Thursday, May 20, 2010

Weight Vest

So, I've been running with a weight extra 10# so far...didn't feel much different...UNTIL I ran without it...might be working, I'm thinking.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Under 9

Just ran 10.5 miles with an average of 8:50 speeding up!

Friday, April 30, 2010


So, I was taking a look back on my blog...I'm impressed with myself as I now regularly run 10 miles at a go and it used to be a goal to go 4. My weight is under 175 consistently.
Another marathon????
Well, I think I may have to run in the Quad Cities marathon in September to beat my time. I haven't committed to it (my only commitment to myself now is to do 30 miles a week/3 days) but I think I can do it. The past two 10 mile runs have been in the low 9's per/mile. And this past month (April) I did 111 miles. I found a few training routines online about how to improve long-distance running speeds.
Shoes retired: My first set of running shoes, with 611 miles on them, were retired. Not because of mileage but the heels were so worn down they were causing my gait to be off and hurting. I found the same brand/model online, the Mizuno Wave 5. Of course, Mizuno is discontinuing the model so I bought 2 pairs (for about the same price as the one!!). So, I'm good for a bit, I think.
The BESTEST thing about running is...
Yes, running helps with stress/sorrow/other bad feelings (it really does!), and keeps one fit (I look MAAH-VELOUS!), and I don't think I'd be in the same good mental shape that I'm in now if I hadn't found running (I'm guessing that is the runner's high??). All good shtuff Maynard, but none are the bestest parts of running. Nope. Because of it, I can EAT ANY FRIGGIN' THING I WANT WHEN I WANT. There, I said it. I love food. I love to eat (I used to love to have indiscriminate sex but any more, you F' the wrong person and your arm falls off. OH! And it just had manicure, too!). So, now I can eat like a fiel'-hand and gobble like a hog (cheers David and Scott) and not give a tinker's damn!! Yeah, me!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Completed my first marathon!! 4:22:20.3

So, I finished my first full marathon in 7 mins. faster than I'd planned (4:30) was a GREAT experience.

Gun Time  Actual Time  PACE  OVERALL  GENDER  AGE 
4:26:07.1   4:22:20.3  10:01   267  202   36 

Finishers: 416, Males - 281 , Females - 135
Male Winner: 2:39:30 | Female Winner: 3:16:25
Average Finish Time: 4:11:22 |

My best friends, Iva and Kevin were with me the entire way and Iva took some great pix, some of of which I'll post here and on Facebook. So, I did it...I'm down to 170-175 weight range, size 32 waist and feeling great!
I haven't decided if I'll do another one...I'd like to get under 4:00:00, maybe. My friend Ron found a stat that the average time for men for a marathon is 4:32:08 and the average age of 40.5, so I'm counting this as good even if I don't do another; I also came in only 1:47 behind the guy who came in first, and he's 19 yrs younger...
Next test? I'm thinking about a triathlon ... the challenge, unlike the marathon which was that I didn't run, is that I don't know how to swim. But now, I think maybe I can learn...

Again, thanks to all of you and your support, which was most needed and helpful!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


All of that coughing and waking up in the middle of the night. Turns out it wasn't the smog from Phoenix...three weeks later. So, I went to the doc and got antibiotics for bronchitis...almost done with it.
All of the info online I could find said: Do not train if there is any illness below the, I laid off last week.
Back on schedule this week. 5 miles today.
I suspect my black mood a week or so ago had something to do with being physically ill, too.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

10.5 miles...whew!

On Sunday, I was supposed to do 8 miles but I was feeling good and the weather was great so I did 10.5 instead. I'm a little sore in the knees, but that happens. Today, Tuesday, is 5 miles.

Weight: Am down to 181...6 more to go!

Had dinner with a good friend last thankful for good friends.