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The Weekly Mile: Week 14 (Heat, Sleep & Disappointment)
Tuesday, July 17, 2012      12 comments

I can't drag my butt out of bed in the morning. I don't know if it's because of the heat, or because I'm working about 100 hours a week, or because maybe I'm a little depressed, or what's going on - but right now, my mortal enemy is the morning ... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 12 & 13 (Double Double)
Monday, July 09, 2012      9 comments

In a list of favorite "Canadian-isms" the term "Double Double" is close to the top of the list. It comes from Tim Horton's (our Canadian version of Dunkin' Donuts) and is a way in which you order your coffee - a double double comes with double ... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 11 (HALF Naked!)
Tuesday, June 26, 2012      28 comments

Well you guys - I DID IT! I'm half way there and I have the Finisher's Medal to prove it. I ran my first Half Marathon. Start to finish, this couldn't have been a be... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 10 (A Confident Taper?)
Tuesday, June 19, 2012      8 comments

I missed a Monday! Oops. Most of you know that my life is insane right now (I'm working 4 jobs and training for a Half) and this week is no exception even though I should be trying to take it easy before Sunday. No such luck. But I hav... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 9 (Nerves of...)
Monday, June 11, 2012      6 comments

Pre-race panic has officially set in. I'm two weeks away from my Half and feeling VERY under-trained. How did I get here? I was doing so well! More challenges this week in my distance training - I was able to bounce back pretty quick fro... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 8 (Doctor's Orders)
Monday, June 04, 2012      8 comments

I can't run this week. And that sucks. I also can't swim, and that sucks more. I was in for a minor abdominal procedure over the weekend - nothing serious - but when I questioned about the recovery period and when I could start running again,... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 7 (Going The Distance, No Matter What)
Monday, May 28, 2012      8 comments

I did it. I ran 13.1 miles. Well...sort of. But I've decided that I'm not allowed to get down on myself or upset about the fact that I walked about 1.5-2 miles of that run because of the following: - I had a plan to run 2.25 miles and wa... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 6 (The Week That Wasn't)
Monday, May 21, 2012      10 comments

This week was pretty much a training failure. I got some pretty terrible news on Thursday that I'm trying to deal with, but the combination of being emotionally exhausted and a sudden 90 degree weekend meant that my desire to try the 14 mile di... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 5 (How Heat and Hormones Can Hinder a Half)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012      4 comments

I now know how the 2007 Chicago Marathoners felt after a month of training in 45 degree weather when on the first weekend of October it suddenly ascended to a hot and humid 86 degrees. We go through months of putting our bodies through every ki... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 4 (Finding Inspiration in Adversity)
Monday, May 07, 2012      14 comments

The rules that once seemed to apply to living life in your 30s don't seem to make sense anymore. To say that times have changed since my parents were in their 30s is an understatement indeed, and thus, it's hard to turn to them for advice these... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 3 (How Do You Run When Your Heart Is Broken?)
Monday, April 30, 2012      19 comments

It's been coming for a few months now. But I've been in denial about it - trying to draw out the good stuff as long as possible. No time is a good time to break up with someone, but eventually it's only a matter of prolonging the inevitable, w... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 2 (Running For Miles While Standing Perfectly Still)
Monday, April 23, 2012      10 comments

One of the challenges involved with training for a marathon and still attempting to lose weight is, well, the latter. I've heard it from a number of fellow runners now that it is almost impossible to continue losing weight while training hard f... Read more
The Weekly Mile: Week 1 (The 26 Week Road to Running the 26.2 Miles Ahead)
Monday, April 16, 2012      15 comments

It's just my luck that an odd sequence of perfectly timed events all happen round about today. #1 - Today is the first day of my THIRD year on Spark People and thus the beginning of what I'm deeming the 3rd stage in my weight-loss journey. ... Read more
Your Very Own Bob?
Friday, April 13, 2012      4 comments

Hey Sparkers! Chicago has a new Personal Trainer and he happens to be a good friend of mine. Check out his new website for more info: www.peopleschamppersonal
Home.html Adrian is a lo... Read more
The Best Feeling In The World
Thursday, April 05, 2012      9 comments

I know I haven't been around much lately, but I promise I've been busy. I need a sign to put on my Spark page that says "Gone Runnin'" like the "Gone Fishin'" sign my dad has hanging up by the lake. Since I'm up to running 4 days a week no... Read more

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