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H2O anyone?

Teri , her running coatch and I are in competition…not your ordinary competition, and it’s not really a competition, but we are trying to drink 100 oz of water per day.

 Her coach does that on a daily basis, so the ‘competition’ is just between Teri and I, and we are just trying to live up to his example (almost impossible). I haven’t been doing too good over the last few days, but today I have taken in already *doing some math here* 89.8 oz of water and it’s only lunch time.

I feel like a really big water jug right now! lol

Edit: It is now 3pm and I am up to 126 oz! I am switching to Gatorade and munched on some pretzels, after all I don’t want to drown myself. It was not as hard as I thought to get past 100. The daily recommended dose is 3 qt. (96 oz). I wonder if I can log the trips to the bathroom as milage on my daily log! 😉

Edit  – edit: Total amount of water consumed ended up being 179 ounces. After the pm rush hour run I ended up drinking the 1 liter bottle that I had slated for the next day! At home I ended up slurping down another 16.9 oz. (My Diet Pepsi feels neglected!)

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2007 in Misc

 

New toy

Last Monday I bought a new toy, a Sansa e250R ($99). The R stands for Rhapsody, which is a membership-based music service (provided by Best Buy) that gives you unlimited access to a catalog of millions of full length, CD-quality tracks. Listen whenever you want, get personalized music suggestions tailored to your musical tastes, and take your music with you wherever you go. You can either download specific music, and/or you can select a ‘channel’, which is genres/taste based and just update that channel on your Sansa.   

I like the channel option, because this way I don’t have to sit there and change the music on my mp3 player when I get sick of what’s on there, the software does that for me. Granted I might end up with a few songs I don’t care for, but I enjoy running not knowing what kind of music/song is coming next. I do still have my “playlists” and occasionally listen to them.  

My stepdaughter has a Sansa 240 without the Rhapsody service, but we are still able to download songs, she just doesn’t have the channel option.  

If you want to buy music that is from another country (say Herbert Groenemeyer) on iTunes you have to belong to that countries iTunes service, with Rhapsody I was able to download Herbert’s newest CD without any problems.   

The full service per month cost $14.99, but with the purchase of the mp3 player I got 2 months for free. $14.99 is the cost of a CD per month, and well worth the money. The only downfall is that once you cancel the service you loose access to all those songs, unless you purchased them.  

I bought a cover for it for protection (I am good with dropping things! 😉 ), which has a belt loop in the back. My fuel belt fits through that loop just right. I haven’t bought the arm band for it yet, when I don’t run with the fuel belt I hold it (carefully) in my hand.  

The only thing I don’t like about it so far is that you can’t just plug it into your computer to charge it, it requires a cord. And when you plug it in to charge it up you can’t listen to the music, which sucks when you are on a computer at work that doesn’t have the software on it. Also it is not compatible with the iPod. So now I have two music programs on my PC lol  

Overall I am very happy with it and the hubby is happy because he gets my iPod!:)

Edit: After about a month of use I still like it. However while running it is a bit hard to change the song to something else. Say a song comes on that I don’t want to listen to at that moment the small buttons are hard to hit while running, specially when the mp3 is attached to a running belt. But I do have a leatherslip cover over it, that might contribute to the difficulty.

Turning the volume up or down is very easy with the wheel, but I have had the wheel get stuck before. Overall I still like it, but I wish the button where a bit easier to push.

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2007 in Accessory Review, Misc

 

On Vacation

Didn’t go running today, we didn’t crawl out of bed until 10:30am and headed towards the dunes instead. Going back at it tomorrow!!! I saw someone jogging by and I felt guilty for just a minute. lol I do plan on getting a few miles in tomorrow.

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Posted by on May 22, 2007 in Misc

 

On Vacation

Leaving for a 5 day trip to Michigan to go quadding with the hubby at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. It’ll be interesting trying to find a good route to do my training runs. 🙂 But then I am thinking that quadding for 4 hours + each day should be a good substitute for running!

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2007 in Misc

 

Baby-ing my shoulder/neck

Still not 100% (I’d say about 70%), so I am going on the eliptical rider this evening before heading to school. 40 mins worth of cardio should be good and if the shoulder gives me too much trouble, then I’ll just dangle the arms useless by my side and give my legs an extra hard workout. Problem solved! 😉

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2007 in Misc

 

No-go today?

I woke up this morning (which in itself is a very good thing!) with a very sore right shoulder/neck. I have pains shooting from my shoulder to my shoulder blade up my neck. Not all the time, but I can feel the knot in the muscle that travels from my shoulder to the neck, putting a kink into everything. I am thinking I must have slept wrong and agitated something. I am going to stop tonight and get some heating pads and try a hot/cold treatment at home. (Hard to do that at work lol)

I am suppose to run 3 miles today, but I’ll switch it with tomorrorw’s rest day.

Edit: Did not run in the evening. Did not get home until ~ 8pm and my shoulder is still sore.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2007 in Misc

 

Marathon here I come!

I signed up today at Premierraces for the MiT (Marathoners in Training) full marathon program!

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I am so pumped!

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2007 in Misc