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Hello. It's been a bit, but I've been busy.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Last week was a good, but busy week! I kept up with my running, going for 25 minutes three times last week. Youngest turned three on Saturday and had a party and the family went to a baseball game-local minor league team-the Lake Elsinore Storm-we won! Walked a 5K yesterday and ran for 28 minutes today. Honestly, today was the first day I REALLY didn't want to be running. There has always been that level of difficulty that makes running not easy for me and not exactly fun, but always rewarding. Today didn't even feel rewarding. I think I am tired or something. The entire run, start to finish felt like slogging through mud, every step was slow and felt like it took real effort. I kept going though. I did not give in to any of the MANY voices telling me to stop running and walk. I persevered and the reward came at the end-it was not huge mind you, but enough to get me up and going again tomorrow. Today we took our 5K route (it is actually a bit longer, but that is okay) that we worked out so that we could get used to how long a 5K is. We ran just our 28 minutes and finished it walking and got back about 3 minutes faster than walking alone. And while that is not something that made me jump for joy I was still happy that my slogging through mud routine was still faster than just walking. Still not fast enough, but Thursday I will not be slogging through mud!! I am bound and determined to make it so!! I WILL get faster!! I WILL be a runner!! I WILL make it!!!! I told myself all along the route today-I'm not giving up!! Even if I don't finish in 45 minutes (and I really, really, really want to finish in 45 minutes) I am not giving up! I am going to be a runner and that is all there is to it-SO THERE!! Take that stupid, stupid run!! Okay, got that out!! School started yesterday, I've got two kids in this year and yesterday was strangely quiet!! Well, gotta go, there is nobody here to play a game with the little one and she is begging!! Have a great day all!!

  
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KING*GET*FIT 8/25/2009 11:31PM

    Okay, when are we going to get together and go wogging. You are awesome!

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DOLLYBABE57 8/25/2009 8:11PM

    you are inspireing and make me feel bad about my old lazy self

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FIRENUT34 8/25/2009 7:54PM

    So glad you did the run anyway. Don't give up as you will gradually see the weight come off, the running distance increase along with the speed. It doesn't happen over night unfortunetly. Change your distances and scenery so things don't become boring. Drive somewhere and walk/run there for something different. So many times I felt like giving up, came up with every excuse I could think of. Now I'm 34 pounds lighter and running distances I could never do before. I wish I did this 20 years ago. Keep up the good work and stay in touch. Everyone here are the best at answering questions and keeping you motivated.

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EXERTIGER 8/25/2009 7:46PM

    I hate those slogging days, but I've noticed that the run after a slog day is usually great. So good luck!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 8/25/2009 1:28PM

    You will be better Thursday. I'm fighting a head cold so yesterday's run was less than thrilling, but we just gotta keep going. So glad you are back! Missed you ! :)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/25/2009 12:24PM

    Well, it's about dang time!!! I think you were trying to see how far you could push it before we went into withdrawals...LOL

Glad to see a new blog and I think Thursday's run will much more enjoyable. The silver lining is that with it being so darn difficult today, no matter what it is like on Thurs will make it seem like a breeze!

Have a great morning with Bekah and see you tomorrow!

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LAURANAV1 8/25/2009 12:18PM

    Oh I know the feeling - but you did it and you will do it again. And some day we will both be runners!!!

I am inspired by your walking the 5K on the non-run days. I plan to start that tomorrow.

Laura

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/25/2009 11:59AM

    Hi Heather, yep some days the workout just doesn't feel satisfying to start off but you're glad you kept at it because it keeps the motivation going, then another day you're totally in the zone.

Never give up hun, you'll make a runner out of you. I know it!

Enjoy your day with the wee one
Luv
Caz
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Ouch! What the heck did I do!! And, I had another great C25K run!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Yesterday (Sunday) I woke up, did the getting ready for church thing, went to church and by the time I came home my shoulder hurt. Then it kept hurting and hurting somemore and now moving my arm more than a few degrees front or back is absolute agony!! My hair is in a weird place right now so I always wear pigtails (2 ponies, like a school girl) to keep my hair back and off my face while I run, putting them in this morning only happened because once I got my arm up it was less painful to keep it up there than to put it back down again!! The sad thing is I have no clue what I did to make it hurt so badly. I can't blame any particular exercise, I have to back to Thursday (I think) to find an upper body workout that would have done it. I will blame my church bag!! Scriptures, Sunday School manual, a folder containing information for the bulletins (my job), a clip board with a calendar for feeding our missionaries (all you non-LDS people know who I'm talking about they are those young men on the bikes with the white shirts, ties and name tags-members of the church take turns feeding them dinner so they don't starve to death-they are 19-21 and they probably would starve if we didn't feed them) and all the kids' stuff-it adds up to an aweful lot of stuff anyways, I pinched, pulled or tugged something the wrong way. It doesn't hurt when it isn't doing anything and I can lift it far enough to type with no problems. Needless to say, most upper body exercises involving my arms are out today and probably tomorrow, if not longer!! DANG!! Resting it this morning. Have to do quite a bit of house work today to prepare for youngest b-day party this weekend-lots of window scrubbing and some wall washing, along with dishes and laundry today, but I'll use the non-injured arm for the lifting parts!! Then tonight when it is rest time I'll put some heat on and see if it helps relax whatever is pinched, pulled or tugged!! But, thank goodness the injury is not in my legs!!! I can deal with an arm injury-it doesn't keep me from running!!! Another 25 minute run this morning! I was a little slower this morning than on Friday, was about 50 yards shy of my Friday distance, but I am okay with that. I've had two days off and was tired this morning. The good part is that today we changed our route and I wouldn't have known if I had gone the same or farther than Friday once I turned a corner and today I made it exactly to the corner where we now turn and add some distance on to the run. So, from now on I will know exactly how much farther I go!! Because, I KNOW I am not going to be slower on Wednesday than I was today!! I am going to try a different podcast on Wednesday or take a stopwatch because this week's music is AWEFUL. None of it has been something I would listen to just for the heck of it, but it has a good beat and keeps me moving. This week's podcast has very little talking to cover up the music so I have to listen to it and it was distracting and just not as fun as it could have been. Sorry Robert Ullrey, I'll be back next week. Still, it was a beautiful morning, perfectly clear and once again quite cool, actually bordering on COLD!! I actually turned the little dial in my car to give me slightly warmer air than normal and my husband will tell you that is almost unheard of!! Well, almost time for aerobics so off I go. Today is the "easy" class and I'll just have to move up to medium impact instead of low to make up for not swinging my arms vigorously like a monkey!! Happy Monday all!!

  
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JOANNAMARIE 8/20/2009 1:15AM

    I hope your shoulder is feeling better! I hate those unknown injuries! I had a problem with my good knee yesterday for absolutely no reason. thank goodness I was alright this morning, but last night I was hobbling around on two bad knees, not fun, and I looked stupid, lol.

The ICE method, although not so pleasant, would probably be best. Don't forget to use a towel when you put the ice on. Oh, and if you still have problems, don't forget to go to your doctor to get it checked out!

Take care, 'cause we're all rooting for you and your 5 K run!

Joanna

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LITTLEWIND53 8/17/2009 8:23PM

    I have been to both a physical therapist and chiro at various times. Both told me to heat the joint but to ICE the muscle 10 minutes on followed by at least 10 to 20 minutes off, then repeat. Don't leave the ice on too long or it started to affect the area the same as heat would, and that is not a good thing..

When I had a frozen shoulder (7 years ago) the pain was so bad I couldn't even dress myself to go to work. I remember sitting in my chair with the ice packs, and doing tiny little movements, so small you could barely see anything move, but oh the pain!! I just kept at it until I could finally move the arm. I was back to work a week later - still painful, but functional. When my sister had it, it took her almost two years to recover and she still has some residual effects over 10 years later.

Who knows why these things happen. Treat it gently, but still try to work it out a bit each day, and don't forget the ice. Good luck.



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EXERTIGER 8/17/2009 4:19PM

    I used to call my church bag "luggage". I threatened to get the kind with wheels. Because it's not just your stuff and your kids' stuff, but I bet your husband puts his stuff in it, too. And it weighs a TON. Next week, just put your arm in a sling and refuse to carry anything with you. emoticon

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/17/2009 2:32PM

    Oh dear Heather sorry to hear this, hopefully with heat and rest it'll get better quickly.
Thank God it didn't spoil your run, you done good girl
Take care,
Caz
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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/17/2009 1:27PM

    You know, as we are nearing the point of competing in our first 5K I am starting to have little mini-nightmares of getting a leg injury! Funny, but not funny at the same time! LOL So I hear ya!! Glad your pain is in the arm and not the legs!!! I would truly, truly, TRULY miss my running partner!!!!! I'm going to get mushy for a moment...so bear with me! I am so glad that we are doing this together. Even if it didn't come with weight loss and increased health, I am glad we are doing it together because I have gotten to spend so much more time getting to know my big sis than I probably have ever really gotten to do in my entire life! I have often lamented the fact that even though we live virtually miles apart from each other, that sometimes we went weeks and months between seeing each other! Pretty pathetic...but understandable considering busy lives. But in doing SparkPeople and then C25K, I have gotten to see you every single weekday and more!! That is probably the #1 benefit out of this whole thing...we get to build ourselves and become even better sisters in the process! How's that for victory!?!?

Woohoo - hope you are feeling FAT today!!!

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KING*GET*FIT 8/17/2009 1:08PM

    Sounds like a nerve impingement. I had one. You can get what is called a frozen shoulder. You can only lift your arm so far and then it freezes on you. It won't go any higher. Try to ice it. You need to get any inflamation to go down so heat is actually probably not good for it. If it doesn't go away you may have to see the doctor for a cortizone shot into the shoulder. Not fun, makes you feel terrible for a few days but then your shoulder is as good as new.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 8/17/2009 12:50PM

    Ouch! So glad it's not your legs! Will it hurt to run though anyway, because you do have to move your arms while you run (unless you run really really strangely which is ok by me) :)

I am so impressed you that you run for 25 minutes and it's no big deal. I so want to be you. You're my idol :)

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TAZZIE5 8/17/2009 11:37AM

    Try "shrugging it off" - whatever it is in your shoulder. Shoulder Shrugs are great for mystery shoulder, neck & upper arm pain. So are Shoulder Blade Crunches. If you can get your palm against the side of your head with your elbow pointing out & nose pointing forward, some Isometric pressure might help too. That muscle against muscle contraction without any movement can do wonders.

I have had lots of experience with spinal/skeletal pain & always hate to hear of someone going thru it. The mystery part makes it even worse. I ache for you. My Hubby went thru similar the past 2 wks & finally realizes how & why I am so miserable when something gets misaligned.

Congrats on your 25 min. run!!! That is an ongoing dream of mine. It takes me 50 mins. to do a 5K. I am just glad I can do it at all though.

Good luck & God Bless you & your boo-boo too!

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End of Week 6 of C25K

Friday, August 14, 2009

6 weeks ago I started running and could not imagine running for 25 minutes. I deliberately tried not to look ahead so I wouldn't freak out about trying to run 25 minutes. Part of me thought it just wouldn't ever happen and part of me hoped it would. During week 1 we were asked to run for 60 seconds at a time, one minute and that is all, just one minute at a time, and I was sure at certain points I would die!! Today I ran for 25 minutes and didn't stop!! I slowed down, but I didn't stop!! I ran just under 1.7 miles in 25 minutes!! It's not fast but I actually ran for 25 minutes without stopping!! I really can't believe how mental running is. As long as I keep my mind occupied and just keep running I can do it. There were two different moments where I felt like I really just needed to stop and walk but told myself "this is just a wall, keep going and you'll get past it". And, sure enough I did. I even made it past my initial goal by about 50 yards or so (just guessing)!! We even have to change our route a little to add on some distance. Way back when we started 6 weeks ago we walked for quite a ways to get home, today we nearly made it back home just by running and had to walk past the house and come back to get our cool down in!! I can't believe how far we've come in 6 weeks. Next week is all 25 minute runs with the goal of getting better each day, I love that plan! I still have some exercise to get in today. One challenge has us aiming for 300 cardio this week so I still have aerobics class today and strength. Strength is more lower body today though. I just about feel lower bodied out!! My tush and legs are getting tired and sore!! We'll see what happens with that. Happy Friday everyone!!

  
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JOANNAMARIE 8/15/2009 1:43AM

    Heather that is just great! you are well on your way! I don't know how you manage to fit in all that exercise. You really inspire me. Keep it up!

Joanna

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NONNASH22 8/14/2009 6:56PM

    Way to go!!! You are an ATHLETE!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/14/2009 2:16PM

    I'm so proud of us!!! I actually posted my status before I even read your blog...great minds think alike! LOL

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KING*GET*FIT 8/14/2009 1:36PM

    emoticonI just did the 6 min. intervals, myself today. I have done better in the past but haven't been running lately. 6 min. runs were tough but I did them and then only 90 min walking in between. I need to build it back up. I feel great now that I have done it other than I just can't stop hiccupping now emoticon

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AMMIE_SMILES 8/14/2009 12:39PM

    Way to go! I remember being there! Keep up the positive thinking it goes a long way in running. Who knew that running was more mental then physical?
I started where you are and now 6 months later I'm running in my first 10k tomorrow! So believe. Getting to the first 5k is the hardest part! After that (I'm not saying it's easy) but by then you know you have it in you to keep going!

Good luck! and AWESOME job!



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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/14/2009 12:04PM

    emoticon Heather you have come a long way. Just think of the Disney medal and what you can accomplish after that emoticon
Be proud of your achievement..........I'm proud of you
Luv
Caz

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KARASSA 8/14/2009 11:38AM

    Great job! That last run of week 6 really is the hardest one of the program. Now that you *know* you can do it, there's no stopping you! Way to go!

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KARVY09 8/14/2009 11:33AM

    Congrats! I'm on W6 too, but I still have problems with that last run, only finished 15 minutes. I hope to get to 25 minutes next week.

You're doing amazing and should be so proud!
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THE_NEW_MELISSA 8/14/2009 10:46AM

    That is so awesome! 25 minutes! Woohooo! I've said it before, I'm saying it again, YOU ROCK... I think I am done with cardio for the week, have a hectic night and weekend planned, so I just call it good and get ready to hit it hard Monday morning again :) I am just so impressed by us! We are doing this, no stopping us :) Yay!

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HERNIMC22 8/14/2009 10:23AM

    I am on week one and I can not imagine week 6. I will have to do as you did and not think about anything but what I am on. I just have to worry about getting through my run today. Way to go!!!!!!!

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LIFESTOOQUICK 8/14/2009 10:21AM

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That is so awesome! You are doing so well :) Keep up the great work!!

- Alexis

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LAURANAV1 8/14/2009 9:55AM

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You have done such a great job! And what progress you've made. Well done!!!

Laura

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Missed my walk, but made up for it!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Last night I went to bed tired and looking forward to my walk in the morning. I had chedder cubes for Pepper if she did a good job and I was ready to shave more time of the walk. Well, you know the saying about the best laid plans of mice and men...a little girl threw a wrench in the works. Sometime during the night both daughters crept into our room and into our bed (they are really good at doing it without waking us up). At about 2:00 in the a.m. youngest daughter starts a coughing fit, she has had a really mild cold all week and this was the worst effect we'd seen. I was patting her back and asking if she was okay when the fit triggers her gag reflex and I knew what was coming, I had only enough time to sit up so that none of the result went in my hair, it did however, end up all over my bed. Daddy took the little one to get cleaned up while I pulled all the sheets off and checked to see if either one of my pillows was salvagable (nope). Unfortunally, little one was very upset and Daddy left her for a moment to go get new jammies and since she is not quite 3, but potty trained, she sometimes loses bladder control when she is really upset. In Daddy's few moments of inattention I gained a bathroom floor that needed to be cleaned too. Many minutes later the mattress is flipped, new sheets are on the bed, I've dug up a replacement pillow, the bathroom floor is mopped up, me and the little one have new jammies and we are all back in bed ready to sleep. Little one then begins having nightmares that cause her to wake and scream every ten minutes or so for the next hour or so. I finally get her awake enough that she tells me there is a spider in the bed, she saw it and she is cold. So we go to her room, get one of her special blankies, her Doggie and her Panda (both are very special friends who help her sleep) go back to my room where she won't get in the bed because she sees the spider. I turn on the light, show her there is no spider and get her snuggled in. It is now about 10 minutes before I have to get up and go for the walk so I text my sister and tell her I am out for the day. I feel bad about not walking so when we all get up and daughter is just fine and running around like nothing ever happened I decide we can go to aerobics class. Today is Boot Camp day and the instructor kicked my behind. There were a couple of times that my already tired muscles screamed for relief and I gave in but never for long. It was a great workout so I made up for missing the walk. Only, now if I want to hit 300 cardio minutes this week I still have to do a little more, hmmm, yoga counts as cardio in the fitness tracker so maybe I'll throw in some of that, it's been awhile. All my muscles are tired today. They have really been working hard during the last week. Sad to say but my strength has been getting neglected since I started C25K 6 weeks ago!! I've learned my lesson though!! Since I've put the strength back in that stuborn pound has been banished and a couple of friends with him!! I've seen quite a few people who are trying to lose weight without doing any strength training and I have to say, it just doesn't work!! And even if you do somehow manage it, you are still left looking flabby and weak. Even for those of us who have a long way to go before we hit goal strength training is one of the quickest ways of effecting a visable change in our bodies. The toned muscles will still look better under our padding than flabby ones and toning muscle helps the inches move!! There are a lot of muscle myths out there but one thing that is not a myth is that strong, toned muscles burn calories faster than weak, flabby ones. So, if your muscles are toned then even your cardio gets more effective bringing on faster change than if your muscles are not toned!! I still have quite a bit of padding to get rid of, but what I can see is some definition in my calves, they are looking longer and leaner, especially when flexed. My achilles tendon is starting to develop the "dimples" that are supposed to be present on each side of that tendon. My hips don't complain as much as they used to when I ask them to work and lifting my daughter into the cart is getting easier even though she is trying to grow again! Another non-scale victory I discovered recently involves my seat belt in the car. Know how the belt is supposed to sit across your lap and not hit your abdomen at all (well it is)? Mine didn't used to do that. My belt didn't know how to find my lap with out a little help. The other day I got in the car, fastened my belt and thought "something feels weird". I looked down to see what adjustments needed to be made and surprisingly NONE needed to be made, my belt sat nice and flat right across my thighs, just like it is supposed to!! Enough flab has been banished that my seat belt can find my lap!! My lap has grown!! LOL!! The one part of me I want to actually get bigger-my lap!! I feel kind of bad that I am excited about my seat belt fitting right-it should never have fit wrong to start with, but it is one of those things I hadn't really even given a thought to until it happened!! WooHoo! So, here's to victories big and small, on the scale and off! emoticon Hope everyone has a great day!

  
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KING*GET*FIT 8/14/2009 9:46AM

    You are doing so well. The sleepless night will soon be gotten over but you made it through the day regardless.You are so awesome.

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LAURANAV1 8/13/2009 6:03PM

    Congrats on your seatbelt fitting on your lap now - I love that sign of progress!

And I hope your daughter is well soon! She can't have enjoyed the night much at all.

Laura

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 8/13/2009 4:38PM

    Been there, some nights can be wild rides with children involved. Awesome about the lap thing!!!

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MISCHIEF478 8/13/2009 4:20PM

    Sounds like you had a nice workout anyways. It is nice when things work out like that.

Good job on finding your lap.



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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/13/2009 4:11PM

    WOW Heather you got a workout in despite the upset with little un, what a trouper.
I love your non scale victories. I notice my body changing now I've upped the ante on the weights........love the definition I'm getting too.
Cheers! Here's to small victories
Caz
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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/13/2009 3:52PM

    So glad you still got your workout in...and it sounds like you got a little non-planned mini workout in during the very early hours of the morning thanks to Bekah! LOL

I missed you this morning that's for sure...Daisy was halfway into it without having Pepper to compete with so we got done in 49 minutes. I guess 1 minute faster counts for something though! HA!

Looking forward to 25 minute run tomorrow!!! Woohoo!!

And that's a great victory! And here's to your lap getting even bigger! (That just seems so funny! hehe)

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AGOTAN1 8/13/2009 3:48PM

  I didnt get through the whole blog but I'm happy that you were able to make up for your missed walk. It gave me some inspiration to get going myself. Wish you all the best! emoticon

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Good Morning Muscles!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My legs are feeling the effects of working out!! Wooo!! Yesterday I did 3 different, short, lower body workouts. Day 2 of the Prevention Magazine 2 week turnaround, SP's Butt Blasting workout and SP's Pilates-Thighs workout. Today I went running and boy did I see how much I actually worked all those muscles yesterday!! The Pilates-Thighs video does this exercise called the Bicycle and it showed me muscles I forgot I had!!! When I woke up this morning I didn't really feel sore, but then I started running and put all those muscles I worked yesterday through their paces and they were not too happy about it, let me tell you!! I am switching around my workouts to make it so that lower body is worked out on run days instead of walk days, that will give all those big muscles a chance to recover before I make them run again!! I thought it would be better the other way around, but I guess not-live and learn!! 24 days to race day!! I am working on a game plan that will include walking and running. I am still not fast, but next week is all 25 minute runs and then the week after that is all 28 minute runs so I think those weeks will give me a better idea of how on track I am and how much a walk session will help me recover and come back a little faster. I think, today, we were pretty much on track to have finished the race on time. I know that we did 1 mile in the 15 minute time frame so that was good!! Well, time to get busy, hope everyone has a good day!!

  
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JOANNAMARIE 8/13/2009 11:26PM

    Look at how far you've come! I've done that workout, too, by the way. the bicycle one. It's a lot harder than Nicole makes it look!

Keep up the great work. And I'm so excited for you and your race day!

Joanna

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4EVERADONEGIRL 8/12/2009 6:38PM

    As the day wears on...my muscles feel it more and more and I didn't even work them nearly as hard as you did! LOL

You are a Super-Trooper!!

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KING*GET*FIT 8/12/2009 3:11PM

    You are so awesome. It looks like the lbs. are dropping good too. Congrats.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 8/12/2009 12:25PM

    You are an inspiration

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 8/12/2009 12:19PM

    Hi Heather I can feel the Pilates working too hun OUCH LOL.
1 mile in 15 mins is darn good going emoticon
Enjoy your day too
Caz
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