For a while, I had a subscription to Women’s Health Magazine.  Mostly because my kids were selling for school and they needed one more.  In the process, I’d tear out things that interested me such as general articles or fitness routines and such and then put them in a folder with no organization at all.

Last night, I actually organized them put them in a binder with dividers.  The labels I used: Articles, Yoga, Abs, Lower Body, Circuits, Running.  In the very front, I have my half marathon training program and the 30 days of planking schedule.  The two things I’m doing at the moment.  I hope that I’ll actually have time to put into practice some of those ideas.

Also, as it is January, it’s time for World Yoga Practice Month (#WoYoPracMo on Twitter or WoYoPracMo group on Facebook).  Look us up and join in!

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The race page has been updated!  Yippee!!

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half training

So I’ve been training for a half marathon for no particular reason other than I have the time.  So here’s an update.

I’m using Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 training program and modifying it to run on M, W, & F.  It’s been going pretty good.  I’ve stuck to it, even with the kids home on break.  I’m through week three and I’ve been able to run outside for half the runs.  for the most part, I’ve been able to keep a 2/1 run/walk ratio.

Week 1:  12/9: 3 miles, outside, 36:28; 12/11: 3 mile, TM, 45 minutes; 12/13: 4 miles, outside, 49:03.

During my run Wednesday, I thought that was the longest three miles ever and looking at my time for 4 on Friday, kind of confirmed that it was not right.  I don’t run a 45 minute 5K, unless I’m with my daughter.  I looked at apps and found the Nike+ app, which can also be used on the treadmill.  I used it on my first TM run W2D1 and again on an outside run W2D2. It kind of confirmed it’s not calibrated correctly any more.  And it’s nice to have when I accidentally reset my treadmill.  I’ve done that a few times.  :/

Week 2:  12/16: 3 miles, TM, 37; 12/18:  3 miles, outside, 35:28; 12/20: 4 miles, TM, 51:26

Week 3: 12/23: 3.5 miles, TM, 45:04; 12/26: TM, 1.75 miles; 12/28: 5 miles, outside, 59:52

Week three was a hard week.  The kids were home from school, Christmas was Wednesday.  I was suppose to run 3.5 Christmas day, but didn’t, so I planned on a shorter run Thursday because of the long run Friday.  I planned on running 2.5, but I just wasn’t feeling the run, so I stopped at 1.75.  I ended up doing my long run Saturday and it was beautiful outside.  Hubs took the kids out around 10 and I went for my run.  I’m so glad I waited to do the run on Saturday.  It felt really good and I did manage the 2/1 ratio the entire 5 miles.  I ran with Garmin and Nike+ on Treadmill mode.

Week 4 will have to wait a week.  I’ve been sick.  No fun for running.

Have a safe and happy 2014, all!

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so it’s been a while

Where to begin.  Oh I know!  I’m starting to train for a half marathon, but for none in particular.  More so just to keep me busy.  Why should I start training for a half starting in December for a race that I’m not signed up for?  Because I’ve been laid off of work.  Don’t feel bad.  I’ve already heard it all and I’m done crying.

I’m using Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon training, Novice 1 program.  I’m modifying it to run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  It seems to be working really well.  So far the weather has mostly cooperated and I’ve only had to treadmill once.  Three miles.  It was the LONGEST three miles ever, even while watching Blues Brothers.

Hopefully soon I’ll at least get my race times updated, but don’t hold your breath.

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I guess I have some updating to do here.  MY last race that I’ve posted about was TWO years ago!  I think I’ll have some time tonight to look them up.  You won’t get race reports, but I’ll post them.


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Fitness and Travel

A guest post from Mike over at

Four Tips To Stay Healthy When You Travel

When you travel, it is easy to throw your workout routine by the wayside.  If you are traveling for pleasure, you might site the fact that you are trying to relax as a reason to skip exercise.  If your travel is business related, you might think you are too busy to work out.  The truth is, with a little planning, you can easily fit health and exercise into your trip.

1.  Research Your Hotel’s Fitness Options

Most hotels now offer some kind of fitness area.  Before you leave for your trip, be sure to do some research on your hotel.  Check to see if your hotel offers a workout room, a pool, or any other fitness amenity.  Many nice resorts even offer fitness options such as yoga, pilates, and spinning.  On a recent trip I used a site called Gogobot in order to do some research regarding the fitness amenities in the hotels within San Francisco. I scoured through that list and narrowed down my choices from there. This was invaluable for the overall experience of my trip.

2.  Stay Healthy While Traveling

It can be difficult to eat healthily while traveling.  One reason is that you will more than likely be eating in restaurants rather than cooking meals yourself.  Be sure to research any restaurants you may go to in order to make healthy choices.  Knowing ahead of time can help you fight temptation to eat unhealthy food.

Be sure to pack some healthy snacks to keep in your hotel room.  The snack machine can be tempting, but you can fight that temptation if you have your own snacks.  Also, remember to pack bottled water.  It can be easy to forget about hydrating.  Most every diet plan requires a certain amount of water intake, so don’t forget about this important detail.

3.  Fitness And Travel Trends

So many people are making sure to keep up with their fitness routines while they travel.  One great way is to put on your running shoes and take a run.  You can do a search for running trails that may be nearby, or just run around popular areas in the city.  Not only do you get a great workout, but you also can get acquainted with the people and the area.

4.  Travel And Stress

Traveling can often cause stress.  Whether you are nervous about flying or if you have an important meeting you are worried about, you can help alleviate that stress by doing some type of exercise.  Exercise releases hormones that cause you to feel relaxed.  If you are feeling stress, why not take a quick run on the treadmill?  It may help alleviate any feelings of nervousness you might have.

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When I started running a few years ago, I went to the local running store to be fitted for running shoes.  Now, I normally wear 6 1/2 wides.  I was given 8 1/2 Wide to wear because you gotta give your foot room to expand when you run…  Whatever.  Okay.  Fine.

That winter, I had joined a gym mostly to keep running up on the treadmill.  On my one longer run, 5+ miles, my 2nd to littlest toenail (on both feet) bruised.  I went back to the same store and they upped my size to a NINE!  from a 6 1/2 to a NINE!  talk about running in clown shoes!  My feet slid around in them while walking.  I only wore the 9’s while running and my “old” 8 1/2 for everything else.

Then I went straight to barefoot last year.  With Raynaud’s, I knew I couldn’t run totally barefoot when the temp is less than 45, so off I went to the running store after doing a little research online.  I knew the toe box was a little wider than typical running shoes. so I wasn’t exactly sure what size I’d need.  The shoe guy asked me what size I’m currently wearing and tossed me a pair of the same size.  Ummmm…  no thanks.

I went to Dick’s and the girl there was VERY helpful and confirmed what I already felt I knew.  I WAS running in clown shoes and my toenails bruised because my shoes were too big and not too small.

soon I’ll go somewhere, NOT the local store, to get something minimalist to wear when it’s cold and snowy so my toes don’t fall off.  Until then, I guess I treadmill.

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St. Patrick’s day 5K

I’m just a little late in posting this.  The St. Patrick’s day 5K was actually 3/11/2012.

I’ve always liked that race.  It’s flat.  This year, I ran it barefoot.  This year, I nearly PR’ed it.  The roads were less than ideal, but since I had not trained in my invisible shoes, I didn’t want to run a 5K in them.  I had to find a leather punch and punch a new toe hole.  Then I had to find a good tying method.  I think I found it, but that’s another post.

Anyway, The race was good.  I ran it barefoot.  The road was chip sealed, I think.  My feet hurt for the next two days and I got a HUGE blood blister on my big toe on my left foot.  That was it.  It was VERY good and very fun!  I met up with a few people I knew before and after the race.  I think next year I’ll run in my huaraches.

I’ve signed up for another 5K.  I need to scout the route to see if I can do this one barefoot with no problems or if I need to run in the huaraches,which I’ll be ready for!

So here’s my official times:

  • Gun time:  33:23.9
  • Chip time: 32:56.2 (PR on this course is 32:45 chip time/32:14 Garmin time)

I came in 505 out of 657 and 33rd in my age group out of 62.


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A little giggle

Really funny sh*t…

Especially if you ARE a barefoot runner or even thinking about it.


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I’ve found a new love with running. I’ve been running barefoot, both on the treadmill and outside. I really, REALLY like it.

Barefoot running on the treadmill has its own set of challenges. For me, blood blisters. With the mild winter we’ve had, I’ve managed to run outside barefoot five times already. Considering this is still winter and I’m in Illinois, I’m really happy. I tend to run farther when I’m outside. I’ve conquered the hills. I’ve even stepped in dog poop.



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