Back to Basics

wpid-20150313_164456.jpgAnd so it begins… the next training cycle.  There are only 91 days until the Maui Oceanfront Marathon (half-marathon for me), with a lot of work to be done.  I plan on knocking 15 minutes off my time from FitOne Boise and, as always, not finishing DFL.  🙂

wpid-download_20151012_121707.jpegWe returned from The Motivator’s big win in Chicago (both of us fat full and happy, I might add), and training for me began the next day.  No time to lose.  As I said, my primary goal for this cycle is to knock 15 minutes off my time.  The Motivator has devised a plan for me to follow in which I can make this a reality.  I will incorporate intervals and hill training and strength training into this next cycle.  We have a killer hill across the way from us that defeats even the fittest athlete, with a grade percentage from 10 to 35.  It (and I quote) “sucks the living life force out of you.”  Yes, that’s the hill I’m going to train on…. besides, pain is only temporary… (may the Good Lord have mercy on my soul).

wpid-20151009_123430.jpgAs well, another goal of mine is to lose yet another 10 pounds.  Losing another 10 pounds is bound to make me 15 minutes faster, don’t you think?  Well, regardless, that’s my goal, but I have a feeling the first 4 to 5 pounds are going to be as hard to tackle as that MoFo Hill I’m going to attempt.  I have come to yet another plateau where I’ve been at the same weight for the past, ummmm, 3 or 4 weeks?  I’m not worried.  Again… I look at this as a way for my body to reset itself and begin anew.  I don’t starve, I don’t deprive myself, and (other than some Chicago splurges) I don’t eat crap.  Bring it!  I’m ready!

That being said, I started off my first week by nailing my runs, bringing my pace down, and feeling really good about everything.  There is something about attending a MAJOR running event that kicks the motivation into high gear!!  One day, some day…

wpid-20151016_135948.jpgHowever, all running talk aside, the highlight of my week came from my (almost) 11-year-old son.  I came home from work one day this week and informed him I had been kissed by a turkey vulture.  Without missing a beat and not looking up from his game pad, he nonchalantly said, “And was that pleasureable?”

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And on that note, I bid you adieu!  Happy running!!

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27 thoughts on “Back to Basics

    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hahahaha! I know right!! Jaw dropping! And thank you Dorothea! I’d definitely appreciate a push from the wind up that hill!! I’ll try to get a good picture of it so you can get an idea just how lovely it is, 😀

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      1. wanderwolf

        I look forward to seeing it! We have two hills in south Florida, and they are either overpasses or garbage mountains.
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  1. aidyl93

    LOL! I actually laughed at his “And was that pleasurable?” Haha, too funny. I’m glad you’re getting right back into the swing of things! I know you’ll meet all of your goals, and that hill will eventually seem like a walk in the park. 😉 You can do it!!

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  2. mawil1

    Good luck with your next training cycle, sounds like the motivator has it all in hand! Personally I find it hard to lose weight when running, it makes me feel hungry! Hopefully when I get to higher mileage it will be easier to have more calories out than in. I too would love to lose 10lb, apparently runners with less body fat do run faster! My son is a similar age to yours, it’s a lovely time, old enough for a witty wisecrack, young enough to not have teenage moods😊 Enjoy!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you so much! Yeah, losing weight while running is hard. It seems you have to be that much more diligent. But I try to fill up mostly on protein and quinoa, and that seems to bring the munchies down a bit. Spinach salad seems to be good for the energy factor, for me at least. 🙂 As for the boys, yeah, this is indeed a fun age, hehe!

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  3. breidengale

    How can a kiss from a Turkey vulture NOT be pleasurable? 15 minutes. I think with your determination and training it will come easier than you thought. We have a hill in the May Bloomsday Race referred to as Doomsday Hill. The best I have ever done was jog up half then walk the rest. One of my other personal goals is to jog up the whole thing (they time it separately) So glad you have a great motivator and I think any race you attend can make you feel pumped up again but a BIG race like the one in Chicago makes you feel like you can do it!! (and you can) Can’t wait to hear about your training this cycle. Woot!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Doomsday Hill!! Now that would scare me!! Yeah, that’s probably how I’m going to have tackle this one, jog halfway, then walk, until I can possibly conquer that beast!! It’s going to be interesting, to say the least, haha!! Thank you for your wonderful support and cheers!!! Revenge woggers motivate me too!! 😀

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  4. Wenaissance

    I’m the only person I know who trained for a half-marathon and gained 5 pounds! I’m impressed that you’re staying motivated and reaching your goals. It’s not an easy thing to do and I hope you’re proud of yourself because you should be. Love your blog and keeping up with your progress.

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Awe, thank you Wendy!! All I know is that I’m a happier person through all this madness, and that’s what truly matters to me most. There’s something about achieving goals that builds the self esteem! Thank you so much for all your support!! It means the world to me!!

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  5. Tasha

    Hehehe…kids say the darnest things! Well, good luck with the hill training and the weight loss, sounds like you have some big goals in mind. Just remember, if you’re completely wasted by the time you get to the top of the hill you can always roll yourself back down!!! 😀

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