep spreading the exercise "gospel"...

Nice run, BTW, and 5% incline! OOOOF!


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BELSNICKEL 3/28/2014 7:33AM

    Good job! Keep in the running.

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RUN4FOOD 3/28/2014 7:18AM

    Yay! Glad you are in there doing it.

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PMRUNNER 3/28/2014 6:07AM

    Great note! Good reminder to get out there and do it!

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PAULOBRY 3/28/2014 6:04AM

    Looking forward to the selfie being posted.

P.S. If you are wearing those darn tights (and indoors at that), please choose your selfie with your team members in mind.

Comment edited on: 3/28/2014 4:01:45 PM

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SPEEDY143 3/28/2014 2:25AM

    Run for me emoticon because I can't emoticon What I can do is walk and often when I don't think I can take another step I think of all the people who wish they could and can't... I do it for them and in turn I benefit emoticon

emoticon'lightening bolts' emoticonfor YOU!!!!!! Keep up your good works indoors or out... Just Do It emoticon

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BETRHO48 3/28/2014 1:23AM

    emoticon Yes! At least you are doing something to improve your health - walking - running.
Sadly, a lot of people are not.

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As sexy as . . .

Saturday, March 15, 2014

. . . Usain Bolt.

That's how I felt on my run today, wearing my Sun Run running tights. No one else knew of course, as I wore windbreaker pants over them--it's still late winter here. But the tights did what I needed them to do. Wearing them was a motivation to get out there and start my training for the 10k Sun Run. It'll have to be a highly-accelerated training--I should have started several weeks ago and the Run is just 6 weeks away.

I'm carrying almost 20 pounds more than I was when I did the run last year; I'm so out of shape that I could only include 8 1-minute running intervals in my 40-minute session. My walking pace was fairly brisk, though, and I felt good at the end of the session so I think I'll be hitting much more reasonable running intervals in a few days.

Also got back together with my old pal, the Nutrition Tracker today. Gosh, I missed him. He's the only one who really tells it like it is!

Having done some exercise and stretched out afterwards and had a shower, I feel so invigorated that I shake my head in disbelief that I let myself get out of the fitness habit. Here's to being back on track and staying there!

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TMW54812 3/27/2014 6:52PM

    You may have lost a battle or two but you know you're gonna win the war!

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HEATHER1969 3/23/2014 11:50PM

    YOU CAN DO THIS Ken..... I know you can!

It only take 21 days to make a habit..... and you have just over that until the sun run now..... Kick some butt and take some names !!!!

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PLMITCH 3/16/2014 10:07PM

    Glad you had a good workout. I bet those 20 pounds will melt off!

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GETSTRONGRRR 3/16/2014 4:10PM

    All good Ken....if you haven't tried it before, I recommend the run-walk method espoused by Jeff Galloway. Basically run a mile, walk a minute (or any other interval that suits your fancy.) It's amazing how much this little technique can increase your capacity

good luck!

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RHOOK20047 3/16/2014 10:04AM

    You will get it back together. This is the time of year that is easy to put the exercise on the shelf. It's too cold, it's snowy, it's wet, etc. Sprint is here and time to get it together, and I am sure you will be ready for your run.

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PAULOBRY 3/16/2014 8:25AM

    Did you do the "lightning bolt" at the end of the run?

One thing I have "discovered" in my reading on running, is the impact that extra weight has on your time. I'm anxious to lose another 10 lbs as to be a fast runner, I need to lose about 100 lbs!

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ADKISTLER 3/16/2014 1:45AM

    emoticon emoticon

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GREENGENES 3/16/2014 1:14AM

    Woo Hoo!

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It's Time.

Monday, January 27, 2014

This is it. The Wall. I can't procrastinate any longer. Training for the Vancouver Sun Run, the April 10K event I've registered for, starts today. So I started. On the dread mill. Warm-up walk for 5 minutes, then run one minute, walk two; repeat 8 times. Sweat. But not too badly. Puff and pant. But not too much. Cool-down walk for 5 minutes. Stretch. Dry off. Shower. I can do this.

Rewards? Well, the log-in wheel gave me 20 points today--could it know I needed encouragement ; )? Tangible encouragement? Weight is down 4 lb from last Monday. Nothing to do with exercising, just more conscientious nutrition (i.e.: no more Scotch!!!)

And one more reward--I'm going to splurge and order Sun Run running tights. Haven't run in tights heretofore. Seems a little immodest, but whatthehell, whatthehell, they have reflective stripes or dots or some such thing front and back and I've felt a little unsafe running without reflection in the past.

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HEATHER1969 2/7/2014 3:43PM

    GO KEN GO! The Sun Run is a big deal... emoticon

YOU GOT THIS... Hands down!

Oh and....
Shorts over the tights would definitely solve the self conscious worries...

Don't forget to log in your fitness minutes.... emoticon emoticon

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PDQ1203 2/1/2014 9:17AM


modesty be damnedů.
you're out to run a race; its not a fashion show!
besides - just have a look around at all the other runners
i think you'll find that you fit right in

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/27/2014 5:43PM

    Run like the wind...and shine & sparkle with your new pants!

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NWFL59 1/27/2014 12:25PM

    Great to see your posting. Hope the tights give that added visibility while you're out training. Congrats on the weight drop. emoticon emoticon

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TECH1960PS 1/27/2014 10:25AM

    I wear shorts over mine, good luck with your training. emoticon

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 1/27/2014 9:13AM

    emoticon on the training! And definately wear the tights. Real men wear tights emoticon (to run in).

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GREENGENES 1/27/2014 7:58AM

    Way to go Ken! Re: tights. Just keep reminding yourself that if Robin Hood could do it, so can you :-)!

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PAULOBRY 1/27/2014 7:23AM


re: tights a "little immodest"

A lot of times I will wear shorts over the tights during the run or wear sweat pants on top post run. Takes away any self-conscious worry.

Have you set a time goal for this year?

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ZRIE014 1/27/2014 12:36AM

  have a good week

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A wolf in sheep's clothing?

Monday, January 13, 2014

So. Great day today. Church this morning. Nap this afternoon. Snowshoeing after nap.

I broke trail through the woods--should have had my handsaw along, the heavy snow has bent too many trees over the trail--then around the perimeter of the hayfield, down the hill to the lake, and out onto the lake. That took about 30 minutes. It was fine--hard work for the legs, but that's the point, right? Overcast day, but late afternoon sun was showing through the clouds along the horizon--beautiful.

Continuing to break trail on the lake, following the shore so as to make for a longer trail and close to shore just in case I broke through the ice (it's never happened and I doubt it ever will, but why tempt fate?) Rounded the point and looked across the lake to see . . .

6 or 8 dark animals trotting in formation up the lake, too far away to be sure, but close enough to make me wonder: is that a pack of wolves?

Don't get me wrong, I didn't panic. But I surely did turn around and head back home, made sure my cellphone was ready in case I had to call 9-1-1. Kept looking back to check on the animals, still far down the lake from me and breaking formation, seemingly checking me out and consulting on course of action.

I picked up my pace as much as I could. Looked back again. The animals had changed direction, moving across the lake and I could see them more clearly.

Deer! A herd of 6. What a relief! I would not become a pile of gnawed bones on the ice after all. I wonder how much 5 minutes of terror multiplies the caloric burn of snowshoeing?

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NWFL59 1/13/2014 12:55PM

    Glad it ended well. emoticon

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 1/13/2014 11:32AM

    You were right to be cautious! Wolves have been known to attack humans; we received a safety alert at work a few months ago about a lady in the interior of BC who was surrounded by wolves but managed to get back to her truck thanks to her dogs.


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ADKISTLER 1/13/2014 10:46AM

    Sounds like quite an adventure. I walk in the city and the only tracks that I see are for the trains. And the only wild life that I have to watch out for are the idiots that don't watch out for people in the crosswalk!

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PLMITCH 1/13/2014 9:10AM

    I bet you chewed up some serious calories! I know I would have had I been in your snowshoes!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 1/13/2014 8:57AM

    I'm not sure a wolf would attack a human. But then again if they are in a pack and hungry????? Just kidding. Still don't think they would attack but turning around was probably the best idea.

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