Thursday, May 31, 2012

Watchman FKT

I ran the Pulse Watchman route that they set up for a May event this morning. They weren't letting the winner from last time compete so the rest of us had a shot (He did it in like 41 minutes! CRAZY).  Anyway, Derek did it in just over 48 minutes when we went last week so I thought I would make another run at him. Came close but not quite. Good stats on the downhills. Learned that I need to work on my aerobic threshold training again because running uphill is hard work!!
I also saw this on the way up there this morning.  A stolen car, driven the the middle of nowhere, stripped and left.  I called the police to report it and then got cut off on the drive down.  I was sure they were thinking I ditched the stolen car and then was calling to report that I 'found' it.  So, I called back when I had coverage and she was sure to get my name and number!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Lunch and Learn

I had the opportunity to share my weight loss, diet, and exercise experiences with the employees of Boise Inc. on Wednesday during a noon time lunch and learn session.  I felt like it went well and I was able to get what I wanted to say squeezed into the hour presentation. 

I was actually hoping I had enough material to fill the time allowed and then ended up going the whole hour. There wasn't time left at the end for questions.  Michelle and Christie came to see it which helped.  It was nice to have some familiar faces in the front row to set me at ease. 

If anyone who attended has questions, please contact me. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Here are the presentation slides.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fit for Life: Keeping the Weight Off

I found this article ( Fit for Life: Keeping the Weight Off ) online and wanted to share the full story.  Here are some of the highlights...  
What's harder than trying to lose weight? Keeping the pounds off. And unfortunately, research on the probability of maintaining weight loss is not always encouraging.

"The most difficult part of maintaining weight loss is sticking to what got you there," says Kerri Plum (name has been changed), a human resources representative who has made three unsuccessful attempts at reaching and maintaining her goal weight since attending college. "When the weight is gone, it's hard not to think, 'Hey, I deserve dessert tonight or a bag of chips with lunch today.'"

More than 56 percent of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Despite Americans' sincere efforts—more than 54 million are dieting—the nation's obesity rate continues to rise. Of those who do successfully lose weight, 90 to 95 percent are unable to keep it off long-term. This is a particularly disconcerting statistic considering the numerous physical and mental-health problems that accompany being overweight, including an increased risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and depression.

That said, take heart: A number of people do beat the odds, and experts are attempting to learn their secrets. "People lose weight all the time, but keeping it off seems to be the difficult part,"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Get in the lean lane

Want to lose weight, get in shape, and run your best ever? Here are 50 ways to get there.

By Dimity McDowell

Image by Aaron Goodman

From the April 2012 issue of Runner's World

Friday, May 18, 2012

Speedgoat 50k

These posts seem to be getting more frequent so my insanity must be peaking!!  The race has about 12,000 feet of vertical gain and should be fun.  I noticed that Karl Meltzer made a course modification just yesterday to make it even harder!

....from the website..."Just when you thought it couldn’t get any harder…..think again! I just finished working on a new “idea” I had. I was out running yesterday and figured it would be safer for 300 runners to ascent Baldy from the Mineral Basin side, instead of descending down the nasty, rocky, Chausy chute. So, instead of running over to Baldy at mile 9, we will descend via the Bookends singletrack (the way we came back up to the tunnel in 2011) to Larry’s Hole, run the “Mary Ellen Loop” as always, back to Larry’s Hole. And here’s the fun part, a 1900′ climb in 1.3 miles to the summit of Baldy at about mile 22 ish, instead of the tame singletrack up the Bookends. We’ll reach the Tunnel aid station after traversing the Baldy Ridge heading back towards Hidden Peak. Why would Ido such a thing? Because it wasn’t hard enough……"

Good times!!  (photo from )

Training Confidence

Runner's World Quote of the Day.  This is so true.  Not just about running, but also about any goal you set your sights on and work hard to achieve. 

"The biggest reward of marathon training is confidence. A 20- or 22-mile training run cannot be purchased, and it can't be rescinded. You are the owner of that strength, and it is a powerful force when life tries to knock you down. You have evidence of your tenacity, your ability, and your passion."

Laura Saladino, Runner's World Challenger of the Week

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Don't be upset

Saw this on Facebook and had to share. People have asked me why I am so confident in reaching my goals.  The reason I am confident is I put in the required work to make them become a reality. Get out there and kick some butt in training so you can do the same during a race!!

On a side note, I ran the Salt Flats 100 mile endurance run in 23:43 and my goal was 24:00.  As usual, I have put off writing my race report and hope I can get something down soon before I forget it all.  Like I did with Boston and Bear......
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