Month: September 2013

Week 1 of 4 Hour Workout

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Monday – swim

Tuesday – 60 min run

Wednesday was 6 x 400m @1:50-2 min. I actually did each repeat under 1:44.

Thursday is a 60 minute tempo run (15 min warmup, 45 min run @HR 80-90%, 15 min cooldown).

Friday is going to be my long run – 12 miles

Saturday crosstrain – swim 300m

Sunday – weights and stretches


Wordless Wednesday

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minimus blue


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Yesterday was a 200m swim and weights plus cardio workout because I needed to catch up on some housework.

Run today was 2×30 min at 90% then 180m swim, but I felt tired once I allowed myself to rest. Finally starting to recover now. Looking forward to Agents of Shield tonight 🙂

The last 2 days were switched around from the normal schedule which will happen from time to time.

I will be posting my schedule today or tomorrow for the marathon training. I made out this schedule years ago when I first trained before my babies came along. It is a combination of the 4 Months to a 4 Hour Marathon, Jeff Galloway’s Marathon! and more recent information I have learned.

Thank you for being you and all you do! Namaste.


January 19, 2014

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Rock and Roll Arizona Marathon. 16 weeks. 4 months. I will be working through the schedule set forth in Dave Kuehls’ 4 Months to a 4 Hour Marathon. My goal is a qualifying time but I think I will need to do better than that, probably minus 20-30 minutes, so I will be aiming for a 3 hour time. “Aim small, miss small” as Mel Gibson’s character told his sons in The Patriot. I am training more for the Old Pueblo ultramarathon near Tucson in March than for the marathon (well for the next month or so until I find out if I can get into the ultra).


Five for Friday

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1. Ran 10 miles today. 12 was the plan but, I was not really feeling it. Plus, the 5 mile turnaround was a good natural stopping point.

2. Swam 300m today. It was hot out and this was a very welcome break.

3. Having issues with one of my computers. I have a MoneyPak virus on it and I can not even boot to Safe Mode. I bought Trend Micro Premium Antivirus thinking it would be a bootable disc and of course, it is not. The customer service people could offer no help other than a $75 one-time service plan to fix the problem.

4. I took the software back to the store and the girl behind the counter tried to guilt me or something by telling me that this was a one-time thing that they have no idea if I copied the software. My thoughts were twofold: I would have gotten the software/cracks/passwords off the Internet had I chosen to do that; you are the one making the choice to take this back, I only asked.

5. My yard looks like it should have mountain lions and anacondas living in it. Maybe I will not have to shop for meat for the kids soon if any large game animals move in. A family of quail would be nice (eggs and fresh meat).


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I know it has been awhile since I actually posted. I have been creating posts in my head and I even thought of some pics for Wordless Wednesdays. A lot has been happening that I need to write about but I am still too mentally cloudy to put it all down yet. But, just a few things…

  • A friend gave us a really nice juicer and it is rather awesome. Not a blender but an actual blender. I am extremely grateful for that.
  • I am currently still unemployed, so actual juicing is not really in the picture.
  • I am not a fan of online job applications. I have applied for several jobs but, they do not generally contact you unless they are going to interview you. This is rather rude considering all you have to go through for some of these applications. One site basically ran me through the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (a personality test). This application took 1.5 hours to complete. One site sent me an email saying they were going with other applicants at this time. No explanation, no way of contacting anyone about this. I get that I might be overqualified to work in a running apparel store, but give me the chance to discuss this before you dismiss me. There must be some reason I left my previous full-time job with a salary and benefits to apply for a minimum wage job.
  • I found some nice minimal shoes at Ross for only $40. That was really awesome. These shoes are Vibram Minimus and they are the real deal. It is like wearing a tough pair of socks. They do not carry the heat and they allow my feet to splay out as if I were barefoot.
  • I discovered my new best friend, The Stick. I bought it years ago for ITB issues but, now I use it to roll my calves and recovery is amazing. I am able to do over 30 miles a week now.
  • I am swimming between 300 and 1000 meters every day in the pool before or after I run. I will be starting my new training schedule soon. I figure I will do as I did last year, start on October first.
  • I signed up to volunteer for an aide station at the Ironman Arizona this year. This allows me to have first dibs (besides the current participants) at signing up for the race next year.

Thank you for continuing to be patient with me. Namaste.




Live Blog: Names of 12 killed in Navy Yard shooting released

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This Just In

  • 12 people were killed and at least eight were injured in shooting at Washington Navy Yard, authorities say
  • The shooter, Aaron Alexis, 34, was killed in confrontation with security
  • Alexis was information-technology contractor and former full-time Navy reservist who lived in Texas
  • Live updates below. Also, read the full story and a profile of Alexis.

[Updated 8:13 p.m. ET] Alexis entered Building 197 at Washington’s Navy Yard with a small bag that is believed to contain a disassembled shotgun he used in the mass shooting, a federal law enforcement official says. Surveillance video shows Alexis ducking into a bathroom with the bag and leaving it with a shotgun, according to the source.

Alexis had 00 buckshot shells, each of which are packed with a dozen pellets and are capable of causing tremendous damage, the same law enforcement official says.

[Updated 8:08 p.m. ET] Alexis contacted two Veterans Affairs hospitals…

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