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Try Something New

Thursday, June 12, 2014

SparkFriend, KRISZTA11 mentioned in her June 8th blog entry that she was working on the Yoga Crow Pose and posted this picture as an example of her goal:



I don't really see Yoga as something I would devote a lot of time to, but I wondered if I had the balance to do something like that so I turned on my camera and gave it a shot. I never tried this before and the results are not pretty, but they were encouraging. If you are in a rut, try something new. You may surprise yourself.



  
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ALICIA363 6/13/2014 7:57PM

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My turn ... blog coming up!

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KRISZTA11 6/13/2014 2:09PM

    Wow, congratulations!
You have the strength and the balance, and it is quite pretty too!
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ROXYZMOM 6/13/2014 7:33AM

    Great job!! That is a hard pose! Looks like you have a little Yogi in you!!

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_LINDA 6/13/2014 1:48AM

    Wow! Impressive!! Yes, the fitness experts always say you should shake up your routine and get outside the box to keep your body guessing!
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DDOORN 6/12/2014 10:09PM

    Yoga's been on my mind lately as a Plan B, which I'm forced to be thinking about these days...sigh.

Don

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Polar Bear Run

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I ran in my first organized shirtless winter run yesterday with the Triple Cities Runners Club which I have belonged to for over a year and Confluence Running, a new local running store. It really didn't take much bravado because the day turned out to be surprisingly warm at 38F. It was blustery though with 17 mph winds. So there's that. What did take bravado was committing to doing this run when frigid weather was expected.

Anyway, here are some pictures. I'm the guy with the white headband.



  
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MBTEPP 2/26/2014 11:05AM

    BRAVE!

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ALICIA363 2/24/2014 6:33PM

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LILY_SPARK 2/24/2014 12:07PM

    FUN!

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/24/2014 12:30AM

    Seems like you had a great run!

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IRISHF 2/23/2014 11:46PM

    You have a great photographer!

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BOILHAM 2/23/2014 5:54PM

    You look good! Looks like it would be fun.

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DDOORN 2/23/2014 5:50PM

    What an AWESOME day for a run!

Got myself out for a piece of that gorgeous day too. Bet everyone had a blast with your run yesterday!

Don

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Saved by the Snow...

Friday, February 14, 2014

It's been over a month since I blogged. We had a slew of small problems, that wouldn't have interested anyone else, but together took up all my free time. I'm not as prolific as some of my Spark-Friends, but I'm going to try for at least a blog entry a week.

Anyway, on to today's episode:

We had some pretty rough weather yesterday and overnight. The result was that I spent over three hours shoveling heavy wet snow on Valentine's Day morning. Good thing though because I'd promised to cook Judith a special Valentine's meal and I wanted it to be a bit more indulgent than our usual fare.

I track all my food and most of my exercise very faithfully and I think I have a pretty good handle on what I can eat and still progress toward my goal. I was sure today would be an exception because in addition to my usual breakfast and Greek yogurt for lunch, I had half an almond chocolate bar, two servings of Häagen-Dazs Rum Raisin ice-cream, 16 oz. wine, 10 oz. chuck steak, 4 pats of butter, half an acorn squash, 2 servings of Quinoa, two slices of French peasant bread and a boatload of grilled peppers, onions, and mushrooms. I'm sure I missed a couple items, but with the alleged 1400+ calories burned shoveling snow, I was surprised to come in around a thousand calories under my SparkPeople Nutrition Log goal (Calories My Goal – 3138-3488 Today – 2330) and only 3 grams over my fat goal. Everything else was spot on.

So no guilt over the hedonistic dinner and maybe a tiny increase in the guns' diameter.

Tomorrow is my birthday and it's Judith's turn to make me a special dinner. She is cooking lasagna. In the morning, I'd better break out the shovel and start moving the snow banks apart.



  
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IRISHF 2/20/2014 10:28AM

    I hope you had a happy birthday!

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WATERMELLEN 2/16/2014 7:39PM

    You earned every calorie: and they sound like delicious calories too!!

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DDOORN 2/16/2014 7:32PM

    Ain't that snow shoveling cardio the BEST?!? Whew it's been such heavy stuff...working the abs and arms and everything! :-)

Don

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/15/2014 8:14AM

    What a good feeling to think you indulged then to find out all is good, thanks to the snow

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BECKY0111 2/14/2014 8:44PM

    Great pics. Enjoy your hedonistic dinner.

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Chasing My Tail

Monday, January 13, 2014

I promised Judith that I would go for a walk with her Sunday as R&R after Saturday's race. But high winds and a touch of DOMS for me discouraged both of us. I opted for some stretching, self massage and a long hot bath. Judith did her stint on the treadmill. She is on the Where Are You Walking To? SparkTeam. So today she reminded me that I owed her a walk. I had planned on running a half marathon to meet my Strava.com January Challenge. We compromised. She would walk a 10K. I would do fartleks looping her every quarter mile. I'd see her safe home and make up whatever I needed to wind up the HM.

The whole thing worked out very well. She wants to do it again and so do I. I covered twelve miles running in the time she covered six walking. Then there was just a little tail before I was done. My time was almost the same as my first HM race time in May of 2012. I don't think there was ever more than about seven minutes between opportunities for Judith and I to encourage each other.

I think I've done enough work building my endurance for long slow runs. This year I want to see if I can break a seven minute mile and these cooperative efforts should give me the chance to work on that. I can do my sprints uphill, turn around and take it easier downhill. The fact that Judith is walking toward me will keep my downhills shorter than my sprints.

Suggestions are more than welcome from people who understand these things.

  
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HAKAPES 2/12/2014 1:01AM

    I would investigate a bit more about the training types, lactate levels, and training with a heart rate monitor, to train different types of muscle.
If you don't do HIIT training, I had a good experience with it. My speed went up very fast, also for the longer runs.
Otherwise, I love the consistency in the way you do all this training!

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JILLSWORLD 1/25/2014 5:53PM

    whatever works! that's what I say!!

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DDOORN 1/14/2014 9:23AM

    Great compromising going down...woo hoo!

LOVE long baths for what ails me! :-)

Don

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ROXYZMOM 1/14/2014 7:42AM

    I do a lot of hill work when I am working on speed. I pick hilly courses and sometimes just keep running up and down the same hill over and over. I also play faster music!!

Sounds like you had a great day!!

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KRISZTA11 1/14/2014 7:04AM

    No words of wisdom from me, but I'm glad it worked so well for both of you!
Very smart idea.
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MOBYCARP 1/13/2014 10:48PM

    I can't claim to really understand speed work, but everything I've read says you do intervals to work on speed. I haven't actually tried to work on speed, but I've done a lot of walk/run intervals as recovery from injury. Every time, I've come out of the period doing intervals faster than I was before the injury.

I'd guess that you have a good plan here. You're going to intervals, and do them in a way that keeps you interested in what you're doing and motivated to keep doing them. It ought to help your speed, right?

The other thing that some people have told me is that training hills helps with speed. I can't claim certain knowledge that this is correct, but running hills hasn't hurt my speed. And you have hills in there. They can't hurt, and might help.

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I'm Stoked!

Saturday, January 11, 2014


This December I decided to take a chance and do something that is generally considered a rookie mistake for runners. I ran at least six miles every day alternating between two routes for thirty consecutive days. Every run was downhill out uphill back. I didn't kill myself. The challenge was to get it done.

Today I was in my first race of the year and it was in the rain although it was ridiculously mild for the date. I didn't know if my unconventional running schedule at the end of 2013 would help me or hurt me. Because it was raining I kept my Garmin GPS under my sleeve once it was started and did not check it during the race. When I got home and uploaded it to Strava.Com . If you Bike or run regularly, Strava worth joining and like SparkPeople, it is free.

Anyway, the reason I'm stoked is because the Strava analysis said I had my personal best times in every standard distance within a 6.2 mile race starting with 400 meters and ending with 10K. I have been trying to break an 8 minute mile for quite a while and I finally did. Once before I hit it right on the nose, but not seeing the time start with a 7 was was disappointing. So anyway, I'm not bragging. Most of the other runners were faster than me, but I am excited and I'm not sore. There are three more races in this series, and I don't think I gave this one a maximum effort, so I'm really looking forward to the chance to kill it again.


There are four more distances where I got a personal record but they were in a different frame.

  
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KRISZTA11 1/12/2014 6:10AM

    Congrats to breaking your personal best!
Under 8 min/mile is freaking fast for me.
I'm glad you finished your streak of 6-mile runs with good results and without any injuries.
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MOBYCARP 1/11/2014 9:05PM

    Way to go! It's great when the scary gamble strategy turns out to work well. I think I'll be not quite following in your footsteps, as the half marathon training I've signed up for will call for running 5 days a week. I've been scared to do that for a long time, but perhaps it will work with some professional structure to it.

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DDOORN 1/11/2014 6:14PM

    Cheers & Woo Hoos to pushing your limits higher & higher!

Don

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