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Day 300-something: Life's been a little difficult lately

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Happy Lunchtime, Sparklers.

I'm sorry I've been MIA for about two weeks now. Things, have been, well difficult.

First and foremost last Thursday I went and got my hip fixed. She did such a good job that I went out and ran nine miles. It felt really good until miles 5 and 7. I stopped and stretched then, and my mile-pace after stretching was actually faster than when I started!

My weight and food and emotional health has been all over the place, though. My dad was admitted to the hospital last Sunday for difficulty breathing. He stayed there for almost a week and then came home for two days. During those two days he was so exhausted that we literally couldn't get him out of bed to do the things he was supposed to. So, he had to go back again. He's old. His cold turned into Pneumonia. He's been in the hospital since Monday. They're talking about sending him home again tomorrow. I hope, thist ime, he comes home rested.

So, During those two weeks I lost three pounds - as Dad's health has started to improve they've returned. It's okay, I'd rather have my dad feeling better than weigh 182.

I'm trying to focus on getting my calories back down where they should be. I can't justify snacking every day on a snickers bar, that's for sure.

In other news, I have the Boston Trail Half Marathon this weekend. Our Western PA Boston considers itself a sister city of the bigger one - so this half is going to have special significance given recent events.

I hope that all of you have been doing well - looking forward to catching up on your blogs!


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REFFIE1 4/19/2013 11:01AM

    Hope your dad feels better. I have osteoarthritis in my right hip so I can imagine how much better you must feel! Good luck in the half trail marathon! emoticon

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JAHINTZY 4/18/2013 3:50PM

    Glad to hear your hip has been fixed! I hope your Dad will make a smoother recovery now, I definitely understand the snickers snacks - maybe a return to real food will help things feel a little more normal again too :) Have fun on the trail! (I did not know there was a Boston out in western PA)

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OLIVIANIGHT 4/18/2013 2:37PM

    I'm sorry about your Dad, hope he gets all better soon.
It's very hard not to use it as an excuse to stuff your face, isn't it. I ate all kinds of stuff when my Nan was in hospital that I normally wouldn't go near. At least we can get back on track again : )

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GRACEOMALLEY 4/18/2013 2:00PM

    Pleased to hear your hip feels better, sad to hear about your dad. I'll send out lots of prayers and good vibes and positivity for him and for you. Just keep doing the best you can pull together and never give up on you.

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CCBULLDOG 4/18/2013 12:55PM

    Prayers for your dad. Hope you're holding up okay. It's so hard to stay on track while someone is sick. Glad to hear your hip is feeling better. Take care of yourself! emoticon

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Day 288: Insanity Fit Test and other AMAZING News

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

insanity Prequel.
My new measurements!
And AMAZING plans!

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STR458 4/4/2013 9:42AM

    emoticon emoticon good numbers!!!

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KITT52 4/4/2013 8:10AM


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    ok my computer is not hip enuff to watch video! I willl try again tomorrow. I cant wait to see amazing news!!!!

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Day 287: Or should I call it day 1?

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Good Morning everyone!

One month and three days until the Pittsburgh Half Marathon!

I can't believe it. It's coming up so quickly that it's making me a little nervous. Though not as nervous as I was yesterday.

At 5PM yesterday I embarked on my first run in both my new shoes and since my last crushing 8 miler a week and a half ago. You know, that run where a dude laughed at me in addition to ridiculous hip pain.

And yesterday's 3 miles was fantastic. A little over half an hour and the weather was perfect. It was a little windy, but the sunshine made up for it. I just kept going and I had less issue with the hip than I did with my lungs.

I'm feeling good.

I also talked with another runner from the club I'm in who mentioned that she has similar issue with the course I ran that put my hip out of whack to start with. Goodness! It's so nice to know that it's not just me!

I'm feeling great today. Training plan calls for 5x5 fartleks. (I just like saying Fartlek :-P) Fartlek is Swedish for speed play. Essentially you run at a comfortably quick pace for 5 minutes and then lightly jog for five minutes. Lather rinse repeat five times and you're done. It's going to be about an hour workout; but, I'm feeling game for it. Going to take the pooch for a walk and then drag him in the car. He can hang out there for an hour, it's his happiest place on earth! (Admittedly, I feel a little bad; but, I'd feel worse if I just left him at home after a long day all by himself.)

Also, today I filled out the official forms for the Pittsburgh 1/2 registration. Yeah, it's closed, but we corporate folks get to do things later. If I had my way I would have registered in October when it started!

That's about it from here. I feel like it's day 1 because I'm back on track. I'm tracking my food and I'm wearing my BodyMedia. I feel like I've got a refreshing, new start. (Even if the scale put me up by 2lbs this AM!)

Happy day, everyone. You too get a new day to do whatever you dream with!

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DAWNSJOURNEY 4/2/2013 11:46AM

    emoticon emoticon Way to fight for your Dreams. I wish you the best of luck with your hip , your new shoes and Your Fartlek ;) that is kind of fun to say, brings a smile to my face. Keep us up to date on your progress.

I am training to ride 50 miles in the Hotternhell 100 in August , I am so excited to be pushing for 50 miles. emoticon emoticon

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Day 286 - Injuries don't just affect what's broken

Monday, April 01, 2013

Goooooood morning!

Welcome to April Fool's day - I haven't fooled anyone yet and I'm currently waiting for my hip to admit to April Fooling Me.

I don't know how long I've been complaining about my hip now; but, it came to a head this past Saturday when I actually had a race. On Friday night i had laid out all my gear, affixed my race number and went to bed looking forward to the competition.

Instead, I woke up with a soreness in my hip that I knew would keep me off the pavement. I was miserable. I'm still miserable. I've brought my number into work to remind me daily why I'm going to be going on daily short runs trying to get my mileage back up. I have a DNS in my history now. Did Not Start. Worse than quitting.

This hip isn't just a pain in my hip anymore - it's shooting down my confidence. It's giving me an excuse not to do what I know I enjoy because I'm absolutely petrified of REALLY getting hurt... like hurt so bad I can't walk hurt.

I HATE having this easy out! HATE. RAGE.

However, I do have a lot of positive things going on right now. I have actually invested in a set of Insanity DVDs. I chose the Insanity program for two reasons. First, a friend of mine is in the process and has AMAZING INFOMERCIAL WORTHY results. I'm aghast and amazed. Secondly, Insanity is a more cardio based approach rather than a strength training based one. I prefer to keep my heartrate up - and I've found that is what is most effective for me.

In other news I have my BodyMedia back on today. I even packed my Garmin. I intend to get my run on either over lunch or shortly after work. It's going to be short (maybe 2 miles); but, the goal is simple: to get moving. I've been afraid of getting hurt for too long. I can't keep behaving this way.

Also on the radar is this Saturday's Spinathon to benefit a local animal shelter. I love all the animals, and I like biking; so, this seemed like a natural fit. Currently soliciting donations from anyone with a pulse. I'm going to be on the bike for two hours. ROCK.

I also am in search of a convenient Yoga class. I have been going to a studio up by my old apartment - about a half an hour drive. I live in a city, it shouldn't take that long to get to Yoga. Also, an hour round trip is a long time suck. I've spent about 3 hours on an hour class once everything is said and done by then...

At least I can say I'm not letting my stupid hip keep me from being inventive.

Insanity starts WEDNESDAY. I'll post my before pics and the results of my fitness test. I'm hoping this is as fun as it looked on the YouTube video :-P

OH! How can I forget?! We're now one month and four days away from my very first Half Marathon! Time to be DEDICATED.

I hope all of you are (just) sick and not injured! And those of you who are healthy - STAY THAT WAY!

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    Good luck with Insanity! Have you seen a doctor about that hip yet? You don't want to overdo it and make it worst. DNS was devasting but you're already back in action!!! Woo hoo! You're a wild woman. MSG me the spinathon details.

Get well soon and good luck!

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POMATOJUICE 4/1/2013 12:16PM

    I'm really sorry to hear about your hip problems. I've been reading the saga hoping the next post will be some sort of awesome wonderwoman pain-free post, but it seems to be getting worse! Have you seen a doctor about it? I really hope it gets better in time for your half marathon.

If it's inflammation in the joint, though, it's the kind of thing that you don't want to push until its 100% better, or it'll just get worse. Take care of yourself!

the spinny event sounds like fun. Since the bike is pretty much what I do, I'd totally go and do it with you if I was in the area!!

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1EMMA2011 4/1/2013 10:21AM

    I hear you with the hip pain! It's something else. Are there any options on the horizon... I've tried medical massage for my back. It helped a lot but didn't cure...

Thinking of you!

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SIMONEKP 4/1/2013 10:13AM

    I know what you mean. This pain in my ankle and arch stopped me from starting my planned running program last week, I've been biking instead afraid to push the run and make it worse.

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Day 280: Plans and Opportunities

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

If you guys haven't noticed by now I should tell you: I'm a planner. I'm the kind of girl who knows what she's going to wear for the week and what she's going to eat for the week. I know pretty much how far I'm going to run and what I'm going to do to try and make my minutes fit into my life.

Really, there aren't too many situations I don't go into a plan with.

Which is why the last few weeks have been such an anomaly for me. Not only have I not been planning my runs I haven't been planning my meals. I haven't even been tracking anything. No BodyMedia. No SparkPeople. Nothing.

Do I feel like I've failed? No. Do I feel like a success? No.

I do feel, though, like I've lost my structure. I've lost my accountability. I've lost.. well, I've lost some drive.

I've lost 47 pounds since last year. Mentally I want to round it up to fifty, but I haven't lost fifty yet. I've blogged a lot about my self-image and how I feel about myself. I've blogged a lot about how it feels to be called 'skinny' when you know, -know-, that it's not that you're 'skinny' it's just that you weigh less than that particular person remembers you weighing.

I've done a lot with Sparkpeople and the Weight Loss Study, and I want to do more.

But, like a runner who runs too much in preparation for a big race, I feel like I've overtrained. I've needed a break. I've needed -something.-

So, if this blog makes you feel 'blah' that's because of how I'm feeling.

I have an eight mile race this coming Saturday. I'm going to do the best I can. I'm going to finish. I'm going to get out of my own damned head for a while and just let my body move. Tonight I have planned a nice 2-3 mile jaunt to break in my new shoes. I have no idea what I'm going to do for dinner :-P

One step at a time.

I mentioned opportunities in my blog post because sometimes it's difficult to see that opportunities are two sided. You have chances to make the best of an opportunity or the worst. You just have to set your mind to being conscious.

I'm going to finish today making the most of my opportunity. It's 40 degrees outside, sunny, and I have my new running shoes here. Let's do this.

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 3/27/2013 10:31AM

    Soooooo you're one of them, LOL!!! As a "fly by the seat of my pants" girl, I am always in awe of those people that can think a whole week ahead-- and then stick to the plan. It's a nerve-wrecking way to live as a non-planner so, I am sure you're out of your comfort zone.

Preparation is the key to success. Don't start slackin'- it's the fastest way to reverse your success. I know you're going to blow this race out the water so I am sending you best wishes for setting a new PR! As always, I am cheering for you!!!!!

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CCBULLDOG 3/27/2013 9:01AM

    Keep pushing!!!! I know what you mean though...I was 100% 2 years ago..ran 7 to 10 miles a day....tracked I struggle every day....hang in there...fight every day for your goal. Try to enjoy every step in those new shoes!!!

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SKEETOR 3/27/2013 8:14AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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1EMMA2011 3/26/2013 7:01PM

    I so understand. I've lost 30 pounds and at times I just need a breather! There is a lot of change that we are adapting to, isn't there? It's good you are motivated for Saturday and we'll be thinking of you. I am a planner too and sometimes I think I just don't need to do any of it, and I just watch TV too much then!!

Anyway, you are awesome! You are doing really well and this too shall pass.

Thinking of you!!

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CKMATHERLY 3/26/2013 3:50PM

    Skinny to me isn't a compliment. Thin maybe. Skinny gives me images of starved emaciated animals. Not a fun thing.

I wish I could plan. When I do, things always go awry...horribly.

You are a better woman than me. 40 degrees and I can't breath outside. Too cold, throat freezes up.

You will find that mojo. We all need a break sometimes.

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    You go girl.

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ADARKARA 3/26/2013 1:34PM

    I was literally just called "skinny" not 3 minutes ago. I'm 195 lbs. I'm not skinny.

I hope you get your mojo back soon! You're an exercise inspiration with your dedication to running. emoticon

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