On the Road Again

I didn’t die.  I’m not in a coma, and I didn’t lose my fingers in a tragic bowling accident.  I just haven’t gotten around to blogging.

I picked up a Precor 9.10 treadmill from the early 80s yesterday.  I’ve been passively watching for a treadmill on Craigslist, but most of what I found was overpriced, underbuilt, or sold before I could get to it.  I finally found the Precor a couple town over for free.  It was listed “for parts or repair.”  Turned out it was a simple and free fix so I now have a very nice free treadmill that’s older than me.

I hate running in the cold, so this treadmill might push me to run with a little more regularity.  As in, more than once every 3 months.  Mornings have been so cold lately that I haven’t had the motivation to get up and go, and the daylight in the evenings is so short I’d rather spend it doing other things.  But thanks to Craiglist, no more excuses.

I’ve been mostly running barefoot when I do run, but my form still isn’t correct.  I get pretty bad blisters after about a mile.  I know I’m over-striding and pushing off with my back foot, but knowing the problem and correcting it are two different things.  Once my 6 blisters heal, I’ll be back at it.

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Smoothie!

Calories 876.2
  Total Fat 51.5 g
  Saturated Fat 13.0 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 4.0 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 7.5 g
  Cholesterol 511.7 mg
  Sodium 554.5 mg
  Potassium 904.7 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 73.7 g
  Dietary Fiber 10.6 g
  Sugars 41.0 g
  Protein 36.8 g
  Vitamin A 118.4 %
  Vitamin B-12 20.8 %
  Vitamin B-6 47.2 %
  Vitamin C 58.3 %
  Vitamin D 151.0 %
  Vitamin E 27.5 %
  Calcium 24.9 %
  Copper 10.8 %
  Folate 24.4 %
  Iron 23.2 %
  Magnesium 11.9 %
  Manganese 20.6 %
  Niacin 49.6 %
  Pantothenic Acid     5.5 %
  Phosphorus     30.4 %
  Riboflavin 37.0 %
  Selenium 2.8 %
  Thiamin 6.0 %
  Zinc 13.1 

That’s the nutritional information for today’s smoothie.  Go to Spark Recipes to check out the nutritional information of your favorite recipes.

I have a slight cold and sinus infection so I figured I should bump up the nutrient intake for today with a delicious smoothie. Continue reading Smoothie!

Runs, Diets, and Gadgets

I’d better post something now or it won’t happen for a while since my parents are coming into town for the weekend.  We’re all such party animals that I know I won’t have a chance to write.

Okay, so we’re not party animals but we only see each other a couple times a year so they probably wouldn’t be happy if I stayed glued to the computer for their entire visit.  Then again, they’re just here to see the grand kids.  They might not even notice.

But back to the important stuff.

Last week my sister ran the Crim in Flint, Michigan.  For those that aren’t familiar with it, it’s an annual 10 mile race.  A year ago if she had told me she would be walking ten miles I would have laughed.  I never would have thought she would actually compete in a 10 mile race. Continue reading Runs, Diets, and Gadgets