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July Goal Review

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

So earlier in July I posted my goals through the month. Since it's halfway through July now, I figured I should take a look at them and see how I've been doing.

These are my July Goals:

1. To work out for 40 minutes a day (1 rest day a week)
2. To drink 10 glasses of water every day
3. To three meals a day
4. To get 8 hours of sleep per day
5. To get the 1000 fitness minutes trophy again (Haven't gotten it since October)
6. To run 3x each week

I've been going above and beyond the 40 minutes a day goal. There have been some weeks where I took an extra rest day, but only after a 120 fitness minute day. This goal goes with goal 5-getting the 1000 fitness minutes trophy. As of now I should be at 500 minutes to get it this month (1000/2 = 500), so I should still need 500 minutes.

In reality, I logged 810 fitness minutes this month. I only need another 190 to get the trophy! These goals were the ones that I thought would be hardest, and I was concerned I'd fail, but I'm at the halfway point now and I'm doing better than I could have imagined!

As for my other goals, I've been doing really well with my water intake and meals. I usually meet my sleep goal, but because of work usually about once or twice a week I get a little less. I'm mostly on track with my running goal. Had to take a bit of a break to let my feet heal, but I couldn't control that and once I recovered I got right back out there.

So far the month is going splendidly!

  
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ZORINIA 7/16/2014 10:04PM

    That's Awesome! Way to go! emoticon

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Running is Killing My Feet

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

So I've been really good so far about getting my runs in, but it's been rough running the whole time allotted. It's not that I am too tired to keep going, I know I have the strength to get through it. But it is getting harder to ignore the pain in my right foot.

I started getting a blister a week or so ago, and when I went swimming this weekend it popped, and now it hurts to walk on. and worse to run on. I really don't know what to do for this. I wear a band-aid during the day, but that doesn't cut it on my runs.

On a related note, I know I need new shoes and will be able to go get some in the next week or so. I'm hoping that will help prevent more blisters from happening, but I'm not sure what to do with what have now.

  
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BURGUNDYBABE 7/9/2014 11:54AM

    I did go to a running store to pick out the right shoes last year, but I need a new pair. The ones I have were super awesome when I got them, but now they are pretty well worn out and I really shouldn't have been using them, but just couldn't afford new ones and wanted to get back into running. It's my own fault.

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MARGARITTM 7/9/2014 11:13AM

    Moleskin is cheaper than the blister bandages.... Muffy is so right about the proper shoes for your feet....


C U at the finish line

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MUFFIY831 7/9/2014 10:25AM

    Totally agree on the let-it-heal advice. Bike or swim or do something else until it doesn't hurt and your shoes aren't rubbing it the wrong way. Also, have you been to an actual running store where they do a gait analysis? They put you on a treadmill and watch your feet to tell you if you pronate or supinate at all, and there are specific shoes for specific issues. A good shoe will change your world - take it from the Goldilocks of running shoes. :)

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BURGUNDYBABE 7/9/2014 9:27AM

    Thank you everyone! I'm definitely going to look into getting MoleSkin, that sounds like it is exactly what I need.

My shoes are large enough, but they've seen too many miles. I get paid this weekend so I was going to go shopping then, although I will definitely try the site Momto6Cuties recommended. And for the next couple days I'm just going to walk or ride my bike, give it some time to heal.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/9/2014 12:38AM

    You can get special blister bandages.They are great !

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/8/2014 10:18PM

    I walked the Camino de Santiago. It's a trail in the north of Spain, and I know about blisters. We walked for 5 and 6 hours a day, for 5 weeks. Eventually our blisters got blisters. We used something called MoleSkin, it is a padded reusable bandage, that you can place over your blister, or blister beau beau. It acts as a buffer to the open blister. Ask at the pharmacy counter first to see if they carry it. I bought it at the drug store. You basically wash it with soap and allow it to dry then reuse it. I put mine over my actual bandage that had antibacterial ointment on it. Some people used powder in their shoe, so their sock slid and did not chaff. Not that I have ever heard of a runner trying that, but we were hiking. Downhill was as hard as uphill too.
I am not saying using MoleSkin takes the pain away. But it will allow you to run even so.
I reccomend walking, until your blister heals. Just because if you have a sore, it needs to heal, before you can put the added pressure of running. Now that is just my opinion. You will find what works for you.
Keep up the good efforts in Sparking, and tracking nutrition, so you keep moving in the right direction!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/8/2014 4:54PM

    Are your shoes large enough? I know, but I learned the hard way that mine weren't.

I don't run, but I wouldn't suggest it either on a blister - could you maybe walk for a couple of days?

Try using Neosporin (generic triple antibiotic cream works just as well) and cover with a bandaid - it will definitely heal faster and better.

Hugs,
linda

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MOMTO6CUTIES 7/8/2014 3:23PM

    That does make it so difficult. Sorry you're going through that. I hope the blister heals soon. Try runningwarehouse.com. I ordered a 140 dollar pair of shoes and only paid 60 something for them. They are designed for running. I love them.

(They have free 2 day shipping too).

YOU can DO IT!

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July Goals and the 5K Your Way Running Training Program

Thursday, July 03, 2014

My goals for July are:

1. To work out for 40 minutes a day (1 rest day a week)
2. To drink 10 glasses of water every day
3. To three meals a day
4. To get 8 hours of sleep per day
5. To get the 1000 fitness minutes trophy again (Haven't gotten it since October)
6. To run 3x each week

In looking at my Spark Trophies, I noticed I haven't quite reached the 1000 fitness minutes/month trophy since October of last year (which was my greatest month, fitness and weight loss wise.)

I'd really like to push past this and get the 1500 minutes and 2000 minute trophies, but before I can do that I need to get 1000 minutes in a month again, so that is my main goal for July. It should be doable, and I'm very excited.

Also, I'm so ready for it to be Halloween.

Additionally, I ran today trying to follow the 5K your way training plan. Only managed about 20 minutes instead of 32. There were two things that I think caused this fail.

One: I misread the intervals, so instead of walking 1 minute and running 3, I was walking 1 and running 4.

Two: I know it's wrong, but I feel like because I am doing walking intervals, that's somehow 'cheating' and so during the running intervals I compensated by running harder. What I need to do next time is actually follow the directions for the right week, and also not push myself so hard.

Walking isn't cheating, it is kind of necessary right now if I want to be able to run more than 20 minutes at a time again. Hopefully at the end of the 5 weeks I'll have enough endurance to run 5Ks again, and after that if I want to go crazy with the speed I can, but now is NOT the time for that.

  


Time to quit

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

So it's time to leave my job. I really gave it the best shot I could. I stayed for over two whole months, but at this point there is no question it is time to leave. The constant last minute schedule and location changes and the heavy lifting were what finally broke the camel's back, as they say, and I need to give notice.

I'm just not cut out for that kind of work, and I've lasted far longer than any of my friends or family expected. Additionally, there has been a lot of rough things going on back home, and I hate that I haven't been there with my family.

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/26/2014 5:45PM

    Sometimes you gotta move backward to move forward!

The best is yet to come!!



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CHERIRIDDELL 6/25/2014 3:08AM

    Sometimes it is the best move .I applaud you realizing it just is not what you were cut out for !

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DIANEDOESSMILES 6/24/2014 11:40PM

    HI Maria !! Hon, sometimes that's the best decision one can make. Especially since it benefits ur mental state of mind,, ,, for when we do not like a job we are doing,,,, it can really pull upon the emotions, which in turn, can lead us places where we do not wish to go.

I hope things will now turn around for you hon.

Much care !

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COOP9002 6/24/2014 4:05PM

    Hopefully things will start to work out as you make this move.

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Summer 5 % Challenge Assignment 6: Motivation

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mainly, I just want to get to a healthy BMI. I've never been so close before, and while I am really happy at my current weight, I would like to finally get in the healthy range. I also want to get toned again. Back in November my legs looked and felt super strong, and since I haven't been running as long or as often, they have gotten less toned. I want to get that back.

I also want to get back into better running shape. The last few months I pretty much stopped because of weather, and focused on Zumba and such. When I stopped I was able to do 30-40 minutes nonstop, but now I can only last about 20 (though I have gotten quite a bit faster, and no longer spend my time counting down the minutes but actually ENJOY the running experience.) I want to get back to where I was endurance-wise, and hopefully run a 10K by October.

I also want to get better on Stella, my bike (don't ask. Seriously, don't. I've never been one to name things, not my laptops, not my car, but for some reason my bike has a name: Estelle, but she goes by Stella. I feel like I've gone insane.) I am finally starting to be able to do some hills, but I still feel like I'm walking more than I'm riding.

In summary, I want to hit that healthy range, and more importantly: be stronger and have more endurance.

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 6/18/2014 1:09AM

    Does it say something for me that while I have never been big on naming things my bike Megeara likes your bike Stella's name ?

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POLYANNA2 6/17/2014 11:54PM

    Consistently working towards your goal will have you toned in no time. Just keep on "doing it"!!!!

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