Pondering Weight Loss

Pondering Weight Loss

  I had two great runs this week, not because I ran fast or long, but because I did them with my two favorite running partners. A week ago today, I ran 19 miles.  I ran that all by myself, and I feel like I did a great job.  There are no pictures from that run, for two reasons: 1) Because I made a conscious effort to not take breaks except at specified times (every 5 miles until 15, and then one more at 17 before finishing), and 2) because Michigan in late March is pretty drab and brown and yucky, and who wants to see pictures of that?   But I ended up with a moving pace of 11:58 pace, but more importantly, my overall pace (including stops) was a 12:27–that’s the first time I’ve had an overall pace for a really long run below 13 minutes per...

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Corktown Race Report!

Corktown Race Report!

Last week, Jamie and I ran the Corktown Race in Detroit.  It was our first race of the year, and also our first time running this particular St. Patrick’s Day themed race.  We’ve done the Shamrock Run in Plymouth for two years in a row, but they moved it up a week this year, causing it to conflict with his last hockey tournament.  Instead, we decided to give Corktown a try…I’d heard many great things about it, and although it was only a 5k (Jamie likes to run 10ks), it sounded like fun. The race didn’t start until 10am, which is awfully late for a race, normally, but it worked out well for us, because it gave me time to stop at the rink and drop off copies of the team DVDs before heading up to Detroit.  Although Jamie had to miss the...

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They’re done!!

They’re done!!

I started my new job last week. So far, it’s going well. I have three projects already assigned to me, but it’s work that I know I can do (though I’ll need to learn some new software), so I’m happy about that. It’s also been much less stressful than my past job, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone, or re-getting to know them, since I used to work there before. Everyone seems to get along very well, and we’ve been having a lot of fun, in addition to getting work done. About the only downside I can see so far is that food is a big component of this job. :/ It seems like someone is bringing in snacks or other goodies every single day. :O On the other hand, the bright side (?) is that it’s a much larger...

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I Skipped A Run

I Skipped A Run

(Please note: I THOUGHT I posted this last night, but it turns out, I forgot to hit the “Publish” button!) Actually, I skipped two. It may not sound like a big deal, but in 10 weeks of training five days a week, I have not skipped a run. I did postpone a run until the evening once, and another one I cut short by half a mile because I ran out of time. But other than that, I have kept my training plan perfectly. That is, until Monday, when I finally decided I needed a break. But first, before talking about Monday, I should back up and tell you about last Friday. This intermediate marathon training program has me doing moderately long runs the day before a long run, and sometimes it has to be done at pace. My marathon pace is 11:04, which shouldn’t...

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And now for some really good news…

And now for some really good news…

So, if you’re regular reader of my blog, you may remember the post I made back in December, about the old, dilapidated home that I often ran by and admired for its historic value, only to discover on one of my runs that it had been torn down without warning. If you don’t remember, or if you never read it, I will summarize it by saying that I likened that house to a weight-loss journey: it was my opinion that, if you don’t take care of yourself, and you don’t change and improve when you get rundown, you will begin to lose value, and you might find yourself “torn down” like that house. While I certainly think that my weight-loss analogy is valid, that’s not really what I thought of when I first saw that house. The day...

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Paczki Day 2015!!

Paczki Day 2015!!

You didn’t think I would let this most auspicious day pass without a post, did you?? What day, you ask? Why…Pączki Day, of course! Yes, that’s right, it may be Fat Tuesday to the rest of the world, but it’s PączkiDay here in the Polish enclaves of Southeast Michigan. I’ve written about my love of these “jelly doughnuts on steroids” before on this blog, so you can feel free to go search it, but just know that if you wondered if I would pass it up this year, due to my ongoing struggles to get back to goal…the answer is no!! I am still a firm believer that everything is good in moderation, and I’m firmly against deprivation just for the sake of feeling like I’m “being health-conscious.” I love...

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Even I Think I’m Crazy Sometimes

Even I Think I’m Crazy Sometimes

I know last winter was the worst winter in metro Detroit history, but I really feel like this winter is trying hard for second place. Maybe the reality is that I just never trained for a marathon before last year, and so every winter that I train for a marathon seems interminable. :p Case in point: last Friday morning, I had 7 miles on the schedule. Fridays kind of suck, because I have to go to work, but I also have to do a long-ish run. I had decided to do this training plan because I felt like I wasn’t prepared enough for my last marathon, with running only four days per week. So, I bumped it up to the intermediate plan, which includes a fifth day that happens to be a longer run, but also the day before your longest run of the week. The plan calls for it...

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