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Sun, Mar 24 11:20am · Dim Sum and 5K Races: Meet @ihatediabetes in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Minnesota hot dish is basically a casserole. Often there's browned ground beef, peas and carrots with rows of tater tots are placed on top of the mixture. There are many variations of Minnesota hot dish. Often a can of cream of mushroom soup is part of the mixture.

Sat, Mar 23 3:53pm · Dim Sum and 5K Races: Meet @ihatediabetes in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Hi everyone, I finished my hot dash 5k this morning and got my serving of Minnesota hot dish. I did my race a little under one hour. That's not fast at all. But my goal is to get outside and stay active. I got another medal to add to my collection. I've gotten six 5k medals since I started jogging last year.

Sat, Mar 23 11:41am · Dim Sum and 5K Races: Meet @ihatediabetes in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Hi my son is doing well. He goes to a day program for people with disabilities. I finished my 5k today. I just try to stay under one hour. I don't go fast. Just steady. Can you do cardio work in a gym? I did that for a long time before I ever tried to run outside.

Fri, Mar 22 2:22pm · Dim Sum and 5K Races: Meet @ihatediabetes in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Hi everyone, I do have a 5k race scheduled tomorrow. It's called Hot Dash. When you finish you get a serving of Minnesota hot dish. I didn't have a race in February but I did Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. I'm hoping to just finish tomorrow.

Fri, Mar 22 2:19pm · Dim Sum and 5K Races: Meet @ihatediabetes in About Connect: Who, What & Why

Thanks. Rosemary was very helpful to get this done. We went back and forth with several rounds of edits.

Tue, Mar 12 11:28pm · Thinking of training for a 5k-Ohio Edition! in Healthy Living

Hi someone forwarded me your post so I want to encourage you and tell you what worked for me. I'm blogging under ihatediabetes. I think you start with running shoes with a professional fitting. I wear neutral running shoes but I add a thick cushioning insert. I have a lot of extra pounds and the cushioning really helps. Running shoes are meant to add energy because they push back when they are compressed. That's why you have to buy new shoes even though your old shoes look fine. Old shoes don't push back so well after they are worn so many miles. You have to keep track how many miles are on the shoes. Before my first 5k I had been weight training and hiking so I did have a base to build on. You have to know what fitness/health base you're starting with. I knew what my base was because I had been through assessments at the healthy living center at Mayo Clinic. So I started jogging by goingslow enough so I could maintain a steady pace. I bought a Garmin forerunner 35 which is a great jogging watch with GPS. My pace is 3.2 mph for 5k distance. I found my pace where I could jog without getting winded. Then I signed up for a 5k during Twin Cities marathon weekend. They published a route map ahead of time. I did little pieces of the race until I could do the entire 5k distance. That took 4 weekends practicing the course. So I finished my first 5k in about 58 minutes October 2018. Since then I try to run a 5k about every month. I did one for Halloween, Thanksgiving, December Reindeer Run, and January Polar Dash. I didn't have a February race so I signed up for Polar Plunge instead to raise money for Special Olympics. That took jumping into a lake in Minnesota in freezing weather. The point is to have a challenge every month because it helps my mind to believe that I am an active outside person. My next race is March 23rd and that's called Hot Dash because you get a serving of Minnesota hot dish when you finish. I first heard heard the announcer call us athletes at my first 5k in October 2018. That was moving and amazing to be called an athlete because I don't consider myself one. But I am an athlete and my event so far is the 5k. I am a 5k athlete. I also signed up for 5k Tough Mudder. When you finish your first Tough Mudder then you get to call yourself a tough mudder. I will race and get muddy and banged up just so I can be a tough mudder athlete. I know you can do this. You just have to believe and put one foot in front of another. But I would get a jogging watch and good shoes that are from a running store. They know how to watch your gait to help you chose shoes. I know the Garmin forerunner 35 is $169 list but you can find it cheaper on line. Good running shoes are over $100 plus the insert is probably $40 on top. But you really need some decent equipment to have a good experience. I know that I need 7w in New Balance plus cushioning insert. There are many great running shoes from which to select. Good luck.

Sun, Mar 3 12:12pm · Polar plunge for Minnesota Special Olympics in Caregivers

Hi everyone, I did the Polar Plunge yesterday in Minneapolis. The lake used to be called Lake Calhoun. There were people watching from behind a chain link fence. There were four divers in wetsuits waiting for us to jump. The lake is now called Bde Maka Ska, the original Native American name. I went with Highland Friendship Club in St. Paul. We met at Famous Dave's in Uptown Minneapolis for lunch. Then we took a shuttle to the lake. And we all jumped into the water. It was pretty cold water. I went under and got my hair wet too. Luckily it was about 20 degrees yesterday. It's below zero now. Our group included people with developmental disabilities that participate in Special Olympics. They took the Polar Plunge too. Then we all went into a heated tent and put on dry clothes. The shuttle took up back to town. I think out group raised about $9000 for Minnesota Special Olympics. Fun times.

Sat, Jan 26 10:03am · Weary in Caregivers

Hi I think many of us can relate. I just got back from taking my son to a scoliosis xray in Rochester. One thing that I have been doing for myself is go to the coffee shop and I get coffee and a breakfast sandwich and read. There's nobody to worry about and it's my time to decompress. Another thing I do is exercise. Exercise really helps blow off stress. Plus I have noticed that getting in better shape is helping me deal with the physical and emotional load of having a son with developmental disability. I have gotten to point where I try to participate in a 5k race every month. It does help me to focus on races and learning a new course. I don't think I can just walk on a treadmill because it would be boring. Good luck.