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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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16 April 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! It was quite chilly this morning at 33F as my feet hit the pavement circa 4:15. There's no silly walking to get warmed up at those temps. You either warm up on the treadmill before venturing outside, which consumes more time than I can afford, or you go out the door at a trot - which i did. I can't say that I ever make it much beyond a trot, but it's a good 3/4 mile before I am sufficiently comfortable enough to be thinking about the running instead of the cold. If I didn't don two layers, I would have to be moving faster, and longer, before I generated enough body heat to be warm. Been down that road before. I know I can go out in the teens with just one polyester shirt on and generate enough heat to make it through the run, but I've gotten spoiled, and I don't like being that uncomfortable for that long. I intentionally kept my pace rather slow, and was actually able to keep my HR under 145, which is a terrific accomplishment for me, especially considering this was a 3 mile run.

Halfway through the run, I was pleasantly surprised to come upon 3 deer that were crossing the road, going from people's yards and heading into the woods. Two of the deer easily scaled the fence that bordered the road, but a smaller deer was unsure of himself, and ran along the fence line looking for an easier opportunity. I slowed my pace even further to keep from spooking the young rascal, and he eventually found a place where he mustered up enough courage to hurtle the fence. It was one of those moments that made me grateful to be out before humanity had a chance to impose upon the environment.

April 16, 2014 Running Before Dawn

DW was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She was not happy with what she saw and said to me, "I feel Horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a Compliment." I replied, 'Your eyesight's damn near perfect.' And that's when the fight started.....

Now, you know that didn't really happen, but I probably had some of you going. Wishing you all a wonamous day! Toodles!

15 April 2014

Good Morning, FS Warriors! Up at 4 and out the door. 28F degrees! Hard to believe it was 80F Saturday. Put on a beenie cap and some jersey gloves, a long sleeve running shirt and a microfiber running jacket, and I was surprisingly comfortable once I got moving. I'm glad I took a couple days off; I could feel a big difference in my stride and comfort level. HR was consistent for the whole run and about 15 BPM slower, even after running 2.75 miles. I had to make a conscious effort to keep my pace slow enough that my breathing and HR confirmed an Easy pace. I was pretty happy with the results: Max HR was 150 BPM, and was pretty consistent throughout the run, which put me in the appropriate training zone for about 94% of my run. Got a pretty busy day at work today, so this is about all I've got time to share. Hope everyone has a great day. Toodles!

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