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IDEA - Day 50 - Epiphany in the Shower

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

You know what, I had an epiphany in the shower this morning.

I know, I sprained my ankle, I can't run.

But I sure as hell can walk.

Sure, I won't be speed walking and I won't be working up a sweat; but, it's something.

I refuse to let this stupid injury sideline me. I refuse to sit back and have a pity party because I'm clumsy. I definitely refuse to let my scale bully me into thinking I will gain all my weight back because I'm a clutz (208 this morning - BOO.)

So, I invite everyone to join in with me - we may not be able to do everything we want to do; but, today is our day to do SOMETHING.

Carpe Diem, folks. Go get some and FRACK THAT NOISE that tries to stop you!

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AWESOMEKATY 8/9/2012 8:53AM

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Enjoy your explosion of emoticons because you can rock this out!!

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FATHINSN 8/9/2012 2:32AM

    Yay for that idea! Do something, even if at smaller scale than you used to do! If you can't do the usual thing, try something new :D

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PEANUTSMOM96 8/8/2012 10:50PM

    seize the day but take care of the ankle! emoticon

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GINGERLY4 8/8/2012 7:49PM

    No pity parties here! I hope you had an awesome walk today!

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/8/2012 11:04AM

    emoticon Let's do it!

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REESYK 8/8/2012 10:18AM

    FRACK THAT NOISE! I cant hear it! I only hear success!

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IDEA - Day 49: When ankles get hurt

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Well, I'm past the overly emotional place I was last night - where panic met with a feeling of depression and despair.

I just couldn't think that I'd been working for nearly eight weeks and that it'd been ruined by being a clutz. I couldn't believe that all of the progress I'd made in growing my running endurance had been dashed because I was in a hurry and careless.

Well, it has yet to be seen how far my injury will set me back. I went to the Urgent Care facility and had a couple of xrays run. No broken bones and the diagnosis of a sprain with an air cast for a week. Or longer.

I'm going to keep my optimism where it should be - and believe that this will heal up with a week off of it. Then I will repeat C25K week six. That's it. It's that simple. I can do this.

I've done well sticking to my calorie goals the last few days. Just over 1200. I'm going to maintain that goal and try and be even more focused upon managing my food as I don't have to stress about preparing for workouts just now.

I suppose the other good thing is that I get to spend more time getting my costumes ready for DragonCon.

I'd rather be training, but at least I have things that can take my mind off of it.

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EMMANYC 8/7/2012 8:35PM

    So sorry to hear about your slip. Been there, broken that, strained the other. It is a drag, and sometimes plans have to change, but you will come back stronger.

While it doesn't feel like much of a silver lining right now, you could view this as an opportunity to work on the strength training (especially core, upper body and hips) that will support your running. And there are some alternative cardio workouts you could do to keep in shape until your ankle heals, such as water running or swimming in a pool using just your arms.

I hope your ankle gets better soon.

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BONDMANUS2002 8/7/2012 8:32PM

  good luck

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IDEA - Day 48: Injury to Insult

Monday, August 06, 2012

I've had a terrible day all around. There's just no getting past it. I'm sitting here, trying to find the silver lining, and I'm grasping at straws.

My work day was horrible.
I had to stop running due to a stitch in my side.
I couldn't even cook dinner properly.

And then, the most devastating thing all day - I fell down my steps while taking out my trash and have completely destroyed my ankle. I can't point my toe. I can't turn it without the feeling that something is 'slipping.'

And all I can think is 53 days until the great race, 11 days until the Liberty Mile.

This can't be happening.

I've done everything right - I'm working hard and counting my calories and doing what I'm supposed to.

Please, just let me wake up tomorrow and have my ankle be not as bad as I'm afraid it is.


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FATBASTICH 8/7/2012 8:37PM

    So sorry! Ankle injuries really suck.

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AWESOMEKATY 8/7/2012 6:55AM

    I really hope your ankle is better today and I'm sorry you've had such a rough time. We all have days where things seem to go wrong but it's how we handle those days that show what we're made of!

The strong will survive and I know you can get past this and channel that frustration into improvement! Never forget you're a rockstar and the peppiest of Peppers!

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OCEANLORD 8/7/2012 1:35AM

    Wow that is the most severe case of the "Mundays" I've ever heard.
Just kidding.
I know what it's like to work hard and then something out of your control seems to ruin it. Don't let the frustration get you down.
You have accomplished a huge feat. Even if your battle wounds put you out of the game for a tad, just know that you can do it over again. And probably be even more kick@$$ than before.
I hope for a speedy recovery, and less slippery steps in the world.
Get better soon.

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MAHGRET 8/6/2012 10:19PM

    Hope it is not as bad as you think.

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IDEA - Day 47: Panic

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Welcome to Sunday - my first long run ever as I get ready for the Great Race 5K.

And I failed.

I stopped and started walking.

I could have kept going, but I didn't. In 20 minutes I did in the neighborhood of two miles. With the 5K fifty-something days away, I can't help but mentally panic a little.

I'm so scared I'm not going to be able to run it.

I haven't had a problem with losing weight - when it comes off, great. I haven't stressed about the size of my pants or anything like that. Hell, I haven't really started caring about how far I can run until today.

Fifty days isn't very long.

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TOJOHO2005 8/6/2012 8:54PM

    Relax. You are doing great. 50 days is plenty of time to get there since right now you are almost 70% to completing a 5k.
Just be consistent in your running(3 days a week about 20-30 minutes) and take care of yourself.
You will make it.
Also, check out the Galloway Team on Sparkpeople.

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GINGERLY4 8/6/2012 11:01AM

    You are doing great and 50 days is enough time for you to get ready! I wish I could run 2 miles in twenty minutes, that's a 10 minute mile!

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CHEETARA79 8/6/2012 8:02AM

    Are you doing couch to 5k? 50 days is actually plenty of time to get ready for a 5k, especially since you can run 2 miles in 20 minutes! That's pretty fast, ya know. All you need to do is increase your running time to 30 minutes and you'll be golden for that 5k. If you follow the c25k training program, you can probably start at week 5 or so and within 50 days you'll get to week 9 where you run for 30 minutes straight. I liked using the Podrunner series. They're free.

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IDEA - Day 46: Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Happy end of the day Saturday, folks. Just one more day left in the weekend!

So, today I worked on my costumes for DragonCon. I went out for more fabric and found a pattern and got down to business.

Today I also got assaulted by crappy eating choices. I left home without breakfast (mistake number 1) so I tried to substitute with peanutbutter toast... 300+ calories is a lot for breakfast when you're aiming to only do 1200.

Then came lunch. I let my brother pick where we went so we wound up at Quaker Steak and Lube - a place with amazing wings, ribs, and fried things. I think I made a good choice here. I had six wings for lunch, one soft pretzel, tons of broccoli and all the veggies that they give you to accompany the wings (celery and carrots!)

I ordered an entre - Barbecue chicken with rice - and boxed it to take home for dinner. All in all, I didn't feel too terrible about the choices I made today.

It was really hot out today - I took the dog for a walk in the morning and that was it. Frankly, it was just too damned hot to get outside. I stayed in the air conditioning and wished that my entire house had central air... Still, I did do a strength training run. 50 sit ups. There was a time a few weeks back I topped out at 30. So, I'm proud to say I'm making progress. Strength training fell out of favor for me when the study informed us that those minutes don't count toward our weekly goal.

Maybe it's time to change that mindset, I'm clearly getting stronger.

Last but not least I've started soliciting for running buddies at DragonCon. With the Con only three weeks away from the race, I would hate to set myself up for failure by going for a week without training!

Always remember - fail to plan, plan to fail!

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SFREY217 8/4/2012 11:06PM

    You can do it !!!

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