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12 by 12 challenge results, Day 14!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wellness totals for the year starting January 1st, 2011.....

Weight loss - 2.2 lbs!!! 9.8 lbs to go!!
Inches loss - 4.5 inches!!
Miles - 48.98

Daily results of 12 lbs by 12 months old challenge. Day 14...

Rest day! Gearing up for my long run tomorrow and hoping my knee does well. Fingers crossed!

Time - 0 mins - Rest day
Calories burned - 0
Calories consumed - 1,210

What was on my plate today....

Meal 1 - Egg beaters, fresh spinach, mushrooms, tomato and onion. Yoga Detox tea.

Meal 2 - Whole Foods natural turkey breast meat with 1 wedge of laughing cow cheese. Water. Rishi Earl Grey loose tea with almond milk

Meal 3 - Tilapia, roasted eggplant, mint and lemon cabbage ( raw), 1 cup of lentils and hummus. Along with a BUNCH of water!

Meal 4 - 1 serving of original red mango yogurt.

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SCOUTHARPS 1/16/2011 8:01PM

  Hope your knee holds up today! Have you tried icing it after runs? emoticon

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    Jen you are 1 amazing woman. You have this 12 month challenge in about 9 months the way you are going. emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 1/14/2011 9:42PM

    wow, your food logs put mine to an open shame!!! Great job on all of your hard work!

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Question for all my runner friends...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ok, so I have several races planned this year. My first is a half marathon in 2.5 weeks and then another half on April 10th. Those who have followed me for awhile know that I have a knee problem. My right knee is the worst but I continue to run on it as I love the sport. It is doing well as of late but I want to space out my races so that I do not overextend myself.

My question is after my race on April 10th, do you think it would be too soon to run another half on May 7th? Keep in mind a few things.

1. The half marathon coming up at the end of January I am using as a slow training run for my half in April so I will NOT be running it fast as I want to do really well for the April half.

2. The May 7th Half Marathon will be for extra weight loss, the joy of running, a chance to see my family and so on. I can walk half of it if I need to. I have NO worries about keeping it easy since it will be about 4 weeks after my April 10th half.

3. My next race after May is June 25th, another HM.

Those are the facts. What do you think? I need to sign up for it today so any thoughts or advice you care to share would be great. Just remember that I am not a person who has to PR every race, sometimes I just want to get out there to have a new experience and hopefully loose a little weight along the way training.


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FITSARAH2012 1/14/2011 10:32PM

  Hey Jen! Are you doing your PT for your knee? Does your PT have you focused on doing exercises for your abductors, glute medius and glute max specifically (not big squats but itty bitty movements targeting just those muscles)? The stronger your hip and pelvic muscles, the better the chance your knee will feel good! I figure if you are doing your PT "dedicatedly", it will keep you feeling food through all of your races! Good luck, I'm sure you will do great no matter what!!!

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ON2VICTORY 1/14/2011 8:29PM

    Girl, could you spare a little of the rockin' mojo you got and email it to me?? boy have you got a schedule! like the others have said, just listen to what your body is saying. i would follow a post race taper and rest. the main thing is that you are in it for fun and not trying to shatter windshields from the sonic boom as you run by . good luck

- i do mean listen to your body, i ignored my bodies "check engine light" and really paid the price. please be careful.

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SCOUTHARPS 1/14/2011 7:20PM

  I haven't run in years--but remember to listen to your body.

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LISA0307 1/14/2011 5:50PM

    You answered your own question with #2. You can walk the darn thing if that's what you want/need to do.

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KEEPGOING87 1/14/2011 5:41PM

    take it easy and listen to ur body

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    I love that you "want to make the most of my life, seizing each and every moment". You inspire me. Rock on, sistah!
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EDGEOFSANITY 1/14/2011 4:09PM

    As long as you're not racing all of them, but using some for training runs, you should be fine. But, I would suggest getting the knee issue looked at/ taken care of so you don't cause long term damage =)

Is the May 7th the White Rock Cenntenial? I'm thinking of volunteering for that one.

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ELFITZPA 1/14/2011 3:28PM

    I think the timing of the races is fine. What's up with your knee though? Most knee issues - whether it's runner's knee or actually ITB syndrome - you can definitely run with as long as you're addressing the root causes. Have you checked out the Training section on the Coolrunning website before? They have some self-diagnostic stuff as well as common (and EASY) ways to rehab some more common running injuries. I've used them for years and they really can be a lot of help. Best of luck!

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IRNGIRL 1/14/2011 2:41PM

    If you are already signed up for the races then do them. If your pain is tyolerable then just use the April race as your long slow distance run for that week. I've done so many races and suffered injury. Just listen to your body.

Hugs Jen

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RAWKNRUN 1/14/2011 2:33PM

  As someone who has suffered numerous injuries, ny insight is, you really need to look at prioritie. A. running now, probably more than you should and possibly doing lasting damage or B. cutting back and running for the long term, probably less than you would like for a while. These are things I had to consider and I chose to cut back, it really comes down to what you want. I think it's good that you are willing to walk and not in it for time either way!

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MINDYOGI 1/14/2011 2:27PM

    i have arthritis and I compleately understand how frustrating joint problems are for a runner! While I agree that your knee will decide how far you're going to be able to push, you can do a lot to make sure your knee does well. Take supplements to support your joints (fish oil, ACV, glucosamine etc), do strength training to build strong supportive muscles around your knee, and religiously warm up and cool down those joints. When it bothers you a little, don't think twice about giving it some breathign room and back ing off.
Also, think about trying an anti-inflamation diet. I've gone wheat free after an elimination/anti-imflamation diet showed what a mess it was making of me, my arthritis symptoms have almost completely disappeared!

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NUTRIGIRL08 1/14/2011 2:26PM

    I think you should go for it! Your body will tell you if you need to cut back and you can always run/walk some/all if you need to! I think you have been training well and I know you are strong and will be able to handle it!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/14/2011 1:59PM

    I think you should be fine if you aren't racing in all of them!
great schedule!
I have my first in march and second in may! chickened out in one in april

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LILPAT3 1/14/2011 1:42PM

    I think you have some great goals but I am afraid that your knee will be the determing factor and not neccesarily what the mental side is planning. I wish you all the luck in the world and I will be praying that the knee cooperates. After having to have mine (both) rebuilt because of similar undertakings.....and being almost at the point of having to have replacements because I "waited" to long....I probably will not be the most positive person responding to you.

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TIGERJANE 1/14/2011 1:08PM

    I think if you're not aiming for a PR with every race, and you're aware of the signs your body gives to take it down a notch, then you'll be fine. Sounds like you have them spaced really well. But I'm no doctor!

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JENSFITJOURNEY 1/14/2011 12:50PM

    Ok, I am doing it!! Signing up for it as we speak!!! GO JEN GO!!!

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TAMTAM64 1/14/2011 12:47PM

    I think you will be fine since you are not "racing" all of them. Enjoy all those half marathons!

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    You will be fine running the additional half.

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MBSHAZZER 1/14/2011 12:22PM

    Hi Jen... your schedule is fine! Especially as you don't plan to race all of them. Pick one to be your "A" race where you will go all out for your best and use the rest as training and recovery runs.

Have fun!!!

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CARINAREADS 1/14/2011 11:53AM

    It could be good for the experience, as long as you're going at it for that instead of for a "fast" race. Ultimately, if you decide halfway through that you need to stop, you can.

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12 by 12 challenge results, Day 13!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wellness totals for the year starting January 1st, 2011.....

Weight loss - 2.2 lbs!!! 9.8 lbs to go!!
Inches loss - 4.5 inches!!
Miles - 48.98

Daily results of 12 lbs by 12 months old challenge. Day 13...

Cross Training today plus a quick 2 mile run on the tread. I first got on the Spin Tech bike and worked HARD! Then ran over to the tread for my run. I guess you could say this was my first brick workout since having Kayla! I am not doing any tris this season as I am focusing on my HM's but it was nice to feel the BURN again!!

10 mile ride - good resistance, steady pace - 21:31 mins, 27.8 mph! SO happy about my time!!
2 mile run on the tread - 20:28, Mile 1 - 11:03 Mile 2 - 9:25

Time - 41 mins
Calories burned - 790
Calories consumed - 1,273

What was on my plate today....

Meal 1 - Morning detox along with Metabolic reset shake chocolate with FF milk. Yoga Detox tea.

Meal 2 - Raw Almond butter. Homemade Ginger Kale juice.

Meal 3 - 1/2 Joesph's Lavash with Turkey breast and 1 wedge of laughing cow cheese.

Meal 4 - Sockeyed Salmon with soy ginger sauce and mango pico de gallo. Cucumber, onion and tomato salad and 1 sweet potato.

Meal 5 - Raw Papaya.

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FLYGIRLMOMMY 1/14/2011 8:48PM

    What is the metabolic reset shake? I am always interested in new shakes for breakfast!! You are so inspiring!! I love to read your updates!!! Excellent workout!!

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SCOUTHARPS 1/13/2011 11:07PM

  Your consistency is amazing. Keep it up! emoticon

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12 by 12 challenge results, Day 12!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wellness totals for the year starting January 1st, 2011.....

Weight loss - 1.4 lbs!!! 10.6 lbs to go!!
Inches loss - 4.5 inches!!
Miles - 36.89

Daily results of 12 lbs by 12 months old challenge. Day 12...

Good run today. I was super tired as I had to run later on in the day but nevertheless, I did well. My knee held up well despite the cold. I was pretty sluggish my first few miles but then hit my stride, right as the run was over! LOL!

Time - 5 mile run - 53:51 mins plus cool down of .50 miles - All negative splits!! SLOWLY getting faster! Hoping my knee will continue to improve! Here are my splits......
Mile 1 - 11:32
Mile 2 - 11:05
Mile 3 - 10:48
Mile 4 - 10:18
Mile 5 - 10:08
Calories burned - 806
Calories consumed - 1,355

What was on my plate today....Here are some pictures of my homemade juice! Recipe below under Meal 3.......It was YUMMY!!

Meal 1 - Oats, flaxseeds, Bobs Red Mill High Fiber Cereal, Apple and FF milk. Water with lemon.

Meal 2 - Lunch with my husband at our favorite Turkish restaurant!! Chicken kabobs, red lentil soup, eggplant, garlic and onion mix with a small about of bread ( about 4 bites). Water with lemon.

Meal 3 - Cioppino with Tilapia. Homemade Juice mix - Swiss Chard, Lemon, Ginger, Beets, Watercress, Apple, Carrot, Mint.

Meal 4 - Yogi Detox tea.

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SEEHOLZ 1/13/2011 3:19PM

    How is your knee btw? Is it still giving you grief?

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    What great negative splits. emoticon

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360NOMORE 1/13/2011 11:48AM

    GREAT work!

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TAUNIAR 1/13/2011 9:21AM

    WOW... I am impressed by your plan!

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CARRIGANSJOY 1/13/2011 7:56AM

    I'm always impressed by your workouts and nutrition. :)

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JENONTHEROX 1/13/2011 3:50AM

    your juicer looks divine!!!

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JENONTHEROX 1/13/2011 3:49AM

    your juicer looks divine!!!

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    Rock it girl! Keep it up!

So I have to ask and you don't have to answer if you don't want to but is your grocery bill crazy high now that you've started juicing?

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UMUCGRAD 1/12/2011 9:48PM

    Great plan! emoticon

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12 by 12 challenge results, Day 11!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

For some reason I cannot blog my results for today. So here is a link to my other blog where you can see my calories etc...

Hope this is a fluke and will not happen everyday! Spark keeps coming back saying there was profanity in the blog, I assure you there was none. You can see the blog on the link below.

Anyways, here is the link. I did well, it was a rest day so no working out and I kept my calories in check as well.

Thanks to my sparkfriends we fixed the problem -- it was my mushrooms!!! They were in fact shiitake mushrooms, NOT the other spelling!

Thanks guys!

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SEEHOLZ 1/12/2011 4:09PM

    LOL ... just the little laugh I needed!

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NELLIEC 1/11/2011 11:34PM

    Yes, either spell the type of mushrooms with an * or see if they let you use two i in the middle.

I know one time I tried to post about the Girgash*tes and was told there was profanity.

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KATRINAKAT23 1/11/2011 7:47PM

  I hope you enjoyed your rest day!! They are needed. For me I need them too many times. lol


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VENISEW1 1/11/2011 6:45PM

    emoticonon the calories. Hope you enjoyed the rest day! emoticonto hear you're having a problem blogging!

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    LOL! You are crazy girl. TOO FUNNY!

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    Jen-I bet it was your mushrooms..let's see if this comment will get posted

Yup=that was it. I typed out the type of mushrooms and it wouldn't let me post either. HAHA!! Watch your mouth,Young Lady....

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