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Ambitious Tuesday Run
Wednesday, February 01, 2012      5 comments

My running schedule for Tuesday called for intervals. Understand, I've never really done interval training before. Fortunately, my coach laid out pretty much exactly what I should do. The club was running at the Metrodome last night, b... Read more
First time trial with the team
Tuesday, January 24, 2012      7 comments

It was a humbling experience. Not that I expected to be fast or anything, but I sure got lapped by people in the Metrodome tonight. My running club did a 3 mile time trial tonight, to establish a baseline from which the coach can set up ou... Read more
I have a running coach!
Sunday, January 22, 2012      10 comments

Wow! For the first time in my life, at the age of 49, I have an actual coach for an athletic pursuit. I signed up yesterday for coaching with a certified running coach for 2012. This is such a big deal for me. My entire self-perception r... Read more
Developing my Attitude of Gratitude
Wednesday, January 11, 2012      5 comments

I have decided from this point forward to work very hard to develop my attitude of gratitude. I want to spend my time thinking of all the wonderful blessings I have, not wishing/wanting/envying things I don't have. I read this article abou... Read more
It's all about choices
Saturday, January 07, 2012      2 comments

It's hard to believe that it has taken me 50 years of life for this truism to really come home, but it has. It is all about the choices we make: all our successes or failures (I prefer to think of them as experiential learning, LOL) come down ... Read more
New Year, New Beginnings
Tuesday, January 03, 2012      4 comments

Isn't it amazing how crossing one little line (midnight on 1/1/12) causes people to reevaluate their goals and status in life? Not sure why we have artificially attached so much importance to that one date and time, but it appears to be human n... Read more
Progress on Goals--time to check in
Tuesday, December 20, 2011      7 comments

Back at the end of September, I wrote down my goals for the year of my 50th birthday, so October 2011 through October 2012. It's been two months, so I need to check my progress. With the new year coming fast, it's easy to postpone working on g... Read more
I think the mojo is back--or maybe it is B12!
Thursday, December 15, 2011      5 comments

It feels like the mojo is back. I want to run, I'm back to planning my courses and getting my butt out of bed in the morning. (Okay, I'm not always cheerful about that, but at least I'm doing it.) I like the feeling of tired muscles throughou... Read more
Yes, I did run--but the mojo is still iffy
Friday, December 02, 2011      6 comments

Thanks, everyone for your ideas and encouragement. It really helped! I did run after work, and I am glad I did it. My work has a series of paved walking trails that they do a pretty good job of keeping clear; there were just a couple of s... Read more
I'm afraid I'm losing my running mojo!
Thursday, December 01, 2011      11 comments

I can admit it here, to my Sparkfriends. It's been a struggle lately to get my butt out of bed and run. Once I'm done, I'm very happy that I ran, but I keep finding excuses not to. Today there was fresh, icy snow on the roads and sidewalk... Read more
I'm thankful for so much!
Thursday, November 24, 2011      5 comments

I hope that you all have spent some time today reflecting about the blessings in your life. My son reminded me this evening that we hadn't yet done that--every year on the way to Thanksgiving celebration, we usually take turns sharing something... Read more
Confident? Cocky? Crazy? Not sure where I fit...
Thursday, November 17, 2011      5 comments

I just recovered from this arthritis flare-up in my knee. I am back to being able to run regularly, and feeling really good. So then what? I set ambitious goals--perhaps overly ambitious. I want to run a half-marathon in 2012, and now I ... Read more
I love cortisone shots!
Friday, November 11, 2011      8 comments

I know there are people out there who will frown, turn up their noses, think I'm wrecking my knees, espouse minimalist/herbal/natural/vega
n/yoga/whatever-the-latest solutions. That's okay. I think people should keep their minds open and us... Read more
Frustrated by knees!
Thursday, October 27, 2011      9 comments

It's my own fault. I own it. I wrecked my knees by years and years of obesity and inactivity. As if I didn't know, I had a partial knee replacement at the age of 38. You'd think that would be a wake-up call, right? But it took me 10 more ye... Read more
HUNGER!! Fighting the monster...
Friday, October 21, 2011      7 comments

I'm trying to figure this out. Today I am ravenously hungry again. This happens to me sometimes, but I can't figure out the pattern. I ate what (for me) is huge breakfast and I already had a snack this morning. And I'm watching the clock to ... Read more

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