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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

1 week before the Boston Marathon (which I finished in 5:44), I lost my job. I have a sales job at the gym with a significant (huge) pay cut. I am very stressed, not happy, panicing over what the next month brings if I don't do enough sales to pay my bills. The people at my new job are nice and helping me as much as they can.
I have gained 7 pounds in since May 1st due to not being able to workout, stress, and basically emotional eating. I hate the way I feel, I hate stressing over work, I hate that I gained weight, and I hate that I can't get out and run like I want.
I am going to start running at night when I get off. It meant doing cardio at 9pm last night, but I got to watch biggest loser. I will get up and run in the mornings when my schedule allows. My fear is that I need to be in the gym making sales so that I can pay my bills. Running, unfortunately, has fallen secondary. That makes me unhappy too.
I'm not happy with life right now, and that makes everything else worse. I am the one that needs a support team now.

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KATWILL1019 1/18/2010 3:23PM

  Hey Jen! How are things going? Better I hope. Keep your head up!

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CWRISTON1 5/13/2009 2:53PM

    Hang in there, Jenny! When you are down, there is only one way to go ~ UP!


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30K on Saturday

Monday, February 23, 2009

This weekend I ran a 30K to see where I was at with my Boston training. It was at Fort Story, here in Va Beach. It had some hills, but I don't know how they compare to Boston. Probably relatively small. The distance was 18.64 miles, but my ipod nike+ read it as 19.99 miles when I crossed the finish line. I wanted to run the entire thing. I almost did. I walked through 2 of the water stops, about a minute each, then took off again.
After this run, I think Boston won't be as painful as I thought it would be. It will be overwhelming, because its Boston, but I think I can handle it. Using this run, my friend Molly figured my Boston time to be somewhere around 4:45, and she thinks I can push and get it in 4:35. That's pushing, but I am going to try.
Today is Monday, and my legs still hurt. My calf feels like I have a residual charlie horse. No running today. I'll hit the hydromassage and the sauna, and if they can fit me it, I'll see if anything needs adjusted at our SportsMed clinic in the gym.


Marathon Love

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Did anyone see the movie Marathon Love that was on Discovery Health two times this weekend? It was beautiful!! I cried through both showings!! If you want a good love story, or good inspirational running story, check out and search for "Marathon Love". Also, there is a group on there that did the music called "Blue Confession". The song is called "Run" and it is the one I'd love to run to when I hit Heartbreak Hill. If anyone can figure out how to buy this movie and the music, I'd be forever grateful!! I have searched itunes and it isn't anywhere. Can anyone find it??

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JENNYJ5 2/21/2011 10:43AM

    That is so cool that you found my post! I did a friend request on facebook. I was so inspired by Marathon Love! It was such an awesome movie!! I felt your pain when you ran Boston! Those hills were brutal and I wasn't pushing another person!! Congrats and keep on running!!

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LYNJAME1 2/21/2011 12:04AM

  It's Jamie Parks from "Marathon Love." I just happened onto your blog after doing a Google search of our show. Glad you enjoyed it. You can purchase DVDs of the show from our website, Lynn and I are also on Facebook.

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8.14 miles today

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Right now, I feel like I have jello legs. It wasn't a long run, but lately my legs have just been tired. It might have been the 2 days of Turbokick classes that wore me out this wekeend. Its my favorite class at the gym and we were launching the new round. I had to be there!! For a split second, I think I might need to take it easy for a couple of days, then I remember Heartbreak Hill, and the 2 other hills that hit somewhere around mile 20. I can't stop, can't slow down, can't take a quick break. I just gotta run...


Weight Loss and Depo Provera

Monday, January 26, 2009

I had my wonderful yearly check up on Friday and I asked my doctor about my weight and what else I could do to get it off. Keep in mind, I run a minimum of 100 miles per month, eat extremely healthy, etc. I have about 30 pounds that won't budge. Turns out, she tells me, that my "little bit of weight gain" isn't nearly as bad as other women who are on the birth control shot.
I am a trainer, so I understand calories in, calories out. I understand being active and weight training in addition to a balanced diet. My question to anyone out there is this: Is there a supplement or something that I can take to counteract the progesterone that my shot gives me. I don't want to get off my shot, so I need to find another solution. I have checked the multi-vitamins for weight control and I am not sure but I don't think 10mg of green tea per day is going to effect me that much.
Any help? Any ideas? I hate to think that this is the weight I am going to be stuck.

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CWRISTON1 5/13/2009 2:50PM

    If I can say something about Depo ~ Get off of it!!!

Not for the weight factors, but I was on it from 2002 - 2007, and it has given me osteopenia. Osteoporosis is -2.4 on the scale....I'm at -2.2. I'm 37 years old and am bordering on osteoporosis.

With this being said, I lift, run, bike, etc., because I'd like to think that I can "build" my bone up...even though that isn't what they say is likely to happen at my age. I only became aware of the risk about a year before I stopped the shot...and I even told the doc "oh, I do enough weight-bearing activity and weight-lift ~ I'll be fine". Famous last words. The bone density scan showed otherwise.

I certainly don't want to scare you -- just wanted to share my story. I don't want this to happen to anyone else...

One more thing I forgot to mention ~ I was 148 lbs the whole time on depo....I got off, and dropped 10 lbs without any trouble.

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JOYINRUNNING08 1/26/2009 10:00AM

    Yeah, I guess I'm not a good fountain of knowledge at all. That really sucks the big one. Ugh.

Have you contacted an Osteopathic or Homeopathic person at all? It might be something you can look into. Or even a nutritionist?

How frustrating. Good luck.


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JENNYJ5 1/26/2009 9:12AM

    Depo provera is a once every 3 month shot, its 99% effective. I can't always remember to take the pill every morning, so I don't risk taking them. Also, I was put on it to level my hormones out. I have been on it for a while. If there was something as reliable, as easy to deal with, and had minimal drawbacks (being weight gain) then I might try it.

Part of my issue is that I don't think I eat enough, although I feel like I'm eating like a pig! I just know to qualify for Boston in 2010, I need to lose 30 pounds to get my speed up.

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JOYINRUNNING08 1/26/2009 8:59AM

    I don't know anything about supplements that would counteract the progesterone. But my question is, is the shot the only form of BC you can use? I know that most BC do cause some weight gain, but regardless of what your doctor says, I think 30 lbs has to be a bit much. It's just a bummer that's what you have to endure in order to have BC.

Just a thought. Sure you've probably already thought it. Hmmm.

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