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Almost Heaven- West Virginia Loses a Devoted Mountaineer Today

I still can’t believe it. Bill Stewart dead.

If anything, this should remind us that we are on this Earth for a short time and any day can be our last. Let’s honor his memory by at least letting our loved ones know how much we care, and always try to be kind to others. He was a great persona for the state of West Virginia and there was no doubt for his love for West Virginia and the Mountaineers.

Despite whether you liked him as a head coach, you have to admit that Bill Stewart was one of a kind. He was a genuinely nice guy. I’m proud he was a fellow Wetzel Countian. I’m glad he got to live his dream before his untimely death.

Rest in peace, Coach Stew. You will live forever in Mountaineer history.

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Confessions of a Diet Pepsi Addict

Hi, my name is Melissa and I’m addicted to diet Pepsi.

I guess one could have worse addicitions, right? It’s not a sugary drink with a bunch of extra calories.

I don’t really have a strong desire to give it up, but I’m going to give it a try…at least for a week?

I really don’t know if I can do that. I just want to perform an experiment of sorts. Will giving up the soda for a week give me a boost in weight loss?

I’ve had a few friends who swear they have seen a boost in weight loss after giving it up. I want to try it for myself.

I can do this. I can do this. I can do this?


Race Training: It NEVER Ends!

Did I not just say the other day that I’m going to stop training for a long-distance race for a while? So I guess that was short-lived. I just remembered I signed up for the Virginia Beach Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. The race date is September 2, 2012. According to my handy dandy training schedule…the first week of training started LAST WEEK! No worries on being behind really, but it means – there is NO REST!

I signed up for this race on Leap Day because there was an incredible deal on the registration fee. Instead of the normal $85 entry, it was discounted to $55. How could I pass it up? Especially when a friend had already approached me about doing the trip to Virginia Beach again. So, it continues…this time I’m hoping I do not back out and there are no injuries or life circumstances that decrease my motivation for running. The good news is that there is an option for a mini-marathon (really – it’s just a 5k) in case I’m unable to complete 13.1 by then.

The Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon makes for a very fun Labor Day weekend. The race coincides with the Verizon Wireless American Music Festival. This year performers include OAR, The Wailers, Cheap Trick, and Train – the shows are included with the race registration fee. Although it can be hot, crowded, and somewhat expensive lodging, the Va Beach Wave Trolley connects to the several campgrounds, including the KOA Campground,  and spots all throughout the Oceanfront area for $2/day. The trolley also takes runners from the campground to the start line early on race day! We’ve found that this the most affordable/convenient way to spend the race weekend. (But…I love camping!)

So as training begins, I still MUST make weight loss my priority.  I will have to be super careful about my eating habits and staying on WW Points while training for this race. The goal is to be down 20-25 lbs by race day. That’s 16 weeks. I think that’s a reasonable goal-do you think?

Here is the training schedule:

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Time to Lose

To gain some motivation, I’ve decided that I must shed some pounds.

I need to take a break from training for the next long distance race and really focus on losing a quick 20-25 lbs. In my experience, training and running long distances doesn’t necessarily equal weight loss. In fact, I gained weight training for my first marathon.

My decision comes partly because I’ve been dealing with some minor injury issues – possible piriformis syndrome and back pain (in addition to my normal IT-band issue). This combination makes me pretty sore after a run, so I’ve cut back on my running mileage a bit and stuck to elliptical and walking a little more.

Mentally, I am feeling much better. I’m treating exercise as real prescription to battling the depression that I’ve been experiencing the past few months. I’ve always felt that exercise was the best medicine, but when you get so far down and you don’t even want to drag yourself to a gym, it’s hard to get over that hump and get going. I think I’ve got myself out of that slump finally!

Last week I logged 24 miles: running, walking and elliptical. That’s nearly 10 miles more than I did the previous week, so I’m heading in the right direction!

I am doing Weight Watchers and although I’ve been on it for several years, I can honestly say I’ve not always been sticking to the points I’ve been allotted for the week. This weekend, even though I did indulge, I still stuck to the points for the week. Combined with the big increase in activity, the scale *should* be heading in the right direction this week… DOWN.

So, I’m tackling this in 5-lb increments. My ultimate goal is to lose 50 lbs. I’ve been successful before. I know I can do this again…

So, this fatty will continue to run, but I’ve really got to concentrate on being less of a fatty. Seriously. My clothes are getting tight. If that’s not motivation to get in line, I don’t know what is!


Losing Motivation and Getting Back at it.

What can I say? I lost my motivation. I trained for and completed the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler…then it was a week-long work trip to San Diego. After that, I was tired, stressed and depressed. My dog is dying and I have been struggling with it…I know now is the time I really need to be running. I’ve started back up again this week. Not sure if I will be ready for the Marine Corps Historic Half on May 20th in Fredericksburg…but I’ll play it by ear.

I’m making more of an effort on trying to drop some pounds before I train for a big race again. I want to get faster and that’s the only way.
Sooo…back at it.