Running to the tunes… On my own…

Yesterday was a balmy 32 degrees (compared to today’s 7 (-17 with windchill factored in) it IS balmy!), seemed like a great time to go run.. Especially since I had missed my planned race.

vdSee that last line?  I hadn’t read that.. And when I checked on friday, I saw the “CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED” part.. sigh.  That’s ok.. I can run on my own! Read more ›

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Apparently Weds. is a popular night at the gym!

wpid-20150211_191704.jpgWho woulda thunk it?  Last night, after making the family dinner – I headed to the gym to get my work out on. Normally evenings are a wee bit more populated at the gym, although it has been declining as the Resolution-ers give up. (Which does make me sad.) It seems they got a second wind last night!

As I arrived, EVERY treadmill was full.  ALL of them!! If you look at the picture, it is a loooooooong line of treadmills.  In my entire time at this gym (since last July), I have never been there when there were no  treadmills available!  Luckily, as you can see, I had my cell phone with me so I could

a) Take a picture to post.
b) Do what society does today, and pretend that it isn’t some awkward stand around moment, it’s just that I have something REALLY important to do on my cell phone… That I came to the gym to do… (Boy, society is weird some times..)  Read more ›

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An Icy Tuesday.

Today.. Was icy.  Icy enough that my Tuesday-morning running partner, decided to be smart, and call off the out-door 5 mile run.



Obviously, out of the two of us, Theresa over at Go Believe Conquer - is the smarter  of the two.  This is obvious, because I most likely would have gotten dressed and headed over to the meeting spot if I hadn’t seen her Facebook post above! Read more ›

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The New Me, 2015 Edition.. Getting Organized.

Failure to Plan, is Planning to Fail!

Failure to Plan, is Planning to Fail!

I’ve been working on the me-I-want-to-be this year, and the remarkable thing is that come February, I still am!  This wasn’t a “Resolution,” but more of a realization that I wasn’t where I wanted to be on my 40th birthday – and that this was rapidly approaching. What I was doing, wasn’t going to get me there and I needed to up my game.

Some of the things I want to be on my 40th –

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Weekly Meetup with “Go Believe Conquer.” (and you should go read their blog.)

See how there is light on the horizon in this picture?   There wasn't when we ran!

See how there is light on the horizon in this picture? There wasn’t when we ran!

I was up this morning for my new weekly meetup with Theresa over at Go Believe Conquer. It seems that she suffers from that disease that should be terminal, called being a “Morning Person.”

It seems that someone has invented a 4:30  AM, to be a counterpart exactly 12 hours away from 4:30 PM.   I vaguely remember that from my days in the United States Navy, but I recall 4:30 AM as being a bedtime.  As in the time you go to bed, NOT the time you get out of bed.  I now know, that this 4:30 “AM” can indeed be a time to get up. What a stupid idea.

So begrudgingly, and while hurting my pillow’s feelings I might add, i rolled out of bed at that time – and got dressed to go out and run.  In really cold weather.  Early.  And Cold.  I got out of bed for this?

Surprisingly, my body did continue on the path toward getting ready to run – and even got a cup of coffee going.  I believe that the idea of coffee carried me… Then, since I was all dressed up – it was silly NOT to head out the door to run.  So I did. Read more ›

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#Janathon Wrap-up – January Month in Review…

Ok, Ok…  I admit it.. I may have dropped off the earth as far as the end of Janathon blogging went…. But I did NOT drop off the face of the earth as far as exercising and eating right goes! I think that if one of the three had to give, that I chose right.

Of  course, if the others had been the ones to go.. I wouldn’t have had much to blog about… Which supports me!

An excellent bit of rationalization, if I do say so my self.. Certainly deserving of a happy dance! Heck, I think completing Janathon and a Whole 30 deserve the happy dance as well! Read more ›

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Places to Run in the Baltimore Area

Great list of places to run locally! Some I have run, some I WILL run!

Places to Run in the Baltimore Area.

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#Janathon Day 20 – Early Morning Recovery run

stridersSo here I am, at 6 am, writing my blog AFTER running.  Yes, I was up at 4:30 and out the door to meet up with another runner at 5 am.  You know, 17 years ago when I got out of the Navy, I promised myself I wasn’t going to get up at times that sounded like “four” any more..   I suppose 17 years was a good run. ;)

wpid-wp-1421751742901.pngI have written on here before, as well as on the OAFR Facebook page, that I really needed to get to know the local running group. (OK, I admit it – I said the same thing about the group up in NY and never did that either.)  Well this morning was my first step toward changing that.  Someone else laid the ground work for me.  I have been a Facebook-stalker of the local running groups, watching the Annapolis Striders page, as well as the “Naptown Running Buddies” – but I admit to being a wee bit intimidated about joining the group. (Plus in the pictures, they all look like runners.. They don’t have that “bit extra” that I am carrying around..)  Apparently, a woman just moved to Crofton, and posted looking to find out more about runners in the area – and with that, I found out about a group that meets in the early mornings in Crofton to go running (well, they do so in warm weather.)  To make a long story short – I met up with one of the other runners (who apparently also blogs, I will have to find out her blog name and let you all know!) and did the “Crofton Loop.”

wpid-wp-1421751705235.pngWe did it at a nice 10:30ish pace, which worked really well as a recovery run for me.  My knees appreciated the slower pace – as they were feeling a bit used and abused from yesterday’s six miles.

So, now that I have met ONE strider, maybe I’ll make it to some of the other strider events, step out of my shell and step up and meet new people.

Huh.. Run, Blogged… and the sun isn’t up yet.  Seems unnatural.

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#Janathon Day 19 – The Long Run, while remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

There is always something wonderful about holidays.  Especially holidays that are not large family gatherings.  Here in the states, today is a celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

His dream has not yet been reached, but we are closer than we were in his life time.  He dreamed that his children would be alive when that day was reached.  I share his dream.

Out on the road, I think we are all equal.  Some may be faster, some slower – but we are all out there together, competing against our selves.  I don’t believe there are to many other sports that this could truly be said about.  Read more ›

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So, I eat a lot of apples.  Not simply because an “apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but because they are a portable yet healthy snack.  In fact, my entire family eats a lot of apples – we spend 30 bucks a week on them.  Consequently, whenever we see a type of apple we haven’t had – we try it!  I’m finding that something we had learned about wine – seems to apply to apples as well.   We found that wine that comes in really cool bottles has a tendency to have a taste that is…. shall we say, less cool.

reddeliciousRed Delicious?  Bland… Though apparently, when the breed was first being sold back in the 1880’s, this was not the case.  Nor were they red!  Through the years, they were bred to become redder (as people like to buy bright red apples), and to have thicker skins for longer storage. Read more ›

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