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Common sense, or the lack thereof, followed by a nice day on the trails

So there I was, at the jewelery counter this morning, wanting to get a new battery for my heart rate monitor. (On topic, barely.) However, there was a problem. The sales clerk told me she couldn’t open my watch to put the battery because I might sue the company if she ruins it. OK, other […]

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Sun, January 4 2009 » Everything else » 6 Comments

2008 retrospective: What worked, what didn’t

Looking back, I certainly learned a bunch about what works and what doesn’t with regard to my getting fit. In no particular order… Works: Outrageous distance-based goal with deadline (Lazy Man’s Triathlon, first 5K race, first 5K continuous run, marathon, open water swim, triathlon… what else to come?) Doesn’t work: Exercising for X minutes Y […]

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Wed, December 31 2008 » Motivation, Persistence, Progress, Strategy, Stress eating, Support, Useful tools » 4 Comments

I met my end of year goal to run 5K! Plus, new books (no reviews yet).

Well, Saturday I ran 5K for the first time! No walking, no stopping. With hills, even! I started fairly fast (for me) and made myself slow down just a bit and I was glad I did because I had the energy to run up a endless long mountain goat grade fairly steep incline (for me) […]

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Sun, December 28 2008 » Motivation, Persistence, Progress, Training journal » 4 Comments

Down 3.9 pounds: Biggest Loser Blog Edition final week

Well, the 3.9 is gone again. Phew! Back in business and feeling much better. This is the final weigh-in for the Biggest Loser Blog Edition, but I think my essentially maintaining through the holidays has eliminated me from the top competition. (If I yo-yo up and down a few pounds again over the next few […]

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Sat, December 27 2008 » Progress » 3 Comments

Pam Reed’s The Extra Mile

I’ve really gotten hooked on reading about ultramarathons. (Stating the obvious, eh?) The stories are so inspiring, they just make me want to get out there and run! (And I do, I don’t just think about it ;-)) The latest one I just finished is The Extra Mile: One Woman’s Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness […]

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Fri, December 26 2008 » Motivation » 2 Comments

Great site, I think I’m at my 5k goal, current book, miscellaneous news

Some miscellaneous notes… Jason, who stopped by the other day to offer some encouragement (thanks!), has a great blog about his 130 pound loss. He also started running along the way, is a believer in slow running, and has even done some ¬†ultramarathons (my current not-so-secret obsession). Jason and I started within a pound of […]

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Wed, December 24 2008 » Motivation, Persistence, Progress, Support » 2 Comments

Another inspiring book! Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an all-night runner

Well, I have to say, I enjoy reading Karno’s books (and blog). I first read 50/50, his book about running 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states — as in, in a row (thanks to Andrew for that tip). I immediately had to order Ultramarathon Man. No intention of doing one (a secret fantasy, […]

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Thu, December 11 2008 » Motivation » 4 Comments

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Murakami

Wow. Read Murakami’s book this week, a memoir of runner and writer, snatching a chapter here and there when I could. Excellent. Not so much excellent because of how great everything was. Rather, excellent because it wasn’t always great. And he persisted. And was humble. And determined. And kept at it. Through marathons, triathlons, and […]

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Mon, December 8 2008 » Motivation, Persistence » 3 Comments

My first race report: Jingle Bell 5K for the Arthritis Foundation

First, let me say thank you to all you wonderful generous sponsors — within two days I raised $400, four times my modest goal! Yesterday was a beautiful day and a fun race. And a humbling one. I learned a lot. This is the first time I’ve ever tried to run part of a 5K […]

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Sun, December 7 2008 » Race report » 14 Comments

Turned the day around! Whee!

Yesterday morning I was feeling low. I indulged in that for a while and then had enough. Enough, I tell ya! So, I… Cracked down and got some tricky work out of the way Dealt with an unpleasant personal issue Stopped taking breaks to go stare in the kitchen cabinets (chocolate fairies never did show […]

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Thu, December 4 2008 » Persistence, Stress eating » 3 Comments