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Joined SparkPeople at the beginning of 2011. I've been running for about 20 years. Started running long in 2004 and did my first marathon in 2005. The last two years of running have been difficult. Maybe I'm burned out. Anyway decided I needed to start over. I am focusing on improving my diet, loosing some weight and slowly increasing my running distance and pace. I've also changed from doing an all run to doing a 5 run/1 walk. This is what I did for my first and fastest marathon. Last Sunday I ran my first 5K of the year. Came in second in my age group, 60 to 65. I run about a 12 minute pace, so not much competition in this run. Aiming to run a 10K the end of February.
Here it is May already. My wife and I are getting ready for the Missoula Montana Half Marathon on July 7th. I completed my 10K in February. My training seems to be going according to my plan I'll run about 11 miles this weekend. My concern is the 74 degrees and probably 100% humidity here in Houston on Saturday morning at 6:00. If I am successful I know I can complete another half marathon. I'm getting stronger again. My pace is improving each week, especially on my shorter weekday runs. Looking forward to the continued challenge.

Member Since: 12/31/2010

Fitness Minutes: 258,288

My Goals:
Loose a few pounds: started at 180 on 1/1/11.
Aiming for 168. Okay, so I hit my 168 pound goal. So, let's try for 163 pounds. I weighed 158 as a senior in high school. I don't have any desire to go below 158.
I have the capability I just need the knowledge to eat better.

Running: would like to run a marathon again in 2012.

My Program:
Go to the gym 3 days a week. I'm trying out all of SparkPeople's suggested strength workouts. Then plan to put together a workout that focuses on one area each day; upper, lower and full body.
I run 4 days a week, short during the week and longer on Saturdays. My longest run this year was 3.5 miles.

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Living in Houston, TX. has it's advantages, especially during our mild winters, but summers can be tough.

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    Thanks for your recommendation to look at TJOHNOCONNOR's blog. We are dealing with similar issues. I noticed today, I was two pounds down from my five lb gain. It's hard to be discouraged with all of this good Spark support around here. Glenn
    2247 days ago
    Thank you for reading my blog.
    2248 days ago
    Slower than in the past. 10:20.
    Fastest I've done before was 9:40.
    2254 days ago
  • v MBTEPP
    Thanks for the encouragement. I will do just that.

    2255 days ago
  • v MBTEPP
    I keep flip flopping on the race for PR or use this race as a LSR for training purposes. The heat will most likely get the best of me, so I am thinking a training run. But I might pace the first 3 miles competitively, then I will decide whether to slow it down, or go for PR. My PR in 10K is 1:07, so this should be easily beat. I am not close to my big race, so I could go either way.

    What do you think I should do? I have not really done many days speed training with intervals since March. I have been concentrating on changing my form to ChiRunning. I took my HM last month easy and did a PR.

    I am just so undecided on your question.

    emoticon in Indiana!! HELP!
    2255 days ago
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