Monday Weigh-In: Post 5-K Dream Mile Color Run Edition!

Yeah, yeah, the weight is up a little (again):

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BUT I had a great time at my very first 5K this past Saturday!

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This was the Dream Mile Color Run 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Vibha, a “color run,” which means everyone got these little baggies full of colored powder (cornstarch with food coloring, I believe) which they threw on themselves, other people, dogs, the grass, the sidewalk …

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The Yellow Brick Road at Lake Balboa? Nah, just some leftovers from the Dream Mile Color Run!

It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed my first (and hopefully not last) 5K run, although frankly it was more of a walk than a run for me. Especially when I got to Mile 1 and started meeting runners who’d turned around and were already headed back! At that point, I kinda figured I didn’t have to push myself too hard!

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As it is, my finish time was a very respectable 55 minutes (55:07:5 according to the results at ItzAboutTime, the chip ID co that timed everybody) and most important, I DID NOT FINISH LAST, y’all! Nope, yours truly was finisher #163 out of 194! (And I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those lovely 31 people behind me who graciously stopped to get a drink of water or use the Porta Potty, so I could feel like a winnah!)

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So all in all, a great time was had by all, and probably the reason I wound up gaining weight is I rewarded myself a little too freely, especially the next morning at church when Mr. 50by60 and I were in charge of the coffee social at church and brought in wayyyy too many cupcakes and brownie bites…

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But even if I didn’t lose any weight, I think it’s kinda cool that I’m even able to stagger through a full 5K, at any speed, don’t you? Maybe I’ll do another one someday! How about you? Have you ever done a 1K, 5K, 10K, or any other kinda K? Let me know in the comments!

And have a great Monday! (Oh by the way, remember it’s April 1st, so watch yer back!)

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Monday Weigh-In: Post-Fartlek!

Good morning, everyone, and for those of you who are still struggling to wake up, welcome to Daylight Savings Time 2019!

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We go through this every year, and it never gets easier, does it? Oh well … try to make the best of it! Remember, we’ll get that precious, precious hour returned to us in … oh, let’s see, eight months, I guess.

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Don’t worry, the time’ll just fly by! Meantime, how ’bout that weigh-in?

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Not too shabby! And by the way, remember a couple of weeks ago when I did that post, “Five exercises that sound like they’re … er … something else!!“? Well, how in the world did I leave out FARTLEKS??

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I mean, I’ve actually being DOING them! Whenever I go out on my tentative runs — basically, walking for a while — then deciding to run as fast as I can from, say, that rock over there to that palm tree down there — then slowing back down to a walk again. I had no idea that was a “thing”! But apparently it is!

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If you want to do some fartlek training yourself, go for it! It’s easy and fun! And I’ve signed up for my very first 5K, the Dream Mile Color Run/Walk 2019, at the end of this month, so I’m hoping to use my newly discovered fartlek skills to possibly finish in less than a full hour!

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It is, isn’t it? Feel free to say it to someone at work today, then chuckle as they threaten to bring you up on sexual harassment charges! It’s good, clean fun! Meanwhile, enjoy your Monday, and don’t worry — you WILL get used to this stupid time change (eventually)!

 

Are you up for the 7-Day Walking Challenge?

Happy Monday, everyone! Well, last night I indulged in a special treat — prime rib (well done) with mashed potatoes and gravy and Yorkshire pudding, mmm!

So it’s really not that much of a surprise that this morning’s weigh-in is:

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Grr! Ya know what? I’ve been hangin’ out in the ’80s too long! Maintenance is great, but this ain’t the weight I want to maintain! SO — this week I’m starting the Great 2019 7-Day Walking Challenge! Who’s with me?

Aw come on!! Seriously, here’s the ground rules:

  1. Walk (and/or run) for *at least* 30 minutes every day.That’s it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? And to make it extra special, I’ll add a second rule, just for me:
  2. Post a brief comment on the blog every day, even if it’s only, “Yeah, I did the #@*% walk, ok??”

And of course, I’ll still be counting my calories. So maybe THIS is the week I can finally blast through that border wall

Just a gentle reminder from Spidey

and get back into the ’70s! Who’s with me?

Well, I’m doin’ it anyway! So enjoy your Monday, and I’ll see you again — Tuesday!

Friday Five: Things you (normally) don’t see from the treadmill!

Happy Friday, everyone, and of course:

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During the past week, we’ve had quite the little deluge here in normally sunny Southern California, so I’ve been forced to ditch the outdoors and spend some quality time in my least unfavorite gym, Anytime Fitness in Chatsworth.

As gyms go, it’s one of the best, but weather permitting, I’d really rather be walking (or running! yes, I’m running now, believe it or not!) OUTDOORS!

Because you know, there are things you see outside that you just don’t usually see from your gym treadmill. For example:

  1. These horses, saying “Howdy!” along a bike path in Chatsworth.
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  2. These bees, living in a manhole alongside a Chatsworth sidewalk.
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  3. The wash next to this bike path, sunny one day…
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  4. and getting ready to flood the next.
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  5. And finally, these papier mache dolls, just hanging out on a street corner in Reseda, which are not AT ALL creepy and will NOT appear in your dreams tonight.
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Of course, it’s entirely possible you might have seen similar strange and interesting things from your treadmill. If you have, let me know and I’ll post your story/photo next week!

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From “Whole Lotta Shakin: The Weird History of Gym Equipment”

Meanwhile, have a wonderful (and hopefully OUTDOORS!) weekend! See you Monday for the weigh-in! (and sweet dreams! heh heh heh…)

Monday Weigh-In: Finally, Fall!

And the first thing that’s falling is — my weight! Let’s start with that, shall we? ‘Cause I’m pretty happy about it! Remember last week when I was up to 186.2, post-potluck? Well, feast your orbs on THIS!

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Yes, the weight is falling — and that’s appropriate, ’cause it’s finally FALL, y’all!

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OK, yeah, I know, Fall actually started a couple of weeks ago (September 22, to be exact), but out here in sunny Southern Cal, the temps were still climbing up into the 90s (even close to 100) for several days after September 22, 2018.

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So it didn’t really feel “fall-like” (or “autumnal” for those of you still trying to expand your vocabulary — never too late to fulfill those New Year’s resolutions!) if you know what I mean — till this morning, when the thermometer finally broke the 60-degrees barrier.

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Yes, it’s a chilly 57° Fahrenheit out here in the Valley, and while those of you in West Yellowstone, Montana (current temp: 28° F) and the Vostok Station in Antarctica (current temp: -62° F) may sneer at the idea that 57° F is in any way “cold,” it’s definitely coldER than we’ve been used to for quite a while!

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And as I always say (well, as I always say NOW, because I’ve started exercising!), cold weather is great walking (and biking) weather! So no matter how cold it is where you are — even if it’s colder than 57° F, which is hard to imagine …

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… why not go outside today and walk, run, bike or just generally move around a bit? You’ll warm up in no time!

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And oh yeah, a belated happy Fall, y’all! Get ready for the deluge!

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Quick update, with exciting stats!

Hey everyone – hope you’re having an exciting Eclipse Day!

We didn’t get a whole lot of drama out here in Southern California. Yeah, the light seemed to dim a bit, but um, it’s cloudy, so that might’ve had something to do with it.

Anyway, first bit of exciting new: I’m in the ’30s!!

The 230s, that is. Yes, my OFFICIAL weight as of this morning is (drum roll please):

238.0

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Yes!! That means I’m OUT of the ’40s, for the first time in, oh, lessee, at least three years! Something to celebrate, I think!

And I did celebrate, by doing my very very first EVER “Couch to 5K” workout.

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Yes, that’s right – I actually RAN a little bit! Week 1, Day 1, is basically mostly walking but with 1-minute running intervals – 8, to be exactly – and I managed to lurch through every dagnab one of ’em!

Yippity skippity – I’m a runner, folks!

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OK, to bring things down to earth, slightly, I decided to buy some new running shoes. So naturally, being in the San Fernando Valley, I went to the most popular running shoe store, Fleet Feet in Encino. I’d actually gone there several years ago to buy some running shoes, and they lasted quite a while, so hey, why not, right?

And it was … okay. I mean, the nice saleslady who waited on me foot and foot (get it?) bore an uncanny resemblance to Olympia Dukakis. She SAID her name was Bobbie, but who knows? I haven’t seen Olympia for a while, have you?

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Anyway, Bobbie was very nice, and fitted me with a pair of snazzy-looking Brooks GTS 17 or something like that, which is OK because the last pair of shoes I bought at Fleet Feet lo those many years ago were Brooks Addiction Walkers, and they lasted quite a while.

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So I have high hopes for these, although they cautioned me the 30-day guarantee doesn’t apply if I get them dirty. So it’s back to the treadmill for me, I guess!

I’ve actually been doing my walking and other workouts in plain ol’ minimalist Merrell Mary Janes, and I love ’em.

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But after today’s walk, I decided I might need a bit more support if I’m gonna be pounding the pavement.

Now – if can just avoid buying anything ELSE for a few days, I should be doing well! That’s the trouble with taking up a new hobby – ANY new hobby: it’s so tempting to buy a whole bunch of stuff to go with it – especially shoes! (Too bad they don’t make special shoes for knitting, but I’m sure they’re working on it!)

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Next time: how my shoes (and my feet, and my psyche) are holding up!