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Why I'm breaking up with the stop watch

Monday, February 17, 2014

So I've always wanted to be a runner. I want to fall in love with running. I want to be that girl that has a bad day or is stressed out and instead of stuffing her face with oreos she goes for a 5 mile run. Yea…… still not that girl. First problem is my lungs suck, between childhood asthma and being overweight for so long they just don't like it. I can take a zumba class, a spin class, and go to body pump back to back and be fine, but ask me to run 3 miles and I want to die. It is ironic because my husband can run 3 miles in his sleep, but thinks a Spin class is torture and the worst thing on the planet. Second problem as I mentioned in a previous post I have some severe issues with my hips. I have had hip dysplasia since I was a baby, but since it didn't interfere with my walking nothing was done. It still doesn't interfere with my walking but boy does it with my running. So today as I was cursing my time. I broke up with the clock and thought to heck with this. I do like running. I love it for the calorie burn. I love it because it shows me that I still have more work to do in being "fit". Will, I ever run a marathon... probably never, the idea of that just seems mind boggling, but big props to the people who do, that is truly amazing. I broke up with the scale a long time ago because that was a mentally abusive relationship from the beginning full of false hope and lies. So this relationship with the stop watch didn't work out either. So…….

Dear Stop Watch,
I refuse to feel validated on if I am good runner or not based on what your annoying beeping tells me. Instead I have found a new friend and partner the distance counter. It tells me I got up and moved today. It tells me that I pushed myself farther than I did yesterday or that I at least got up off the couch and moved at all. It lets me listen to my body on what pace to set and to go with what feels right and doesn't force me to risk injury based on beating 5 seconds off my time yesterday. I'm sure there will be days where I come back to you just to see how you are… but for now I need a break.

Brandy

  
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DRPEPPIE121 2/19/2014 2:19PM

    I totally get this!

I also do think that you shouldn't push yourself TOO hard! If you can't become "a runner" because of health issues, why force it??? There are SO MANY other great exercises out there INCLUDING WALKING that will be lovely and that are not running.

I feel like running can almost be a "fad" because so many people are seeming to do it and those silly little 5k runs are everywhere now! Don't get me wrong, I think it's fantastic and great that everyone is trying to get fit in that arena... but NOT EVERYONE can do it. It's a tough-on-the-joints exercise, and not necessarily fun all the time.

Do what YOU wanna do...and shoot, if you want to run, just do it! But know your limits, is my suggestion. There are plenty of lower impact workouts that are great too like swimming (which, in my opinion, is way harder than running, and way better on your joints).

Just make it work for you! We're not all the same...and we can't aim to be someone we are not. :-)

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AZMOM1 2/19/2014 9:36AM

    Great blog . . . I can relate somewhat. I lift weights and do spin class and started to run for the first time a few years ago. I started slow and couldn't do a mile at first, now I'm up to 8 mile trail runs. However, I'm not particularly fast, but I am running the whole time straight. I tell myself that endurance means something and it's not only about time and how fast I run each mile, etc.. emoticon emoticon

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HHB4181 2/18/2014 9:30AM

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MASRITE 2/17/2014 1:54PM

    Good for you for getting rid of the stop watch. Just go out and enjoy the run!!

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MIRAGE727 2/17/2014 11:42AM

    I totally agree on speed. I do challenge my self to break my PBs & PRs but I'm more concerned about my runner life. I want to run forever. Therefore, I have to self govern my pace. Training is the key. Yes, there is speed training. but if we want to prolong our run life, INHO, we work on endurance & strength. Stronger legs prevent injury. Endurance increases distance. Work your pace to a healthy level, enough to test yourself while not putting you into discomfort!
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So, I'm all about you losing your "stop watch." ( I use a Garmin!)
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In fact, you've inspired me! I'm going to do a training 5K today and just focus on distance not speed!
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Stay strong, smart, and embrace YOUR run!
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LINWINAGAIN 2/17/2014 9:28AM

    emoticon your thoughts are in the right place! listen to your body and emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 2/17/2014 7:59AM

  I have OA in one hip and still do one huge race a year and that satisfies my need to train and achieve my goal. The days of lots of races are long gone.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/17/2014 7:36AM

    I understand completely. One person's must-have gadget can be a source of annoyance to another.

I love my stop watch and my scale too. They're like good friends that tell me the truth. BUT I broke up with my heart-rate monitor - both of them - gave them away. Watching those numbers was actually making my heart rate go up and I wasn't enjoying my running.

We all just have to find the right activity and gadget that works for us.
Good for you!



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BUSYGRANNY5 2/17/2014 7:28AM

    Loved your blog.... it's great to try new things and push ourselves.... but sometimes we keep pushing and pushing in futility... saying good bye to your stop watch may be just what you need at this point!

Keep on keeping on....

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SWEETNEEY 2/17/2014 4:56AM

    Focusing on time, pace can detract from enjoying the run. Unless you going to try out for the Olympics, relax

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SHERREB 2/17/2014 3:53AM

    Love your letter to the stopwatch!!! Both the stopwatch and the scale are like parents who believe negative reinforcement is a good thing. "Tell the child what they are doing wrong all the time and then they will try again." NOT! I like to keep things on a positive note. What if the stopwatch said "You made a mile in 30 minutes. Great job! Now lets work together and try for 29 minutes." How about if the scale said "Wow! We lost one pound this week. Let's keep it off and try for two next week!"

Positive reinforcement makes the journey more rewarding!

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144AUTUMN 2/17/2014 2:12AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Killer Valentine's Day Workout

Friday, February 14, 2014

So 3 rounds for this one.

3 min spin on the bike
20 wall ball shots
20 kettle bell swings
7 pull ups
20 medicine ball slams

1minute rest in between each set

  
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KNLILLA 3/2/2014 3:10PM

    On an other note, and I'm just putting it out there: haven't you though of uploading new photos of yourself but also of your adorable little girl? (with whom half of your Spark Friends have fallen in love with, I'm sure)!! :)



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KNLILLA 3/2/2014 3:06PM

    Killer indeed! emoticon

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Today's Work Out 2/10/14

Monday, February 10, 2014

So I've been messaged a couple times about what a work out looks like for me so I figured I would just blog it and let everyone see. Right now I'm coming off a pretty rough hip injury so there is not running at the moment or a ton of legs. So remember this is just a suggestion, always consult a physician before you start working out, and work to your ability.

So I did 5 rounds, you can tailor this to how many you can do or feel up to. One round consists of

20 punches on each arm
20 kettle bell swings
20 hooks on each arm
20 weighted calf raises
20 jabs on each arm
20 sit ups

I do a 1 min rest in between each round to get water and breath. You aren't necessarily going for speed on this one, but getting that max number of reps.

  
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KNLILLA 3/2/2014 3:05PM

    Sorry to hear about the hip injury! :( It's very inspiring that you're still doing all that you can while taking it easy on the hips! And this DOES sound like an intense workout, looks like nothing stops you!! :)

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MASRITE 2/10/2014 3:26PM

    So, I need to ask: what kind of hip injury? I have bursitis and tendinitis in my hip and it's aggravating. Absolutely nothing they can do it for it. Hope yours gets better soon!!

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GRANDMAFRANNY 2/10/2014 4:40AM

    NOW THAT SOUIND'S LIKE A emoticon WORKOUT. SOON YOU'LL LOOK LIKE emoticon GOOS LUCK

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Hello Hello

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ok so I haven't blogged in forever! Life got crazy and I mean crazy! So after a year of being a single Mom due to my wonderful hubby living not the other side of the world we have now joined him and currently living in the UAE. This has been quite an amazing and sometimes over whelming transition. I'm back working on my over all fitness, trying to get back to my crazy gym buff self since I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a SAHM now that we are here and settled in. Only down fall, not every thing is labeled here. I never realized how convenient it was to have calories on every thing at the grocery store. The good news is that every one eats really fresh and lost of the bad additives that you read so much about in the news in the US are banned so I at least feel like I'm eating healthier. So thanks to everyone who has been wondering where I've been and who have sent me messages over the past month, I'm sorry I didn't respond to you…. but I"m back! :)

  
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KNLILLA 2/9/2014 5:43PM

    Wow, UAE, wow! How are you tolerating the heat? Not the place to just casually have a run outside in my experience... :)
Good luck there, I hope your family transitioned without problems!

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NIECYA 2/3/2014 12:16AM

    So glad that your back and that your family is together again.

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MASRITE 1/22/2014 4:49PM

    So glad you're back!!! Thought of you often and was hoping to hear from you soon. Glad that you're reunited with your husband and have your family together!!

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5k Update

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

So it has taken me a while to post this but I had my first 5k in 3 years last week. Woke up to a cold rain. It is May in NC… I mean really 55 and rain? So unlike us for May, but anyways. I was already having a moment since my first 5k my guy ran with me every step of the way. Even though he probably could have tore away from me and won his age division. He stayed with me every step coaching and pushing me through it. So I was nervous to do one without him. So race day comes. Due to the rain I think many people stayed home and it was chaos at the meet point. Everyone was just trying to find some type of shelter to stand under. Eventually the called all 5k participants over to the side of the street. Now I'm not expert at these but there wasn't a start line. You had no clue if you were standing on it, if you had already passed it and your tracker was running, or if it was 5 feet down the road. All of a sudden an air horn goes off and people start taking off. I stood there for a bit trying to let the crowd go but eventually got pushed on into the race into a horrible bottle neck. Of course I hit my running app on my phone so I could track my progress. So I'm running first mile goes off. Great pace for me I'm excited with that but thinking hmmmm….. I thought there was water at that first mile mark, but then eventually the water station came up. Kept going mile 2, slowed my pace a bit, but still really good for me. Then mile 3 including this HORRIBLE hill, but as the 3 mile time went off in my head. I thought wow, I'm doing really good, but man that finish line seems really far to only be .1 miles away. So I finish the race, I saw the timer and thought I was going to pass out. How the heck did it take me 3 mins to run .1 miles? Especially since I sprinted part of the finish. So I quickly grabbed a bottle of water and grabbed my arm bad. Oh no friends we didn't do 3.1 we did 3.38. Now don't get me wrong I don't mind the extra distance but boy was I irritated when they posted the times. Not only did they have this time listed for a 5k which is wasn't, there is no way they were using the timers. Unless I was literally standing on the line when the race started there is no way my time would have been the exact number showing on the board which is what they posted on the results site. This happened to several other people that were in the crowd in varying places. I even checked with others using different running aps on their phones and we all came in with same distances of around 3.38. But the good news is that I went back and checked my run and I only came in about a 1:30 over my original 5k time for the correct distance which was my personal best even out of runs at the gym. So needless to say I learned alot.

I will probably never do another race with the company that hosted it and always wear your own tracking device so that you can be accountable for mileage and time. I would have been very disappointed if the time they posted was my real 5k time that day. Oh and that the running bug has totally bitten me again. Next 5k is in June a color run. So excited and the best part is, fingers crossed he will be home to run it with me :)

  
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VIBRANTSTAR 5/17/2013 11:13PM

    I just ran in the Color Vibe and I tracked it at 2.7 miles. I was so bummed as it was my first one! I guess I would rather be over than under. SO proud of you. :) Glad you are back!!

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BEMILLER30 5/9/2013 10:11AM

    I've heard of this happening in other races, especially sort of small town ones. I don't know if you're in a small town or now, but it happens. It can be frustrating. BUT way to go! You did awesome and in the rain KUDOS!

Congrats!

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MASRITE 5/8/2013 9:18PM

    Congrats on your second 5k. And, you did it all by yourself!! Can't wait to see how your color run goes. I want to try to find one and do it!!

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