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22 April 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Going to be a bright sunny day in Central Illinois. Probably be about 65F degrees. Was dreary and rainy yesterday, but not today. Got out about 4:15 or so this morning - a little cooler than yesterday, but not uncomfortable. I fumbled with my GPS this morning for about 10 minutes, locked the thing up, and ended up running without it. Sometimes the technology and the ability to log your training isn't worth the hassle. I ran an easy recovery run this morning, not allowing my HR to go above about 140. I have found that I have been doing too many back-to-back higher intensity runs than I should have, and not allowing my body to fully rest and get stronger. All that is going to change now, I am going to run easier and slower, even if it kills me. LOL!

Today's Run

Heading out tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM. I'm not driving, so I am starting this vacation off right. Looking forward to some good eating (hopefully with some restraint) and some good entertainment. It looks like most days will be up near 70F degrees, with a couple of chances of rain during our 5 day venture. My weight has been holding steady, in spite of a few instances of uncontrolled undulgence; it will be interesting to see whether I return from this trip with my buttons being a missile hazard, or if I'll have to put another hole in my belt.

Well, got to go for now. Have a wonamous day! Toodles!

21 April 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Well, back to a normal workday, but only for two days, and then off to Branson, Mo. for a little R&R. Meanwhile, up at 3:45 this morning and out the door for my morning ritual. But 58F degrees! Yahoo! Didn't even need a jacket, just a lightweight polyester running shirt and I was toasty warm in minutes. Well, I did have pants on also. Didn't break any speed records; jogged a couple miles at a 13:30 pace. Breathing was kind of labored even at that pace; surprised me coming off a rest day. I got pretty worn-out yesterday pushing a kid around the yard, trying to teach him how to ride a bicycle. He's a slow learner, did fine until he had to turn, always got half into a turn, got scared and bailed off the bike. I guess you could chalk that up as interval training for me; sure didn't feel like a rest day. I was glad when everyone went home. Not that I don't love them, you understand, I just don't love them as much after about 12 hours.

Dieting has kind of sucked. I've fallen back into some bad habits. Seems I don't think too much about the little snacks I pick at during the holidays. I have to keep reminding myself that I need to pay attention to everything that crosses the pearly whites. Vacationing is going to be a challenge. I am a realist; I know that I am going to eat too much. I'll try to steer clear of the high cal stuff that doesn't add a lot of nutritional value, but I know I am going to eat well - what else do you do on vacation? LOL! I am taking my running stuff, and I do plan on getting up in the morning and running a couple miles before the day begins. That should help somewhat.

Well, I'm sure these two days at work are going to drag, but I'll get through it. Why can't these two days go as fast as the vacation days are going to? Who has an answer for that one? I guess time goes by fast when you're having fun. Alternatively, I suppose you can say it doesn't when you're not having fun. What's a person to do! Makes you wonder. I guess old grumpy people must feel like they've lived 3 lifetimes, and are ready to move on. So, I guess, for me and my house, we choose to live a happy and fun-filled life, even if time does seem to fly by. But, on the other hand, "laughter doeth good like a medicine," so you probably have more of that time to prove out the theory, if you live a happy life. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

DW and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, "Do you want to have sex?" "No," she answered. I then said, "Is that your final answer?" She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying "Yes." So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend." . . . And that's when the fight started.

Things are OK though, she is going to Branson with me. Anyway, hoping everyone has a wonderful day. Toodles!

19 April 2014

Good Evening, FS Warriors! This is actually my second attempt at making an entry tonight. I had typed quite an extensive entry, only to have it disappear. I guess I got overconfident; it hadn't happened for so long that I had forgotten how easily it just goes away. Anyway, I got so pi$$ed that I put the laptop away, cooled off a bit, and went and got it again for another try. Yesterday, I took a rest day from running, as planned. I took advantage of a beautiful day to fire up all the tractors, mowers, and motorcycles - except one contrary Sportster which aparently has a bad battery, and wouldn't take a charge no way, no how. Mowed the schoolyard and the church yard. Of course, I had to take the bikes up the road and back just to make sure they still worked OK. This morning it was a different story. Another beautiful day. Got up for my run at 6:30 this morning. Only 39F, but the sun was shining, and it felt like it was much warmer. The plan was only to run 2.0 miles and that's basically what I did. I wore the GPS watch and the Nike+ Sportsband, and I was glad I wore both; the Sportsband only recorded my HR, no distance and no pace. Ughh, that thing is starting to pi$$ me off. The run was pretty good. The GPS said that my pace fluctuated between 4.0 mph and 6.5 mph; I guess the gazelle in me just keeps wanting to break loose. :D Actually, I was trying to keep my HR in the training zone, so I would back off when the HR started to climb, and speed up when it was dropping off. All in all, it was a good run.

We've got the Easter sunrise service early in the morning. I'm supposed to run a couple miles tomorrow, but I'm not going to get up early enough to run before the service, so I plan to run sometime tomorrow afternoon. I'm planning on running a 5K race on May 24th, and I've got a training schedule planned right down to the day of the race. My plan is just to finish the race running. That will give me a baseline from which to judge all future races. I think it's a little optimistic to think that I can pull off a 5K at less than 40 minutes at this point; I'd like to run faster; we'll just have to see how I do over the next month.

Well, don't want to bore you all with my rhetorical ramblings, but if you're reading this, you weren't doing anything important anyway. LOL! Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter with families, and if you're not having Easter with family, come on here; there's always someone who's wanting a little company. Have a great evening, and a better tomorrow! Toodles!

17 April 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! 42F degrees and sunny, no wait, it wasn't sunny at all at 4:30 this morning. It was dark! Still warmer than yesterday morning though. Today, for the 1st time since I started this journey in February, I stepped it up a notch in my running. I wouldn't exactly call it HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), but I did run pretty well almost all-out for about a minute, four or five times, returning to a jog and letting my HR settle back down below 140 BPM before repeating the tortue. It actually felt pretty good. It kind of sucked that the Nike+ Sportband doesn't adeuqately log the difference between the high intensity pace and the easy pace. I guess they've changed the algorithm in the software that smooths out the transitions a lot more than it used to. Probably why they've discontinued the Sportband. It did plot the HR nicely, showing that I was hitting around 162'ish BPM. I must be getting in better shape because it's getting harder and harder to get a real high HR when I expend more energy. I was hoping to hit 180 or more, but I guess I would have had to push myself a lot harder. I'll definitely use the GPS watch the next time I do HIIT's; it logs the pace differences musch better. Tomorrow is a rest day on my plan, so I won't be doing any running tomorrow morning. I may work the squeaks out of the elliptical, or go on a bike ride though.

I didn't lose any weight since last weigh-in, but I didn't gain any either, which is a good thing, considering what a bad boy I was this week. We are actually supposed to have good weather the whole weekend, and since tomorrow is Good Friday, it's a long one.

This weekend, Christians around the world celebrate the death, burial and ressurection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Because He lives, my whole life changed. It's hard to stay down or be depressed when your best friend walks on water. Even diet and exercise are easier when you know you're not in it alone. Well, My Friends, I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend, and pause to reflect on the significance of it. Toodles!

17 April 2014

Weigh-in: 235.5 lb lost so far: 19.0 lb still to go: 45.5 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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