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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

That, my dears, is the sound of relief. No, this is not a blog about my backfield being in motion - thank goodness that is fine and dandy!

Itís the sound of relief after the building pressure of being unable to run for the last two weeks has subsided. I ran last night.

Ran. Slowly. Walked a bit more than ran the first mile. Ran more than walked the second mile.
2 miles. 35 minutes. S~L~O~W-*ss running. Running none the less.


Seriously, itís like a physical weight has been lifted from me. I can breathe again. I did not overdo it. I wanted to, but I was with Bill, and it was coolish but muggy, and he was not interested in running another 2 miles around the golf course Ė probably a very good thing!

I seem to go back to the golf course when I need to restart or recenter myself or ease back into running. Itís where I go because the trail is softer and more forgiving than pavement. It has hills that are more interesting than flat streets, and trees and squirrels and ducks and ponds and hills. When Iíve had rough runs with the Tribe, Iíll retreat to the trail to take it easy on my legs after two rest days.

I wore the calf sleeves, walked much longer at first to warm up, and took the first running interval slowly, cautiously. I was fully prepared to stop and return to walking, or even return the car! if it hurt too much. It didnít. It was a bit awkward at first. I felt gimpy, because consciously or not, I was favoring my left leg. It didnít hurt though. There was a bit of an ache, but that was more along the lines of warming up and stretching out, not pain.

I did take things slowly, and Bill was with me. We did the first mile then I stopped and stretched. I wanted to be sure I did everything I could to be successful and finish well Ė which last night meant simply finishing 2 miles. It felt so good, and I remembered all my head-work about form and breathing and lifting from my thighs, not just my feet, etc. and so on.

Last night, that run, those 35 minutes, did more for me and my mood and my attitude than anything else has in the last two weeks. And today. Today is good. Today, my leg does not hurt. Today, thereís a slight ache, but it actually feels BETTER after than run than it did before. The muscles got stretched out and used. Theyíre happier today for it. And so is my mind/heart/soul.

Thursday, Iíll do it again. Iíll do it in the neighborhood though, because Iíve rebuilt a little bit of my confidence again. Iíll go easy, and pay attention to what my body is telling me. And I will revel in the freedom to move the way I want to once more.


On a separate note, I find myself eating small meals/snacks every hour at work. I donít necessarily do it on purpose, itís just working out that way.

I heard/read you should eat when you first rise to help kick start your metabolism for the day. I fiddle with this theory Ė I wake and get the coffee going, boot the puppies out the back door to go potty, and then have 2 cups of cold water with my vitamin, calcium, and cinnamon capsules. THEN I have my coffee, which we have in very nice beer mugs, thankyouverymuch LOL turns out to be 2 cups as well. In that, I mix a scoop of EAS Chocolate Whey Protein, along with more Coffee Mate than should be legal, but I refuse to give that up. Thatís my Ďjump startí for the morning, to give my body something to work with until I can get to work and eat a proper breakfast.

Does that sound weird? Going to work to eat breakfast? LOL Probably.

My calorie count for breakfast has slowly been creeping up toward 500-550, but 180 of that is coffee w/ creamer and protein, so Iíve given up freaking out about it. Mostly. Anyway, I leave the house at 6, Iím at my computer and working by 6:30, and I usually donít start eating breakfast until 7:30.

Letís look at today.
Today, I had an english muffin w/ a tbsp of peanut butter at 7:30.
Then, I had a LightíníFit yogurt at 8:30.
Then I had my peach at 9:30.
Thatís all breakfast.
I didnít plan on spreading out breakfast over two hours, it just happened to work out that way in between work.

I just finished my morning snack of a light string cheese at 10:30.
Lunch will be at 11:30, maybe 12.

After that, I donít eat again until 2:30 or 3:00 usually Ė lately Iíve been having big juicy delish oranges. Iíll get home and have a boiled egg or a Clif Kidz bar around 4:30 to tide me over to get through ST and Zumba at the gym, and then have dinner around 8:00 when we get home.

That morning hourly feeding just strikes me as weird. Granted, if Iím having cereal w/ blueberries or cream of wheat w/ peanut butter and banana, then I eat at 7:30 and have a snack at 9:30. I figure my coworkers probably think all I ever do it eat, because Iím always eating!

Am I eating too often? Itís not too much I donít think as Iím mostly within my calorie range, even though Iím falling short on protein. Night time eating is killing me, and Iím working hard on getting that back under control. Actually, I had my main dinner last night at 6:30 after running, then finished my side dish (cottage cheese) an hour later. That helped keep me from going for a snack, since Iíd just eaten.

Bill laughs because Iím always hungry. We know to take water and snacks with us when we go out running around, on a road trip, whatever. The times I donít have snacks with me, he gets tired of hearing me say Iím hungry. Maybe itís more psychological than anything else.

Maybe all of this explains why Iím hovering where I am with the number on the scale. Too much, too often, too.. something.

So go ahead. Give it to me straight. Is that excessive? Whatís your eating schedule? Or do you have one?

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GAYEMC 7/22/2011 7:58PM

    I can't believe I missed this blog. I've been waiting to hear about your knee and running. Well, great job! You did it the right way, slow and easy. Glad your knee didn't hurt the next day.

I wait to eat breakfast at work also. I have a little fridge in my office where I keep milk, yogurt, cottage cheese and stuff. I usually have a bowl of TJ's high fiber cereal, some fruit and yogurt. Oatmeal in the winter.

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IMIN2GENES 7/22/2011 2:12PM

    Woo hoo! I'm so happy to hear that you're back to running and feeling better. That's terrific news!

As for the eating... I frequently snack between my main meals. I think it keeps me from overeating which I tend to do when I get too hungry. Personally, I say as long as you're staying in range, do what works and feels best for you.

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REALLY_ROBIN 7/21/2011 6:32PM

  oh I had one more thing I do that helps keep me full longer is pairing some protein with my fruit. I usually have a string cheese when I'm having fruit and it seems like my blood sugar stays on track better. I also like greek yogurt as opposed to the other type, again for more protein...Love your blogs and statuses...keep up the great work, Candi...hugs...Robin

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    So glad to hear the leg is back in good working order and it didn't fall off. Enjoy that high from being able to once again do what you love.

As for the grazing, in the interest of full disclosure I will say that I am a Zone eater, meaning (when I'm tracking and paying attention to my food) I believe in eating a balance of healthy protein, good carbs, and healthy fats at one sitting so your blood sugar doesn't spike. I've found that when I eat that way and in small amounts, I need to eat every 3-4 hours, which boils down to 3 meals and 2-3 snacks a day. That's how I lost 70 lbs. 10 years ago and kept it off til my 1st pregnancy. Boiled down to about 400-500 calories per meal and 200-300 per snack, about 1800-2000 calories total (though the Zone doesn't count calories at all). IMHO, sounds like your blood sugar may be spiking and dropping, spiking and dropping, making you hungry often, even though you're eating relatively healthy stuff. Others who don't believe in the balance of good carbs, healthy protein, and healthy fats each time you eat will say this isn't true, but for MY body this is true. Also, upping your natural fiber intake will keep you full longer.

That's my 2 cents worth. Hope you can figure it out soon. Glad to see you happy again. You deserve it!

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SARAH41168 7/21/2011 12:54PM

    I am new at Spark and having a really hard time getting this eating stuff down AND... documenting it. REALLY???!!! I have found that I am a mindless eater. I eat to just well eat. So thru this process I am learning so much about myself and how to improve and this is a main factor. I enjoy walking and going hiking - hoping to do more of this in the fall. Our humidity is 90%. But I need to focus on eating. How did you start keeping track of it all - oh and eating breakfast. I know you eat it over a period of time maybe I need to start doing that. I just cannot eat when I get up, I dont get hungry til 10 am and by then I'm at work.

But you are on the right track and looking great! Keep it up!! emoticon

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PARASELENIC 7/21/2011 12:18PM

    You and I eat in the exact same way-- all of my meals are actually 3 hour grazing affairs. I think you're doing this the way that your body wants it-- eat when you're hungry!

For me, this turned into an every hour kinda thing because I need to stop after I've eaten one thing to reflect on it in my body. I used to eat so much without stopping that I never recognized full until I was stuffed. By eating one thing, stopping and waiting, I can really sense what that apple/veggies/piece of chicken really feels like in my body. It's a retraining, and it takes time.

Good on you for getting back on the running gig, but even better that you took it slow, so that you can build yourself up without the hurt.

You're doing great!

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WALKAWAY 7/21/2011 9:58AM

    emoticonI'm glad to hear that your leg is doing better. I know how bummed I get to feeling when I can't get out and walk.

Everyone at work gives me a bad time as I have to have a snack about 9:30 in the morning, no later than 10. They know if I don't get my planned morning snack I'm cranky and then I'll reach for "anything" to eat.

Since I'm an early riser, 4:30, breakfast for me is about 6:30 and it's got to have protein. I find that if I eat more in the morning I feel better and get through the day better.


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REALLY_ROBIN 7/20/2011 9:40PM

  I do the morning eating thing too...but the way I think about it is I've fasted all night of course I'm hungry. Mine is about every 1 to 1.5 hours till lunch. But I eat more at one time than you are doing. I do coffee at 7.30, oatmeal, almond butter, and almonds for Breakfast at 8.30, then greek yogurt by 10ish...then I'm jonesing for lunch by 11.30 sometimes earlier. I think eating small amounts often is really the healthiest way to go. But that's me, and I realize I will likely always be a foody, so I might as well make it work for me. Hope it helps to know you are in good company. I do work really hard to curb the late night thing, sometimes by going to bed early! Hugs...Robin

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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/20/2011 7:49PM

    I'm so happy that your leg is feeling better! WOO HOO! I'm sure you were really missing it (which sounds like a death-wish to me, as a non-runner-yet).

The feedback you are getting about eating is interesting. I'm not eating quite as often as you, but almost.

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TURTLERASKIN 7/20/2011 6:54PM

    I suppose you could try consolidating your eating more, but if it's not making you overeat, then I don't think it's a problem. Our bodies metabolize the calories the same all day -- it's only the extra calories that cause problems. I typically eat at least one snack daily, sometimes two or three. And sometimes I log something for breakfast and forget to eat it, so then I have another snack!

As for protein, I took a look at a couple days of your food tracker. If you think you're low on protein, you'd be horrified at me. I typically get 50-60g a day, as compared to your 90-120g. Since that amount's fine for me -- it fits the WHO, US, PCRM requirements and I feel fine on it, I don't stress about the amount.

Glad you're running again!

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GAYLEP67 7/20/2011 4:37PM

    Hooray! I'm so happy that you're back to running. I know it was eating away at you to abstain but you took the time and did it right. Congratulations lady!!

As for your eating schedule, I don't think it seems excessive at all. I think I would struggle with waiting until I get to work to eat because I eat when I get up. Even if you ate your breakfast over 2 hours, it's not like you're eating scads of calorie laden food. You're eating a reasonable amount albeit spread out over a little bit of time. See if ramping up your protein intake a bit helps the movement on the scale...

You're doing great and as always, I'm so proud of you!


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KAREN42BOYS 7/20/2011 3:50PM

    You sound much more like your bright and shiny self! Reclaiming running is such a good thing. I'm glad this is working out and your body can handle the running again.

And I often have 500 calorie breakfasts too. A big bowl of made-on-the-spot muesli with Fage and fresh fruite or French toast with a grilled banana -- my main go-to breakfasts right now. That plus my small French press pot of coffee generously mixed with milk.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/20/2011 3:37PM

    I'm doing the happy dance for you and your run. I know how it feels to be stuck sitting still and being happy to be up and moving again.

I don't eat breakfast until an hour or two after I get up. That's just how my schedule works. Most of my reading says that you should eat six small meals a day so if yours are spread out, isn't it the calorie count that is important?

I say keep going and see how this plays into your running again. You can make adjustments as you go.

Congrats and keep up the great work!!!


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    I'm so glad you are feeling better about the running. Kudos to you. Hopefully in August you won't be so fast again that I can't keep up!

As far as the eating goes - If I don't spread out my eating, I binge later. I am sending you an email with eating information. I started to post it here but it got wwaaayyyyy too long lol.

Keep up the great work!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

**July Mantra - PLAN to work and work your PLAN!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

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cur∑mudg∑eon∑ly, adjective

grouch, crank, bear, sourpuss, crosspatch.

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Candy Bailey

I'm a big ole crankypants, full of stuff and vinegar, with a big case of the grumples.

Ok, so maybe it's not -quite- that bad, but it's close. I'm just all out of sorts, and feeling mostly sorry for myself, and therefore being mostly quiet, or a smidge more subtle than my usual rah-Rah-rah self. Sorry.

I haven't run since July 4. I'm on a self-imposed break to allow my leg to heal and feel better. It does. Did. Mostly. Sorta? I haven't run, but I did some running in place, high-steppin' to Beyonce's Move Your Body in Zumba last night.

Great video, lots of fun in Zumba, check it out:
Yep, we do the whole thing, and it is SUPER fun. Yes, even the running in place, which is what did me in last night. D*mnit.

Well, it didn't do me in last night, but my leg is certainly more achy today than it has been since last weekend. I fluffed off last week for the most part, including my eating. I finally reined myself in though, planned my menu for the week, actually went grocery shopping and got lots of good stuff, harvested delicious fresh home-grown greens from our garden, and I've been on plan and on menu with my eating this week. My weight has been bonkers, going from 224 on race day, to 222 the day after, to 227 the day after THAT, and now, finally, after TOM, i'm back to 222. Good grief. I'm tired of the rollercoaster and want to get off!

I've been using my BodyBugg and learning quite a bit. My status the other day compared what SparkPeople said my calorie burn for 30 minutes of kettlebell training and 30 minutes on the elliptical was, compared to what the BB said it was. There was a total of 500 calories difference! I think I'll start up with my CICO posts again, only this time, track my calories in using SP and calories out using BB. I could use the BB site to track calories in, but it's not as convenient or familiar as SP's tracker, so I'll stick with what I know. I know SP is an estimate, and it's served me well to this point, but the BB is another tool/weapon in my arsenal of fat*ss busting and I will use it to my advantage, fully.

So yea. Zumba and ST, kettlebelling and the elliptical. I was a little sore and achy from the kettlebell workout, but in a good way. I kicked big ole bootay on the elliptical, so that was reassuring to find that my cardio/respiratory systems are still working pretty well after such a sluggish week before.

So.. what happens if I don't go back to running? I mean, I'm all loud and proud to pronounce myself a Slow Fat Runner. I am. That's me. W00T. But, what if?

I'm signed up for three more races - a 5K in August, a Half in October, and a Half in May of next year. I'd like to run in the Just A Short Run next March in Pittsburgh with scads of other SparkPeople, too.

I know, contemplating scrapping my illustrious running career (please read with sarcasm there) all because I'm struggling with not running last week, and likely not at all this week either, is nuts. Ridiculous really.

Truly I was thinking I could do an easy two mile run on the golf course trail this evening to ease myself back into the habit, then meet up with the Tribe on Saturday to resume my regular training. It's not going to happen. That makes me SUPER cranky and grumpy. Melodramatic much? Geez-o-pete!

I know this time will pass. I know I'm doing good (better now) to fit in other types of cardio and exercise. I know it was nice to sleep in Saturday morning and not have to get up to go run first thing with the Tribe, for the first time since April. That was nice. Going to the grocery was nice (Bill's been managing that lately, but it's not going well, or at least I dont't think so, so I'm getting extra twitchy and stepping in to wrangle/wrest control from him because everything ELSE in my life feels out of control lately, so I might as well try to control what I can, and that means groveries. For the love of Pete!) and batch cooking on Sunday was good. My lunches and dinners have, for the most part, been ready to go without much effort. Good thing!

So why am I such a crankypants? I'm going to admit that I'm getting panicky and I'm letting the doubting monster called Fat have a voice again.

I'm not running, but my weight is settling down. Maybe I shouldn't run after all.

It hasn't even been two weeks yet, and you're only just coming off TOM and probably still have another pound or two to pee off (sorry, TMI, I know, but work with me here) so calm down.

You're going to pay out good money again to run with a group of people and not get the kind of support and coaching you were hoping to get.

If you divide the cost by the number of runs, then multiply that by the average time cut off each run, and finally add in the coefficient of friendships made, it's worth it. You'd get more coaching if you went to track practice - you're making the choice not to attend. Shush!

Your leg will never heal and will eventually rot off.

I guess that'll be 50 lbs less to lug around then.

Do you SEE what I have to put up with lately?

I'm a hot mess and I know it. I'm struggling, and I know it, and I hate admitting it. I know, this time will pass - that's what I've told friends who are also having a hard time lately. It WILL pass. Life will go on. My leg won't rot off LOL I will eventually be able to run again, and I will participate in the Half in Octoboer, and I will be as close to normal as I can possibly be again. Someday. I just need to breathe.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Lather, rinse, repeat.
I could just use some .. something.

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    Ok, you say you need "something," so here it is...SOMETHING. I know how incredibly aggravating it is when you aren't able to do what you want to do (insert empathetic story about my past week's kidney infection and not being able to do ANYTHING here). I totally get it. And I get you. Thanks for writing about being cranky because if nothing else it gave me a couple of chuckles. Not your intent, but an added bonus, for sure, because I've been down on myself for not functioning this past week, my 2nd week at my new job, during a week where I was supposed to volunteer at Vacation Bible School. Sure, everyone understands and says it's ok and it's not permanent, but damn it, that just doesn't make you feel better. I get it. So here's hoping you're now over it, that you're chuckling and saying, "what was I thinking, I could never give up being a Slow Fat Runner." And if you're not, we love you anyway! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Here's an extra shoe for you in case your leg rots off and you only need one shoe! emoticon emoticon Love you honey!

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ANNESYLVIA 7/17/2011 12:36AM

    My heart goes out to you Candy. emoticonI know how helpless I feel when I am injured and unable to do my normal cardio/strength routine. But that is how I got into swimming and I love it. I am back to kickboxing, spinning, Zumba classes, but now I added swimming too.
You own the Wii. Enjoy that for awhile. Does you gym have a pool? How is you garden doing? Heavy house cleaning? How about just brisk walking unless that is too painful too!
You will be back to running, just have faith. Listen to your body or it will shut down on you!

Hugs, Anne

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    If you can do other activities besides running painfree try focusing on that for a while. It will maintain cardio and build strong muscles so WHEN you are able to run it will be easier. Notice I am confident your leg will not rot off in the next 3 weeks! lol!

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PARASELENIC 7/15/2011 1:54PM


It's okay to be cranky, wallow-y whatevs, and you've had some pain (that should be way better, now, thus the DOCTOR!) which has messed with your spark.

All okay. If you don't go back to running, fine. Find another activity that you enjoy doing.

If you enjoyed the running, keep at it. Your body will adjust, but again, DOCTOR! to make sure nothing serious is going on.

You're doing really great with your program. You're exercising, you're eating right, you're blogging, and you've lost weight! This is really awesome! So be a crabby pants, whatevs, you're still sparking.

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KAREN42BOYS 7/15/2011 12:56PM

    So what I'm hearing is you are cranky and frightened verging on depressed because you hurt. Is that right?

Hmm, what are options for someone who has been hurting for weeks? You've tried running through it, you've tried ignoring/denying it, you're conesidering just plain giving up. Those options don't seem to be helping with the pain.

Girlfriend, get your act together and call a doctor! There is freedom to be found in asking for help. I've had plantar fasciitis, I've had a shin splint, and with help from a couple of those medical types (plus my trainer) I got through all that.

There's a way through this for you, too. Please find peace in that.

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TURTLERASKIN 7/15/2011 12:52PM

    Wow, been there, done that. Sorry you're in Bummerville (and it's worse when you know you're being irrational about things but you can't stop). Hang in there; you're right that it will eventually pass.

But the leg is definitely going to rot off.


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WCALDER 7/15/2011 11:08AM

    You'll get through this! As you said... Relax... breathe...

I'm right there with you about the bodybugg and sp for tracking. I use SP for Calories in, and I created a 100 calorie placeholder on BodyBugg's site and just input calories in based on my sp total. In my recent coaching session, the said they are getting ready to revamp/update the tracker, but says alot of people use a third party site. I just log the totals into BB so I can see the deficits and trends a little better. I was surprised to find that I'm about 500 calories off on my food tracking each day. So now I just need to adjust for that descrepency. I know most of it was from that week at the beach where I had no clue how much my food was worth...

Anyway... I digress... Keep up the good work, shrug off the doubt monster and ease back into the running. Your pace may be a little slower in the beginning, but you'll be back up to your norm in no time!!!


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WALKAWAY 7/14/2011 11:52PM

    Your human my dear and Lord knows we're not perfect, we struggle, we have days when we're "off our feed" as my Dad would say, grumpy, crappy and just down right out of sorts. But you know what we keep getting picking ourselves back up, and continuing on.

You are an amazing woman who I admire greatly. Don't you dare give up cause if you do and your leg falls off I'll kick your butt with the new titanium one. emoticon

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4MY2KIDZ 7/14/2011 10:11PM

    On the bright side, should the leg rot off, you could get fitted with one of those fancy pants titanium jobbies and be a running fool! Seriously, without you I don't think I would try half the time. I'm sorry I'm not there every day anymore to kick your butt. Consider this a virtual one. Your welcome!

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IMIN2GENES 7/14/2011 9:56PM

    Oh my gosh Candy! I just love your style! Wallowing and all, your sense of humor still shines through. It's okay to wallow, it will happen. Now it's my turn to be a cheerleader and support you.

Take the time, rest up! Let your leg heal. And, while you're doing that, tell that inner doubter (aka FAT) to take a hike... a nice long one... off the short pier!

Take care my friend! You will be back at it kicking butt before you know it!

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LMLOPEZ 7/14/2011 8:14PM

    Candi the curmudgeon, meet Laura the wagon leaver. Must be something in the heavens that is causing this itching, twitching and general unrest. This too shall pass and hopefully not with your leg falling off (although I estimate my leg weight to be at LEAST 70 lbs-it's pretty bulky!) Hugs to you and I'll see you at the reformer
meetings!! ;)

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GAYEMC 7/14/2011 8:07PM

    As always, when I see you've posted a blog I head right there. I was not disappointed! So, everyone I've ben around or chatted with this week has been struggling. Something in the air? Maybe it's our cloudy weather or the heat wave striking just about every where else. Some how I don't think your leg is going to fall off, lol! And if it does, I know you will be one of those "special" runners. You know, the ones that get to start first.

Enjoy the down time, just don't enjoy it too long!

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LISA01605 7/14/2011 7:50PM

    Some days a good wallowing is in order. It helps to just get it out so you can move on. As you have said yourself, this will pass. Hang in there! You will be running again before you know it. Injuries are the worst! They seem to always hit at the wrong time (like there is ever a good time) and they never heal fast enough but they do heal and before you know it you will be good as new and running again.

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Take a good look at your sign on your page. It's spot on. You have the control here. And you are CHOOSING to heal - don't let Nelly Negativity into your head... she's evil and doesn't belong - and she opens the door for the doubting monster (aka FAT) to jump back into your life.

You ARE healthier and stronger. YOU are in control. and YOU are choosing to allow your body to heal so YOU can do the things you want to do.

Lastly - lets look for the positive in this - you can fret about not being able to run, or you can look at this as an opportunity to explore some other types of exercise, which, in turn, might kick things into gear again for you. Swimming perhaps? or find something that interests you that works with your current leg situation.

And know that I will listen to you whine anytime LOL - after all, it's time for me to return the favor . emoticon But I will also kick you in the butt, because you have done the same for me.

Take care, and let me know if you need anything - see you in August...

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

**July Mantra - plan to work and work your plan**

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Lost Weekend.. or how I got my Half Marathon on.. Part 2

Thursday, July 07, 2011

~*~Part 1 Continued~*~
I need to back up for a moment before I move forward here.
I forgot to mention that on Sunday, I got up feeling more hopeful and less dejected than Iíd felt since Wednesday, so I got myself together, and wrangled the Hubby onto our bikes for a ride. The poor man has been fighting a chest cold since the rainy cold Mud Run wait, and while he felt ok riding, he was coughing and hacking and having a time of breathing. We rode back to the house and I dropped him off, then pedaled on my way. I rode into unchartered bike territory Ė Iíve driven in the neighborhood on the other side of 82nd Ave. before, but Iíve never biked it. I did that morning, and it was great. I zoomed up one street, then made my way back along another. All the while, I kept thinking of NewHorizonsR4Me. Girlfriend shared a blog recently that she rode 63 miles (!!!!!!Dude!!!)the other day and I was in awe. I hadnít made it much past 3 miles tooliní around our neighborhood, so to try and imagine going 21 times further? Whoa! I kept telling myself that she had to start out, one mile at a time, too, and to keep going. I finished my ride with 5 miles, and was pretty pleased with myself. Bonus? My left leg didnít hurt At All from the pedaling. W00T!!
~*~Part 2~*~

We arrived at shuttle bus meeting point at 5:30 a.m., and as it happened, there was a shuttle ready to go a bit early. It all worked out like it was suppose to. The drive to the start was crazy-long, at least it seemed like it! We made it to the island, but there was SUCH a line of cars trying to get to the start/parking that the bus took the long way around the island LOL As it happens, that was a lot of the Half/Marathon course. Eventually, we made it to the start area, found the Tribe, visited the portapotties, checked bags, and regrouped with the Tribe again.

Holly was going for a PR, making it in under 3 hours, and was raring to go. She tends to be on the faster side of our 30/30 group, and I can usually keep up with her, but I knew that wouldnít be the case for the Half. Sheíd be running with Bob, so I bid her luck, then hooked up with Karen and Kathleen and we all vowed if we fell behind, the others would keep going Ė but we werenít going to fall behind, we were going to do GREAT!

Just so happened at that point, I looked up, and there was Gaye! GAYEMC, our fearless PortlandSpark team leader, was also on the island, doing the Firecracker 5K! I gave a shout and we connected. Yay! I think this is the first event we actually hooked up at since the Marathon last year LOL It was great to see her.

With the countdown, the Half started (the Marathon started 10-15 minutes previous) and we were off! I had my Garmin, and it sings out loud and clear for our intervals, so we trotted along alternating between walking and running, at a pretty good clip. Karen worried we were going too fast, but we were averaging 14 mm exactly as we should have been. I was the only one of the three of us with music, and I only used one earbud so I could hear the others as well. I put together my playlist at

I told it I wanted songs for a 9:40 pace and it spit back some great picks. I know, I run anywhere from a 12-14 mm, but figured out that the 9:40 pace/beat was just the right rhythm for running, with walk breaks balancing me out to 12-14 (depending upon how much Iím hobbling!)

So the music and the chatter kept me going, and we went great! The scenery was beautiful, the sun was shining bright, and the wind was breezing. Well, the headwind was actually blowing pretty steady and we kept hoping/joking that it would speed us along when it was finally to our backs and we were heading to the finish.

Of course the photog captured us as we were on our 30 sec. walk break, and didnít get us running before or after LOL

We jazzed along pretty well up until around mile 10. At that point, I felt like I was giving out. My shin was great, the pain wasnít there. My muscles had loosened up, adjusted to running with the compression sleeves, and I was hoofiní it right long. I just got tired.

Karen kept up the charge, and Kathleen decided she was going to walk a bit more than run. The three of us spread out, and we remained that way to the finish.

Around mile 11, I saw Holly, and she was walking. The same hip pain that struck her during our 10.5 mile run whapped her again, and she had been walking since mile 5 or 6. She was disappointed, but not upset or sad Ė she was going to finish, she was still going to PR, it just wasnít going to be under 3 hours. She had a great lead on me, considering how long it took me to catch up with her. I walked a while with her, until I felt I could manage again, and took off at a trot. She cheered me on as I left, and that really helped.

Long about mile 12 or so, I was still doing my thang, and there was GAYEMC on the side of the road, waiting for me. The woman had finished her own 5K (Bill had run the 5K as well and did awesome!), and then stuck around 2 more hours, even coming out on the course, to find me on the way in.
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If I would have had my wits about me I would have gone all weepy with gratitude. I think.. HOPE.. I let her know how much I really appreciated her being there and running/walking in with me. I knew the end was near, and I just kept focused and kept moving forward.

Finally, it was there! The finish line!

I saw the timer going for the Marathoners (plenty of whom had blown right by me throughout my run) and then glanced at the timer for Half marathoners. 3:04. SO CLOSE! And yet.. I was done. I received my ribbon, and Karen found me for a hug. Then Bill found me, and we hugged, and I hugged Gaye, and I was a hugging machine, when I wasnít bent over bracing my hands on my knees. My legs were fine, until I stopped moving LOL At that point, they were a bit iffy!

How cute is he? I know, right!?

We waited, and I saw Holly come in next, then Kathleen a bit later. We werenít more than 5-8 minutes apart with our finishes, and that was fantastic. Bill handed me a water, and I followed him about, stopping for one more hug with him because I was going all weepy at last, like I did after my first 10K. I didnít let a full sob go, but it was close. It was just so.. much.

We didnít partake in the after-race goodies Ė strawberry shortcake and hot dogs and stuffínísuch. We pretty much said our gíbyes to the group after a bit more chat, then climbed back on the shuttle bus to head back to our car. These were school buses, and my knees could have easily fit up under my chin, there was that little room. The ride back took less time than the ride to, but it was still a bit too much. Hobbling down off the bus steps, I ďOWĒd each one down, and Holly and I reminded each other to head for an ice bath and lots of rest and relaxation!

Remember when I said I hadnít tracked my food much since Thursday, up until Monday? Well, Monday was a debacle, but I got away with it (sorta) because of the amount I burned. See?
Eaten 2,420
BMR* 2,082
Exercise 1,492
Total Burned 3,574
Differential -1,154

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While Iím prone to being wordy, the amount of words above is not sufficient to really explain to you what my experience was like. I can give you the surface stuff, but.. in the end, the gut feeling I was left with was so much more. It left me quiet. Image Billís surprise LOL I usually chatter on, riding the high, the wave of intensity after a race. Not this time. I was tired, I was quiet, and I felt sort of.. empty. Like Iíd done this HUGEmongous thing, and now it was out there, and I could breathe. Thereís a thread about post-activity let-down or crashíníburn on our Half Marathon Spark Team discussion board, and many of us have felt the same thing and Coach Nancy offered her learned explanation (which is why I emoticon her brain!) so itís good to know Iím not alone in this kind of Ďdropí afterward.

So what have we learned from this whole experience?
Pushing past the pain isnít necessarily the smartest thing to do. Believe it or not, I am actually taking some time off from running. Gasp! Shockíníawe! I know, right? No really, I am. I didnít run Tuesday, and I wonít run on today. Iím suppose to run on Saturday, but weíll see how I feel at that time.

Iím resting and taking care of my leg. I did the cold water bath when I got home after the Half. Iím keeping it elevated, and will apply ice as needed, but so far it seems ok. I wore the compression sleeve to work on Tuesday and Wednesday. Iím without it today and my leg feels GOOD.

Work has been problematic in the past, but Iíve figured out how to elevate my hurt leg on my fitness ball, under my desk, so I donít look awkward or sprawled out and lazy LOL This is a good thing! Iím still getting up every hour to walk the floor, albeit slowly. I was worried I would maim myself doing the Half, but I didnít, and Iím grateful for that. It would have been worth it if I had, but Iím happy thatís not the case.

Iíll keep hitting the gym for my scheduled strength training. We went last night, and the ST was fine, although I felt a bit discombobulated going through the workout. I attempted Zumba, while wearing the compression sleeve, and I did things at half speed/effort. I didnít jump, run, skip, or do anything to put too much pressure on my leg. A few moves did make me cringe, and the Instructor gave me the Ďdonít hurt yourself even moreí look and speech. I do still have the elliptical and bike riding to go for the cardio burn that I need. All in all though, Iím pretty ok (mostly) with taking a bit of time off (sorta). Iíve earned it (kinda). Iíve put in my time, my sweat, my effort, and I am allowed to take a break until Iím in better shape to continue once again. WellÖ boy does that sound like a copout or excuse to my ears LOL I know, itís not, I just never ever want to be perceived as taking the easy way out or using excuses to not succeed.

Driving in to work yesterday, the sun was shining bright (6:15 a.m.) and people were running across the Hawthorne Bridge. I envied them their run, and looked at them longingly, but know if I want to get back out there and be one of those crazy runner people, I need to allow my body to get better. And thatís what Iím going to do. I am. I will. I can!

In the spirit of setting new goals and having something to look forward to/work toward, I signed up for the Girlfriends Half Marathon in Vancouver, in October. Itís the week after the Portland Half/Marathon, where Iíll probably do the 10K walk with Bill (and maybe Gaye and others? Yea?) this year. Iím excited already for the Girlfriends, and have found some other Sparkers who will be doing it as well, so that should be extra awesome when the time comes.

So there. Thereís my very first Half Marathon experience. It was unlike anything Iíve done before, and I canít wait to do it again. I have well and truly been bitten by the running bug. I want to run for life, and I want to take care of my body well enough to do just that. This healing downtime for me is going to be hard to take, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Long run. Heh. Get it?

Thank You all so very much - those of you who commented on Part 1, those who sent me congrats goodies and messages, those who laugh at my wacky approach to life, nudge me when I need it, dare me when I'm stubborn, and all-around give me so much love and support - Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
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IMIN2GENES 7/14/2011 2:31PM

    Awesome Candi! I love reading your blogs. I was waiting to hear part 2... I'm not sure how I missed it until now!

Glad to hear you're taking care of yourself and resting a little. You are going to totally rock your next half in October. I'll be cheering you all the way!

PS - Love the pics! You're looking great! I swear your smile could light up a room!

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    Your story of grit and guts and caution are inspiring.

Keep on running when you can. And take it easy when you can't. That is a tall order.

I ran 15 miles with the Portland Fit group this Saturday....and to make a long story short, started out just fine, but at the 7 mile mark (and a potty break) had to then run pace partner didn't wait. I finished OK, but it really is great when you have such great running friends and supporters to help you along.

It does make a big difference.

Take care.

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GAYLEP67 7/10/2011 10:44PM

    I absolutely love reading about your runs and wish I could be there on the sidelines cheering you on although you know that I am cheering you on from here anyways. Congratulations on your half marathon, my friend. You are one fierce warrior and I am so incredibly proud of you. Glad to hear that you're going to give your body a chance to heal - you'll need it if you want to continue. I love love love the pictures and that last one of you is awesome. I swear you look like a kid!


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KAREN42BOYS 7/8/2011 11:27AM

    What a great report! It'll be fun for you to look back when you have some more halfs under your belt to see how far you've grown and to remember that old injury that will by then be far behind you.

I didn't know about that music site! Thanks!!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 7/8/2011 12:47AM

    I love your wise and wacky approach to life! You are spot on in my opinion, and I'm very proud of you!

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DRPOOH63 7/7/2011 11:24PM

    Great story, thanks for sharing. I talked myself out of doing a 1/2 this year but not off my radar screen just being realistic. This made me want to go back to the 1/2 even more.


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RITZIBROWN 7/7/2011 6:43PM

    emoticon your blog as always! It's just like being with you, metaphorically speaking of course emoticon Keep on keeping on emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 7/7/2011 4:40PM

    emoticonjob! Congrats on completing your first half marathon.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/7/2011 3:54PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy for you! And I hope your leg is feeling better and is fully recovered very soon.

Try to take care of yourself. I know that it's very difficult to allow yourself some rest time, but know that you really earned it and you'll be stronger for it.


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WCALDER 7/7/2011 3:14PM

    Again, Awesome job Candi!

I'm very happy for you. I hope to be a running blast of energy like you someday!

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GAYEMC 7/7/2011 2:59PM

    Great read (as always). Love the last pic. Again, congratulations! And yes, I will bedoing the Mayor's Walk.

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LMLOPEZ 7/7/2011 2:49PM

    Candi, I am so proud of you!! You deserve some time off from running to bask in your accomplishment and prevent further injury. Do what you can-I am really impressed and think you look wonderful!!
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HEALING_LORI 7/7/2011 2:06PM

    Congratulations on finishing your first HM!


You look so good and happy! I'm glad to hear that you are going to rest your leg and take a much needed, much DESERVED break! You wow me with the way you give us the details of your going ons!

Thanks for Part II - You are truly one special lady!


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TURTLERASKIN 7/7/2011 2:03PM

    Awesome! It was worth waiting to read part 2!

Waiting until you're healed isn't a copout; it's sensible. There are still things you can do to get some cardio in that won't hurt your leg even more. Imagine what'll happen if you hurt the leg more -- do you think your doctor will tell you keep going? So just get well, because I want more running stories!

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    Way to go - sounds like you finished well, and learned something to boot! A win-win for sure.

Take that much needed rest and get better - how are we going to run when I come down in August if you are injured (nothing selfish about that sentence, huh? lol). Although based on what you are saying, you will have to slow down to run with me... but maybe with your needed healing time it will all balance out.

Nicely done - thanks for sharing!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

My July mantra: PLAN to WORK and WORK your PLAN

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BLACKROSE_222 7/7/2011 1:42PM

    Wow - that is amazing! I had to laugh too, because I'm SPfriends with Gaye - and I was surprised to see that this was THAT 5K that she did! That is amazing that you guys were out there together, and sounds just like her! I'm so happy this worked out for you... and am glad you didn't hurt yourself. Take the rest time! Congrats! emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 7/7/2011 1:41PM

  Wow, Candi...I applaud your courage to keep going even while hurt. You look so amazing and so proud of yourself, as you should be. And I think you have the best idea about giving yourself time to heal. Congratulations on all you've done...Hugs...Robin

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CHELLES_BELLS 7/7/2011 1:39PM

    Wow. You are amazing. Such an inspiration!

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LISA01605 7/7/2011 1:35PM

    Congrats on your race! It sounds amazing to work so hard and then achieve your goal. Running and I have a love hate relationship. I want to love it but I can't seem to stop hating it. I took some time off from trying to run and I have been rocking the elliptical, which I truly love. I do want to get back to running though. Running a 5k is one of my big fitness goals.

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Lost Weekend.. or how I got my Half Marathon on.. Part 1

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

~*~Part 1~*~

This blog has been a long time in the making. To quote myself from FacebookÖ
ż6 months of training, short runs, long runs, gels, chews, honey, electrolytes, strength training, laughter, tears, shin splints, compression sleeves, ice baths, and finishing the Foot Traffic Flat Half Marathon? Priceless....

See, about three weeks ago, I strained my lower left leg. I ran the 13 miles with the tribe and felt FANTASTIC! I mean, even in mile 13, I was bouncing around, jigging and jogging around many people in our path, just overall left feeling great! And then, I did the 5K the next day with Bill, which was at a slower pace, but still.. an extra 3 miles. I think between the two, I simply overdid things.

Did I take a break though? Of course not. I kept on going. In fact, I did the Mud Run the next weekend after that! Ha! Take that achy shin, you canít stop me.

Only, it did start to stop me. It slowed me down during the week, especially after sitting for sooooo flippiní long at work every day. Even getting up and walking the floor once an hour.. twice an hour.. wasnít doing it. I got in my lunchtime walks, and sometimes that helped, but not always. There was one day I could barely drive myself home (stick shift) because my left leg hurt so badly.

I self-diagnosed with a posterior shin splint. I know, I know Ė I should see a doctor. And I should! Iím simply between doctors right now and havenít taken (made) the time to find a new one. I did another easy 5 mile run the following week with the Tribe, and vowed to take it easy on myself up to the Half.

I did, sorta. Remember the creepy guy from my run on Tuesday? My leg felt pretty good for that (which was why I was bummed so about having to cut it short) but I paid for it the next day at work. My leg swelled, and I hobbled a bit too much. I cut out my lunch walks on Wednesday and Thursday, and didnít run Thursday evening.

In fact, I didnít do much of anything at all on Thursday, or Friday, except talk myself into not being able to run the Half. I had finally resigned myself to being too hurt to be able to run 13.1 miles, and I was just going to have to accept it was not my time to do it.

Oh, I ate. Boy did I eat. Youíd think that given that I was taking a physical nose-dive and not working out and racking up the fitness minutes, Iíd cut back some. But nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I gave up tracking Thursday evening, and didnít log a full dayís intake until.. Monday.

Anyway, the Tribe was doing one more run Saturday morning, a quick 30-minutes, so I thought, what the heck. I can go, try, and if it falls apart, then thatís that.

I started out rough, and slow, but warmed up a bit, and kept up, and managed without any real pain. It hurt, but not enough to stop me. If I read that from any of you, Iíd probably scold you for being stubborn and hard headed! LOL


I did the 30, felt good, really, and decided to heck with it. I was not going to let fear, or pain, make my decisions for me (thanks Karen!). The worst that could happen would be that I couldnít run and Iíd have to walk, and once walking, couldnít do that, and Iíd have to be picked up and toted along back to the finish area.

What the heck, letís do this thing! I picked up our packets to Foot Traffic, and also picked up some compression sleeves for my calves. Holly wears a set when she runs and swears by them, so I figured they couldnít hurt, especially if all I could manage was a walk. I know, I know, youíre not supposed to run with anything new on race day, but.. I wasnít going to run at all without them, so I made the concession.

Sunday, my eating was a little bit better since I wasnít trying to sooth myself as much. Still not pretty. Meh. We decided to hook the Wii up in the living room (it went to the basement originally because thereíd be more room) and spent the day playing with that while Bill smoked some ribs and pork, veggies and corn on the cob, made potato salad and coleslaw, and fruit salad Ė for the two of us! Itís not like we had ANYONE over to help us eat. Geez-o-pete!

I think I have Wii-elbow! We had such fun playing the Sports Resort games Ė tennis, wakeboarding, bowling, archery, etc. and so on. I hooked up to our wireless network and showed Bill how we could now stream Netflix through the game console and he was even happier. Itís nice making the man happy sometimes. Sometimes. Heh.

Given that we had decided we were going now, we needed to get some decent sleep! We were catching a shuttle to the event site so we wouldnít have to worry about traffic, parking, etc. Excellent idea! Only, the shuttle was leaving at 5:45, and we needed 30 minutes travel time to get to the shuttle, which meant leaving at 5 a.m. (donít ask, itís all about how Bill tells time and how I get ready Ė we split the difference LOL) which meant getting up around 3:30 so Iíd have time to wake, take care of the puppies, swill coffee, down water, take in some oatmeal, PB, and banana, and eventually get dressed. Great! Off to bed we went at 9 p.m. after getting everything laid out and ready to go. There we lay at least until 11:30 if not later because of the war zone that erupted outside of our house!

Neighbors to all sides of us were letting off fireworks, whistlers, screamers, zingers, the noisier the better, apparently. Somehow we managed to eventually doze off (nerves may have played a role in the delayed sleep as well.. maybe!), and I was up like a top when the alarm sounded. We got ourselves together, forgot to get before pics, and took off right on time (yay me!)

End Part 1Ö..

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GAYLEP67 7/10/2011 10:03PM

    Please, please, please take the time to find a doctor SOON and stop the self diagnosis (even if you might be accurate!). You look after yourself and make yourself a priority girlie!! So...bad SparkFriend that I am, I'm just starting to catch up on blogs, etc tonight. That said, now I don't have to wait to read Part 2!


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ANNESYLVIA 7/7/2011 4:36PM

    Yep, I sure know the feeling of telling the other person to listen to their bodies. While I jeopardize mine! I hope your shins are doing better. My calf is much better.
I love the Wii. Try boxing and sword fighting. Great for arms and waistline. Plus you burn more standing playing the Wii than sitting watching TV or whatever.
Enjoy the rest of the week.

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HEALING_LORI 7/7/2011 10:30AM

awwwww.... I wanna hear the rest of the story....lmao
Seriously Candy, you know how to do it. I'm sorry to hear about you injuries and I am glad you pushed throught it but I hope you do take care and rest it too! You are one amazing lady and inspire me to walk in your path!
You say it like it is and I like that.
I read about you "creeper" and I'm glad you followed your instincts. That was weird!

I CAN'T wait to hear about the rest of your day!!!

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WCALDER 7/7/2011 8:48AM

    Wow, I had no idea how rough and tough you have been! Can't wait to see part 2!

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LMLOPEZ 7/6/2011 11:53PM

    Okay, Candi. You have officially inspired me to stop my whining about the pain I. My foot from my neuroma and suck it up to run. Take my meds, see my doc and GO!!! So glad that your run went well and can't wait for part two of the story...

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WALKAWAY 7/6/2011 11:27PM

    Hmmmmmm, hard headed and stubborn. Sounds familiar as my DH was just saying the same thing after I battled shin splints about 3 weeks ago. Combination of wrong shoes and trying to walk too fast. But lately I'm just afraid if I quit moving I may never get started again.

Looking forward to the rest of the story......................



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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/6/2011 10:46PM

    I loved reading this and I look forward to the next installment. You are very determined and I get a lot of inspiration from that in you! Through pain and lack of sleep and a creeper, you keep on going with humor! Keep it up!

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    Great so far. Can't wait for part II

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TURTLERASKIN 7/6/2011 5:48PM

    I want part 2! This is riveting so far!

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RITZIBROWN 7/6/2011 4:25PM

    Dare I say it - Listen to your body emoticon emoticon emoticon. Can't wait for Part 2. LOL Carol

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DITZYCHICK 7/6/2011 3:10PM

    Oh girl...bummed to hear about your shin splint. I'm just like you and will tuff it out and do alot of self diagnosing before going in to give the doctor my money. It's great news though that it seems to slowly be getting better. Just keep your attention focused on it so you don't overdo and hopefully you'll be back to 100% in no time!

As for the Wii Elbow...I truly believe this is a condition! There's a game that I absolutely love playing with the kids but it takes me a week to recover every time I do. And the year we first brought the Wii into the house we were all so sore the morning after...pathetic!!! Funny how it'll get you moving muscles that you aren't used to using!

Take it easy girl and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL WEATHER we've been blessed with the last few days!!!

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GAYEMC 7/6/2011 2:09PM

    I had no idea you were going through so much before the race. It's even more amazing that you did it! Can't wait for part 2!

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KAREN42BOYS 7/6/2011 1:44PM

That's my compartment syndrome story.

My plantar fasciitis story happened while on hiatus from SP, so I can't offer that to you. That was 2 winters ago, and while the podiatrist cleared me for running about 6 weeks after the diagnosis, my trainer waited another 3 months.

Honey, don't mess with this. You've worked too hard to take care of yourself to let this injury get any bigger. I predict you can find a decent doctor in 20 minutes or less. Dare you ('cause I know you rise to a dare).

And if you want to be a facebook friend, PM me. :)

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    Looking forward to part 2 in the saga...

I'm hoping things went well :)


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IMIN2GENES 7/6/2011 1:21PM

    Wow! Now there's a little nighttime excitement for ya! I can't wait to hear Part 2...

It sounds like you've got quite a mental war going on along with the physical. I hope you feel better soon! Leg injuries suck! Been there done that... YUCK!

PS - Post part 2 soon... I can't hold my breath very long... LOL!

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    Wow, sounds like me and my feet! I hope you have found a way to relieve the pain!

Your dinner sounded wonderful!

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Various and Sundry..

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

So I noted on my status earlier today that I was trying out a late afternoon cuppa coffee to see how it affected my energy for my maintenance run. I had my 8 cups of water in already for the day, so I wasn't shorting myself that way. It was quite tasty - I'm still very much a coffee fan but normally limit myself to my two cups in the morning and that's it.

I had my cuppa the last hour of work, with a Clif Kidz Bar, then headed home. Get home around 4:30 and get changed to head out and hit the pavement.

Today was the first day I've worn a sleeveless shirt outside, in public. Seriously.

Yep, I still have the gut flap apron thingy, but it's getting smaller. Slowly. Sorta.
The black strap on my upper arm is the Body Bugg, and I've got my music strapped to it as well.
My Garmin is on my wrist.

And that leaves the "Hi Helen"s.

What are "Hi Helen"s you ask?
It's that flap of skin, hanging from your upper arm, that when you wave "Hi Helen" it continues to flap long after you've stopped waving!

I remember ClaraBRunning posted a blog about actually having pits again! Arm pits! They're wonderful things, and I'm slowly developing mine. Those "Hi Helen"s are going to take quite a lot more work, and may never ever actually suck back up into my arm/body. It's one of those prices I'm going to have to pay for not taking care of myself and/or my body.

Now I've documented - the sleeveless shirt in public, the current size of my gut, and the flap'o'skin dangling from my upper arms! I'm very much looking forward to someday posting 'after' pics that looks a LOT better than these LOL

I took off for my run. I was feeling much better from the coffee I believe. I'd sat through an hour long meeting from 1:30 to 2:30 and I was in serious danger of my eyes slamming shut and snoring out loud at the conference table!

I ran intervals, but not quite the Galloway way. I ran a block, walked a block, etc. and so on. I've found that when I run the neighborhood this way, it totals out to 3 miles. I was really looking forward to getting out and stretching my legs. I've found that I most likely have a posterior shin splint with my left leg. It hurts where it feels like my calf muscle connects to the bone.

The first block I run, I feel like I'm 75 years old! Every step was achy and I know I didn't look like I was running but hobbling along with a weird skippy wobble. Oy!

I keep at it though and complete the first circle of the blocks - approx. 1.5 miles. I go back to running the first block, and make it about a third of the way through my second loop.

Then this car drives past me rather slowly.
Like really slow.

I'm about to cross a street, so I attribute this to the driver being cautious with me being so close to the road.

Except, the car keeps going very slowly. Almost like it's pacing me.
I glance over to see what might be going on, and the guy driving is looking at me.
Ok, whatever. Only not really whatever. It's creepy. I actually said, unthinking, out loud "Creep".

You know that feeling you get when something isn't right? Yea, that for sure was what I felt. Not Right At All.

Now I know. I joked about having a gym stalker not long ago. But this is totally different. Perhaps I over-reacted, but something didn't feel right.

I'm supposed to run the next block, but opt to walk it instead. That way I'm slower and can keep an eye on the vehicle.

It's creeping along (sorry, that word is just stuck in my mind this evening). Slow, and he's looking at me. I don't look over obviously, but glance over from under my hat.

Two blocks now, he's pacing me. It's just not right, so I cross the next street, and start to continue on my way but at the last minute hang a left and head a different direction. I don't hear the car back up so hope he's on his way away.

I plan on turning right to finish out my run, just going the opposite direction, figuring the creeper is gone now.

Wrong. I get near the end of the street and the creep came around the corner. He'd circled the block and cruised by way too slowly, looking at me.


Now I've got that hinky feeling, but more than anything I'm p*ssed. I don't need creepy guy ruining my run, but I don't feel comfortable continuing.

While he's going the other way, I pick up the pace and head home - I was only a few blocks away. I didn't look back, and never did see him again.

I'm still p*ssed that I let the Creeper run me off my run. I didn't get the full 3 miles in - only 2.4. I feel defeated, but I also feel smart. You ALWAYS hear 'trust your instincts' and I did. It may not have been anything. Maybe he was looking for a certain address or .. whatever. Maybe it wasn't me he was looking at.

I'm also planning. I didn't have the Crackberry with me because Bill knew where I was and how long I'd be gone. Had I had it though, would I have had enough presence of mind to snap a photo of his license plate? Maybe. Maybe acknowledging that he was looking at me would have been better than ignoring it? Maybe.

Maybe next time, I won't be run off my run.

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    gosh, be careful! I have pepper spray strapped to my left hand (same side as my Garmin. I use that hand to wave at people. Creepers a little deterred by the thought of being pepper sprayed in the EYE!

As for the Hi Helens, be ready to say BYE Helen! Because they will be gone. Just keep working at it. Love the reference to my "pit" story - I still have some hi helens but they are WAY smaller. As will yours be soon my friend!

Keep it up girl - can't wait to hear how the half went!!!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 6/30/2011 4:15PM

    You look great in your pictures! Congratulations!

Loved learning about "Hi Helens" - which I also have, but they haven't seen the sun in years.

Glad you got rid of the creep and the creep didn't follow you home. You are so right about following instincts!

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ON2VICTORY 6/30/2011 1:09AM

    hi helens... ROTFLOL..... gonna pass out laughing!

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KWADHAMS 6/29/2011 10:52PM

    That is the first time I've heard of Hi Helens that was funny.You are doing what my husband did when he first started running.He walked and ran around our neighborhood when he started to lose weight. Now he is 100lbs lighter and a marathon runner. hehas 60 more pounds to go to get to his goal weight. Your doing a great job. keep it up.

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REALLY_ROBIN 6/29/2011 6:29PM

  Honestly in situations like that...I'd rather you be run off your run. Too many creepers like that! And the phone is a great idea. I'd rather have a pissed Candy than a hurt or no Candy! Another idea is to turn around completely and go the other way. And try to lose him before he knows where you live! If you get a license number make sure you contact the police...they could be looking for him already! And I think there is whole heck a lot of us who could make it to Portland to take this guy out if we need to!

I too have the stomach flap and it will go away...mine is getting smaller...but dang is taking it's sweet old time. I'm with you...can't wait for better pictures! You are doing so awesome though...look how far you've come!


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GAYEMC 6/29/2011 5:44PM

    Hey Candy, these are after pics and you look wonderful! Now, I know you're not where you want to be but put these next to you a year ago. And Hi Helen, love it. I've really been working on mine the last few months but not seeing any change.

BTW, I'm so glad you trusted your instincts. It may not have been anything and it ruined your run but I didn't have to read about it in the news this morning. Can't wait to see you on Monday!

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TERRYT55 6/29/2011 3:45PM

    Hi Helen's.....that cracks me up! I have Hi Helen's too but am not as brave as you are. I did buy workout shirts with cap sleeves last week and have worn them twice. I keep trying to pull them lower on my arms (-: It is way out of my comfort zone to not wear sleeves to my elbows! I have the apron too......all of this hanging skin is such a good reminder to track my food and keep moving!

So sorry about the stalker/creepy person. I would have gone home early too.

You look terrific in that sleeveless very confident!

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TURTLERASKIN 6/29/2011 12:15PM

    Awesome! You look great in the pictures! Sorry about the creepy guy; I take my phone when I walk, and I live in a small town, so I actually do have the cop's non-emergency number on my speed dial and I call them whenever I see something hinky. I figure it's their job to be out there anyway. Hope the creepy guy never surfaces again!

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KAREN42BOYS 6/29/2011 11:46AM

    well, you do lead an exciting life! naked upper arms and a creepy man. imagine me saying "yeow" but with very different tones with respect to your sleeker arms and that guy.

and what's up with the shin splint? get it diagnosed for reals because if you ignore a shin splint and run through it, it only gets worse. and then you'll be really derailed from running. and i don't want to read that very very sad blog.

oh, and just to be clear, you handled the stalker thing right. you did get that he was folowing you and that it was not safe to be out there with him. have you written down a description of his car and like what color baseball cap he was wearing? the police may already know about him, and they need that info even if you can't give the license plate.

Comment edited on: 6/29/2011 11:47:15 AM

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ANNESYLVIA 6/29/2011 11:39AM

    I love the confidence in your stance in that picture. Great picture.
Eek! I would have freaked out. I rather be safe than sorry. No half a mile gained is worth a life lost. Always trust your instincts. Don't look at it as being run off, look at it as being the smart strong woman you are! RAWR!!

I am glad you are safe!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 6/29/2011 11:08AM

    It sounds like to me that caution was the better choice in this case. Yes, not as long a run as you hoped but then, you get to run again next time. That' the import thing.

You look so pretty in that color. It's one of my favorites! I'm not a big fan of sleeveless either but one day...

Keep up the great work! I'm proud of you!


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BAM-MA 6/29/2011 9:46AM

    Congrats on the sleeveless! The hi helens will shrink with time, I am sure . Okay I hope... I have them too. I also believe that the apron will go, for the same reason.

As far as the stalker... EWWW! Creepy! I agree with the others. Take your phone, take a pic of the plate,email it, and then face him. Ask if he is lost . If he isn't then tell him to get that way! And then tell him that you will call the cops f you see him skulking around again. If he is dangerous, he isn't just dangerous to YOU. Think of the unsuspecting or young and inexperienced in your neighborhood.

Remember, you are TOUGH. You can RUN! Most of the time these creeps are looking for a VICTIM, someone WEAK that they can prey on.

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IMIN2GENES 6/29/2011 8:12AM

    I am VERY glad you trusted your instincts and went home. It's always best to trust your instincts. They're there for a reason! Be careful and definitely take your phone with you next time. Snapping a photo may be enough to scare him off...

On a better note... you, my dear, look FABULOUS! High Helen's and all! LOL! Love the shirt too! Great color for you.

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ONENEL 6/29/2011 6:37AM

    How creepy- remember your phone from now on, you never know what kinds of creeps are out there.
You look fabulous!

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GAYLEP67 6/29/2011 12:20AM

    Playing it safe shouldn't be considered defeated. You did the right thing my friend and I'm glad you kept yourself safe. There are too many bad people doing bad things out there nowadays so you really can't be too careful.

I'm right there with you on the "Hi Helens" and the apron. My apron is getting smaller but it's definitely one of my worst areas and I don't believe my arm flab will ever shrink back. Whether they stay or go, I know I'm getting healthier so I'm going to take comfort in knowing that there have been improvements regardless of what's still hanging around. You are looking AMAZING!


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ERLYWA 6/28/2011 11:56PM

    That's totally creepy! I am glad that you didn't sacrifice your safety just to save the run. You did the right thing by listening to your instincts. I have heard so many horror stories of women who are hurt who later say they knew something was "off" but they ignored their instincts.

Anyway, I love that you went sleeveless in public! Woo hoo!
Keep up the great work :)

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/28/2011 11:52PM

    Creepy is right! I would have reacted the same way! Please take your phone with you all the time.

Glad you are safe! emoticon

On another note, you look great, love your humor about Hello Helen!

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 6/28/2011 11:43PM

    Sorry about your stalker. Personally, I'd have taken my techno off my arm and acted like I was calling 911. I also might have stopped, stared at him, and asked him what he was doing. No fear!

But you, my dear, look amazing! Like an athlete! And, I'd like you to try the coffee another time. I tried it before spinning class and at first I was thrilled, but then it felt like I bonked. It was a strong enough reaction that I swore I'd never do it again.

Thanks for all your comments and support. I've been struggling a bit. Not overeating, or skipping exercising, but stressing, and not sleeping well. I'm kinda pissed at myself. Anyway, your comments make me feel good. Thanks! And again, you look wonderful. Way to go!

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LMLOPEZ 6/28/2011 11:21PM

    Scary. Glad you trusted your instincts and ran off-too bad you didn't have your phone!! Sorry he messed up your run. I usually run better after a little caffeine but unfortunately it sometimes replaces my water intake. :(
You look great and I love the shirt!!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 6/28/2011 11:12PM

    I'm so glad you stopped and went home. Seriously. ALWAYS trust your instincts! Sure, be pissed that he ruined your run. But be happy that you are alive and well. There are lots of people out there who are just sickos - and he sounds like he falls in that category. Who knows what he was plotting???

Suggestion- next time (hopefully NEVER) someone does that - make a point to look at them... REALLY look - and say boldly - WHAT DO YOU WANT? If he's a perv, he'll be embarrassed and drive off. If he tries to engage you, be ready to run - to the nearest house and walk in like you own it. Seriously.

This whole story gives me the "creeps". Be careful gal! And take the phone next time!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

Keep moving forward - do WHATEVER it takes - and NEVER quit!

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