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Thursday, September 08, 2011

I telework on Wednesdays and had planned to run after my husband got home from work. He told me that unless I plan to do a triathalon, I wouldn't be able to run on my regular path. I figured he was over exagerating because he normally does.... and agreed to go to the gym and use the treadmills. I guess he was right this time.

Here is what used to be my path! It's down there somewhere on the other side of the river, under 2-3 feet of water.

We also lost power last night and had thin crust, veggie pizza by candlelight, took a shower by candle light and went to bed. Thankfully, the power was on this morning when we got up.

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WENDYSPARKS 9/8/2011 3:09PM

    Be careful!!

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KAMAPERRY 9/8/2011 3:08PM

    Stay safe, girl!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/8/2011 1:24PM

    You could take up Kayaking, lol. Hope it dries up quick so you can get back on the run.

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EMILYULM1 9/8/2011 12:19PM

    You can't run in rubber boots? LOL. Wow, that's a lot of water. Sounds like you made the best of it and had a nice romantic dinner. I hope the water clears up soon for y'all. Good luck.

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SUZANNA_XX 9/8/2011 11:48AM

    Good luck~

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 9/8/2011 11:43AM

    Hope ya stay safe & dry :)

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Struggling to run

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I have been wanting to add some distance to my running for awhile and seem to be struggling with that terribly bad. My IT Band has decided that it only likes me to run around 2-3 miles and then it starts hurting. I have to stop because of the pain it causes. It never hurts other than when I've run 2-3 miles so I really didn't feel like going to the doctor with it. I did reach out to Sparkies that might have had the same problem and got some great recommendations that I am trying to stick with. The foam roller seems to be helping the most. I'm hoping that it's just an imbalance in the muscles (so strong!!) and that with proper stretching and rolling it with the foam roller, I can figure it out and continue.

Another thing I figured out is that my IT Band doesn't like it when I slow my pace, which would normally be after 2-3 miles. So if I continue with a good pace, it doesn't hurt me. Problem is, I can't yet. I don't want to give up on running. It has been such a powerful part of my weight loss/get healthy regime. I love the way it makes me feel. Tonight was a good run and I was able to complete over 3 miles with little to no pain. Maybe I have figured it out after all. (not trying to sound over confident here!!!)

Run/walk on my spark friends!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/21/2011 7:54PM


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I_LOVE_TO_RUN 8/20/2011 12:04PM

    Hang in there Elaine!! I promise it will get easier!!!!!!xoxo emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 8/12/2011 9:53PM

    Interesting. I just starting getting IT band twinges this summer. They are minor enough that rolling, icing and stretching ease the discomfort. But the only thing that I can connect the start-up to is slowing my pace. I ran for a week in June with a friend who was here working. (Male, 10 years my junior, state police trooper...in other words should have been in much better running condition that me.) Well, I was blowing him away. He was really self-conscious about it and I felt bad, so I altered my pace to the point where it was unnatural and a little uncomfortable. And that's when it started. I hope if you keep up with your care routine, it will let you keep running. It is now my passion and I don't know how I'd handle not being able to. I was never a runner until less than two years ago. My mantra was "Sue does NOT run, Sue walks!" Just another reminder to never say never.

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KAMAPERRY 8/11/2011 12:10AM

    Awesome run!! I admire someone who can run like that!

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EMILYULM1 8/10/2011 7:26PM

    You inspire me and give me hope. I am not sure how long it took you to get to 2 - 3 miles, but I am still working on trying to run a full 5k (3.1). I have my third 5k this weekend and I am just going to try my best. I had a bad run the other day (my lungs were killing me right from the get-go and I still feel that there is something not right with my respiratory system). I am not sure what is going to get me over some of the hurdles that I am facing, but I am going to try to be patient. I think that maybe I started too quickly. When I read about other Sparkers and there exercise routines, I figured I could do the same. Maybe my body just needs a bit more time to adjust. Who knows. I am glad to hear that you are doing IT band exercises. I think that will really help. I am also glad to hear that running does so much for you. That is so encouraging. At times I think that I need to give up the running (before I am really doing it regularly) because I think that it just isn't going to be my thing. But I don't want to give up. I just want to get healthy. And then I want running to be part of my regular exercise routine.
Thanks for sharing your encouraging stuff!!!!

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My daughter, the Chef...???

Friday, July 15, 2011

My 17 year old daughter is very industrious and has taught herself several things, such as knitting...(I am not very crafty.) She was touched by the movie "Julie and Julia" but knew that her dad and I having lost over 40 lbs each would not likely partake in the recipes of Julia Child's cookbook. So she silently set out on a quest. She went to the book store and browsed through the cooking books till she found one called "Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast" It is written by the Editors of Cooking Light Magazine. It claims that each recipe has 5 ingredients and takes 15 minutes cooking time. Her goal is to cook and taste every recipe in the book, just like the movie she loved so much.

We are only on our 4th day of this journey, but I just have to give her a shout out because I am simply delighted that she is cooking, using fresh food, and mostly that she is eating the things she makes. She has been the most finicky eater of my three kids and sometimes just makes up her mind that she doesn't like something before she even tries it.

I can cook, but I'm not super excited to do so. Her dad, however, is a great cook and can throw things together and make yummy foods. She wants to be like him. We both work in DC and have a daily commute which makes dinner a chore sometimes. As far as cooking, she has done minimal things, like make macaroni and cheese or cooking hotdogs. This is such an exciting event to me that I can barely contain my happiness. Really, I'm not containing it at all. I rave over her meals and made a deal that if she cooks, I will try everything and do all the cleaning. I also told her I would get her a credit card so she could run to the store for her ingredients, if needed. (That may be her single biggest motivation)

Last night, she made Veggie Grilled Pizza! This is a girl who has never eaten zucchini or tomatos in her life! and she liked it!!! It was absolutely fabulous and I mean her dad and I both were floored by the flavor of it.

Granted, the recipes aren't complex and some have semi-prepared food such as canned beans or a Boboli Pizza Crust, but the calorie count is on the page for each dish and they fit our plan well. She would have struggled with complicated recipes anyhow. And most importantly to me, she is embracing healthy eating. She has not been thrilled with our eating habits and often fussed about having to eat my "healthy" stuff. My daughter ROCKS!!

Regardless, I can't wait for dinner tonight!!!!! YUM

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GIANTMICROBE 9/8/2011 3:38PM

    That's so great. My mom never let me cook because she was convinced I'd make a mess of her spotless kitchen.

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NANCYLL3 8/14/2011 10:25PM

    I think you mentioned something the other day about the apple and the tree. Your daughter likes to think for herself--what a wonderful attribute!
I am sure you and Jim are really enjoying having something new every night. emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 8/11/2011 12:28AM

    emoticon that she took the initiative on her own! I have 4 kids (1 left at home) and only 1 really enjoys to cook. I LOVE to cook and try new recipes.

I saw your blog from another friends feed and see that you run and that you're near DC. I'm in VA, South of DC about 30 miles. I run too, although only 5K's and 10K's so far (and those are more walking at this point!). I just signed up for the Rock 'n Roll half in March in DC though and am SO excited. A whole big group of us on a team on FB are going to do it together.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 7/27/2011 9:52AM

    OOOOOHHHHH I am so envious that you have a personal chef now, and even better it's your daughter. You are so lucky she has found a passion, hopefully she will stick with it. Tell her I said fantastic job. So exciting to see young people doing great things and that pizza looks absolutely delicious. Your daughter definitely ROCKS !!!! Give her a big emoticon and emoticon

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PALMETTO_DEWBUG 7/26/2011 9:27PM

    How wonderful that your daughter has decided to take up cooking! I’m in my late 20s and am finally getting the hang of preparing meals—kudos to your daughter for starting now!

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GOLIGHTLY344 7/16/2011 12:55AM

    Your daughter loves to challenge herself. What a wonderful trait! And to find a way to fit her challenge into your goals is awesome!

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MDBUTTERFLY 7/15/2011 10:52PM

    She does ROCK!! =) This is awesome on so many levels!

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EMILYULM1 7/15/2011 10:02PM

    I am soooo proud of your daughter too, and I don't even know her. I saw that same movie that inspired her, and it is neat to hear that she is challenging herself that way. What is so good is that she is young and by the time she is older, she will have established some good eating habits. Plus she will realize that she is capable of taking good care of herself and even entertaining others, if she wants to!!! Great blog. I can read the pride you have in your daughter. It's so true how our kids follow in our footsteps more than a person would think that they do. Great model you are!!

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    What a great blog...You've certainly inspired your daughter with
"the healthy way' emoticon and its fabulous she's preparing
dishes thats Enjoyable..makes your heart warm with pride and love emoticon...its wonderful! emoticon

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ALASKALILLADY 7/15/2011 8:08PM

    That is so awesome. My kids are learning to cook too, but I don't know if I could get them to cook anything that fantastic...

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    WOW Elaine that is so AWESOME!! You must be very proud of her...and she is only 17??? Great habits start early and if she is enjoying it she will keep at it.
I am so happy that you shared this. I need to go out and buy the cookbook!

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LUNADRAGON 7/15/2011 2:48PM

    That is so sweet of your daughter, brought tears to my eyes. And congratulations on you and your spouse's mutual weight loss. Way to go, or should I say Weigh to go!

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KAMAPERRY 7/15/2011 2:35PM

    How awesome is this??? And she is learning to cook healthy!! I love veggie pizza and that looks delish!

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WOMANCHEF 7/15/2011 2:09PM

    That is so great!

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I_LOVE_TO_RUN 7/15/2011 1:59PM

    That is AWESOME!!!!!!! Love it!!!!! emoticon

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DIANA_IS_BACK 7/15/2011 1:51PM

    That is so cool!

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PIXIEMOM13 7/15/2011 1:37PM

    That is awesome!

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....so that didn't work like I had planned it!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I love running on the trails by my house. I don't have to cross roads and the trails are newly paved and wide so there's plenty of room for runners, walkers and bikers. Lately, I have been feeling so guilty when I lace up my shoes and get ready to head out. My dog, Hazel, knows that I am going out and starts begging me to take her with me! It's pathetic, really. I have taken her many times and just walked my route and she seemed pretty energetic and spry for the 10-year old girl that she is. I have also read blogs about other sparkies running with their dogs. I decided to give it a try.

So I waited till the temperature cooled last night (about 8:00) and leashed her up and headed out. She was delighted and could barely contain her excitement, I mean literally spinning in circles, whining, barking at me.....(SMH) Did I mention that she is pathetic?

I have a flexi leash that I use for her as she is a lab and loves to smell everything. When we walk, her nose does most of the leading and she goes this way and that way..... She is all over the path. The last thing I wanted was for her to suddenly change her direction and cause us to crash or stop suddenly (been there, done that while trying to ride my bike with her). So, I put that on her for the first bit and then when we got down by the river on the path, I let her loose. I am not supposed to do that in my community, but she is my shadow and would never stray too far, thankfully, as we literally ran into a bunny and a deer and she didn't chase them.

I felt wonderful running, nice and strong and I had my buddy by my side! We did it and I was so happy.... that is for about the first mile. Then she began looking at me like "Really, we're going to continue this running????" Of course, I didn't want to overheat her, but she does have four legs to my two and then I thought about her coat... it's a lot thicker than mine and she can't sweat like I do to cool off, so after about a mile and a 1/4, we stopped running. We walked another mile to a spot where she could get into the river for a cool down and a drink and then we walked home. I must say I was a little disappointed to not be able to finish the run, but I do enjoy time with her and maybe if she "trains" a little, she can work up to a longer distance and be able to keep up with me!! One thing is for sure, next time I lace up my shoes, she will beg me to take her with me..........

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 9/12/2011 7:13PM

    Sad to tell ya, but your dog will only get older and able to do LESS running.
But, it will still be good for her health to be taken out, even if it shortens your run. After all, what are buddies for?


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PINKNFITCARLA 8/11/2011 12:32AM

    I love running with my puppy. She's a 7 month old chocolate lab. She is FULL of energy and she doesn't go too far yet though. Her momma, my yellow lab goes further, but it's hard to get her to go, she's lazy and much more comfortable being a couch potato! I can't take them together either, so they take turns :-)

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SLEAUXRUNNER 7/14/2011 12:02PM

    Mine didn't even make a half a mile before he just plopped down in the grass! He was so over it! And it was just a walk. I have mental plans to train him but he is still very young, not even 6 mos yet. I hope you find a way to share your runs with Hazel, she is adorable.

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PIXIEMOM13 7/14/2011 11:28AM

    Awww... that is such a cute puppy face!

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KAMAPERRY 7/13/2011 2:38PM

    Just saw this. How sweet! My little dog Boots, loves to go with me, but we can't right now as it is too hot for me and him. But as soon as it is cool, we will be out there too!

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    Just some thoughts. emoticon

Hazel needs that time first, before running but after lacing up.
I can see her tortured rejection. Since lacing always means some sort of an excursion, can't she go round the block at least and then be let back inside so you can run? I feel her pain.

Seriously, I have had to leave my pup home when I wanted to move too fast for him, and it's not a problem if I time my behavior that create his triggers of expectation, and help him cue that he's not going.

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NANCYLL3 6/27/2011 12:24AM

    Wish Hazel could write a blog about your run. I bet she would be so positive about your run!! emoticon

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    My dogs LOVE it when I take them out for a walk. We have lots of fields so they can all burn off alot of energy.
Sounds like you will soon have a "full time" running partner. lol.

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MDBUTTERFLY 6/22/2011 8:41AM

    Awwwww I love this =) I have a pathetic 9 y/o pup. I call her pathetic and a goober quite often, lol!
Even tho you didnt get in your full run, it sounds like a great time out and well spent with her. Love the pic =)

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EMILYULM1 6/21/2011 1:10PM

    That is so sweet. Good for you for taking the dog. Ya, I'm sure that with a bit of training the dog will learn to keep up with you. And good for you for running. I am still in the desire stage of that. I've not been feeling well lately and feel so fatigued so quickly after I exercise and then for days afterward. Going to the doctor this week to get things checked out. I'm a bit nervous about the 5k I am doing with my daughter this coming Sunday. I hope I have stamina. But I don't have to run the whole thing. Have a great week.

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ASMITH3B 6/21/2011 8:30AM

    My parent's dog is the same way. For the first mile she does really well, but the second mile she sometimes sits down in the middle of the road and refuses to move! Hopefully you can train your dog to go the longer runs with you!

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Running shorts

Friday, April 15, 2011

Since I have been working out, I believe that I feel more like a fit person if i actually wear the right kind of clothes. Plus, all those people that run wouldn't be wearing the same "running clothes" if there wasn't something good about wearing them. I looked at my spark running friends' pages to see what they were wearing.

I searched my drawers and couldn't find anything that I thought would be suitable for running outside. I went to my daughters drawer and found some black nike running shorts and a cute pink tank top. I figured I could borrow them and run and she would never notice. They were great. Had a little pocket for my ipod and made me feel the part. I had only been running outside twice and so when I got home, I felt like I had accomplished something big. But... she was home and not at all pleased that I had her clothes on. No mention of my distance or time or simply the act of running outside, which she knew I had been nervous about. "Mom! Those shorts are a little short for you!!!" Glad she wasn't home when I left or I might have never made it out of the house.

Love my girl!!!

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BRIDGIE1028 6/8/2011 7:51PM

    You totally look the part. I have two words of advice for you....running skirt. Specifically from SkirtSports. Best investment I've ever made!

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 5/6/2011 12:00PM

    that is really cute! a little role reversal going on here? I just think it's fantastic that a mom fits into her daughter's running shorts and tank! good for you!

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L3DESIGNS 4/22/2011 11:25PM

    Great job! Wonderful accomplishment

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    Way to go...you look like an accomplished runner....Power to You!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALKWITME 4/15/2011 7:25PM


cute outfit

it's nice to feel and look the part

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 4/15/2011 10:47AM

    the right clothes do make you feel better and help. i'm always looking for new running clothes..just bought some last night and I've got a sweet new tank and skort for when the weather warms up!!!

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