6 Miles This Morning – No Problem

I was running side by side with my running buddy today. She did most of the talking as I was huffing and puffing a bit.

I must say, I’m surprised how easy it felt to do six miles on hills while talking with someone else.

Prior to the run I grabbed 2 bananas and 2 water bottles. We put a car at each end of the run. She had 2 water bottles too so we had a water station at each end.

A flushing toilet at the halfway point was an added plus, although it increased the time in the 4th mile split. Even so, we weren’t going for time as much as distance.

As you can see below, it was a slow easy run today. The negative splits reflect the direction of the hills more than our change of pace.

The weather was a little muggy, but not as bad as some summer days and the temperature was only around 70 degrees.

As we went up a series of hills, she reminded me that training is not just about building physical strength, but builds mental toughness too.

“When we’re running the half, I’m going to remember these hills and remind myself that I did them before.”  Me too! I know that will help me during the Akron half since there are lots of hills on that route.

Next Saturday we’re planning a 10 mile run. I’m already looking forward to it!


Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

Actually the title should be winner winner ice cream cone! but that doesn’t rhyme.  We did the Ohio City Run and Crawl on Saturday June 17 – the crawl part was supposed to be a beer crawl, but it was so hot we wanted ice cream. And knowing how my dehydrated body acts when I have some alcohol after exercise, I thought ice cream was a better idea.

It was 90 “feels like 97” when we did the 5K.

Both of us wore cooling scarves and I had one with little pellets to hold the water. There was one water station on the course, but I could have used 2, and wished that I was carrying water like I do sometimes on my training runs.

The run started down 25th street near the West Side Market in Cleveland and quickly dropped down into the bike trail – a part I hadn’t ridden before – then past the “singing bridge” and into the part with bridges that I remember.

I used my biking and spinning glute muscles to power up the hills. I can really feel how that training has helped my running because there were 2 serious hills we had to tackle in that heat.

I stopped and took a photo of me at the top of one hill, but even so really finished fast for me at a 13:01 pace.

1 Chris Brown Hudson OH 2251 60 511/608 40:22.19  13:01/M

So fast that I won for my age group, leading 7 other women! Click here for results for the Ohio City Run and Crawl 5K 2017. I was so surprised. In fact, we missed the medal presentation because we were off eating ice cream.

My Achilles Tendonitis had flared up after all the hiking in PA while we were camping the week before, but going to the chiropractor fixed it and I’ve been diligent about doing the exercises.

This weekend on Sunday July 2nd we’re doing a 10K. A first for me, I’ve never done a 10K before and this will be my longest distance race ever…

The 2 team marathons at 5.7 in 2016 and 2015 were very close to the 6.2, but it’s still another half mile longer.  Wondering if there will be hills. I checked out the map, but couldn’t tell.

The good news, I’ve joined the Nutrician Club at my gym and it’s working. I’m down to 152.4 which is a good running weight for me. My goal is to get down to 147 by late September so that I’m carrying less weight for the 13.1 miles.

Next week will add another mile to my 3x a week training runs. Doing one “long” run on the weekends where I add mileage each week and two 3 or 4 mile runs during the week.

End of Nutritional Challenge, Begin Half Marathon Training

So the gym challenge was a win for me – at end of the 8 week challenge, I am 10 pounds down – weighed in this morning at 152.2.

My bathroom scale said 153.2 so I’m feeling like I got a “gimme”. But I do see a bit of a difference in the two photos. Maybe tomorrow I will take another photo at the gym – I forgot to today when i weighed in… I was too excited about losing 10 pounds!

The Ultimate fitness challenge I was going to do at the other gym would have been tomorrow but it got cancelled because enough people didn’t participate. (Boo)

But meanwhile, i’ve found a good app with a good training plan for me called “Run Less, Run Faster” that has an awesome and do-able program for me to do the half marathon while I’m also training for the bike rides!




April 30 2017 Raccoon Run

Great weather and very fun. I really enjoy doing this run!
Lots of people from my gym there and nice sunny weather.

My running buddy from Stow and me:

Plus with only 8 people in my age group, I came in second.

No one else stuck around long enough to get their photo… I think all the fast people in my age group were running the HOF (Canton Hall of Fame half/full marathon.)

Even with a 12:02 pace!

Half way thru the 8 week challenge

It’s going pretty well.

Did 5 miles on Sunday – run 4 walk one… then rode 20 miles. That wore me out, but I still got 5 miles of steps done on Monday.

Preparing for June 3rd. Rowing, Lifting, Pushing up and pushing a weight.

Today weighed 158.0 so I’m 4 pounds down or so in a month. Not going to hit 147 by May 28, but maybe 154 or thereabouts. We’ll see.

My favorite food right now: chopped veggie salad with cider vinegar/olive oil/lemon and pepper dressing.

Second Quarter 2017 Goals

First quarter 2017 was a big success. I participated in my gym’s challenge and nailed it.  Even lost 4 pounds in the process, even though that wasn’t the point of the challenge.  It was going to the gym EVERY DAY for 66 DAYS.  I made 62 of the days.

Met lots of new people. Even joined a Facebook running group and have been running 2 times with them. Did lots of new classes. Hit my fitbit step, stair, calorie burn and active minute goals like no tomorrow!

Now for 2nd quarter 2017 goals:  Nutrition challenge!  I’m going to nail this one too. My eyes are on the 147 mark so I can be 25 on the BMI scale.  162.2 when I weighed in last Thursday on my 60th birthday.  This morning: 159.2.  Whoot! In a week.

Not an April Fools Day joke!

I was actually surprised how strong and fit I look. It is still in my head that I am heavy and out of shape.  When I look at this photo I am reminded how hard I have worked over the past 10 years to lose it and keep it off.

What did I do differently this past week? Not much, except to actually log everything I ate in MyFitnessPal.  So weird how it actually makes you lose weight when you log it.  Only thing I think I did differently so far was not eat a bunch of peanut butter with my granny smith apple at 3 pm each day.  And drank more water for sure. Crazy!!

Some of my strategy:  Each morning I follow a few key individuals who have set what I consider Big Hairy Audacious Goals (by getting and staying fit) and they help me to stay focused: David Garcia – an LA TV producer who runs up skyscrapers for fun, Sean Anderson – a radio personality in Oklahoma who focuses on taking care of himself (what a concept!), and  Lori Kimble a graphic designer in New York state turned soap business owner. All of them have lost significant amounts of weight and kept it off for years.  My 70 pound loss (with 50-60 pounds of it staying off since 2012) seems insignificant compared to them, but I am inspired by their strategies.

And that’s the who point of this blog is to keep my healthy diet motivation. I can’t give up, gotta keep working it.

Love listening to Sean’s podcast! It’s awesome.

I’ve been following Jason Fitzgerald’s strength running too and making a chart for staying injury free so I do my therapy moves first thing: right glute, right calf and left shoulder. Of course I work both sides, but I’m trying to not re injure myself.

My other 2nd quarter 2017 challenge: The Ultimate Fitness challenge as a partner for my running buddy. Lots to work on there. More later about this in another post.

Also. Made the commitment to run the half marathon for the Akron marathon! Whew. I’m running a 13:30 minute mile right now due to the weight I gained (5-10 pounds in the last 2 years) and want to get back down to keep my joints from hurting. And maybe I can get back to my 12:30 pace too!

Big year this 6.0!