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Turkey Trot report!!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

WooHoo!! I can blog today about the Turkey Trot!! It was a WONDERFUL race. The race was held in Oceanside California, which is roughly one and a half hours drive from Hemet. We got up at 4:15 Thanksgiving morning, got everybody dressed and in the car and off we went to the beach. We made good time and arrived in plenty of time to pick up our bibs and timing chips. The race was EXTREMELY well organized and everything, for us, went so well we were ready at the start line with time to spare. The race organizers did a staggered start. They did this by posting, at intervals, different split times-9 min, 11 min, 12 min and walkers. They asked each runner to judge where they should be in the starting line up behind their time and be honest with themselves!! LOL!! Jogging strollers had a separate start lane next to the regular running lanes. This race was VERY well organized. We put ourselves at the very back of the 12 minute time but in front of the walkers.

The race started, I got to the start line and started Robert's podcast on my ipod and was all prepared to do intervals. Well, long story short, I was feeling so good at the end of the first interval I started ignoring Robert!! LOL! I decided I would run until I felt like I needed to stop and then do some intervals. Well, I knew shortly past mile marker 1 that it would take a lot to make me stop running. Most of the first interval was a very slight and gradual uphill and seemed kind of long for just one mile. But then we got to turn around and do that same stretch on a very gradual downhill!! After mile 1 we turned down toward the beach with a great view of the ocean straight ahead. This stretch contained a surprise short but very steep uphill as we crossed under a street (or bike path or something). Guess what? At this point I was still running and I was not about to let that hill beat me!! I chugged, quite literally up that hill and made it to the top and kept running!!

A quick left and now the beach is only a few hundred feet away and on our right. One surfer risked his life dodging through the runners to try and get to the beach-LOL. Mile 2 mile marker showed up right after a water stop. I need to practice drinking on the run because by this point I knew if I stopped running I would be walking the rest of the race. I could tell there would be now regaining my momentum. The best part is I was feeling GREAT!! Tired and exhausted, it had been weeks since I had run a consecutive 3.1 miles and we hadn't even been walking the 3.1 most mornings so this was kind of a lot of exercise-giggle (I've done enough LOLs). Not quite 1/2 way through mile 2 we turned right, went down another hill and now we are running yards from the beach, on an asphalt track not sand. Way down the road I could see the pier that was our goal. I kept telling myself "it is just like our runs at home, way down the street you can see Kristen's house, there is the finish line, you are almost there, just keep going." By this point C25K week 5 was over and to get some sound piping back through my headphone (I always wear only one for safety) I just started punching buttons and ended up getting C25K week 1!! So I told myself I would run at the pace I had been running during the walking intervals and pour on the power during the running intervals, granted me pouring on the power did not look much different than me at my regular pace, but I noticed the difference. I was still feeling good and poured on the juice for the last stretch and woo hoo crossed the finish line at 48 minutes 20 seconds. Now, I know there will be some of you who will say to yourself "48 minutes was running???" but I also know that you will remember I still weigh over 200 pounds and I was experiencing shin splints two weeks ago and more charitable thoughts will immediately crowd out that totally understandable one. And here is the kicker that at first had me scoffing and then had me thinking and then put a light bulb over my head.

Back at the start of the race, just past mile 1 I found myself sort of by myself for a stretch, all the more accomplished runners (I had to search for just the right term there- I almost said "real runners" but I am a real runner too!!) were a distance ahead and I had left the slowest of the walkers behind. It was at this point that a few walkers passed me (uggh), but one of these walkers was an older gentleman who slowed for just a moment and said to me "you are inspiring a bunch of runners back there". My reply was a chuckle and "watching my big hips?" His reply is what got me thinking. He said "they see someone ahead of them." He was not being condescending of those who were even slower runners than I, or who had opted to walk, but he spoke the truth. Here I was, me in all of my untypical runners physique glory, and I was ahead of some others and maybe some of the walkers were thinking "look at her go, she is running, maybe I could too" and yes maybe they will too. Maybe next year some of them will be running a 5K instead of walking it!!! 48:20 is a time I am proud of and I ran the entire thing!!! I DID IT, I DID IT, I DID IT!!!!

I had plenty of recovery time while waiting for son's race to start. There was a playground right by the finish line so the kid's played there and older daughter had a blast throwing sand in the sea. Both older kids had a blast playing "run from the wave". The Pacific is absolutely freezing this time of year and both of them were forbidden from going in the water, but that didn't stop the feet from getting a little bit wet anyways. Before long it was time for son's race to start. We had to go back up a hill to get to his starting line and quite a ways down to the start. Son was a little nervous about the whole thing. He generally does not enjoy jumping into the great unknown, but once there he always has a blast. The race started and he went full blazes!! It took me quite awhile to catch up to him and then only when he slowed to a slow walk (basically waiting for me which I told him not to do because Daddy was ahead waiting to meet him at about the half way point). We walked for quite a bit of the way and then near the finish line Grandma and sisters were on the sidelines cheering him on so he put on another burst of speed!! He finished his first 1 mile race in 16:50!! Really not bad for a six year old from a new to running family. Some of the kids at the race had obviously been a part of the running scene since birth (one of the 5K runners was pregnant and sporting a marathon finishers shirt so this baby is being introduced to running in the womb!!), but not my son and I am also very proud of the job he did. The first thing he wanted was his finisher's medal and HORRORS, this is the only part of the race not superbly handled, they had RUN OUT OF MEDALS!!! EEEK!! I was so prepared for the melt down of the century and it never arrived. He handled it so well and then it worked out because two things-a) Grandma gave him her medal and b) the race volunteers started taking names and addresses and/or phone numbers in order to mail a medal to the finishers who did not receive theirs!! So in the end even that snafu was well handled. Son already decided he would be wearing his race t-shirt to school on Monday and now asked whether he could also wear his medal to school!! I made a deal-he could wear it to school until his teacher came to the playground to take the students to class and then he has to ask her if he should put it in his backpack. I think I will stay until his teacher comes so that I can take it home with me though. Safer that way. It was a terrific day!! Friday it was up before dawn for Black Friday shopping and I snagged every bargain I was after. Plus an absolutely adorable skirt that is just a tad too small to keep me working even harder over the holidays-the goal is to fit it by Christmas which is perfect since it is a present to myself!! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!

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LAURANAV1 11/30/2009 1:14PM

    WooHoo!! I think 48 minutes is great time! Great job!


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KARVY09 11/30/2009 12:06PM

    Congratulations on your 5K!!! YOU DID IT!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/30/2009 11:49AM

    You are a 5K rock star!!!!! Way to go! You deserved a medal just for getting out there and running the entire thing after dealing with shin splints recently! Rock on, Runner Girl...Rock on!!!

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WBOYACK 11/28/2009 9:24PM

  Sounds Great! You inspire me!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 11/28/2009 3:57PM

    great blog Heather

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EXERTIGER 11/28/2009 3:51PM

    Congratulations!!! Just you and fitness tracker and a 5k to be run. I think you can be very proud of yourself!

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PHDMAMA06 11/28/2009 2:53PM

    Congrats on your Turkey Trot! It sounds like a gorgeous race course and such a positive experience!!


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EDDLES08 11/28/2009 2:04PM

    I did a Turkey Trot too and finished at 48:01. I like how you corrected yourself...we are real runners even though we may not be typical runners. I have always called what I do trotting because I am so slow. Your blog inspired me not to view myself in that light anymore. Thank you!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 11/28/2009 1:13PM

    Sounds great. Thanks for doing something inspiring and then sharing.

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KING*GET*FIT 11/28/2009 1:05PM

    Good going on your turkey trot. I did my own unorganized one, lol. So who cooked dinner while you were out running?

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/28/2009 12:43PM

    I enjoyed reading your BLOG about that well-run Turkey Trot!
Your energetic enthusiasm is refreshing.
All the best to you, re: your goals!

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Great walk this morning, but what is with the dogs??!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This morning we had a great walk. It was quite the chilly walk, but still awesome even though we had to make some adjustments. I blogged Monday about our minor run in with some loose dogs. They were only an inconvenience on Monday. One of them came at me but backed off when I yelled at him. We had to shorten our route so that we didn't go back around past the dogs again and that was kind of a bummer. Yesterday was a walking day and we had to seriously shorten our route when we encountered yet another loose dog. This was not either of the dogs we met on Monday but an entirely different dog. My sister scooped up her little bischon and we kept going straight and this crazy dog decides to follow us for about 100 feet before he finally turned around. Fortunately he seemed very friendly, but we are not sure he noticed Daisy since she was scooped up so quickly. This dog forced us to cut out two big loops of our route and by the time we got back we had no where near the steps we wanted. Today we set out again full of hope for a great workout. We got through our first big loop without any problems (WooHoo) but, as we are coming around for our second loop there is this same dog from Tuesday!! What the heck?!! This dog appears well cared for and completely docile, down right friendly in fact, but what the heck is he doing running around in the dark?? We couldn't finish our second loop and turned around back the other direction once again Daisy is toted along until Fido decides to head back home. The good news is we totally salvaged the workout by adding in a whole bunch of cul de sacs that we usually skip and taking a loop that we ususally only use on "long run" days.

The thing is I am upset that these dogs have been running around ruining our workouts all week, but my real isssue is that loose dogs are not safe dogs. There are so many different issues in play here that it could make for one long and boring blog if I got into all of them. So all I'm going to say is it is safest for all involved if pet owners keep their pets within their own yard!!! I won't be seeing Fido tomorrow because it is RACE DAY!!!! But, if we encounter this dog again I'm going to try to look for a tag. I'll let Fido come to me and not chase him down, but if he has a tag and I can get a look at it his owner will be getting a phone call, but then again an owner who lets their dog run loose during cold, dark mornings probably wouldn't outfit their pet with a tag. Hmmm, worth a try anyways.

So, Happy Thanksgiving everybody and "see" you all on Friday with an update on the Turkey Trot!! To all the crazies like me who go shopping on Black Friday-I hope you snag all the bargains you set out for and may your ankles be saved from rude shopping carts!! Have a safe and happy holiday everyone!!

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WBOYACK 11/26/2009 1:56PM

  Good Luck in your turkey Trot!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/26/2009 9:04AM

    I made it through the entire route this morning with no dog sitings! Hopefully Fido's owners realized he was getting out and have fixed whatever it was that kept allowing him to get out. :-)

Can't wait to hear the race report!!! Good luck!!!

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LITTLEWIND53 11/25/2009 10:08PM

    Good luck on your run! Have a safe and happy day both tomorrow and shopping on Friday!

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SHARB8 11/25/2009 4:56PM

    Hi. I feel your frustration. I have (or had ) the same problem here in my area with loose dogs. I got angry and let my voice be heard to the dogcatcher and the mayor. After several calls from me they started acting and the dogs started disappearing. My Sherrif told me that a person has the right to defend themselves against a vicious dog and has every right to spray a mix of half ammonia and half water in the dogs eyes.
Personally, I refuse to be bullied by man or beast so I carry a large stick and walk where I want.
Hey, Goodluck with the race!

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IZZYBUBBLES 11/25/2009 12:13PM

    Happy race day to you tomorrow! In our old neighborhood I had terrible problems with loose dogs - my dog and I were attacked more than once while we were out walking by loose dogs, and my husband was even chased after and bit by someone's loose dog. Luckily for that person he's a dog lover and didn't call the police. Now that we've moved into a nicer neighborhood we don't have quite as many problems, but my dog and I did get chased by someone else's dog a couple of months ago...and mine is a 50+ pound dog, so I can't just pick her up - she gets ready to fight whenever she sees a dog running toward us. I'm with you - I wish people would wise up and keep their dogs IN THEIR OWN YARD. Seriously. One of my best friends just lost her dog because it was loose and got hit by a car. For your own dog's safety and everyone else's safety people - get in control of your pets!!!

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GLENDAJ5 11/25/2009 12:03PM

    I'd be calling animal control or the SPCA because there are laws about letting your animals run loose. Maybe if they had to pay a large fine they would be more inclined to follow the rules. Sad when people are just inconsiderate!! Good luck on your "Turkey Trot"!!!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 11/25/2009 11:43AM

    Heather some people just shouldn't be allowed to keep dogs if they're gonna leave them loose, so annoying.
And God forbid the dog bit someone or got run over you can imagine the fuss the owner would put up.
Still you got your walk in that's the main thing.

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WELLNESSME09 11/25/2009 10:56AM

    I know exactly what you mean about dogs on the loose. I can't count how many times I went through the same problems with dogs. The times I scare the most is when I see someone with a big dog and their not strong enough to hold their dog back.
I just wished there was a way to end this problem. Like you say I doubt they care enough to tag them or have their shots for rabies.
All and all its not good when we have to worry about our daily walks.
Thanks for all dog lovers who care and wants the best for our pets may you all have a blessed day!
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Excited over socks and a great run this morning!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

This morning's run was AWESOME!! I still did C25K week 4 and it went great. I only experiencedthe mildest sensation of tightness and only at the end of each interval andby the time it was time to start running again the tightness had gone and I was ready to actually start running again. I even ran extra I was feeling soooooo good!!! I am going to keep on with the C25K because it is really helping and it is kind of fun because I can look back and see how much better a runner I am now than I was when I first went through C25K. I know lots of people have done the program a second or even a third time and I would really recommend it for anyone who has finished and still thinks they could be a better runner. I started on week 4 and would recommend that week as a good week for anyone who completed the program and wants to do it again. I think starting back at week 1 would be a little too easy for most people who finished the program. I can tell I am getting faster and now that my shin difficulties are mostly resolved I can really see how going back through the program is making me a better runner. Did have my first experience with loose dogs this morning. I was coming down a street and could see a medium sized, light colored dog farther down the street. He stayed to watch me (at this point I was on a recovery and walking) and then I noticed a smaller darker dog with him. The smaller dog came running towards me and barked a couple of times so I stomped my foot at him, then when he kept coming, I yelled "NO" and he backed up. I did yell too, even though it was barely past 5 am and still dark. I don't care if I wake someone up if I am about to be attacked by a dog!!Unfortunately, it was at this point that I was supposed to start running so I put a couple more feet between us and then started running but glanced back a couple times to make sure the dog wasn't taking this as a sign of weakness and that he should attack. He stayed back though, apparently my "no" was forceful enough that he got the message and he wasn't a vicious dog. So far this has been the only drawback I've had to running outside. It is a little chilly here now (low forties most mornings), but it isn't really a problem once we get warmed up. I did wear my capri pants today and short socks instead of long ones so my legs got a little chilly, but I really LOVE running outside. Except when we meet loose dogs-LOL!!

Last week, on Wednesday, I received a packet in the mail. I was kind of confused about what could be in this packet. I wasn't expecting any special deliveries. I looked at the return label and it was from the event manager handling the Turkey Trot!! WooHoo something from my race!! I took the packet inside and it was my race socks!!!! I splurged just a little and ordered the special socks designed for the Oceanside (city name and description all rolled into one) Turkey Trot!! I have NEVER in my entire life been so excited about a pair of socks. Well, I'll have to put a modifier on that. While I was in Germany, 17 years ago, one of the things I bought before coming home were German wool Trachtmoden socks. Trachtmoden is the Traditional German dress-think lederhosen (you know the leather shorts the men wear) and green wool skirts and jackets with beautiful embroidery. So, the socks are traditionally a men's item worn cuffed over the top of a low cut boot but I couldn't resist the lure of a pair of beautifully made wool socks. Even back then I loved camping and imagined wearing them to keep my feet warm during hikes and during cool moutain evenings. I actually bought two pair, one cream and one grey. The grey ones are still my favorite socks in the entire world and I still get a thrill when the temperatures dip low enough to warrant a pair of socks on my nippy toes. Yes, I actually LOVE my German socks!! And now I LOVE my Turkey Trot socks, though I am sure they are going to wear out a lot faster than my German wool socks because I will be wearing them so much!!! They are cool max socks, designed for running, the tops are white with three little running turkeys on the back of each sock. On the front of the right foot sock it says "Move Your Feet" and the left sock says "Before You Eat" !!! The heels and toes are Turkey brown and the soles are orange, there is an additional turkey on my toes!! I love my new socks!!! I wore them this morning and they are now my lucky socks!! They are by far the most comfortable socks I've worn while running. Despite an odd affinity for socks I do have a hard time forking over more than a few dollars for a pair of socks and I really considered this purchase a splurge but I have been totally converted to the idea of running socks and will HAVE to splurge a little more often because I suppose it will look kind of strange when I wear my Turkey Socks at a Bunny Hop (an Easter time race). Sorry to go on so long about socks, but there is just something about a really good pair of socks!!! I came back to edit this, by request here is a picture of my socks-I got the pictures from the Turkey Trot website-those are mannequin legs-not my legs!! In case you can't tell from the leg cut off and turned side ways LOL!!!

This will be a busy week. Today we have a play date at the kids' best friends' house. Luckily my son's best friend and my daughters' best friend are also brother and sister. Nice how things work out that way sometimes. Tomorrow is open, but Wednesday is help MIL get ready for Thanksgiving day and then on Thursday we have Turkey Trot!! Race Registration opens at 6:15, I just have to pick up bib and t-shirt. Race begins at 7:00 then we get to hang around until my son's race at 10:00. I thought it was at 9:00, but turns out they've broken down the age groups into seperate races with 6 and under beginning at 10:00. Then it is back home (about an hour and a half drive) to go back over to MIL's and help with any last minute preparations. They may have to do without me until I can go home and take a shower. Luckily MIL is only a few minutes away by car. Well, I suppose the fact hat she is so near can be considered lucky in some situations and unlucky in others LOL!!!! And then, of course, Friday is Black Friday!! Yes I am one of the insane who goes out to get shoved, stepped on and run over by shopping carts!!! Wouldn't miss it for the world!! Even better is the fact that this year my Mom got a seasonal job at Macy's so now I have an excuse to go out to Temecula to a REAL mall and do some Macy's shopping!! I usually have no reason to visit the King of department stores. Depending on the sales I will probably have to limit myself to a new tie for hubby, but hey it is also a chance to initiate my children into the world of Black Friday. We will hit Macy's later in the day and they can come with to pick out the tie since it was son who suggested a tie as a gift for Dad. Don't worry, I will point him in the right direction while still leaving room for him to make an individual decision. I've learned that hubby is kind of picky about his ties. The hard part is knowing what he will or will not wear. He will wear a Micky Mouse tie (uggh), but not certain in fashion ties. Pastels are a big no, no unless blended with more "manly" colors. Some "manly" colors are also out. The burgandy shirt and silver tie I bought a couple Christmases ago have only been worn twice and that was pretty much because I told him that was what he was wearing!! MEN!! Okay....I've blabbered enough. I am just soooo excited about my Turkey Trot!!! I am planning on taking the ipod and letting Robert direct me through the race. Since I am still experiencing some tightness I plan on doing day one of week 5 during the race-all 5 minute runs, with the back up plan of doing a quick switch back to week 4 if needed. I want to make sure that I make it through the race and am able to keep up with the progress I've been making. I'll use the time before the race starts to get in some warm up walking and stretching and have the ipod on pause at the first run and push start as soon as I cross the starting line. This is a hugely popular race and the attendance will be in the thousands so it will probably take me awhile to get to the start!! Okay, gotta do a few other things before it is time to go to our play date....hope everyone has a terrific Monday!!

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8THTIMEUP 11/23/2009 7:48PM

    Love the socks!

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JOANNAMARIE 11/23/2009 7:35PM

    I love your socks! you are doing awesome, honestly! I wish I could say the same. My exercise has gone down hill lately. I'm still fitting in walking, but not much else, and the weather here is not very warm anymore, and there is ice and snow on the sidewalks. sigh... back to dvds!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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ESBELL 11/23/2009 2:28PM

    It is the simple things that make us smile the most. Enjoy your socks! Wear them with pride!

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LAURANAV1 11/23/2009 2:28PM

    Glad you got such cool socks!

I may revisit C25K, I'm encouraged to hear how well it is working for you.


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IZZYBUBBLES 11/23/2009 1:58PM

    I love the turkey socks! Have never done a race where they had socks that you could buy - that's very cool. Hope your new socks bring you lots of luck on race day!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/23/2009 12:01PM

    Wow - you made up for a lot of those days where you had nothing to say! LOL :-)

I'm so jealous - I love your turkey socks!! I saw that you were wearing running socks this morning but never ended up asking about them...and they are the turkey trotters! YAY!!!!

I'm going to miss participating in the race with you guys...Oh well there's always next year! I figure I am still going to get up early and do a 5k in the 'hood by myself in your honor! LOL

I know you are going to ROCK that turkey trot on Thursday!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 11/23/2009 12:00PM

    I'm glad your shins are improving Heather and love your planning for the trot.
I just reading your detailed blogs, I can picture you so well.
Keep it up sunbeam you inspire me

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WBOYACK 11/23/2009 10:37AM

  You are awesome!!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 11/23/2009 10:32AM

    I am so jealous, I want to do a turkey trot! I don't think there are any around here due to it being November in IOWA...which could mean snow. But it would be awesome!

I think your plan sounds great and am glad to hear that your shins are doing a little better. Glad you are working through them and they are cooperating!

Your socks sound awesome, I think we need some pics! I love the feeling of new socks in general. I'm weird that way, I admit it :)

Have a super Monday Wild Woman :)

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WooHoo C25K Week 4 Day 1. Deja vu...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Quick update on yesterday then on to business. My daughter's "dreadlock" came out with LOTS of detangler (which we always have on hand since a) older daughter (the one who gave herself a dredlock) has curly hair and b) the younger daughter has straight, but baby fine hair so we are constantly dealing with tangles) and lots of tugs which did equal lots of squeals of "ouch". She did, however, learn her lesson and says she will not put twirly mechanical devices in her hair again!! LOL!!!

So, after more than a week of foiled workouts due to my shins not cooperating and getting too tight to let me run I finally had a GREAT workout!! So what defines a great workout? I accomplished everything I set out to do and possibly a little more!! Was it at the same level I was working out at two weeks ago? No. But, that is okay because this whole thing is just for me anyways. I'm not in a race. I won't be trying out for the Olympics in a few years. There is no penalty if I don't run a certain distance by a certain date. The important thing is that I keep working on it and not totally give up. I told someone months and months ago that the battle is not lost until you give up the fight, or something like that anyways. This has been a good time to remind myself of that. I've kept trying. I've changed things. I've been open to new ideas and today that all paid off.

This morning I went back to C25K which I had "graduated" from back in September. I didn't go back to the begining but I did go back to Week 4 which takes you through a 3 minute run with 90 seconds of recovery and then a series of 5 minute runs with 2.5 minutes of recovery in between each run. There was definately a feeling of deja vu with Robert talking me through the workout and then there was the moment of deja vu too when my ipod gave out half way though the workout-LOL!! I forgot to charge the darn thing and apparently it is time to send it in for a new battery because I can get about two good workouts in and then it dies even if it shows half a battery. My ipod quit after the first 5 minute run so I kind of just made it up after that. After the very first 3 minute run I felt a little tight but was feeling ready to run after the 90 second recovery and so I went ahead with the 5 minute run and was feeling pretty good. Once again I was a little tight but thought I would walk through the recovery and see how I felt at the end of the recovery. About 30 seconds into the recovery though I found myself in the street to avoid some overzealous lawn watering and found myself passing one of those extra large group mail boxes right on the curb so I went ahead and put Robert (Ulrey-the ipod C25K narrator) on pause and used the mail box as support to do some calf raises and used the curb to stretch out the other leg muscles a little too and that's when my ipod gave out. I gave myself a landmark to start running again and finished my recovery, started running when I said I would and gave myself a new landmark to start my recovery and kept that up for two rotations. I probably ran more than C25K would have had me run but after stretching after that one recovery all was well. It felt so good to complete a successful workout!! What is more satisfying than chocolate? A successful workout!! So, I am going back to C25K and we'll see how it goes from there. If things go really well maybe I will skip a week and jump ahead a little since I have already been through the program and had been running more than half an hour 3 times a week and was building my distance. But, even if I follow the program through week by week I will still complete it by the end of the year and will be on track to continue with the training goals I already had in place. Namely to start training for my 10K in June. Happy Wednesday everybody and have a safe and happy workout!!

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BETT2U 11/19/2009 5:10PM

    It's not about being the fastest, it's the fact that you show up at the starting line! emoticon --Robert Kennedy, Oxygen Fitness

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/19/2009 4:51PM

    Woohoo!!! Makin' it work!! Missed you this morning though...but rest is good! :-)

See you Monday...

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IZZYBUBBLES 11/19/2009 1:13PM

    Ha ha - I like that - what's better than chocolate? A successful workout! Am going to have to use that one on myself in the future. :)

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SUGIRL06 11/19/2009 9:55AM

    Great idea! I have been thinking about starting C25K again to help me build speed. I have gotten a little faster but I like th consistency of doing a program. Sounds like you had a great run! Good job!!!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 11/19/2009 9:46AM

    What a great idea, Heather. The program is amazing, great in a lot of different ways. I really hope your shins heal quickly, shin splints just suck. I've thought about starting the program again to work on speed, but as of right now I'm maining and working on distance once a week instead. I ran over 4 miles on Sunday and am still a little sore in the hips from that and it's Thursday! Guess we hafta listen to our bodies even when we want to fly! Happy Thursday Chica! :)

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LAURAJAH 11/18/2009 2:45PM

    That's great you could do your workout. Excellent attitude.

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LAURANAV1 11/18/2009 2:03PM

    That's great! Yes, as long as you are trying something and working with what you have then you are still doing very well!

Even while we say we are happy to just be moving, we have this vision of what is a "good workout" or a good goal to reach and it takes maturity to set that vision aside when reality intrudes.


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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 11/18/2009 11:02AM

    Glad DD survived her ordeal Heather LOL
Like you I have my own goals and am not in a race to compete with anyone except moi to stay active and healthy. You learn that along the way.
I think it's great that you are staying focused on your running and taking care with those poor shins of yours. You let nothing stand in your way of your training
I so admire that, what an inspiration you are
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WBOYACK 11/18/2009 10:33AM

  You are doing so good! and good job saving te hair. I'm impressed!

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Finding what works

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Today was walk day and it went well. We took our short route and that worked well too. About half way through we stopped and I stretched out a little and that really seems to be the trick for now. Doing the 5 minute warm up and then increasing intensity for a time and then stopping to stretch really makes the difference. I walked quite a bit slower today than normal too and that helped. I am finding what works. The "ouch factor" has basically disappeared and now it is more of a feeling of stiffness that increases unless I slow down or stretch or shorten my stride. So what this is is a lesson in listening and not just plowing through a workout because that is what I want to do. Now when I go out instead of just warming up and running (or walking) it will be a series of running, listening, stretching if needed and then running or walking. And the best part is I think this new habit I am being forced to develop will really come in handy when I start training for my 10K and then my half marathon, which I am still going to do both even if I end up walking part of both of them. The 10K is not until June and the half marathon is in September-plenty of time to keep working on this.

The next thing is to get REALLY serious again about the weight loss part. It has kind of stalled and it is time to get it rolling again. It feels like I am back at the "diet" stage instead of the "way of life" stage. Not all the good habits have run away from home but way too many of the bad one have snuck back in. Harry Potter fans will apprectiate this part. It feels like it is time to de-gnome the garden. Time to get into that "good eating" part of my life and rustle up those nasty little "bad eating" gnomes, grab them by their grubby little legs, give them a good spin to get them nice and dizzy and give them a nice little toss over the back fence and into the neighbor's yard, well actually I like the back neighbor, I'll toss them into the side neighbor's yard!! (LOL) It is also time to start convincing the kidlets that there are good things to eat for breakfast that are not named Fruit Loops or Cap'n Crunch or Lucky Charms. I say this as I sit here eating a bowl of said Fruit Loops because it was what was on the table when I decided I was hungry. They are going to think I've cancelled Christmas when I don't restock the supply of neon colored rings that have no fruit in them what-so-ever despite their name. Maybe they will take it better if I transition them using the instant, only slightly better for you, but still yummy, flavored oatmeal before taking the whole family over to healthy breakfasts. Hmm have to think on it. Still working on that finding what works thing.

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday. I have to go try to get a huge knot out of my older daughter's hair. The goof just took this little pedicure tool that buffs in a circular motion, with a motor, and stuck it in her already curly hair and just gave herself a dreadlock!!! Grrrreaaaaaatttt. emoticon

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IZZYBUBBLES 11/17/2009 2:04PM

    On the hair thing, you might try a silicone-based product - can't for the life of me think of the name of the product I used to use, but you can find silicone-based sprays and gels in several regular old product lines at Wal-Mart or Target - just read the label. Usually they're used for "shine" so you could also look for that. If you slater a whole bunch of it on and use a fine-tooth comb, it might help you work the knot out. Then you'll just have to rinse the product out of her hair!

On everything else, you're doing great! The more I run and struggle with nutrition the more I realize that this whole business of being healthy is just a process - sometimes we're full steam ahead, sometimes we have setbacks, sometimes it takes a little more work, but we get there eventually. You're smart to listen to your body and learn how/when to stop and stretch during a run! I had to stop and stretch both hamstrings every mile of my run this morning, but felt SO much better afterward it was amazing.

Hope you have a great day and good luck with that knot!

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LAURAJAH 11/17/2009 1:23PM

    When my children were young I would buy Lucky Charms, but they had to put Kix or Cheerios in the bottom half of the bowl and top the bowl off with the Lucky Charms.
Good for you for figuring out how to make your walks go better.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 11/17/2009 12:57PM

    Ah...the joys!!! LOL

You are doing such a great job at rolling with the punches and finding what little tweaks to our routine are going to work and ditching the ones that aren't!!! You should definitely be super proud of yourself that you have persevered in the face of resistance! It is so much easier to justify the "I need some rest time" but you haven't done have tried to find a path of least resistance so you don't go completely off track! That is so fantastic and, again, you should be so proud of yourself!! I know I am proud of you!!!

Don't forget to charge that iPod today so you are ready with C25K tomorrow!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 11/17/2009 11:39AM

    Hi Heather it's great that you've found what works for you hun.
With you on the healthy cereal front- lable reading is a must now, so much rubbish can be packed in and marketed as "healthy" we really have to be on our guard.
The things kids do, good luck with untangling her-I can hear the screams of protest from here LOL

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/17/2009 10:39AM

    Hi, there ! Are you doing a couch to 5K program to train for your 10Ks ? If not, you might want to try the program. It assumes absolutely no running experience. it will literally take you from a couch to a 5K road race. Also, don't feel that you have to walk X distance. Walk as far as you can. Your endurance will increase over time.

check out this website for a great couch to 5K program. it's a fabulous website.

Also, if you're looking for healthy cereal options for your kids, try Kashi Mighty Bites. It's Kashi's kids cereal. It's good. I've tried it. No artificial anything and lower in sugar. You can also try Mother's Peanut Butter (or chocolate) Bumpers. It's another organic kids cereal. Another option is Barbara's Puffins. If you go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, both have organic kids cereals that taste better than Fruit Loops or Capt'n Crunch.

One other thing you could do is let them have their Fruit Loops, but toss in a sliced banana or berries. In short, add some fresh fruit to their breakfast. Toss an apple or orange into their lunch bag.

Good luck on your journey !

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WBOYACK 11/17/2009 10:35AM

  I think you are doing great with the "diet" and fitness parts of life. If only I could be as diligent! Good luck with the hair thing. Sounds "dread"ful!

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