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Reflections 11.07.10

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Tonight I got an email from a friend who wanted to run a half marathon with me in a couple of weeks. I thought about it and wrote him back - declining.

It is not because I don't like him, it is not because I don't want to run with him (I will still be going to lunch or dinner with him and his wife when they are in town) - but I am letting common sense speak.

If you have been reading Chris Carmichael's book (Chris is Lance's coach) Food for Fitness, you will have heard the term 'periodization'. The concept breaks the year into cycles so you can plan your training/workout. I can highly recommend this book.

I think I have reached my second peak of the year. My first was in May when I trained for and completed the half ironman distance and the Cleveland half marathon and the the second was recently when I completed two full marathons in three weeks. It is time to slow down and focus on 'maintenance' before I start to ramp up things again. (the plans for next year are beginning to form).

Recently I have read a lot of spark blogs, and I get the sense that many sparkers keep going and going and going. They complete one event and train for the next ... as exciting as it is to read, and as wonderful it is to see people push themselves, I get concerned that they overdo it and will end up getting hurt, or getting burned out and lose their spark (no pun intended).

As 2010 comes to an end - perhaps it is time to have a 'year in review' and learn from what you have done. I am not done with my year in review, but when I am I am sure my plan for next year will have a different focus than this year, the preparation for the events will be different and I am confident that the outcome will be different.

Coach Nancy wrote a status update today and reminded people to have a record of their runs (could apply to bikes and tri training as well). It is a great idea and I think - in addition to being a great diary - it will be an invaluable training tool.

Train hard and train right.

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JENN26POINT2 11/9/2010 12:34PM

    I hadn't thought about it that way... you're right, or the author is right... whichever. Either way, I definitely agree that I should be taking some time to recouperate but since I'm already signed up and already 1/3 of the way to my fundraising goal, I will keep going... But I will definitely think about this cycling that you speak of and will look into the book as well.

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WENDYSPARKS 11/8/2010 5:33PM

    Good for you!!!

Wendy emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/8/2010 5:28PM

    I agree with you here, although I do think it makes a difference if one is training for peak performance vs training for "to finish" goals, which is more like maintenance training. It's all about intensity (and breaks from high intensity training.)

The great Jack Daniels argues in his class book "Running Formula" that we should track weekly intensity rather than mileage. Too much intensity all the time is what wears the body down. Not to mention the mind.

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FUNFROG79 11/8/2010 8:47AM

    I think everyone is different and everyone needs to make their own choices, you know what's best for them. As long as you are comfortable with your choice, no worries, right? You've accomplished so much this year and should be proud! emoticon

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DEBBIEDAY 11/8/2010 8:23AM

    Jan-anyone who has read you blog and followed your success knows you know what you are talking about and should take it to heart.

THANK YOU for sharing your passion and joy for racing as well as the smart tips and plan to do so safely!

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    Hope you aren't speaking to me....I am doing a lot, but after this half in 13 days...I will have 48 days then 50 days between the next ones. I am not planning on pushing any of these. I have the PR I wanted, I will be slow and steady and be sensible.

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DDOORN 11/8/2010 6:23AM

    Make sense to pace oneself...!

Smart thinking, Jan!


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LKEITHO 11/7/2010 9:49PM

    Interesting comments! I have just been setting up a periodized training plan for myself, so your comments really hit home.

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CALIDREAMER76 11/7/2010 9:44PM

    You are wise counsel to anyone who will listen and learn.

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LAURIE5658 11/7/2010 9:09PM

    You truly did have a great year in 2010!

For me I have come to the realization that I need to have another race to strive for. I need it to keep going with my fitness and well being. In my HM recovery period this past month I felt so lost and disjointed. Right now, I am just starting week 5 of Princess HM training and I just love that feeling of a schedule. I am regimented like that. Next year, my racing plans are sketched out with heavy use in the fall. By then, I will have 2 years running under my belt. The 3 next Fall will not be raced as they will be run in an easy manner in order to ward off injuries. I still don't have the desire to run a full marathon...not even close. HM's are fun-size marathons!


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DREMARGRL 11/7/2010 8:57PM

    Good common sense prevails. FABULOUS, JAN! emoticon
You've accomplished so much and have a right to feel very proud of yourself. I'm proud of you, too!
Have a good night. xo
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Let's move it ... there is an app for that

Thursday, October 28, 2010's-move-it!-mo

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/30/2010 10:47AM

    I don't have an iPhone but I may be getting an iPad soon - I wonder if it will work on there...

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LAURIE5658 10/29/2010 9:00AM

    Oh Jan, Thank you so much for posting this as I do have an iPhone!!! And its freeeeeeeeeeee!

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CALIDREAMER76 10/28/2010 9:25PM

I don't have a phone to use this on, but I'm copying the link to send to friends and family who do. For them - Thanks

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Reflections 10.27.10

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

When I went through orientation four years ago I met a young woman who kinda looked familiar, but I wasn't sure where I knew her from. She came up to me and asked me - didn't I use to work with Dr. 'so-and-so' ... which I confirmed.

Julie (not her real name) then shared with me that she was a bone marrow transplant patient and Dr. 'so-and-so' was her oncologist.

Since then we have talked regularly. She has a lot of challenges in her life in addition to live with her lymphoma, but the way she deals with them is nothing but admirable. Every time I see her walk out of the office, I am reminded why I continue to do what I do for the leukemia and lymphoma society. She is a real inspiration to me.

Today she came to my office. She sat down on the chair - looked at me and said. I am getitng admitted 'downtown' (our main hospital). I don't feel well - I have pain in my stomach, and they are not sure what it is. My heart sank, and I tried to be as supportive as I could. But it was difficult (although I don't think she found out). It could be a lot of things, and I can only hope for the best. Her last comment to me - as she walked out the door ... I will be back next week. I hope she is back next week.

Do me a favor ... send some positive thoughts to 'Jan's friend'.

No need to comment - just give my friend all the positive energy you can.

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LKEITHO 10/28/2010 10:37AM

    Sending all positive thoughts her way. All the best!

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LAURIE5658 10/28/2010 8:51AM

    {{{positive vibes}}}

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    Jan she has my positive thoughts and vibes headed to her. Just in case crossing my fingers and toes for her too.

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IRISHLASS117 10/28/2010 4:51AM

    Storming Heaven for her Jan.

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DDOORN 10/28/2010 2:19AM

    We're *there* for her Jan!

Beaming along the SPARK power!

Thank YOU for being there for so many Jan!


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ANGIEBILL 10/27/2010 11:14PM

    Positive thoughts and prayer going to your friend!

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Reflections 10.24.10

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I heard something interesting from my physician the other day. He sees a lot of executives in his practice. They have found - the executives who takes care of themselves (eat healthy, work out regularly etc) are handling the stress of our current financial crisis better than the ones who does not.

It doesn't surprise me at all. However, what it tells me - living healthy is not only about weight loss - it is all about taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Think about this as you develop your plans. Add a little meditation to the regimen - add a little yoga to what you are doing - look at your balance in life ... and work on the skeletons in your closet - then you will be healthy and balanced.

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DDOORN 10/27/2010 1:25AM

    Straight-shootin' advice from a straight-shootin' guy!

Makes BOATLOADS of sense!

Many of the clients I see...some of the first questions I ask in my assessment are related to answering the question of "how are you doing in taking care of yourself?" Most of the time it's clearly a two-thumbs down scenario!


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SEEHOLZ 10/25/2010 5:08PM

    Very well said!

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LKEITHO 10/24/2010 10:31PM

    Very true! I definitely feel the benefits of my program with regard to my stress levels and all around well being.

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IRISHLASS117 10/24/2010 8:23PM

    I strive for balance each day, enough sunshine, sleep, exercise, work and joy. Not too much of any one thing, just enough.


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LAURIE5658 10/24/2010 5:12PM

    My hubby is a higher e xec in our small engineering/land surveying firm and he is stressed to the max at times. He started running (C25K) a few weeks ago and he stated that he ahs already noticed a huge improvement in his mental/emotional well being. There is proof in the puddin right there.

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FUNFROG79 10/24/2010 4:15PM

    Makes sense, huh? emoticon

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BILLALEX70 10/24/2010 1:58PM

    How'd you know what I've got stashed in my closet? LOL

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EJHESS1 10/24/2010 1:33PM

    Excellent statement!!

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My physical ...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

So my physical was today. I had my blood work done on Friday.

I have a great MD who understand the needs of active people. What you will see me write next is not confession, but being accountable.

- Weight. Pretty stable, but not where we want it. The interesting thing is - no matter what I do, I can't get to budge. It fluctuate within 5 labs.
- Bloodsugar. and Hemoglobin A1C (google it if you don't know what it is). My HbA1C is within the recommended guidelines, so my MD is not as concerned about my slightly elevated blood sugar.
- Lipid panel. I am not happy with the numbers. He was not concerned about the triglycerides, and the ratios are good too, thus no medication.
-(the fun stuff - some may think TMI) ... my PSA was good as was the accompanying exam.
- Blood pressure was good - including the 'true blood pressure' (BP measured five times - one minute apart).

Overall a good phyiscal - now I need to work on the weight. I sort of have some plans which I will work on putting together over the next couple of weeks.

I saw an ear doctor to have my ears cleaned. May sound funny - but I have small ear canals and put my stetoscope in my ears all the time ... TMI I know.

I had lasik some years ago - age is playing a role - but contacts is what I am getting....

So there you go...

I know I am at an advantage of having a medical background, but do yourself a favor - read about the conditions you have before your physicals so you can ask questions and learn. When you know about what is going on - and challenge your physician or nurse practitioner and get explanations - you are much more likely to be compliant - you are much more likely to find ways to reach your goals and so on ... my conversation with my MD - was in addition to being goal oriented also informational.

For those of you who know I am a NP might as - why do I not see a NP as a primary care provider? The answer is very simple. I first met him as a colleague of my wife, I thought is was a great guy and he has the reputation of being a smart person, the chemistry was right - AND I was in need of a new primary care MD - so that was the reason. Should I been in the need of changing - I don't know what I would do - but it depends on what my needs are - and who is available.

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DEEJ4FITNESS 10/30/2010 10:39AM

    APPLAUSE APPLAUSE!!! Good for you for taking the BEST care of you by being proactive with your health!! We're blessed beyond measure when we have our health & it should never be taken for granted!

Congrats on a good report that will only improve with time and your dedication to you!!

Nothing beats a good relationship with a Doc you trust; they're not always so easy to find!!

Wish you the best on reaching your goals and much joy in the journey!


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DAVEINSEOUL 10/24/2010 7:28AM

    Sounds like you ARE doing great!

Keep sparking and thanks for all the comments on my blogs.

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DJS-DEBBIE 10/23/2010 2:17PM

    Sounds like you are doing great overall!

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SYNCHRODAD 10/22/2010 1:25PM

    Very interesting blog. Seems like one of the coolest guys I know on Spark still doesn't like his working weight. Will this torture never end??! emoticon

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DARK_CINDERELLA 10/21/2010 9:26AM

    I, too, didn't realize you were an NP. Awesome! I am an ICU RN... And great news about your physical. Good to hear your number of "projects" is down. Now it's just the tough stuff.....but the weight IS stable and not "yo-yoing" so that is a plus. Good luck!

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ROSEM1955 10/21/2010 7:47AM

    Sounds as if you are very healthy and that's the most important part. Losing weight is always helpful/ but as long as all your numbers are good / don't sweat the small stuff. Keep at it!!!!

I know that I could lose a few pounds/ 10-15 would be great/ but I am having a difficult time due to hypothyroidism. At my last physical all my numbers had improved. My cholesterol had dropped 80 points from just being on the thyroid medicine. I have decided that I am not going to get all bent out of shape over/ just keep working at it. that's all anyone can do emoticon

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FUNFROG79 10/21/2010 7:05AM

    Glad you are healthy and numbers are good. It's so important to know what questions to ask at your MD apt. emoticon

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IRISHLASS117 10/21/2010 6:25AM

    Glad to hear your PSA is normal and the exam too. One of my dear friends just got the new that her husband has prostate CA. I don't have any details yet but know they need prayers.

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 10/21/2010 2:04AM

    Sounds like you had a "good results" physical.
I just had my physical too, with similar results ... so your blog title caught my eye.

My weight won't budge... except to slide upwards; 5 pounds up, 5 pounds down, if I let up on my efforts, but other than that, I'm pretty healthy too. I don't dare give up though, or I would probably weight 300 pounds eventually. emoticon

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DDOORN 10/20/2010 11:09PM

    Just had my physical this past week also...everything's checking out fine...!

Nothing like living a SPARKED LIFE to keep us healthy, eh? :-)


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NANCYLAPEACH 10/20/2010 10:52PM

    I have never had a crp done. My other numbers are all very good. Just that pesky lymphoma ....sigh...I am going to beat that, too! Tomorrow night is the Team in training meeting. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can get off the unit to go!

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CALIDREAMER76 10/20/2010 10:50PM

    Like Nancy said, I think as long as everything else is good - you seem to do all the right things re: your weight - maybe if you lost what you want you may not have the energy to do 2 marathons in 3 weeks!!!!
Just continue to take care of yourself. I know if you really feel the need to drop a couple pounds you will do it the right way, the healthy way. But as hard as you push your body - maybe that's "it's" line.
Congrats on a good physical! And good job in reminding those who don't to get one. I do every year. And I have an MD who lets me participate in my health care decisions and is very patient when I question him and tell him what I'm doing.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 10/20/2010 10:31PM

    B_N_ME is absolutely right. Don't draw conclusions before you sit in the doctors office. When I studied for my boards - I had all the diseases known to man ... except one characteristic was often missing.

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B-N-ME 10/20/2010 10:28PM

    Glad your doctor's apt went well.
We hear much these days about taking control of your own health.
I had this discussion last week when I went to see my doctor.
I was having symptoms of something...they did not fit the two items I knew he was watching on me, since I had searched the concerns I have on the internet. Then I keyed in the new symptom and the results gave me a third major thing to worry about...
So to add to what you have said, I agree, research, but don't jump to conclusions about what you read until you get it confirmed by your healthcare professional, and if still in doubt-get a second opinion!
Thanks for bringing all these reminders for bettered health to the forefront Jan.

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NANCYLAPEACH 10/20/2010 10:25PM

    Hey Jan! Sounds like a great physical. Didn't realize you are an NP. I am an RN in a CT ICU. I wouldn't really worry so much about your weight...the big problems from weight lime high Cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension you have in good control. You do a lot of cardio and you are active. Of course, you would think the weight would just fall off with all you do. My weight is coming off so slowly and I have been working out hard. Anyway, congrats on the great physical!!

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LKEITHO 10/20/2010 10:20PM

    The relationship with your primary care doc is extremely important, as you point out. Doesn't matter if they are an MD, NP or PA, you have to have a good working relationship with them and they have to be willing to take the time to answer all of the questions and be complete. Sounds like you have everything you need in your doc! As you know from your own practice, I'm sure, the relationship also makes the doc's life easier (or harder depending on the pt). There are always certain ones you are glad to see on the list for the day, and others that make you want to go home 'sick'!

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