04/22/2012

The End is Near

Well I heard last week that this blog was getting the axe. Blogging isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world- I considered just letting the the thing die a quiet, dignified death and utilize my extra 2 hours a week doing something productive like vacuming my house or doing laundry before my husband and I run out of socks. But, I sensed that my sea of dedicated fans that scramble to read my blather each week might be concerned if they didn't hear the ending of my latest non-fiction, so I've moved this blog to a new location with the same name. Fear not, fans- I won't leave you with a cliff-hanger!

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04/15/2012

Double Digits

I hit a major running milestone yesterday when I completed my first double digit mileage: 10 miles on the River Trail. When I arrived home afterwards, I was sore but feeling good and smiling, and barefoot- nothing feels as good as bare feet after a long, hard run on concrete. I walked in my front door and found myself abnormally chatty with my husband, who was searching for my tell-tale signs of hunger/exhaustion/fatigue that often sets in- I figured I was just a little loopy from being on the move for nearly 2 straight hours.

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04/12/2012

Smoothie Moves

I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to get into smoothies, but I'm just now discovering how delicious, varied, and easy these liquid meals can be. Long touted in the fitness world as a healthy alternative, many commercially produced smoothies are still packed with sugar, fat, and highly-processed powders, not to mention the gargantuan sizes offered, eliminating any shred of a 'healthy alternative' that might have once existed. Making them at home solves most of these problems, but easy as they may seem, all the ingredients and options seemed intimidating to me...until I found a magical smoothie website.

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04/07/2012

Yeah Baby!

I've found myself in the baby aisle at the grocery store lately. No, I'm not dreaming of having children- I'm 32, content with being childless, and frankly I find babies to be wet, slimy, dirty germ magnets. I've been browsing the new brands of baby food lately because I"ve discovered they are the perfect workout foods.

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03/30/2012

Still Moving Forward

Well, after a series of relatively disappointing and extremely challenging events, I am still relatively on track for training for mu half marathon in May. I plan to run the Bayshore 1/2 Marathon in Traverse City on May 26, and for those of you not in the know, a 1/2 marathon is 13.1 miles long.

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03/08/2012

Committed

My husband is a rock climber, and he has this climbing video called 'Committed'. That about sums up what the footage is...a handful of amazing, world-class climbers accomplishing amazing feats of strength, pain thresholds, and sweat. Some days I ask myself how committed I am to achieving my goals.

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03/02/2012

Power of Suggestion

I'm surrounded by athletes most of the time. If not in person, I connect with friends and aquaintences on-line regarding training, races, rehearsals, workouts, diet, and more on a several-times-daily basis. We offer suggestions to each other, ask questions to othe rmembers of our groups, and give each other props when someone accomplishes a personal goal. By the same token, when something goes terribly wrong, we offer support to each other to help ourselves get back on track.

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02/22/2012

Big Plans

Whether or not Spring is officially on its way has yet to be determined, but I think plants, pets, and people alike are rearing to go at the drop of the words "Sunny and a high of 50 degrees"! This winter has been so mild it scarcely felt as dreary and long as usual, and although I fully acknowledge that we could still get a foot of snow, I am getting excited about warmer temps and making grandiose plans along with the best of them.

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02/12/2012

Perserverance

I lost sight of my desire to get better in regards to my food addiction this week and went on a little binge, and I'm trying hard to not make a second mistake of mentally battering myself about eating junk food when I knew I shouldn't have. The first trap I fell into was allowing negative mental behavior to rule my eating habits; it is amazing how mental landscape can shape our every action.

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02/09/2012

Crash

I once read an article that said being sleep deprived is similar to being drunk, and I believe it. I'm running on about 5 hours of sleep today, and I know I've made some decisions that I normally wouldn't if I were properly rested- yet another testament to how immensely important sleep is for us to function.

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