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Thursday, October 18, 2012

So, after a week of almost no activity, except running from location to location, I finally tried a run this morning. Turned out I ran, maybe, a total of 1 mile, but still covered the entire route of just over 3 miles.

Knee felt really good during the workout, but I'm getting a couple twinges here and there now that it's done, but nothing that has me really worried about Saturday's run. So, I'm thinking I'm still on track and I'm in the process of hunting down some KT Tape. Might have to break down and order it if I can't find it local, but the stuff is so expensive I'd rather not have to pay additional shipping-lol.

Thinking we just need time to get used to the big miles again and a little Physio Tape on the knee probably won't hurt it :).

Okay, gotta jet....SO MUCH to do today!! Stopping by later tonight to catch up with my friends I've been neglecting :). Oh, and hubs can rub my knee while I read :).

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/19/2012 6:51AM

    I hope it helps. It takes some practice runs before your get the tape just right. There are some good videos online to watch.

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BUTEAFULL 10/18/2012 8:54PM

    emoticon or how about duck tape

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SLEEPYDEAN 10/18/2012 6:42PM

    Any Dick's Sporting Goods or Sports Authority close enough to you? Both of them carry it in my area. I hope you get to the bottom of the pain.

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GABY1948 10/18/2012 1:16PM

    Slow and Steady wins the race!

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ENDUROVET 10/18/2012 12:52PM

    Long-distance diagnosis = chondromalacia (runners knee)
That's what I've got! Just getting back into low mileage myself & if ALL parts hold up (my feet are much worse than the knees), I'd love to pick out another destination half...

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/18/2012 12:42PM

    Glad you are on the mend! Keep listening to your body and you'll be just fine!

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NEW-CAZ 10/18/2012 12:08PM

    Take it slow Heather, you'll get there emoticon

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Knee stop hurting now.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I've been SO lazy. My knee has not been co-operating, at all. The interesting part is that it is not the knee I expect to hurt, it's my right knee. In motion it does not hurt. Going from still position to motion it hurts. Interior of the knee, immediately around the kneecap. One more day of rest and it goes back to work again on Thursday. Hope it feels better and hope I can figure out the solution. I have a lot of training to do.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/17/2012 8:04PM

    Make your husband rub your leg over the calf and IT band. That usually works with my knee or foam roll it.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/17/2012 4:19PM

    Booooo to knee pain!!! Hope it feels better soon! And in the meantime, even though you're a busy SAHM, don't forget to RICE it up as often as possible! :-)

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CALICOANNEFLINT 10/17/2012 10:29AM

    Good luck to you, I hope your knee stops hurting. Knee pain is something I struggle with, too. I hate it when my mind says go an my knee says no!

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2BEABETTERME 10/17/2012 8:52AM

    I read the first two sentences and thought your knee wasn't cooperating with being lazy! (I think it would be great if my whole body would act up when I was lazy) LOL..guess my brain is still sleeping.

Hope it is much better today! Don't feel guilty about taking a few days off, your body needs the time to heal properly.

Hang in there! emoticon

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GABY1948 10/17/2012 7:09AM

    Take care of that knee, Heather. I have much the same thing going on and it is aggravating but I also am refusing to give in! HUGS

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NEW-CAZ 10/17/2012 3:12AM

    Hope your knee feels better soon Heather and you can do your training as planned- but don't push your luck hun and make matters worse!

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ZRIE014 10/17/2012 12:48AM

  i know how you feel. when i wake up in the morning mine hurt also. but after running they do not. emoticon

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FENWAYGIRL18 10/17/2012 12:38AM

    it's not that your being lazy your hurting, I know what it's like to deal with pain and so I hope your feeling better soon!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/17/2012 12:34AM

    It's good that you are allowing it to heal.

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Training Run: Tempo...hahahaha Tempo hahahahaha

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Yeah, that's about how it went. Nothing TEMPO about it, I was waaay off pace and took multiple walking breaks.

It was STILL a GREAT run though.

First off, I didn't sleep well and was awake well before the alarm. Don't you just hate that? I hate when something goes to waste, especially if it is minutes that should be spend sound asleep. emoticon I hopped right out of bed and could smell the rain outside through my open window. I was a bit concerned, but went and got dressed and when I went out the door I could see that it had been raining, but was currently not raining so off to my sis's for the run.

Got there, met up and off we went. Warm up and then the run, off to a fairly good start, but could tell I was "off" from the start. One shin was acting up, not exactly the shin splint issue, but more a shin splint/soreness issue and it just didn't want to shake out. So occasional walk breaks here to try and shake the muscles loose and get them to behave and enjoy this run.

I've been upping my mileage quite a bit and have new shoes and have developed this spot on the bottom of my left foot that likes to act up. I want to say it is a callous, but could just be a sore spot. It started acting up by around mile 2 of what should be a 5 mile run. Tried changing my pace a bit and it helped a bit. If I go faster or walk it isn't too bad, but my inbetween pace, where I spend most of my time, it is getting pretty obnoxious. My just past mile 3 I'd had it, my mom said she was done and heading back and I took the opportunity to join her. Run ended just under 4 miles. 3.9 something.

Saturday is another long, slow run. I'm going to find and wash my FAVORITE socks, find some Glide for that spot and see where it goes. Saturday will be a more casual day anyways. Mom will join me for a bit since she has to work, but sis will be camping so for most of the run it will be just little ol' me. If it acts up I'll call it quits short, better to have it healed and gone so I can push through training for the rest of the weeks.

So, it wasn't great, it had its reasons, but it was still better than doing nothing :).

Happy 10-11-12 emoticon

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/13/2012 6:00AM

    You are making it happen

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NEW-CAZ 10/11/2012 3:08PM

    Always good to do something Heather emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 10/11/2012 2:01PM

    Still better than nothing?!? Way better than nothing! WTG!
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CATMAGNET 10/11/2012 1:46PM

    Always good to do SOMETHING. Hope that spot on your foot heals soon!

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GABY1948 10/11/2012 1:00PM

    Hope you get your day tomorrow...but have a great rest of the day today!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/11/2012 12:51PM

    Definitely better than nothing! You were up and RUNNING before most people even THINK about rolling out of bed. Big pat on the back to that!

I need to get some Glide too for a couple spots - I think they have it at Big 5 if I remember right...

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FUNFROG79 10/11/2012 12:21PM

    Glide is aaammmaaazzziiinnnngggggg

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Fall Festival

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

emoticon Last Friday was Fall Festival at school. It's a yearly thing. All the teachers put up a booth, they sell tickets and everyone has fun and the PTA and individual classes make some money for the school year. It's fun, the kids love it and we go even if we only are able to get a few tickets. This year my youngest got to play at her teacher's booth for free and youngest also got to hit a teacher in the face with a wet sponge. She LOVED that. She also went in jail and older daughter bailed her out. Son SHARED his tickets with his sisters (what? who is this child and what has he done with my son?). Everyone had cotton candy and we left happy, content and ready for fall and over the course of the weekend the fall that has been getting shoved out of the way by the never ending summer finally won the battle. The temps finally dipped from HOT to merely really warm. Today fall has finally made its first true appearance with a misty gray morning and temps calling for long sleeves or sweaters at least in the morning. REALLY hoping none of the kids lose their sweater today since it is the first time they actually need it and it is always when they get too hot on the playground that they disappear. So HAPPY fall has finally arrived, but still focusing more on the fall festival.

What makes fall festival so awesome is the VARIETY of things to do. We have 33 teachers, PE does a booth and sometimes the different clubs will come up with something as well as things offered by the PTA. Occasionally groups of teachers will put up one booth together so even though I didn't take a census it's safe to say there were AT LEAST 25 different things we could have done. I feel safe in guessing in all we did 10 different things. Less than half. We had a blast and we certainly don't miss the things we didn't do, but there was quite a bit we didn't experience.

Now, it is perfectly okay to assume that there is no way you can do EVERYTHING. That's just a fact of life. If you've ever been to Disneyland you realize that there is only so much one human can do. There is NO WAY one person is going to go through life and experience EVERYTHING there is to experience. Just ain't gonna happen. Sorry if I burst someone's bubble there.

Does that mean we can't try? hehehehehehe HECK NO!! My kids were given a set number of tickets and they did an excellent job of spreading those tickets around. Son even passed on some of his experiences so he could give someone else a better experience. That was sorta cool, well, no sorta about it, I'm downright impressed.

Get to the point. I've been spending TOO much time on pinterest. Did you know they have an "outdoors" category? Yeah, been there a lot lately. If life can be compared to having limited tickets then I want to do a REALLY good job at spreading those tickets around. I think it would also be worthwhile to use some of those tickets to help others have a bigger experience.

I LOVE running. I spend a lot of tickets on running and that is fine. Lots of kids found one booth they loved and spent a lot of time there. Go ahead and spend tickets on something you love. But, what if....oooh big question.....what if there was another booth around the corner with even better prizes and even more fun?!?!? Eeeek, what if you missed out on that?

Lately I've been feeling like there is another booth around the corner. I am not going to stop giving my tickets to running. That's just not going to happen, but I feel like spreading the joy. And, now that fall is here, and the weather isn't trying to actually bake me maybe it's time to explore a bit. I pinned a picture of some people hanging from a rock. They were chilling after a hard day climbing to an insane height. NOT a place I'm going to use my tickets. NEVER EVER CAN'T MAKE ME. I pinned it for the sense of adventure it portrayed. emoticon The idea to step outside of bounds and take a wild leap every once in awhile. What the leap will be? I have NO CLUE. Really feeling the urge to take a wildly long hike. I've been pinning all kinds of backpacking stuff. Maybe it is time to start planning what has been, in my mind, the ultimate adventure. emoticon emoticon A hike that lasts more than one day. Maybe time to find a place I can learn to paddle board. emoticon Maybe time to try zumba. emoticon I know a bunch of you just went "WHAAAT? ZUMBA?" I cannot turn while exercising. I get dizzy amazingly fast. I've avoided Zumba like the plague. Maybe I can learn to not get dizzy? I've learned to fall with dignity in any case emoticon . Maybe all I need is to get back on a bike emoticon . I need a new bike. My SIL "borrowed" mine a year ago. Oh well.

Thinking I'll start by shaking up the fitness front. There are SO MANY different videos out there and many available on Hulu that I can have a sense of adventure where that is concerned on a fairly regular basis emoticon .

Maybe I'll take a hike with the hubs next week while the kids are in school.

Life is one great big Fall Festival, I need to check out some of the other booths! emoticon

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RITEEBEE 10/11/2012 8:50AM

    Awesome blog!! You will find your adventure I'm sure!!

I know I will always run too, but every now and then it's nice to try other things :)

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ZIGGY7611 10/10/2012 7:39PM

    Love it! Sounds like your going to be having some amazing fitness fun, in the near future! Can't wait to hear about your future adventures!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/10/2012 4:42PM

    Awesome post!!! Yep the sense of adventure is calling - go answer it!!!

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FUNFROG79 10/10/2012 2:04PM

    LOVE zumba! It's so fun! I'm addicted to pinterest too!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/9/2012 7:27PM

    You go girl

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GABY1948 10/9/2012 5:35PM

    I haven't been to a Fall Festival in a LONG time! This was a wonderful stroll down memory lane. THANK YOU emoticon

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    I love fall festivals!

I like to try different things, too. It makes working out more fun.

Have fun!

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NEW-CAZ 10/9/2012 3:01PM

    Have fun mixing up your cardio Heather, just the right time of year to venture into the unknown. You may not be able to get out in the winter weather for your runs so it makes perfect sense.
I go back to stationary bike cycling and dancing DVDs.

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What came first?

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Everyone knows the old question "which came first? The chicken or the egg?" I've got a twist on that. Chicken btw, or who would sit on the egg to hatch it?

Lately I've just been TIRED, like all the time, no matter how much sleep I get, TIRED. Tired is a common feeling for me. Low thyroid has fatigue as a prime symptom. In fact one of the most common symptoms and one of the prime symptoms that gets doctors on the right track for a thyroid diagnosis. So tired is an old, old friend. Not to mention I have three kids, when I go running I go at an inhuman hour once a week and a really early hour twice a week. I have a daughter who regularly wakes up anywhere from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. and demands an answer when she asks if she can "get up now". Which answer is always yes because we've learned that no is the wrong answer and 95% of the time a yes answer just means she closes our door, turns on the t.v. and goes back to sleep. Tired and I have learned to co-exist quite nicely.

I'm really convinced that this tired isn't thyroid related. It is alleviated by a nap or one really good night's sleep. No, I think this tired is a combo of at least two other things, the question is which came first? Thing 1 or Thing 2?

Thing 1:We've just been through one heck of a hellish summer. I live in a hot climate. I know this, but generally, our summers follow a very predictable pattern. June is very warm, shifting between very high 80's and low 90's with a 100 or above thrown in here and there but not often. July starts out very warm and gets very very warm, generally spending most of our time in the high 90's and more 100's thrown in). August is HOT, almost always over 100 and many days around 110 or so. August likes to get really interesting by throwing in a few humid days and a thunderstorm here and there. September we usually drop back down into the 90's and still hit 100 here and there, but we've usually seen a few high 80's and if lucky even low 80's. This year we spent very little time piffling with the 90's and jumped right into the 100's and stayed there and stayed there and stayed there. To make things REALLY interesting we threw in an entire month of humidity and September never came, we just stayed in August the entire time. FUN. AND we did it without air conditioning. Heat and I don't get along. Heat drains me. Heat sucks every last drop of energy from my body. Heat is my enemy, I really should just move-lol.

2. Fuel. I've discussed before that what we fuel our engines with affects how our engine runs. My fuel lately has been HORRIBLE. It doesn't help that when it is 100 degrees inside you don't want to turn on the oven and add to the temp. Halloween candy showing up in September just added to the problem. My eating has been ATROCIOUS. Maybe my engine is sluggish because it isn't getting the right fuel.

So, now that the air is FINALLY starting to cool down I am feeling a bit more energy. My brain is waking up. We joke that I'm a reverse bear. I hibernate in summer-lol. I feel like one night's sleep is starting to be enough. Now to tackle to food problem. Time to get back on track, time to eat smart again. Time to make sure my protein is high quality protein. Time to make sure that my nutrients are whole foods. Time to enjoy the fruits of fall. Squash..YUM. Pumpkin..SUPER YUM. SOUP. I can't wait to make soup. Last week we had a really cool morning so while I was shopping I picked up a packet of soup (NOT the really, really good kind that I make from scratch, but a good enough kind to dip my toes back into the soup pool). I had EVERY intention of having soup with ham that night, but by evening it was too hot to have soup-lol. I am so looking forward to soup!! I am feeling the energy of fall coming and I'm getting things done again. I'm fixing the house, I'm getting organized and I'm planning all sorts of fun things for the next few months.

Maybe, like Thing 1 and Thing 2 in Dr. Seuss they came at the same time, in the same box.

Now, I just need to get the urge to exercise every single day back.

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RITEEBEE 10/11/2012 9:02AM

    I'm feeling energized this fall too!! Love the cooler tempuratures!!!

Your blog makes me want to go make some soup, some squash soup! haha YUMMY!

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NEW-CAZ 10/5/2012 3:07AM

    What a great analogy Heather. emoticon for getting back on track emoticon

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GABY1948 10/4/2012 7:34PM

    Loved this one and especially the reverse hibernator! Have a great evening!

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ZIGGY7611 10/4/2012 7:04PM

    LOL!!! emoticon Thanks to your analogies and descriptions, I am laughing out loud!!! And now my dog thinks I'm nuts!! Hang in there sweetie, your cool weather should be coming soon. Let us know when you finally eat that soup! emoticon

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/4/2012 5:05PM

    What a great analogy. I totally am a reverse hibenator.

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FUNFROG79 10/4/2012 2:34PM

    Urgh, I struggle with my my thyroid too....well, actually I don't have I struggle without a thyroid lol. I get tired and run down sometimes so easily. Hang in there!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/4/2012 1:02PM

    I like the reverse hibernation theory!!! I feel the same way to a certain degree because I know I really "turn on" during the fall and winter. I feel like during the winter is when my running is best, which is when a lot of people take time off of training. LOL Yes, we're both a bit backwards apparently!

Way to go on getting the eating back on track! You can do it and your body will definitely thank you for it especially as you continue revving up the paces and the miles! You can do it!!!

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EMMANYC 10/4/2012 12:59PM

    I'm also hypothyroid, so I struggled with tiredness, too. And while I don't have a daughter, I do have two kittens - and they definitely don't understand "no" when I tell them to go back to bed ... And I'm also a reverse bear, too.

Have you had your Vitamin D and iron levels checked lately? If it's really hot in the summer, it's possible that you're spending less time in the sun (and you're covered in sunscreen when you are outside), so you might be absorbing less Vitamin D. And a lack of iron can also drag you down. If your diet is a bit off, you might not have been getting as much iron from your food as when you eat a healthier diet. Just a thought.

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