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Plan on hold

Thursday, July 08, 2010

I am not sure for how long.

I got up early to do my 2 miles and got to the end of my street did a kind of run/walk/jump off the curb to cross the street and I feel something in my calf pull/tear. It was weird, I almost heard it, too. (that could be my imagination, though.) It hurt to put pressure on my leg and walk. Luckily I was only 5 houses away, so I turned around and headed home.

That calf muscle was sore at the beginning of the week after a run but I just thought that I didn't stretch enough the day before. I'm hoping that it's a little strain and will heal in a week or so's time. I looked up muscle pulls and it said the RICE method - so I have a bandage on it now. It's hard to elevate at work, though.

It's weird on the psyche. I really don't enjoy exercising much and can think of a million reasons not to do it. Heck, I've gone weeks without exercising and been OK with it (well, I knew I should but wasn't motivated) Now that I can't do it - it's kind of a bummer. I guess we all like to have a little control over our actions and an injury prevents that.

There is a little sense of pride with the injury, though - I did it while exercising. My first sports related injury! Much better story than when I broke my ankle a few years back walking off the walkway in a weird way - to my defense, there was snow and I didn't see the edge of the walkway.

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COUNTING_DOWN 7/24/2010 2:26PM

    I liked your plan, and now you are taking a break. I hope it heals quickly. I am kind of similar. I always feel great after I exercise, but I have to make myself do it. I really do want to run a marathon someday, so I know I have to work up to it and I have a long, long, long way to go. I keep waiting to love running. It's something I want to do, but not something I love to do. Get well soon.

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MADDEELOU 7/10/2010 11:20AM

    Ouch! Sorry to hear you injured yourself. Sending healing vibes your way.

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/9/2010 7:18AM

    Feel better soon!

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SBHPATRICK 7/8/2010 11:31PM

    Ha - your first sports-related injury! Brilliant! You are indeed an athlete when that happens. :) Take care of yourself so you can get back out there soon.

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CAROLANN27 7/8/2010 7:47PM

    Oh, that is too bad!! I hope you have a quick recovery. Take care of yourself!

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LYNNANN43 7/8/2010 10:35AM

    I LOVE the "Half-Glass Full" way you're thinking!

Your very first sports injury:D

What an emoticon attitude!

Feel better real soon:)

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AMAZINGANN 7/8/2010 9:34AM

    Yay, your first sports related injury. Weird to say, I know, but as a couch-bound athletic type as a younger person, I can relate.

The bigger bummer is that it seems to be the terribly unfair situation that as one exercises as one's older (older as in over 40), we get little injuries.

I wanted to relate a recent experience of mine. About 3 weeks ago I fell off the step in step aerobics class and could feel a small strain - not a lot but from a bad bad past experience I decided to skip the final 10 minutes of class. I limped w a small limp but no big deal UNTIL that evening when all of a sudden - holy moly - it started hurting like nobody's business. I could barely get across the room, it hurt so badly, and I could do little but groan. And do the RICE thing. The ice especially helped.

I got up the next morning & the pain was gone & I was back to small limp. Then, and the reason I tell this story, it got *totally* better in 3 days. I was really watching it and taking it careful and easy. But I was able to do a full-length aerobic class 3 days later. I was astonished. So it doesn't always work this way, but my point is that if we take really good care of our injuries, sometimes they heal very quickly and we can get back to our macho athletic lives. (Also I went and bought $20 worth of sports wrap and ankle braces in the sports injury part of the drugstore, and that felt pretty athletic too!)

Hope you feel better soon, and I'm glad you discovered that you miss exercising when you can't do it!

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REVJVH 7/8/2010 9:29AM

    I totally get the pride in realizing that if you have to have an injury, isn't it cool that it's a sports-related one. At the same time, it does suck that it's put you out of commission for the moment.

Here's hoping your leg heals quickly. Don't push it before it's ready, though.

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MSSUNBUG 7/8/2010 9:25AM

    So sorry to hear about the injury, Brit! I hope you recover quickly from it. I agree, there are a lot of reasons available to decide why you don't want to exercise--but when someone or something else decides you can't do it, that's just tough to take!

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HARMONYBLUE 7/8/2010 9:18AM

    Sorry you injured yourself! Hope it heals quickly. Take it easy and, in the meantime, maybe you can find a non impact activity to substitute. It's great swimming weather!

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I have a plan

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I've written a few times that I'd like to run 5 miles on my 40th birthday - Aug 27th. After running races the past couple of weekends I thought it wasn't going to happen. Bonnie thought all I needed was a training schedule - I thought she was crazy.

I googled 5 mile training programs and found one right away. I don't remember the site (I copied the chart into Word) but it was a Novice to 8K, 8 week program. What I like about it - running only 3 days a week, cross training 2. Days scheduled off - Monday and Friday (who wouldn't like that!). I'm only doing 2 miles for T, H for about 3 weeks. Heck, on Thursdays I never go above 2 miles and Tuesdays never above 3.

I thought about it and realized I would have run the same distance every day - trying for 3 miles from the get go and then adding some on maybe once a week until I hit 5. While I know that for marathons long runs come once a week, I would have not worked as well as this plan lays out.

We'll see where it goes. I think I found a 2 mile route with a lot of side streets that should be relatively flat. I need to do the Spark Map My Route one more time because when I was driving by the one street today, I'm not sure it connects like I had thought. Good thing about where I live - a lot of parallel streets so if one doesn't work - the next one probably does.

This is the first time I've had a plan in this journey. Planning is not something I really enjoy - maybe it's commitment issues :) Let's hope it gets me to where I want to go.

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TUDI4480 7/7/2010 8:28PM

    Hey! Great goal! Great plan! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/3/2010 9:07PM

    I love your plan. I wish you lots of success!

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MSSUNBUG 7/2/2010 8:46AM

    Wonderful. I'm sure you're going to do great with this. This plan sounds perfectly reasonable and manageable. Good luck training. If you're able to run 2-3 miles now, I have every confidence that you'll be able to run 5 miles by the end of August. Concentrate on a slower, maintainable pace and perhaps consider jazzing up your music to keep you motivated (I won't lie, when I'm running I need the most craptastic music out there to keep me pushing forward--but me and Britney Spears can kick it out for MILES more than I can do alone!).


I believe in you! You can do this!!

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IONA72 6/30/2010 3:17AM

    Good luck I'm sure your plan will pay off, keep us all updated!

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SBHPATRICK 6/29/2010 10:05PM

    That sounds great - you can definitely do it!

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LYNNANN43 6/29/2010 8:31PM

    Now, THAT is a concrete plan!!!

I'm so sad that I can't run outside because of the heat & humidity:(

You'll have to run for me too!!!

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JAZZMINE 6/29/2010 7:20PM

    It sounds like a great plan. Two days a week to rest is a good thing!


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Dang weathermen

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I set my alarm to get up before 5 and go running/walking. As I was getting ready for bed I had the news on and good ole Jeff the weatherman said that a huge storm would be coming in and would be with us "during our waking hours" and last for awhile. Then the day would clear up and be quite pleasant. I thought I could run in the rain but it sounded like a thunderstorm because Jeff said that it could be waking us up before our alarms. I reset my alarm and figured I'd go after work today.

I get up to no rain (it may have rained a few hours earlier). Grrrrr. Then when I was getting ready, Dennis the weatherman from the same station gave his forecast for today on the radio - hot and humid with a chance of afternoon and evening showers, high of 88. Really, do you guys use the same computers? Do you check with each other before you go on air?

So now I have to talk myself into exercising after work all day long. I obsess about it. Will it rain, will it not? Will I be tired? Will I feel like it? Do I bring the dog? I can do anything for 45 minutes.

Dang weathermen!

(or should I title this - "More excuses not to exercise" - Hmmmmm???)

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/27/2010 12:17PM

    I am convinced these weathermen do it just to mess with our heads!

I am really struggling with exercise in the air in the house so it is hot even in the morning sometimes. I go back and forth - it's a real problem, no it's just an excuse, no a real problem....

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KALISWALKER 6/27/2010 12:20AM

    I have convinced myself that rain is good, no chance I will get to hot.

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CAROLANN27 6/24/2010 12:32PM

    Living in California, it is hard to imagine unpredictable weather affecting plans, but I can see how it would really be a pain in the neck!! I hope you feel like running tonight.

Have a good day!

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LYNNANN43 6/24/2010 10:19AM


I so agree! I just stick my arm out the door now and notice the bird's behavior at our bird feeders. I seem to be doing better than the weathermen:D

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JOPAPGH 6/24/2010 10:13AM

    I was out the door this morning by 6 a.m. Ran 4 miles. Nobody knows what the weather will be in Pittsburgh in Summer from one minute to the next.

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MSSUNBUG 6/24/2010 9:53AM

    I hear you. I know you're somewhat in my geographic vicinity, and this time of year we just expect that everyday there is a chance of thunderstorms, usually at the end and beginning of the day. Next time set the alarm--if it's storming, you can go back to bed and if not, you'll get your exercise in! Or maybe you can even have a back-up plan for an indoor activity if you're up and at 'em anyway?

I'll save you the trouble of paying attention to the weatherpersons: expect thunderstorms as a possibility every day until September. This time of year, they literally "pop up" and the weatherpeople struggle to predict them until a few hours beforehand. Count on it and you won't be surprised! :-)

I hope you have a better day!

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5K - Report

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I finished but didn't meet my goal of running the whole time. I didn't walk for any length of distance or time but I did walk for 10-20 yards a few times. So that's the not so good news.

The good news is that I did a 11:50 mile finishing in 36:42 beating my previous best time of 38:44.

There's really not much to write about. I'm not sure if I'm happy with my walking but I think I was listening to my body - there were times that breathing was hard. We started at pretty fast pace - we hit the one mile marker at 10 min something seconds. Maybe if we went slower at first, I may have not walked but we'll never know. I tried the mental pushing of "you can do anything for 12 minutes" or "Patrick said I can run 3 miles" or "You don't want to regret not running" but it really wasn't working. Slowing my breath down helped a lot. My legs were fine the whole time.

Bonnie could have easily done a 10 minute mile but she stayed with me ... she knows I'd walk more if she wasn't there. She tried some Jillian Michaels motivational techniques but it really didn't help. I just haven't been able to get used to that out of breath feeling - I don't like it. As much as I appreciate Bonnie sticking with me - I feel VERY badly that I hold her back from doing better.

We have our borough's 5K next weeked that is probably half hills - we're going to sign up but we have already given ourselves the OK to walk it. We want to support our local town but I know it will be hard to run it. I will run a few times this week, maybe doing the course route (if I can figure it out) to see what I'm getting into.

I have about 2 months to add 2 miles to my running and do 5 miles on my 40th birthday. I need a plan. I wish I was closer to flat running surfaces! I can drive to places but that's really inconvenient. Although, since I'm not planning on moving any time soon - I'd better get over the excuse of hills or driving.

Oh one thing out of my comfort zone - I wore a tank top and spandex shorts to the race. I bought the tank months ago while on sale. I pulled it out this morning thinking no way - but it was looser than I remembered. The shorts, I've worn in public a couple of times. I wouldn't have worn them a year ago even though I'm about the same size. So that's a good thing.

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COUNTING_DOWN 7/24/2010 2:19PM

    Yay, you! I think your time says it all! Keep running and the walks will disappear. As for the hills, they are great practice. Even if you end up walking up some of them, it is still hard work. When you hit the flats, it will be like nothing at all! Good going.

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CAROLANN27 6/23/2010 1:21PM

    My hat's off to you!! Fantastic that you did this. I don't run, but it really makes sense to me that you listened to your body. What a terrific accomplishment. You rock!!

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FITCHIC75 6/23/2010 8:54AM

    Kudos to you!

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LDSMALL 6/21/2010 12:13PM

    I really think you did great!! Even the most experienced runners stop to walk at some races as there are so many factors involved. I agree that you may have gone out to quick!! Awesome that Bonnie ran with you and I am sure she doesn't feel like she held you back. It was just one race and each race has different goals and different purposes. You are going to hit your goal of 5 miles by your 40th!!! YOU CAN TOTALLY DO IT!!! Remember you are supposed to do one "long run" per week and you can increase each week by half or a full mile (based on your comfort level). So, if you are already at 3, two months is plenty of time to reach 5. I am sorry for going on so long, but you are doing GREAT!! I am very proud of you and hope you keep at it!! Hills suck, but honestly they make you a better and stronger runner!!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!! WAY TO GO!!!

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STARRIEYED11 6/21/2010 7:50AM

    You did GREAT! I ran my first 5K in April and finished @ 44 min. - never ran before in my life and only trained for the 4 months previous... I'm an asmatic so getting past the breathing thing for me is also tough.

My reward for doing the 5K was a treadmill... almost top of the line with iFit Live on it... you can download any route you want to run and it connects to Google Maps. Pretty cool... I love it as I live in flat land!

Anyway, great job on your 5K and keep up the good work! emoticon

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HARMONYBLUE 6/20/2010 8:27PM

    You should REALLY be giving yourself more credit for achieving your new PR! I am actually wishing I HAD hills to run convenient to me, as I am confident future races will involve hills and I need to train for them but my running route near home is almost completely flat.

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 6/20/2010 7:57PM

    WooHoo for a new PR! Listening to your body and finishing upright and unassisted is what's important. Way to go!

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IONA72 6/20/2010 6:15PM

    Hey you did great, I have never done hills, always on the flat and that is tricky enough. How was the weather? Kind of warm at this time of year I would guess. Keep at it!!

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SBHPATRICK 6/20/2010 6:05PM

    It's ALL good! Congratulations on your personal record - that's outstanding!

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NOTFATCAT 6/20/2010 5:25PM

    Good going. There is no shame in walking when you need.
I just did my first 5k and came in 60 out of 302, in 40 minutes. Not bad for a non-runner.
Keep up the movement and good luck on your next race.

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JOPAPGH 6/20/2010 5:09PM

    Nice news on the Personal Best and how your clothes fit.

I wouldn't worry a bit about walking. It was hot and humid today.

You did emoticon

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KGLOVER71 6/20/2010 5:09PM

    Way to go! I think it's healthy and wise of you to listen to your body, even if it means walking a bit. It sounds, though, like you mostly ran it. That's an incredible accomplishment, one I hope to join you in one of these days. emoticon

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My nephew - a motivator

Saturday, June 19, 2010

We were in Cleveland for yesterday and today for my niece's dance recital (gosh those are long, luckily my niece was in 10 of the 60 songs - her cousin in 2...made the 4 hours go by a little easier).

My nephew, Patrick, turned 14 on Wednesday. I can do a lot of bragging about him but I won't :). He has been an active soccer player for years and is headed to the high school team in the fall. He mentioned that he had to go for a run this morning but slept in - he'll go tomorrow. I asked him how many miles he was doing (fully expecting 3-6 range). His reply "well, tomorrow I'll do 10". His soccer coach has them on some routine.

Seriously, he said 10 miles like he was going to jog to the corner to pick up a milkshake. I'm impressed with his dedication. Who am I kidding - I'm more than impressed.

He asked me why we weren't staying over and I told him we signed up for a 5K in the morning. Then, of course, had to add - I'm not sure if I can run the whole 5K. His reply - "You can do three miles. You may do a 12 minute mile but you can run it"

I will be running with Patrick's voice in my head. (praying that I can do the 12 min mile)

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COUNTING_DOWN 7/24/2010 2:14PM

    I am starting where I left off.....I can't wait to hear how the 5K went! I was thinking of your advise last week. When I knew that I could start to run again, I decided that doing it on my own was not a smart move...that I would be better off trying the c25k, this week I did week three, three times. On to week four next week. Thanks for the advise!

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MSSUNBUG 6/19/2010 11:40PM

    Best of luck and hope you have a great time--what a gem, his motivation today! So sweet and precious and lovely!

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 6/19/2010 11:10PM

    Have fun tomorrow! Patrick (and the rest of us) will be cheering for you!

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SBHPATRICK 6/19/2010 10:58PM

    That Patrick is a smartie - he's absolutely right. You CAN do it! And you don't even have to do 12 minute miles. I speak from experience. Have a great time and tell us all about it! Signed, Sarah "13 minute mile" Patrick. :)

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KGLOVER71 6/19/2010 10:57PM

    GOOD LUCK on your 5k! If running were easy everyone would be doing it. They aren't, but YOU ARE! emoticon

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JOPAPGH 6/19/2010 10:37PM

    Best of luck on your 5K tomorrow!!

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