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Jan 10, 2011

January diet

Today's workout:  10 miles on exercise bike at 18 mph; Weights full body workout.

My legs felts really strong today on the bike.  I've only been using the bike about two months and one time a week but I can certainly tell the difference in the strength of my legs.  It is really working other muscles that I'm not using when running.  I got up at 5am today and finished at about 6:35am.  I don't know how you triathlete's have enough time to train.  I don't know how I would fit in a swim even if I wanted to.  I guess I'd have to run one less day or get up earlier.

Here's a little rhyme for January to keep you motivated.  I did not make it up but thought it was good.

T'was the month after Christmas, and all through the house,
nothing would fit me, not even a blouse;
The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I had to taste,
at the holiday parties had gone to my waist;

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber),
I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared,
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared;

The wine and the rum balls; the bread and the cheese,
and the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt,
and prepared once again to do battle with dirt,
I said to myself, as only I can,
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

So, away with the last of the sour cream dip.
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip.
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished,
'til all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore,
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

Have a great day and......Keep Running!


  1. Nice workout and hilarious poem! Doesn't that sum it up?!?

  2. awesome rhyme. totally captures everything.

    and i'm upping my mileage and dreading having to get up earlier. i really don't know how all those hardcore peeps do it either!

  3. Great poem. I wanted to encourage you about a comment I saw regarding your post yesterday. OF COURSE you will extend your long runs - but you are doing A GREAT JOB where you are now!!! We all start with lower mileage when we begin training for a marathon. You will kill this race, keep up the good work. Be great today!

  4. Thanks Jim - I appreciate the comment. Yes, my long run is 7 now, not the longest I will do. I am following Higdon and will do two 20 milers before the marathon. I didn't think I needed to say in my last post that I would continue increasing mileage as that is a given. I think most understood that. Thanks for the encouragement!

  5. Ha, ha! Love the poem! :) And nice work getting the cross training in!

  6. Thinking of trying Higdon for my next 10k. Are you liking the training schedule so far?

  7. I dig that you are only doing 2 20 milers. I still feel very new to running and do not buy into 23 mile long runs and up for a marathon. If you can hit 20, the last 6.2 are 100% mental. Good luck!

  8. Lee - I do like it. I don't feel like I am overwhelmed in training but feel strong. The cutback weeks are nice and give you something to look forward to.

    Tortuga - I'm not sure there is much benefit to running more than 20 from everything I have read. I figured 2 20's is one more than many do.

  9. Love the poem! :) I want to do a tri this spring and finding time to train really is a challenge! On the other hand, I know I'll lose a little more weight if I maintain my current eating habits and add more training, so that's a plus.

  10. Loved the poem! I feel like I'm living that these days!

  11. Love the poem too. And love the new photo that tops the blog.