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Denial and what to do about it

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Well, since the 5K I had been having knee pain that would radiate down to the ankle. I ignored it and finished the program. It got worse and started to cause me issues in the gym with my trainer. He encouraged me to take some time off running. I was reluctant, but I did. It was almost 2 weeks! But I am finally feeling better. I ran this past Wednesday and took it really easy. I only did about a mile and then walked and jogged alternately the rest of the time for a total of about 2.5 miles.

I ran again on Saturday. That was a wonderful run!!! I loved it and ran 2.6 miles without stopping and then walked for a total of 3.2 miles.

I had been in denial about my knee and it caused me all kinds of issues. But taking the time to get better was really important. It upsets me when I can't do my runs, but I am getting there again. I was going to do a 5K on the 19th but I hadn't recovered enough to train for it. There is one this coming weekend at my University alma mater but I am not ready. I'll see if I can find one in November to do. But I am in no hurry. I'll continue to do runs and see how far I can go and see if I can improve my speed and endurance.

Things have been a little busy for me at home. My hubby has been on a business trip out of the country which leaves me by myself and stretched thin. The computer time gets booted when that happens. Work has been super busy too leaving me very little free time. So sorry for not checking in with my Spark buddies as much.

I'm trying to get better about ignoring injuries but it is hard for me. I'm always afraid if I miss a run or a workout I won't go back to it. Irrational yes, but it leads to denial of pain. A bad thing. I'm working hard to overcome that issue but it doesn't happen over night. We all have our idiosyncrasies I guess...

  
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JEWELRYBYTITI 10/19/2008 4:14PM

    That is a tough lesson to learn. But it is well worth knowing. Thanks for the reminder that we should listen to our bodies. Thanks!

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MARTY19 10/19/2008 4:05PM

    I'm glad you took the time to heal. I love my exercise but I don't do it in pain. I hate being in pain. I envy peope who can put it aside to do what needs to be done. emoticon
Marty

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LIFES*2*SHORT 10/19/2008 3:21PM

  I know it... I can recognize that kind of attitude ANYWHERE!!! It's the all or nothing attitude that I was born with too. It sucks, doesn't it? We almost need to become OCD about exercise, or we are afraid that we will just go back to our old habits and become couch potatoes again. That's totally me too! I *need* my gym time... when I know that there is a week coming where I know I will only be able to go twice instead of three times... I panic. I don't do that any more... but a few months ago... I sure did! I also have people who are holding me accountable. The gym owner came up to me the other day and said... where have you been... thought you skipped out on us. He said he was totally going to call me if I hadn't come in. I like that. It so happens that I had to miss out because of Dr appts with Josh... but it's nice that people notice when you are missing.

Ummmm... sorry... didn't mean to make this sooo long... just wanted you to know that in many ways... we are the same.

You're still doing great my dear! Keep it up!

Naomi

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What an amazing week I have had!!!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Ok, I'm going to pretend my week started on Saturday when I ran in my first 5K!!! I did it and I finished it, but I did not enjoy it. My girlfriend Julie joined me and walked it. It was pouring rain the whole time and fairly cold, the start was delayed an hour, there were 9 hills and I got lost! :-) BUT, I finished it. It took me nearly 45 minutes, but that's ok. It was my first one and I was babying my ankle so I wouldn't hurt it any more.

Sunday morning I woke up and ran a quarter of a mile and walked a quarter of a mile to re-calibrate my Nike+ sensore. Later on I had a great workout with my trainer, and my friend Julie joined me!

Monday, I ran my Week 9 Day 2 run and I felt like the slowest and heaviest being on the planet. I ached all over, BUT, again, I completed it and I am happy.

Then we come to Tuesday. I had my Dr appointment to get the results from my 6 week blood draw to see if I would have to be put on Cholesterol medication. When I started Sparkpeople (the day of my appointment when I found out I had high cholesterol) my cholesterol was 253. After following the calorie counts and exercising like a crazy woman I got my blood drawn again in the middle of September. My Dr called me and wanted me to come in on the 30th of September. SOooo, I was nervous. She went over again how my other numbers were fantastic, but the cholesterol was bad. Then she got a big smile smile on her face. My new cholesterol test was 181!!!!!! That's a drop of over 70 points in 6 weeks! I am estatic. I can't remember a time when I have been this happy about something other than when my husband proposed to me and our wedding day! This is a BIG deal. I am SO proud of myself.

I told my trainer at my workout Tuesday night and he was super excited for me too. I was so giddy I couldn't even remember the order of the exercises in each set and I felt great at the end! I don't think there is much that can dampen my joy this week, even though the Ravens lost on Monday night...

It is GOOD to be alive. The scale may say I've only lost 5 lbs, but I'd rather have the cholesterol victory than the lbs.

Thank you all so much for inspiring me to stick with it and not give up!

  
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CURLMOM 10/5/2008 10:53AM

    Great job on the run! Keep up the amazing work!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 10/2/2008 10:19AM

  You should be SOOOOO proud of yourself! That is a HUGE non scale victory... and I believe we're getting going on that suggestion of yours. Keep your eyes open. YOU ROCK GOONIE!!!

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PERSEPHONEJUDE 10/1/2008 11:12PM

    All of this going on your week and you made time to help me. You are so kind. Thank you sooo much and I am sooo excited about your 5k, way to go!!!! And the cholesterol - OMG, you are sooo good.

Thank you a million times over - hugs and love.

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WILSOCA 10/1/2008 7:52PM

    Congratulations on your first 5 K. Sorry you didn't enjoy it ... I'm doing my first this Sunday and I'm hoping to survive :):)
The biggest congratulations is on your cholesterol #. That is incredible in such a short period of time. What a difference that will make to your health !!! WOW You must be so happy !!!! Way to go.
I will have to remember the change it has made to your health when I'm out and not "loving" my runs :):)
C.J.

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PAYES97 10/1/2008 4:30PM

    Congrats on completing your first 5K! What a great accomplishment. It's wonderful news that your cholesterol is down also. Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hugs,

Mistie

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MARTY19 10/1/2008 4:29PM

    WOW! That is incredible. I stand in awe. 5 pounds is good also but the Cholesterol victory myself. You go girlfriend!
Marty

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BLUEEYESLISA80 10/1/2008 3:34PM

    I am so proud of you! What a great week =) No wonder you are giddy. Congrats on your first 5K. Mine is in a month and I am already a nervous wreck. I sometimes get anxiety with crowds and the whole vision of running toward a crowd , in probably last place, is really spazzing me out. But I am signed up and am going to do it anyway. As for your cholesterol, that is truly amazing! Congratulations on all your accomplishments and keep up the great work! emoticon

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Break In and Break Down

Friday, September 26, 2008

Well, this week is not turning out as planned. I ran my Week9 Day 1 and it went badly. I completed it but had sharp pain in my foot and ankle. The cool down walk made it go away and a mini sprint in there didn't hurt. I was optimistic until I hit the gym on Tuesday. It hurt a ton. My trainer recommended I rest it on Wednesday eve though that was supposed to be Day 2 of Week 9.

So I came home put ice on my ankle, took Motrin and chilled. Went to bed and was woken up at 1am by someone breaking into our garage trying to steal my hubby's dirtbike. They cased our garage about 2 months ago and we got a motion activated alarm that we can hear inside but the theives can't. They ran when my husband went outside with his pistol and opened the garage door. They proke the back window to get in, cut the padlock on the outside of the side door and had gotten the inside deadbolt unlocked before they were scared away. I give my local Police department all the credit in the world though. Within 2 to 3 minutes of my call I had 2 policemen, and a helicopter searching for the thieves. In 5 minutes I had 6 cops and a K9 unit that tracked the people (We think there were 2) to the community behind us to where a car must have been parked. The crime scene guy arrived a little while later and took photos and fingerprints. They got 4 good fingerprints which is pretty exciting. So I ended up taking Wednesday off of work and got things done to re-secure the garage. We got new padlocks (we added on to the inside now also) boarded up the window for now until we replace the glass, moved the dirtbike to our friend's house about 5 miles away, got the police report, dealt with insurance and ran around a whole lot. I was on my feet for about 5 hours and my ankle was not happy.

So fast forward to last night at my trainer workout where I did my first interval (Treadmill work speeding up and slowing down like Fartlek in running) and at the 12 mile per hour pace my ankle started hurting again and continued to hurt. Hrm. NOT good. SO we cut out the second interval and My trainer encouraged me to go back to the ice and relax mode.

So we had our garage broken into and my ankle has broken down! I'm hoping I can complete the 5K tomorrow morning even if I have to walk it. I'm looking forward to it as good experience either way. I enjoy the running, but if I have to wait to do a running 5K that will be all right. I just want to gain the experience and to enjoy myself and raise money for my friend's daughter's school.

I'll let you know how it went!

  
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CURLMOM 9/29/2008 9:01PM

    WOW What a day! I hope your ankle is feeling better now :) Hang in there

Trish

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BLUEEYESLISA80 9/26/2008 11:28AM

    You will do great tomorrow morning. Just pace yourself. I would definately rest today and just stretch and workout your ankle a little to get it loosened up.

As for the breakin...that is crazy! I'm just happy that no one got hurt and that the cops got some good fingerprints!

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week 8 day 3 Done!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I can't believe I did it last night. I really can't. I'm going to have to say that I probably went the same pace last night as I did the other days of the week. I had an almost fall that totally messed with my time. And I tried a different route at dusk and dark. Not sure I like running in the dark. Kind of eerie. And it was pretty chilly last night so I wore leggings.

I kept getting distracted by my butt jiggling. Ugh. That is going to have to go.

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But then again that's why I am doing this, right?

Oh, I heard back from my Dr on my blood test and my cholesterol went down some in the 6 weeks I have been concentrating on it. I will find out the exact levels on the 30th when I go and see her. And by then I an tell her I ran in my first 5K!!! A week from right now I will be done with my first 5K! Holy Hannah I never would have thought this 3 months ago!

Week 9 on Monday. Egads. 30 minutes of running. I can do this. I think...

  
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BLUEEYESLISA80 9/21/2008 9:48PM

    You are doing so great! Good luck with week nine...and your5K! It's crazy isn't it. I'm with you...I never in a million years would have thought I could complete this program. I did my first day of week 9 and since buying the treadmill, I find myself jumping on it to go for mile runs to start or end my day. I try to do those runs at a faster pace than my three mile runs so that I am pushing myself more. I think at this point I run for the heck of it, which is truly bizarre. This program has truly turned me into a running monster!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 9/20/2008 2:54PM

  Hooray for non scale victories!! You keep going ... you are doing amazing!

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Week 8 day 2 complete...

Friday, September 19, 2008

My schedule has been a bit off. I did my Week 8 Day 2 Thursday morning as I did not go into work. Wednesday I was supposed to run, but I went into the office at 8:30am and left at 1:00am!!! So no running for me. Instead I ran when I woke up on Thursday and hobbled through. For the first time ever I almost fell! It was pretty funny actually. Me not paying attention and being in my own little world but it was still amusing. Fortunately I didn't hurt myself and it barely slowed me down. I didn't complete a full 5 minute cool down but I did 3.2 miles in 34.5 minutes. I'm thinking I ran at the same pace as Day 1, but my overall speed was quicker at a little under 12 minutes for the whole workout.

Then I had a few hours to rest and worked out with my trainer! We do 2 sets of intervals on the treadmill and he ended our second set with 30 seconds at 7.0 on the treadmill which is an 8.5 minute mile! I did it too and wasn't gasping at the end! Yay me!!!!

I'm hoping the muscle fatigue will start to subside some. It's hard to keep powering through when it burns!

Week 8 Day 3 is tonight! Woo Hoo!

  
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LIFES*2*SHORT 9/19/2008 2:34PM

  I know that burn... it's such a gooooood burn! Keep at it.. you are doing great!

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